1 in 5 households to Hide from Trick or Treaters to Save Money

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New research from the UK’s biggest cashback and voucher site, Quidco, suggests that the recession has spoiled the fun of another public holiday as 1 in 5 admits that they will be avoiding trick or treaters this Halloween to save money.

The fact that over half of adults are planning to hide from Halloween purely because they can’t afford to reward trick or treaters demonstrates how tight many UK household budgets have become.

New research from the UK’s biggest cashback and voucher codes website, Quidco, suggests that the recession has spoiled the fun of another public holiday as 1 in 5 admits that they will be avoiding trick or treaters this Halloween to save money*.

In addition to those 1 in 5 (22%), a further 32% said they were likely to hide.

Halloween in the UK is a time when children dress up and go from house to house asking for money and sweets. The research suggests that this is now costing adults more than they can afford as they take steps like hiding from trick or treaters and ignoring any visitors who come to their door.

Hannah Green at Quidco said, “The fact that over half of adults are planning to hide from Halloween purely because they can’t afford to reward trick or treaters demonstrates how tight many UK household budgets have become. Christmas is already recognised as a holiday where families are cutting back and our research now shows that another festive period has been affected.

“When adults are going to the lengths of hiding from visitors to save a few pounds, it raises the question of why more people aren’t taking advantage of cashback sites which reward consumers with hundreds of pounds for switching their utilities, phone contracts and insurance. With many high street shops also present on cashback sites, members can save hundreds of pounds on Christmas shopping alone.”

Halloween falls on a Monday this year which may mean four days of hiding for some households as children choose to trick or treat the weekend before.

Contact: Hannah Green 07527 874759/ h.green(at)quidco(dot)com

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*Survey of 1,004 respondents, 10-13th October 2011

About Quidco
Quidco.com is the easy way for people to save money on every purchase. It pays ‘cashback’ when people click through and make a purchase at any of the 3,000 retailers listed on its website, by paying the commission it gets from the retailer, directly into the shopper’s bank account. It also lists voucher codes, which give an instant online discount, restaurant vouchers and printable vouchers, which give a discount in-store. In-store cashback is also available for members who register their debit card online and the Quidco app pays users for checking in to certain stores and restaurants.

Quidco.com was founded in 2005 with a mission to help people save money and is the UK’s leading cashback and voucher website. The site is free to join and currently has more than 1.6 million members who will each save on average over £280 in the next year.

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