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Surprising Stats About Americans’ Spending Habits

TristaFebruary 7, 2020
A popular souvenir from Hawaii are those dancing hula girls. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Souvenir Shopping

Many minimalists will try to spend their money on experiences like traveling instead of buying too many things. However, when most Americans travel, they tend to purchase souvenirs for their friends and family. Many of these items can be silly novelty gifts that don’t actually serve any real purpose. According to Statistica, US souvenir shopping totaled 16.75 billion dollars in 2017.

It’s not always necessary to buy a souvenir when you go somewhere. Credit: Pixabay

The issue with souvenirs is that many of them end up in the trash or get donated to thrift stores. So if you want to cut back on waste, don’t get pointless things when you go to another country. Sometimes, taking photos and creating lasting memories are enough.

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