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Poll: Will you borrow to pay your Christmas bills?

A Credit Union survey says some households won’t finish paying off their Christmas bills until July. How will you cope with the season?
Nov 21st 2011, 11:27 AM 3,650 50

A NEW SURVEY by the Irish League of Credit Unions has found that one in three people will put themselves into debt as a result of their Christmas spending.

The survey showed that 38 per cent of people would be borrowing in order to pay for food, presents and other Christmas expenses – with Santa set to spend an average of €164 on presents for each of the good girls and boys of Ireland.

The survey also found that some homes would not be able to pay off the last of their Christmas loans until July – meaning some shoppers have barely finished taking care of one Christmas before they have to start spending on another.

Today we’re asking whether you’ll have to go into debt in order to spend for Christmas – and, if so, how long you might take to repay the loans.

Will you be borrowing to pay for Christmas?


Poll Results:

No - I'll cut back on spending (843)
No - I have enough savings (554)
Yes - I'll pay it off in 2-3 months (110)
Yes - I'll pay it off in a month (84)
Yes - I'll pay it off in 9+ months (78)
Yes - I'll pay it off in 4-6 months (47)
Yes - I'll pay it off in 7-9months (14)







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