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New Partner Packet Released: Holiday Spending & Saving

Automatic Savings Savings Tips Holiday Partner Packet
Written by Tammy Greynolds · 07 October 2015

Consumers are getting savvier about saving during the holiday season, but retailers are catching on. It's been reported that major retailers are already baiting holiday shoppers to spend — spend — spend. That is all the more reason to make savings a priority during the holiday season.


Replacing or Upgrading Appliances: An Often Overlooked Big Ticket Purchase

Savings Tips Home Big Ticket Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 05 October 2015

By Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Family Resource Management Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

Saving for a new computer, a longed-for vacation, or a deposit for an apartment are goals that many of us can relate to. Because we use them daily, saving to replace or upgrade appliances is not always a high priority. If you’ve priced any appliances lately, you know that they can be big ticket items, particularly if you need to replace a refrigerator, washer and dryer, or television in a hurry.


How to Automate Saving to Buy a Home

Automatic Savings Home Homeownership
Written by Guest Blogger · 30 September 2015

By Neal Frankle, Los Angeles-based Certified Financial Planner and chief editor of,, and

Once you’ve decided to buy a home, you probably want to get it done as soon as possible. I understand that. Still, there may be some distance between you and the down payment you need to get in to your cozy castle. How do you bridge that gap? In my experience, the easiest and fastest way to get this done is to automate your financial life as much as possible.


Americans to Win Big Again in 2016 By Putting Part of Tax Refunds Directly into Savings

Tax Time Saving Press Release Partnerships
Written by Katie Bryan · 30 September 2015

Doorways To Dreams Fund And America Saves Team Up To Extend And Expand Save Your Refund Campaign

Contact: Katie Bryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202-939-1018

BOSTON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Taxpayers across America once again will have a chance to win cash prizes just by saving a portion of their tax refund through the Save Your Refund campaign, thanks to a new partnership between the Doorways to Dreams Fund (D2D) and America Saves, an initiative of the Consumer Federation of America.


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Taking Steps Toward Financial Fitness

Written by Tammy Greynolds | November 7, 2014

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.


Challenging Herself to Save

Written by Sara Cooper | April 15, 2014

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.


Developing a Savings "Game Plan"

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

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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