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A Simple Guide to Planning For Retirement

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2017

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

If you were asked to visualize retirement, what would you see? You may see yourself living on a beachfront property, cruising around in your dream car or even turning your favorite hobby into a business. Regardless of what retirement looks like to you, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy it.

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4 Things Military Parents Can Do to Prepare Their Children For Financial Success

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 February 2017

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

When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are it was today, since most adults deal with money on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, when determining where we’ll live, and when (or for some, if) we will retire. We are faced with financial decisions constantly. And yet, the vital skills of money management, budgeting, and saving are often missing from the curriculums at our children’s schools.

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Create a Good Habit this Military Saves Week: Pledge to Take Financial Action

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Written by Alecia Blair · 22 February 2017

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

Military Saves Week (February 27-March 4, 2017) is an opportunity to hit the pause button on the high-speed tempo of your military life and assess your financial fitness. So, how are you doing? Much like improving your PT score, could you improve your financial health? This Military Saves Week, create healthy savings habits by taking action. Here’s how and why it’s so important.

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Build a Strong Financial Foundation During Military Saves Week 2017

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Written by Guest Blogger · 08 February 2017

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Much is written about the need to set financial goals. But what if you are just starting out? Maybe your experience saving money has been limited to tossing spare change in a jar. Maybe you’ve never invested a penny.

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Tax Scammers Might Target You: Here’s What to Do

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Written by Guest Blogger · 31 January 2017

By Carol Kando-Pineda, FTC’s Military Consumer

It’s that time of year — tax time. It’s also a great time to get up to speed on tax-related scams. Here are two ways tax scammers might target you and what you can do about it:

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Tip of the Day

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

    The easiest way to save is automatically. Transfer $ to a #savings account every paycheck. http://bit.ly/2hISOtp #MSW2017

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Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.

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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.

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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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