With less than four weeks until Christmas, thoughts are turning to shopping – and it seems that Brits are pulling out all the stops to get it done in time.
New research reveals that 2013 is set to be the year of the ‘Santa Sickie’ with 1.8 million Brits admitting they’re planning to call in sick at work in order to do their Christmas shopping – costing the economy £161m.
A fifth of Brits (22 per cent) now believe pulling a ‘Santa Sickie’ is acceptable if it means they can buy all of their gifts in time – that’s one million more people than in 2012.
Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s a worrying time for businesses, who might see significant absenteeism as people rush to do last minute Christmas shopping. It’s a sad story, especially in a world where online shopping is so simple and easy:
Anita Naik, a spokesperson for VoucherCodes.co.uk who commissioned the research, said: ‘It can sometimes seem impossible to fit in Christmas shopping on top of everything else that’s going on at this time of the year.
‘The good news is, even if you haven’t started your shopping yet, you still have plenty of time to buy from both in-store and online.
‘With the majority of big online retailers delivering orders placed as late as 23rd or 24th December, there really shouldn’t be any need to risk pulling a sickie day at work.’
If you do switch over to online shopping, remember to use your voucher codes to make those extra savings, of course.
Parents who give in to nagging from their children spend an extra £2billion on things they don’t need every year.
New research found the average child costs their parents 460 pounds by nagging them for goodies, which could range from sweets or junk food, to more unusual items such as cleaning products which have appeared in TV adverts.
Keeping up with the kids can be hard – unless, of course, you can find ways to cut costs and buy things on the cheap, obviously:
A whole host of strange items came up in the survey by VoucherCodes.co.uk, which asked 1,000 UK parents with children aged between 2 and 15 exactly what their kids pestered for.