Monday, December 3, 2012

The consumer before death

Spending on most non-essential items pretty much collapses in the moments leading up to death.  This series of charts shows how much, on average, we spend on a wide array of items throughout our playful lives.  Points:
  • Accounting fee spend peaks in the 50's.
  • Cigarette spending collapses after age 60.
  • Social activity plummets in the 10 years before death.
The few expenses that rise proportionate to age are security costs and, interestingly, gardening costs.  The young trees whose shade they know they will never sit under?

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