ASW2015 Savings Focus: Paying off High-Interest Debt

America Saves Week has successfully launched and nearly 1,700 organizations across the nation have come together to promote and celebrate good savings habits.

Yesterday, America Saves, partners, friends, and savers took a holistic approach to savings; discussing ways to get to know your full financial picture, using the Assess Your Savings tool to help determine the state of your current savings, and focusing on the importance of setting a goal and a plan.

Today’s Savings Focus will zoom in on paying off debt, particularly high-interest debt. With planning, discipline, patience, and maybe some outside help, almost anyone can reduce their debts and start to accumulate wealth. Find places to cut your spending so that you can pay down your debts faster and find places to trim your expenses.

America Saves is excited to be a special guest in today’s #CKchat with Credit Karma, where we’ll be discussing how savers like you can balance saving while paying off debt. Be sure to follow @AmericaSaves and @CreditKarma on Twitter, and join us this afternoon at 2:00 pm PST/ 5:00 pm EST using the hashtag #CKchat.

Tuesday’s Events & Activities


#ASW2015 with ICBA

#eXASchat with eXtension

#CKchat with Credit Karma

Free Webinars:

Savings 101

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Whether you're saving for something specific or establishing an emergency fund, you should have a plan to accomplish your goals. Diane Powell, Director of Communications, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, will cover why it's important to have savings accounts and provide strategies to achieve desired results. You'll get the opportunity to make a pledge to save for America Saves Week.

10 Ways to Save in 2015

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Join GreenPath Debt Solutions during America Saves Week as they share ways to help you keep more money in your pocket in 2015!

Get $avvy – Grow Your Green Stuff Webinar Series

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm CST - Making the Most of Job Benefits

Do you want to learn how to empower yourself and grow your finances? Join us for the Get $avvy Webinar series! Experts and peers will teach you tips and tricks for managing your personal finances. Do you know how to get the most out of your job benefits? This webinar will teach you how to make the most of your employment perks.

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