Commuters spend £100 a month on ‘travel treats’

6th January 2016


The average commuter spends £100 a month of travel treats for their journey to work.


Research by American Express shows the average commuter is shelling our £94.97 picking up food and drink for their journey to and from work.


With the average daily commute taking one house, spending on those ‘must-have’ treats soon add up. Coffee and energy drinks are the most popular purchase, with commuters spending £16.93 a month.

Another £16.49 a month is spent on snacks such as crisps, chocolate and fruit, and another £13.44 is spent on breakfast on the way to work.


More than a fifth, 22%, of the 3,000 people surveyed reported they indulge in treats in order to cheer themselves up.


Another 29% said have a ‘stressful day’ is the reason they buy a snack.


Londoners are spending the most on travel treats at around @174 a month, compared to £50 on average by commuters in Brighton.


American Express director Catherine Prentke said: ‘After the fun of Christmas and New Year, returning to work can be a chore for many of us and a take-away coffee or breakfast on the way to work can help brighten up our commute.


‘However, the cost can soon mount up, so commuters should consider putting their travel spend on a cashback card which will reward them for their spending.’


Top tips to save money on your travel spending:


1. Reading


Newspaper and magazine costs add up over the course of a month so consider a subscription or logging on to your favourite read on your phone or tablet. The savings can be significant.


2. Loyalty


Most coffee shops have a loyalty scheme so if you are purchasing a latte or cappuccino every day make sure you sign up to a scheme and are rewarded for your loyalty.


3. Fuel


For those travelling by car the cost of fuel can add up. To reduce this cost sign up to loyalty schemes at your most-used petrol station and find a colleague who lives close by to share the cost with a car share.


4. Flexibility

It may not be practical for everyone but if your job does allow you to, then try and travel outside of peak hours.


Most rail fares are lower if you travel outside of peak hours – generally 6am to 8am and 4.30pm and 7pm. If your employer allows flexible working then you could significantly reduce the cost of your train fare.


Fares can also be reduced by split ticketing – buying individual tickets for different parts of your journey.


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