Spending less at Christmas meant more enjoyment, MSE poll finds

Helen Knapman
Senior News Reporter
7 January 2013

Cutting back didn't dent the Christmas spirit, with those who spent less having a better time than those who spent more, according to a MoneySavingExpert.com poll.

The results indicate you can enjoy yourself without flashing the cash.

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The poll of nearly 4,500 site users carried out at the end of December revealed 55% spent less this Christmas compared to usual.

Yet of that group, 91% said it was either as enjoyable as ever, or even more so.

Of those who spent more, a lower 84% said Christmas was either as enjoyable as ever, or even more so.

See the tables below for the full poll results.

What consumers spent over Christmas
Expenditure % of people
Less than usual 55%
The same as usual 30%
More than usual 15%
Christmas enjoyable for those who spent less?
Enjoyability % of people
More enjoyable 30%
The same 61%
Less enjoyable 9%
Christmas enjoyable for those who spent more?
Enjoyability % of people
More enjoyable 32%
The same 52%
Less enjoyable 16%

In the run-up to the festivities, MoneySavingExpert.com urged users in the mire to cut back on spending to avoid a new year filled with debt.

We also encouraged MoneySavers to think of free or cheap presents, or even to buy no presents at all (see MoneySavingExpert.com creator Martin Lewis' blog: Is it time to ban Christmas presents?).

Our Festive Fivers competition also had more than 250 entrants this year. They showed that with a little imagination, effort and a few quid, you don't need to spend big to put a smile on loved ones' faces.

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