Women blow the Christmas budget with `top-up' gifts
A new survey says that nearly half of women admit to spending more than they planned to on Christmas presents.
A new survey claims nearly half of women blow their Christmas shopping budget. National Savings & Investments found that a third of women splash out on last minute ‘top-up’ gifts, in addition to presents they’d already planned to purchase.
Only two-fifths of men surveyed admitted overspending and most said they finish their shopping well before Christmas. A fifth of the men surveyed said they had bought their presents months in advance and within budget. And only a quarter of men said they bought top-up presents.
Despite the current squeeze on our pockets, two-fifths of the women surveyed said that price wasn’t an issue when it comes to Christmas presents. Women spent an average of £50 more than men.
Unsurprisingly, nearly 40% of the women surveyed admitted that they felt frustrated or guilty about their Christmas spending when January rolled around.
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