The average Brit will spend a staggering £10,044 on lunchtime meal deals over their working lifetime, according to new research by short term loan provider Wonga.
The research considers the nation’s attitudes towards supermarket meal deals and lunchtime spending habits.
A third of Brits (33%) fork out on a lunchtime meal deal twice a week, with 14% admitting they buy one more than three times a week.
When asked which shop they thought had the best value for money deals, three in ten (30%) respondents said Tesco.
Best value for money meal deals according to the people surveyed
- Sainsbury’s / Boots
- Marks and Spencer
When asked about their views on meal deals, most respondents were positive, with nearly half (49%) thinking they are convenient, and 45% believing they are reasonably priced and good value for money. Almost one in five (17%) also believe they are cost effective during the month, but they do prefer a treat on pay day, and nearly three in ten (29%) think they taste good.
So, which profession is leading the way when it comes to eating meal deals for their lunch?
The study revealed IT professionals seem to like the convenience of a meal deal the most, with 23% eating a meal deal every day, followed by plumbers, electricians and builders (18%) and those who work in accounts (16%).
Whereas 41% of teachers and 33% of medical professionals stated that they very rarely have meal deals during the working week. Of those working in the medical sector, 13% said they think meal deals are unhealthy.
Nation’s favourite sandwich fillings
- Chicken and bacon
During an average month, Brits spend £21.20 throughout their lunch breaks³ on everything from food to online or in-store shopping.
Yet Brits don’t appear to be saving when it comes to what they spend on lunch, with a huge 56% of respondents admitting that they don’t cut back on what they spend on lunch as the month goes on.
Millennials appear to be a little more cautious, with nearly one in six (58%) of those in this age bracket saying they do cut back on lunch spending as the month goes on, compared to 38% of baby boomers (age 55+).