America Saves Blog
Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.
April 30, 2012
By Katie Bryan, America Save communications manager
Today is the last day you can take the America Saves survey or the America Saves Week reporting survey.
Thank you so much for being part of the America Saves community. We want to continue to help you reach your savings goals. Please take a few minutes, right now, to complete our survey. Your participation will help us provide you with the advice and materials you, our growing community of America Saves members, want and need. All responses are confidential and the survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
The America Saves Week 2012 reporting survey closes TODAY and we want to hear from you. 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!
Three lucky winners will receive a $25 gift card (to Starbucks or Staples), chosen at random from those who complete this survey!
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.
April 25, 2012
By Jean Park, SaveUp director of marketing
Back in January, America Saves teamed up with SaveUp, an innovative free rewards program where American Savers can get rewarded for saving money and paying down debt.Together, we hosted a $1000 Savings Prize to motivate Americans keep their New Year’s resolution to save more money. This prize was awarded to Laura Nyberg of Amalga, Utah. Laura works at a government agency that helps low-income families improve their financial asset building by setting goals, creating budgets, and building savings---which is how she came to learn about America Saves.
Although Laura was already pretty money-savvy when it came to her personal finances, America Saves has also helped her plan for the future of her own family, particularly in terms of retirement for Laura and her husband, and their children’s education. This year’s theme for America Saves Week, “Set a goal. Make a plan. Save automatically” especially helped motivate her to save:
I had all these intentions to start savings accounts for my kids, but we always had new expenses--something’s always breaking down. I was reading through a lot of the America Saves newsletters and they really encouraged me. Now, as soon as I get paid, money automatically goes into a savings account for my kids and an account for me.
April 24, 2012
By Katie Bryan, America Saves communications manager
April is Financial Literacy month and we want to make sure you understand the importance of your credit history and how this ties into successful saving. It is important for all Americans to have savings. Having a savings account allows you to pay for emergencies, gives you financial freedom, and can help you avoid credit problems that could hurt credit scores.
Having a strong credit history, reflected in good credit scores, allows you to qualify for lower interest rates and fees. This helps you to free up additional money to set aside for emergencies, retirement, and other smaller unexpected expenses.
The connection between successful savings and good credit plays an important role in your financial life. Not only is it essential for obvious things like qualifying for a loan or getting a credit card, but also for less obvious things like getting cellular telephone service, renting a car, and perhaps even getting a job.
Want to learn more about the importance of credit history and successful savings?
Download the Importance of Credit History and Successful Savings packet, which includes information on:
April 19, 2011
By Katie Bryan, America Saves communications manager
April is the peak time when colleges send letters of acceptance. Approximately 1.5 million students will sift through 5 million letters this year. But acceptance doesn’t end the process. Millions of American families also need to determine how to pay for school. Unfortunately, financial aid information is often jargon-filled and unique to the institution sending it. This can make it difficult for families to understand costs, evaluate loan options, and figure out how much debt to take on.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched the next phase of its Know Before You Owe student loan project by releasing a beta version of the Financial Aid Comparison Shopper, an interactive, online tool designed to help families plan for the costs of post-secondary education.
The Financial Aid Comparison Shopper is available here: www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege
“Student loan debt has crossed the $1 trillion mark and tuition continues to climb,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Now more than ever, students and their families need to know before they owe. Our Financial Aid Comparison Shopper helps students make apples to apples comparisons of their offers and pick the one that works best for their financial future.”
CFPB Director Richard Cordray unveiled the tool at an event in South Dakota today with Sen. Tim Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
April 16, 2012
April is Financial Literacy Month and Channel One News wants to help you give teens the knowledge to make educated, financial decisions now, and throughout their lives. From preparing for prom or buying a car, to saving for college or getting risky credit card offers in the mail when they turn 18, young people need to be ready to handle the spending, saving, and yes…even debt… coming their way as the school year comes to an end.
Tools for teachers. The Generation Money micro site, features discussion guides and straightforward, informative lesson plans for download, including:
1) Lesson Plan: The Emergency Fund
2) Lesson Plan: Debt Elimination
3) Lesson Plan: The True Cost of Owning a Car
4) Lesson Plan: Opportunity Costs
5) Lesson Plan: Before You Choose a Credit Card
6) Lesson Plan: Understanding Credit Scores
7) Lesson Plan: Introduction to Earning Interest
Learning adventures for teens. Consider having students take the “Test Your Financial Knowledge Quiz” to find out how much they know about financial matters. They’ll also find fun and interactive calculators to learn about compound interest and ways of saving for college. Plus, there’s plenty of reading material tailored for teens about how banks, stocks, bonds and other financial institutions and tools work.
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