Fewer people are planning economies to keep the cost of Christmas down this year - and fewer people started 2015 having to repay debt from the previous Christmas - according to new elephant research.
The findings, which track trends over the last three years reveal that 56% of people are planning financial economies this Christmas – down from 67% this time last year and 71% in November 2012.
The research is from elephant’s 18th edition of Austerity Britain, a rolling consumer research study that explores consumer confidence, outlook and spending habits across a range of lifestyle areas.
The most common strategies to keep a control on spending this year related to setting a strict spending limit on presents and cutting down on Christmas decorations.
Around three in ten said they used loans and credit cards to part fund Christmas last year, a fall on the previous three years.
Earlier editions of the research since the summer have suggested that despite the country’s return to recovery, many British households are still making cutbacks.