Tennessee Saves Week Is March 17-23

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thousands of local people will celebrate Tennessee Saves Week during March 17-23 by taking steps to improve their financial wellbeing.  The Chattanooga area Tennessee Saves coalition encourages people of all ages and incomes to take this opportunity to set some sound financial goals.

According to University of Tennessee Extension Agent June Puett, this is the eighth year for the celebration. “Our local partners create new and exciting ways to encourage people to save money. This year is no exception.

” says Ms. Puett.   One goal of Saves Week is to illustrate how easy and fun saving money can be. Ms. Puett shares some of these suggestions:

  • Take the Tennessee Saves Pledge. Set a savings or debt reduction goal. Choose to receive free emails or texts with savings tips. More than 25,000 local people have taken the pledge.  
  • Vote for your favorite piggy bank in Pigs on Parade. Thirty-four organizations decorated piggy banks and invite the public to help select their favorites. 
  • Visit the free Chattanooga Chamber Expo at the Convention Center on March 19 between 10:00-2:30. Learn about ways to shop local and save. Stop by the Tennessee Saves booth and vote for Pigs on Parade.
  • Get your tax prepared for free at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites if you earned less than 52,000 last year. Call 211 or 311 to find locations in Hamilton and Bradley counties. 
  • Attend free classes to fine tune your money skills. Make Your Dollar Holler will be held on April 30 and Have the Credit Blues? class will take place on April 22.  Both classes will held from 2:00-4:00pm and repeated at 6:00-8:00pm. Call the University of Tennessee Extension office at 855-6113 to register.

Help teenagers learn good money skills by volunteering to co-teach the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? program at area high school.

Tennessee Saves is an umbrella for financial literacy programs in the Chattanooga area. Community partners conduct year round social marketing and educational programs for youth and adults. Contact June Puett with University of Tennessee Extension at jpuett@utk.edu or by phone at 855-6113. Tennessee Saves is affiliated with the national America Saves campaign that encourages people to save money. Saves Week activities were made possible by a Consumer Federation of America and Bank of America grant. Activities are not limited to Tennessee residents. 


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