Teenagers' spending habits revealed

Teenagers' spending habits revealed
From BBC - February 15, 2018

Girls start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and discover more expensive shampoo and make-up.

At the ages of seven to nine, weekly spending is higher among boys (8.50) than girls (7.50), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Girls' spending then overtakes boys' at the age of 10 to 12 and accelerates in the 13 to 15 age group.

While boys spent less than 10p a week on soap and cosmetics, girls spent 1.70 by the age of 13 to 15.

But the figures also show that the teenagers spent less than they used to.

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In 2015-17, girls aged 13 to 15 spent an average of 20.20 a week, compared with 21.50 a week in 2002-04.

Boys' spending dropped from 19.30 to 17.30 over the same period.

The data is based on a diary of income and spending kept by children for the ONS over a two-week period.


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