Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education kicks off year of savings with Utah Saves Week

SALT LAKE CITY – February 25, 2019 – Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced that Utah is kicking off a savings-focused year with “Utah Saves Week” and urges Utahns to automate their savings.

Treasurer Damschen chairs the Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education, an organization comprised of more than 50 private and public entities that share a common mission to increase the financial capability of Utahns.

“A primary objective of the Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education is to support programs that empower individuals and families to achieve economic stability, opportunity and upward mobility,” Treasurer Damschen said. “Utah Saves Week serves as a good reminder for Utahns to automate their savings, while helping connect them with free information, tools and resources to help them attain their savings goals and navigate an increasingly complex financial world.”

Utah Saves is a tool that helps Utahns hold themselves accountable to their savings goals and receive free professional advice from online resources. Utahns are encouraged to pledge to save online at utahsaves.org to receive savings advice tailored specifically to their savings goals.

“You can start small with your savings goals and habits.  You just need to start somewhere,” Utah Saves Coordinator and AAA Fair Credit Foundation Executive Director Martha Wunderli said. “Some examples of savings goals include saving for a vacation, paying off a debt, purchasing a home and building your retirement nest egg. Creating good savings habits can have life-changing results over the long-term.”

Treasurer Damschen and the Council’s mascot, a dollar bill named Bill, will join Senator Dan Hemmert during floor time on Monday, February 25 and Representative Jeff Moss during floor time on Wednesday, February 27 for a reading of the Governor’s “Utah Saves Week” declaration.  

Utah Saves Week is February 25 – March 2, 2019. The Office of State Treasurer will share savings tips and information throughout the week on the Office’s Facebook and Twitter.  Utah Saves will also promote useful information and contests throughout the week on social media.