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Money Smart Saving

Written by Guest Blogger · 04 August 2011

by Jasmith Joseph, Illinois College Student

Being a college student is really hard. Having lots of expenses and a part-time minimum wage job doesn't really help much either. Things got especially tough for me when I broke my phone. I really needed to get another one and I had no choice but to save. I didn't have the over one hundred dollars to spend on the new smart phone I really wanted.

The first thing I decided to do was put aside ten dollars from every paycheck. I quickly discovered that this would take over five months for me to save enough! I needed to devise a better plan. I am great in English so I resolved to help my friends out in English for a small fee and I rented out my books to those who didn't have them. In about three weeks I managed to make $105. I added the $20 I had set aside from my paychecks and I had just enough to get the phone I wanted.

Nation's Top 10 Consumer Complaints

Written by Katie Bryan · 02 August 2011

Credit CardsConsumer agencies across the country keep track of consumer complaints. Last week, Consumer Federation of America, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators surveyed 31 agencies from 18 states to determine the top complaints of 2010. As in the previous survey, complaints about credit and debt were second only to auto-related complaints in 2010. But you can avoid complaining about these issues in 2011 by following some simple tips.

Make Lifelong Savings a Habit

Written by Super User · 13 July 2011

13. July 2011

Last month, AARP released the fact sheet

How Many Older Americans Live: Ten Facts to Consider. The piece focuses on the lack of savings among Americans over 65.

The Long Road to Buying a Car

Written by Super User · 06 July 2011

6. July 2011

Each month we ask students to share their stories about saving money as part of the Young America Saves program. To learn more about the program or to enroll visit http://www.youngamericasaves.org

By Andrea Pelligrini, University of Illinois Student

Even as a child, the thing I remember wanting more than anything was my license. When I was about 11, I realized that having a license didn’t mean anything without something to drive. With this new realization, I began saving towards my car fund immediately.

What Would You Give Up For a New Bike?

Written by Super User · 20 June 2011

20. June 2011

Each month we ask students to share their stories about saving money as part of the Young America Saves program. To learn more about the program or to enroll visit http://www.americasaves.org/youth/

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 21, 2013

    Putting aside fifty cents a day will allow you to #save nearly $500. 

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Inspired to Build Savings By Starting Small

Written by Great Lakes Michigan Saves | April 19, 2016

With little-to-no money in the bank and living on a limited income with her adult daughter, Sharon wasn’t sure if building up savings for her future was even possible. “At my age, to put debts behind me would be a relief,” she said, but she wasn’t quite sure how to even get started with a savings plan. That all changed when Sharon attended the Great Lakes Michigan Saves Pay Yourself First Saver’s Summit during America Saves Week.

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Coping with a Lost Job

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Aimee Shaffer worked as a Public Service News Director for radio for years until one day her employer downsized the company, resulting in hundreds of lost jobs, including Aimee’s.

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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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