Average UK Parent Saves £3,000 Annually After Their Child Starts School

New research by a money saving website in the UK has discovered that the majority of parents feel that they are able to save significantly more money once their child has reached the age of 5, with over half of these able to use their savings to pay for family holidays abroad.

According to the results of a new study by a discount website in the UK, more than four fifths of British parents feel as though they are able to save significantly more money per year once their child turns five, with the average parent saving just under £3,000 year after this milestone.

The team at www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk conducted the poll as part of ongoing research into the views of Britons on parenting and the financial costs involved. A total of 2,435 British parents took part in the survey. All respondents had at least one child between the ages of 5 and 10.

Initially, respondents were asked to reveal whether they felt as though their household was managing to save more money each month since their child reached the age of five and started attending infant school.  The vast majority (84%) of respondents had stated that they had noticed they were able to save a substantial amount of extra money per month. When asked to reveal how much they typically save per month since their child started school, the average figure emerged as £245, equating to an annual saving of £2,940.

When asked to reveal where they noticed the most significant monetary savings being made, the most common responses emerged as ‘lessened childcare costs’ (74%), ‘lessened costs of days out/expensive social activities’ (49%) and ‘lessened grocery costs for the family’ (32%).

Following on from this, respondents who admitted to saving money since their children turned five asked to list what they had spent the money on. Researchers took the top answers and were able to compile a top five, which was revealed as follows:

1.       Family holiday abroad – 52%
2.       Better car for family – 38%
3.       Home improvements/DIY – 29%
4.       Savings for children’s future – 21%
5.       Paying off mortgage/debts– 13%

All parents were then asked whether they felt they still spend too much money on their children, and whether they feel they could save more if they made more of an effort. 46% admitted that they still spend too much, citing ‘clothes’ (58%) and ‘toys’ (37%) as the most common items they overspend on.

Nick Swan, Founder and CEO of VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, said the following:

“It may sound cliché, but the truth is that no one can prepare you for just how much having a child will cost you in terms of financial expenses. Not only are there the items you budget for, but inevitably other unexpected charges rear their head that can leave you at quite a loose end!”

He continued:

“Once your child turns five, the welcome relief of school clearly offers many parents the ability to start to save more each month, and ultimately gives them the option of indulging is such items as a holiday abroad, a new car or home improvements. With the proposed changes in the recent budget, perhaps now is the prime time to start saving for your child’s university fees!”

About Martina Mercer

Martina Mercer is a FMCG PR Specialist journalist and marketer. She combines her psychology and business expertise to deliver public relations and advice on the consumer journey to many big named brands. Her real passion is writing and you'll find her articles and books all over the web along with a few awards she's won, such as The Working Mum of the Year 2014. She always loves to connect and is always open to new opportunities so don't hesitate to get in touch through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email. Martina is also the editor of Sunday Woman Magazine the luxury lifestyle mag for over 30 women with a brain :)

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