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How much do you spend on special occasions?

How much do you spend on special occasions?

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We all like to splash out a bit on loved ones when marking a special occasion, but just how much to do you spend? Well, according to research from American Express, it could all depend on how long you've been with your other half.

The research, which coincides with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's fifth wedding anniversary (which is today!), shows that spending ramps up when couples approach the 40-year milestone, with the average anniversary spend standing at £468 for the Ruby (40-year) anniversary and £695 for the Gold celebration (50 years), while the Diamond wedding anniversary (60 years) sees couples spend an average of £689.

In contrast, couples spend an average of £56 on each other when celebrating the five-year milestone and £50 after the first year, which goes to show that spoiling each other isn't just for the newly married – if anything, it only escalates as the years go on.

Of course, this isn't the only thing that the Royal couple will be celebrating this weekend, with Princess Charlotte turning one on Monday (2 May). A child's birthday is another thing that deserves a bit of a celebration, and as such, additional research from the credit card provider found that parents typically plan to spend an average of £545 to celebrate.

This typically comprises a mix of gifts (£122), entertainment (£94), party food (£91), party venues (£90), new outfits (£85) and party bags (£62), with the cost quickly adding up. It isn't just parents of the child in question who can find it a costly affair, either, as being a guest at a child's birthday can ramp up, too: the figures show that parents spend an average of £32 on presents and a further £28 on new party outfits for such an occasion, making it a pricey celebration for all concerned.

"From cakes and new clothes to clowns and bouncy castles, there are plenty of fun options on offer when planning your child's birthday, but this does mean that costs can soon add up," said Catherine Prentke of American Express. She recommends that you maximise the money you spend on such occasions by using a card that offers cashback or rewards on your purchases, and this can apply to those anniversary gifts, too. That way, you can get something back as you treat your loved ones – it's win-win all round!

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