Survey: Major driver of spending patterns in U.S. is having children

The total number of children under the age of 18 also affects the amount Americans spend. Aside from those with no children younger than 18, parents with one child in this age category spend the least ($96 per day), while those with five or more spend the most on average ($145). Overall, there is a clear, upward trend: the more children under 18 there are in a household, the more money parents spend on a daily basis.