- 2.6 million secret savers in the UK hoard an average pot worth £823.48
- The typical secret saver keeps between a quarter and a third of their savings hidden
- The total secret savings stash in the UK is worth £2.1 billion
- Young couples now keep 80% of their savings in sole savings accounts
- The average UK couple now keeps 63% of their savings and investments in sole accountsNearing half (47%) of those who have a joint account with a partner would expect their partner to always let them know when they spent from the account
- At the same time, just over one in ten (11%) say their partner would never have to tell them before spending their joint savings money
- However, when it comes to a partner’s own savings, nearing a quarter (23%) still expect to be notified every time the partner spends from their savings, while a third (33%) would never expect to be told.
Many couples would only expect to be notified about spending when their partner spends over a certain amount, with an average of £183 spending limit for jointly owned savings and £395 for a partner’s own savings. Couples in the North West also have the tightest reign on each others’ access to shared savings, with an average of £79 before the partner expects to be notified. This compares to £297 in the South East, who allow their partners a considerably bigger spend before expecting to be consulted.
The research shows that 12% of people in the UK keep some of their savings secret from their partner, while 6% of people keep some income secret from their partner. The research highlights that the highest amount of secret savings is in Northern Ireland (19%), and the West Midlands (15%), compared to the lowest amount of secret savings in the North East (4%) and the South East (9%).
The research also suggests that the typical secret saver keeps between a quarter and a third of their savings secret from their partner, averaging 28% of their savings.
The reason behind secret savings
The most common motivation for couples keeping secret savings was because they felt the partner would spend the money if they knew (18%). The second most common was keeping the money for emergencies or ‘rainy days’ (14%). Others believed money should not be discussed or it ‘is not the partners’ business’ (12%), while some simply suggest that it is their own money or are independent from their partner (8%).
Andy Bickers, Director of Savings at Lloyds TSB, comments:
“With nearing two thirds of UK couples and four in five young couples now keeping their savings in sole accounts, we are starting to see a long-term shift towards people wanting to remain in financial control. Putting aside money remains a positive step for all and ISA accounts continue to be the best way to save tax free and get more for your money.”