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Americans will spend an incredible $176,979.67 in their lifetime just to be able to WORK.
From commuting costs to lunch bills and uniform, bags and other items - results revealed the typical American forks out $3,611.83 each year in order to be able to earn a living.
The incredible tally emerged in a study of 2,000 employees on their day to day travel habits and found sitting in traffic for long hours and multiple commutes throughout the day sees the average American spending about 30 days a year sitting in their cars.
We even spend more time in our cars than we do with our significant others, and eating dinner with our family.
In honor of National Car Free Day Schwinn Bicycles polled 2,000 Americans and discovered transportation takes the biggest chunk of cash from our pockets - with the average worker spending $1,667 each year on gas, cab fare, and public transportation.
Food costs almost as much as it takes to commute to work. The survey shows Americans will spend $1,532 on food and everything from coffee to snacks, to vending machines and lunch specials.
Over three hundred dollars is spent on uniforms or work attire each year, and $106 is spent on work-related supplies every year.
“It can be expensive to commute to and from work,” said Milissa Rick, Senior Director of Marketing for Schwinn. “Our budgets can take a big hit when combining gas purchases, insurance, and car maintenance. And as the survey results show it can cost some of us nearly $2,000 a year.”
With the average person driving 162.42 miles and walking 63.5 miles every week, the survey also shows we spend more time in our cars than we do watching movies or socializing with friends.
Results show the typical American will drive an average 131,957 miles and walk 52,270 miles in our adult lifetime.
Whether they're speeding down the highway or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the average person spends about 12 hours sitting in their car each week.
That’s more than twice the quality time spent with a significant other, and four times as long spent socializing with friends.
Dinner with family also fails to compare to how much time spent in a car. Participants report spending about four hours a week having dinner with family members.
Schwinn’s Milissa Rick says, “In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in people using bicycles as a mode of transportation. Concurrent with this has been a dramatic increase in cities around the world investing in cycling infrastructure. We at Schwinn are pleased to be a part of this growing trend.”
Weekday Hours: 01.49 x 5 = 7.45 x 52 = 387.4
Weekend Hours: 02.08 x 3 = 6.24 x 52 = 324.48
711.88 hours in a car each year = 29.66 Days
Transportation: [$6.41 per day x 5 work week days] x 52 weeks =
$1,666.6 a year
Food: [$29.46 per week x 52 weeks] = $1,531.92 a year
Wardrobe = $307.63 a year
Supplies [26.42 every three months x 4] = $105.68 a year
Average work ages 16 to 65 = 49 years
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