Nouveau Bills: 20 bills most of us didn’t pay 10 years ago that now cost us £41bn a year*: Card Payment

13 August 2018, 09:08

Nouveau Bills: 20 bills most of us didn’t pay 10 years ago that now cost us £41bn a year*

From mobile data to online subscription services, tattoos to coffee pods,
new research** reveals cost of Brits’ new bills

 

  • £66 a month – the cost of Nouveau Bills for every UK adult;
  • Tattoos are the 3rd biggest Nouveau Bill, followed by TV streaming services, cosmetic treatments, subscription delivery services and online casino and bingo;
  • Survey also names the modern services people ‘can’t live without’.

New research from GoCompare has revealed the £41bn bill for modern goods and services -things that are sapping our finances now, but which most of us wouldn’t have been paying out for just 10 years ago.

The comparison site has identified 20 so-called ‘Nouveau Bills’ that are costing UK adults £66 a month or £788 a year on average, including mobile data, tattoos, streaming services, online casinos and bingo sites and online subscriptions. 

In a short period of time, new technology has transformed the way we live - from the way we communicate and access information to the way we shop and entertain ourselves.  While the obsession with self-improvement, has also changed what we spend our money on. 

Rank

‘Nouveau Bill’

Cost

Percentage of people paying for

Monthly

Yearly

1

Broadband

£20.36

£244.32

72%

2

Smartphone contract

£13.59

£163.08

57%

3

Tattoos

£3.68

£44.16

6%

4

TV streaming service (e.g. Netflix)

£3.54

£42.48

32%

5

Beauty treatments (e.g. eyebrow threading, manicures, false nails, spray tan)

£3.18

£38.16

14%

6

Subscription delivery service (e.g. Amazon Prime)

£2.52

£30.24

23%

7

Online casino/online bingo

£2.26

£27.12

7%

8

Mobile data

£2.19

£26.28

26%

9

Coffee pods (e.g. Tassimo, Nespresso)

£1.90

£22.80

16%

10

Online newspaper and magazine subscriptions

£1.66

£19.92

9%

11

Hand car wash/detailing

£1.57

£18.84

13%

12

Playstation Plus or Xbox Live subscription

£1.38

£16.56

9%

13

Self-storage (e.g. Big Yellow, SafeStore)

£1.20

£14.40

2%

14

Gaming in app purchases for power-ups, etc

£1.05

£12.60

11%

15

Teeth whitening or Botox injections

£1.05

£12.60

3%

15

Music streaming service (e.g. Spotify)

£1.03

£12.36

13%

17

Ready to cook meal delivery service (e.g. Mindful Chef, Hello Fresh)

£0.82

£9.84

5%

18

Online subscription book service

£0.63

£7.56

4%

19

Cloud storage

£0.45

£5.40

9%

20

Paid for mobile phone apps

£0.41

£4.92

7%

21

Other

£1.19

£14.28

2%

Average total spend by UK adults

£65.66

£787.92

 

The survey also asked participants which of the modern goods and services they couldn’t live without.  Broadband (72%) headed the list followed by smartphones (52%), mobile data (26%), TV streaming services such as Netflix, Now and Amazon (23%) and subscription delivery services such as Amazon Prime (14%).  Other modern day essentially were music streaming services including Spotify and Deezer (10%), beauty treatments including eyebrow threading, manicures, etc. (8%), coffee pods (8%), cloud storage (8%) and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions (6%).

Commenting on the research, Georgie Frost, Consumer Advocate at GoCompare said, “These figures just go to show the extent to which our budgets have been stretched in recent years.  At a time when incomes have remained relatively unchanged, finding budget for up to 20 new bills in our lives is a big ask.  It wasn’t so long ago that we just had to worry about the basic household bills and perhaps the cost of running a car.  Now, most of us have also acquired a list of online subscriptions, contracts, treatments and services that we suddenly ‘can’t live without’. 

“Something’s got to give.  While we might question the necessity of some of the ‘new bills’, they are a real and significant drain on funds for many people.  To make way for the new bills, we may need to address some of our ‘old bills’.  Most of us are still paying too much for the likes of gas and electric, car insurance and home insurance.  So perhaps the best advice might be; before you take on a new bill – check and see if you can save money on an old one by switching to a cheaper provider.”  

For more information on how to save money on your bills visit: https://www.gocompare.com/money/

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For further information please contact:

Anders Nilsson, Martyn John or Louisa Marsden at GoCompare on 01633 654 054 / 01633 654 725 / 01633 655 132

Gordon, Jason or Liz at MAW Communications on 01603 505 845

Keep up-to-date with GoCompare on Twitter; @GoCompare

Notes to editors

*£41bn figure: using the average annual cost of Nouveau Bills for every UK adult (£787.92) multiplied by the total number of UK adults (51,767,543 source: ONS June 2017) gives £40,788,682,481 or £41bn.

**On the 29th December 2017, Bilendi conducted an online survey among 2,334 randomly selected British adults who are Maximiles UK panelists.  The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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Contact Information

Louisa Marsden

louisa.marsden@gocompare.com