It's an expensive habit to drink bottled water. In fact, Americans spend just as much money on bottled water every year as they do engagement rings.

Mental Floss shows what Americans choose to spend the most money on.

Groceries

**Amount spent: **$478 billion

Fast food

**Amount spent: **$117 billion

Beer

**Amount spent: **$96 billion

That's enough to make 199,937,239 barrels.

Soft drinks

**Amount spent: **$65 billion

Child care

**Amount spent:** $47 billion

Lawn care

**Amount spent: **$40 billion

Gambling

**Amount spent: **$34.6 billion

Alternative medicine

**Amount spent: **$33.9 billion

Dollar store purchases

**Amount spent: **$30 billion

Professional sports

**Amount spent: **$25.4 billion

Credit card late fees

**Amount spent: **$18 billion

Video games

**Amount spent: **$17 billion

Easter

**Amount spent: **$16.8 billion

Chocolate

**Amount spent: **$16 billion

We eat 2.8 billion pounds of that goodness.

Coffee

**Amount spent: ** $11 billion ($1.4 billion is organic)

Bottled water

**Amount spent: **$11 billion

Engagement and wedding rings

**Amount spent: **$11 billion

Romance novels

**Amount spent: **$10 billion

Sinus treatment

**Amount spent: **$5.8 billion

Ringtones

**Amount spent: ** $5 billion worldwide

Perfume

**Amount spent: **$4.2 billion

St. Patrick's Day

**Amount spent: **$4.14 billion

Baggage fees

**Amount spent: **$3.36 billion

Toilet paper

**Amount spent: ** $2.6 billion

Tattoos

**Amount spent: **$2.3 billion

Valentines Day flowers

**Amount spent: **$1.7 billion

Over-the-counter teeth whiteners

**Amount spent: **$1.4 billion

Taxidermy

**Amount spent: **$800 million

Girl Scout cookies

**Amount spent: **$800 million

Pretzels

**Amount spent: **$550 million

Twinkies

**Amount spent:** About $500 million

Poor Twinkies. At least this is what we spent last year.

Golf balls

**Amount spent: **$500 million

Pet Halloween costumes

**Amount spent: **$310 million

Tattoo removal

**Amount spent: **$66 million

## 34 things Americans spend billions or millions of dollars on

It's an expensive habit to drink bottled water. In fact, Americans spend just as much money on bottled water every year as they do engagement rings.

Mental Floss shows what Americans choose to spend the most money on.

Amount spent:$478 billionAmount spent:$117 billionAmount spent:$96 billionThat's enough to make 199,937,239 barrels.

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Amount spent:$500 millionAmount spent:$310 millionAmount spent:$66 million