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Save With a Plan

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Written by Guest Blogger · 25 February 2018

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Do you have trouble finding cash to set aside in your savings account? You're not alone. Just two out of five American households report "good or excellent progress in meeting their savings needs," according to the 2017 America Saves Week survey.

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Bridging the Gap: Turning your Savings Goal into a Reality

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Written by Guest Blogger · 25 February 2018

By Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education

When it comes to savings, there are three undeniable truths. 

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New Military Saves Week Video: Set a goal, Make a plan, Save automatically!

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 22 February 2018

Just in time for Military Saves Week 2018, which is Feb. 26-March 2, a new video is encouraging service members and their families to focus on their savings and financial readiness.

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5 Easy Ways to Save While You Shop

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 15 February 2018

There's a certain thrill you get when you treat yourself to a new wardrobe or restock your fridge with fresh groceries. It feels like a well-deserved reward. While shopping might seem completely harmless, it can be detrimental to your budget. You can indulge every now and then, but the trick is to never get carried away.

Here are five ways to save money the next time you shop.

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First Step to Destroy Debt: Stop the Bleeding

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Written by Guest Blogger · 13 February 2018

By USAA Educational Foundation

Being in debt and falling behind feels awful. But here’s some good news: if you’re committed to getting out of debt, this program can help you get there. In six practical, proactive steps, you can destroy debt and work your way to a whole new financial feeling! Below is a video that walks you through the first step: stop the bleeding.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | January 26, 2017

    You could win $25,000 for saving $50 of your tax refund with @SaveYourRefund: @MilitarySaves

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.


Money on the Side

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait -- A colonel in the 1st Theater Sustainment Command has money on his mind.

Army Col. George Fields, the Chief of Intelligence, or G2, has been teaching a free "Managing Your Money" class here in his spare time. More than 400 students have attended his six week-long class to learn more about increasing their own finances.

"All I did was sit down and listen to a guy one day who showed me what he was doing" said the colonel as he explained how he became interested in what he calls, "becoming financially free."


A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.