Participate in America Saves Week

Click on the links below to find America Saves Week activities on the platform of your choice.

Don't see what you're looking for? Ask your local bank, credit union, nonprofit, or other member organization if they are registered for America Saves Week. If not, remind them to sign up for America Saves Week 2019! Participating organizations will be able to submit America Saves Week events and activities for inclusion on this list using our online form.


Twitter Chats

Save with a Plan Twitter Chat

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 10:00 am Eastern
Hosts: UConn Extension Connecticut Saves (@UConnExtension) and (@CTSavesCampaign)
Hashtag: #CTSaves
Join the Connecticut Saves Campaign Partners in discussing how to save with a plan! Hosted by UConn Extension (@UConnExtension), this will be a great time to share helpful information about how planning ahead can help us reach our savings goals. Visit @CTSavesCampaign for more information and use hashtag #CTSaves.

America/Military Saves Week 2019 Kickoff Chat

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosts: America Saves (@AmericaSaves) and Military Saves (@MilitarySaves)
Hashtag: #ASW19 and #MSW19
America Saves and Military Saves join forces to kick off Saves Week 2019! We'll be discussing the savings themes taking place during the week, cheering on savers and partnering organizations for their activities, and highlighting our favorite savings tips.

Twitter Storm: America Saves Week and Military Saves Week 2019

Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern
Hosts: @AmericaSaves and @Military Saves
Hashtag: #ASW19 and #MSW19
Help us take over Twitter! Join us in blasting Twitter with #ASW19 and #MSW19 content for an hour to raise the visibility of the Week and engage more individuals in the topic of saving. Use content from the kit or craft your own, just make sure to include the hashtag!

Military Saves Week #CreditChat with Experian

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
Host: Experian (@Experian_US)
Guest(s): @MilitarySaves
Hashtag: #CreditChat
Topic: Managing Money When You’re on the Move
Experian is happy to support Military Saves Week with a special tweet chat. Preview questions for the chat here!

YouTube Live and Twitter Chat with Extension Professionals

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern
Host: eXtension (@moneyeXtension )
Hashtag: #eXASchat
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB9Ynsl5-iQ 
Topic: Saving for the Unexpected 
Please join Extension experts from around the United States as we discuss "Saving for the Unexpected."

America Saves Week #Creditchat with Experian

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern
Host: Experian (@Experian_US)
Guests: America Saves (@AmericaSaves)
Hashtag: #CreditChat
Topic: Maintaining Your Financial Health As a Couple
Experian is happy to support America Saves Week with a special tweet chat. Preview questions for the chat here!

America Saves Week 2019 #WBchat with WiseBread

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern
Host: Wise Bread (@Wisebread)
Guest: America Saves (@AmericaSaves)
Hashtag: #WBchat and #ASW19
Learn about creating a savings plan, holding yourself accountable to savings goals, assessing your savings plan, and more! Let us know about your savings goals and tell us one thing you could do today to move toward your savings goals! 

Twitter Storm: America Saves Week and Military Saves Week 2019

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Host(s): @AmericaSaves and @Military Saves
Hashtag: #ASW19
Help us take over Twitter – again! Join us in blasting Twitter with #ASW19 and #MSW19 content for an hour to raise the visibility of the Week and engage more individuals in the topic of saving. Use content from the kit or craft your own, just make sure to include the hashtag!

 


Facebook Events

Pay Yourself First

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 3:00 pm Eastern
Host: Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/natljumpstart/
Each month, the Jump$tart Coalition discusses one of our principles (jumpstart.org/principles) with one of our partners. In February, we will address saving and Paying Yourself First with Carolyn Pemberton from America Saves.

America Saves Week Challenge

Date: Monday, February 18 through Saturday, March 2
Host: Advising Well, LLC
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/993689980820246/
Advising Well, LLC is hosting a Facebook Challenge Group for America Saves Week. Learning content will be dripped out beginning 2/18 and will continue through 2/26.

Participants will then have the rest of America Saves Week to actively begin their savings goal: opening an account, transferring their first savings installment, etc.

On the last day of America Saves Week a winner will be drawn at random from all the participants that completed the learning material. That winner will receive a month of free financial training and counseling.

Build Your Savings - Facebook Live Event

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 12:00 pm Eastern
Host: First Commonwealth FCU
Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2GzEXCh
"That day you blew a tire. The time your dishwasher overflowed. That vacation when your child got sick far from home, and the doctor wouldn’t take your insurance. We all have those unexpected events in life that can lead to financial stress, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Putting aside a few dollars a week into a savings account for unexpected costs can build financial security – and relieve a lot of anxiety! Saving for the unexpected starts with small, regularly scheduled contributions that build up over time.

Join us for a live Q&A session where we will discuss setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and making a savings plan.".

 


YouTube Live

Save for the Unexpected

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 12:00 - 12:20 pm Eastern
Special Guest: Ann Carrns, New York Times
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y3NoeYAlRo
New York Times personal finance writer Ann Carrns joins us for a YouTube Live event in honor of America Saves Week on Wednesday, February 27 from 12:00 to 12:20 pm EST. Each day of America Saves Week has its own theme – Wednesday’s is “Save for the Unexpected.” Hear from the New York Times’ top personal finance writer and have your questions ready! Tune in to America Saves' YouTube Channel.

YouTube Live and Twitter Chat with Extension Professionals

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
Host: University of Illinois Extension
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB9Ynsl5-iQ
Topic: Saving for the Unexpected
Please join Extension experts from around the United States as we discuss "Saving for the Unexpected."

 


Webinars

Will You Be Ready for Retirement? Session 1: How Much Will I Need?

Date: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: UF/IFAS Extension
Register: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4937026406139837697
This webinar series will be especially helpful for people 10 years or less from retirement. In this session: We will discuss factors to consider when calculating how much income you need and showcase online tools that can help.

Accessing and Applying for Student Loans

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: MSU Extension
Register: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/accessing-and-applying-for-student-loans-webinar_feb-25
This one-hour online class will cover the basics of understanding student loans. This session will address the following areas:

  • How to prepare financially for college
  • What does the FAFSA and Financial Aid process look like?
  • How to choose which loans to utilize

Understanding the True Cost of Home Ownership

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: Finhive LLC
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asw-webinar-calculating-total-cost-of-home-ownership-tickets-48839693839
Join us for a Webinar during America Saves Week. This webinar will discuss the key financial decisions that need to be made before buying or upgrading to a bigger space. We will walk through a tool that can help determine the future cost of owning a home.

Home Buyer Education

Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am Eastern
Host: Michigan State University Extension
Register: https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/homeownership-online-mshda-1
This homeownership seminar from MSU Extension will provide you with valuable information about the home buying process, and will teach you:

  • The advantages of homeownership
  • The steps in the home buying process
  • The costs of homeownership
  • The importance of good credit
  • How to determine how much house you can afford
  • Mortgage loan basics
  • How to maintain your investment
  • Course approved by MSHDA
  • Certificate of completion good for one year

Get Savvy Webinar: Money in Relationships

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. Central
Host(s): University of Illinois Extension
Register: http://go.uillinois.edu/GetSavvyWebinars
Taking time to talk about how finances can impact your fun is important. Don't let the BEAST money ruin the BEAUTY of your relationship. Whether you're just dating or you've been together for years, conversations about money can be challenging. Learn ways to talk with your partner about spending, saving, traveling, education, debt, and overall money management. You must register for this free event in advance.

Resilience Starts with Financial Preparedness: Save For the Unexpected

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Register: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/savefortheunexpectedwebinar/event/registration.html
Disasters and emergencies happen often with little or no warning – whether it is a fire in your house or a massive hurricane, the unexpected can take a toll on your financial planning. Being financially prepared helps disaster survivors to bounce back much more quickly from a disaster, yet research by the Federal Reserve shows that about 40 percent of Americans don’t have money to cover basic needs for more than three months.

Recognizing these gaps, FEMA is encouraging the entire nation to be involved in creating a culture of preparedness, which includes financial preparedness. To help us move toward that vision, we are pleased to partner with the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®) on direct efforts to improve financial preparedness for individuals and families.

During America Saves Week, please join the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division on Wednesday, February 27th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST to learn about the importance of financial preparedness for emergencies and the best ways to prepare.

This webinar will feature Rebecca Wiggins and Sara Croymans. Rebecca Wiggins is the Executive Director of AFCPE®. Sara Croymans is an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor®) and Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension who specializes in disaster financial preparedness. AFC® professionals utilize their knowledge, skills, and experience to help individuals and families, regardless of income level and background, to build a strong financial foundation, a foundation that is critical to helping more people be prepared to effectively respond to financial emergencies and get back on their feet faster following a disaster.

This webinar will feature the following presenters:

  • Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director, Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®)
  • Sara Croymans, AFC® Professional, Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®)
  • Nisah Abdul-Sabur, Financial Preparedness Lead, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

  • Register now by using the provided link.
  • Make sure to test your Adobe Connect before the meeting.
  • This event will include captioning.
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We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, February 27!

Helping Small Business Owners and their Employees Save for Retirement

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Host: US Department of Labor
Register: http://mp163422.cdn.mediaplatform.com/163422/wc/mp/4000/15208/111218/Lobby/default.htm
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 and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, is holding a free webcast for small business owners and their accountants on the retirement savings options available and the use of direct deposit for saving for retirement and more. Choosing a retirement savings plan can be easier than many small business owners think.

The webcast will provide practical information and helpful tips to understand the retirement savings options available for small businesses. The U.S. Department of Labor will discuss the options and how to get started after choosing a plan. The California Society of Certified Public Accountants will provide a peer perspective to help you consider and compare the options. The options not only provide an effective way to save for a secure retirement but most also provide tax advantages for both employers and employees.

The Consumer Federation of America (America Saves) will focus on how direct deposit helps employees save for retirement at work and build stronger financial futures. Direct deposit also helps employers simplify their business processes and increase productivity.

Join us for the webcast and get started saving for a secure retirement for yourself and your employees.

6 Steps to Financial Success

Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host(s): Great Lakes Investment Management
Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5XwT-TadTrONmR6Yk_6pbw
Join us for this free webinar in honor of America Saves Week. Sound financial management is a process that begins with your first paycheck and continues through each stage of life. Every decision you make about money today forms the foundation for your financial future. We will discuss how to develop a sound financial strategy — one that covers all the financial bases, from insurance to investing, to retirement planning and estate conservation.

Will You Be Ready for Retirement? Session 2: Choosing When to Receive Social Security Benefits

Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host(s): UF/IFAS Extension
Register: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4937026406139837697
This webinar series will be especially helpful for people 10 years or less from retirement. In this session: We will explore the variables to consider when deciding whether to start receiving a reduced Social Security benefit at age 62 or delaying until a later year.

Will You Be Ready for Retirement? Session 3: Considerations for Asset Usage in Retirement

Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host(s): UF/IFAS Extension
Register: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4937026406139837697
This webinar series will be especially helpful for people 10 years or less from retirement. In this session: We will discuss sources of retirement income, asset allocations, tax implications, and withdrawal rates.

Will You Be Ready for Retirement? Session 4: Choosing Financial Professionals & Services

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Host(s): UF/IFAS Extension
Register: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4937026406139837697
This webinar series will be especially helpful for people 10 years or less from retirement. In this session: We will discuss types of financial professionals and services. Discussion will include professional designations, compensation methods, and free online tools to check a financial professional’s background.


Contests

30 Days of Savings Challenge

Begins: Friday, February 1
Time: 9:00 AM Eastern
Link: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/2016/06/21/30-days-of-saving
A 30 day savings challenge during which participants save $100 in 30 days by following a daily savings chart they receive upon registering for the event. Participants also receive weekly emailed savings messages and updates on America Saves events happening online.

#ImSavingForSweepstakes

Begins: Monday, February 20
Ends: April 30, 2019
Host: America Saves
Link: https://americasavesweek.org/imsavingforsweepstakes/
Savers who create a savings plan and share their goal or savings story on social media have a chance to win up to $750!

America Saves Week with Fund My Future

Begins: Monday, February 25
Host: Fund My Future
Link: https://www.fundmyfuturepgh.org
Each day during the week (Monday through Friday), we’ll be giving away a $100 Visa gift card to someone who makes a deposit in their child’s savings account. It’s simple to enter: just make a deposit into a child’s savings account at any financial institution during the week and post a photo of the savers (adult and/or child) with a dollar bill and #fundmyfuturepgh to Facebook. One photo submission is eligible for the full week!

#StartSmallThinkBig Story Submission Contest

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 8:00 am Pacific
Host: Golden 1 Credit Union
Link: https://www.facebook.com/golden1cu
Members will be asked to share a story about how they saved for a significant milestone. Respondents will be randomly selected to have $50 deposited directly into their Golden 1 Credit Union savings account.


Other Events

Inspired Budget Corner - Plan Your Savings with a Sinking Fund Podcast

Date: Sunday, February 24
Time: 5:00 am Eastern
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/8768267
In honor of America Saves Week, we are debuting a new segment called the Inspired Budget Corner with Allison Baggerly from InspiredBudget.com. Allison discusses Monday's America Saves Week theme of Save with a Plan in her discussion on sinking funds.

What is America Saves Week All About? Podcast

Date: Sunday, February 24
Time: 8:30 am Eastern
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: https://popcornfinance.com/america-saves-week-2019
What is America Saves Week? The Director of Strategic Engagement, Lindsay Ferguson, explains what this week is all about and walks us through each of the daily themes. You'll learn a little bit and kick off America Saves Week all in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn!

Save with a Plan Instagram Live

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 1:30 pm Pacific
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: https://instagram.com/popcornfinancepodcast
Jen Smith from the Frugal Friends Podcast joins Popcorn Finance Podcast for an Instagram live to discuss why it's so important to save with a plan and to share a few of our savings goals.

How to Prep for an Unexpected Emergency Expense Instagram Live

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 12:30 pm Pacific
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: https://instagram.com/popcornfinancepodcast
Chris Browning, host of the Popcorn Finance podcast, and Bethany Bayless of The Money Millhouse podcast join forces for an Instagram Live to teach you how best to prepare for those unexpected emergency expenses.

Save the Extra! Instagram Live

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 6:00 pm Pacific
Host: Popcorn Finance Podcast
Link: https://instagram.com/popcornfinancepodcast
Chris and guest Allison Baggerly from Inspired Budget focus on Friday's theme of Save the Extra. They discuss some techniques and ideas for saving the extra money that sometimes finds its way in to our budget.

Tip of the Day

  • 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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