First State Saves

First State Saves was founded in 2005 to help Delawareans improve personal and household finances. By providing financial information, tools and access to products and services, First State Saves teaches everyone to save regularly and often. Studies show that saving just small amounts can make great strides toward reaching financial goals.

We believe that anyone can build wealth with the proper guidelines. Learn how to pay off debt, save for a house, car, tuition, or just save for the sheer pleasure of knowing you have money in the bank! 

Take the First State Saves Pledge

Also, visit the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute-The Money School for classes that can help you reach your savings goal.

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:


Contact Us

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P: 302.792.1200
F: 302.792.1050

Mailing Address
Delaware Financial Literacy Institute
3301 Green Street
Claymont, DE 19703

Our Sponsor

  • Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF) of the State of DE

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Current Theme: College Spending and Savings


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  • Savers with a plan are 2x more likely to save for #retirement, have a rainy day fund, and stick to a budget. Hack your savings for a chance to win up to $750 from @AmericaSaves: #ASW18

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Taking Steps Toward Financial Fitness

Nicky Vasquez learned about Virginia Saves when she attended her first class with Bank On Virginia Beach. The instructor shared how important it was to have a written savings goal, and the entire class joined Virginia Saves as the first step toward financial fitness.


Starting Over

Until last summer, Michael Lindman spent money freely. “I was a union truck driver for 35 years and had a good income,” said Lindman. “I owned my own home, saved a little, and tried to live within my own budget. You always think there’s going to be that much coming in, but things can change in a split second.”


Getting Out of Debt

In 2004, Tonya Shelton was facing financial ruin. Barely making more than minimum wage and having lost her home to an unexpected family crisis, Shelton and her family were forced to live in a rundown hotel.