A new study has revealed that Scots spend more than most Brits on food, with one of Scotland’s biggest cities the biggest spenders when it comes to annual food spend.
Aberdeen’s residents are by far the biggest spenders when it comes to annual food spend in Scotland, with a yearly outlay of £4,150 - over £300 more than other Scottish cities.
Residents of the Granite City spend 11 per cent more than the average Scot and 13 per cent more than the average Brit on their yearly food spend.
Although in Aberdeen spending is lower than the Scottish average when it comes to takeaways and eating out, Aberdonians splash out a substantial amount when it comes to groceries at £3,378 annually.
The Vouchercodes.co.uk study also found the Aberdeen figures to be 21 per cent higher than the Scottish average and £747 more than Glasgow, who spend the least on groceries with an outlay of £2,274.
When Scots were asked why they opt for takeaways instead of home cooking, the majority (30 per cent) agreed that it’s because ‘they can’t be bothered to cook.’
A further 17 per cent agreed that they buy meals out because they ‘don’t have time to cook’.
The study also found that the average Scottish adult spends a total of £3,757 on food, with Scots spending £102 a year more than the rest of the UK of takeaways alone.
Of that, 19 per cent (£695) of a Scot’s total food budget goes towards buying takeaways, 12 per cent (£462) is spent on eating out and the remaining 69 per cent (£2,602) is spent on groceries.
Despite Aberdeen’s high spending figures, Glasgow is Scotland’s ‘takeaway capital’ as it spends the most on takeaways per year at £777, or 23 per cent more than Edinburgh on £627 annually.
Nationwide, Scotland’s best-loved takeaway continues to be Chinese food for the second year in a row, as almost a quarter of Scots voted it as their favourite takeaway meal.
Finally, the cost of feeding a takeaway habit has risen in the last year, with Scots paying on average 11 per cent more on their annual takeaway spend compared to 2015.
The average Scottish adult will opt for a takeaway approximately 128 times; a habit that is causing them to spend 17 per cent more than the average Brit.
Scotland’s top ten favourite takeaways:
2. Fish and Chips
5. Fried Chicken
6. Thai Food