May 16, 2011 - Vacation: budgets, fun & a better Christmas ~ guest: Lori Irwin from VirginiaSaves.org

With summer racing toward us at breakneck speed it's time to get ready for vacation. Whether you're spending the summer at home, traveling, or visiting family and friends, summer is a great time to relax, have fun, grow relationships and even create better Christmas holidays. 
On this Monday's show we'll be talking all about summer vacation. Our guest, Lori Irwin, will be joining us to share the new Summer Vacation Planning Guide being distributed through Virginia Saves.  We'll look at finances, fun and family opportunities. Then, in Christmas Corner, we'll be talking about leveraging our summer fun to have a better Christmas. 

Lori Irwin is the Campaign Coordinator for Virginia Saves.  Virginia Saves actively engages families in building a savings plan by creating a savings goal and taking actions to achieve their dreams.  Virginia Saves is a local social marketing campaign of America Saves.  America Saves has campaigns across the United States working to encourage people to establish a savings goal and begin the journey toward its accomplishment.

Virginia Saves began in 2010 as an outreach in Southeast Virginia and is now spread through the Commonwealth and beyond through effective use of social marketing.  To date, Virginia Saves has over 800 savers who on average commit to saving at least $1,000 each year.  Each month a new theme for savings and debt reduction is promoted.  This month, Virginia Saves has just released a Vacation Planning Guide to help families connect to the joys of vacation without breaking the bank.

Lori is a Certified Financial Planner with Signature, a wealth management firm in Norfolk, VA, this firm has loaned her services to begin this community impact initiative because of her passion for making financial planning available to people of all incomes.   Because of her commitment to Financial Planning for everyone, Lori was asked to partner with United Way of South Hampton Roads to establish a Financial Stability Initiative.  Virginia Saves is one of the financial education outreach of United Way. 

The Financial Stability Coalition of South Hampton Roads was convened by the United Way  brings together financial, corporate, non-profit, educational organizations and government agencies to work collaboratively in improving financial wellness for the residents of South Hampton Roads.  

Lori earned her MBA from Charleston Southern University and has been a Certified Financial Planner since 2005 and currently serves on the National Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Advisory Panel.

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