Association of Military Banks of America

Combining Financial Action and Education to Help You Reach Your Goals

During Military Saves Week, over 500 installations, organizations and financial institutions  around the country encouraged servicemembers and their families to take control of their financial futures by taking financial action.  Military Saves Week may be over but your journey to becoming a successful saver is just beginning.  Military Saves and Money Smart Week are teaming up to help you achieve your saving goals.

The concept is simple and easy,

  1. Take Action – pledge or re-pledge to save today
  2. Attend an Event- find a Money Smart Week event in your area to learn more about saving to help you realize your saving goals
  3. Spread the Word – share your savings efforts with friends and family and with Military Saves

You can take financial action and make a personal commitment to save by taking the Military Saves pledge.  As a committed saver you’ll receive a monthly newsletter with helpful articles on saving strategies and resources, and information through Twitter and Facebook.

Additionally, increased education can help you realize your goals.  Money Smart Week, April 5 – April 12, is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.

“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

Money Smart Week events are open to the public throughout the country on topics including kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement.  With more than 3,000 events and 130,000 participants from around the country, you will not be alone in your saving efforts.

Or join the Money Smart Scavenger Hunt!  Players will be asked to photograph themselves accomplishing a provided list of tasks such as “check out a money related book at your local library, “high-five your banker,” or “attend a Money Smart Week event.”  Complete the tasks and earn points to win prizes.

To learn more about Money Smart Week visit, www.moneysmartweek.org

By Joanne Martonik, America Saves Campaigns and Outreach Associate