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Are YOUR kids spending their pocket money on bad teeth?

Matt Clark
Feb 15, 2018


Start saving for those dental bills – today's youngsters are spending more on soft drinks and sweets than games and toys.

A survey of pocket money spending showed that eating and drinking on the way home from school – plus buying clothes – was the biggest outlay for seven to 15-year-olds.

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On average they spend 91p on treats a week – and 77p on toys and games.

Just under half of all kids spends money on chocolate and confectionery.

And the older they get the more soft drinks they buy – three quarters of 13 to 15-year-olds admit they buy at least one every fortnight.

Doesn't sound a lot does it?

But bear in mind, the figures were collected by the the Office for National Statistics by asking a group of kids to keep a diary of everything they spent their cash on.

And kids are totally honest and great at keeping diaries, aren't they?

The survey also doesn't include treats bought for them by their parents or other adults.

The rise in unhealthy treats comes as new evidence suggests processed foods – including fizzy drinks – raises the risk of cancer significantly.

Overall, the survey found that 15-year-olds spend an average £25 a week, while seven-year-olds spend £7.40.

Boys and girls spend about the same amount of cash until they reach 12 – but as teenagers girls start to spend more, mostly on toiletries.

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Spending surveyed included pocket money, cash gifts and wages from paper rounds or babysitting.

Do your kids spend their money more wisely? We'd love to know!