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Military Spouses: Ensuring Financial Readiness on the Homefront

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

While military readiness may be in the forefront of your spouse’s mind, you are the one likely responsible for financial readiness on the homefront, particularly during deployment. It’s important to make sure you are armed and ready to provide your family with a strong financial plan for the future.

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4 Things Veterans and Service Members Need to Know When Buying a Home

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Greg Murray, Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 

As you think about your finances during Military Saves Week, buying a home may be one of the goals on your mind.

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Investing vs. Paying Off Debt

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Military Affairs Program Manager

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What to do With a Windfall

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Dr. Barbara O’Neill, Financial Management Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

It is very common for people to receive extra income during tax season. Almost 83% of tax filers in 2016 received refunds and the average refund was $3,120. Other types of cash windfalls include gifts, inheritances, settlements, contest prizes, lottery winnings, and life insurance proceeds.

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Tips for a Successful Mission

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 February 2018

By Kevin Driscoll, CFP®, VP, Advisory Services, Navy Federal Financial Group 

It’s great to see saving for retirement was the top goal for Military Savers in 2017. It’s top of mind once again as the Blended Retirement System rolls out for service members this year. So, how do we turn our retirement savings goals into reality?

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2014

    Check out the #savings checklist tool containing 15 “savings accomplishments” to assess your savings effectiveness:

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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.


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.


Setting a Goal Leads to Success

Written by Super User | May 24, 2019

Growing up, Marisa’s dad had always talked about saving first, but she said she didn’t really internalize it until much later. “I was drifting along with no plan, carrying a little bit of revolving debt, saving some money here and there, but without a real plan for it.”