Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management Encourages Consumers to Pay Down Debt and Save for a Rainy Day

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America Saves Campaign Promoting Wealth Building Launches February 19-26, 2012

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Reducing debt and building wealth will pay big dividends in the end.

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (Springboard) is encouraging consumers to jump start their savings program by participating in America Saves Week, the campaign that occurs annually to encourage better savings habits among all Americans. This year, America Saves Week is recognized February 19-26. Research indicates that most Americans today are not saving adequately for retirement, and most lower-income households do not have adequate emergency savings for unexpected expenditures. Springboard is proud to be one of the participating organizations behind America Saves Week. Joining Springboard in supporting this important initiative is Riverside Mayor Ron O. Loveridge, who encourages all Americans to make saving for the future a priority.

“It’s never too late to begin good financial habits,” said Melinda Opperman, senior vice president for Springboard. “Reducing debt and building wealth will pay big dividends in the end. America Saves Week is the perfect time to get started,” said Opperman.

Springboard encourages consumers all year long to take financial action through saving, debt reduction, and wealth building. “Although many believe that low and moderate-income families cannot afford to save and build wealth, research shows that there are ‘savers’ and ‘spenders’ in all income levels,” said Opperman. Research shows that families that have a savings plan in place save about twice as much as those with no plan.

“Put your plan in writing – something magical happens when a goal is written down. The brain starts working on solutions and you become emotionally committed,” said Opperman.
Springboard has developed useful online tools to help consumers reach their savings goal. Consumers can access our America Saves Week website for effective how-to-save-tactics, savings calculators, online courses, videos, worksheets and budget planners.

To learn more about America Saves or to test your savings knowledge visit, http://credit.org/blog/americasavesweek. If you need help putting your financial life in order, reach out to a trained and certified financial counselor. Call Springboard toll-free at 800-449-9818, or go online to http://www.credit.org.

About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800-449-9818 or visit their web site at http://www.credit.org.

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