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Saving for the Zombie Apocalypse

Written by Super User · 31 October 2011

October 31, 2011

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager

zombiesOctober 31st seems as likely a day as any for the start of a Zombie Apocalypse. Just imagine, Zombies are coming and you need to move quickly. But does your emergency plan take your finances into account? Are financial documents part of your emergency bag? Do you have items in a safe-deposit box? Can you access your finances online?

While we will probably never see a zombie apocalypse, we have seen everything in the past year from earthquakes to hurricanes. It is important to have an emergency plan and to make sure your finances are part of that plan. Don’t know where to start? Here are some tips from the FDIC:

Illinois Saves Graduates 28 from No Cost Financial Courses

Written by Super User · 27 October 2011

October 27, 2011

SavesLast weekend, Manny Flores, IDFPR Director - Division of Banking presented 28 graduates at WW Grainger Inc. in Niles, IL with certificates from the department, marking their completion of financial literacy courses provided by Heartland Alliance at no cost.  Heartland, a not-for-profit organization, has partnered with the department to provide financial literacy courses which have been certified by IDFPR.

“With our slow growth economy and the budgetary pressures facing families, financial literacy is increasing important,” said Manny Flores, director of banking, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  “Working families need to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the money they earn spend and hopefully save. Illinois Saves is a good alternative to non-bank financial management services.”

IDFPR also used this event to launch its new Illinois Saves website, where individuals can sign up to be Illinois Savers.  The website is a helpful tool for those committed to thinking more responsibly in terms of their finances.  For more information, or to sign up to be an Illinois Saver visit

Established by Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Saves is a public-private partnership between the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), financial literacy educators, and financial institutions, whose goal is to educate the underbanked and connect them with a no-fee Savings Account. Illinois Saves focuses on financial literacy to empower consumers and implore them to think responsibly and begin saving.

Click here to find a local Saves campaign near you.

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Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Nichelle Johnson, a single mom with two teenage children, knows what it’s like to stretch a dollar. When she moved back to Virginia Beach in 2008, she provided for her family with just a part-time library position.


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.


Another Dream Realized

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | November 7, 2014

Mary Brown was already a disciplined individual when she came to Wisconsin Saves coordinator Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) in last summer. She had successfully completed her bachelor’s degree with the assistance of her husband and son, and was now ready to tackle her next big dream – homeownership.


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