Laziness costs Brits £17,000
By Daniel Hunter
Laziness costs the typical Brit almost £17,000 over the course of their lifetime, a report revealed.
A study found using the car wash when a bucket and sponge would do, not taking advantage of price comparison sites and driving rather than walking are the biggest drains on our finances. Not cancelling direct debits, putting wet clothes in the tumble drier rather than a washing line and getting people in to do which we could have carried out ourselves are also commonplace.
Nearly half of the 2,000 people who took part in the study said they would rather pay someone to do laborious tasks such as cleaning the windows than do it themselves.
Simon Healy of British bank Aldermore, which commissioned the study, said: ”The typical adult is more likely to be too busy to sort out their finances rather than being lazy, which we are all guilty of.
”But lots of savings can be made from very simple changes.
”We live in a world where we want everything to be done as quickly as possible so if that means we throw clothes in the tumble dryer and pay for the car to be washed rather than getting our own hands dirty, then that will all come at a cost.
”Many people will not automatically think of the cost when using the car or cranking up the central heating to dry clothes more quickly but it will all add up.”
The report also found the average Brit could save £52 a year just from cancelling pointless direct debit payments. Washing their own cars would save £68 a year and cleaning windows would save £72 a year. One in ten of those polled said it’s easier to shell out the cash than do the job themselves.
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