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Generous pensioners plan to spend £4.2 billion entertaining this Christmas

Many people will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the 5.8 million pensioners (53 per cent) who will host friends and families at home on Christmas Day this year, according to new research from Prudential.

1 in 5 Brits plan to book a holiday in January

One in five Brits say that they plan to banish the post-Christmas and January blues by booking a holiday in January.

Festive finance - Five ways to be financially savvy this Christmas

Christmas is a time of good cheer and festivities, but for some the sheer cost of this time of year can be a stark reminder of the need to keep a handle on your finances.

Don't ruin your Christmas - avoid fakes

With Christmas spending in the UK set to reach £22billion this year criminals will be on the prowl to take their share of the profits, cashing in on consumers looking out for good deals to ease the financial strain.

£37: the cost of filling a Christmas stocking

On Christmas morning kids will wake up to stockings stuffed, on average, with £37 worth of goodies including chocolate coins, sweets, toiletries and new pens and pencils.

Generous Britain (GB): Brits lead the way in Christmas gifting

A global study by online marketplace eBay has revealed we buy more Christmas gifts for more people than any other nation in Europe surveyed.

Happier families more positive for their financial future

The latest Lloyds Bank Family Finances report reveals feelings towards the economy are growing evermore positive across all household types.

Black Friday marks the kick off for the Christmas spending frenzy

Black Friday is set to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, as retailers adopt the American tradition of offering discounts to entice shoppers in the run up to the festive season, research from Halifax reveals.

Brits share their top tips for a low-cost Christmas

Vouchers, discount codes and loyalty points top the list of the nation’s top tips for saving money at Christmas, with just over half (52%) of UK adults using them to cut the cost of celebrating the festive season, according to a new survey.

Consumer confidence bounces back

The Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report for October finds that consumer confidence has increased to reach its second highest score since the start of the index, climbing five points to 151.

Christmas shoppers set to miss out on £347 of rewarding spend

On average, Christmas shoppers expect to spend a total of £439 this festive period (£182 on food and drink and £257 on presents), according to research from M&S Bank.

Almost half of Brits to use credit and overdrafts to cover Christmas

Almost half of Brits (46%) will turn to credit cards, store cards and overdrafts to cover the cost of Christmas this year, according to the Money Advice Service’s annual Christmas spending survey.

Brits set to spend over £17 billion on Christmas cheer

With Christmas fast approaching and the number of shopping days dwindling, research from MoneySuperMarket predicts festive expenditure is set to exceed £17 billion with Brits splashing out an average of £383 per person this year.

1 in 7 Brits say they would spend £100 on an impulse purchase

One in seven Brits would spend up to £100 on an impulse buy, according to a new survey.

Fear of missing a deal drives impulse buyers to purchase 11 items per month

Fear of missing a deal (“FOMAD”) could be driving 44 per cent of people to impulse buy online, and 52 per cent to impulse buy in-store, with the average impulse buying Brit buying 11 things a month because they are on sale, according to research revealed by UK cashback and reward site, Quidco.