South Africans might spend R224 billion this festive season

Regardless of the urge to splurge, shopper spending habits have modified amid a troublesome financial system – survey revealed.

Did somebody say festive season buying? South Africans are seemingly gearing as much as splurge this December – nevertheless, there is perhaps some reservations.

Outcomes from Wonga’s Summer season Spending Survey reveals SA prospects will spend an estimated R224 billion over the upcoming holidays.

Regardless of the spectacular determine, the information collected from 12,000 respondents, signifies a 4% decline year-on-year in predicted common festive spend.

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Vital adjustments

Final 12 months, the common shopper was anticipated to spend R 5,968 for further festive season bills, however the quantity has decreased to R 5,707 in 2023.

That is the second 12 months of festive spend shrinkage and is down by R619 per individual in 2021, in line with the survey.

The short-term mortgage supplier additionally noticed the distinction in festive season spending habits per earnings band.

Whereas households making greater than R50,000 month-to-month gained’t spend greater than 25% of their earnings, these incomes under R2,999 will spend greater than 188% over the festive season.

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Hard-earned, onerous spent

So, what precisely will SA spend their hard-earned cash on?

Wonga’s survey signifies that meals and drinks will account for 33% of shoppers’ festive season spend, with the common individual spending R1,907, down from R2, 235 in 2022.

Head of Advertising at Wonga, James Williams noticed some notable adjustments in shopper shopping for preferences.

“There’s a rising consciousness amongst South Africans about prioritising requirements over luxuries,” stated Williams, including that responses from the survey had confirmed the shift in shopper preferences and priorities.

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Quiet roads forward?

Traditionally, the December interval was the proper time for many South Africans to go on trip. Nonetheless, most individuals may hit the pause button on the annual custom this 12 months.

Excessive gasoline costs amid ever-rising residing prices have led many to easily skip the freeway this 12 months.

Solely 21% of members stated they’d be travelling over the summer time holidays, the bottom proportion recorded because the survey was began in 2018.

“Of the 79% not travelling this 12 months, almost half say they merely can’t afford it,” Williams stated.

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What financial savings?

South Africa’s record-high inflation noticed many households turning their pockets inside-out to get by the month.

In the meantime, others resorted to loans in determined makes an attempt to remain afloat. The development is anticipated to proceed into the festive season.

“The rising reliance on bank cards and loans to fund festive bills has risen from 27% to 32% this 12 months – indicating the influence of inflation on shoppers’ pockets,” Williams stated.

Based on the survey, solely 37% of shoppers will use their financial savings to get by the festive season, a 3 % decline from 2022.

“This 12 months’s survey reveals that South Africans are tightening their belts with some counting on their year-end bonuses and others counting on credit score to cowl the additional expense over the festive interval,” stated Williams.

“There’s an anticipated lower in predicted spend this 12 months, confirming the intense influence of the rising price of residing and inflation on family budgets,” he concluded.

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