Make a Plan: How to Save

When it comes to saving money, the sooner you start, the better. It's not an act that's accomplished overnight, but a process that happens gradually and grows over time. Just remember, Start Small, Think Big.

Making ends meet can be a challenge. And in today's tough economy, you may wonder how it's possible to spare anything. But any amount saved - a quarter, a dollar - is progress. Those quarters and dollars add up. As you get into the habit of routinely "paying into your savings" you'll see the money you're setting aside grow.

Five Saving Strategies

Not sure what you should be saving for? Get started with one of our top five savings strategies.

Savings Tips

54 ways to cut back spending and save some cash.

Finding Money to Save

Find out how small amounts saved each month can equal large yearly savings.

Saving on a Tight Budget

Here are our top ten tips for saving money when budgets are tight.

Financial Products

Not sure where to put the money you save? These accounts can help keep your money safe, secure, and growing.

Saving with U.S. Savings Bonds

Setting money aside for the future is an important step toward reaching your long-term goals, whether that means saving for your child’s college education or preparing for a more comfortable retirement. Learn how convenient saving can be with Treasury securities.

Saving at Tax Time

Receiving a refund this tax season? Learn how to use that money to pay down debt and save instead of buying something you might not really need.

Tip of the Day

  • Shop around for auto and homeowners' insurance: Before renewing your existing policies, check out the rates of competing companies whose annual premiums could be several hundred dollars lower. 

Pledge to Save

I pledge to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth over time. I will encourage my family and friends to do the same

Pledge to Save

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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Involving Kids in Family Finances

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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From Shopaholic to Saver

Many of us spend too much money on things we don’t need, but we don’t always know why. It’s easy to get a quick fix from retail therapy, but before we know it, our hard-earned money is gone. Oftentimes, when we engage in a “shopaholic” lifestyle or sporadic shopping sprees, we still experience feelings of emptiness, but to make it worse, we now have debt, too.

Khanmany was a shopaholic who turned everything around. She is active duty Navy and shares, “I was spending too much on things I didn't need. I was going shopping for no reason and was trying to fill a void. I was running up every credit card I owned to include Victoria's Secret, Military Star, Navy Federal, TJ Maxx, JCPenney, Macy's, USAA, and was only paying the minimum payments.”

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