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How Are You Using Your SmartyPig?

I’ve been using SmartyPig for just two years. I’ve already saved for a short, weekend vacation, a new T.V. and graduate school books. Thanks SmartyPig – Jeane.

A trip to Italy! And Cannoli while i’m there. – Sam

I’m saving for nothing in particular. It’s always nice to know I have this money tucked away that I often times forget about! – Chase

I saved for an engagement ring with SmartyPig. I started 6 months after we’d been dating and was able to buy exactly what I wanted about a year and a half later – Tyler

Your Big Day and SmartyPig

imagesIt’s the best day of your life. The greatest party you’ll ever attend. And the cost is going up, again. In parts of the country some weddings are costing close to $75,000! And all wedding spending is up as of 2014, with 45% of those going over budget.

SmartyPig is an awesome place to save for a wedding. You can separate parts of your wedding into different goals, and share what you’d like with your social networks. When it comes time to cash out you can choose bridal retailers like and get up to 11% cash back. Lastly, cash is top of the wedding gift wish list these days. Friends and family can contribute to your wedding or honeymoon goals, and you can be on your way to a debt free marriage.

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman,

Freshmen Year Advice

imagesI’ve been out of college 10 years now, which is startling and a little sad. I got to thinking, there are so many things the post-collegiate me, wishes the freshman me, knew. Many of them have to do with finances. The folks at Yahoo Finance highlighted a few things that they would encourage every new college student to know and they are certainly worth the read.

Student loans are not free. You feel rich when that huge check comes in the mail, but you have to pay that baby back, and it’s not a free loan either. Credit card companies shouldn’t be your new BFF. Beware of debt, hidden fees, and the years of your life you may spend climbing out of the whole you created on new bar-clothes and drink tabs. Lastly, your major does matter and so does that internship. Take your selection very seriously – talk to recent graduates and your counselors. Be mindful of that degree choice and optimize your experiences in the professional space before your graduate. It’ll help you nail that first job and get your life off on the best foot possible.

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman,

Back to School Cash Back

pigAugust is just around the corner, and that means – backpacks, books, clothes and school supplies. These items can really add up. SmartyPig can help! By cashing out your back to school goal to one of our Retailer Gift Card providers like Old Navy or Staples, you can gift yourself cash back. Up to 11% back and that’s no small chunk of change. Learn more on our providers here and happy shopping!

How Are You Using Your SmartyPig?

We’ve been saving for a trip to Disney World with SmartyPig. We started off by collecting change in a jar. We quickly outgrew the jar and need “safer” collection methods. SmartyPig was the way to go! Can’t wait to take our trip next year. – Elizabeth

I use SmartyPig to save for my next car downpayment. I actually just bought a new car, but they payments are $100 lower than what I was paying previously, so I easily save that extra $100 a month. Hopefully I’ll have $5,000 by the time this car is paid off :) – Sarah

I’m saving for a trip to the beach! – John

SmartyPig is helping my kids save their allowance. They get some in cash each month, but some of it goes immediately into their SmartyPig accounts. – Cindy

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