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Financial Spring Cleaning: 5 Things You Should Do Now

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 18 March 2019

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®

Spring is almost here. Here are 5 easy tips to get your financial house in order.

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How to Maximize Your Tax Refund in 2019

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Written by Guest Blogger · 11 March 2019

by Lendup

If you are a typical working American with a full-time job, then taxes are most likely your biggest expense.  In fact, in 2017, American taxpayers paid over a trillion dollars in state and local taxes and over $3 trillion in federal taxes!

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Tips on Where to Keep Your Emergency Savings

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 05 March 2019

Last week life threw me one of those proverbial curveballs that always seem to happen at the absolute worst time: my beloved corgi puppy was diagnosed with a congenital liver defect that required immediate surgery on both her liver and bladder. She’s like a child to me - how could I possibly say no? Although we do have pet insurance, it only pays for a portion of the procedure, and I had to pay a percentage up front. Fortunately, we have an emergency fund for contingencies like this. And thankfully we kept the fund in the right place.

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#MSW19 Savings Theme: Save the extra

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Written by Tammy G. Bruzon · 01 March 2019

Did you know you’re more likely to save a windfall than a small amount consistently over time? Hack that psychology by saving your bonuses, raises, and tax refunds.

This tax season, get ahead of your financial goals by depositing at least $50 of your refund into a savings account. If you do, you’ll also be eligible to win one of over 100 prizes up to $10,000 by entering SaveYourRefund!

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Take the ‘Save the Extra’ Military Family Challenge

Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2019

By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®, EVP Communications and Operations, Association of Military Banks of America

This Military Saves Week, take the Save The Extra challenge. Military life, your benefits, pay, raises, promotions, deployments, duties, special pay, etc. can provide a military family many opportunities to “save the extra” money that may find its way to you. There are many strategies to help you save more effectively and using the tips below may help you reach your saving goals much faster when you challenge yourself to Save The Extra! Take the Military Saves Pledge as your first step.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    Participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services. It offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. More info at tsp.gov

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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.

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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.”

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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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