Research

America Saves Research

 

Annual America Saves Week Surveys

Since 2007, America Saves along with the American Savings Education Council have surveyed individuals on their savings progress, if they have a plan to save or not, and other important savings behaviors as part of America Saves Week. 

Personal Savings Index

America Saves now has three years worth of surveys in which respondents were asked to rate their own savings interest, effort, and effectiveness on a ten-point scale. 

Saver Surveys

America Saves periodically surveys those who have taken the America Saves Pledge to learn more about who these savers are, how much and what they are saving for, and how they feel about their savings. America Saves also surveys them to learn more about the products and methods they use to save.

Young Workers 

America Saves conducted a focus group to learn the savings habits and behaviors of those who participated in the America Saves for Young Workers initiative. 

Debt

In this survey, America Saves and Experian® found that individuals with credit card, payday loan, and other high-cost consumer debt are more likely to have difficulty saving.

 

Additional Research from the Consumer Federation of America

 

Savings Habits and Concerns

Banks and Credit Unions

Financial Planners

Emergency Savings

Women

Wealth Gap

Youth and Savings

America Saves White Paper

Partner Resource Packet

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Put 20 Percent Away

“I am a single mother, and I make ends meet for me and my daughter, but I wanted to put money away for my daughter for a college fund. So I started saving 20 percent of my paycheck every month to put it away in a savings account with a high Annual Percentage Yield (APY). By the time my daughter is 18, I will have saved nearly $90,000.”

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The Gift of Homeownership

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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Saving With My Boys

When Kelly was a kid, she loved the picture book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. In the story, a little girl lives in an apartment with her mother and grandmother. The little girl’s mother is a waitress and sole provider for their family. Together the family saves money by putting their change in a giant jar every day. They are saving for a big cushy chair for the little girl’s hard-working mother. Together with patience and diligence, they buy the mother a very comfy chair.

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