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Thank You For Helping Make Military Saves Week 2017 a Success!

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Written by Alecia Blair · 13 March 2017

Military Saves Week 2017 (#MSW 2017), Feb. 27-March 4, kicked off the Military Saves campaign year with many exciting events and activities on or near military installations around the world. Thank you to all of the organizations and Military Savers who participated. Thanks, in part, to you, Military Saves Week shined the spotlight on the importance of personal savings.

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Saving for Life’s Challenges during Military Saves Week

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Written by Guest Blogger · 04 March 2017

By The USAA Educational Foundation

No life is without challenge, that is for sure – but military life often includes its own unique challenges. No matter your rank, branch, age or location, there is at least one universal truth: the unexpected is expensive.

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Looking for extra money? 8 Debt Management Tips That Could Help Military Service Members Save Money Each Month

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Written by Guest Blogger · 03 March 2017

By Jerry Quinn, head of Wells Fargo Military & Veteran Programs

Want to learn how debt management could help you save money? You’re not alone. One way to help manage debt is to pay it down sooner. You could save on interest over time and reduce the total cost of borrowing.

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A Simple Guide to Planning For Retirement

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2017

By Kevin Driscoll, CFP®, VP, Advisory Services, Navy Federal Financial Group

If you were asked to visualize retirement, what would you see? You may see yourself living on a beachfront property, cruising around in your dream car or even turning your favorite hobby into a business. Regardless of what retirement looks like to you, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy it.

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4 Things Military Parents Can Do to Prepare Their Children For Financial Success

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 February 2017

By Jerry Quinn, head of Wells Fargo Military & Veterans Programs

When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are it was today, since most adults deal with money on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, when determining where we’ll live, and when (or for some, if) we will retire. We are faced with financial decisions constantly. And yet, the vital skills of money management, budgeting, and saving are often missing from the curriculums at our children’s schools.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2017

    The easiest way to save is automatically. Transfer $ to a #savings account every paycheck. http://bit.ly/2hISOtp #MSW2017

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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