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New Military Transition Partner Packet Available!

MilitaryTransitions partner resource packet
Written by Alecia Blair · 02 August 2016

Military Saves’ mission is to promote the importance of savings and to encourage servicemembers and their families to take financial action. Over the next six weeks, our campaign will be focused on the big transition: leaving the military.

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Do you know the credit score basics?

Debt Credit Score creditscorequiz
Written by Guest Blogger · 19 July 2016

By Madeline Daniels, America Saves Digital Communications Manager

What you might not know about credit scores could cost you thousands of dollars on a single loan, according to a new survey by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore.

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Understanding Investment Performance Claims

Investment Investor Alert SEC
Written by Guest Blogger · 14 July 2016

By the SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

If you are in the market for an investment, you will likely come across sales and marketing materials that describe an investment’s performance. You should know that performance information can be presented in many different ways. Before making a decision, always make sure you understand how any performance claim is calculated and presented – and whether or not the claim is reliable and applies to your particular circumstances. Here are a few things to consider.

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Millennials, Don’t Take a Vacation from Your Money Goals This Summer!

Military Saves Pledge Military Millennials Financial Goals
Written by Alecia Blair · 11 July 2016

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

While you may be basking in the summer sun, enjoying some much-deserved leave and time away from your usual duty day responsibilities, now is not the time to take a hands-off approach to your money.

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Challenge Yourself to Save, Military Millennials

Savings Personal Savings 30 days of savings MFLN
Written by Guest Blogger · 05 July 2016

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

July is “hump month” for personal finances. Half of the year is already over but there are still five + months to make positive financial management changes, such as saving money, reducing income taxes, and paying off debt. In an effort to help military families build wealth, the Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance (MFLNPF) team is sponsoring the 30 Days of Saving Challenge during July 2016. Military Saves is encouraging military families to accept the challenge!

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Tip of the Day

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

    Mid-career and no retirement savings? There's still time! Start your #TSP today. http://bit.ly/2kgapHa via @MilitarySaves #MSW2017

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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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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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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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