• Research finds 42% of Australians unable to afford any big purchases this year
  • However another 31% intend to take an overseas holiday in 2015

Despite low petrol prices and rate cuts nearly half of Australians say they can’t afford to make any big purchases this year.

A recent survey commissioned by insurance provider Budget Direct.* found 2 in 5 (42%) Aussies are putting off making any big purchases in 2015, citing affordability as the reason. Big purchases included home renovations, overseas holidays, upgrading or buying a new car, major appliances and renovations or buying a new home.

As well as delaying major outlays, consumers are looking at ways to save on essentials, says Kimberley Moody, Communications Manager, Budget Direct.

“People are sharpening their pencils and looking to cut costs wherever they can,” says Ms Moody. “We’re seeing a lot of people shopping around for insurance and taking advantage of online discounts.”

However it’s not all doom and gloom on the spending front – just under one-third (31%) of respondents said they intended to splash out on an overseas holiday this year, with Gen Y (21-35 years) the most likely age group to choose this option (36%).

“We still like to treat ourselves and what better way than an overseas holiday – as long as it doesn’t break the nest egg.”

* Source: McCrindle Research Survey conducted 2015 on behalf of Budget Direct. 1023 respondents aged 18 and over participated from all states and territories.

About Budget Direct

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000 and is one of Australia's award-winning and fastest growing insurance companies.

Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Pet, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.

Budget Direct is a multi-award-winning insurer having won Money magazines Insurer of the Year 2021 for the fifth year in a row and Canstar’s Outstanding Value Car Insurance 2021 for 15 years in a row amongst many other awards. Our policies are underwritten by Auto & General Insurance Company Limited, an Australian insurance company regulated by APRA and a member of the Insurance Council of Australia.

About Auto & General

Auto & General has specialised in the sale, management and underwriting of insurance products in Australia since 2000. Our insurance products include car, home and contents and travel. We provide insurance for a number of brands including Budget Direct, 1st for Women, Ozicare, Virgin Money, and ING. We have contact centres based in Queensland and claims assessing centres in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, in total employing in excess of 1500 people. Our commitment to providing exceptional service has seen the company win multiple industry awards.

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