Military Saves Blog


Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.

Young daughter kissing mother dressed in military uniform on cheek.

November’s Here, Time to Celebrate the Military Among Us!

Savings Tips Veterans Family Finances
Written by Alecia Blair · 02 November 2017

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Strategist & Outreach Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

November is the perfect time of year to take stock of all we’re thankful for. The month is also full of opportunities to appreciate and recognize those in the military around and within our own communities: November is National Military Family Appreciate Month and Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. 

Read more ...

Family sitting around a Thanksgiving concept table.

How to Save During the Holidays

Savings Tips Holiday holiday savings
Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 01 November 2017

This time of year can put lots of extra strain on your budget, from costumes and candy for Halloween, to a turkey that feeds your extended family for Thanksgiving, to decorations and gifts galore for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Read more ...

female sitting in the front seat of a car with white interior

Saving to buy a car? Here’s what you should know.

Debt Savings Tips Credit Score Car Credit Big Purchases
Written by Lani Poblete · 27 October 2017

Whether you're preparing to buy your first car or replace a current vehicle, you will need to first determine what kind of car you want and how much you can afford. 

Read more ...

female holding debit card standing in front of ATM machine

Three Ways to Avoid Paying Checking and Savings Account Fees

Automatic Savings Savings Tips ATM cards Savings Checking Account Debit Cards
Written by Lani Poblete · 27 October 2017

From monthly maintenance fees, to ATM withdrawal fees, to minimum balance fees, it can be hard to keep up with all the fees that are often associated with having a checking or savings account.

Read more ...

man in military uniform holding up cash and smiling

International Credit Union Day: Pausing to Recognize the Role Credit Unions Play in Helping Military Service Members to Save

Automatic Savings Credit Unions Military Credit Unions
Written by Alecia Blair · 19 October 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19 is International Credit Union Day—a great opportunity to recognize the important role that credit unions, like banks, play in creating savings opportunities for service members and their families.

Read more ...

Tip of the Day

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

    A #taxrefund can provide an opportunity to improve your financial situation: @MilitarySaves #MSW2017

Saver Stories View all »

Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.


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.


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).