Military Saves Blog
Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.
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.
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.
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.