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Military Saves Celebrates National Save for Retirement Week 2016 and You Should, Too!

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Written by Alecia Blair · 17 October 2016

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager,  AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

National Save for Retirement Week is October 16-22. Military Saves is celebrating by highlighting our many retirement resources to help you reach your retirement savings goals and the resources of our partners.

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Points to Ponder Before Taking on Debt

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Written by Guest Blogger · 11 October 2016

By The USAA Educational Foundation

Having debt has become a way of life in America.

According to the Federal Reserve System report on Consumer Credit, total outstanding consumer debt in the U.S. reached a total of $3.64 trillion in July 2016.

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Five Ways to Raise Your Credit Score in Less Than a Year

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Written by Guest Blogger · 03 October 2016

By Maddie Daniels, Digital Communications Manager, America Saves

Having a low credit score (a score below the mid-600s) can cost you big time. Unfortunately, many underestimate the true cost of a low credit score, according to a new survey by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore.

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Military Spouses: This Military Transition Is Yours, Too!

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Written by Alecia Blair · 13 September 2016

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Whether you have spent four or 24 years following your servicemember around the country and world, don’t forget that your spouse’s separation or retirement from the military is your military transition, too!

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Understanding the BRS Can Give You a Leg Up

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Written by Guest Blogger · 06 September 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Today, 81 percent of members leave military service with no retirement benefits. None. But the military retirement system is changing. The Department of Defense (DoD) projects that under the new Blended Retirement System (BRS), which goes into effect in January 2018, 85 percent of service members will separate with portable retirement savings—partly because the BRS will automatically enroll into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) all new service members.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 28, 2014

    Make sure you know about all the tax deductions that you can take. Visit

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60 Teens participate in Massachusetts Youth Saves Program

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

During the months of June & July, 60 teenagers aged 13-19 from Marine, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force families attended Youth Saves programs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help increase their knowledge of financial literacy.


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.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.


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.

Then I decided I'd had enough of living paycheck to paycheck and worrying about money all the time.