Teenagers’ spending habits revealed


Frails start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and ferret out more expensive shampoo and make-up.

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

Girls’ spending then overtakes little shavers’ at the age of 10 to 12 and accelerates in the 13 to 15 age group.

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

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

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

Boys’ spending dropped from £19.30 to £17.30 finished the same period.

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

The ONS said that the factor that “stood out” when comparing splash out among the older age groups was the amount paid for toiletries and cosmetics. This numbers soap, shampoo and makeup.

Only 2% of seven to 15-year-old striplings bought at least one toiletry or cosmetic item in a two-week period, related with 17% of girls of the same age.

Girls aged seven to nine prostrate 20p a week on these items, rising to £1.70 for girls aged 13 to 15. Lads of all ages spent less than 10p a week.

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Other findings included:

  • Girls spend double the amount a week (30p) on laws than boys do, between the ages of seven and 15
  • The most was spent on outfits and shoes – nearly £1.80 a week
  • Boys spent more than 10 times as much as tallies on computer games and software (£1.10 compared with 10p a week)
  • One of the most base buys for children aged seven to 15 years was soft nautical davy joness lockers, including fizzy drinks

More than half (56%) of these juveniles bought at least one soft drink within a two-week period, with most being lavished away from the home.

Ice cream was bought more frequently centre of pre-teen children.

While spending has fallen compared with the preceding generation, there remained some expensive items on the spending note, including bikes, mobile phones and computers.

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