One-Third of the Bulgarian Households Expenses - for Food

Most of Bulgarians' money goes for food. This shows the data from the analysis of the National Statistics Institute for 2017.

Food is the most important indicator of the expenses of each Bulgarian household, with the percentage of food costs being 30.1%, including non-alcoholic beverages. The second largest sphere of spending goes on housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels - about 15%.

For the social insurance contributions and transport, the Bulgarians spend about 7% each, and on average about 4% for clothes and shoes as well as for furnishing and maintaining their home. The money spent on alcohol and cigarettes are also 4%.

For healthcare, the average Bulgarians spend a smaller percentage, compared to 2016 - 5.4%, as well as for leisure, cultural recreation and various types of communication - only 4.4%.

Bulgarians buy mostly TVs, from the electronic devices - nearly 99% of the households have at least one television and 30% have two or more.

Compared to 5 years earlier, Bulgarians give less money for food, transport, and culture. In all other spheres, there is a minimal increase in costs.

The annual total income average per capita is BGN 5,586 in 2017 and has increased by 8.1% compared to 2016. The total average income per household member increased 1.6 times during the 2008 - 2017 period.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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