Chittenden County Saves Week June 15-21!

The CASH Coalition of Chittenden County is sponsoring a week of events in celebration of savings! There will be free workshops, classes, and activities to promote the benefit of saving money. New this year--Chittenden County Saves Night at the Lake Monsters! Join us at Centennial Field in Burlington on June 17. The first 250 kids through the gate receive a VHEIP piggybank!

Whether you are saving to buy your first home or planning for your retirement, there are many benefits that come from developing the habit of putting money away for the future.

  • Saving reduces stress and gives you more control.
  • Saving protects you from the unexpected.
  • Saving is easy, but you have to begin.
  • Saving, even a small amount, will lead to success!

All classes are free and available at locations throughout Chittenden County. Below is a list of classes and more details on the Lake Monsters game!

Monday, June 16

The Pennywise Pantry - 6-8 p.m., City Market, 82 South Winooski Ave., Burlington

Learn how to shop for fresh, long-lasting and nutritious foods in produce and bulk. With this interactive and hands-on tour, we'll explore the produce and bulk departments and learn a simple method for finding the best value on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans by paying attention to the price per pound. You'll learn tips for selecting and storing these foods at home to get the longest use out of them.

To register, email from this web site: Questions: (802) 861-9700

Spend Smart - 6-8 p.m., Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, 255 So. Champlain St., Burlington

Before you save, you will need to find the money to direct to your savings. Spend Smart will help by making you a better manager of your spending. The class will cover setting financial goals, tracking expenses and learning to budget.

To register, email: Questions: (802) 860-1417 ext. 114

Tuesday, June 17

Tax Strategies for the Self Employed - 10-11:15 a.m., IRS & Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, 255 So. Champlain St., Burlington

In this workshop we will discuss tax issues for the self-employed. Topics covered include the basics of recordkeeping and forms and tax computation for self-employed individuals. Information on the Earned Income Tax Credit will be covered. The EITC can reduce the burden of the self-employment tax for working families. Pre-registration is required.

To register, email Questions: (802) 989-7439

Chittenden County Saves Night at the Lake Monsters - 7:05 p.m., Centennial Field, Burlington

Gates open at 6 p.m. The first 250 kids receive a VHEIP piggybank at the gate! Standard gate prices apply. The event is brought to you by the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, administered by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

For more information on VHEIP, go to


Wednesday, June 18

Frugal Fridge - 10-11 a.m., City Market, 82 South Winooski Ave., Burlington

The Frugal Fridge tour complements the Pennyswise Pantry shopping tour. This tour focuses on how to shop for healthy, affordable foods once you leave the produce and bulk departments and enter the grocery aisles and perishables coolers. We'll learn to become savvy label readers as we shop for nourishing, long-lasting foods that contain five ingredients or fewer.

To register, email this web site: Questions: (802) 861-9700


Investment 101 - 6-7:30 p.m., Northfield Savings Bank, Champlain Housing Trust, 88 King St., Burlington

Come learn about different investment options in a no-pressure environment. What's the difference between a mutual fund and traditional stocks? How does long-term insurance work? What is an annuity? What are some low-risk options? Should I do anything different with my 401K from my last job?

To register, email Questions: (802) 485-5267


Thursday, June 19

Keeping the Gold in Your Golden Years - 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington 

Spend time now and get your personal finances on track to cover future retirement expenses. In this wide-ranging workshop offered by the Vermont State Treasurer's Office, you'll learn what to take into account in determining how much money you will need to be financially secure in retirement. We'll discuss personal strategies for covering retirement expenses including: the role of Social Security, personal savings, employer-sponsored retirement plans, and part-time employment. Each participant receives a free retirement planning workbook. Feel free to bring you bag lunch to the session. Space is limited. This workshop is for people who have not yet retired.

To register, email or call the City of Burlington's HR Front Desk at (802) 865-7145

Money Management - 1-3 p.m., Champlain Housing Trust, 88 King Street, Burlington 

Money management isn't just about the numbers. In this class we'll discuss how your habits and attitudes can affect your spending, why it's important to budget, what barriers make budgeting a challenge and how to get more of what you want.

To pre-register, email Questions: (802) 861-7331


Introduction to Saving - 6-8 p.m., Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, 255 South Champlain Street, Burlington

This class gives you practical information and the tools you'll need to begin successfully saving. It covers compound interest, types of accounts and financial institutions, and the key steps to getting savings underway.

To register, email: Questions: (802) 860-1417 ext. 114


Friday, June 20

Save on Education Goals: Grants for Adults - 1:30-3:30 p.m., VSAC Educational Opportunity Center, 10 East Allen Street, Winooski 

Attend this workshop at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the state financial aid agency, to learn about grants, scholarships, and loans available to help pay for the costs of education and training after high school and the free services that can help you explore careers, education and financial aid.

To register, call (802) 655-9602 and ask for Outreach


Saturday, June 21

Money Game - 9 a.m.-Noon, Burlington Housing Authority, held at 88 King Street, Burlington

The Money Game teaches kids about money and investing in a way that is relevant, effective and fun! The game promotes financial literacy as an essential life skill and aims to empower individuals to become financially free. As a simulation game, the kids will get to earn, handle, and invest "money" like they will as an adult--while having fun!

To register, email: Questions: (802) 864-0528 ext. 227 

Saving to Buy a Home - 10 a.m. - Noon, Champlain Housing Trust, 88 King Street, Burlington

For many, buying a home is a dream - but so many things can make that dream such a challenge. This interactive workshop will help participants understand what is required to buy a home and the methods and resources that can help, including special programs you may not hear about anywhere else!

To register, email: Questions: (802) 861-7331

New American Savings Class - 1-3 p.m., O'Brien Community Center, 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski

This session is geared toward immigrants and refugees who have relocated to the Burlington area. This class gives you the practical information and tools you need to begin successful saving. It covers compound interest, types of accounts and financial institutions, and the key steps to getting savings underway.

To register, email: Questions: (802) 860-1417 ext. 114



The CASH Coalition is a coalition of non-profits, banks, credit unions, and other local organizations dedicated to assisting low- and moderate-income Chittenden County residents in achieving their financial goals through free tax assistance and asset-building opportunities. Coalition members include the United Way, Champlain Housing Trust, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Northfield Savings Bank, Opportunities Credit Union, City of Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office, Internal Revenue Service, Hunger Free Vermont, and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.