Christmas costs mean more staying in on New Year's Eve

South Wales Argus: Three quarters of people surveyed plan to see in 2014 at home or at a friend's house Three quarters of people surveyed plan to see in 2014 at home or at a friend's house

THREE quarters of adults are planning a "big night in" this New Year's Eve as the cost of Christmas takes its toll, a survey suggests.

Some 74% of people surveyed plan to see in 2014 at home or at a friend's house, up from 72% last year, according to research from Post Office Home Insurance.

Many people appear to be trying to ease their Christmas financial hangover, with one in 10 people (10%) planning not to spend any money at all on New Year's Eve.

Revellers are keeping a tight hold of the purse strings and plan to spend £50 typically on seeing in the New Year - which is £9 less on average than they had for their New Year's Eve budgets last year.

Londoners are planning to spend the most celebrating the start of 2014 typically at £78, which is more than double the amount those living in Wales have set aside, at £37 on average.

Paul Havenhand, head of insurance at Post Office, said: "It seems most people are looking forward to a celebratory night in, rather than a 'big night out' this New Year, and many are also looking to spend less this year too."

More than 2,000 people took part in the research.

Here is the average predicted cost of celebrating New Year's Eve across the UK according to Post Office Home Insurance:

  • Wales, £37
  • North East, £38
  • North West, £40
  • South East, £44
  • East Midlands, £44
  • Yorkshire and the Humber, £45
  • South West, £46
  • West Midlands, £47
  • East of England, £48
  • Northern Ireland, £48
  • Scotland, £49
  • London, £78
  • UK average, £50

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2:20pm Sat 28 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife?

Well, who would of thought it.
A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife? Well, who would of thought it. KarloMarko

3:13pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Magor says...

Cost is not the issue in Newport,its like the shops nowhere decent to spend your money.
Cost is not the issue in Newport,its like the shops nowhere decent to spend your money. Magor

3:16pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Celebrating New Year's Eve outside is more often than not spoilt by all the drunken idiots around. The advantage of celebrating New Year's Eve indoors is that at least there's only one drunken idiot around - i.e. me:)
Celebrating New Year's Eve outside is more often than not spoilt by all the drunken idiots around. The advantage of celebrating New Year's Eve indoors is that at least there's only one drunken idiot around - i.e. me:) Katie Re-Registered

5:28pm Sat 28 Dec 13

st juliano says...

new years eve is the most over rated night of the year by a country mile.
new years eve is the most over rated night of the year by a country mile. st juliano

9:07pm Sat 28 Dec 13

St3v3y says...

I will be seeing in the new year with friends, at one of our houses, we used to all meet in newport but sadly, there is little to lure us out anymore, the pubs ( with the exeption of spoons ) sell over priced beer and have a clicky & unfriendly fell about them, the clubs ( lol ) are just full of pi$$ed up kids. We can go to an off licence and buy enough wine and beers to get an army drunk, and make our own curry/buffet food etc....Its a much better choice than the standard muck thats sold in newports so called curry houses and keebab shops...Everthing on it? no thanks !
I will be seeing in the new year with friends, at one of our houses, we used to all meet in newport but sadly, there is little to lure us out anymore, the pubs ( with the exeption of spoons ) sell over priced beer and have a clicky & unfriendly fell about them, the clubs ( lol ) are just full of pi$$ed up kids. We can go to an off licence and buy enough wine and beers to get an army drunk, and make our own curry/buffet food etc....Its a much better choice than the standard muck thats sold in newports so called curry houses and keebab shops...Everthing on it? no thanks ! St3v3y

11:58pm Sat 28 Dec 13

inkyskin says...

i'll be staying in this NYE, other than wetherspoons there aren't many pubs for the over 40's to go, it's cheaper to stay in too, there's no trying to get a drink at a bar that's 4 people deep, no queue for the toilet, no dodgy kebab on the way home, no over priced taxi journey. Good luck to those who do choose to go out though :)
i'll be staying in this NYE, other than wetherspoons there aren't many pubs for the over 40's to go, it's cheaper to stay in too, there's no trying to get a drink at a bar that's 4 people deep, no queue for the toilet, no dodgy kebab on the way home, no over priced taxi journey. Good luck to those who do choose to go out though :) inkyskin

12:11am Sun 29 Dec 13

Adrian Williams says...

KarloMarko wrote:
A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife?

Well, who would of thought it.
You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do)
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife? Well, who would of thought it.[/p][/quote]You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do) Adrian Williams

8:46am Sun 29 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

I doubt 2% on a survey of 2000 (4 people) could be statistically significant but nonetheless another indication of the destruction being caused by the vile Business Rate. Abolish it now Dough Face Dave.
I doubt 2% on a survey of 2000 (4 people) could be statistically significant but nonetheless another indication of the destruction being caused by the vile Business Rate. Abolish it now Dough Face Dave. Dai Rear

1:41pm Sun 29 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
KarloMarko wrote:
A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife?

Well, who would of thought it.
You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do)
Adrian....NHS Direct. Do not put it off, phone now. They can deal with your anger management and other "life issues". Best do it now before you go out "Clubbing in the Port"...in more ways than one. And get a secure taxi back to the home.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife? Well, who would of thought it.[/p][/quote]You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do)[/p][/quote]Adrian....NHS Direct. Do not put it off, phone now. They can deal with your anger management and other "life issues". Best do it now before you go out "Clubbing in the Port"...in more ways than one. And get a secure taxi back to the home. KarloMarko

7:23pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

st juliano wrote:
new years eve is the most over rated night of the year by a country mile.
I'm in bed with me cocoa by 10:30 lol, who wants to watch people getting drunk all night.... you can go out ANY night of the week (And day too), and see that, they don't what day it is let alone what year....
[quote][p][bold]st juliano[/bold] wrote: new years eve is the most over rated night of the year by a country mile.[/p][/quote]I'm in bed with me cocoa by 10:30 lol, who wants to watch people getting drunk all night.... you can go out ANY night of the week (And day too), and see that, they don't what day it is let alone what year.... Mervyn James

8:25pm Sun 29 Dec 13

sperduti says...

its the not the same NYE when I was younger it was a pleasure to go out and the pubs would be packed , but these days its all about getting drunk before you even set foot out side the door !! plus I would not venture going in to Newport town centre any night of the week !! I will be spending new years eve with a visit to my fave pub on risca road early In the evening , then order a Chinese have a one or two drinks see the new in with my family and then bed !!! happy new year to you all !!
its the not the same NYE when I was younger it was a pleasure to go out and the pubs would be packed , but these days its all about getting drunk before you even set foot out side the door !! plus I would not venture going in to Newport town centre any night of the week !! I will be spending new years eve with a visit to my fave pub on risca road early In the evening , then order a Chinese have a one or two drinks see the new in with my family and then bed !!! happy new year to you all !! sperduti

4:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Limestonecowboy says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
KarloMarko wrote: A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife? Well, who would of thought it.
You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do)
Agree - sounds like he's had a bad experience! just as popular outside as well as in!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: A night in as opposed to "enjoying" Zooport's glass in your face New Year nightlife? Well, who would of thought it.[/p][/quote]You really are pathetic - grow up you sad keyboard warrior (oh wait, you've got no mates and nother better to do)[/p][/quote]Agree - sounds like he's had a bad experience! just as popular outside as well as in! Limestonecowboy

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