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  • Planting Roots after a Military Retirement: Five Factors to Consider Now

    Written by Guest Blogger | September 18, 2014

    By Alecia D. Blair

     

    It’s often easier to focus on bills, budgets and balances in the here and now. For many, saving for retirement is a challenge because it seems like something for the distant future. However, the best time to think about retirement is today—whatever your age!

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  • Pay Off Debt or Save for Retirement?

    Written by Super User | September 17, 2014

    Pay Off Debt or Save for Retirement?

    The following post was originally published on May 7, 2013 on the America Saves Blog.

    By Barb Miller, Bankruptcy Specialist at LSS Financial Counseling

    Wow … what a loaded question! We always hear how crucial it is to get rid of toxic debt, especially credit cards with double digit interest rates. Therefore, people generally assume that paying off debt rather than investing for retirement is the correct answer. In my opinion, this is not really an either/or proposition. The best approach?  Do both!

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  • Dig Your Way Out of Debt

    Written by Guest Blogger | September 16, 2014

    Dig Your Way Out of Debt

    By Meghan Northcutt, AFC ® Candidate, FINRA Military Spouse Fellow

    Last year, the Army Times reported 41 percent of Servicemembers had student loans compared to their civilian peers at 34 percent. Troops were also more likely than their civilian peers to have a home loan, car loan, and credit card balance.  Military members looking at debt tend to look for ways to pay debt off more quickly in order to save money over time.

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.

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Relevant Finance from First National Bank

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

From Get Smart About Credit Day in October 2008 through Military Saves Week in February 2009, participants learned the financial facts of life. Lessons were focused on check writing, understanding the stock market, credit cards, differentiating between needs and wants and budgeting.

In one session First National Bank personalized the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save Money Tree lesson with an emphasis on saving. The lesson taught students how to manage money and pay bills while saving.

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