Belfast Telegraph

2018 shaping up to be year of the 'savvy spender'

By Vicky Shaw

This is set to be the year of the "savvy spenders", with more than half of us having changed our money habits since the start of 2018, a survey has found.

Some 54% of people have altered their purchasing routines, while 60% have also changed eating or going out habits since the start of 2018, according to Lloyds Bank's spending power report.

Of those who have changed their spending habits, a third (34%) have cut spending on clothes and personal care items, and a fifth (20%) are turning to voucher codes and discount websites. The average consumer tightening their belts claims to have reduced spending by £21.53 a week since the start of the year.

The report said: "2018 is on course to be the year of the savvy spenders."

Younger people were particularly likely to say they were using voucher codes or had cut back on eating out, with 27% of 18-to-34-year-olds using voucher codes and discount websites more often and a third (33%) of 25-to-34-year-olds swapping dining out for eating in.

Only around one in five (22%) people thinks they will have more money in six months' time, the survey of over 2,000 people in January found.

Robin Bulloch, managing director of Lloyds Bank, said: "It is clear that many young people are concerned about the pressure on their finances in 2018 and are looking at ways to reduce their outgoings."

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