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On average, how much less do the poorest 20% of U.S. households spend on goods and services than U.S. middle-income households?

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In 2015, U.S. middle-income households spent an average of $46,363 on goods and services, while the poorest 20% of households spent $24,622, or 47% less. This data includes all direct purchases by households, including those made with the proceeds of government benefits such as cash welfare and food stamps. It does not include goods and services received via Medicaid, Medicare, or employer-provided health insurance.

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