Nearly half of all households across the UK are still managing to save money every month, despite the country's precarious economic state.
That is according to new figures collated by Legal & General in its latest MoneyMood Survey, which show that around eight million homes – 41 per cent – can afford to stash some cash away for the future.
However, this represents a fall of around 400,000 on the number recorded in the corresponding month last year, while the average amount being stored has also gone down over the course of recent months.
For instance, the typical amount being saved by households that are able to plan ahead is now £71 a month, which represents a drop of £22 on the figure recorded in January this year.
Mark Gregory, executive director of savings at Legal & General, commented: "We are seeing savers becoming disgruntled with the rate of return they are getting as the gap between interest rates and the rate of inflation looks set to remain at current levels for some time yet."