Fewer Aussies are planning to shop the end of financial year (EOFY) sales. Only 36 per cent of Aussies will open their wallets, a stark contrast to 2019 pre-pandemic levels when 76% planned purchases. According to Finder's research, those who will spend will splash $1,340 on average on their cars, followed by holidays ($1,051), furniture ($280), electronics ($243) and clothing and shoes ($170). DIY car expert Benny Neal said when it comes to saving a buck on car parts, "bundle deals are where it's at." "A lot of the larger sellers are doing bundle deals so you can pick up full suspension kits, for instance, as opposed to buying all the loose parts separately. "Apart from the deal, you will save money on shipping costs as well." Mr Neal said the cost of living crisis has not escaped car enthusiasts. "A lot of people are definitely feeling the pinch and the parts and accessories that we're selling ourselves are now shifted more to maintenance rather than modification. "A lot of people have definitely shifted to that reliability market space and obviously trying to maintain their vehicles at home themselves and save a bit of money that way as well." Mr Neal said DIY car modifications had been growing over the past year. "But if you are going to attempt to work on your vehicle yourself, make sure obviously that you're using correct safety equipment, because safety is paramount with this sort of thing," he said. eBay Australia's chief media officer Rebecca Newton said cost-of-living pressure had forced Australians to budget more. "Over the last twelve months we've seen Aussies become much more financially savvy and there has been a move towards budgeting and planning," she said. "But people still want to shop, they want to spend on the things they really care about and really want. "And they're prepared to wait for the sales moments for that to happen." According to eBay's research, where 1000 Australians were surveyed, three in five Aussies say they have been budgeting more carefully in the last 12 months. The research found almost 45 per cent of Aussies wait until sales moments like EOFY to buy non-essential items, with over 55 per cent spending half or more of their EOFY budget on fueling their passions. IN OTHER NEWS: "We found that despite the cost of living pressures people are feeling, they are still spending and they're spending not just on the necessities but on things they really care about," Ms Newton said. "What's quite important is they're recognizing the need to stretch their dollar further, and are using these sales to do just that." EOFY sales in 2023 will contribute an estimated $26.7 billion to the economy, with the average Australian spending $3,631.