Retirees to spend spare cash on themselves this Christmas

28th December 2011 by RetireEasy

Christmas is usually associated with buying gifts for loved ones, but this giving spirit may not be shared among many in or nearing retirement this festive season.

Almost half (46%) of those aged 50-70 would prefer to spend more on themselves, compared with less than one in ten (9%) wanting to bestow it on family members, according to, the only comprehensive, online tool that gives those in or nearing retirement peace of mind by empowering them to plan for their financial future.

Richard Collinson, CEO and Co-founder of, said: ‘Christmas is a time when many households worry about their finances and retirees are primary among these. Often when preoccupied with how to make ends meet, it is understandable many would prefer to splurge on themselves with what little extra they have, rather than spend it on the wider family.

‘Budget worries affect everyone at this time of year, but particularly those in retirement as they continue to struggle with low interest rates and an increase in the cost of living.’

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