Save more, waste less? ING finds 75% of Aussies don’t use their Christmas gifts

There’s little doubt about it, budgets are going to be tight in the lead up to Christmas 2018, with many Aussie families likely to rely upon dipping into their savings accounts or using a credit card to fund this years festivities.      

So could ‘less is more’ be the mantra to adopt this Christmas?

It just might be, especially given that new research from ING has revealed just how many Christmas presents end up going to waste each year.           

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According to the ING research, a staggering $8.7 billion is spent over the festive season on Christmas presents and wrapping alone, with 75% of Aussies admitting that they don’t even end up using the gifts they receive.

The study also found that 54% of Aussies ended up being disappointed or annoyed at receiving a present they wouldn’t use.

“With food, presents and travel expenses to consider over the Christmas period, it’s hardly a surprise that many families may be looking towards December with budget strain rather than festive cheer on their minds,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.

But instead of dipping too far into your savings account or racking up credit card debt on Christmas gifts that may just end up going to waste, it could be the perfect time to start looking at some creative ways to save instead.”

Four simple Christmas money savers

1. Set a one gift limit

Instead of forking out for a pile of presents that may not all be so well received, why not make a game of present giving this year by convincing your family to adopt secret santa or a white elephant gift exchange instead. That way everyone can receive a quality gift while having fun doing it!

2. Get creative with your wrapping game

ING’s research found that Australians spend a mind-boggling $512 million each Christmas on wrapping paper and throw out a massive $282 million, which is why Megumi Inouye, one of the world’s best gift wrappers and an ING Dreamstarter partner, maintained the importance of reusing wrapping materials. According to Inouye, cloth napkins, fabric scraps, recycled paper and even buttons can all be used and repurposed as wrapping material.

3. Give the gift of giving

According to ING’s research, 47% of Aussies would like to purchase more gifts that give back to society. So whether that’s through a charitable donation or an initiative like ING Dreamstarter’s Gifts that Give, a philanthropic gift could be the most rewarding present to give and receive this Christmas.

4. Make your own

Let’s be honest, nothing beats a gift from the heart. From Christmas hampers you put together yourself to foods like jams and sweets you’ve cooked or even homemade jewellery, chances are a homemade gift won’t only be good for your bank balance, it will be seriously appreciated by whoever’s receiving it.

Need a better place to park the money you expect to save this Christmas? Check out some of the great savings account offers below or head over to the Mozo savings account hub for even more deals.

Savings account offers 2018

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  • Savings Account

    4.75% p.a.(for $0 to $1,000,000)

    5.35% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus variable rate is available for the first 4 months.

    Competitive introductory variable rate for first 4 months (on deposits up to $250,000). No account keeping fees to pay. Multiple 2024 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

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  • Reward Saver Account

    0% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    5.25% p.a. (for $0 to $1,000,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 5.25% for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months, reverting to 3.25%. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals.

    Introductory bonus rate for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals. Start your account online in under 10 minutes and earn interest on balances up to $1,000,000 (T&Cs apply). No monthly account fees, helping you save smarter and faster.

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  • Bonus Saver Account

    0.05% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    5.00% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate when at least $20 is deposited each month and five Visa Debit transactions are made each month using linked Glide transaction account.

    Start saving and earn interest with just a $20 deposit and make 5 eligible transactions each month. No fees or penalties for withdrawing money.

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  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    High Interest Savings Account

    4.40% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)

    5.75% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Reward yourself with a higher rate for your good savings habits with the Rabobank High Interest Savings Account. No Account keeping fees. No minimum balance. Support Aussie farmers with every dollar you save.

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  • Savings+Bonus

    2.00% p.a.(for $0 to $250,000)

    5.00% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Minimum $100 monthly deposit and no withdrawals to earn bonus interest each month.

    Earn a generous interest rate on your at-call savings (T&Cs apply). Interest is calculated daily and paid to you monthly. A $5 monthly membership fee will not apply if your total account balances with First Option Bank exceed $1,000 or you have a credit card or loan with the bank.

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