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Creating a budget for your military family

Written by Benjamin Moss · 25 June 2020

When living the military lifestyle, you just accept that there will be many things you can’t control. One thing you can control? How you spend and how you save. While that may look different every time you PCS to a new duty station, having a spending and savings plan (aka a budget)  in place is so important.

We’ve created an easy to use, but thorough, Spending and Saving Plan tool to use. Before you get started, here are some tips to help you #ThinkLikeASaver, ensuring that your money is working smarter and harder for you.

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Big changes coming to TSP Fund Lineup. Do you have the best fund for your situation?

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 24 June 2020

The 1.3 million Uniformed Services participants in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are about to get more choices when it comes to investing their money. Starting July 1, 2020, there will be a total of ten Lifecycle Funds, bringing the number of fund choices up to 15.

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Should You Rent or Buy a Home? Four Things to Keep in Mind

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 10 June 2020

Homeownership is often seen as the ultimate American dream, but should military families pursue this goal when they are moving to a new area for just a few years?

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5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Spend Your Stimulus Check

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 16 April 2020

 

For years, Military Saves has been advocating that savers should have a plan for their money. The stimulus check (technically called the Economic Impact Payment) that many Americans are receiving right now is no different. But these are turbulent times, and we are in uncharted waters. Before you make any decisions about spending, you should consider these points.

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Have You Lost Income Because of the Coronavirus? Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Expenses

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 08 April 2020

Even though service members still have a steady paycheck, military families may have experienced loss of income or increased expenses due to the halt on permanent change of station moves and quarantine requirements. Here are some things you can do if you have lost income because of the current pandemic.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 1, 2014

    Are you ready to set your #savings goal and make a plan to achieve it? Take the Military Saves Pledge today http://ow.ly/C7sGZ

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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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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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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