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DryJan4PanCan: How much could you save?

It’s the end of week three and you might be starting to find your motivation slipping away. But, it’s okay – we believe in you and you’ve definitely got this. Keep up the fantastic work!

This week we’re focusing on how much money you could potentially save by ditching the booze this month.

According to research conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014, British people spent an average of around £787 a year on alcohol. The data found that men were more likely to spend more with an average of £934.44 per year while women would spend slightly less, with an average of £678.60.

In 2016, alcohol was nearly 60% more affordable in the UK than it was in 1980 and 2% more affordable than it was in 2005. It is estimated that in the UK in 2017, the average weekly household spend on alcohol consumed in the house was £8.20. While it was £7.90 on alcohol outside of the house (DrinkAware).

Macmillan’s 2014 research also found that the average British person spends a staggering £49,581 in their lifetime. It also found that 1.3 million Brits will spend triple that on liquor during their lifetime by shelling out a shocking £167,000.

To put into perspective how much you could save over a month, we’ve compiled a list of things you could buy instead of booze:

  1. Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) (£54.99)
  2. FITBIT Alta (£59.99)
  3. Dolce Gusto by Krups Lumio Coffee Machine & Pod Bundle (£49.99)
  4. Virgin Experience Day Trip (Various prices)
  5. A West End London Theatre ticket (Various prices from £50+)
  6. England Rugby ticket at Twickenham International Stadium (£80+)
  7. Pair of Levi’s jeans (£70+)
  8. Spa day (£55+)

And if you want to see how much you could really save in January, why not put the money you would spend on booze aside?