Foothills United Way Supports America Saves Week

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Whether it's saving for a new home, a college education or even your dream vacation, having the right methods of saving can help speed up the process of reaching your goal! That's why drawing attention and giving tips for success is so important! February 22-27 is America Saves Week: a national effort to set a savings goal, make a savings plan, and save automatically. Foothills United Way is proud to support America Saves Week and our community members looking for better ways to save. Read our latest PIE blog to get tons of different tips that will make saving a whole lot easier! And while you're at it, take the savings pledge in order to commit yourself to your goals!

Simple Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2016

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By Tammy Greynolds, America Saves Communication Coordinator

America Saves Week (February 22 – 27, 2016) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. The theme for this year’s America Saves Week is simple: Save Automatically.

Try these five simple steps during America Saves Week to help yourself save automatically – and successfully:

1. Assess Your Savings

Like your health, you should assess your savings annually to make sure your savings priorities are on the right track. Complete this simple 12-question assessment to find out your current standing and help you plan for the future.

2. Are Your Ready to Save?

Check off your savings accomplishments on the Saver Checklist to further evaluate where your savings habits need strengthening for your future goals.

3. Take The America Saves Pledge

Those with a savings plan are two times as likely to save for emergencies and retirement than those without one. Join more than 450,000 American Savers who have already committed to save. When you take the pledge, you can choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save towards your goals.

4. Share Your Savings Goal Images_2015-art_imsavingfor_imsavingfor_TwitterShare-Vv2

 Take part in the 2016 #imsavingfor Photo Contest. Share a selfie that shows what you’re saving for on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and enter the contest at http://americasavesweek.org/imsavingfor for a chance to win $500. Savings never looked so good.

5. Make Your Savings Social

Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Join America Saves in encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to save this week. Better yet, join one of the many Twitter chats that America Saves will be a part of this week to get real-time savings tips and advice.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education CouncilStarted in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

The Personal Investment Enterprise Program, a partnership between Foothills United Way and Boulder County Community Action Programs, provides tools that empower low-income individuals and families to save and build assets to strengthen their economic stability. To learn more about the program visitbouldercountypie.org. The first step in applying to the program is to attend an orientation meeting with Nino Gallo at Community Action Programs at Boulder County. Nino may be reached at 303-441-3998 or at ngallo@bouldercounty.org

Social Media Events for America Saves Week:

#ItPays2Wait with National Academy of Social Insurance

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 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 guest @AmericaSaves