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Higher Interest Could Impact You

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 11 April 2018

The Federal Reserve has raised its target interest rate after five years of record lows. This means you may be at risk of paying more interest on your mortgage, private student loans and car note if you're looking to buy. Here’s a roundup of what this means for you.

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3 Steps to Assess Your Savings this Financial Literacy Month

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 11 April 2018

Financial Literacy Month is the perfect time to assess your finances and evaluate your level of savings preparedness. If you have an exceptional ability to manage debt, maintain an emergency savings fund and plan your finances, you’re already a great saver. If you want to improve your savings habits, start by asking yourself these questions.

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3 Reasons Not to Consider a Big Tax Refund as “Extra Money”

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 02 April 2018

When you receive your tax refund, how do you usually spend it? If you’re one of the many people that views income tax as “extra money,” you might want to change your approach.

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Opted into BRS? Don’t Forget This Important Step

Written by Guest Blogger · 29 March 2018

By Beth Perry, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A major benefit of the Blended Retirement System (BRS) is the free money you can now get from your service. Each time you contribute to your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement account, your service will match it, up to 5 percent of your pay. But your contributions are not automatic if you opted into BRS – they don’t happen unless you choose to make them. And if you skip that important step, you risk missing out on hundreds of dollars in matching this year alone.

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Chalkboard framed in wood with "spring break" written on it laying on grass and flowers.

Spring Break on a Budget

Savings Tips Vacation Travel Family Finances
Written by · 28 March 2018

Spring break vacations can help make these last few chilly weeks feel much more tolerable. While prices might be lower than during summer months, it still requires a decent amount of funds to jet-set off to an exotic location, especially if you have children. To help you stay on track with longer-term savings goals, we’ve compiled some tips and ideas on how to save on spring break while still getting the retreat that you and your family deserve. 

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | February 11, 2014

    #Save just 1% of your income this year and grow $250-$500 in savings by the end of the year depending on your salary: http://ow.ly/tvMwQ

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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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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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How Smart Financial Decisions Can Create Opportunities 

Written by | November 22, 2019

Written by Stephen Ross, America Saves Program Coordinator | November 22, 2019

Of the many stories Military Saves shares, most describe how someone was in dire straits financially and worked their way out of it with the help of Military Saves. This time we want to highlight a different kind of story. This is a story about how responsible financial decisions can build on one another to create opportunities you thought only the super-rich enjoy.

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