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Celebrate “America Saves Week” by Increasing Savings and Decreasing Expenses

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Haven’t you heard? This week is America Saves Week. From February 24 through March 2, a coalition of non-profit, corporate, and government groups are pushing a media campaign to encourage savings in various forms, from increasing money deposited into bank accounts to finding bargains and saving money on purchases. It’s a noble goal.

Building wealth starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal. Whatever goal you choose — whether it’s buying a car, buying a house, or getting out from under your debts — learn about proven savings strategies and get simple tips on the best ways to save.

The organization is targeting certain minorities or special interest groups with special sub-campaigns, too, such as Black America Saves, Hispanic America Saves, Military Saves, and Youth Saves.

For the rest of us, the main America Saves website offers suggestions for increasing savings and decreasing expenses.

Get Out of Debt

The first step in getting out of debt is to stop borrowing. To do that, you have to stop spending more than you earn. So, make a budget and cut out any expenses you can. It may help to cut up your credit cards or lock them away in a safe place… If your debts are too large, you may want to consider bankruptcy. Bankruptcy can give you a fresh start, but it is a serious step that can make it harder to get credit for years after you declare bankruptcy.

Savings and Investments

* Cut spending painlessly by finding small savings that add up to big savings over time, like The ECRD Factor.
* Comparison shop for necessary purchases.
* Restrain spending for birthdays and holidays.
* Automate your savings.
* Put your loose change into a high-yield savings account.
* Take advantage of employer-matching retirement plans if available.
* Build an emergency fund.

My bonus was deposited into my bank account this morning. I plan on celebrating America Saves Week by putting a large portion of the newly-found cash towards paying down my student loan.

Updated December 21, 2011 and originally published February 29, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Adfecto

I’m doing my part these days. I just posted about how I trimmed my monthly bills by $20+ with a couple phone calls yesterday. Today I calculated my Net Worth and during February I’ve trimmed my debt by $905 and grown my assets by $1,077. A few months ago I was running a deficit with negative cash flow so it certainly can be done. I hope this can inspire others to join the Americas Saves LIFESTYLE!

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avatar No Debt Plan

I think this is a good idea, but also a sad indicator of our society. We have to have a week to encourage us to save rather than just doing it on our own.

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