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HandFF Radio Savings focus of America Saves Week
WASHINGTON (2/19/10)--To celebrate the first day of America Saves Week, Sunday's H&FF Radio program touts the benefits of saving with a look at the America Saves program, saving tips for upward mobility, emergency savings funds, and Military Saves Week. Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. ET on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 90 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA's websites. Sunday's show, which you also can hear later via the Internet, features Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:
* "America Saves Week." Charles Lowery, acting director, Military Saves campaign sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America, Washington, D.C., describes the America Saves program and the importance of year-long saving to individuals and the economy. * "A Penny Saved Is Mobility Earned: Becoming an Early and Habitual Saver Leads to Upward Socio-Economic Mobility." Dr. Reid Cramer, director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C., demonstrates the relationship between savings and movement up the income ladder. * "Military Saves." David Julian, a retired Naval commander representing the defense department, Washington, D.C., shares how the military became involved with America Saves and what military personnel and family members can do to start building that nest egg. * "Build Your Emergency Savings Fund." Robert Pagliarini, president, Pacifica Wealth Inc., Los Angeles, presents a simple--and effective---technique to evaluate your spending and help build savings to cover life’s little emergencies, such as a leaking hot water heater, a flat tire, or junior’s broken tooth.
Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; Western Corporate FCU (WesCorp) and its member credit unions; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve the country worldwide. For more information, read “Stop Denying, Start Saving to Cope with Infrequent Expenses,” and view the “Investing: Dollar-Cost Averaging” video in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.
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