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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
Shutterstock

Amount spent: $478 billion

Fast food
Pat Roque, Associated Press

Amount spent: $117 billion

Beer
Toby Talbot, Associated Press

Amount spent: $96 billion



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

Soft drinks
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Amount spent: $65 billion

Child care
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Amount spent: $47 billion

Lawn care
Beth Hall, Associated Press

Amount spent: $40 billion

Gambling
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Amount spent: $34.6 billion

Alternative medicine
Elaine Thompson, Associated Press

Amount spent: $33.9 billion

Dollar store purchases
David Duprey, Associated Press

Amount spent: $30 billion

Professional sports
Dustin Bradford, Getty Images

Amount spent: $25.4 billion

Credit card late fees
401(k) 2013 via flickr

Amount spent: $18 billion

Video games
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Amount spent: $17 billion

Easter
Bassem Tellawi, Associated Press

Amount spent: $16.8 billion

Chocolate
Matthew Mead, Associated Press

Amount spent: $16 billion



We eat 2.8 billion pounds of that goodness.

Coffee
Kirstin Murphy, Deseret News

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

Bottled water
Keith J. Johnson, Deseret News

Amount spent: $11 billion

Engagement and wedding rings
wwarby via flickr

Amount spent: $11 billion

Romance novels
Jason Olson, Deseret News

Amount spent: $10 billion

Sinus treatment
heatherbroster via flickr

Amount spent: $5.8 billion

Ringtones
Torley via flickr

Amount spent: $5 billion worldwide

Perfume
Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

Amount spent: $4.2 billion

St. Patrick's Day
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Amount spent: $4.14 billion

Baggage fees
Matt Rourke, Associated Press

Amount spent: $3.36 billion

Toilet paper
Kimberly Clark Corp., Associated Press

Amount spent: $2.6 billion

Tattoos
Chris Park, Associated Press

Amount spent: $2.3 billion

Valentines Day flowers
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Amount spent: $1.7 billion

Over-the-counter teeth whiteners
Jeremy Jenum via flickr

Amount spent: $1.4 billion

Taxidermy
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Amount spent: $800 million

Girl Scout cookies
Matt Slocum, Associated Press

Amount spent: $800 million

Pretzels
Larry Crowe, Deseret News

Amount spent: $550 million

Twinkies
Brennan Linsley

Amount spent: About $500 million



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

Golf balls
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Amount spent: $500 million

Pet Halloween costumes
buycostumes.com

Amount spent: $310 million

Tattoo removal
troyjmorris via flickr

Amount spent: $66 million