The cost of convenience |

The cost of convenience

Americans spend $177 billion a year on services that make life a little easier.

How much would you pay to simplify your life? According to the latest research from, it’s $177 billion among the 46% of American adults who admit to spending on such services as delivery, driving, handiwork, pet care and subscription boxes.

Food delivery services are the most common convenience, with roughly 45% of Americans spending an average $63 each month on services like Seamless, UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Caviar and Eat24. That’s around $7 billion a month and some $84 billion a year to get food to our doors.

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The second most popular conveniences are subscription services, for which 44% of Americans say they’ve signed up. We spend an estimated $2 billion monthly on boxes from HelloFresh, BarkBox and Rent the Runway.

Third place is a three-way-tie, with 43% of American adults using pet services, handyman and cleaning services and car services.

Men spend more on convenience

Lazy. Slaves to convenience. However you frame it, American men are more likely than women to call for help.

Men spend roughly 50% more than women on food delivery services and over 200% more on subscription services. Men also spend upward of 100% more than women on pet services, handyman and cleaning services and car services.

Gen Y is the convenience generation

It may not surprise you that Gen Y indulges in convenience the most, spending more than other generations across the board. Gen Y shells out an average $41 a month for help compared with $20 for baby boomers and $13 for Gen X. Interestingly, the largest gap between generations is in food delivery services, where it appears that Gen X cooks for themselves more often, spending only $22 on average for food delivery each month, versus $73 for boomers and $87 for Gen Y.

Double income, no cooking

Surprisingly, those who are married or in a domestic partnership spend an average $101 each month on food delivery services. This figure is roughly double that of widows ($52), triple that of singles ($31) and almost seven times as much as divorcees ($15).

Work hard, eat hard

There are only so many hours in a day. And those who are employed full time spend the most on food delivery services, averaging $115 a month ordering in. That’s about 16 times more that the $7 retirees spend monthly on food delivery.

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