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http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/collection_2009/statcan/62-202-X/62-202-x2007000-eng.pdf

Came across this report on "Spending Patterns in Canada 2008", and thought I'd throw it up on the forum for those who are interested. Probably a lot of you have already seen it.

It might be neat to see how your household measures up in different spending categories. Looking at Ontario's figures, I suspect my spending is just about average overall, but with different distribution across categories. I spend about 1/2 the average on food, for example, and probably a lot more on travel.

I scanned the data collection methods, and realize that there is a limit to how accurate this data can be since it's based on people's recollection of their spending in survey format, rather than analysis of their actual spending (ie. digging through credit card bills and bank accounts). I believe people tend to think they spend less than they actually do.
 
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