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 Posted: Wed Jul 9th, 2014 10:37 pm
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Source: Buzzfeed. 

Some of this is a bit surprising, some is scary.

The average American household as of 2013:

Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (I was 35, my wife 32 so we're both quite a bit over)
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (I'll be over, just starting to shop now but that's the NY factor)
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (frightening, way over)
Amount in retirement account: $12,000 (under 32), $61,000 (33-45) (way over)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (about right)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (seems high for the average American, but I'm over, although not as much as I would've thought)
Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (seems low, not sure if unemployment is factored in, I'm over)
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed), 8.7 hrs. (unemployed) (way under)
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (don't even have a membership)





 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 9th, 2014 11:01 pm
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Are you buying in NYC?

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 Posted: Wed Jul 9th, 2014 11:05 pm
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BlueThunder wrote: Are you buying in NYC?
Most likely Long Island or Westchester, unless I can find something in my current neighborhood in Long Island City (Queens) that I like.  But there seems to be no such thing as a real house in NYC anymore.  All the decent sized houses have been converted into multi-family units so it's slim pickens.  But it's the early stages of the search.  It'll be probably 2 years before we actually move, and it should be around the time we're ready to have a kid. 

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1. I never been married
2. Bought my first house at age 26. It was the most expensive new townhouse on the block. 68,000.00 LOL
3.Checking account slightly under 50K
4.Retirement account a little over 500K
5.Time cooking- around 15 minutes. Mostly a microwave man now.
6.Time reading books almost zero. On Internet maybe 4 hours.
7. Hours working- around 37. I get 40 but normally leave work early
8.Average amount of sleep. About 5.5 hours. 6.5 on weekends
9.Never had a gym membership



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Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (not married, so will be way over)
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (was 27, so way under; what's more, I have cleared the mortgage, wohoo)
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (I have a little less - but it does nothing in there other than clear bills; I have some invested in bonds)
Amount in retirement account: $12,000 (under 32), $61,000 (33-45) (way over)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (way less; maybe 5 mins tops)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (way over; at least 2 hours per day)
Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (35)
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed), 8.7 hrs. (unemployed) (probably averages out at 8 hours)
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (have membership, go regularly)



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Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (I was 30, my wife 24 )
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (Buying a house is so overrated, especially in South Jersey)
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (Close)
Amount in retirement account: $12,000 (under 32), $61,000 (33-45) (over)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (about right)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. ( but I'm over, although not as much as I would've thought)
Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (My Wife is a 40 HR.)
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed), 8.7 hrs. (unemployed) (under)
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (Lazy fucks)

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srossi wrote:The average American household as of 2013:

Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (I was 35, my wife 32 so we're both quite a bit over)
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (I'll be over, just starting to shop now but that's the NY factor)
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (frightening, way over)
Amount in retirement account: $12,000 (under 32), $61,000 (33-45) (way over)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (about right)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (seems high for the average American, but I'm over, although not as much as I would've thought)
Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (seems low, not sure if unemployment is factored in, I'm over)
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed), 8.7 hrs. (unemployed) (way under)
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (don't even have a membership)
 


1.  I was married at 47, my Heather was 33.
2.  I bought my first house at age 36.
3. My checking account is WAY under the average.
4. As are my retirement accounts.  Once  get debt free-I'll be dealing with BOTH of those issues!
5. I cook about an hour a day on weekdays. More on weekends.
6. 5 hours a week?!! I average 2 hours a day.
7. Hmm.  If you include correcting papers and tests that I bring home, I average about a 48 hour week.
8.  8.5 a night. More when I can.
9. What's a gym?



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1. I was married at 28, wife was 24
2. I bought my first house at age 28
3. My checking account is about the average.
4. My retirement accounts are way above the average
5. I hardly cook at all, wife does that. The average is about right.
6. Way over - probably 15 hours a week.
7. Well, I spent many years working 60 to 70 hours. Now? Maybe 6 per week on a consulting gig.
8. 6
9. Have a membership. 2 months since I attended. Various injuries.

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Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (I was 39 my wife 34 
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (I was 38)
 (Amount in checking account: $3,100 (slightly over
Amount in retirement account:   $61,000 (33-45) ((Older but have slightly more))
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (yes)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min(depends if internet reading counts then more if books and papers less)
 Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (Im over)
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed),  (about right
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (don't even have a membership)




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Age to get married: 29 (man), 27 (woman) (I was 32)
Age to buy 1st house: 34 (Wife already owned the house when we were married, so I'll say 32)
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (Significantly over)
Amount in retirement account: $12,000 (under 32), $61,000 (33-45) (Significantly over as well)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes (Days I work my shifts, I almost never cook after 13+ hrs. Days I'm off such as today, that's about right)
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (Over, but that's because on my days off I tend to pick up the paper and add in some other incremental reading)
Amount of hours spent working per week: 32.69 (I'm over. Min 37.5, but @ 40hrs since most shifts I end up @ 13 to 13.5 hrs
Amount of sleep per night: 7.8 hrs. (employed), 8.7 hrs. (unemployed) (lucky if I do 5 hrs a night before days I work)
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (No Gym Membership)

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Age to get married: I was 28 at my first marriage. 36 for my second.
Age to buy 1st house: 37
Amount in checking account: $3,100 (a bit over in savings)
Amount in retirement account:  $61,000 (33-45) (a tad under)
Amount of time spent cooking daily: 33 minutes I love to cook, so I'm over by at least 30 mins.
Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (I go through phases where I'll read books non-stop in the evenings after kids go to bed. But then other times where I won't read for months.  But I read news, and things I want to know more about online almost daily)
Amount of hours spent working per week: (40 per week)
Amount of sleep per night:  (average about 6.5 )
Amount of people with gym memberships who never go to gym: 67% (I go, just not religiously)

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DaNkinator wrote: Amount of time spent reading per week: 5 hrs. 42 min. (I go through phases where I'll read books non-stop in the evenings after kids go to bed. But then other times where I won't read for months.  But I read news, and things I want to know more about online almost daily)

I didn't consider that, but I wonder if they include online reading.  I don't really count that, like looking at your Facebook feed is "reading"



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Amount in checking account: $3,100
I think this is a bad question.  Does this mean only an actual checking account, or amount of ready cash?  I could see how the answer could be skewed wrongly based on interpretations of that question.

Also, when the household is referred to, is the amount in the accounts for everyone in the household, or individuals in the household?  Is the retirement account combined for a husband and wife for instance?  Or is it just an account for the husband or wife?  Is that combined reading time?  Combined cooking time?  The sleep time looks like it should be for individuals.

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tofu_chipmunk wrote: Amount in checking account: $3,100
I think this is a bad question.  Does this mean only an actual checking account, or amount of ready cash?  I could see how the answer could be skewed wrongly based on interpretations of that question.

Also, when the household is referred to, is the amount in the accounts for everyone in the household, or individuals in the household?  Is the retirement account combined for a husband and wife for instance?  Or is it just an account for the husband or wife?  Is that combined reading time?  Combined cooking time?  The sleep time looks like it should be for individuals.

I took the retirement accounts to mean for the household, and same with the cash accounts (savings, checking, money market etc)

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Principal_Raditch wrote: tofu_chipmunk wrote: Amount in checking account: $3,100
I think this is a bad question.  Does this mean only an actual checking account, or amount of ready cash?  I could see how the answer could be skewed wrongly based on interpretations of that question.

Also, when the household is referred to, is the amount in the accounts for everyone in the household, or individuals in the household?  Is the retirement account combined for a husband and wife for instance?  Or is it just an account for the husband or wife?  Is that combined reading time?  Combined cooking time?  The sleep time looks like it should be for individuals.

I took the retirement accounts to mean for the household, and same with the cash accounts (savings, checking, money market etc)

Yes, household should include combined amounts of all adults.  The first point though is valid.  I'm not even sure if a money market account counts (I assume it does, although there are restrictions on it that a regular checking account doesn't have).  Stocks and bonds wouldn't count, and those are liquid. 



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