Virginia Governor Recognizes America Saves Week

Virginia Saves Week

February 25 – March 2, 2013
Set A Goal.  Make A Plan.  Save Automatically. 

These are the key components of America Saves Week, a national effort to encourage personal savings. The Virginia Saves campaign aligns with the messages and the timing launching on Monday, February 25 and running until March 2. 

Virginia Saves offers numerous opportunities for individuals to assess their savings status and build their own plans for greater financial security. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also supports the campaign and has issued a proclamation to recognize Virginia Saves Week for citizens in the Commonwealth.

Key savings strategies include:

·       Save a portion of your refund: Tax time is a great opportunity to boost your savings using a portion of your tax refund.

·       Pay off high-interest debt: Too much debt can create a barrier to savings.  Eliminate high cost credit card payments and redirect money to your savings account.

·       Save for emergencies:  Everyone faces unexpected expenses or repairs. Emergency funds help you to weather the financial storms of life.

·       Make Savings Automatic: Save regularly through payroll deduction or automatic transfer to a separate savings account. 

Individuals are encouraged to join the campaign and pledge to save.  If you have previously joined the campaign, we encourage you to re-commit to save and take the pledge, see
Virginia Savers receive e-newsletters periodically and access to online tools to help you reduce debt and watch your money grow. New savers in Virginia will also be entered in a quarterly drawing for a $50 Visa gift card. 
The highly popular Piggy Bank Pageant for youth is also underway across the Commonwealth. A panel of judges will select winners from two categories. Cash prizes are supplied courtesy of Virginia Housing Development Authority.  The deadline for entries is March 31, 2013.

You will also find Virginia Saves tips on: Facebook, Twitter and Blogspot.
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