Aussie shout in doubt

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - REGIONAL EXTRA -

THE idea of buy­ing rounds of drinks sounds like a good idea in the­ory, but ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by in­dus­try su­per fund-owned bank ME, ‘shout doubt’ is very real for many Aus­tralians – and it can have a real im­pact on your bank bal­ance. The re­search showed while 85 per cent of us par­tic­i­pate in buy­ing rounds of drinks, 81 per cent would rather buy their own. ME’s ‘Whose Shout?’ sur­vey showed more than half of Aussies think shouts are un­fair, end­ing in us spend­ing more: other­wise would when in­volved in a shout al­ways spends more or less than oth­ers drink more than they would other­wise when in­volved in a shout. Aussies feel they aren’t get­ting a fair dinkum go at the pub: them to buy more ex­pen­sive drinks for their mates don’t get bought back. Half of Aus­tralians also see the sys­tem as a way their st­ingy mates can get off scot-free, with 50 per cent claim­ing they know some­one who con­sis­tently fails to re­turn a shout – it’s no won­der so many think the sys­tem is bro­ken. So why does the sys­tem sur­vive? The an­swer is so­cial pres­sure. Only 23 per cent felt com­fort­able opt­ing out of a shout, with so­cial pres­sures in­clud­ing: cent) per cent) ME money ex­pert, Matthew Read, said ‘shout doubt’ was a feel­ing most Aussies could re­late to. “I’m sure most of us have a colour­ful story to tell about a round of drinks – whether it’s some­one sneak­ily or­der­ing a $20 cock­tail when ev­ery­one’s shar­ing a jug of beer, or that friend who al­ways man­ages to miss their shout. “So­cial and emo­tional pres­sures can play a big part in our spend­ing and sav­ing habits. “Be­havioural eco­nomics shows us we of­ten act ir­ra­tionally when it comes to money, so it’s good to be aware of those pres­sures. “If you don’t want to be in the shout – say so. “Chances are most of your friends will think sim­i­larly. “You’ll prob­a­bly save a bit and drink less. “But on the other hand, some­times shout­ing is the right thing to do if you’re with mates you can trust to re­pay the favour. “Choose your mo­ments,” said Mr Read.

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