Participate in America Saves Week

Take the America Saves Pledge

Set a goal and make a plan to save. Join about 540,000 people who have pledged to save and take the America Saves Pledge today. Already taken the pledge?  America Saves encourages you to recommit to your savings goal and re-pledge today. Military? Take the Military Saves Pledge

Assess Your Savings Progress

Find out if you are saving in all the right places. 

Saver Checklist

Check off your savings accomplishments to see how you're doing.

#ImSavingFor Photo Contest

Take part in the 2017 #ImSavingFor contest. Share a selfie or video that shows what you’re saving for on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Then check americasavesweek.org/imsavingfor to learn more about contest entry details and prizes. Savings never looked so good.

Participate in America Saves Week Events and Activities

Join tweet chats, Facebook events, contests, and webinars organized and offered by organizations participating in America Saves Week. 

Helpful Resources

 


Events and Activities

Events and activities organized and offered by organizations participating in America Saves Week. 

 

Tweet Chats

#MilConsumer with FTC and Military Saves
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am Eastern
Hosted by: @FTC

#CFEDASW with CFED
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @cfed

  • Join CFED President Andrea Levere for a Twitter chat to talk how and why you should save. 

#SavesChat with America Saves
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @AmericaSaves

  • Q1: What is your motivation to start or continue saving in 2017?
  • Q2: What steps will you take to assess your current savings habits and goals?
  • Q3: What are the advantages of saving automatically?
  • Q4: Good saving habits starts at home. How can households learn financial skills and gain financial literacy together?
  • Q5: How do you make sure your retirement savings are on track for the future?
  • Q6: Tax season is underway! How can you use your tax refund to help improve your financial well-being?
  • Q7: What strategies can savers use to prioritize saving for the future while paying off debt?
  • Q8: What is an emergency savings (or rainy day fund) and what are your tips or strategies for building one?
  • Q9: If a saver only does one thing during America Saves Week, what should it be?

#financewithattitude with Jose "Mr. J" Fulgencio
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm Central
Hosted by: @joseful

#eXASchat with Cooperative Extension
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @moneyeXtension

  • Join this special simultaneous YouTube Live and Twitter chat to celebrate America Saves Week 2017 and kick off the 15-Week Savings Challenge. Have fun with, and learn from, others who are interested in saving money.
  • Our guests for the discussion on the YouTube Live (video chat) and Twitter chat include Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP® (Rutgers University), Dr. Laura Hendrix (University of Arkansas), Lindsay Ferguson (America Saves program), Dr. Bryce Jorgensen (New Mexico State University), Dr. Erica Tobe (Michigan State University), Dr. Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head (South Dakota State University), Dr. Sasha Grabenstetter (University of Illinois), and Bob Bertsch (North Dakota State University), who will moderate the online video panel.

#MilitarySaves #CreditChat with Experian
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Experian_US with guests @MilitarySaves and @AirForceFCU

  • Check out Experian's blog for more information, including panelists and questions.

#CreditChat with Experian
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Experian_US with guest @AmericaSaves

  • Check out Experian's blog for more information, including panelists and questions.

#529QandA and #ASW17 with the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN)
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @College_Savings with expert Treasurer Young Boozer, CSPN Chair

#WBchat with Wise Bread
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Wisebread with sponsored guest @AmericaSaves

#RTMChat with Run the Money
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @RunTheMoney

  • The topic will be “7 FAQ on Saving Money.”
  • Run The Money blogger David Domzalski will discuss the Top 7 frequently asked questions about saving money.  David will also take any questions savers may have and address budgeting, getting out of debt, and starting an emergency fund.
  • Click here for more information.

#MintAsks with Mint
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Mint

 

Facebook and Digital Events

“What Are You Saving For?” Sweepstakes
Begins: February 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm Eastern
Ends: March 6, 2017 at 12:00 am Eastern
Hosted by: Sharon Credit Union

Much like America Saves’ #ImSavingFor contest, the Sharon Credit Union “What Are You Saving For?” Sweepstakes will give away $500 to one lucky winner to put towards their savings goal. We’re asking participants to tell us what they’re saving for on our Facebook post for a chance to win. The following are the details:

America Saves Week is February 27-March 4th, and we want to help you save! Enter the Sharon Credit Union "What Are You Saving For?" Sweepstakes for a chance to win $500! TO ENTER: Tell us what you're saving for in the comments on the post linked above. There are three entry formats to choose from:

  1. Comment - Text Only = 1 entry
  2. Photo Comment - Take a photo of yourself holding a sign (Like the picture in this post), & write what you're saving for on your sign = 3 Entries
  3. Video Comment - Record yourself & tell us what you're saving for. = 5 Entries

Receive one bonus entry each time you share the post publicly. And don't forget to LIKE the page!

Washington Post's Color of Money Live
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: Michelle Singletary

Joining Ms. Singletary will be Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel for Prudential Financial. Fishbein will be answering your retirement questions and talking about America Saves Week (Feb. 27 to March 4).

2nd Annual 24-hour Women Can Marathon
Begins: March 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm Central
Ends: March 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm Central
Hosted by: Business Interludes, LLC

Ladies, have pressing money questions on your minds? Join moderator, Oraynab Jwayyed, on Facebook for a 24-hour marathon to discuss saving, investing, and managing debt. Updates to the new tax requirements will also be shared.

 

Contests

eXtension Financial Security for All Community #ImSavingFor Video Contest
Date: February 1 – March 4, 2017
Hosted by: Cooperative Extension

Participants will create a one-minute video by using live video/audio feed from a smart phone and/or video editing software tools such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. In their video, they will include how they are saving, where they are saving (e.g., in a bank account or 401(k) plan), why they are saving, benefits of saving, and a description of their personal #ImSavingFor story. Contestants will share the YouTube link for their video on social media from February 1 to March 4 and a drawing for prize winners will be held from among those who complete an online entry form containing their video URL, a short caption, and their e-mail address: http://americasavesweek.org/extension-imsavingfor-video-contest

 

Webinars

Foreclosure Process on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:00 am Eastern 
This is a free webinar hosted by the Personal Finance concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.

The US experienced the Great Recession with national unemployment rates soaring to 10% in October 2009 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d.a.) During this time, some households and communities experienced significant housing instability. While foreclosure rates have declined somewhat during recent years, the issue is not over and many households are still facing foreclosure. This webinar will describe the options to keep, sell or let foreclosure happen. National mortgage pre-foreclosure regulations and the timeline from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be explained. Updates will be addressed about federal prevention assistance programs including Making Homes Affordable (MHA) and Hardest Hit Funds (HHF). Additional topics include the impact of foreclosure has on credit reports, where to find foreclosure data, the counselor’s role, and special protections for active military service members.

Managing Student Loan Debt on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern 
We will discuss and compare payment options, demonstrate tools to estimate payments, and provide information about Public Loan Forgiveness.

The Time Value of Money on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:00 am Eastern 
This is a free webinar hosted by the Personal Finance concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.

The time value of money (e.g., present and future value of a lump sum or an annuity) is one of the most fundamental building blocks of financial goal-setting and decision-making. This 90-minute webinar will discuss basic time value of money concepts and the application of time value of money concepts to real-life financial planning decisions. The webinar will also model “hands-on” calculations that participants can use with others (e.g., clients and students) and describe online resources (e.g., videos, calculators, and curricula) that teach time value of money concepts. Participants should bring a financial calculator to complete a series of financial decision-making problems that will be presented during the webinar.

Understanding Your Credit Report and Score on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:45 Central, 1:00 - 1:45 pm Eastern 
Credit affects so many areas of life. But just what is a credit report anyway? How do I get my report for free? How do they figure out my score? How do I build or rebuild my credit? We’ll answer these questions and dispel common myths in this informative session.

Save Automatically on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
It can be hard to put aside money for savings, but there is an easy way to save money without ever missing it by making your savings automatic in 2017. Already saving automatically? Find ways to automate other aspects of your financial life this year.

First-time homebuyer on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm Central 
Buying a home may be one of the most important financial decisions you can make. During this session, you will learn about the steps in the home buying process, how to identify the costs associated with buying a home and types of financing available, including the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

  • Register online at wellsfargo.com/rsvp with access code Mil1stHome.
  • Click here to learn more about this and other webinars.
  • This webinar is presented as a public service by Wells Fargo.

Budgeting on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Central 
Learn time-tested strategies to budget, manage and prioritize your paycheck and learn how to take control of your finances by learning to budget your money – before you spend it.

Saving to Achieve Your Goals on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:45 Eastern 
Whether you’re trying to save money to buy a new house or car, fund your retirement or prepare for educational needs this Saving to Achieve Your Goals presentation will help you along the way with proven tools of budgeting, developing a plan and saving.

Saving is a Family Affair Webinar on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern
Whether you are single, married, married with children, a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle - saving for the future is important. We will discuss how everyone in the family can make and contribute to financial goals such as education, independent living, or other future goals.

  • Learn more and register online at https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/740292763007453953 
  • This webinar is presented by University of Florida/IFAS Extension in partnership with Hillsborough County Extension and Seminole County Extension. This webinar is a partnership of the Tampa Bay Saves and Florida Saves campaigns

Every Penny Adds Up: Savings Strategies & Tips on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern 
Saving money may seem like the impossible dream. It can be done with some planning and discipline. This one-hour webinar will discuss where to find the money to save and ten strategies to make savings happen. For example, save 50¢ a day for a year & you can build nearly 40% of a $500 emergency fund!

Family Savings Day on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
Good savings habits start at home. Whether you’re budgeting, saving, making retirement decisions, or assessing work-place benefits, share the choices you make with your children, no matter their age.

Budgeting and saving on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm Pacific 
Make the most of the money you have by saving more, creating a spending plan and being a smart shopper.

  • Register online at wellsfargo.com/rsvp with access code MilBudget.
  • Click here to learn more about this and other webinars.
  • This webinar is presented as a public service by Wells Fargo.

Road Map to Financial Freedom on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pacific 
This workshop helps you take the first steps on your journey to financial freedom by learning several debt repayment strategies, self administered plan, creditor workout plans or through credit.org's Debt Management Plan to pay off unsecured debt.

Steps to Financial Wellness on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 1:00 - 1:45 Central, 12:00 - 12:45 Eastern 
Achieving financial success can sometimes seem like an overwhelming and stressful task. However, when developed step by step, you can gain control of your finances. Setting goals, communicating with family members, creating a budget, building savings, monitoring and building credit, are some of the steps we will discuss during this interactive webinar.

Moving the Needle on Retirement Planning & Saving: The Role of Education on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00 Central, 1:00 - 2:00 Eastern 
Researcher Carly Urban will discuss the findings and implications of a recent randomized field study examining the role of an information-based intervention on retirement plan participation, emergency savings, and using a budget. Discussants from NEFE and the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds will share insights. Click here for more information.

  • Register online here
  • This webinar is presented by the Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Helping Small Business Owners Save for Retirement Webcast on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern 
For small business owners without a retirement savings plan, starting a plan can be easier than they think. As part of America Saves Week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration in coordination with the Consumer Federation of America will hold a free webcast for small businesses and their service providers on retirement savings plans and direct deposit. The Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service also will participate in the webcast

Easy, Low-Cost Ways to Start Your Small Business Retirement Plan on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern 
Leading Retirement Solutions’ President Kirsten Curry will talk about how a small business can benefit from having a retirement plan. She will also provide some tips for choosing the plan that will best fit your company’s goals.
Leading Retirement Solutions provides retirement plan solutions to businesses. Its team of experts delivers services along with high-touch support, giving employers the opportunity to offer affordable retirement savings plans with flexible investment options to employees. Learn more at leadingretirement.com

Save for Retirement on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
Saving now for retirement will ensure you have enough money to have a comfortable standard of living when you stop working or reduce the amount of hours you work. Participate in a work-related retirement program, open up an Individual Retirement Account (or IRA). Already saving for retirement? Increase the amount you save toward retirement by 1 percent in 2017.

Get smart about credit on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm Central 
It’s never too early or too late to learn the money skills you need for life, and one of the most important things everyone needs to know is how to better manage credit. Learn how to manage credit cards, the factors that go into your credit score, the benefits and risks of using credit and more!

  • Register online at wellsfargo.com/rsvp with access code MilCredit.
  • Click here to learn more about this and other webinars.
  • This webinar is presented as a public service by Wells Fargo.

Boost Your Credit, Understanding Your Credit Report and Score on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pacific 
We’ve partnered with VCN as part of America Saves Week to bring you this free webinar on how you can boost your credit and understand your credit report and score. Understand what information is contained in your credit report and how it affects your life. Also learn how your credit scores are calculated and learn how to dispute inaccurate information.

Saving at Tax Time on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
Saving a portion of your tax refund can be a big step toward meeting your savings goals. This tax season, get ahead of your financial goals by splitting a portion your tax refund into savings, and reward yourself with SaveYourRefund by entering to win one of 101 prizes.

Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pacific 
Learn what to do to protect yourself from identity thieves, and what steps to take to restore your good standing if you are a victim of identity theft.

Ahorre Para Alcanzar sus Metas on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern 
Si está tratando de ahorrar dinero para comprar una casa o carro, ahorrar para jubilarse o preparase para el futuro; este curso es para usted. Le daremos recursos para seguir sus gastos, y empezar o aumentar sus ahorros. .

Ways to Save on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:45 pm Eastern
Looking for ways to save money has always been important. During this webinar you will learn quick and easy ways to save you hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars over the course of a year!

Cover Your Assets Webinar on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM Central
In 2013, fires cost Americans roughly $11.5 billion. Do you know the types of insurance that protects you and your assets from financial loss? Attend this webinar on Friday, March 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m. to learn how to Cover Your Assets! 

Cover Your Assets is part of the Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series from University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center, and Southern Illinois University, CarbondaleThis is a Protect Badge eligible program.

  • You can join for FREE from any computer with internet access. You’ll need working speakers or headphones to listen in.
  • Register at go.uillinois.edu/getsavvywebinars 

Pay Off High-Interest Debt on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
With planning, discipline, patience, and maybe some outside help, almost anyone can reduce their debts and start to accumulate wealth. Find places to cut your spending so that you can pay down your debts faster and find places to trim your expenses.

Save for Emergencies on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
An emergency savings fund consists of a small amount of money, usually in a savings account, that you do not have easy access to. Saving for this fund starts with small, regularly scheduled contributions that build up over time.

Spring Clean Your Finances on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern 
We Discussion will include essential documents, how to long to keep, consolidating accounts, reducing fees and organizing financial papers.

 

National Plan for Retirement Week

National Retirement Planning Week® 2017, a national effort to help consumers focus on their financial needs in retirement, will run from April 3-7. The National Retirement Planning Coalition (NRPC), a group of prominent education, consumer advocacy and financial services organizations led by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), will support the movement with a number of coalition activities throughout the week. >> Visit the National Plan for Retirement Week Action Center


Helpful Resources

Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and Investor Protection Institute (IPI)

Tip of the Day

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