Teenagers' spending habits revealed

Women begin spending greater than boys as they enter their teenagers and uncover dearer shampoo and make-up.

On the ages of seven to 9, weekly spending is greater amongst boys (£eight.50) than ladies (£7.50), the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) stated.

Women’ spending then overtakes boys’ on the age of 10 to 12 and accelerates within the 13 to 15 age group.

Whereas boys spent lower than 10p every week on cleaning soap and cosmetics, ladies spent £1.70 by the age of 13 to 15.

However the figures additionally present that the youngsters spent lower than they used to.

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In 2015-17, ladies aged 13 to 15 spent a mean of £20.20 every week, in contrast with £21.50 every week in 2002-04.

Boys’ spending dropped from £19.30 to £17.30 over the identical interval.

The information is predicated on a diary of earnings and spending stored by kids for the ONS over a two-week interval.

The ONS stated that the issue that “stood out” when evaluating spending among the many older age teams was the quantity paid for toiletries and cosmetics. This consists of cleaning soap, shampoo and make-up.

Solely 2% of seven to 15-year-old boys purchased at the least one toiletry or beauty merchandise in a two-week interval, in contrast with 17% of ladies of the identical age.

Women aged seven to 9 spent 20p every week on this stuff, rising to £1.70 for ladies aged 13 to 15. Boys of all ages spent lower than 10p every week.

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Different findings included:

  • Women spend double the quantity every week (30p) on books than boys do, between the ages of seven and 15
  • Essentially the most was spent on garments and sneakers – almost £1.80 every week
  • Boys spent greater than 10 instances as a lot as ladies on laptop video games and software program (£1.10 in contrast with 10p every week)
  • One of the vital widespread buys for kids aged seven to 15 years was smooth drinks, together with fizzy drinks

Greater than half (56%) of those kids purchased at the least one smooth drink inside a two-week interval, with most being consumed away from the house.

Ice cream was purchased extra incessantly amongst pre-teen kids.

Whereas spending has fallen in contrast with the earlier technology, there remained some costly gadgets on the spending checklist, together with bikes, cell phones and computer systems.

Printed at Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:52:33 +0000