Summer BBQs are burning a hole in many Britons’ finances

11th June 2015


It appears the humble barbecue is costing the nation dearly with Britons spending an average of £520 on everything from burger buns to corn on the cob during the summer months.

Research from revealed that the majority of Britons will host four barbecues throughout the summer, spending £100 on each. They will also attend four, spending £30 on food, drink and gifts to take with them each time. A surprising 18% will spend up to £300 on hosting a barbecue for their friends and family.

But some 43% also plan on “doing up” their garden for the season, with 34% spending around £300 on the revamp.

The analysis concluded that one out of three Brits find summer to be the most expensive season as they plan on splashing their cash on holidays, festivals, sporting events, amusement parks and a new summer wardrobe to make the most of the sun.

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Natasha Rachel Smith, consumer affairs editor for TopCashback says: “Summer can easily be an expensive season as we do more activities outside to make the most of the inviting weather, which can drive up costs with barbecues, picnics, days out and visits to amusement parks. Planning ahead can insure the cost of summer’s months of fun go by like a breeze. I stock my freezer with foods I like on the barbecue before the season starts and prices are hiked up; I also plan my days out and make the most of discount vouchers and Tesco Clubcard tokens.”

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