Champaign County Saves

Across Champaign County and neighboring counties, people just like you are proving you can start small, and think big. Champaign County Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. Our staff and trained volunteers can show you how to develop a savings strategy and take one step at a time. So don’t wait any longer…

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Savings Strategies:

Building wealth starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal. Whatever goal you choose – whether it’s buying a car, buying a house, or getting out from under your debts – learn about proven savings strategies and get simple tips on the best ways to save. Click on the links below to learn how to:

Champaign County Community Events & Resources:

 
Many different organizations and businesses in Champaign County offer programs and services related to financial literacy, education, and counseling. The goal of this directory is to help people find services they need related to financial management. In addition, the directory may help connect organizations that may benefit by partnering on projects. 

This directory was initially compiled by Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance in 2011. University of Illinois Extension updated and produced this revised version. 

 

 

Our Partners:

                Health Alliance   Credit Union 1     

         

 

 


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Kathy Sweedler

University of Illinois Extension,
Consumer Economics Educator,
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Phone: (217) 333-7672

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  • Save your loose change. Putting aside fifty cents a day over the course of a year will allow you to save nearly 40% of a $500 emergency fund. http://ow.ly/sj972 

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Taking Back Control Over Finances

After becoming a Virginia Saver and getting help from BankOn classes and coaching, Nadine Bialo took back control over her financial affairs.

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Aimee Shaffer worked as a Public Service News Director for radio for years until one day her employer downsized the company, resulting in hundreds of lost jobs, including Aimee’s.

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Developing a Savings "Game Plan"

Eunice Diaz, a teacher in Colorado Springs, had been noticing a pattern. Despite the fact that she and her husband were “making good money,” they were spending their entire earnings and “were still struggling at the end of the month.”

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