Save with Direct Deposit

Adoption and awareness of direct deposit continues to build among consumers. A recent survey found that 82 percent of U.S. workers ─ crossing age, income and other demographic categories ─ are paid by Direct Deposit via ACH, up from 74 percent in 2011. >> Learn more

That's good news, because setting up automatic savings is the easiest and most effective way to save – it puts your extra cash out of sight and out of mind. There are a couple ways to automate savings with direct deposit:

  1. Use direct deposit at work to split your paycheck into different accounts: checking, emergency fund, retirement, investment, other goals. Automating retirement savings is a great way to assure that you receive any matches or employer contributions, too.
  2. Use direct deposit at tax time to put your refund directly into savings. A federal tax refund is the most money many American households receive all year. Make your refund an opportunity to improve your financial situation.  >> Learn more about saving automatically

When you pledged to save and became part of the America Saves community, you set a goal and made a plan to save toward it. Now, make sure you’re using the best method to reach your goal – save automatically!

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America Saves for Young Workers

America Saves created a program that is helping youth save in this very way. Over 25 partner programs are integrating America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) into their summer jobs programming.  Through ASYW, a partnership is created between the employer, one or more financial institutions, and America Saves. America Saves provides employees with the motivation to set up direct deposit and save a portion of their pay. And Youth Employment Programs provide direct deposit and the America Saves for Young Workers Program to employees. >> Learn more about America Saves for Young Workers

Tip of the Day

  • Transferring money from checking to savings is the fastest way to #save $500 to $1,000 http://ow.ly/PZR8h 

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Story of an Urban Professional

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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Challenging Herself to Save

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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Make it Automatic

Holding ourselves accountable can be tough. Maria knew that if she didn’t “set it and forget it” she would have a hard time making sure her regular savings deposits were happening. In April, she took the America Saves Pledge and created a savings plan to increase her emergency fund.

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