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Introducing SparkSavings.com

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Monday, March 22, 2010



Hi everyone

We've very excited to announce our newest site, SparkSavings.com. At SparkSavings we have modified the goal setting and achievement approach from SparkPeople to help members with personal finance and savings goals!

At SparkSavings you can:
- Create and maintain a monthly budget
- Track your daily expenses to measure against your budget
- Set savings goals and track your savings
- Get great personal finance articles and calculators
- Interact on message boards and Teams dedicated to personal finance

We launched SparkSavings for a few reasons. The first is that many members have identified money as a reason for causing emotional eating and other issues with their healthy lifestyle program. Another is that we know that when you set and achieve goals in one area of your life, like health, you are more likely to set and reach goals in other areas. This "criss-cross effect" can help in many ways, including saving so you can spend your money on what makes you happiest!

Since we feel SparkSavings can help all our members in one way or another we are giving 25 SparkPoints for checking the site out. Just visit SparkSavings and fill out your monthly budget to get your points. This new SparkPoints task is listed at the bottom of the "One Time Challenges" section of SparkPoints. As with our other sites such as dailySpark and SparkRecipes you can use your same SparkPeople.com login at SparkSavings.

Finally, if you have any questions or suggestions for SparkSavings we suggest you visit and post to the Site/Technical Help Forum at SparkSavings.

Dave H.
SparkPeople.com
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SERENITY914 2/3/2014 5:02PM

    I would love more than anything if this was made into an app. I don't always have the chance to get on my computer and would love an app so I can use this while on the go. Wonderful site!

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PATTYCAKE17 2/10/2013 2:08PM

    I have been practicing "SAFE SPENDING" for years now, and always appreciate reminders and new inspirational ways to stretch my dollar further. emoticon for a new site that is bound to help so many and me too! emoticon

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MYSTERY-LADY1 6/10/2012 5:00PM

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PHEONIX81 5/24/2012 5:41PM

  i really like that you have this tool. i think that it will really help me keep at my life goals...which for some reason all need money =)

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ROSSWILSON 4/16/2011 2:32AM

  I love Sparksavings.com and especially monthly budget planning features and ability to set our own financial goals to be able to track them easily. Thanks for this useful resource.

Regards

Ros
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CAMINODELCIELO 3/2/2011 4:19PM

  Thank you! I agree with Happy Patty, how secure is the site, etc...
But if it is secure, it is a great help!

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ILUVTHE80S 11/19/2010 10:32AM

    Thanks. This will be a big help!

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MINIMILI 11/4/2010 10:23PM

  My husband was wishing out loud the other day that I tracked our finances the way I track my food and workouts!! emoticon

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AMELIALOUISA 7/13/2010 1:54AM

  It's pretty ingenious if you think about it. They can see what you are spending/earning as well as what you eat... But, I'll take the red pill. It's all good! :)

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KGEBERT 6/30/2010 11:26PM

    wishing you had a direct link from sparkpeople.com i somehow stumbled onto this new site but couldnt figure out how to get back to it! thanks for listening!

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PURPLETTE 5/14/2010 11:53AM

  hgfh

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CTRAJDOS 5/13/2010 12:09PM

    I would love to be able to track any savings in or out not just in. I dip into my travel fund often but I dont want to set specific travel goals because you never know when something will come up. Is there anyway to put a tracker that will track over all account balances? I dont know if this is useful or not but its the way I like to do it. Cheers

Comment edited on: 5/13/2010 12:09:44 PM

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NIKEIT2011 5/5/2010 7:41PM

    This probably has NOTHING to do with sparksavings but somehow I downloaded a "Personal Antivirus Program" trojan while I was on sparksavings.com. Nasty virus but easily gotten rid of (system restore works great).

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JWSIAGHA 5/5/2010 1:00PM

    its great!
will it be made available as an iphone app?
Also, can there be a direct link from the sparkpeople web page?


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THINMOMMAGN 4/23/2010 8:02AM

    Thanks for keeping us on track in so many ways!! emoticon

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HAPPYPATTY1 4/15/2010 11:13AM

    Is there a place where we can get questions answered? Like how secure is the site? (This is pretty personal stuff!)

Thanks - great idea...

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MZSUD2011 4/14/2010 8:49PM

    I love the new spark savings site. It is so neat. I have been using it for two days with much success.

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FREEDOMSTAR 4/12/2010 10:13PM

    should we use same spark name will our finance details be made public?

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PEACED13 4/11/2010 1:11PM

    After reading this. I started transfering money to another account. So We can Start Saving money. We are looking at buying the House (we are living in). Can save as much money as we can.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/10/2010 3:33PM

    You are always improving your site, this makes me want to improve myself as i want to use every feature you come up with! ;0)

Well done!

Dutchie

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SHANTRA 4/9/2010 3:55PM

    I really love this. It will be a terrific aid in keeping track of our money day to day. Can I get to it direct from Sparkpeople though?

And I agree there needs to be a way to enter ACTUAL wages received rather than a set amount as it varies a little for us as does my husbands VA pension.

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PENTACLE9 4/9/2010 1:46PM

    The articles are great. emoticon But I can't seem to stay on the site. After each article it always switches back to sparkpeople.

Comment edited on: 4/9/2010 2:11:43 PM

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DEE845 4/9/2010 10:01AM

    I am participating in a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Course now. This helps keep his principles as a priority. They are:
1. $1000 in Emergency Fund.
2. Pay debt off starting with the lowest amount and work up.
3. Save 3-6 month income.
4. Put 15% in retirement place.
5. Pay house off.
6. Build wealth.

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PAULACOLLINS 4/9/2010 9:31AM

    Absolutely love it! I had been doing a budget and spending log for the past three months but this is so much easier. My only suggestion would be that there be some way to enter the actual amount of income for the month. I do love it though--thank you! emoticon

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PAXSEEKER 4/8/2010 2:12PM

    Thank you so much for creating this additional Sparktool! Perfect.

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IMEMINE1 4/5/2010 3:11PM

    Can't wait to check it out

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NAILAH09 4/5/2010 10:14AM

    Sparksavings is a great tool!

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BRAVEONE92 4/4/2010 10:10PM

    When I think that there could not be another wonderful program, offered by SPARKPEOPLE, then this amazing program is offered.
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emoticon , this program will help so many, with the economy being as it is. Also, helping others to make sound judgements on their money matters.

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KESTRIE 4/4/2010 9:49PM

    Going to check it out right now :)

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ROCKSTARK8 4/3/2010 5:16PM

    I just started using it and I really need it. My spending is as out of control as my eating was! I now realize that just as counting calories was the answer to my weight issues, counting money is the answer to my spending issues.

Thank you so much for this tool. I feel another great life change coming on!

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DLCOLE625 4/2/2010 12:59PM

  Boy.. did I need this...realizingmore and more how connected my financial well bing and emotions related to my food consumption!!! emoticon

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CAHUNO2 4/2/2010 12:51PM

    Great idea - I'll look into it! emoticon

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MAR3NEZ 4/2/2010 4:44AM

  Thanks for keeping an eye on the continuum of development of our community. You are right about crossover goals. Bless you for your support.

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LINDYPOWER 4/1/2010 8:26PM

    WOW I always get what I need. Thank you so much. in loving kindness, Linda

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MEDIAMS7 4/1/2010 7:54PM

    emoticon A bright cheery, (not default spreadsheet) budget tracker -- Yay!

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LITTLEBIRCH 4/1/2010 5:35PM

    Terrific. I had been doing tracking on an Excel spreadsheet and the SparkSavings is much much better --and even more fun. Thanks

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TLN-NOW 4/1/2010 3:08PM

    This ROCKS!!!! I can hardly wait to start! ...and I'm off!!!
YAY!!!! emoticon

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KOMA0603 4/1/2010 1:18PM

    This a great new site. I hope that they put more articles on the site

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KEIRSDON4 4/1/2010 12:17PM

    I was so happy when i seen the sparksavings.com site yyaaayyy emoticon

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JEANKME 4/1/2010 11:50AM

  How do I get started on this program. I have a hard time getting info. I need to get started on a budget. My incom is very low and I have my 12 year old great granddaughters living with me. Any way you can help me get to this site would be appreciated.
Jean

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 3/31/2010 4:38PM

    I need all the help I can get in the $$$ dept.
Rhonda

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DIANE7786 3/31/2010 4:17PM

    Does the info we enter end up on the Internet as all of our messsages do? It sounds like a great idea but I really don't want my money info in cyperspace!

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JGSLIMMER 3/31/2010 3:32PM

    Love the site! Thanks!!!

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AFSKINNER 3/30/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks for this! I have been trying to do this on my own and failing miserably! If it is as good as SparkPeople, I am sure it will have out finances straightened out and working towards debt free/savings in no time!

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BROWNIE223 3/30/2010 12:00PM

    Thanks, I'll check it out

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ELIZABETH-H 3/29/2010 5:39PM

    This is Good, but, would love a UK version please

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BRANAUBREY 3/29/2010 4:16PM

    Absolutely love this!

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CHKAL1029 3/29/2010 10:51AM

    I love how SparkPeople works, so I am all for trying SparkSavings... I need all the help I can get!!! Thanks!

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JEWITCH 3/28/2010 4:23PM

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SHAMELESSHUSSY 3/28/2010 2:59PM

    Oh my god! I spent months scanning online for a financial community, always thinking "why can't there just be a money site like sparkpeople?" You guys are amazing. Opened my first savings account as an adult just Friday. Perfect timing. So excited, so grateful, so motivated!

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