Think staying in is a cheaper way to spend your Saturday?
With the recession continuing to hit everyone's wallets, families all over the country are increasingly sitting down and discussing new ways to cut their costs. And it's only a matter of time before that monthly trip to the cinema or restaurant comes under fire, especially as the global slowdown shows no sign of abating.
But before you substitute your treat for a night on the sofa in front of Strictly Come Dancing or X-Factor, it's worth knowing that you might not be saving as much as you thought.
Recent research from insurers Sheilas' Wheels presents a startling image for those who think a Saturday night in is the budget option. Those girls, with their catchy TV adverts and lurid pink convertible, have discovered that you might still end up shelling out as much as £118.29.
More than half of Brits are choosing their living room over a night on the town. But with the price of takeaways having skyrocketed (£46.30 for a mouth-watering Indian?) and guests having to spend as much as £66.51 for alcohol, you might feel like you're getting more for your money if you don the glad-rags and hit the local dance floor.
Furthermore, 55 per cent of women spent more than £100 on a new outfit just to sit in front of the television.
Price-wise, a night at the local pub looks almost tame in comparison, costing the average person just £17.01 each, while eating out at a restaurant will set someone back a mere £21.95.
Jacky Brown at Sheilas' Wheels home insurance said: "Our research shows how spending can escalate especially if you are the host. Planning ahead and making your own Saturday night treats in the kitchen can keep costs down - and if you are the guest, always bring a small gift for your host."
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