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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:

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Iowa Saves offers many programs for you:

  • Teachers...get a savings lesson and free piggy banks for class
  • Trainers...take a "train-the-trainer" workshop
  • Savers...meet with a financial coach

 

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  • Meet the 2018 SaveYourRefund Champions

    We are pleased to announce today the 17 free tax preparation sites recognized as SaveYourRefund Savings Champions and Rookies of the Year for going above and beyond to encourage tax filers to save a portion of their refund. This is the first year this award has been presented. 

    Champions and Rookies of the Year were instrumental in SaveYourRefund's 2018 success, including a 24 percent increase in participation from the prior year. Nearly 850 tax sites encouraged almost 3,500 files to save an average of over $850 per return! 

    Specifically, these organizations had an average of 119 entries and took steps like incorporating SaveYourRefund within the quality review process, marketing the promotion to taxpayers prior to tax season, celebrating taxpayers who saved some of their refund through photos and activities at the tax site, and much more.

    SaveYourRefund is a prize-linked savings program. >> Meet the two $10,000 grand prize winners

    2018 SaveYourRefund Savings Champions:

    • Building Skills Partnership
    • Cash Coalition of SENH
    • Dallas Community Tax Centers/Foundation Communities
    • EBALDC (East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation)
    • Fremont Family Resource Center
    • Granite United Way
    • Mission Economic Development Agency
    • Prepare+Prosper
    • Prince Georges CASH Campaign
    • Southern Bancorp Community Partners
    • United Way of the Bay Area
    • Up Valley Family Centers of Napa County

    2018 SaveYourRefund Rookies of the Year:

    • North Texas Area United Way
    • PathWays PA
    • The River Center
    • United Way of Hunterdon County
    • United Way of Lancaster County
  • Millennials Can Save but They Don't Know How to Invest

    Millennials are quickly becoming the largest age group in the workforce as baby boomers retire, but they’re not investing in the future.This could be because pension plans are declining, according to The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Here are three things to know about millennials, saving, and investing.

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  • How to Save Money on Your Next Vacation

    Now that summer is approaching, you might be gearing up for your next trip. Whether vacation means sunbathing on a beach or snowboarding down an icy slope, you can plan your trip on a budget. Bank of America’s Better Money Habits has some great tips for saving money on your next trip. Here are five ways you can save.

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  • 5 Father's Day Gift Ideas that Don't Cost a Fortune

    Father’s Day is a little more than a week away, do you have your gift ready to go? If not, you’re definitely not the only one looking for a last minute gift idea. Here are some gifts that’ll help put a smile on the dad in your life’s face without costing you a fortune.

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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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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

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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Challenging Herself to Save

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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