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4 Steps to Spending Your Stimulus Check Wisely When You Don't Have An Emergency Fund

Written by Carolyn Pemberton · 09 April 2020

Most Americans don't have an emergency fund. While we're all experiencing this pandemic very differently — some having only minor inconveniences and others finding themselves without a job or having to close their business — those without a savings cushion are vulnerable to feeling the ramifications of COVID-19 for a very long time.

Pantry Shopping and Meal Planning Preparation Tips

Written by Carolyn Pemberton · 02 April 2020

With experts telling Americans to practice social distancing and to be ready for a possible 14-day self-quarantine one of our first concerns is food. How do we shop and prepare for 14 days worth of meals? Equally important are concerns about shopping without overbuying and staying on a budget.

7 Free Family Fun Ideas to Try While Sheltering in Place

Written by Shykeia Spinks · 02 April 2020

Just a few weeks ago it’s possible that we felt time escaped us. As closings from the COVID-19 pandemic force people to stay in their homes, we are reunited with our time, but may struggle to find exciting and interesting ways to spend it.

No worries! We’re sharing a list of seven free activities to enjoy with your family while social distancing.

Where To Get Financial Help During The COVID-19 Crisis

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Written by Kia Young · 19 March 2020

Over the past several weeks, as the COVID-19 global pandemic has spread, so has the need for resources and emergency aid. Each hour brings with it new developments, announcements, and changes, making it hard to keep up or know exactly where to reach out in the event you need assistance.

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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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 19, 2013

    Keep #holiday #debt in check by setting a #savings plan & sticking to it! http://ow.ly/COU1y

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Story of an Urban Professional

Written by Lindsay Ferguson | June 26, 2019

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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A Think Like A Saver Attitude

Written by Benjamin Moss | November 26, 2019

Melissa has always been thrifty with a #ThinkLikeASaver attitude. This served her family well when her husband lost his job in 2014. Using their savings, Melissa’s family stayed afloat while her husband found a new job. During his job search they used a majority of their savings, but that is OKAY. Savings are fluid! They’re supposed to be used in the case of emergency, and this qualified as such.

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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Nichelle Johnson, a single mom with two teenage children, knows what it’s like to stretch a dollar. When she moved back to Virginia Beach in 2008, she provided for her family with just a part-time library position.

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