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Two thirds of UK 'putting off the big decisions'
Published 28 March 2012 by Lucy Bower
New research suggests that people are delaying marriage, buying a house and starting a family during the downturn.
Research from MoneySupermarket.com says that two thirds of Brits are putting their 'life on hold' during the downturn.
When money is tight, you need to prioritise your spending, but the kinds of things you might think are a priority - like buying a house or getting married - are the kinds of things that many of us are delaying at the moment.
When you're between the ages of 18 and 34, you're more likely to experience big life changes like these, but the research found that 17% of people in this age group have put off buying a home (for four years on average) and 10% have delayed getting married. A further 8% have delayed starting a family by an average of three years.
Overall, 32% of people are putting off travelling, 27% are putting off their home improvements and 21% have delayed their short-term saving. People are delaying retirement by five years on average too, although most of us will be retiring later when new legislation is introduced in the near future.
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