Participate in America Saves Week

How Can Individuals Participate?
 

Take the America Saves Pledge

  • Set a goal and make a plan to save. Join over 390,000 people who have pledged to save and take the America Saves Pledge today. Already taken the pledge?  America Saves encourages you to recommit to your savings goal and re-pledge today. Military? Take the Military Saves Pledge

Assess Your Savings Progress

  • Find out if you are saving in all the right places. 

Saver Checklist

  • Check off your savings accomplishments to see how you're doing.

#imsavingfor Photo Contest

  • To celebrate the upcoming America Saves Week, America Saves is launching the #imsavingfor contest. It’s easy to enter. Just share a picture of you and what you are saving for and then enter to win $500 at AmericaSavesWeek.org/imsavingfor

Events and Activities

 

Tweet Chats

#FoundationChat with the National Credit Union Foundation
To celebrate America Saves Week 2016, the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is hosting a Twitter chat for credit unions. The Foundation invites credit unions to discuss their activities encouraging members to save money and build wealth. “According to a recent study, 71% of Americans are spending less than their income and saving the difference, up from 68% in 2014,” said Christopher Morris, Foundation Director of Communications. “This is a huge opportunity for credit unions to help their members improve their financial well-being, which is why the Foundation is pleased to facilitate this discussion.”

Date: Monday, February 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @NCUFoundation with guest @belvoirfederal
Click here to view/download the questions.

#ASW2016 with America Saves
Date: Monday, February 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @AmericaSaves

#Save4You Live Tweet with Jose Fulgencio
Date: Monday, February 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Central
Hosted by: @joseful

Youth$aves (#youthsaves) Tweetchat with Air Force Federal Credit Union
Join @AirForceFCU and @FinEd4Teens in conversation on how to teach kids and teens about money and the importance of savings. You can find us on Twitter using hashtag #youthsaves. For more information, please visit https://www.airforcefcu.com/reach-your-goal.

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 am Central
Hosted by: @AirForceFCU and @FinEd4Teens

#FIDchat with Financial Finesse
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 am Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Fin_Finesse with guest @AmericaSaves

#eXASchat with Cooperative Extension
Join this special simultaneous Google Hangout and Twitter chat to celebrate America Saves Week 2016 and kick off the 15-Week Savings Challenge. Have fun with, and learn from, others who are interested in saving money. Click here to download the flyer, complete with questions.

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @moneyeXtension with guest @AmericaSaves

Frugal Ways to Save (#morecents) Tweetchat with Air Force Federal Credit Union
Air Force Federal Credit Union, Dress For Success Dallas and Dress For Success Houston are hosting a twitterchat about living the frugal life and how to save money when you are unemployed or under financial hardship. You can find us on Twitter using hashtag #morecents. For more information, please visit https://www.airforcefcu.com/reach-your-goal.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 am Central
Hosted by: @AirForceFCU

#ItPays2Wait with National Academy of Social Insurance
The National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy) will conduct an hour-long twitter chat, during which we will ask and answer questions about the financial risks individuals face in retirement, the implications of claiming Social Security at various ages, and how waiting to take benefits, if you can, can be an effective method of increasing lifetime savings in retirement. We will encourage our community partner organizations, as well as other financial empowerment and educational nonprofits to participate, along with the general public. We will direct participants to various nonpartisan resources on the topic, including the Academy’s older workers’ toolkit and partner and government agency materials.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am Pacific, 1:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @socialinsurance with guest @AmericaSaves

#CreditChat with Experian
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Experian_US with guest @AmericaSaves

#WBChat with Wise Bread
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Wisebread with sponsored guest @AmericaSaves

#CashChat with Tarra “Ms. Madam Money” Jackson
Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @MsMadamMoney with sponsored guest @AmericaSaves

 

Facebook Events

Go Green and $ave Green — February 22-27, 2016
Air Force FCU is in the midst of a Go Green Initiative and we invite you to share how you save money by going green! The winner will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. Visit www.facebook/AirForceFCU for more details.

Spring Savings: Learn to Save and Clean Credit — March 20-27 from 9:00 am - noon
Haven Neighborhood Services is doing a week long questions and answers on Facebook and Twitter. they will explain ways to save and clean your credit. Consumers can ask us your questions about: budgeting, credit scores, foreclosure prevention and home buying. We will be providing free information about saving and answering all questions. This is a FREE event, all information is at no cost!

 

Webinars

Savings Strategies for Military Families — Tuesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern
This 90-minute webinar will present 16 specific savings strategies for military families and will precede Military Saves Week (February 22-27, 2016). Other topics that will be covered include the financial fragility of many U.S. households, types of savings accounts, advantages of saving money, barriers to saving, savings pre-requisites, research findings about savings behavior and characteristics of successful savers, savings motivational programs, and savings educational resources.

Investment Basics - Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Tampa Bay Saves in partnership with Florida Saves will discuss why sound investing can be critical to achieving goals. Topics will include investment categories & vehicles, investment returns and strategies.

Declutter Your Financial Life - Tuesday, February 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Financial clutter can affect your financial future. Tampa Bay Saves in partnership with Florida Saves will provide tips on consolidating accounts, lowering fees and costs, and organizing financial papers.

Budget Hacks: From Research to Practical Webinar — Thursday, February 25th from noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time
From money personalities and impulse spending to overcoming temptations, we have budget hacks for you! Budget Hacks: From Research to Practical is part of the Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series from University of Illinois Extension and U of Illinois USFSCO. Join us in an interactive discussion of how to grow your finances! #GETSAVVY You can join for FREE from any computer with internet access. You’ll need working speakers or headphones to listen in. Ready to sign-up?

Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business — Thursday, February 25th from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Eastern
Saving for retirement is easier than many small business owners think. There are a number of options that not only help you and your employees save for the future but provide tax advantages for employers and employees. As part of America Saves Week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, in coordination with the Consumer Federation of America, is holding a webcast for small businesses and their service providers on these retirement savings options and the use of direct deposit for saving for retirement and more.

Maintaining Your Auto - Thursday, March 17 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Tampa Bay Saves in partnership with Florida Saves discusses automobile care tips to give you peace of mind.

Traditional vs Roth IRAs - Wednesday, March 30 from 12:00 -1:00 pm
Tampa Bay Saves in partnership with Florida Saveswill discuss how IRAs fit into investment goals and factors to consider when comparing traditional and Roth IRAs.

Tip of the Day

  • Use your #tax refund when a repair bill, medical emergency or other unexpected expense comes along. http://ow.ly/e7ClM

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Learning to Save

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Challenging Herself to Save

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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.”

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