Once again, the people of the UK have spent an astronomical amount on food for the Christmas period. Following the trends of previous years, Christmas food costs continue to rise. Studies show that Brits spent a whopping £4.24 billion on food and drink for the festive season in 2018, which is a staggering £1 billion more than food and drink spending for the previous year.
Food is a significant part of the cost of Christmas for most people. Experian broke down these figures further by identifying how people spent their money and which regions of the United Kingdom spent the most and least on Christmas groceries.
The Highs and Lows of the Cost of Christmas
Leicester came out top as the biggest spenders on groceries for Christmas. People from this city were even willing to spend over £20 on a decent cheese board for the holiday period. At the other end of the scale, Bradford and Wakefield were the most budget-conscious cities and the cost of Christmas was much lower in these cities. The people of Bradford spent less on chocolate than people from any other city in the UK.
The Cost of Christmas Drinks
The people of Leicester were also the biggest spenders when it came to filling up their drinks cabinets. The average person in Leicester spent £65.19 on alcoholic beverages, with a fairly even split between their expenditure on wines and spirits. To the other extreme, those who live in Cardiff spent an average of a mere £43.68.