American Households Average Monthly Expenses = $5,111

The average monthly expenses for American households are $5,111, according to the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Where does all that money go? For the typical person, it covers quite a few different things from major costs like payments to their mortgage lender and groceries to smaller expenses like apparel.

By peeking into the national average budget for all these categories, we can get a better idea of where people spend the most and how our own spending habits compare.