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What's stopping you from saving?

Written by Super User · 16 May 2011

By: America Saves
July 30th, 2010

With 2010 half over, you may find yourself nowhere closer to your financial goals than you were on January 1st. Yet, year after year, saving money and getting out of debt remain one of the most popular resolutions. The question remains – what’s stopping you? Take action today and work towards your financial goal by “starting small and thinking big.”

Start Small: What’s the secret to saving? Spending less than you earn is the key to saving money and avoiding debt. By making small and manageable changes to your lifestyle, you can further decrease your expenses. Tackle a few spending ‘vices’ at a time rather than radically altering your lifestyle. Some easy ways to save:

  • Rethink the “essentials.”  The latest-and-greatest cell phone, video game, or computers are nice to have, but by no means necessities. Buy what you need, not what you want.
  • Turn saving into a game – roll your spare change, mail in rebates, sell unwanted items – do whatever you can to get closer to your savings goal!
  • Save automatically. Have a portion of your paycheck (as little as $25) transferred automatically to your savings. Chances are you’ll never even notice the difference.

Think Big: Individuals with a savings plan are 50% more successful than those who don’t. Take the opportunity to join America Saves and create your own simple savings plan for free. America Saves members also have access to the “My Savings Tracker” which can help you track progress towards your savings goal. Need help figuring out what to save for?

  • Create a $500 or more emergency fund to meet unexpected expenses.
  • Save for Holiday presents rather than relying on credit.
  • Pay off credit cards and other high-interest debt.

This post is part of the America Saves Kick Start Your Savings Summer. Each week we'll focus on saving for a particular savings goal or how to save on everyday expenditures.To kick start your own savings click here.

How to Teach Your Child About Why We Save

Written by Super User · 13 May 2011

Why do we save? Explain to your children that we save in order to get things that we will want in the future, but also to get things that we will need in the future. It’s hard to think about the future when you’re young because to most children their idea of “the future” is next week, tomorrow, or even five minutes from now. So, does a three year-old understand the concept of long-term saving? Absolutely, positively not. Or does a ten year-old understand the concept of saving? Absolutely, positively not. As a result, most adults in America don’t understand the concept of saving either. We have a very low success rate of saving in this country.

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  • Written by Katie Bryan | November 18, 2013

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Saving for a Bright Future

Written by Guest Blogger | April 15, 2019

Kristin Hendricks, a single mother from Texas, understands the importance of saving money and following a tight budget. She decided to make saving money a priority when she gave birth to her son.

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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

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.

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The Gift of Homeownership

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | August 5, 2015

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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