That's $30,000 over an average lifetime of snacking. 

By Tim Nelson
December 09, 2019

Unless you only eat three square meals a day and literally nothing else, you probably enjoy a nice snack from time to time. According to new survey data, spending on snacking really adds up over the course of our lifetimes.

Based on a survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned by Moonstruck Chocolate, it’s estimated that the average eater spends roughly $28,766.40 on snacks over the course of their lifetime. That figure is based on an estimated $9.22 spent on snacks each week, which translates to $479.44 a year. So basically if you stopped snacking entirely, there’s a decent chance you’re about halfway to paying a month’s rent.

However, other questions in the survey reveal that the likelihood of someone giving up snacking entirely are pretty slim. 18 percent of the 2,000 respondents said they’d give up all of their electronics for a month if it meant they could get a lifetime supply of snacks out of the deal. Furthermore, 16 percent of those polled said they’d be willing to shave their heads in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

In another interesting factoid revealed by the survey, it seems that the balance between sweet snack lovers (37 percent) and salty snack lovers (34 percent) is pretty even, proving that there is balance in the universe of snacking. Apparently, potato chips have the bower to bridge the divide, as 80 percent of sweet snackers and 84 percent of salty snackers describe them as a go-to.

So if you’re for some reason itemizing all of the snacks you bought in 2019 as the year winds down, don’t feel guilty if it ends up being close to $500. As it turns out, it just means your snacking habits are pretty average.  

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