Exploring Food Purchase Behavior of Low-Income Households: How Do They Economize?

This report compares food purchases by U.S. households of different income levels and finds that low-income shoppers spend less on food purchases despite some evidence that they face generally higher purchase prices. Households can economize on food spending by purchasing more discounted products, favoring private-label (generic) products over brand, pursuing volume discounts, or settling for a less expensive product (for example, less lean beef within a product class. A 1998 sample of food store purchase data shows that low-income households adhere to these practices when possible, but that the typically smaller size of food stores in urban and rural locations may sometimes preclude them from doing so.


Issue Date:
2003
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/33711
Total Pages:
8
Series Statement:
Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 747-07; Current Issues in Economics of Food Markets




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