The 5th annual America Saves Week is February 19 – 26, 2012. The movement started in 2007 as an initiative of the America Savings Education Council and reaches thousands of individuals and organizations all over the country.
About the Mission
The majority of Americans do not have enough in savings, for retirement, emergencies or other financial disasters. America Saves Week focuses on equipping people everywhere with the knowledge and support to build wealth, and not debt.
With the use of social media and local businesses, America Saves Week has created a community to help increase savings and bring hope to families and individuals across the nation. This mission (if you choose to accept it) involves 3 easy steps:
1. Set a Goal
The first step is to assess your savings progress, which asks a series of questions and offers tools to help find your answers. As you go down the list you may find you need to focus more on long term goals like retirement, or you might need to build up an adequate fund for emergencies.
You can also take a quick financial quiz to test your savings knowledge. Any choice you make will be the right one, there are no wrong answers. Knowledge creates opportunity. Some of the answers and statistics are very surprising and somewhat shocking.
2. Make a Plan
With the help of the America Saves community you can create a custom savings plan, with tips and advice through their newsletter. The tips they share can help you save money on food, clothing and other life expenses.
You can also listen to saving money messages from experts and wealth coaches. They share lots of simple, but inspiring strategies for paying down debt and building wealth.
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3. Save Automatically
America Saves Week encourages all Americans to maintain a savings balance of $500 – $1,000 for financial emergency situations. And the best way to complete this goal is to start saving automatically.
You can save each month by direct depositing money from your paycheck, or create an automatic withdrawal from your checking account. Small amounts build up over time, all you have to do is start!
Key Saving Strategies
On this mission there are 3 key money saving strategies.
- Pay off high interest debt
- Save for emergencies
- Save automatically every month
By following these key strategies you can improve your financial situation, and create a successful plan of action for your future. Another inspiring way to stay on track is to read saver stories. They are real people just like you and me, who are making a difference in their lives and in their futures.
How to Join and Participate
You can join America Saves Week by signing up for their free quarterly newsletter, which is full of money saving advice from national experts. Plus you get free access to the members-only Savers Tracking tool.
Next, head over to the America Saves Blog to read and interact with all the other savers. Your savings goal could go viral! Sharing your goal with the America Saves community will not only be encouraging, but ensure you stay on track. By reading other people’s stories and progress, you will be more inspired and more likely to save.
- Download the poster
- Write your savings goal
- Take a picture
- Post it to the Facebook wall or tweet your photo with the hashtag #ASW2012
- Promote the hashtag #ASW2012 in any savings or ASW-related content
- Share your #ASW2012 plans so everyone can Retweet your posts for support
- The ASW team will Tweet ASW-specific content on each day of the Week
Join America Saves Week by setting a goal, making a plan and saving automatically. Connect with other families, businesses and organizations to bring much needed hope to our country.
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