10:04 23 January 2009
Cambridge residents will spend a heart-stopping 25,115.97 on takeaways over their lifetime, according to shocking new research.
Despite having a reputation for being scholarly and intelligent, those living in the University city will consume 33 takeaways every year, with an average spend of 12.58 each time.
But 28% of residents in the high-brow city admit the only reason they opt for takeaways so regularly is because they lack the effort required to spend hours cooking.
42% believe that the taste of a takeaway far outweighs anything they could prepare at home.
However a third of folk are always disappointed after ordering takeaway, and 37% feel guilty about eating takeaways every 11 days.
A spokesperson for Aldi, who conducted the poll of 2,000 people, said: "It is a real shame that Brits are opting for takeaways as a quick alternative to a home-cooked evening meal, as there are plenty of other ways to get a tasty filling meal without calling the local Chinese."
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In the process they will spend a whopping 31,092.16, as each trip to the fast food joint costs them an average of 16.06.
One in 10 people in the Scottish city admit they often pick up takeaway as they lead such a hectic lifestyle they don't have time to cook or shop for ingredients.
Meanwhile, residents Bristol are also partial to a regular takeaway opting for an Indian treat at least 30 times a year.
This means they consume 1,815 during their lifetime, spending 26,281.20 in the process.
The poll also revealed that when Brits do cook an evening meal from scratch, it takes them at least half an hour - too long for people desperate to save time.
Aldi's spokesman continued: "The survey shows that Brits are spending huge amounts of money on takeaways, but remain completely unsatisfied once the meal is finished.
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One in three people find it easier and quicker to pick up a takeaway on the way home from work, and only one in five considered a frozen meal to be a good alternative to a home cooked meal.
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