Last Year’s Winners

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[2015] RaQuel of Minnesota

[2015] RaQuel of Minnesota

Looking for a fun and easy tip for saving money? For the past seven years, RaQuel Bagley of Minneapolis has been collecting and saving as many five dollar bills as she can. RaQuel began saving five dollar bills when she went to Great America with her family and came […]

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[2015] Audrey of Minnesota

[2015] Audrey of Minnesota

Growing up, Audrey of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota watched her parents go through bankruptcy, almost lose their house, and cash out their 401Ks. “Seeing them go through all of that, I couldn’t do it to myself,” she said.  From an early age and to this day, her parents’ financial decisions […]

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[2015] Ashley Hebrew of Utah

[2015] Ashley Hebrew of Utah

“Having money in savings helps in case of emergencies as well as having extra funds for something fun,” Ashley says, and fun is indeed something she values. A single mother of one, Ashley splits her time between working and “going on adventures” with her daughter.

In order to maintain this […]

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[2015] Diana Borges of North Carolina

[2015] Diana Borges of North Carolina

Diana Borges, a loving mother of one son, lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she works and attends school.  Though she tries to put away some money every month regardless of the time of year, Diana recognizes that tax season is an ideal time to save. “Using SaveYourRefund is […]

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[2015] Jimmy Montoya of Utah

[2015] Jimmy Montoya of Utah

Jimmy was not always aware of the importance of saving, because, like many of us, its not something that he was taught growing up. Having to learn the hard way, saving money wasn’t something that he learned to embrace until he was ‘a bit older’.  Now, at 33, Jimmy […]

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[2015] Jessica Quinones of Ohio

[2015] Jessica Quinones of Ohio

Jessica, a very kind woman with a big heart and a bubbling personality, knows all too well how important it is to save.  A devoted fiance and loving mother of three children, Jessica works part-time at a nursing center as a cook. “My family has never really had good […]

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[2015] Ayana of Minnesota

[2015] Ayana of Minnesota

“I remember that day like yesterday,” Ayana said.  After buying groceries a few blocks from her house, Ayana’s 1991 Cadillac DeVille stopped working.  Financially unprepared for emergencies, Ayana paid out-of-pocket for the repairs because she didn’t have a savings account and lived paycheck-to-paycheck.  It was a major financial blow […]

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[2015] Yadira Jimenez of California

[2015] Yadira Jimenez of California

Yadira moved to the United States in 2003 after teaching kindergarten for two years in Mexico. Teaching runs in her family, as her father is is the principal of a university in Mexico which caters specifically to aspiring elementary school teachers.  Since moving to San Francisco and learning English, […]

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[2015] Denise Sudore of New York

[2015] Denise Sudore of New York

Denise, an extremely hard worker and proud mother of two, has always found it difficult to save.  With a part-time job and a Social Security disability check as her only sources of income, Denise has often seen her goals as being more like dreams than realistic options. Nonetheless, she […]

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[2015] Jorge Mora of California

[2015] Jorge Mora of California

Jorge has always tried to save a little extra money for emergencies, and unexpected expenses.  This tax season, he was encouraged to save part of his tax return to help fund his two major goals: he wants to finish his car payments as soon as possible, and eventually save […]