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Thrift Week encourages Floridians to start saving


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Gov. Rick Scott, along with the Florida Cabinet, has sponsored a resolution recognizing January 17 to 23 as Florida Thrift Week.

“The motivation behind Florida Thrift Week is to encourage all Floridians to learn and implement the value of thrifting and steps towards long-term financial success,” said Tasha Carter, director of consumer services for the Department of Financial Services.

Carter’s department is partnering with the James Madison Institute, a Florida-based research and educational organization, and their mission is keeping people informed about their government, and teaching youths the value of thrift.

The institute has entitled a supplemental curriculum called “All About the Benjamins: Understanding the Value of Thrift,” which has been distributed among high school students, and it includes success stories of people who have faithfully practiced acts of thrift.

For families, Carter recommends reviewing their budgets during Thrift Week to determine areas in need of saving. Parents are also encouraged to teach the value of thrift to their children.

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