Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.
March 5, 2012
By Katie Bryan, America Saves communications manager
America Saves Week 2012 Reporting Survey
Thank you for being part of America Saves Week 2012! Whether your organization's participation was large or small, please let us know what you did. From hosting a Week-long savings fair to simply posting the dates, it doesn't matter when it comes to filling out the survey!
The survey is streamlined from last year and gives you an organized way to share about the work you've done during the Week. Your organization's information will be combined with others to tell the America Saves Week story.
Three lucky winners will receive a $25 gift card (to Starbucks or Staples), chosen at random from those who complete this survey!
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The survey usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Before you begin, if you have questions about how to estimate the size of the audiences you reached, consult the Audience Estimating Tip Sheet.
The America Saves Team
February 29, 2012
By: Sean Naron, Consumer Federation of America advocacy associate
As a first year saver I quickly learned to rely on a few tricks to stretch my paycheck here and there so I was able to build towards my goals without sacrificing all forms of fun. Last week, I discussed the difficulties of dealing with the disappearing paycheck and how to make sure start saving. That’s the easy part. It is much harder to consistently build your savings without dipping into it. So here are some more lessons I’ve learned and tricks that I use to get the most out of what I’ve got:
Lesson 3: Goals are important and necessary. Start small, and visualize.
- It’s so hard to take a good portion of your money and put it away for something abstract. Without a clear goal in mind, or one really far off, you will be much more likely to dip into your savings and rationalize that you’ll pay that amount back before you really need it. First of all, that makes it very hard to reach that goal. Secondly, let’s be honest, you probably won’t pay it back, at least any time soon.