America Saves Week Factoid: There’s $15 Billion in Your Couches

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I just learned three things: 1) There’s something called America Saves Week. 2) We’re in the middle of America Saves Week (February 20-27, 2011). 3) According to the America Saves Week website (and the U.S. Treasury), Americans collectively have $15 billion in loose change hanging around their homes, cars, nightstands, purses, pants pockets, piggie banks, and, of course, underneath the couch cushions.

For more factoids and insights into saving, take the America Saves Week quiz, where you can learn, for example:

According to one recent survey, the typical amount Americans spent last year on unexpected expenditures was $2000. Surprisingly, lower-income households in the survey cited the same amount.