AUSTIN, Texas, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Deals2Buy (www.deals2buy.com), a leading website for discounts and closeout inventory offers, today released the summer entertainment edition of its monthly Deal Breaker Report. This edition includes data on consumer spending behaviors and our hottest deals available to keep people entertained this summer on a budget.
"School's out for summer, which means many consumers are shouldering the added expense of outdoor entertaining, travel, moviegoing and more," says Mike Spankie, senior merchandising manager of Deals2Buy.com. "Shoppers should seek out deals to lower costs on more than just their energy bills this summer."
To help identify consumer spending and entertainment priorities for this summer, Deals2Buy conducted a survey with The Omnibus Company (www.omnibus.com).
According to the survey, a majority (56%) of consumers surveyed plan to spend most of their money this summer on experiences instead of physical items; this includes travel, entertainment (e.g., movies, plays, concerts or sporting events) and dining out.
When temperatures soar outside, seeing movies is believed to be a popular form of indoor entertainment, especially with the release of summer blockbusters. However, with the steady rise in the cost of admission, savvy consumers are considering other ways to stay entertained.
Nearly half (49%) of consumers surveyed believe they would save more money in the next year by investing in a home entertainment system to watch movies versus going to the theater. Rural/small town Americans are more likely to believe that investing in a home entertainment system would save them more money in the long run, compared with those who live in urban or suburban areas (56% vs. 46%).
"Taking advantage of Internet streaming services, available through Blu-ray, Roku and Apple TV, is a cost-effective and convenient way to create a home theater system to watch your favorite TV shows and movies," says Spankie.
The summer months are some of the busiest for travel, but that doesn't mean consumers plan to disconnect. In fact, according to the survey, more than half of consumers indicated they would never travel without a smartphone (54%) or a camera (52%). Other travel essentials include laptops (32%), GPS (29%), music players (25%) and tablets (20%).
- 18- to 49-year-olds are more likely to place smartphones on their list of travel essentials than those ages 50+ (68% vs. 29%).
- Smartphones are nearly twice as likely as GPS devices (54% vs. 29%) to be considered a travel must-have.
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This survey was conducted between June 24th and July 3rd, 2013, among 1,018 nationally representative U.S. residents ages 18 and over, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the entire U.S. population ages 18 and over.
Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results.
In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.
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