IF THERE’S ONE part of the festive period that parents tend to dread, it’s the final rush of spending and panicking just before December 25th rolls around.
This year it’s estimated that the average household will spend over €2,500 in the run up to the festive period, according to business group Retail Ireland.
Even if you’re the thrifty type who buys presents earlier in the year, the festive costs still add up. In total, we spend an average of €870 more in shops in December than any other month.
It’s not all happening in-store, though. Thanks to online shopping, you can now conceivably do most, if not all, of your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your couch.
Experts in the Central Bank estimate that e-commerce spend is likely to exceed €16 billion by the end of the year, close to a 50 per cent increase since 2015.
So, tell us, will you be doing any Christmas shopping online this year?