Whether you live to work or work to live, our lives are dependent on the income we make from our jobs. But exactly how much do we have to work to pay for the various products and services we utilize during our lifetime? Below we present an infographic and a Flipbook highlighting our findings. See our full interactive website to customize the results for your own state and salary. See our methodology and calculations at the bottom.
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Methodology and Calculations:
We did not account for inflation and income taxes in our calculations due to their complexity and variability. Average annual costs were multiplied by 50 to get a lifetime estimate.
- BLS 2012 expenditures
- US Census 2012 median rent
- Ave. gym membership
- Ave. golf cost
- Ave. light bulb costs
- Ave. toilet paper costs
- Ave. espresso cost
- Ave. wedding costs
- Ave. cigarettes cost
- Other ave. products
- TVs: $600 every 8 years, $75/year
- Computers: $2000 every 5 years, $400/year
- Haircuts: $40, 4 per year, $160/year
- Golf: $36/round, 20/year, $720/year
- Coffee: $0.1 per cup, 2/day, $73/year
- Soda: $0.21/can, 2/day, $153.3/year
- Lottery tickets: $2/week, $104/year
- Light bulbs: 25 per house, on for 3 hours/day. Initial cost is <6% of 50-year lifetime.
- Incandescent bulbs: $1.58/bulb, 1000 hour life/bulb, buy 27.38 bulbs/year. $7.2 annual energy cost/bulb; $223 total cost/year
- CFL bulbs: $7.40/bulb, buy 2.74 bulbs/year. $1.8 annual energy cost/bulb; $65 total cost/year