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Image description: This infographic shows a breakdown of what the average American household buys, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for December 2011.
Housing costs made up 41 percent of spending, with food, healthcare and transportation costs also accounting for a large portion of spending.
Clothes and entertainment made up the smallest percentage of overall spending.
Infographic from Lam Thuy Vo / Planet Money

Image description: This infographic shows a breakdown of what the average American household buys, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for December 2011.

Housing costs made up 41 percent of spending, with food, healthcare and transportation costs also accounting for a large portion of spending.

Clothes and entertainment made up the smallest percentage of overall spending.

Infographic from Lam Thuy Vo / Planet Money