What will this year's New Year's Eve look like?

What will this year's New Year's Eve look like?

On this year's New Year's Eve, Poles will spend an average of PLN 212, almost a third less than in 2019, according to a study for the BIG InfoMonitor Debtors Register. Three times more Poles than a year ago will spend the last night of the year in the company of their household.

26% were willing to say goodbye to the passing year, while in 2019 more than 70% had fun or left on this occasion. people. This time 69%. declares that he will not leave his home and he will not invite anyone to his place - according to a study conducted by Maison & Partners for the BIG InfoMonitor Debtors Register.


In turn, every eighth respondent (13%) will organize a party in their four corners, and almost one in ten (9%) will go to a house party with friends or family members. "This is a big change compared to last year when almost one in three Poles had fun at their friends', and one-fourth hosted the New Year's Eve party" - Halina Kochalska, an expert in the BIG InfoMonitor Debtors Register, tells PAP.

She added that in 2019, every tenth person went to a restaurant, club, cinema or theatre to say goodbye to the old year. This time there is no such possibility, and even if it were, only 1% would choose this option. Poles. The same applies to outdoor events. A year ago it was an attractive proposition for 3.4%, now for 1% subjects.

The authors of the study point out that the main reasons for such decisions are restrictions caused by the pandemic, limitation of the number of people at holiday meetings, deterioration of the financial situation of many people and the introduced prohibition of movement. "This last element did not affect the results of the research, because they were carried out on December 11-15, even before the government announced the prohibition of movement between 19, December 31 and 6 a.m., on January 1" - Kochalska says.

According to the survey, there are also those who will welcome the New Year and say goodbye to the old one away from home. About 3% will be used for closer and longer trips people.

Kochalska indicated that this year's "drastic change of plans" translated into the expenses planned for New Year's Eve. Compared to the previous year, they decreased by almost one third from PLN 307 to PLN 212. There will be no balls, gala receptions or open-air events, and thus no expenses for a hairdresser, beautician or a new outfit. Hence, this year there is a significant difference in declared expenses, depending on gender. Ladies will save and plan to spend less on this occasion than men, they will spend on average PLN 177, while men will spend PLN 261.


Farms with lower income (from PLN 1 thousand to PLN 2 thousand) intend to celebrate for a higher amount - PLN 288 than those whose portfolios are full of PLN 7-10 thousand every month. PLN. They will spend PLN 241. People who can afford it, from households that have at least 10,000 accounts in their accounts every month will go crazy. PLN net, they want to spend an average of PLN 774 on the New Year's Eve party.

Usually, excessive expenses related to sales, and then to Christmas and New Year's Eve became a cause of financial problems for many people and, ultimately, an entry in the register of debtors - said Kochalska. As a result, creditors reported more unreliable consumers to the register in the first quarter of the year than in other periods.

"This year, the vast majority of respondents have become more cautious and frugal, and due to the pandemic, the financial situation of some people has worsened. This is evidenced by 10% lower spending on holidays and over 30% on New Year's Eve" - ​​comments Kochalska. According to her, if new debtors are added to the register in the coming months, the reason will be "incorrect optimism in spending planning, as it used to be before".

According to the survey, the emotions most often felt by Poles in 2020 are: uncertainty, anxiety, stress, fear, sadness, anger and anger, and disappointment. Out of three possible indications, in every tenth case, the respondents were also able to mention joy, peace or positive surprise. "The coming change of the year does not mean that the first weeks of 2021 will be perceived differently" - Kochalska emphasizes.


The survey for the Register of Debtors BIG InfoMonitor was carried out by Maison & Partners using the CAWI method on December 11-15, 2020, on a nationwide sample of Poles 18+, representative in terms of gender, age and size of place of residence. 1,106 people participated in the study.

The InfoMonitor Economic Information Office (BIG InfoMonitor) maintains the BIG Debtors Register. Acting on the basis of the Act on the provision of economic information and exchange of economic data, it accepts, stores and provides economic information about overdue debts of individuals and companies. (PAP)

author: Magdalena Jarco

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