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As many gear up to the prospect of a tough 2012, three in four Britons (75%) have made financial resolutions for the New Year, according to financial planning website rplan.co.uk.
With one in seven adults (14%) saying his household is GBP500 or more a month worse off in 2011 than it was three years ago, rplan.co.uk asked a GB representative sample of 2,077 adults which financial resolutions they were planning for 1st January.
Of those that planned financial resolutions:
- More than one in two adults (56%) said they planned to cut back on their spending. Women were more prone to this than men (59% to 50%).
- More than one in three people (37%) wanted to try to save more money each month whilst 36% said a key resolution was to cut down their debts. The research showed an attitude-divide between the young and old with the under 35s top financial resolution focusing on saving, whereas the over 35s top priority was to cut back spending and to reduce debt.
Top 10 financial resolutions for 2012:
Cut back on my spending 56%
Save more money each month 37%
Reduce my debts 36%
Look for a better paid job to boost my income 19%
Ensure I have the best insurance cover available 12%
Cut down what I spend on insurance 12%
Shop around financial providers so I pay less in charges 11%
Start/take more action with my pension 9%
Take more control over my investment decisions 8%
Change my bank account 6%
- Financial plans that didn’t make the top 10 included: paying off my
mortgage (3%), supporting elderly parents financially (3%), moving house (2%) and
taking out life and income protection insurance (3%)
Andy Creak, Managing Director at rplan.co.uk , commented: “The last year has presented most adults with a near-impossible juggling act, many trying to make cut-backs on a shrinking disposable income, whilst also trying to put money away to support the needs of family members.
At rplan.co.uk, we have put tools in place to help people work out in real terms how much various plans, such as getting through university, may cost and we encourage everyone to take a close look at the costs and charges involved in the financial products they hold, as this is an area where meaningful savings can often be made.”