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America Saves Week

It's a Week-Long Holiday! America Saves Week

Apparently, it's America Saves Week, and while I didn't find out until late last night it's never too late to celebrate saving! The purpose of the initiative is to raise awareness and encourage our nation of non-savers to develop a plan that will fire up our savings. You can view videos and savings strategies on the website, test your savings knowledge (did you know that families with a plan save nearly twice as much as families without one?), and assess your savings progress.

In honor of the celebration, let's all try and do at least one thing to save money this week like bringing our lunch on a day that we usually buy it. Do any of you want to share any saving success stories that make you feel proud and accomplished?

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fadedblue fadedblue 8 years
I've deemed this my year of savings and learning to be financially responsible =). Finally opened a savings account (money sitting in checking is just too easy to spend =\) and also started a Roth IRA.
will205 will205 8 years
i am new to saving my money, and in order to really get started, i had to go the elementary route: i am saving my pennies. i have been doing it since september, putting every spare penny i acquire and/or find into a salsa jar. i have recently moved from a salsa jar into a piggy bank, and have been quite dutiful at it. this has been the best way for me to start off saving on my own (i have a savings account with my mother that she started for me when I was seven) and i plan to roll all the pennies when it's full and start all over again. it may seem simple, but it's working for me right now!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I think the biggest thing I do to save money is to dine-in whenever possible. Both lunch and dinner! It takes some discipline and time, but in the end it is healthier and saves you lots of money. Time and energy well spent!
hotstuff hotstuff 8 years
I've been doing this for years now: I empty out the change in all my bags and coats put them in a jar every week and at the end of the year I have hundreds sometimes close to a thousand dollars. When I go shopping I save the loose change they give back. So I hardly ever need extra money for Christmas shopping! It really works and it's money you would never miss anyways.
kristennn kristennn 8 years
I decided to actually bring my lunch to work this week instead of going out to eat all the time, and I've actually stuck to it so far! Gonna see if I can hold out the rest of the week.
krazykarot krazykarot 8 years
I've been trying to save for an upcoming vacation to England and generally I've done quite well although I've had a few slips here and there. I had been doing quite well at bringing my lunch for two or so weeks but last week I had a hard time of it. It does make a huge difference though. Also I've just reevaluated my spending. I tried to make a rule of absolutely no unnecessary spending and that surprisingly lasted for a few weeks, but again very tough to do. So instead I just take my time while shopping to give myself a lot more time to think and evaluate what I can ultimately afford.
krazykarot krazykarot 8 years
I've been trying to save for an upcoming vacation to England and generally I've done quite well although I've had a few slips here and there.I had been doing quite well at bringing my lunch for two or so weeks but last week I had a hard time of it. It does make a huge difference though. Also I've just reevaluated my spending. I tried to make a rule of absolutely no unnecessary spending and that surprisingly lasted for a few weeks, but again very tough to do. So instead I just take my time while shopping to give myself a lot more time to think and evaluate what I can ultimately afford.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I've been bringing lunches for at least 2 months now and I can't believe how much better it is on my wallet. I've always brought lunch at least twice a week but now that I bring it almost every day, it really makes a difference.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well...my story takes me back a few years when i was in college and i had just come back from studying abroad. i wanted to go and visit my boyfriend who lived in london so i made this rule to myself. i had $10 to spend a DAY and whatever money i had left over i would put in a jar and that would be the $$ i used to fly to london. well...living in NYC - that's a hard amount to stick to at times, knowing that it's rather expensive to do most things - but some how i managed to save enough $$ in just a couple months to fly there. (thank goodness for inexpensive Virgin Atlantic Tickets)now i'm trying to do something similar - avoiding taking cabs (unless my company pays for it) and avoiding eating out at all costs...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well...my story takes me back a few years when i was in college and i had just come back from studying abroad. i wanted to go and visit my boyfriend who lived in london so i made this rule to myself. i had $10 to spend a DAY and whatever money i had left over i would put in a jar and that would be the $$ i used to fly to london. well...living in NYC - that's a hard amount to stick to at times, knowing that it's rather expensive to do most things - but some how i managed to save enough $$ in just a couple months to fly there. (thank goodness for inexpensive Virgin Atlantic Tickets) now i'm trying to do something similar - avoiding taking cabs (unless my company pays for it) and avoiding eating out at all costs...
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