Insights on the Saving Decision and the Journey that Follows

American Savers have recently taken at least one tangible step to start or accelerate their savings. Most have been successful. The behavior and outcome of these savers make them a distinctive subset of the American public, a group we're calling Committed Savers. Profiling these Committed Savers provides valuable insight into what motivates Americans to save money and the unique characteristics and actions of particularly successful savers.

New research by America Saves, in partnership with Artemis Strategy Group, explores who Committed Savers are, what triggered and or/accelerated their savings, what barriers they encountered in their savings journey, what steps they took to overcome these challenges, and how well they succeeded. >> Read more in our press release


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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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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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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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