Military Saves Blog
Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.
By Kathleen O'Malley, Creator, Frugal Portland
Christmas shopping. How does something so predictable hit us over the head, year after year? How is it that every time Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re suddenly hit with the reality of a diminished bank account and a long list of people we love?
By the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In this series, you can help your kids get on the right financial track—without being a financial expert yourself!
Most adults can trace the development of their financial lives back to childhood. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau researched more about this topic to determine what the most helpful activities are for children and youth as they learn and grow. This three-article series provides tips for parents of young children, elementary and middle school students, and teenagers and young adults. The first part in this series is for parents with children, ages three to five.
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.
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.
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.