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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Tip of the Day

  • Keep track of your spending. At least once a month, use credit card, checking, and other records to review what you've purchased. Then, ask yourself if it makes sense to reallocate some of this spending to an emergency savings account. http://ow.ly/sj972

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Starting and Continuing a Personal Finance Journey

When Kiara Hardin, now a junior at Western Illinois University, became an intern with the Chicago Summer Business Institute during her sophomore year of high school, she began her personal finance journey. The program required participants to open a savings account.

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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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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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