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Should You Opt Out of Child Tax Credit Monthly Payments?

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 22 June 2021

Millions of American families are due to get an advance on their child tax credit payments starting in mid-July. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the payments are up to $1,600 larger than they were last year, and the monthly payments may assist families who struggle with day-to-day expenses all year. Spacing out the payments may also help families during certain high-cost times of the year, such as PCS moves, back-to-school purchases, military transitions, or holiday shopping. 

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Your TSP: How to Make Your Money Work For You

Written by · 09 April 2021

Written by Cloud Spurlock, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board | April 9, 2021

Before your first paycheck from your very first job hit your bank account, you may have heard the good advice to “pay yourself first.” Of course, that didn’t mean you should go out and buy whatever what-have-you was on your wish list. Instead, it meant you needed to set aside money for someone else—someone who may as well have been a perfect stranger at the time—your future self.

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It’s Time for Your Check-Up; Your FINANCIAL Check-Up

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 26 March 2021

You probably do routine maintenance on your car – get the oil changed, filters checked, and have the tires rotated. And you probably make sure you go to the doctor and have a physical every year or so. But do you ever take the time to do a financial well-check?

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Five Things to Keep in Mind this Tax Season

Income Tax Tips
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 25 January 2021

Is it really that time of year again? I admit it: I dread tax season. I hate gathering my paperwork, tracking down my W2, making sure I have all my interest and dividend statements. Taxes will never be something I enjoy, but at least I can be prepared. Here are five things to help get you ready for this year’s tax season. 

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What You Need to Know About Payroll Tax Deferral Repayment

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 13 January 2021

Last fall, we talked about the payroll tax deferral that affected most military members and many federal employees. The deferral equated to a four-month, 6.2% increase in pay. But the catch was that it was just a temporary boost and needed to be repaid in 2021. Well, the time to repay those taxes has arrived, and here is what you need to know before the first pay period of the year.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 7, 2014

    Make sure your financial advisor’s title is accredited, and that he/she is qualified through a training program that holds its members to strict ethical standards.

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Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

Written by Jackie Toops | November 13, 2020

Does the idea of saving up hundreds of thousands of dollars seem impossible? How about doing it while still living an enjoyable lifestyle?

For military spouse Martina and her husband, an E-5 in the Navy, accumulating a six-figure savings has become a reality. One might think that in order to save this much, it would take a great deal of sacrificing and forgoing a certain quality of life, but Martina and her husband would disagree. “Over the past few years (about five), we've managed to save almost $120,000 while mostly living on one income. We've learned so much about easy ways to save money and live a good life,” shares Martina.

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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Setting a Goal Leads to Success

Written by Super User | May 24, 2019

Growing up, Marisa’s dad had always talked about saving first, but she said she didn’t really internalize it until much later. “I was drifting along with no plan, carrying a little bit of revolving debt, saving some money here and there, but without a real plan for it.”

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