The America Saves Week is from Feb. 20 through 27. It is a week for us to encourage citizens to Build Wealth Not Debt. If your goal is to Build Wealth Not Debt, Kansas Saves is a program to help.


The America Saves Week is from Feb. 20 through 27. It is a week for us to encourage citizens to Build Wealth Not Debt. If your goal is to Build Wealth Not Debt, Kansas Saves is a program to help.

It is designed to help you set goals, provide motivation and information for those goals.

Who is a Kansas Saver?

• Anyone who agrees to work toward a savings goal, such as home ownership, school tuition, retirement or even debt repayment. Kansas Savers set goals of as little as $10 and try to save that amount each month.

Why should I save?

• To provide funds for emergency expenditures.

• To afford a home, education, investments, or other products or goals that will help improve your lifetime standard of living.

• To gain peace of mind.

What membership benefits are available to me at no cost?

• Introductory Build Wealth Not Debt brochure.

• An annual subscription to America Saver , published four times a year.

• Encouragement to save and reduce debt now for a better future.

So what does it cost me?

No money. Your only obligation is to develop a specific savings goal, select an account, make a deposit in this account each month, or make a debt payment, and let us know you are working toward your savings goal.

How do I become a Kansas Saver?

• Complete the “I want to be a Kansas Saver” at www.americasaves.org/kansas/.

Who controls my savings account?

• You do.

Who is sponsoring the program?

• Kansas Saves is supported by a broad coalition of educational, nonprofit, governmental and business groups across the state. In your community, the program is brought to you by the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service, a publicly funded, educational network linking local extension offices, state land-grant universities, Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research. Education, and Extension Service, Kansas Saves is a part of America Saves, a national social marketing campaign designed to encourage people to save and reduce debt.

Susan M. Jackson is the Harvey County Extension agent, family and consumer sciences and community development.