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How spending changes: 40 years of Household Economic Survey

Infographic shows how our spending has changed: 40 years of the Household Economic Survey

28 November 2013

It is the 40th Anniversary of the Household Economic Survey, which has been measuring how the spending habits of New Zealanders have changed since 1973.

To celebrate this 40-year milestone, we have produced an infographic that compares New Zealanders’ expenditure 40 years ago with our expenditure results released today.

See Household spending compared with 40 years ago – infographic.

Some interesting spending facts show that today Kiwi households spend over twice as much of their total expenditure on rent, compared with 40 years ago. 40 years ago, Kiwi households spent:
• over three times as much of their total expenditure on clothing and footwear than we do today
• almost a third more of their total expenditure on fruit and vegetables and over twice as much of their total expenditure on meat, fish, and poultry, than we do today
• over twice as much of their total expenditure on cigarettes and tobacco, than we do today
• a fifth more of their total expenditure on alcohol 40 years ago, than we do today

We would like to thank all our interviewers and respondents who have taken part in the Household Economic Survey over the last 40 years.

See Household Economic Survey: 2013 for more information from the 2013 survey results.

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