Treating them to a Big Hugs duvet, pillows, mattress protector and pillow protectors means you know they’re going to be all comfy, warm and cosy when they get to uni. What’s more, Slumberdown are giving away a whole year’s worth of FREE Tesco shopping to one lucky winner. 

The Big Hugs Range

Slumberdown’s Big Hugs range is the perfect, affordable bedding to pack your kids off to uni with. Its soft, hollowfibre filling makes it extremely breathable and lightweight.

As well as it being super-comfy, Big Hugs is made with easy care, soft polyester and cotton, so it will recover its shape after washing and drying, another feature that lends itself so well to the student lifestyle.

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What the kids don’t know

And it’s not just the kids who are starting a new phase in their lives. According to our research, 44% spend more on champagne and 42% more on luxury homewares including bedding once their child have gone to university! 

For your chance to win a year’s worth of free shopping for yourself or your kids, all you have to do it tell us what luxury items you’ll indulge in once the kids have flown the nest. Enter your details in the box to the right.

As we approach the start of another term, we decided to do some research into the spending habits of parents before and after their children start university.

Our survey found that 20% said they spend more on champagne once their children are out of the house, almost a quarter of parents spend more on bedding, and just under a third of parents in the UK admitted to spending more on alcohol once their child had flown the nest.

But what do your spending habits look like? Tell us, and you could be in with the chance of winning a year’s worth of free shopping at Tesco.

Our research has revealed that whilst many parents struggle with the financial implications of sending their children to university, 44% spend more on champagne and luxury drinks products once their child has flown the nest.

And parents aren’t the only ones upping their alcohol intake. University students might not indulge in bottles of champagne, but new Tesco Clubcard data reveals that the average student spends £28 per month on beer, wine, and spirits. That’s more than they spend, per month, on dairy products (£9.13), frozen foods (£8.45), and cleaning goods (£6.75) combined.

The survey, that looked at the spending habits of parents in the UK whose children are currently attending or have attended university, also revealed that 50% of parents spent more on fruit and vegetables while their children were away. Whereas university students, on average, spend only £12 a month on fresh produce.

The results also suggests that Central England is perhaps home to the messiest teenagers in the UK, as 74% of parents in this region said they spent less on household cleaning products once their child moved out.

And it revealed that women were much more likely to treat themselves without the kids at home, with 42% of female respondents saying they increased their spending on luxury food and homeware products, such as bedding, once their child had gone to university.

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