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#MSW19 Savings Theme: Save the easy way...automatically

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Written by Tammy G. Bruzon · 26 February 2019

Never miss a beat when it comes to savings. Make it so easy you never have to think about it by setting aside money for savings automatically.

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#MSW19 Daily Theme: Save with a plan

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Written by Tammy G. Bruzon · 25 February 2019

Military Saves Week is finally here! Each day of Military Saves Week highlights a unique theme offering fresh opportunities to discuss and promote personal savings. Today, we kick off the Week discussing the importance of saving with a plan.

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Save with a Plan: Your Future Self Will Thank You

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Written by Guest Blogger · 25 February 2019

Written by Rachael DeLeon, Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®)

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.” - Meredith Willson

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Five Tax Tips for Service Members and Their Families

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 11 February 2019

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®, Military Saves Program Manager

  1. Find Out if the New Tax Legislation Affects You

Check and see if you need to take action before you file or whether you may need to file an amended return for a previous year. 

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New Tax Legislation Puts More Money into the Pockets of Many Military Families

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 04 February 2019

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®, Military Saves Program Manager

There are several new pieces of legislation that may affect military families’ 2018 tax returns. The implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act, and the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act will mean that most military families will be paying less in taxes this year. In some instances, though, taxpayers will have to take action in order to see the benefits of the legislation.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | May 12, 2014

    When opening an account with a bank or credit union ask about overdraft, ATM & other fees that may be in fine print. http://bit.ly/2IoelBh

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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.

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One That Almost Got Away

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Brody Lockwood - Like a typical fledgling, I started down the track of financial indebtedness. Nineteen years old and nothing to lose. Credit - who need it? Savings - that was for older people with responsibility. Debt - my parents were in debt ergo it must be OK. When I was eligible for reenlistment, I reenlisted for a multiple of 3 worth $15K. I was happy to pay off my debt, but would I be able to stay out of debt?

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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