Consumer Expenditure Survey

Section 20, Part A - Expense Patterns for Food, Beverages, and Other Selected Items - Food and Beverages

Section 20, Part A asks for expenditure estimates for groceries, alcoholic beverages, and meals away from home.

IMPORTANT: The Census Bureau does not release to the Bureau of Labor Statistics any confidential information such as names and addresses. This information is only used during the course of the interview.

Now I am going to ask you about expenses for food, beverages and other items.
Since the first of the reference month, what has been your usual WEEKLY expense at the grocery store or supermarket?
[enter value] _____________

About how much of this amount was for nonfood items, such as paper products, detergents, home cleaning supplies, pet foods, and alcoholic beverages? [enter value] _____________

Have you or any members of your CU purchased any food or nonalcoholic beverages from places other than grocery stores, such as convenience stores, specialty stores, bakeries, home delivery, vegetable stands, or farmer’s markets?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was your usual WEEKLY expense at these places? [enter value] _____________

Since the first of the reference month have you or any members of your CU purchased any beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages to be served at home?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was your usual MONTHLY expense for beer and wine? [enter value] _____________

What was the usual MONTHLY expense for other alcoholic beverages? [enter value] _____________

Have you or any members of your CU purchased any beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages in restaurants, taverns, cocktail lounges, or clubs?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was the usual MONTHLY expense? [enter value] _____________

Have you or any members of your CU purchased meals, snacks or fast food from restaurants, cafeterias, carryouts, street vendors or other such places?
(Do not include meals purchased at school.)

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was the usual MONTHLY expense for these purchases? [enter value] _____________

Since the first of the reference month, have you or any members of your CU paid for board outside of a boarding house?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was the usual MONTHLY expense? [enter value] _____________

Have you or any members of your CU received any free food, beverages, or meals through public or private welfare agencies, including religious organizations?
Do not include free meals in school or preschool programs.

  1. Yes
  2. No

Have you or any members of your CU received any free meals at work as part of your pay?

  1. Yes
  2. No

About what was the WEEKLY dollar value of such meals? [enter value] _____________

Since the first of the reference month, how many weeks did members of your CU receive such meals? [enter value] _____________

Since the first of the reference month, not including the current month, have you or any members of your CU purchased any meals at school for preschool through high school age children?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What are the names of all CU members who purchased meals at school?
* Enter line numbers for all that apply. [enter value] _____________

Since the first of the reference month, not including the current month, what has been the usual WEEKLY expense for the meals for the CU members who purchased meals at school? [enter value] _____________

How many weeks did the CU member(s) purchase meals? [enter value] _____________

End of Section 20A

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Last Modified Date: October 13, 2005

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