America Saves awarded one lucky saver, Pedram R. from California, $750 for sharing his #ImSavingFor story. Pedram said, “Saving is important to me because it proves I am not willing to buy unnecessary things to please others or to be perceived as successful.”
The #ImSavingForSweepstakes is a fun way to inspire Americans to start or asses their saving habits. Each year, thousands of savers share their #ImSavingFor stories on social media and create their savings plans by taking the America Saves Pledge starting the first day of America Saves Week (the last week in February) until the end of April. It’s a chance for entrants to share their personal savings journey as well as an opportunity to see what motivates others to save.
“I save my money because I know it will allow me to live a life I am in control of in the future. Patience is truly the greatest skill I have taught myself”, says Pedram.
To add to the excitement, Pedram was encouraged to assess his savings habits through an America Saves Local Campaign, CSUN Saves. CSUN Saves is on the campus of California State University at Northridge and was established as a means of drawing together all the entities on campus that were seeking to fulfill a need for increased financial knowledge and wellbeing of their students.
CSUN Saves Coordinator Linda Bradley said, “I continue to coordinate CSUN Saves utilizing a service learning strategy because I’ve seen the impact that sharing the message of goal setting and saving has not only on the students we connect with through events, but also on the students who participate in the promotion of financial literacy."
Bradley went on to say, “Students taking my upper level family finance course benefit from participating in the project as indicated by demonstrating an increased awareness of the importance of budgeting, setting goals and saving for the future. They also reflect on the impact that having to share the message of America Saves has on their ability to openly discuss finances with others. CSUN Saves is integrated into many aspects of my work in a number of ways including collaboration opportunities, research and providing service to our campus community.”
Pedram’s #1 savings goal is to save/invest for a home in the next 10-15 years. We know he’ll accomplish his goal because those who create a plan are twice as likely to succeed!
by Lindsay Ferguson, Director of Strategic Engagement, America Saves