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Aussies forking out $62 on Easter chocolate this year

Most Aussies are planning to shell out for Easter eggs, bunnies and other chocolates this year.

Easter chocolate
Aussies are planning to spend up this Easter, forking out on chocolate, travel and more. (Source: Getty)

The skyrocketing cost of living is front of mind for many Aussies right now, but it won’t stop us from indulging in Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

New Finder research found the majority of Aussies (59 per cent) were planning to celebrate and spend up this Easter.

More than half (52 per cent) of the 1,059 Aussies surveyed plan to buy chocolate this year, with the average Aussie shelling out $62.

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of Aussies will entertain at home, spending $107 on average. Others (17 per cent) are planning to eat out and spend $120 on average.

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But the biggest expense by far was travel. The research found 13 per cent were organising a getaway for the long weekend, spending an average of $471.

Finder travel expert Angus Kidman said there were plenty of ways to celebrate Easter without breaking the bank.

“Look for deals and discounts on Easter items and avoid paying full price. Shop at discount stores or dollar stores for affordable Easter baskets, decorations and treats,” Kidman said.

Kidman also recommended avoiding peak pricing on restaurants and transport if you could, and opting for DIY Easter decorations.

Aussies spending more this Easter

Aussies are tipped to spend almost $1.7 billion on Easter food this year, the Australian Retail Association (ARA) found, up 14.5 per cent from 2022.

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the rising cost of living was pushing up Easter spending this year, but people were also naturally spending more.

“Australians are under severe pressure right now due to the rising cost of living and interest rate hikes but, for many, Easter is time to relax and enjoy special time with family and friends,” he said.

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