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

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Tip of the Day

  • Putting aside fifty cents a day will allow you to #save nearly $500. 

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Budget like Nohemi

Nohemi found out about America Saves a few years ago as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She remembers attending a University of Illinois Saves event where she decorated a piggy bank and took the Pledge, but college life made her put the thought of saving at the back of her mind. Those thrifty thoughts resurfaced when she graduated with a degree in public health.

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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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From Overwhelmed to In Control

In 2017 Debi felt overwhelmed. Her credit cards were maxed, and she wasn't exactly sure how to handle it. When asked how her credit issues started, her answer sounded like many Savers that we've spoken to: making too many impulse purchases. “I was driven by feelings like ‘That sounds good,’ or ‘I am too tired to cook.’” Then she attended a university extension program that introduced her to America Saves. That’s where she heard the tip that set her on her savings journey - stop accumulating debt.

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