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The Military's Best Kept Secret

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Written by Guest Blogger · 02 August 2017

Written by Rachael DeLeon, Communications Director at the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE)

Regardless of your military branch, your rank, or even your age, personal financial issues will touch your life at some point in your military career. Which is why there is no better time than now to get to know your installation’s financial readiness professionals – often known as Personal Financial Counselors (PFCs) and Personal Financial Managers (PFMs).

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How to Do Walt Disney World on a Budget

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Written by Alecia Blair · 27 July 2017

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

Think that a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is not in the budget for you and your family? Think again!  

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Save Big on Your Next Vacation with Technology & Pre-Planning

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Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 18 July 2017

By Madalyn Pemberton, America Saves Intern

Still hoping to get in a family vacation before the kids go back to school but aren’t sure if it’s affordable at this point? Check out these tips on how to save on vacation to help you get the break that you and your family deserve without taking on additional financial stress.

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Six Financial Goals All Millennials in the Military Should Have

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Written by Guest Blogger · 13 July 2017

By Courtney Nagle, Digital and Social Media Specialist at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

Millennials, or anyone born between 1982 and 2004, make up about 75 percent of today’s military. For this reason, millennials in the military are a key area of NFCC’s focus when it comes to their finances and transition out of the military.

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New Savings Goal Calculator Available on Investor.gov

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Written by Guest Blogger · 06 July 2017

By The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Staff

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor.gov website is an online resource to help investors make informed investment decisions and avoid fraud. Investor.gov now includes a savings goal calculator in addition to its popular compound interest calculator.

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Tip of the Day

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

    Starting your savings now ensures a more comfortable retirement later on! http://bit.ly/2jPi3bT via @MilitarySaves #MSW2017

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Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.

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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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Meet Wacinque BeMende

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Meet Wacinque BeMende. He’s so passionate about encouraging savings and promoting financial literacy, he’s established his own Kid’s Savings Program. Wacinque donated $15,000 to the Community Action of Laramie County in Cheyenne Wyoming to begin the Wacinque “ Rhino” Fund Endowment to help kids open savings accounts.

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