HOPEFUL homebuyers would rather cut back on holidays and trips to the cinema than give up cigarettes to save cash for a house deposit, a survey has found.

When asked what luxury they would give up to save money to buy a property, 2,000 people revealed a mixtures of answers including sacrificing eating out and missing out on the latest smart phone.

More than a third, 35 per cent, would save cash by not going on holiday, and the second most popular answer was giving up time in the pub, eating out and going to the cinema, which got 32 per cent of votes.

Just six per cent said they would give up smoking, 12 per cent would stop drinking alcohol and 15 per cent would miss out on having the latest gadget or smart phone.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director Barrett Homes, which carried out the research, said “Acquiring a new home is a big financial commitment for anyone and, understandably, many would-be buyers take it very seriously. We all love life’s little luxuries, like holidays and evenings out, but those asked in our survey told us it was worth giving them up for a short while for the greater cause.”

The housebuilder is currently working on new developments in The Rushes in Calne and Sandridge Place in Melksham.