While the government has tried various ways of stimulating the economy, Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Oregon has ways for you to create your own stimulus.

Here are some suggestions for building financial stability:

Commit to saving. Save for today and save for tomorrow. Have 10 percent of each paycheck automatically deposited into an interest-bearing savings account.

You'll never miss this money, and at the end of a year, you'll have a little over one month's income socked away for emergencies.

Plan for tomorrow by contributing to your company's retirement plan. If they match your contribution, deposit at least that amount or you're missing out on free money.

For more information or help, contact Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Oregon at 779-2273 or go online to www.cccsso.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of an ongoing series offering tips and information for businesses, job-seekers and consumers.