Britons 'saving more each month'
We are squirrelling £114 away each month into a savings account on average, up from £102 in September 2010, with men managing to save more each month than women.
Santander Savings' Snap Shot barometer found the proportion of people with a nest egg has also increased, with 21% of respondents saying they have nothing to fall back on, compared with 30% a year ago.
Overall, men tend to save around £132 a month, while women put £98 aside.
One in four people plans to increase the size of his or her monthly deposits over the next three to six months - but around 10% will wait for the Bank of England's base rate to rise before putting cash away.
Savers have had a tough time finding accounts which will give them a real return on their savings in the light of the base rate, which is being held at a historic 0.5% low.
On a regional basis, those living in the South West manage to bank the least each month, with average deposits of £69.
Londoners are streets ahead, saving 57% more than the national average with monthly deposits of £179.
More than 2,000 adults took part in the survey, which was not just restricted to Santander customers.
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