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Watch out! There's a Goose' about, survey warns

PUBLISHED: 14:38 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 05 October 2010

FIRST there was the YUPPY upwardly mobile. Now the credit crunch has brought in a new social group called GOOSE—Go Over to Others to Save Expense. The phenomenon has been identified in a survey this week which claims 42 per cent of Londoners will be inviting themselves over to family or friends to save dipping into their pockets, as the cash squeeze nips into Christmas savings

FIRST there was the YUPPY upwardly mobile. Now the credit crunch has brought in a new social group called GOOSE—Go Over to Others to Save Expense.

The phenomenon has been identified in a survey this week which claims 42 per cent of Londoners will be inviting themselves over to family or friends to save dipping into their pockets, as the cash squeeze nips into Christmas savings.

A GOOSE’ has a variety of ways of getting invited to someone else’s pad...

These include dropping not-so-gentle hints about being home alone’ this yuletide, start dating someone just to get a turkey dinner invite and—for the more desperate—telling porkies’ about fictional building work.

Londoners have seen an 18 per cent rise in friends’ and family asking to spend Christmas with them, according to the survey by Travelodge hotel chain.

But not everyone can feather their nest with freebie food and booze. The survey identifies 36 per cent who say there’s “no room at the inn” because they, too, are feeling the pinch.

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