Families are cutting back on home support services in an effort to save money.
Dog walkers, cleaners and gardeners are among the roles being cast aside as UK adults reduce their collective expenditure by £6.8 billion.
Research by the AA, as part of the latest in the company's State of the Nation series of reports, found over 15 million households have taken action to reduce their outlay and these efforts have focused primarily on cash-in-hand jobs.
Some 32 per cent of those questioned have cancelled or reduced at least one home service when compared with two years ago and these individuals are now saving £451.66 a year each as a result.
Nearly half of respondents have cancelled or reduced their dog walkers, which is putting £245.52 extra in their pockets over the course of 12 months.
Tom Stringer, Head of AA Home Emergency Response, said: "This research shows that many householders are cutting back on [some] services completely. When times are tough, it makes financial sense to do a lot of these tasks yourself."