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Five Tips to Avoid the Financial Stress of a PCS Move: Part 1

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Written by Alecia Blair · 21 May 2015

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate

Spring has sprung, and permanent change of station (PCS) season is in full swing! If you’re among the one-third of active servicemembers who receive PCS orders each year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), then you are very aware of the financial costs of these moves that can stress even the most frugal of military families.


Permanent Change of Station & Military Spouses—Closing the Income Gap

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Written by Guest Blogger · 19 May 2015

By: FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Active duty military personnel make permanent change of station (PCS) moves about every two to four years. PCS expenses—such as the high cost of temporary lodging, meals, vehicle maintenance costs, fees for boarding pets and housing transaction costs—can eat into tight budgets.


Changing Where You Stay? Update Your TSP Account In MyPay

TSP PCS Moves MyPay
Written by Guest Blogger · 12 May 2015

By Kisha A. Taylor, Writer/Editor, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board 

Think about it: How many times has your address changed since you’ve started contributing to the TSP? If you’re like many of your fellow military members, you’ve probably PCS’d more than a few times.


PCS Coming? Ask Yourself These Money Questions

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Written by Guest Blogger · 05 May 2015

By The USAA Educational Foundation

If you’ve just received your permanent change of station (PCS) orders, you’re likely experiencing a mix of emotions — excitement, fear, stress and more.


How to Develop Your Deployment Financial Plan

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Written by Guest Blogger · 30 April 2015

By: FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Which emotion best describes your pre-deployment state of mind? Excitement? Anxiety? If you’re like many service members, or a military spouse, there’s probably a lot of stress as well. While you can’t eliminate pre-deployment stress, getting your finances under control can help reduce it. Developing a deployment financial plan will allow you to concentrate on your upcoming duties. 


Tip of the Day

  • Written by Laura Roler | September 30, 2014

    Rounding #debt and #mortgage payments up to the nearest $100 will get you out of debt years earlier.

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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.


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?


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.