While it’s true that many of us have spent the last several years running up credit cards, lines of credit and other forms of debt while enjoying low interest rate payments, households make more than they are spending.
Fresh data released Wednesday shows that expenses for “average households” sit just under $75,500 a year, according to Statistics Canada.
It’s a catch-all sum that covers everything from the basics, such as food, shelter, transportation and taxes to what some may consider perks, such as cellphone and Internet costs and even gifts.
That figure compares to average annual household incomes of $79,600, according to Statistics Canada – meaning there’s a sizable surplus between what we make and what we spend.
So does that mean Canadians are in fact a nation of savers, after all? Absolutely not.
“The household spending costs do not account for debt repayments on credit cards and student loans” or other forms of debt, a spokesperson for the government agency said.extremely high by any historical measure.
That means for many, the balance between income and expenses at their household is being entirely gobbled up (and then some) by payments toward credit cards, bank loans and payments on that 2012 Mazda3 sitting in the driveway.
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