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Don't Go Holiday Shopping With Your Thrift Savings Plan

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Written by Guest Blogger · 13 December 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

When you're shopping for the holidays, it can be tempting to abandon your budget and buy more than you planned for your family and friends—or for yourself. But what happens when the credit card bills start coming in? Or you realize that you don't have enough cash to cover your everyday costs?

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Five Things We Learned About Holiday Spending From Talking to a Couple of Economists

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Written by Madeline Daniels · 08 December 2016

By Madeline Daniels, America Saves Communications Director

America Saves recently sat down with two economists who often have different views in the first of four conversations about savings issues that impact not only the national economy, but our families as well.

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Holiday Spending & Saving Partner Packet Available

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon · 28 November 2016

The holiday reports are in! Retail spending will increase across the board by about three percent this year, reaching its highest point since the Great Recession. Many reports also show that people are feeling more secure about their finances as a whole and are planning their purchases more strategically. We want to celebrate this fact by encouraging Military Savers to take these good financial habits with them into the New Year.

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Military Consumer Toolkit Launches on Revamped Military.Consumer.gov

Written by Guest Blogger · 17 November 2016

By Federal Trade Commission Staff

For military folks, financial decisions can have long-term effects on family life, security clearance, and mission readiness.

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Managing Debt – By the Numbers

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Written by Guest Blogger · 14 November 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Managing debt is a major concern of many Americans. Nearly four out of five Americans carry at least one of the following types of debt measured by the FINRA Foundation’s 2015 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS): mortgage or home equity loan; credit card balance; auto loan; student loan’ non-bank borrowing; or unpaid medical bills. And 40 percent of Americans reported thinking they “have too much debt right now.”

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Tip of the Day

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

    Kids learn from you, whether you’re teaching them or not. Get financially fit with help from @CFPB: http://bit.ly/2j2E0Hk #MSW2017

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.

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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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