Codes and Frequencies
FSTOTXPNC indicates the total amount the household spent on food last week.
FSTOTXPNC is a categorical recode of the continuous FSTOTXPN. In 2015, the continuous variable was discontinued from the public release data and a categorical variable was introduced. FSTOTXPNC recodes all previous years to the 2015 coding scheme. FSTOTXPN will no longer be updated for new samples.
Food spending is calculated based expenditures in different stores and establishments. Households also report their usual weekly expenditures on food, which is available in FSULXPNS.
This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.
The universe changes over time. Before 2010, total expenditure data are available for all households. After 2010, food expenditure questions are restricted to non-group quarter households.
Documented topcodes change over time. Unless otherwise specified, in order to correspond to the 2015 topcode, all values above $600 are given the code 600. In 2011, the topcode is $570 (code 570). In 2012, the topcode is $500 (code 500). In 2013, the documentation gives a topcode of $500, but the data have an apparent topcode of $600 (code 600).
- 1999-2009: All households.
- Apr 2001: All households in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.
- 2010+: Non-group quarters households that purchased food.
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