Tampa Bay Saves

Tampa Bay residents just like you are proving that you can take small steps that will help you achieve big financial goals. As members of Tampa Bay Saves they are saving money, paying off debts, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. We help by providing tips and tools to make it easier for you to set goals and develop strategies to reach those goals. 

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Free, Unbiased, 1-1 Financial Guidance

Hillsborough County residents can receive free one-on-one financial education on basic personal finance topics from University of Florida Master Money Mentor volunteers. Complete this short questionnaire  and you will be contacted, usually within 48 hours. If you would like additional information email or call Lisa Leslie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 813-744-5519 ext. 54143.

Bank On

Bank On is a collaborative effort to provide increased access to safe and affordable bank and credit union accounts.

United Way Financial Coaching Program

The United Way Suncoast Financial Coaching Program trains and partners volunteers with individuals who are ready to take control of their financial situation. Find out more at https://unitedwaysuncoast.org/what-we-do/income/financial-coaching/

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:

 

Great News

We have University of Florida Master Money Mentors who can provide free financial coaching to help you take control of your financial life. We also have classes and webinars, click here to learn more.
 

About us

Our Goal

The goal of Tampa Bay Saves is to enable Tampa Bay residents to take action to improve their financial situation. We strive to help Tampa Bay residents, because we believe that financial stability is not possible without wise money management.

Who We Are

Tampa Bay Saves is coordinated by UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension  and United Way Suncoast. The goal of this partnership is to work with local public and private agencies to better serve Tampa Bay residents.
 


Contact Us

Lisa Leslie
UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, FL 33584
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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.

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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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America Saves awarded one lucky saver, Pedram R. from California, $750 for sharing his #ImSavingFor story. Pedram said, “Saving is important to me because it proves I am not willing to buy unnecessary things to please others or to be perceived as successful.”

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