We’re splash­ing out BE­FORE we go

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How... can you cut your pre-hol­i­day costs? While many peo­ple may worry about bust­ing their bud­get dur­ing a sum­mer hol­i­day – new re­search shows we’re also in dan­ger of rack­ing up big costs as the ex­cite­ment builds be­fore the trip.

Hol­i­day­mak­ers are likely to spend an av­er­age of £273 be­fore they have even left their front door, stock­ing up on hol­i­day items rang­ing from gog­gles and gad­gets to games, ac­cord­ing to re­search from Amer­i­can Ex­press.

With peo­ple tak­ing an av­er­age of two hol­i­days a year, ei­ther abroad or in the UK, this could add up to an av­er­age an­nual spend of £546 on hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions – more than the av­er­age weekly wage.

Cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories to look the part while we’re away, take up the bulk of pre­hol­i­day costs, the re­search sug­gests. This is fol­lowed by toys and make-up.

More than two thirds (67%) of hol­i­day­mak­ers start buy­ing hol­i­day treats such as mag­a­zines and snacks a month be­fore their trip, the sur­vey of more than 2,000 peo­ple found.

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