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How to Tame an Inflated Entertainment Budget

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 20 Nov 2005 22:21:41 -0500

Your Money


You probably spend more on entertainment than you do on groceries,
clothing or gasoline.

If you don't believe it, take a few minutes to total your monthly
costs, starting with the services that have you locked in: basic cable
television, and any premium channels, like HBO or Showtime; Netflix to
rent videos; TiVo for digital recording; your high-speed Internet
connection; and perhaps, satellite radio and streaming music like
Yahoo Music. You are already up to about $200 a month, or $2,400 a

Don't forget your iTunes music and video downloads, plus magazines,
movie rentals, movie tickets, live shows and sporting events.

Add in your cellphone and any of its video, data and premium content.

The average American spends more on entertainment than on gasoline,
household furnishings and clothing and nearly the same amount as
spent on dining out, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among the affluent, the 20 percent of households with more than
$77,000 a year in pretax income, more money is spent on entertainment
- $4,516 a year - than on health care, utilities, clothing or food
eaten at home.

The average income of households in that quintile is a little more
than $127,000. Because they account for a disproportionate share of
spending in the economy, they are the group that trend watchers and
marketers focus on. (From the unexplained fact department: People in
the western part of the country spend about 20 percent more on
entertainment than the national average, the government statisticians
also show.)

Over the last 10 years, outlays for entertainment outpaced overall
expenditures. Spending on health care and education, which almost
doubled in that period, grew faster.

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