Canadians' average planned holiday spending down six per cent to $1,182
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - With the peak holiday shopping period
around the corner, the majority (82 per cent) of Canadians are in the
gift-giving mood, according to the latest RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook. Overall, Canadians who will celebrate by giving gifts intend to spend
$1,182 on the holidays including gifts, decorations, entertaining and
travel. This is down six per cent from the $1,251 of last year's
anticipated spending amount and more in line with the spending
intentions of $1,137 in 2010.
Among Canadians who will buy gifts, on average, they plan to spend $629, which is less than last year ($640), but also on par with 2010
($624). Canadians gift-givers intend to significantly curb their
spending on holiday expenses other than gifts, to an average of $553, down 10 per cent from last year
"It's clear that Canadians are conscious of their finances and are
taking a closer look at what they can afford this holiday season," said
Chris McEachern, financial planning role strategist, RBC Financial
Planning. "A little planning ahead of your holiday shopping can make
all the difference. By creating a realistic budget and keeping track of
your purchases, it will help you avoid the post-holiday blues when the
bills come in."
More than half (56 per cent) of Canadians plan to fund their festivities with savings and one-in-five (24 per cent) plan to
use credit cards; however, almost one-quarter (23 per cent) say they
have not thought about how they will pay for the holiday season.
"No matter how you choose to purchase your gifts, whether it's with
debit or credit cards, in store or online, knowing how you'll cover
your holiday expenses is crucial to avoiding unwanted debt and ensuring
you are in good financial shape for the new year," added McEachern.
RBC offers the following tips and secure payment options for holiday
spending to help ensure that you stick to your holiday budget while
enjoying the spirit of the season:
Take control by preparing a budget - A budget will help you live within your means, during the holidays and
throughout the rest of the year, and avoid unnecessary debt. A Financial Planner can help you put a plan with a budget in place or online budgeting and
savings resources available on websites such as www.rbc.com/savingsspot can be of great assistance to help keep holiday spending plans under
control. myFinanceTracker is another online customizable financial management tool that will help
keep tabs on your monthly spending so you know exactly where your money
is going and how to budget properly.
Use cash and credit wisely - If you plan on using savings for your holiday costs, make your credit
card work for you by using it for purchases and then immediately pay
off the balance. Many rely on their credit cards for larger purchases
but may not use it for everyday shopping instead of using cash. Holiday
spending on groceries, gas, restaurants and clothing can add up
quickly, but using your card can help you keep track of your expenses
and also earn rewards more quickly while taking advantage of a
temporary interest-free loan on purchases.
Shop online with confidence - E-commerce sites are a great way to avoid crowds at the mall. Use the RBC Virtual Visa Debit for shopping online with funds coming directly from your bank account.
This is a simple and secure way to make purchases that will be
processed over Visa's network, providing the protection of Visa's
multiple layers of security including: Visa's Zero Liability Policy,
Verified by Visa, E-Promise, AVS (Address Verification Service) and
CVV2 (the three-digit code).
Have someone that's "hard to buy for"? - More secure than cash, RBC Visa Gift Cards can be used anywhere around the world where Visa cards are accepted,
including online, giving friends and family more options than
traditional store gift cards. RBC Visa Gift Cards are available at all
Get peace of mind with purchase protection and extended warranty - Take advantage of these insurance features on gifts (e.g. electronics)
that RBC credit cards offer. Need help finding the right card? Visit the RBC Advice Centre.
About RBC savings and other financial advice and interactive tools
Canadians can access RBC Financial Planning and www.rbc.com/savingsspot for free planning, budgeting and savings advice and resources, or to
find an Investment and Retirement Planner near you. In addition, all personal RBC online banking clients can use myFinanceTracker, a no-cost interactive financial management tool, to create and track
their budget, savings goals and spending habits. Whether Canadians want
to get more from their day-to-day banking, protect what's important, save and invest, borrow with confidence or
take care of their businesses, the RBC Advice Centre can help answer their questions. Interactive tools and calculators
provide customized information covering many facets of personal
finance. In addition, online advice videos are updated regularly to
reflect current trends and to answer the questions that are top of mind
with Canadians. With the guidance of RBC advisors who are available to
chat live, Canadians have access to free, no-obligation professional
advice about RBC products and services and personalized one-on-one
service at www.rbcadvicecentre.com.
About The RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook Index
The survey is conducted online via Ipsos Reid's national I-Say Consumer
Panel to 3,375 Canadians (540 British Columbia, 540 Alberta, 469
Saskatchewan/Manitoba, 735 Ontario, 609 Quebec, 482 Atlantic Canada).
Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the
sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to
Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample
universe. Data collection was October 1 to 10, 2012. The precision of
Ipsos Reid polls are calculated using a credibility interval. In this
case, the poll is accurate to within ±1.9 percentage points of the
entire Canadian population.
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