A Barclays survey of 20 to 37-year-olds, otherwise known as ‘Millennials’ has found the age group spends on average £3,312 on coffee, takeaways and clothes.
People in the South West are said to be spending on average £103.81 each month on socialising, the highest of the UK regions but have the least spend on memberships, such as gyms, sports clubs and cinema at £21.53.
The average annual bill for spending on takeaways, eating out, and daily treats such as coffees, to socialising and clothes comes to £3,312.72, a survey of 20 to 37-year-olds for Barclays found.
67% of the 2,000 people surveyed feel they do not save enough, or anything at all with those who do save regularly putting away on average £159.89 a month.
Clare Francis, director of savings and investments at Barclays, suggested people wanting to save more should consider swapping treats for more cost-effective options rather than giving them up completely.
She said: “Think swap, not sacrifice. That could mean making yourself a coffee in the office once a week, or inviting friends over every now and then instead of going out.”
Here are some tips from Pete Brooks, head of behavioural finance at Barclays, for balancing spending and saving:
1. Having a goal in mind makes saving simpler. As you see your savings pot grow, so will your excitement for the goal ahead.
2. Consider telling friends and family about your savings goal to help you keep your resolve and provide extra support if your willpower wanes.
3. Work out what triggers your discretionary spending so you can avoid the situation. This could be by changing your daily route so you do not go past a cafe that always tempts you to splurge, or saying no to situations where you know you will spend more than you are comfortable with.
4. Start by making one or two spending changes and slowly add to them as they become a habit.
5. Do not cut out everything you enjoy. For example, try combining paid-for individual gym classes with free activities like a local running club.
6. Try setting a standing order up so when you get paid some of it instantly goes into a separate savings pot, keeping it safely set aside for future goals.
7. Make the most of accounts which could boost your savings goals. For example, if you are saving for a first home consider a Help to Buy Isa.
8. Consider paying in cash. It could make you more aware of what you are spending.