How much would you pay for a great weekend?

File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/06/13 of a general view of notes and coins as parents face a growing struggle as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to �148,000, research found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said that the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has gone up by 4% over the last year. But the value of benefits for families and children only rose by 1%, and child benefit did not rise at all, tightening the squeeze on living standards. At the same time minimum wages rose 1.8% and average earnings by 1.5%, making it harder for parents to provide a decent standard of living for their families. See PA story SOCIAL Poverty. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People in the East Midlands have admitted they’re willing to shell out £154 to pay for a great weekend, compared to people in the North East, who are prepared to spend £214 to have a good time.

In fact, such is the desire to impress others, 13% of people in the East Midlands admit to lying about their weekend activites, with men 5% more likely to embellish their stories than women.

A whopping 73% of people in the East Midlands have a more positive outlook on life following a great weekend; nearly half (47%) are friendlier to colleagues, 34% feel more productive when they walk into the office on Monday morning, whilst nearly a third (32%) of work-hard play-hard people from the East Midlands confess to needing a day off to recover. Despite this, people in the East Midlands consider just one out of every six weekends to be ‘great,’ with almost a fifth (17%) claiming to have had no great weekends in the last year at all, more than anywhere else in the UK.

The research carried out by Budget Car Rental shows that 17% claim their jobs stop them from having a good time. Over a third (38%) of people in the East Midlands admit to thinking about work at the weekend, whilst one in ten (10%) check their work emails throughout the weekend.