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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

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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.


Five Fun & Frugal Activities for Autumn

Family Savings Frugal
Written by Tammy Greynolds · 28 September 2015

School has started, the summer weather has broken – autumn has arrived. Whether you are recovering from back-to-school expenses or are looking ahead to the holiday season, there are plenty of fun and frugal ways to make the most of the fall season without going broke in the process.


America Saves Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month En Espanol
Written by Sara Cooper · 25 September 2015

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), America Saves encourages our colleagues and partners to share Spanish-language resources with their clients, members, and constituents to help them take financial action and save successfully.


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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

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.


Starting Over

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

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.”


Taking Back Control Over Finances

Written by Virginia Saves | August 5, 2015

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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