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Uneaten food tops the Christmas spending ‘grudge list’

09 December 2013

Parking costs, Christmas cards, ‘Secret Santa’ and buying presents for family members you don’t like also make the top ten

Wasted food and the inflated cost of eating-out over the festive period top the table of the nation’s Christmas grudge-purchases according to a new study released today. Paying for greetings cards, wrapping paper, advent calendars and office parties also feature in the list of the top 10 things people resent spending money on over Christmas.


The UK’s Top 10 Christmas grudge-purchases



Food that goes uneaten



Paying more than usual to eat out at Christmas



Parking when Christmas shopping



Sending Christmas cards



Buying wrapping paper



Presents for family members you don’t like very much



Buying a secret Santa present for a work colleague



Christmas crackers



Spending money on the works’ Christmas party (tickets/clothes/drinks)



Buying advent calendars


The survey, commissioned by price comparison website Gocompare.com, also revealed that men are more likely to be grumpy about some traditional Christmas purchases than women:

  • Over twice the number of men (13%) begrudged the money spent on advent calendars compared with women (6%);
  • 23% of men said they resented money spent on sending Christmas cards while 18% of women shared this sentiment;
  • 15% of men were peeved about buying Christmas crackers, compared to just 10% of women.

Claire Peate, customer insight manager from Gocompare.com, commented, “People don’t like wasting money or feeling ripped off so it is perhaps unsurprising to see expensive food related grudges topping the list. But, we were surprised at how many people resented spending money on festive traditions – such as cards, crackers and calendars.

“Some of the best Christmas memories are not down to the things we feel we should buy, but about spending time together. So, if certain Christmas traditions leave you feeling bah-humbug – forget about them and create some new ones of your own.”


Notes to editors:

*On 25th November 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 2,007 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panellists. The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.