Scotland is the foodiest region in the UK with the average Scottish adult spending a total of £3,757 per year on food.
As well as forking out six per cent more than the rest of the UK when it comes to groceries, Scots’ love of fast food sees them splashing 17 per cent more when it comes to takeaways too.
In the past 12 months Scots have upped their annual takeaway expenditure by 11 per cent and now spend £102 a year
more than the rest of the UK on their fast food habit.
The investigation into how much British adults are spending on groceries, takeaways and eating out found that the average Scottish adult spends a total of £3,757 on food a year - £77 more than the UK average of £3,680. Of that 19 per cent of Scot’s total food budget goes towards buying takeaways (£695), 12 per cent on eating out (£462) and the remaining 69 per cent is spent on groceries.
Despite annual takeaway expenditure falling for across the Nation in the past 12 months (from £602 in 2015 to £593 in 2016), people in Scotland now fork out more than they did last year on their takeaway habit, spending on average £695 a year compared to £624 in 2015 - an increase of 11 per cent.
Throughout the course of the year, the average Scottish adult will opt for a takeaway around 128 times, a habit that is costing them to spend 17 per cent more than the average Brit.
Glasgow is Scotland’s ‘takeaway capital’ holding onto its title from last year as the city that spends the most on takeaways in the Scotland. Glaswegians spend £777 a year on their takeaway habit, that’s a significant 30 per cent more than the UK average and 23 per cent more than Scotland’s lowest takeaway spending city, Edinburgh, with the average adult there spending £627 annually.
Everyone has a go-to takeaway menu in their home and this year Scotland’s most loved takeaway is once again Chinese, retaining its title as the take-out of choice from 2015 with almost a quarter (24 per cent) of Scots voting it as their favourite takeaway meal. That British classic – Fish and Chips, is the next popular option (preferred by 19 per cent of Scottish adults) and Indian comes in at third place with 17 per cent.
Aberdeen’s residents are by far the biggest spenders when it comes to annual food spend in Scotland, with a yearly outlay of £4,150. That’s 11 per cent more than the average Scot and 13 per cent more than the average Brit. Although in Aberdeen spending is lower than the Scottish average when it comes to takeaways and eating out, Aberdonians splash out a substantial amount when it comes to groceries at £3,138 annually, that’s 21 per cent more than the Scottish average and £747 more than Glasgow, who spend the least on groceries with an outlay of £2,274.
When Scots were asked why they opt for takeaways instead of home cooking, the majority (30 per cent) agreed that it’s because ‘they can’t be bothered to cook.’
A further 17 per cent agreed that they buy meals out because they ‘don’t have time cook’.
Anita Nail, consumer editor of VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “With all of us living such busy lives, it’s not surprising that more money is being spent on takeaways because many Scots “can’t be bothered to cook.”
However, with a bit of planning and preparation, cooking from scratch can be far easier on the wallet. Simply by taking advantage of supermarkets’ discounts, cooking meals in bulk and freezing them for later, and creating weekly meal plans, Scots can really cut down time and effort spent in the kitchen as well as money spent at the supermarkets.
She continued: “By checking online voucher sites for discounts, Scots will also find some great opportunities to reduce the amount they spend at the supermarkets. If you don’t shop online for groceries at the moment, then take advantage of the wealth of first time shop discounts codes, many giving you up to £20 off! Those set on a break from the oven gloves and want to eat out or order in a takeaway, should take advantage of the wealth of discounts available online for the nations’ favourite restaurants and takeaways. So with a bit of savvy shopping it’s easy to treat the family to a meal out without breaking the bank!”