Attention USF students, faculty and assorted others: Produce a video on how you've saved money and you might be running with the bulls in Spain

Although the unemployment rate in the U.S. has finally dropped below 9 percent (according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor as of last Friday), you don't have to convince anybody in the Tampa Bay area that the economy is still in dire straits.

One relatively good thing about the great recession is that it has compelled Americans to save more money, which is something as a society we've stopped doing to a large extent. And yes, consumer spending is considered 70 percent of what drives our economy.

But the folks over at the USF Federal Credit Union say they want to reward those people (they must be USF students, faculty, alumni, staff, on-campus business employees, as well as members of the credit union) who have been "creative" in saving money,  and will offer them a chance to receive an all-expense paid, four-night, five-day trip to Pamplona, Spain, and check out the legendary running of the bulls.

It works by sharing a story about what the individual did "creatively" to save money over the past few years.  They must then produce a film or video about their savings idea and transfer that to a YouTube site, and fill out an entry form at

Check out this slickly produced clip below:

Participants have until April 18 to enter.

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