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Money Poverty and Material Prosperity?

December 28th, 2006 at 10:19 pm

It seems in the U. S. that even people living in poverty have material goods that are not affordable to rest of the world. Americans seem to have lot of stuff. I came across an article on MSN Money. It's somewhat amusing that Americans in general may be living paycheck-to-paycheck or incurring credit card debt, but we have all the conveniences.

I compared myself against the stats:

Refrigerator: 99.20%. I got one!

Stove: 98.30%. I got one!

Color TV: 98.20%. I got one!

Auto: 85.70%. I got one!

Microwave: 98.20%. I got one!

VCR: 86.9%. Does a DVD player count?

Washer: 80%. I got one!

Dryer: 77.10%. Mine is a stacking unit with the washer.

Stereo system: 72.55%. Yes, I have a 5.1 system!

Computer: 59.30%. Laptop it is!

8 Responses to “Money Poverty and Material Prosperity?”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    Refrigerator: 99.20%. - a big one and a little one.
    Stove: 98.30%. - stove top but no oven. but, i have a grill and a toaster/convection thing.
    Color TV: 98.20%. - two, and just pulled another one from storage.
    Auto: 85.70%. - ditto. 2 if you count DH's work vehicle.
    Microwave: 98.20%. - yup. have had for years.
    VCR: 86.9%. - and the dvd player.
    Washer: 80%. - oh yeah, not goin' without this one!
    Dryer: 77.10%. - *grin* part of my heating system
    Stereo system: 72.55%. - just bought a new one and gave the old one to my mom.
    Computer: 59.30%. desktop here, laptop from work, bits enough to build 2 more...

    i don't really feel bad about this, though, as all was paid for in cash. theonly thing i would consider a 'necessity' is the grill, as it would allow me to cook even with no power, not to mention heat water... i gotta admit, though, the last things i'd sell if i needed money are the grill and the computer: i'd find a way to deal without everything else!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. Very interesting. The poor are not appliance poor in the US.

  3. PRICEPLUS Says:

    4 TVs

    2 stereo systems(one of them is DDs)

    1 stove

    1 microwave

    3 cars

    2 VCRs/DVD players

    I washer

    1 dryer

    2 refridgerators

    1 freezer

    3 computers(one of them an older laptop)

    All bought and paid for, thank heaven!

    It really is a lot of "stuff" when you think of it!

  4. amber Says:

    Refrigerator: 1

    Stove: 1

    Color TV: 3

    Auto: 1

    Microwave: 1

    VCR and DVD: 1 0f each

    Washer: 1

    Dryer: 0

    Stereo system: 1

    Computer: 2
    Just like priceplus mine are all bought and paid for thank God, but it is a lot of stuff I guess we are spoiled

  5. sarah Says:

    Just a reminder that this doesn't apply to all Americans. Many hoomes on American Indian reservations have neither electricity nor running water. (i.e. Pine Ridge)

  6. jersey jen Says:

    * sarah

    it looks like the given stats from MSN Money are quite accurate. the u. s. demographics shows that Native Americans are 0.8%. gee, the refrigerators happen to reach 99.2% of all Americans. guess who don't have refrigerators?

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