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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
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Celebrate Saving!

It's time to light the candles, make a wish and celebrate saving money. This week is America Saves Week -- a nationwide celebration and campaign to encourage people to save money. Why save money? I had this question asked of me just last night, and it's a good question. To me saving money is about anticipating good things in the future:

  • a special activity with my family,
  • a larger purchase than I can afford with one paycheck,
  • the ability to pay for expected "unexpected" expenses without having to use credit, and
  • a time in my life when I won't be working everyday but still will have financial security (retirement).

The best strategy I know to save is to start NOW and to save REGULARLY. America Saves can help you do this. When you enroll (for FREE) you will set a saving goal; research shows that writing your goal will help you achieve it. Once you've enrolled you will receive a free newsletter and access to other encouragements to keep saving regularly. What do you have to lose? Give it a try! Enroll today.

Looking for tips on how to find money to save? Visit the Plan Well, Retire Well website and read the Start Saving section.

More savings tips can be found at the University of Illinois Extension's Getting Through Tough Financial Times website.

Start saving today and join me in celebrating America Saves Week.

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