The Importance of Saving for the Future

Apr 8, 2019 | Financial Literacy, News

April is Financial Literacy Month, a great time to hone your financial wellness and an opportunity to reassess your savings goals. A lack of sufficient savings is a problem for many people in the United States. According to a Federal Reserve report, “Four in 10 adults, if faced with an unexpected expense of $400, would either not be able to cover it or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money.”

Using the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA)’s free Financial Literacy Program, you can explore the many online modules and calculators to help develop a plan to bolster your savings. Whether you’re saving for college or working to maintain an emergency fund, NAFSA’s Financial Literacy modules can help you asses your expenses and savings to create a plan.

 

Emergency Savings:

 

The Emergency Savings calculator, located in the Finances 101 playlist, is a simple way to create a visual graph of your current savings versus your recommended savings based on your monthly take-home income and expenses.

To use the calculator, you simply add in your take-home income and monthly expenses. The calculator will automatically calculate your monthly savings. From there, you decide how much money you feel comfortable putting towards your emergency savings fund and your current savings. You can also add your desired time, in years, to reach your savings goal.

Through the Financial Literacy Program, NAFSA provides financial literacy modules and tools with easy-to-understand information to help people better comprehend their finances and make more informed decisions.

Explore the program today: https://nafsa.everfi-next.net/

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