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Save Green Go Green event helps families save money and the environment!

Looking for sound financial advice? Does “going green” really save money? Local Tennessee Saves coalition members are hosting a Save Green Go Green event on Saturday, March 6th from 10:00AM-2:00PM at Hamilton Place mall. Community leaders will provide information and resources for families and individuals who are struggling with finances or want to learn more about conserving the resources they have. Exhibits and presentations will provide activities and resources for adults and youth at the lower level stage area near the food court.

“Tennessee Saves is excited to provide this free service for anyone who wants to know more about managing their finances and other resources,” says June Puett, with the University of Tennessee Extension and a local Tennessee Saves coalition member.  “Our partners will offer fun and information for the entire family, including our annual Piggy Bank Pageant.”

Community partners will offer credit and housing counseling, in addition to free financial planning and assessment tools. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will offer free tax preparation for households earning less than $49,000. Call 211 to schedule an appointment for the event and to locate other VITA sites.

Free demonstrations and presentations will include:

10:30 and 12:15 How to make a rain barrel- UT Extension Master Gardeners

11:00 How a “green” home saves cash- Cleveland State

11:15 Buying and keeping a home- Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise

11:30 New credit card laws- Consumer Credit Counseling

11:45 Finding the best car deal- Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

12:00 How to find employment in today’s economy- Southeast Tennessee Development District

Local 4-H club members and Girl Scouts will display piggy banks they constructed to encourage savings. The public can vote for their favorite bank from 10:00-12:30 with winners announced at 1:00.

Cleveland State Community College energy program will offer homeowners “hands-on” ways to save money on utility cost with models of home energy options while promoting a new “green technology” career training program. Information on new low and no-cost home weatherization loans for low and moderate income families will be available from Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

Financial institutions Dupont Community Credit Union, Suntrust Bank, and Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union will offer low cost account information and discuss best savings and credit options. United Way’s 211 resource location service will display sources for helping struggling families meet basic needs. The University of Tennessee Extension will provide information on identifying home hazards, gardening and financial education.

The event will celebrate the fourth annual Tennessee Saves Week which motivates people of all ages and incomes to “start small, think big” when it comes to saving money. Tennessee Saves, a local affiliate of the America Saves campaign, has made significant progress in the last seven years, helping over 16,000 Tennesseans to save money and reduce debt. “People are feeling the financial crunch,” says Ms. Puett. “They want to improve their savings behavior and better manage their finances. We’re fortunate to have program partners and sponsors who collaborate to provide opportunities such as this event to help families make their money last longer.”

Other Tennessee Saves partners include America Saves, Consumer Federation of America, and Southern Credit Union. Contact June Puett with University of Tennessee Extension at 855-6113 or jpuett@utk.edu for more information on Save Green Go Green and other financial education programs.

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