Early Leavers: Premier League fans miss eight home goals and waste £73 per season

  • Early leavers miss 7.5 minutes of home game action on average
  • Early leavers miss 7.5 minutes of home game action on average
  • Arsenal fans waste £186 by ducking-out early
  • Chelsea fans celebrated most late PL goals last season
  • Stoke and West Brom fans free to leave games early

Research has shown that the average Premier League football fan ducks-out of home games seven minutes and 37 seconds early to avoid the hustle and bustle of leaving the stadium and the inevitable traffic getting away from the ground*.

With this in mind, a new study has analysed the closing stages of each Premier League side’s home games to evaluate what fans could be missing out on by leaving before the final whistle.

The findings, from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk, reveal that the average Premier League fan missed eight goals by leaving early last season, representing an average wastage of £72.63 of a season ticket price, based on the share of goals missed.

A costly escape

With the costliest season ticket and nearly one in five home goals taking place in the final seven minutes (18%), Arsenal fans might want to stick around for the full duration of games at the Emirates.

Early leavers wasted £185.77 through missed goals – over 15 times the wastage of Stoke fans who left the bet365 Stadium early.

The fans who wasted the most money on their season ticket by leaving 7.5 minutes early during the 2016/17 season were

  1. Arsenal – missed 18% of home goals, accounting for £185.77 of the season ticket
  2. Chelsea – 20% of goals, £150.00 wasted
  3. Southampton – 24% of goals, £137.41 wasted
  4. Everton – 24% of goals, £122.62 wasted
  5. Swansea City – 24% of goals, £108.63 wasted

The fans who wasted the least amount of money on their season ticket by leaving 7.5 minutes early during the 2016/17 season were:

  1. Stoke City – missed 4% of home goals, accounting for £12.25 of the season ticket
  2. West Brom – 4% of goals, £14.78 wasted
  3. Huddersfield Town – 15% of goals, £26.32 wasted
  4. Newcastle United – 8% of goals, £26.86 wasted
  5. Brighton – 7% of goals, £32.28 wasted

Late goals galore

Chelsea fans who lasted the full 90 were able to celebrate the most late goals. Accounting for all goals from the 83rd minute onwards, the Blues scored 11 times last season. With a potential waste of £150, fans at Stamford Bridge might also want to consider the financial cost, as well as goals missed.

Chelsea’s defence was also the strongest in the Premier League late on. Along with Liverpool, they conceded just once in the final seven minutes of home matches.

Including goals scored by visiting teams, early-leaving supporters of Everton and Swansea missed out on the most action, with 13 goals being scored after the 83rd minute at both Goodison Park and the Liberty Stadium respectively. That being said, six of the goals at the Liberty Stadium were scored by the visiting team.

Get out while you can

At the other end of the scale, Crystal Palace fans might want to duck-out early – they conceded more late goals (six) than any other side last year. However, given that they also scored 21% of their goals in the closing stages, an early leave would waste £87.50 over the season.

The findings also reveal that Stoke followers would lose the least by heading home early. Just 4% of all Potters goals were scored in the final seven minutes, which equates to a £12.25 loss based on the cost per goal.

West Brom supporters can also escape early to miss the traffic without too much fear of missing any action. The Hawthorns hosted just four late goals last season, three of which were scored by the opposition.

The early getaway won’t even put that much of a dent in fans’ wallets – Baggies fans skipping out five minutes early on average wasted just £14.78 of a season ticket across the season.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox.co.uk said, “While we understand that some fans may want to leave games early to avoid the traffic, or perhaps just to get away from their team’s poor performances, our findings show just what fans could be missing out on.

“From a footballing perspective, Chelsea fans will want to make sure they stay for the full game to enjoy their team’s late flurry of goals, but from a financial perspective, Arsenal fans could be wasting just short of £200 per season by consistently heading home only a few minutes early.

“Check out the full premier league table of season ticket wastage.”

Notes to Editors:

‘Late goals’ define as goals scored from 83rd minute onwards. Cost per goal calculated as season ticket price divided by the total number of home goals scored by a team. All scores and ticket prices according to the 2016/17 season. In cases of newly-promoted teams, Championship data has been used.

Sources:

*https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/football-fans-miss-oneandahalf-games-a-season-by-leaving-matches-early-a3322386.html Sources: http://www.skysports.com http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/626704/Premier-League-season-ticket-prices-2017-18-sportgalleries http://www.express.co.uk/pictures/sport/6728/Championship-season-ticket-prices-sportgalleries

Now that’s ugly: 65% of women are at risk of paying double for best-selling beauty products

  • British women could save up to 26% on key beauty brands by shopping around
  • Women’s average spend on beauty products in the UK is £20 a month and only 35% regularly price-check
  • Radox shower gel comes in with the biggest discrepancy with over 2.5x the price

New research has found women are spending more than double on best-selling beauty products depending on where they shop. Popular items such as Batiste dry shampoo, Bio Oil and Radox shower gel see price hikes of up to 167% depending on whether women visit Superdrug, Boots, Amazon or Sainsbury’s.

Despite the fact that the average British woman spends £20 a month on beauty products, 13% never price-check these items and a further 53% fail to regularly compare prices.

A shopping basket of 20 popular beauty products studied by Voucherbox.co.uk amounts to £220.09. However, research shows that women could be missing out on £56.67 worth of discounts by not shopping around – a 26% saving.

High street horrors

When comparing the 20 beauty products, research found that some items double in price depending on where you shop.

The most varying products include:

  • Dove Nourishing Care shower oil: £2.48 at Superdrug to £6.59 at Amazon, 166% increase
  • St Ives Apricot Scrub: £2.05 at Superdrug – £5.25 at Amazon, 156% increase
  • Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Shampoo: £5.99 at Boots to £13.95 at Amazon, 133% increase
  • Radox Feel Uplifted shower gel: 98p at Superdrug to £2.62 at Amazon, 167% increase

Save a pretty penny

Savvy Bio Oil buyers can save up to £6.28 by shopping at Amazon over Boots and Superdrug. Meanwhile if you’re in the market for Simple facial cleansing wipes then head to Superdrug where this product is £1.70 cheaper than at Boots. On the low-budget beauty spectrum, popular lip salve Vaseline can be scooped up for 30% less than the Boots price (£1.95) by shopping at Sainsbury’s and Amazon (£1.50) – a 79% saving.

Just one product out of the 20 studied shows consistent pricing across retailers – the Dove Beauty Cream Bar. This household favourite can be found at both Boots and Sainsbury’s for 80p and despite this being a best-seller, the product wasn’t on sale as a single item at Amazon or Superdrug.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox stated; “There is no one shop stop for beauty lovers so it is vital you shop around in order to get the best deals – even on the low value products.”

“It’s always worth checking store offers which may make multiple purchases cheaper overall, as well as factoring in online vouchers and promotions – something which almost a quarter (23%) of you revealed you do already. Check out the full list of products, where to find them cheaper right now and even more survey insights.”

Consumer research of 1,001 UK parents
Popular products as featured in Stylist.co.uk http://www.stylist.co.uk/beauty/the-bestselling-beauty-products-of-2016-mascara-lipstick-hair-hairstyle-eyebrow-eyeliner
Prices correct online at Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s and Amazon as of 7th August 2017.

British kids cash in on £216 of holiday spends

  • One in four families give the kids unlimited funds to keep them happy on holiday
  • All-inclusive breaks are as expensive as self-catering when it comes to spending money

The average family spends around £216* per child to keep them happy on holiday, a new survey reveals. On top of that, splashing the cash doesn’t stop there as almost 20% of families are willing to spend a further £160 on additional treats such as sweets and fizzy drinks – bringing the total dent in the wallet to £376.

According to the survey conducted by money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk, cost-conscious Brits need to be aware that 32% of parents who take their kids on all-inclusive breaks spend the same amount on the kids as those going self-catering (38%).

Parents are clearly feeling the pinch as the majority are spending less than a quarter (£80) on themselves. Despite this, one in four families fear it’s still not enough to keep the brood happy and will spend whatever is required to keep the kids entertained.

When it comes to favourite purchases, traditional treats such as ice cream (18%), buckets and spades and inflatables (14%) are the most popular ways to keep the kids happy on holiday. These are in favour of more “day-to-day rewards” such as paying for additional WiFi (5%) and purchasing mobile games (4%), which sit at the bottom of the list.

Of those families who haven’t been on holiday with the kids, over half (56%) haven’t done so because they can’t afford to, whilst almost one in ten (9%) believe it’s just too much like hard work.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox stated; “British families are forking out disproportionate amounts to keep the kids entertained on holiday. Planning activities and daily spending money beforehand will help keep the budget under control.

It’s interesting to see that the spend for all-inclusive can be the same as self-catering. This shows how important it is to work out the average cost per meal before booking to see if it’s actually worth the money. Of course, there’s always great savings to be made online. Parents should use this exclusive 10% off hotel bookings at Expedia to get a little bit more pocket money for themselves.”

Top 3 holiday treats for the kids

1. Ice cream (18%)
2. Seaside toys (14%)
3. Sweets and snacks (13%)

Top 5 holiday activities to entertain the kids

1. Water park (17%)
2. Theme park (14)
3. Zoo (13%)
4. Play park
5. Kids club (11%)

Consumer research of 1,000 UK parents.

*Calculation based on; 9% of parents spend over £50 a day on each child (Voucherbox survey Jun 2017). 78% of families travel to Europe (Voucherbox survey Jan 2017). ONS 2015, average length of stay for a group of 4 in EU is 8 days.

Fare deal? London public transport up to 15 times more expensive than other European capitals

  • A single ticket in London is almost three times more than the average ticket price across Europe
  • Berlin offers the fairest fare offering the closest to average price
  • Moscow and Prague are over 7 times cheaper than London
  • Travelling one way in London and Dublin is considerably more expensive than any other European capital
  • Stockholm hikes the prices up for weekend tourists, whilst Barcelona and Brussels stick it to weekly ticket holders

London, June 20, 2017. London public transport pricing is off the rails as it boasts the most expensive inner city travel across Europe, new research reveals.

A single ticket in London is more than 15 times more expensive than the 39p single ticket in Bucharest, Romania. Instead of travelling just one way on restricted zones in London, you can travel for a week and a half around Bucharest.

The research, conducted by money saving website Voucherbox, examines the cost of public transport within 20 European capital cities. While the average price of a single ticket across Europe is £2.11, London travellers can expect to be met with a fare of £5.90 – that’s almost three times more.

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Visitors to Berlin can be happy that the German capital offers the most fairly priced public transport, coming out closest to the combined average of single, day and weekly tickets (£36.64).

Whilst Bucharest is renowned as a cheap holiday destination, the surprising findings come from Moscow which offers the second cheapest city centre travel along with Prague, both over 7 times cheaper than London.

Dublin is not too far behind London in the pricey stakes. A single ticket in Dublin is 34% more expensive than a single in notoriously pricey Stockholm, setting you back £5.24 in comparison to £3.92.

This isn’t to suggest that the Swedish capital is cheap by any means. Public transport prices are making the most of the weekend tourist trade by charging high single and day tickets, in comparison to weekly ticket prices over a third cheaper (39%) than a London weekly.

This is the opposite to Barcelona and Brussels who are in the top three of most expensive weekly tickets, both over £40, while the price of single and day tickets are middle-of-the-road.

Sezer Yurdakul, Global Head of Online Marketing at Voucherbox stated; “London is pricey for both residents and visitors alike, unfortunately this isn’t surprising. What is shocking is the disparity of pricing between London and other European capitals – some equally renowned for being just as, if not more, costly.

It’s worth checking the prices out before booking, especially if holidaying on a budget. The research shows that southeastern Europe will give you more fare for your buck. Also consider the costs in comparison to other modes of transport, such as car hire. This 10% off car hire at Holiday Autos will also help you save a pretty penny.”

*Prices and conversions correct as of May/June 2017.

Baby products up to 80% cheaper than regular products

  • 80% of comparable products are cheaper on the baby aisle
  • Regular own-brand cotton wool and cotton buds are almost double the price
  • Purchasing baby products could save over £8 a shop

It seems the cotton wool is being pulled over consumers’ eyes as new research reveals baby products are between 18%-80% cheaper than similar regular own-branded products.

The research, conducted by money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk, reviewed own-brand baby products alongside own-brand regular products*. 80% of the products examined are far cheaper when purchased from the baby aisle. This includes products which are seemingly identical, such as cotton buds and cotton wool balls, both almost double the price when purchased as regular products.

Product Regular particulars Regular cost Baby particulars Baby – actual cost Baby – proportionate cost
Skin oil 100ml £2.54 300ml £1.50 £0.50
Soap Dove, 2 x 100g £1.93 Pack, 4 x 100g £1.00 £0.50
Talcum powder 100g £1.39 200g £0.99 £0.50
Wet Wipes Pack, 25 £1.00 Pack, 64 £1.10 £0.43
Disposable bags Box, 100 £0.99 Pack, 100 £0.50 £0.50
Cotton wool balls Bag, 100 £1.55 Bag, 200 £1.65 £0.83
Cotton buds Box, 200 £1.05 Box, 200 £0.59 £0.59
Sponge x1 £0.87 Pack, x2 £0.99 £0.50
Shampoo 500ml £0.75 500ml £1.29 £1.29
Bubble bath 500ml £0.75 500ml £1.29 £1.29
Toothpaste 100ml £1.30 Kids 0-2, 50ml £1.00 £2.00
Wash cloth x1 £1.99 Pack, x2 £2.59 £1.30
Sun lotion SPF50+, 200ml £6.00 SPF50+, 200ml £4.00 £4.00
Body lotion 400ml £1.49 500ml £1.29 £1.03
Cotton wool pads Bag, 100 £1.69 Bag, 100 £1.39 £1.39

A switch to baby products could offer potential savings of £8.64 a shop. Skin oil offers the biggest cost saving, where baby oil can be purchased for 80% less than the cheapest own branded oil for adults. Soap is 74% cheaper, whilst talcum powder is 64% less expensive.

Wet wipes and disposable bags are amongst the items of significant price difference as consumers can find the baby alternatives at half the price.

The three products where the regular products come out cheaper than their baby counterparts include shampoo and bubble bath, which are both 42% cheaper, and toothpaste which is 35% cheaper.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said: “It seems unreasonable that there is such a big variation in prices between baby and regular products, especially for those products which appear to be identical. It’s proof that it’s worth checking other aisles for better deals before making your purchase. Online shopping is perfect for this as you can see all the relevant products and prices right in front of you. Plus you get the added bonus of utilising great discount codes at the same time.”

Check out the latest offers at Boots, and sign up for an alert so you never miss an exclusive Boots deal again.

*Boots own brand products used where possible, unless otherwise stated. Prices correct as of 24th May 2017, boots.com

D.I…WHY? Brits hammer home the true cost of DIY

  • Half of Brits believe they are good at DIY despite 33% having suffered a costly disaster
  • 46% of projects run in extra time
  • Accident prone cities include: Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%)

Half of Brits (48%) have confessed to believing that they are good or very good at do-it-yourself. This comes despite a third (33%) admitted they have suffered a DIY disaster – almost one fifth of which (17%) cost up to £500 to put right – with Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%) being the most disaster prone.

A quarter of fearful Brits revealed that they wouldn’t even dream of taking on a large DIY project (27%) themselves. However, of those who say they are terrible at DIY, 39% are still giving it a go. In fact the majority of the disastrous DIYers planning a renovation project are tackling a new kitchen (67%) and expecting it to cost up to £1,000.

Time is money

Overall, 40% of DIY projects were underestimated in terms of cost, and 46% were underestimated in terms of time. Despite this, three quarters of people (76%) believe they saved money doing it themselves. Meanwhile eight out of ten Brits would happily take on another significant DIY project, while 19% are putting their spanner to bed.

The survey, from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that those with experience of kitchen renovations give a different tale from unwitting DIYers about to tackle the project. Over a third (35%) report it costing over £4,000, more than 1 in 10 (13%) cost over £10,000 and 6% over £20,000.

Those tackling an extension may also be in for an unpleasant surprise as the average cost is £4,500 more than the £500 those planning it are expecting it to be. A conservatory however may present a welcome treat as it is coming in at £1,000 less than the anticipated £3,500.

Building on a budget

35% of Brits prioritise redecorating and set aside an average £500 for the task, 15% are getting their green fingers at the ready to tackle gardening, with a budget of up to £1,000, whilst 10% are cooking up a new kitchen with £1,500 to spend.

Of those who had recently redecorated, almost three in ten (28%) stated it cost more than they anticipated, almost the same amount who believe they may have lost money by not hiring a tradesperson (29%). Whilst the majority (48%) took an average of 2 weeks to complete the re-decorating, 36% report that it took longer than first expected.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager stated, “Spring is a popular time to dust off those tools and start putting planned DIY projects into action. The survey revealed redecorating is on the agenda for the majority of Brits, which makes it the perfect time to hunt for online deals.

The survey also revealed several unfortunate incidents which are often the result of inexperience. DIY merchant blogs and social channels provide a great source of expert tips and best practice that will hopefully keep you from making a costly mistake.”

After the tough job comes the fun part… making your new space look fabulous, and an exclusive 15% off plus free delivery at The White Company will help you do just that.

Want to know what’s going on in your neighbourhood? Check out the regional results here.

Proof David Haye is a better champion than Tony Bellew

New research reveals Hayemaker trumps rival in championship stakes

The gloves are off ahead of David Haye’s showdown with Tony Bellew – and the Londoner has struck an early blow against his rival.

Former WBC and WBA cruiserweight titleholder Haye has been proven – statistically, at least – to be a better champion than Bellew, who holds the WBC World Cruiserweight crown.

New research from Voucherbox.co.uk reveals the average boxer endures 111 rounds across 21 fights before claiming their first championship – suffering just one defeat along the way.

During that time, a typical fighter will knock out 62% of their opponents, but Haye’s stats prove he is far from average thanks to his stunning 90% KO rate inside just 71 rounds.

In contrast, Bellew’s record on the way to securing his first strap scores him way below average, with the Liverpudlian needing nine more fights and 86 more rounds before claiming gold.

Bellew has also been caught off guard for the average win rate (90%) and knockout rate (57%), which will no doubt boost Haye’s growing confidence ahead of their heavyweight clash at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 4th March.

The research from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk looked into all weight divisions across each of boxing’s governing bodies and analysed the records of the 74 men who currently hold a belt, detailing their stats up to the point they first became a champion.

DeGale is the Mr Average of boxing champions

Current IBF World Super Middleweight champ James DeGale most closely matches the average journey a fighter takes to claim a title, with the Olympic hero requiring 22 bouts to reach the summit, losing once and knocking out 64% of his opponents.

Quickest to the top

The fastest journey to a title was completed in only three fights by Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. The WBO World Featherweight champion needed just 28 rounds to get his hands on a belt – the fewest of any current champion.

Forthcoming fights

Another upcoming heavyweight clash featuring a British athlete is Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua has knocked out every single one of his opponents – a feat unmatched by any other world champion. In addition, the 34 rounds he took to win a belt is bettered only by two current champions (Lomachenko and Gilberto Ramirez). Klitschko’s journey took 36 fights and 124 rounds and he achieved 12% less KOs than Joshua.

Best of British

Other notable British ex-champions in history include Lennox Lewis, who took 92 rounds and won all of his 23 fights, Frank Bruno, who only became world champion on his 44th fight and Chris Eubank Snr, who knocked out just 60% of opponents during 25 bouts. Amir Khan is about as average as DeGale, losing just one of his 22 fights, winning by knockout in 14 on his way to a first world title.

The Greatest

Meanwhile Muhammed Ali – regarded as the greatest boxer of all time – took a surprisingly average path to his first title, facing 107 rounds across 20 fights. However, this was during an era with fewer governing bodies and so the battle for belts was more competitive.

Mike Tyson ensured his fights were over in no time, averaging just 2.7 rounds in each of his 28 bouts. As with Ali and Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr had a 100% record leading to a world title – with ‘Money’ taking just 18 fights to get to the number one spot.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said, “It is really interesting to see exactly what these athletes have to go through in order to reach the pinnacle of their sport. Comparing the current stars to the average journey, we can see the gulf between Haye and Bellew, suggesting it might not be much of a contest.

“The research also shows how fast and impressive Anthony Joshua’s rise to the top is, with him knocking out every opponent – something no other current champion can claim.”

Very superstitious: Half of Brits have a lucky number while 1 in 5 believe breaking a mirror brings bad luck

  • 49% of Britons have a lucky number while 28% have an unlucky number
  • One in five people believe breaking a mirror is the unluckiest superstition while touching wood is considered to bring luck
  • 52% of people think their superstitions stem from their parents

New research has found that us Brits are very superstitious, with almost one in five (18%) believing that breaking a mirror brings bad luck and one in six (16%) thinking twice about walking under a ladder.

When it comes to good luck charms, money-saving website Voucherbox has found that touching wood is a good omen with over a fifth of Brits (21%) carrying out this practice – almost double than those who think crossing your fingers brings luck (13%).

Whilst almost half of the population (49%) have a lucky number, only 28% have an unlucky number. The number 13 is deemed unlucky for the majority (38%), although almost one in 10 (9%) believe it brings good luck. The most popular lucky number is seven for 22% of Brits.

Less than 14% don’t have a good or bad luck ritual at all. Yet despite these findings, two thirds of Brits (66%) don’t consider themselves to be superstitious. In fact, the only part of the UK where the majority of people (57%) believe they are superstitious is Devon.

In the spirit of Valentine’s day almost one in 10 Brits (9%) deemed meeting the love of the lives as the reason for believing in the good fortune of their superstitions. More than one in 5 (21%) came into money as a result, while only 5% believe superstitions were responsible for losing money. 20% said they had an accident because of superstitions.

Other superstitions include opening an umbrella indoors (13%), a four leaf-clover (12%), blowing out birthday candles (7%) and a black cat (7%).

Interestingly 8% of the population think multiple magpies bring good luck, whilst only 6% think a lone magpie brings bad luck.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager says, “Superstitions are so ingrained in British culture that even those who don’t consider themselves to be superstitious will be at least aware of the required ritual in a given situation. The survey revealed that over half of superstitions (52%) come from our parents, and the tales and legends are likely to continue to be passed down.

There’s an array of voucher codes to help put you and your family at ease, and bring you money savings at the same (no luck required). Right now there’s great discounts at Robert Dyas – the pioneers of ladders, mirrors, even cat repellent.”

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39% of Brits book holidays at work costing businesses almost £250 million in January

  • 5th January is the popular date to book a holiday
  • Half of UK choose to holiday on the continent
  • A quarter choose to escape within the UK

39% of people in the UK research and book holidays while at work spending an average of three and half hours doing so, costing British businesses almost £250 million1 in January alone. When it comes to planning an escape from the rat race, the 5th of the month is the most popular date for holiday bookings.

The findings from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that glum faces aren’t the only thing UK businesses must suffer this January, as 39% admitted to using work time to carry out their holiday research another fifth (18%) are considering the idea.

Not letting work deter them from shaking those gloomy blues, one in six employees will go so far as to book their holiday whilst at work – one in three doing so before 11am.

With nearly three quarters of the population sticking to Europe for some fun in the sun (21%). It will come as no surprise to learn almost a third of Brits are searching for some vitamin D on a beach holiday, the most popular destination being Spain. Other hit list destinations include France (10%), Greece (6%) and Portugal (5%).

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager at Voucherbox, stated: “January can hit us all quite hard, and seemingly in the pocket for employers. The research may come as a surprise to some, especially considering the majority of holidays bookings are done and dusted. On the plus side, that should have bought a few more smiles.”

If you could do with some holiday cheer, check out these great deals from Thomson.

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Notes to editors
1Based on ONS data on the number of working Brits (31,760,000), the average salary (£28,000) and average hours worked in the UK (1,645 per year).

Sources
www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeety
www.incometaxcalculator.org.uk/average-salary-uk.php
www.calculconversion.com/work-hour-calculator.html

Christmas Day: Belfast wakes up first while Glaswegians stir last last and spend 80% more than the national average on gifts

  • Belfast children start celebrating at 4am while children in Leeds and Glasgow lie in until past 9am
  • Average wake up time for UK on Christmas day is 6.08am
  • Glasgow and Middlesbrough spend a whopping £400 on gifts per child – more than five times the national average of £75 per child
  • Just 5% of UK kids say they look forward to giving gifts

On Christmas Day people in Belfast will be celebrating first with the average get-up time for children aged 3-12 being an exhausting 4am. Welsh children will stir at 6.53am allowing time for plenty of sleep whilst still maximising the big day and in Glasgow, Bradford and Leeds children don’t rise until gone 9am – nearly three hours later than the average get up time for the UK which is 6.08am.

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When it comes to Christmas spending, money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that the average UK household spends £75 per child while families in Glasgow and Middlesbrough are the most generous with an average spend per head of more than £400, over 80% more than the national average.

It was no surprise to find that most UK children are more excited about opening presents on Christmas Day than giving them with only 5% percent looking forward to gifting others.

More than half of children’s toys to sit under the tree this year have a place on the Toy Retailers Association top 12 toys for Christmas 2016 list, and nearly 10% are set to open a LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster, which stands as the present most in demand.

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager comments: “Christmas is an expensive time of year for parents, not to mention a tiring one if you live in Belfast! More than a quarter of parents have spent more this year on Christmas presents for their kids in comparison to previous years. The most coveted toys of the year can be quite costly, but there are of course still deals to be had online.”

Toying with what to buy? Check out the latest deals at Argos.