Make a Plan: How to Save Money

Those with a savings plan are twice as likely to save successfully. Cash in those dusty jars of pennies. Pack your lunch instead of buying it at work. There are lots of little things you can do to fund your savings. Just be creative.

Five Saving Strategies

  • Not sure what you should be saving for? Get started with one of our top five savings strategies.

Creating a Budget

  • The first step to saving more efficiently is to keep track of what you spend and budget. There are many different ways to do this, try a few out and choose the system that works best for you. The key to saving more successfully is to find a system that works for you and to stick with it.

54 Ways to Save Money

  • 54 ways to cut back spending and save some cash.

Finding Money to Save

  • Find out how small amounts saved each month can equal large yearly savings.

Save for Emergencies

  • Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially.

Financial Products

  • Not sure where to put the money you save? These accounts can help keep your money safe, secure, and growing.

Saving at Tax Time

  • Receiving a refund this tax season? Learn how to use that money to pay down debt and save instead of buying something you might not really need.

Take the Pledge

Savers who make a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. 

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Administrator2 | January 15, 2014

    Are you looking for an effective way to establish a budget? Beginning on the first day of a new month, get a receipt for everything you purchase. Stack and review receipts at the end of the month, and you will clearly be able to see where your money is going. http://ow.ly/sj972

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Challenging Herself to Save

Written by Sara Cooper | April 15, 2014

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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Starting and Continuing a Personal Finance Journey

Written by Sara Cooper | December 23, 2013

When Kiara Hardin, now a junior at Western Illinois University, became an intern with the Chicago Summer Business Institute during her sophomore year of high school, she began her personal finance journey. The program required participants to open a savings account.

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Developing a Savings "Game Plan"

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Eunice Diaz, a teacher in Colorado Springs, had been noticing a pattern. Despite the fact that she and her husband were “making good money,” they were spending their entire earnings and “were still struggling at the end of the month.”

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