Have you ever wondered how consumers around the globe spend their money, or how other citizens in your own country allocate their paychecks? Forbes did the legwork to satisfy our international curiosity and looked at the consumption patterns for 18 countries. Their figures don't reflect the most recent increases in food and energy costs, but the overall, global picture is very interesting. Hit click slideshow to see which countries spend the highest and lowest percentages of their income on everything from alcoholic beverages to education, and visit Forbes to see the exact percentages for all 18 countries.
How People Spend Money Around the World