Brits spend an estimated £19 billion a year on convenience services

  • 1 in 5 Brits (20%) admit to regularly spending on services like takeaway food and car services
  • Food delivery is the most popular convenience, where Brits pay out an average of £32 each month, equating to £6 billion a year to get food to our doors
  • A third of Generation Z (33%) regularly indulge on convenience services, compared to just one in 10 baby boomers (10%)

Brits spend around £19 billion a year on services that make life a little easier, according to a new survey conducted by price comparison site, finder.com.

One in 5 of us (20%) admit to regularly spending money on time-saving services like food delivery, pet care, subscription boxes, car services and handi-work.

Takeaway food tops the convenience service stakes with a third (34%) of Brits spending an average of £32 per month on the likes of Deliveroo, UberEats and Just Eat. That’s over £570 million per month and some £6 billion a year to get food to our doors.

The second highest convenience is car services like Uber, with almost a fifth of Brits (18%) spending an average of £29.87 each per month. Meanwhile, 16 percent use a handi-service, such as a gardener or a cleaner, which equates to a monthly average of £36.46 per person.

The results also found that 14 percent of Brits cough up £27.78 a month on subscription boxes like Graze, Hello Fresh and Gousto, while the same percentage of pet lovers spend £30.96 on pet services such as walkers and groomers.

The research found that millennials and Generation Z (aged 24 and below) are most likely to indulge in convenience.
A third of Gen Z (33%) and 30 percent of millennials use such services, compared to just 7 percent of the Silent Born Generation and one in 10 baby boomers (10%).

However, while Millennials and Gen Z’ers are the most likely to use these services, they generally spend less than older generations. The average monthly spend for these age groups is £21 and £26 respectively, while the fewer amount of Gen X and baby boomers who use convenience services both spend an average of £33.

Unsurprisingly, the largest gap between generations comes in the food category – 63 percent of Gen Z call in help when it comes to food preparation and eating, spending £25 on average each month for takeaways, versus only 8 percent of the Silent Generation who spend roughly £23.

The data also found that men are more likely than women to use convenience services, with 22 percent spending a monthly average of £35 on food delivery, £33 on car services like Uber and £30 on subscription boxes.

This is compared with 17 percent of women who are prepared to spend their monthly wage on conveniences like pet care (£32) and handi-work services (£42).

But, it’s not all bad. Overall, our convenience spending came significantly lower than that of our friends across the pond, who spend a whopping $177 billion a year (£136 billion) to make everyday life a little bit easier.

Like us Brits, food delivery is the biggest convenience, with roughly 45% of Americans paying $63 each month on the likes of Seamless, UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Caviar and Eat24. That’s the equivalent of £48 a month and £16 more than us Brits are willing to part with.

Commenting on the findings, Jon Ostler, CEO (UK) at finder.com said: “Paying for conveniences like takeaway dinners and car services is inevitable sometimes, what with longer working hours, childcare responsibilities and the stress this may cause. But if you do decide to get a takeaway or an Uber, taking a look at the discount codes and promotions on offer can be a quick and easy way to save you money.”

 

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