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Cash Is Still King!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

by Sara Parker

Younger generation fall back on cash to manage Christmas squeeze

20 December, 2016 – With Christmas just around the corner, not many are exempt from the universal habit of overspending at this time of year and budgeting is absolutely key to remaining in control of your finances. The latest ATM research from VocaLink’s Card Transaction Services (CTS) business shows however, that it is the younger generation that are the most savvy when it comes to budgeting at this time of year.

With 79% of all ATM users surveyed preferring to use cash to cards when going out to a bar, pub or a club and 62% agreeing that using cash helps them to budget in this scenario, it is the 18-25’s, who carry the most with them, an average of £57.

Christmas parties, presents for family, friends and the office Secret Santa, new outfits and hair revamps, the month of December is without a doubt, costly. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the under 25s are seeking new ways to manage their outgoings. They carry nearly 70 per cent more cash than 25-54 year olds, showing the heightened importance of budgeting for the younger generation.

This pattern isn’t just evident in the UK, according to VocaLink’s global research, The Millennial Influence, other European millennials have a similar approach to the use of cash. In Germany, for every day consumption such as groceries, snacks, lunches, entertainment and dining out, they actually prefer to use cash: 70% of them pay for groceries with cash vs. 61% by card, and 79% pay for everyday eating and drinking out by cash, with just 27% using credit or debit cards. Italian millennials also prefer to use cash, with 64% using it for every day eating/drinking vs. 52% on card.

Sara Parker, Product Director, CTS at VocaLink commented: “The downside to this festive time of year is that we all get carried away with spending, with it impacting the younger generation more than other age groups and they can end up in dire straits before Christmas even arrives. However, it is clear from our latest research that the young are savvy. The physicality of handing over cash, seems to be far more of a deterrent when it comes to spending money. It is a solution, to what can be a rather large problem, particularly at this time of year, that the younger generation have tapped into.”

Notes to Editors

The bi-annual ATM tracker, surveys around 2000 ATM users across the UK to establish the ATM usage trends and is conducted with ACCORD Research Consultancy.

The Millennial Influence has been conducted in partnership with Ipsos MORI and commissioned by VocaLink. It surveyed nationally representative samples of 1,008 in Germany, 1,009 in the Netherlands, 1,014 in Italy and 1,002 in the UK.

About VocaLink

We’re VocaLink. A global payments partner to banks, corporates and governments. We design, build and operate world-class payment systems.

We believe that sustainable economies are powered by easy access to and movement of money. Our award-winning platforms and payment industry expertise make it easier for people to make payments confidently and securely. Last year we processed over 11 billion transactions with a value of £6 trillion. In the UK, we process over 90% of salaries, more than 70% of household bills and almost all state benefits. Every business and person in the UK benefits from our technology.

In the UK, our high availability, resilient payment systems power the Faster Payments Service on behalf of the Faster Payments Scheme, the Account Switching platform, Bacs and the Direct Debit Scheme. We also connect the world’s busiest network of over 70,000 ATMs through the LINK scheme.

Our proven capability of implementing real-time payment systems in the UK has led to the development of immediate payment solutions for other countries such as Singapore and the United States. Our vision is to be the leading real-time payment infrastructure provider globally, creating a positive impact on society by shaping the payments landscape worldwide.

Our approach to designing world-class payment systems is driven by the voice of our customers. Their needs are at the centre of everything we do and we strive to deliver a flawless experience every single time.

We’re VocaLink. Powering economies, empowering people.

For payment news and insight from VocaLink visit CONNECT - http://connect.vocalink.com/

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