Many Canadians can improve their financial well-being simply by following a budget, says a report by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.

Though 93% of people who have a budget stick to it most of the time, only 46% of people have a budget. The study also reports that, while two-thirds of working people are preparing financially for retirement, almost the same proportion say they don’t know how much they should save.

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On the bright side, many Canadians are keeping up with bills and payments and saving for their children’s education. Two-thirds of Canadians check their account balances daily or weekly. The most common debts people hold are mortgages, credit cards and lines of credit.

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