futuramb:

emergentfutures:

How America Spends Money: 100 Years in the Life of the Family Budget
Paul Higgins: great story and analysis of the change of family budgets from necessities to discretionary spending (although some would now say that some of the discretionary spending is necessary). The ratio in the USA of spending on housing to food has gone from 0.534 in 1900 (i.e. almost twice as much spent on food as housing) to 2.538 (more than 2.5 times spent on housing as on food). At the same time family sizes have shrunk.

Full Story: The Atlantic

This is really good material for pondering about the future.

One to think about the next time you hear complaints about big-box supermarkets or how somehow the poor get poorer under western capitalism.

futuramb:

emergentfutures:

How America Spends Money: 100 Years in the Life of the Family Budget

Paul Higgins: great story and analysis of the change of family budgets from necessities to discretionary spending (although some would now say that some of the discretionary spending is necessary). The ratio in the USA of spending on housing to food has gone from 0.534 in 1900 (i.e. almost twice as much spent on food as housing) to 2.538 (more than 2.5 times spent on housing as on food). At the same time family sizes have shrunk.


Full Story: The Atlantic

This is really good material for pondering about the future.

One to think about the next time you hear complaints about big-box supermarkets or how somehow the poor get poorer under western capitalism.

  1. sthampi reblogged this from emergentfutures
  2. auralanimal reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant and added:
    -A good way to think of budgeting is in thirds. 1/3rd for housing, 1/3rd for saving/investing, and 1/3rd food and fun.
  3. ronaldgrey reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    We have not yet begun to succeed — join me
  4. ranidk reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  5. deadyteddy9 reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  6. justpourmoi reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  7. positivity-progress reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  8. varanine reblogged this from futuramb and added:
    One to think about the next time you hear complaints about big-box supermarkets or how somehow the poor get poorer under...
  9. odddreym reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  10. octoswan reblogged this from futuramb
  11. appelsiinimehu reblogged this from emergentfutures
  12. imonfireandborntorun reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  13. computermagician reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  14. hijabimullah reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  15. the-randomization-theory reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  16. mschradr reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  17. swagandpassion reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    Interesting. Didn’t the Atlantic just publish an article about more people living alone? So understandably, food would...
  18. hustlesmarthustlehard reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant
  19. itslifejimbutnotasweknowit reblogged this from moneyisnotimportant and added:
    Cheaper food, cheaper clothing. But not necessarily better.
Blog comments powered by Disqus