Counting the real cost of Christmas

Posted 19/12/2014 by BrightHouse Web Relations

A BrightHouse survey has revealed that the average Brit spends almost a £1000 during the Christmas season. The researchers questioned 2,000 people up and down the country on their festive spending habits. We all know that the festive season is one of the most expensive times of the year, but what does the average Brit spend the most on.

Residents of Aberystwyth are the most indulgent spenders during the festive season, splurging £1024.24 on Christmas, more than 12% over the national average of £910.91. The biggest Scrooges in the UK are the residents of Gloucester, who say bah humbug to Christmas by spending a measly £538.23 on their Christmas celebrations, a huge 69% less than the UK average.

Unsurprisingly the buying of presents takes up the majority of the budget, with the average British family spending a total of £493 on gifts. Aberystwyth are the biggest spenders splashing out £660 on presents, a third more than the national average. With a gift buying budget of only £280.24 Gloucester finds itself at the bottom of the league, spending less than half as much on presents as the national average and a massive 58% less than the most generous gift givers Aberystwyth.

Naturally, the majority of the gift budget is spent on partners and children. Aberystwyth once again come out on top, spending £175.42 per child and £171.25 on their partners, a huge 90 and 86% increase on the national average of £92.08 and £91.67 respectively. Wrexham are the lowest spenders on gifts for their children stumping up just £50.18, and the residents of Gloucester spend the least on their partners devoting just £55.35 of their Christmas budget to this gift.

If you like to receive lavish presents then it is probably a good idea to move to Coventry, as the average spend on gifts for friends and colleagues is £65.57, a whopping 50% increase on the national average of £43.67. Residents of Aberdeen should maybe consider relocating, as you are unlikely to receive a jaw dropping gift, with an average spend of just £19.28, 55% less than the national average and a huge 70% less than big spending Coventry.

Wrexham is clearly a party town, spending a total of £392.73 on entertaining at home and letting their hair down out on the town. This figure is £100 more than the national average of £292.24 and only £22.65 less than their gift buying budget! If you enjoy a Christmas celebration then it is best to avoid Gloucester, as they spend just £199.02 on festive entertainment.

The most fabulously decorated houses are to be found in Brighton, with residents spending an average of £26.33 decking their halls with boughs of Holly; nearly 40% more than the national of £18.90! Residents of Gloucester are once again the veritable Scrooges of Christmas, spending nearly two thirds less than Brightonians on decorations, with only £9.35 of their Christmas budget devoted to trees and tinsel.

We've come up with five handy tips to help you remain within you Christmas budget.

. . . and cutting the real cost of Christmas

  • If, like the residents of Wrexham, you enjoy a party then you are guaranteed to have some leftover food. Why not check out our Christmas Kitchen recipe archive for some hints and tips on what to do with your leftovers, just click on the bin!
  • Spread the cost of your present buying by starting it earlier in the year.
  • The prices of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and crackers are usually reduced to clear straight after December 25th – so why not stock up when they’re cheap?
  • In fact, why not avoid the shops altogether and look for great online deals, there are always amazing offers available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Last, but not least, invest in an artificial tree – it’ll save you money in the long run and you won’t spend all Christmas hoovering up needles!

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