Parents ‘tightening their belts’

Over three-quarters of parents have downsized their family expenditure to avoid falling into debt as a consequence of the current economic climate, a study has shown.

A survey by LV= found that 77 per cent of parents have cut back on their family budget – and especially on such luxury items as holidays and trips out.

Almost half the caregivers questioned (49 per cent) said they had put a stop to such treats to ease the financial burden.

The same figure admitted that they had also reduced their outlay on clothing.

Further money-saving techniques adopted by parents have included buying lower-cost goods at the supermarket (70 per cent) and purchasing second-hand articles (31 per cent).

The news follows a recent study carried out by that claimed an increased amount of grandparents are spending a significant proportion of their retirement funds to pay towards the upkeep of their grandchildren.


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