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Saving for College

Written by Guest Blogger · 09 August 2019

Written by Kate Horrell | August 6, 2019

The college application season is getting into full swing, and high school seniors and their parents are starting to think seriously about college expenses and how they are going to pay for them. It’s a busy, confusing, and emotional process, but it is important that you take the time to sit down and figure out how much you can really afford, and where the money is going to come from. And then talk, a lot.

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Education Benefits for Service Members and their Families

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 06 August 2019

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®

Service members and their families can save on college and education expenses by taking advantage of available military benefits. But it is not always easy to keep up with the vast amount f information on the topic. Here is an overview of some of the resources out there: 

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How to Protect Yourself Against Scammers Targeting the Military

Online Scams Scams Military Consumer Month
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 02 July 2019

July is Military Consumer Month, a good time to draw attention to the scammers that target service members and their families.

The email looked very official -- it featured the red, white, and blue Bank of America logo and claimed to detect suspicious activity on Stephanie Talcott’s debit card. In small print at the bottom of the email, it stated that the bank might ask for information like PIN number, account number, or Social Security number.

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Make the Most of Your Vacation with These Easy Summer Savings Tips

Savings Tips Summer Savings Military Life
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 26 June 2019

Summer is here and whether you are road tripping, flying overseas, or simply having a staycation, it can be tough to save money when you’re in vacation mode and the kids (or adults!) have time on their hands.

We’ve asked several bloggers to share their summer savings tips.

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Do You Really Know the Score? Three Important Credit Tips

Credit History Credit Score Research
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 19 June 2019

Do you really understand your credit score? A recent survey by Consumer Federation of America (our parent organization) and VantageScore Solutions suggests that most people think they know more than they do. The 9th annual survey showed that while more consumers (55%) had recently checked their credit scores than in past years, fundamental knowledge of credit scoring went down by 10-20% since the first survey in 2012.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | April 25, 2014

    Develop a long-term plan for financial readiness by creating financial goals and striving for milestones. Positive outcomes usually start with a goal and a vision. http://ow.ly/sCvQQ

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Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

Written by Jackie Toops | November 13, 2020

Does the idea of saving up hundreds of thousands of dollars seem impossible? How about doing it while still living an enjoyable lifestyle?

For military spouse Martina and her husband, an E-5 in the Navy, accumulating a six-figure savings has become a reality. One might think that in order to save this much, it would take a great deal of sacrificing and forgoing a certain quality of life, but Martina and her husband would disagree. “Over the past few years (about five), we've managed to save almost $120,000 while mostly living on one income. We've learned so much about easy ways to save money and live a good life,” shares Martina.

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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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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