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You mightn’t realize it, however customers spend as much and even more from Could with August than in the hectic December holiday.

On a month-to-month basis from May 2013 with Could 2014, it was May 2014 that saw the greatest month-to-month levels of consumer spending, as with June, July, and August 2013, according to

But what’re Americans investing their cash on? It’s an easy question to address in the holiday shopping times of the years, when present cards, toys and games, party prefers, and jewelry top the list for customer spending.

May-through-August spending is less obvious, although American Express has some idea where our money goes when the temperature level rises and family spending plans appear to wilt in the heat. The charge card giant’s latest Spending and Cost savings Tracker takes a comprehensive look at U.S. household summertime spending routines, including these most typical items and experiences:

Keeping kids busy: U.S. parents are digging deeper into their pockets to keep children active and amused this summer season, investing $958 per child usually – up from $856 in 2012 and $601 in 2012.

Mini-trips. Summer season activities are on the rise across the board, and topping the list are day trips (including to amusement park) (77 %), followed by trips to the ballpark (48 %), and pool or club subscriptions (41 %).

Kids and camps. Summer season camp remains to be popular, with 34 % of children attending day camp and 25 % packing their trunks for sleepaway camp.

Overall, moms and dads are spending $70 million or so this times of the year on household activities, Amex reports. That’s up 12 % from in 2012, and a shocking 59 % from 2012 (an indication that American families watch the economy as improving significantly).

It’s not a complimentary ride for kids, nevertheless. American Express reports that 98 % of U.S. parents will certainly make their kids do household chores to earn their summer season swag – like in 2012.

‘There will certainly be no rest for weary children this summertime, as moms and dads pay out even more to keep their kids hectic outside of the academic year,’ states David Rabkin, senior vice president of consumer lending items at American Express.

‘Throughout the year, we have seen higher spending in a variety of areas like travel, shopping and music – so it’s not a surprise that moms and dads are preparing to invest even more to keep their children active. This is good news for seasonal sellers, along with camps, theme parks, and other music venues,’ Rabkin states.