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Many people also have children as family is very important to most American. Many
schools start early, usually at about 7:30 so parents can drop their kids off at
school or get them on the bus prior to heading off for work. Schools generally let
out at about 2:30 or 3:30 pm. Some kids partake in after school activities like
sports or social clubs, while others go to day care, head to a grandparent's
house, or are simply picked up by a parent who doesn't work or only works part
Although many people have evening and night shift jobs, most Americans with families
have these times free and for many these times are spent with children, perhaps
doing school work, participating in a sport, or just watching TV or playing video
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However, the above is just one example of many ways of life in the United States.
For others evening shifts are common, for many young people more time is spent with
friends out in town than with family, and for many couples without children time
is spent in the home or out with friends. In other words, there is no normal, but
many people's lives do have a regular routine, even if that routine is different
from the above.
Most Americans make enough money to have some discretionary income. This helps people
enjoy their time off, but again how people spend their free time is very different.
Traveling, sports, buying new technology and various forms of entertainment are
common items that are enjoyed by the people. One dream of many Americans though
is to own their own home, which is what many people save for, and may pay for years.
However, for most people this is worth the effort.