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20 November 2008

One in five men think that when it comes to spending money, they most resemble Ian Beale from Eastenders.

The tight businessman's approach to money seems to be the most popular among UK males.

One in three men said they would rather be described as "diligent" or "thrifty" with their money.

A study by Scottish Windows asked men and women to rate the soap character they were most like in terms of their approach to money.

Around 17 per cent of women said they were most like Honey Mitchell and "always short of money", while 15 per cent said they seem to be moving from financial crisis to financial crisis.

Six per cent of men and women said they were spendaholics like Carrie Bradshow from Sex & The City and England football star David Beckham, website reports.

Commenting on the study, Mike Hoban, customer & brand marketing director of Scottish Widows, said: "It's great that so many men see themselves as financially responsible, but they have to make sure that what they are doing with any savings pays off in the long term.

"Putting a little aside each month and planning carefully for the future will stop them running into a financial crisis in later years."

Research out this week shows women might be doing better than expected with their money as 20 per cent more females own property than males.ADNFCR-1016-ID-18885571-ADNFCR