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What’s Your Money Personality Type?

Written by · 21 January 2020

Each of us has a ‘Money Personality’ that gives insight into our relationship with money, our impulses, how we save, and how we spend. At America Saves, our goal is to encourage you to save successfully. Knowing your money personality type can give great insight into instincts and clues on how to be most effective in your quest to save more, reduce debt, and build wealth.

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Saving is an option for individuals with disabilities

Written by Guest Blogger · 21 August 2019

AUTHOR: By Michael R. Roush, Director, Real Economic Impact Network, National Disability Institute

Oftentimes, individuals with disabilities may not be familiar with savings options that are available to them or they may be afraid to save money due to the fear of jeopardizing public benefits. There are a wide variety of saving strategies that individuals with disabilities can potentially access to achieve their savings goal and build their financial well-being.

38 Reasons You Need At Least a $500 Emergency Fund

Written by Kia Young · 05 August 2019

The age-old saying,” When it rains it pours” is especially true when an unexpected emergency pops up- as if you had nothing better to do than fork out $500 on new tires, or visiting the doctor. Recently the Federal Reserve noted that almost half of Americans do not have $400 available in an emergency fund.

A New Way for Financial Coaches to Help the Unbanked

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Written by Lindsay Ferguson · 31 July 2019

Consumers want to build a strong financial history. From buying their first car to planning for retirement, consumers face many obstacles with ensuring they stay on the right path to positive financial health. Understanding what is in their credit report is an important first step. However, a traditional credit report only gives part of the consumer’s history.

For most banks, when a consumer applies for a bank account, the bank will not pull a traditional credit report but instead a report like ChexSystems to analyze past “banking” transaction information.

Estimates of the number of unbanked consumers who used to be banked is around 50%. Many of these individuals are no longer banked because their previous bank closed their account due to overdrafts (bounced checks). In these cases, there will be an outstanding amount due to the bank, which appears on the ChexSystems report. Most banks will turn down a potential new customer, if such a negative appears.

Non-profit financial coaches express frustration when this happens, since their client becomes discouraged and is often embarrassed by being turned down. Wouldn’t it be better if the financial coach could access this report before the consumer visits the bank, in order to identify negatives, such as past due amounts. Then they could work out an action plan with their client in order to address the negative and increase their odds of being approved by the bank.

Last September, Credit Builders Alliance (CBA) added ChexSystems' ChexAdvisor Educational Report to our Access service, and so far it has been a great success with many of our non-profit members. It has helped them expand their product offerings to serve a wider variety of client needs, such as access to banking services.

An example of this success is found with Ms. Tee:

After attending a Working Credit workshop, Ms. Tee told her counselor she had a high fee, pre-paid debit card but really wanted to open a checking account. She had tried a while ago, but was denied due to a debt owed to a financial institution, and was afraid to reapply. Her Working Credit counselor pulled her ChexAdvisor report through ChexSystems and discovered that she actually had no red flags on her ChexAdvisor report. Her counselor explained her report to her and recommended some low-cost checking accounts near her home and work.

This is just one example of how ChexAdvisor can help you serve your clients more comprehensively. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Written by: Credit Builders Alliance

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Make it Automatic

Written by Lindsay Ferguson | July 2, 2019

Holding ourselves accountable can be tough. Maria knew that if she didn’t “set it and forget it” she would have a hard time making sure her regular savings deposits were happening. In April, she took the America Saves Pledge and created a savings plan to increase her emergency fund.

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Written by Guest Blogger | May 7, 2019

Virginia Saves saver, Brittany, decided to start saving again when she became a single mother. She thinks many women, and men, can relate.

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Budget like Nohemi

Written by Guest Blogger | April 19, 2019

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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