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Christmas Spending Statistics 2020

56% of South Africans will spend less this Christmas

The coronavirus-induced recession has changed our money habits and not even Christmas is immune. Finder polled 1,510 South African adults to reveal a whopping 56% plan to spend less this Christmas. Just how much less? Read on to find out.

Christmas spending statistics

Nearly 6 in 10 South African adults plan to spend 33% less on average this Christmas. That equates to R2,153 less for things like gifts, food and travel, with a total forecast spend of R4,432 based on last year’s average per person spend of R6,585.

However, some people are cutting costs more than others. If you’re still hoping for a gift or a luxurious meal, then you might be out of luck if your gift giver or host is one of the 16% who plan to reduce their total spend by more than half. The good news is that 15% only plan to reduce costs by 5%, so Christmas might not look so different after all.

How much South Africans plan to reduce their Christmas spend by:

Are you spending less this Christmas compared to last year?Percentage of South African adults
Yes, 5% less15%
Yes, 10% less5%
Yes, 20% less6%
Yes, 30% less5%
Yes, 50% less9%
Yes, more than 50% less16%

Who’s spending less?

Those aged 35-44 and 45-54 are most likely to say they’re cutting costs this Christmas (60%), followed by people 55-64 years old (58%) and those over 65 (57%). On the other end of the spectrum, people aged 18-24 are the least likely to be cutting costs (54%), followed closely by those aged 25-34 (55%). More women say they’re reducing their Christmas spend than men – 57% compared to 55%, a difference of two percentage points.

Impact on retailers

Reduced consumer spending this Christmas will weigh on the economy with our estimates suggesting retailers and service providers could lose close to R26bn. South Africa is set to be hit particularly hard, given that South Africans are most likely to look at cutting costs compared to other countries. Filipinos are next most likely to cut Christmas costs (52%), followed by Hong Kongese and Indians (47%). The least likely to be cutting costs are Australians (37%), followed by Americans (40%) and Brits (41%).

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