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Ladies: Look Fabulous at Your Military Ball without Spending a Fortune

Holiday Special Occasion Military Spouse
Written by Guest Blogger · 20 November 2014

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate


‘Tis the season for holiday military balls—a chance for you to get dressed up in a formal evening gown or tuxedo (if you’re a male guest) and celebrate time-honored traditions with your service member.

A military ball, however, can be very expensive. The trick is to set a ball budget and try to save ahead for these functions, rather than using a credit card. Depending on the branch and unit, it is common to have one or two military balls a year.

Whether it’s finding affordable attire or, for women, planning to get hair and makeup done, here are some ways to look fabulous at your ball without busting your budget.

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Are You in Debt?

Debt Credit Cards
Written by Guest Blogger · 19 November 2014

The following post comes from the America Saves blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

By Gail Cunningham, Media Relations, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

People often ask me how they can tell if they’re in debt.  My standard answer is, “If it feels like it, you probably are.” Simply posing the question proves that you’re concerned.

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Active Duty? Your Roth TSP Contributions May Stop Unless You Act

Retirement TSP
Written by Guest Blogger · 18 November 2014

By Abigail C. Reid, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

If you are an active duty member of the Army, Air Force, or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to your TSP account, these deductions will stop on January 31, 2015, unless you act.

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Ten Terrific Tips to Take Charge of Holiday Spending

Savings Tips Holiday
Written by Guest Blogger · 12 November 2014

The following post comes from the America Saves blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The holiday season can be a financially challenging time. In addition to the cost of gifts for friends and family, many people have extra expenses for travel, entertainment, food, decorations, tipping, charitable gifting, and utilities. The holidays don’t need to cause financial stress.

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Saving for Life's Special Events

Written by Guest Blogger · 05 November 2014

The following post comes from the Military Saves blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. - See more at: http://americasaves.org/blog/916-beware-of-holiday-budget-busters#sthash.ig5y8sq3.dpuf

The following post comes from the America Saves blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

By Victor Villegas, Union Bank, N.A., Senior Vice President and Regional Manager

Sharing special events with family and friends is important and such events and occasions often come with a hefty price tag.  Whether you want to save money for an around-the-world vacation, milestone birthdays, a wedding or baby, take some time to establish a savings plan for financing these special moments so it won’t cost you more in the long run.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    Develop a long-term plan and foundation for financial readiness by establishing a spending plan. More tips at: http://ow.ly/sCvQQ

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Building Wealth by Setting Goals

Written by Super User | April 24, 2013

My name is Allison Mecadon and I’m a Youth Coordinator with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program.  My husband, Tom, is an M-Day Army National Guard Member (an M-Day member is one who performs weekend drill, but is not on full-time duty). Tom just got back from a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan and before that served a one year ADOS tour (Active Duty Operational Support) at Ft Belvoir.

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Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.

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One That Almost Got Away

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Brody Lockwood - Like a typical fledgling, I started down the track of financial indebtedness. Nineteen years old and nothing to lose. Credit - who need it? Savings - that was for older people with responsibility. Debt - my parents were in debt ergo it must be OK. When I was eligible for reenlistment, I reenlisted for a multiple of 3 worth $15K. I was happy to pay off my debt, but would I be able to stay out of debt?

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