#ASW19 Daily Theme: Save with a plan

America Saves Week is finally here! Each day of America Saves Week highlights a unique theme offering fresh opportunities to discuss and promote personal savings. Today, we kick off the Week discussing the importance of saving with a plan.

Did you know? Savers with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully for things like retirement and their (or their children’s) education! America Saves Week is a great time to start a healthy savings habit.  Create a simple savings plan when you take the America Saves Pledge for a chance to win up to $750.

 


Monday's Events and Activities
 

ASW on Social Media

Save with a Plan Twitter Chat
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 10:00 am Eastern
Hosts: UConn Extension Connecticut Saves (@UConnExtension) and (@CTSavesCampaign)
Hashtag: #CTSaves
Join the Connecticut Saves Campaign Partners in discussing how to save with a plan! Hosted by UConn Extension (@UConnExtension), this will be a great time to share helpful information about how planning ahead can help us reach our savings goals. Visit @CTSavesCampaign for more information and use hashtag #CTSaves.

America/Military Saves Week 2019 Kickoff Twitter Chat
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern
Hosts: America Saves (@AmericaSaves) and Military Saves (@MilitarySaves)
Hashtag: #ASW19 and #MSW19
America Saves and Military Saves join forces to kick off Saves Week 2019! We'll be discussing the savings themes taking place during the week, cheering on savers and partnering organizations for their activities, and highlighting our favorite savings tips.

Save with a Plan Instagram Live
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 1:30 pm Pacific
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: https://instagram.com/popcornfinancepodcast
Jen Smith from the Frugal Friends Podcast joins Popcorn Finance Podcast for an Instagram live to discuss why it's so important to save with a plan and to share a few of our savings goals.

 

Webinars

Accessing and Applying for Student Loans
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: MSU Extension 
Register: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/accessing-and-applying-for-student-loans-webinar_feb-25
This one-hour online class will cover the basics of understanding student loans. This session will address the following areas:

  • How to prepare financially for college
  • What does the FAFSA and Financial Aid process look like?
  • How to choose which loans to utilize

Understanding the True Cost of Home Ownership
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: Finhive LLC 
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asw-webinar-calculating-total-cost-of-home-ownership-tickets-48839693839
Join us for a Webinar during America Saves Week. This webinar will discuss the key financial decisions that need to be made before buying or upgrading to a bigger space. We will walk through a tool that can help determine the future cost of owning a home.

 

Other Activities + Contests 

#StartSmallThinkBig Story Submission Contest
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 8:00 am Pacific
Host: Golden 1 Credit Union
Link: https://www.facebook.com/golden1cu
Members will be asked to share a story about how they saved for a significant milestone. Respondents will be randomly selected to have $50 deposited directly into their Golden 1 Credit Union savings account.

America Saves Week with Fund My Future
Begins: Monday, February 25
Host: Fund My Future
Link: https://www.fundmyfuturepgh.org
Each day during the week (Monday through Friday), we’ll be giving away a $100 Visa gift card to someone who makes a deposit in their child’s savings account. It’s simple to enter: just make a deposit into a child’s savings account at any financial institution during the week and post a photo of the savers (adult and/or child) with a dollar bill and #fundmyfuturepgh to Facebook. One photo submission is eligible for the full week!

#ImSavingForSweepstakes
Begins: Monday, February 20
Ends: April 30, 2019
Host: America Saves
Link: https://americasavesweek.org/imsavingforsweepstakes/
Savers who create a savings plan and share their goal or savings story on social media have a chance to win up to $750!

 

Monday’s Toolkit(s) + Resources:
 

Take the Pledge

I pledge to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth over time. I will encourage my family and friends to do the same

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | November 21, 2013

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