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Aussies spending less at home but forking out overseas

Crowds at Sydney airport and Australian currency to represent spending on travel.
Credit card spending overall has risen, but it's not because of Aussies at home. (Source: Getty)

Australians spent almost $25 billion on credit card purchases in June, despite rising cost-of-living pressures.

However, the tide appears to be turning, according to the latest research from

Recent Reserve Bank of Australia figures found that, overall, the value of credit card purchases rose $39.1 million in June.

However, domestic credit card spending dropped $134.4 million, as Aussies tightened the belt amid the skyrocketing cost of living.


But the value of overseas credit card purchases jumped $173.5 million (up 15 per cent), month-on-month, as Australians travelled internationally.

“The tide appears to be turning for credit card spending, as rising living costs and interest rate hikes finally take a toll,” RateCity research director Sally Tindall said.

“While credit card spending rose overall in June, domestic spending on credit cards actually dropped by $134.4 million compared to the previous month.”

Tindall said that, up until now, data showed Aussies were spending up big at the shops, despite rising interest rates.

“These figures suggest people are finally putting the brakes on spending,” she said.

But the total amount of debt incurring interest grew for the first time in three months - up more than $32 million.

“The fear is that rising living costs will see people rely on their credit cards to help make ends meet,” Tindall said.

“While reaching for the credit card may plug the gap until your next pay, know that it’s a band-aid solution that can easily backfire, and quickly.”

Rising cost of living

Inflation surged 6.1 per cent over the 12 months to June, revealing the toll on Aussie budgets from rising prices, according to the latest inflation data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The most significant price rises were in new dwelling purchases by owner-occupiers (+5.6 per cent), automotive fuel (+4.2 per cent) and furniture (+7.0 per cent).

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