Because of COVID-19, Filipinos are planning to spend less this holiday season

September 2020 – COVID-19 has put a dampener on Christmas spending this year according to new research by global financial comparison website

A new survey of 2,018 respondents reveals 52% of Filipinos aged 18 and above – equivalent to 35.5 million people – are planning to spend less money on Christmas compared to last year.

Those planning to spend less are reducing their budget by almost a third on average (31%). With last year’s Christmas spend averaging around Php17,000 per person, this means a forecast spend of Php11,781 per adult (Php5,219 less).

The flow-on effect will hit retailers and service providers, costing them an estimated Php95 billion in reduced sales.

Susannah Binsted, money specialist at Finder, said some people are cutting costs harder than others.

“About one in five (22%) will at least halve their annual Christmas outlay, while 16% plan to reduce spending by just 5%,” she said.

“The “ber” months have come which means Christmas has already started in the Philippines. There may be only three months left until the actual holiday, but this is still enough time to create a feasible budget and work out your savings strategy.


“Planning ahead can save you big bucks and reduce stress, especially if you spread the cost over a number of months rather than holding out until December.

“By shopping early you can take note of the best retail prices and take advantage of sales events like those that online shopping platforms such as Lazada and Shopee are famous for.

“But keep in mind that many consumers will be looking to shop online this year so don’t leave online purchases to the last minute and make sure you check shipping and delivery times.”

Are you planning to spend less this year on Christmas compared to last year?

Yes, 5% less 16%
Yes, 10% less 5%
Yes, 20% less 5%
Yes, 30% less 4%
Yes, 50% less 9%
Yes, More than 50% less 13%


Tips for lowering your Christmas spend:

  1. “Shop around: You’re only a few clicks away from comparing prices. Jump online and research the product you’re after to see if it’s in stock elsewhere at a cheaper price.
  2. “Stick to your budget. Be realistic about the amount you can spend, and keep track of your purchases so you know where your money is going.
  3. “Be sales savvy. Major sales days can see prices slashed across a huge range of products. Pencil the dates into your calendar so you don’t miss out!

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