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Youngsters leave parents lagging in savings stakes

Youngsters leave parents lagging in savings stakes

Category: Savings

Updated: 25/01/2011
First Published: 25/06/2010

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Saving savvy teenagers and twenty somethings are putting their parents to shame when it comes to financial management.

While one in five savers in their twenties and nearly one in four in their late teens aim to save up to £3,000 a year, just one in seven in their fifties look to save the same amount, according to Lloyds TSB Savings.

A more determined attitude towards keeping finances on track was also revealed amongst the younger generation, where around one in five claimed to regularly put money away into a savings account a few times a month, firmly putting in the shade the one in ten of those in their forties.

"It is as if the saving gene has skipped the flower power generation and the baby boom generation want to, or have been frightened into, taking charge of their financial lives now," said Mo Shapiro, a life coach.

"From a psychological perspective it is important to have a goal to work towards, whether this is in terms of your finances, your work or your relationships.

"The teens and twenties in this survey are demonstrating success behaviour by having a defined sum that they want to save each year and going for it.

"It's also good news because a regular savings habit developed early in life becomes part of an ongoing budgeting regime and is therefore not considered an imposed chore or burden."

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