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Teen spending preferences revealed

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By Carol A. Clark

Three teens took an idea, persevered all semester and produced an in-depth report detailing the buying trends of local youth.

 

Los Alamos High School juniors Emi Weeks, 16, and Josh Dolin, 16 and senior Annie Chroninger, 17, surveyed 899 local youth to ascertain where they get their money, how much they get, where they spend it and on what.

 

The teen spending survey show the largest number of teen respondents spend $11-$20 weekly and at the high end, some 80 respondents said they spend an average of $91 a week.

 

“We found that most teens in Los Alamos receive money from their parents,” Dolin said.

 

Dolin, Weeks and Chroninger comprise the local Youth Mobilizers program, which is funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and facilitated through The Family YMCA.

 

“There has been much discussion in the community about the proposed Trinity Site Development project among others and whether there is sufficient spending power to support more retail outlets,” Weeks said. “Within that discussion, we’ve heard about how much income is lost here due to spending ‘off the Hill’.”

 

In conducting their survey, the youth uncovered the following local spending trends:

 


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