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The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey (www.bls.gov/cex) reported 126 million "consumer units" or households in 2013. They had an average of 2.5 persons, 1.3 earners and 1.9 motor vehicles; 64 percent were homeowners, and the average age of the reference person was 50. Average consumer unit income before taxes was $63,800 and average annual expenditures $51,100.
These expenditures included $6,600 for food (almost 13 percent of expenditures). Food spending was split 63-37 percent, including $4,000 for food eaten at home ($77 a week) and $2,600 for food bought away from home ($50 a week). The cost of food away from home largely reflects convenience, service, atmosphere and other factors not related to food costs. A rule of thumb is that food costs are about 35 percent of the cost of sales in cafeteria-style restaurants, 30 percent in fast food, and 25 percent in fine dining.