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 Saturday, 21 December, 2002, 04:23 GMT
Average night out costs 44
Cash in till
People still like to use cash on a night out
The average cost of a night on the town in Britain is 44 - a rise of 4 on the amount paid a year ago, a survey has found.

While 71% of people would be able to spend less than 50 on an evening out, 8% would not set off with less than 100 in their pocket.

The Scottish were the UK's biggest spenders, spending on average 49.90 per head on a night out.

Min amount for night out
North East 37.40
Midlands 39.30
East 40.50
North West 42.70
South and South East 44.20
Yorkshire 44.40
Wales and South West 44.90
London 45.50
Scotland 49.90
Londoners came in second with 45.50 each, the Alliance & Leicester survey shows.

The cheapest nights out in the country were in the North East of England, where a good time can be had for an average of 37.40.

The survey also showed that despite the growing popularity of paying by plastic, cash was still popular with revellers.

Karen Woods, director of sales at Girobank - Alliance & Leicester's commercial banking arm - said: "It is still good old notes and coins that we prefer to carry to cover our day-to-day expenses.

"With an average daily cash spend of 21.60 per adult, based on a UK over-16 population figure of 40 million, this means than on average 864m of cash is spent in the UK daily - cash should be seen as the great survivor."

Almost 40% of the 2,000 adults sampled said they could get through the day with less than 10 in their pockets - this figure was 44% last year.

Disciplined

Half of the 16 to 24-year-olds questioned said they could survive on 10 - a sharp fall from last year's 65%.

Women came out as more disciplined than men, with 42% saying they could get by on less than a 10 compared to just 38% of men.

The survey also suggested that fathers were more likely to be a soft touch than mothers.

The average amount men spent on a family trip to a theme park or the seaside was 76.30, while women said they would spend just 61.30.

Those with the most expensive tastes were in Yorkshire, where the minimum amount of cash the average adult needed for daily expenses was 24.30.

In the North West of England this figure was just 18.90 and in London 20.70.

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