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Two Illinois Women Win $10,000 Each by Sharing Their Resilience and Choosing to Save

Military Saves Tax Time Saving Saver Story
Written by Lindsay Ferguson · 04 June 2019

Commonwealth and America Saves are thrilled to announce Esmeralda and Crystal, both of Illinois, as the winners of $10,000 each in the 2019 SaveYourRefund Grand Prize Photo Contest. Esmeralda and Crystal set out to save part of their income tax refunds this year. With the help of SaveYourRefund they were able to turn the tax-time savings moment into a fresh start on a new financial path.

Saving as a Family

Savings Tips Family Savings
Written by Kansas Saves · 30 May 2019

Sometimes when children hear their parents or other adults in their lives talking about cutting spending or saving money, they assume that the family is going through a rough patch. As appropriate based on children’s ages, family conversations about money goals, including saving and spending plans, reassure children. It is also a great way to introduce (or remind) children about the reasons we save.

Four Easy Ways to Make Saving a Family Affair

Savings Tips Family Savings
Written by America Saves · 30 May 2019

Everyone in your household can play a role in the financial success of your home. Here are four easy ways to make saving a priority for everyone under your roof. 

Help Your Teen Save Some of Their Summer Earnings

Savings Tips Teen Savings summer jobs
Written by Amelia O'Rourke-Owens · 28 May 2019

Summer is coming up fast which means many parents will see their teen taking seasonal employment. Summer is peak time for youth employment, as almost 61 percent of 16 – 24 year olds participate in the labor force in July.[1] Our America Saves for Young Workers program works with 30 youth employers across the country who employ over 140,000 youth. We’ve taken our messages and lessons-learned and translated them for parents who would like to be proactive in their teen’s employment this summer.

Three Tips to Help You Go Green and Save Some Green This Summer

Savings Tips Green Savings Environmentally Friendly
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 15 May 2019

Everything is blooming, the pollen is slowly washing away, and the temperatures are steadily rising. Yes, summer is just around the corner. And that means one thing: the air conditioner will be on full blast, all day every day, and utility bills will be huge. Here are three ways you can save money on your electric bill this summer.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Administrator2 | January 12, 2014

    Keep track of your spending. At least once a month, use credit card, checking, and other records to review what you've purchased. Then, ask yourself if it makes sense to reallocate some of this spending to an emergency savings account. http://ow.ly/sj972

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Saver Story: Set a goal, make a plan!

Written by Benjamin Moss | October 5, 2020

America Saves believes that saving money starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach it. Putting your goals at the forefront of your savings journey makes it easier to visualize and focus on what you're saving for. That's why we chose Shannon as our Saver of the Month! Her approach to saving for her family’s dream home is a great example of how #ThinkingLikeASaver can look different for everyone but has great payoffs and rewards.

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Transforming “I Can’t Save” to “I Will Save”

Written by Guest Blogger | January 13, 2016

You will not believe what it took to completely change my life. About three years ago, the HR Administrator of the corporation where I worked (as a temp with no benefits) forwarded an email to me. Fifteen seconds. One small act of kindness. That's it - that's all it took!

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Story of an Urban Professional

Written by Lindsay Ferguson | June 26, 2019

Elaine was inspired to create a new savings goal and plan with the America Saves Pledge after reading the “The Color of Money” column in The Washington Post by Michelle Singletary.

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