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Spring Cleaning: Financial Edition

Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 15 March 2018

Spring is a time of transition and renewal, from the flowers and trees blooming, to lighter and shorter clothing replacing winter wear, to springing forward for daylight saving time.

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Military Family Advisory Network 2017 Survey Results Released

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Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 09 March 2018

By Madalyn Pemberton, America Saves Communications Associate

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) recently released the findings of its second Military Family Support Programming Survey.

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Basic Training Tips to Help Service Members Invest Wisely

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Written by Guest Blogger · 05 March 2018

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

You train every day to serve our country, and you owe it to yourself to train for your financial future.  That’s why the SEC is providing you with some basic training tips on how to invest wisely. 

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Three reasons to put your savings on autopilot

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Joan Cox, Senior Vice President of Savings Products, Navy Federal

When it comes to saving money, shortcuts are few and far between. It takes hard work and determination, especially if you’re balancing a budget and managing debt. However, there’s one trick you can add to your arsenal to make saving a whole lot easier.

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Military Spouses: Ensuring Financial Readiness on the Homefront

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

While military readiness may be in the forefront of your spouse’s mind, you are the one likely responsible for financial readiness on the homefront, particularly during deployment. It’s important to make sure you are armed and ready to provide your family with a strong financial plan for the future.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2018

    Both individuals & organizations can participate in @MilitarySaves Week! Visit for activities, free materials, & more! #MSW18

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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.


Building Wealth by Setting Goals

Written by Super User | April 24, 2013

My name is Allison Mecadon and I’m a Youth Coordinator with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program. My husband, Tom, is an M-Day Army National Guard Member (an M-Day member is one who performs weekend drill, but is not on full-time duty).


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.