Brits are spending a third of their total food budget on fast food, with £29.4bn in total spent on takeaways every year, according to new figures from VoucherCodes.co.uk’s Annual Food Spend Study.
The new report, which is based on a sample of 2,000 UK adults between the 5 and 12 March 2014, found that despite successfully reducing their yearly food bill by an average of 9% a typical Brit still splurges £109 per month on convenience meals – just £12 a year less than in 2013.
Brits’ top takeaway list remains the same for the first time this year with Chinese food pipping Indian takeaway and fish and chips to the number one spot, with pizza at fourth ahead of fried chicken in fifth.
The average person now makes their way through 84 fast food meals over the course of a year and packs in a further 64 ready meals - totting up a bill of £1,304 over 12 months. One in four Brits (25%) cite laziness as the main reason for their takeaway habit and a further 13% claim they simply do not have time to cook from scratch.
Coventry takes the crown as the takeaway capital of the UK - with each person spending £2,456.31 on average and eating 156 of them each year. Swansea’s residents spend the least, at just £677.85 every year.
Men spend far more than women on takeaways, splurging £2,339 every year compared to the £1,355 spent by women. But men are savvier when it comes to making the most of leftovers, using any surplus food to make another meal 10% more frequently than women.
Unsurprisingly, younger Brits are spending more on takeaways and eating out – with 25-34s forking out £2,112.14 on them each year, that’s twice as much as those aged 45-54 and almost double the national average.
Anita Naik, consumer editor of VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “With all of us living such busy lives, it’s not surprising many are relying on takeaways as quick alternatives to home-cooking. But this study really highlights how expensive this routine can be, with some Brits spending almost as much on their fast food habit as their grocery shopping. Those who simply cannot do without their weekly takeaway should always check online for voucher codes before ordering, many of the UK’s favourite takeaways and restaurants offer discounts of up to 50% with a voucher – but check terms and conditions as some exclude weekend orders.”