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There's Still Time to Apply for the 2017 Designation of Savings Excellence

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Written by Alecia Blair · 06 April 2017

Calling all military banks and credit unions! The application deadline for the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence has been extended to Monday, April 17 to give applicants more time to collect March activities and reports.  

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Get SMART about Your Tax Refund This Year

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 March 2017

By Lauren Chaplin, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Tax Day (April 18) is just weeks away. If you’re getting a tax refund—due to overpaying in taxes, refundable tax credits, or perhaps a deployment in 2016—setting SMART goals for your money will help you make the most out of the cash back.

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Thank You For Helping Make Military Saves Week 2017 a Success!

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Written by Alecia Blair · 13 March 2017

Military Saves Week 2017 (#MSW 2017), Feb. 27-March 4, kicked off the Military Saves campaign year with many exciting events and activities on or near military installations around the world. Thank you to all of the organizations and Military Savers who participated. Thanks, in part, to you, Military Saves Week shined the spotlight on the importance of personal savings.

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Saving for Life’s Challenges during Military Saves Week

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Written by Guest Blogger · 04 March 2017

By The USAA Educational Foundation

No life is without challenge, that is for sure – but military life often includes its own unique challenges. No matter your rank, branch, age or location, there is at least one universal truth: the unexpected is expensive.

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Looking for extra money? 8 Debt Management Tips That Could Help Military Service Members Save Money Each Month

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Written by Guest Blogger · 03 March 2017

By Jerry Quinn, head of Wells Fargo Military & Veteran Programs

Want to learn how debt management could help you save money? You’re not alone. One way to help manage debt is to pay it down sooner. You could save on interest over time and reduce the total cost of borrowing.

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Tip of the Day

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

    A #taxrefund can provide an opportunity to improve your financial situation: http://bit.ly/2gMsIWs @MilitarySaves #MSW2017

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Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.

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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.

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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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