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Get Prepared for a Financial Planner

Written by Guest Blogger · 24 October 2018

By Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director, AFCPE®

Do you find yourself struggling to pay off debt, or sticking to your spending plan each month? Are you trying to find extra money leftover so you can begin saving for your child’s college education? Or maybe you are just uncertain of where to start or what questions to even ask?

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Halloween Savings Tricks and Treats

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Written by Darlene Aderoju · 11 October 2018

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start shopping for costumes or planning your party! If you’re prepping for October 31, finding ways to save money will be helpful. After all, Halloween is just the beginning of the end-of-the-year holiday rush. Here are five easy-to-follow tricks and treats to help you save money this Halloween.

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Military Service Members "Immediate Actions" for Financial Success

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Written by Guest Blogger · 04 October 2018

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy* and Patrick Campbell, Acting Assistant Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Office of Servicemember Affairs

As a member of the military, you are called to serve every day in challenging environments to secure the freedom and prosperity of our nation. To meet these challenges, you engage in “immediate actions” training to better prepare yourself to respond to all kinds of threats and situations.

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5 Ways to Capitalize on Your Credit Cards

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Written by Darlene Aderoju · 04 October 2018

This Financial Planning Month, plan to use your credit cards to your advantage. No matter how much you try to avoid them, we all use credit cards sometimes. Having money set aside for unplanned expenses is one way to avoid overspending on your card. Here are some credit card tips and tricks from Bank of America’s Better Money Habits so when you do use your card, you can earn cash back and receive rewards on some of your transactions.

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3 Reasons to Take Advantage of Free Credit Freezes

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 28 September 2018

As of September 21, 2018, you can freeze and unfreeze your credit with Experian, Transunion and Equifax for free. A credit freeze, prohibits lenders from accessing your credit report, making it more difficult for anyone to steal your identity or access your financial assets without your permission. Previously, only residents of certain states had access to such freezes free of charge. Here’s why you should take advantage of this freebie.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    Develop a long-term plan and foundation for financial readiness by establishing a spending plan. More tips at: http://ow.ly/sCvQQ

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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.

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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.

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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).

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