With a persistently low personal savings rate, inadequate retirement savings and a frequent shortfall in emergency savings, Americans clearly need to "build wealth, not debt."
Although America Saves Week is intended to encourage institutions like employers, banks, credit unions and lenders to promote saving, it also seeks to encourage individuals to take charge of their finances.
When visiting the website, individuals can:
* See the humor in saving by viewing a variety of videos.
* Read or subscribe to monthly e-Wealth messages on a range of timely topics like Retirement Savings in a Bad Economy, Developing a Debt-Free Game Plan and Saving Your Tax Refund.
* Read the inspiring personal stories of ordinary individuals who have overcome a specific financial challenge. You can also submit your own story.
* Test your savings knowledge.
* Assess how you're doing.
America Saves Week is jointly sponsored by America Saves, which is managed by the Consumer Federation of America, and the American Savings Education Council (ASEC), which is managed by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI).
If you had to submit a story about your greatest savings challenge, past or present, what would it be about?