Contact Us

It’s Unbelieveable How Much Americans Spend on Coffee and Lunch Each Year

pete, Flickr

In this day of a tight budgets, in a tight economy, you might find it hard to believe how much the average American spends for coffee and lunch on a daily basis. A new survey of Americans’ workplace spending habits shows that on incidentals like coffee and restaurant lunches every year — we spend almost $3,000 per person, on average.

Accounting Principals polled 1,000 US workers last month and found we spend more than $1,000 annually on coffee and another $2,000 on midday meals. It also found men and young workers are more willing to indulge in a $5 coffee than women or older colleagues.

On average, American employees spend $37 weekly for lunch, but men spend closer to $50 per week while women shell out just $27.

Younger professionals between 18 and 34 like their coffee — they spend almost $25 a week on java, $11 more than colleagues who are 45 and older. But when it comes to lunches, half of the younger set planned to save money this year by brown-bagging it instead of going out.

All told, Americans’ total annual bill for coffee and lunch is double the $1,500 a year spent on commuting to our jobs.

But we do have priorities. When asked, workers said they’d rather have comfortable chairs and better computer equipment than fancy coffee or upgraded lunch rooms.


Best of Cars 108

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Passenger Rewards quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Passenger Rewards contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.