The figure for national consumer expenses in five selected countries, categorized by budgeting priority, is presented in the given table. Data was collected in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey in 2002. Overall, it can be seen that citizens in all countries spent money the most in primary budgets, followed by secondary and tertiary budgets, respectively.
Primary budgets; food, drinks or tobacco had the highest proportion, with Turkey and Ireland was at the first and the second rank, accounted for 32.14% and 28.91%, while the expenses levels under 20% came from the rest of the countries.
In all countries, less than a tenth of clothing or footwear expenses were seen, and Italian paid for this secondary budget higher than other countries, at 9%. Ireland, Spain and Turkey possessed particularly almost the same proportion. They hovered around 6.5%, a slightly lower than this amount was Sweden proportion.
Finally, leisure or education expenditure, which was incorporated into tertiary budgets, showed a minority in all countries, all at under 4.5%, even in Spain this percentage did not reach 2%.