Scottish independence: 12 things that the £1400 #UKDividend could buy

New financial analysis shows that every one of us in Scotland will be £1400 better off every year staying part of the UK than we would be if we voted for independence. But how far does £1400 go? Here are 12 examples.

1. 1. An overseas holiday for two with cash leftover for sun cream.

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Average cost: £680 per person for a 10-day jaunt.

Source: Telegraph

2. 2. Pay for Christmas presents twice over, with some money left over to spend on Hogmanay celebrations.

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Average spend on Christmas in Scotland: £610.

Source: Huffington Post

3. 3. Hop on the bus between Glasgow and Edinburgh (and back) 127 times. That’s the equivalent of a daily commute for more than 5 and half months.

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Average cost: £11 for a return ticket.

Source: City Link - price correct on May 16, 2014

4. 4. Scoff 280 hotdogs at the Edinburgh Festival.

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Average cost: £5.

Source: Edinburgh Festival FAQs - correct on May 16, 2014

5. 5. Cover your family’s yearly shoe habit for about the next 6 years.

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Average annual household spend on footwear in Scotland: £234.

Source: ONS - Table A35

6. 6. Fill up your fuel tank for the whole year with money leftover for an MOT and a few trips to the car wash.

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Average household spend on petrol/diesel for personal transport in Scotland: £1123.20, average MOT costs: £29.65- £124.50.

Source: ONS - Table A35 and GOV.UK

7. 7. Watch Aberdeen play all season with two mates – with a few pies and Bovrils thrown in for good measure.

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Average cost: £425 for one 2014/15 main stand season ticket.

Source: - correct on May 16, 2014

8. 8. Experience 636 joyful caffeine highs.

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Average cost: £2.20 for a medium cappuccino.

Source: Daily Mail

9. 9. Share a meal of fish and chips with your family every day for around 10 weeks, with a couple of portions of mushy peas thrown in.

Average cost of fish and chips in UK: £4.74 per portion.
Based on family of 4 sharing meal.

Source: BBC News

10. 10. Go for one haircut a month for over 3 and half years…you can go for significantly more if you’re a man!

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Average spend for women per haircut: £29.99.

Source: Daily Mail

11. 11. Pay off your energy bills in full over the year.

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Average household cost in Scotland: £1211.60 per year.

Source: ONS - Table A35

12. 12. And finally, you’ll still have enough left over for endless hugs with everyone to celebrate being in a United Kingdom.

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And if you’re still in need of a reason to smile, go to Inverness – it’s the second happiest place in the UK.

Source: Rightmove

Tell us what you would do with £1400 on Twitter using #UKDividend.
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