The Hill’s Sam Stein and Paul Waldman look at the spending habits of Americans, looking at wool socks as a prime example.
(The Hill)How much do Americans spend on wool socks and the difference between buying wool socks online and at flea markets?
Here are the latest numbers from the Consumer Reports Consumer Satisfaction Index, a consumer survey that tracks how consumers feel about products they own.
Wool socks: $14.60 per pairLast year, Americans spent an average of $14,100 per pair on wool sock purchases.
The average American spent an additional $9,000 per pair, and wool socks accounted for about a quarter of that total.
Wool socks are not cheap to make, and it costs around $12 to $13 per pair for a pair.
A $12 pair of wool socks will set you back $14 (or, for example, a pair of socks costing $15 will cost you $25-$30).
In the end, though, wool socks are the most popular sock purchase among American women.
According to the latest Consumer Reports survey, wool sock buyers are split evenly between men and women.
The survey found that the majority of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s bought wool socks at least once.
A third of women ages 35 to 54 and a quarter in their 50s and 60s bought a pair every year.
Men in their early 30s were most likely to buy wool socks, followed by men in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
Men in their 40s, 50s, 60s and older were more likely to purchase a pair a year or less.
Waxed wool socks: Up $2.30 per pairAccording to Consumer Reports, waxed wool sock sales have increased $2 per pair since 2014, as manufacturers have been focusing on a more waterproof sock.
The company said waxed sheepskin wool is used in “wool socks for people with waterproofing issues,” but it’s not the same as the traditional wool sock.
Waxed wool makes it easy to slip a sock under your shirt or pants.
Wools can be expensive, and the price tag can be steep, but waxed socks can be more comfortable than traditional wool socks.
It’s a good thing, because wool socks make you feel warmer, more comfortable and have a more breathable feel than a traditional sock.
Wearable wool socks have become increasingly popular in recent years, and this year, Woolite, the company that makes waxed leather, announced it would be launching a new line of woolen socks that are “breathable, stretchable, water resistant and washable.”
Wool wool socks may be more expensive than traditional socks, but the best thing about wool socks is that they feel like wool socks in your hand.
And that’s just a taste.
The top five reasons why you should choose wool socksFor men, wool is a great alternative to traditional wool.
The fact that wool socks can go without a stain or stains can make them great for those with dry skin, allergies and skin issues.
For women, wool can make a great substitute for cotton socks because it’s stretchy, dry and lightweight.
Womens wool socks also are lighter than women’s, and they’re easier to care for.
They also have a slightly better breathability than cotton socks.
Warm socks are good for youThe average American spends more than $300 a year on wool.
It comes down to a few things: The amount you spend per pair (the number of times you wear the sock), the quality of the wool, and whether the wool is made from sheep, goats, cows or goatskin.
Wools made from goats, goatskin and sheep are the cheapest.
The cheapest wool socks that can be purchased are about $15 per pair.
Wool is used to make the material for yarn, which is used for clothing, socks, scarves, belts and other accessories.
Wool is also used to weave fabrics like lace and lace socks.
A wool sock can be made of either wool or cotton.
Worried about the environmental impact?
Worries about pollution from the manufacturing of wool are common.
A study published in Nature Climate Change in June 2017 found that more than a third of global consumers surveyed said they were concerned about the impact of wool on the environment.
The World Health Organization estimates that around 70 percent of global human activity is based on wool, according to the U.N. Environment Program.
The average wool sock costs $13 and the average wool stocking costs $15, according the Environmental Protection Agency.
Worth the money?
The U.S. government has set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, which means wool socks could save an average American $2,800 a year.