Military Saves Blog


Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.

Make the Most of Holiday Returns

Savings Tips Holiday
Written by Guest Blogger · 22 January 2015

By Amy Maliga, Take Charge America

This blog post has been modified from the America Saves blog.

If you feel guilty about wanting to return or exchange a not-quite-right gift you received during the holidays, don’t! You’re not alone. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans return or exchange more than $50 billion worth of gifts every year.


Are Unpaid Debts A Military Career-Killer?

Debt Financial Planning
Written by Guest Blogger · 21 January 2015

By Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Military personnel who have trouble handling their personal finances can very quickly find their duty status, potential promotions and even military careers in jeopardy. And, over time, the lingering burden of debt can add stress to their personal relationships and damage their credit profile. But does that debt have to be a career-killer?


January 2015 Military Saves Newsletter Now Available

Written by Alecia Blair · 15 January 2015

The January 2015 Military Saves Newsletter is now available! Don't miss out on these highlights from December (and many more):


Challenge Yourself to Save Big This Year with These 3 Fun Ways to Save

Savings Tips Savings
Written by Katie Bryan · 14 January 2015

This blog post has been modified from the America Saves blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s a new year and an opportunity to get re-energized about saving money and reaching your savings goals.


Active Duty? Act Now or Your Roth TSP Contributions May Stop

Written by Guest Blogger · 13 January 2015

By Abigail C. Reid, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

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


Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | April 11, 2014

    For help with your #taxes, download the #IRS #tax guide just for #military members

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One Sailor's Course to Financial Freedom

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

We all know its not easy to get out of debt once you in over your head. But it can be done with the sound advice and support that the Military Saves program offers. I am a testament to that. I was a recently divorced, single mother. Like many people I had credit card debt, a car loan, bad credit, and a low income job that never seemed to be enough to put food on the table.


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.


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.