Bored Brits binge on lockdown buys to lift spirits during pandemic

Bored Britons spent £ 40.6 billion on disposables at exit, trying to have more fun while at home.

New research from Barclaycard Payments, which processes nearly half of the country’s credit and debit card transactions, shows that British adults have spent an average of £ 771.34 on disposable items in recent months.

Men paid the most, £ 1,014.08 per person, with women averaging £ 571.58.

Londoners and those at home with children under 18 were the two highest spending groups, buying £ 2,812.26 and £ 2,070.35 respectively.

Of those who bought something, a third (33 percent) found that making their purchases made locking more fun, and nearly three in ten (28 percent) deliberately chose things that would make them or their family happy.

Takeaway and drinks (24 percent) were the most popular purchase made at closing, followed by summer garments (19 percent), outdoor plants and flowers (16 percent), baking ingredients (15 percent), and spirits (13 percent) ).

Some of the more outlandish items bought included an inflatable pub, a slice of moon, a Penny Farthing, and an antique diving suit.

A third spent £ 508 each on refurbishing homes and gardens.

About 36 percent of UK adults bought clothing, beauty and accessories, while this figure rose to 47 percent for women, with an average spend of £ 384.70 per person.

Just under 15 percent invested £ 623.60 per person in entertaining or homeschooling their children.

About 13 percent of consumers decided to fight the flab during the lockdown, shrinking an average of £ 682 to buy sports and outdoor gear. Men spent nearly three times as much as women on sportswear and equipment, paying an average of £ 941.40 compared to £ 324.00.

Although only a small number (five percent) invested in a pet, they spent a significant amount of it (£ 635.20).

Kirsty Morris, general manager for account development at Barclaycard Payments, said: “Being at home for so long made Britons imaginative about how they spent their money.

Whether it was keeping themselves or their families busy, people have come out of the lockdown with an impressive string of quarantine purchases.

“Many of the items purchased have also encouraged people to take up new hobbies, but perhaps more importantly, they have managed to make such an unusual period, that little bit more fun.”


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