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

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 | April 17, 2014

    Check out these "6 Tips to Help Reduce Credit Card Debt" at http://t.co/kPuiEOOyGA

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Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.


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.


A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.