Estimated sales price of selected used household appliances and equivalent food, utility or shelter purchases in 2005.
Appliance Estimated Sales Price Equivalent to the purchase of
Refrigerator $ 150 8 days of meals for a family of four
Microwave $ 45 3 days of meals for a family of four
Air Conditioner $ 30 9 days of electricity for an average home
All basic appliances $1,625 2.5 mos. of average poor household’s rent
Source: Boteach, M and Cooper, D. (2011) What you need when you’re poor: Heritage Foundation Hasn’t a Clue. Washington, D.C.: Center for American Progress.