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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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How Fighting Aliens Can Help You Learn About Personal Finance

Consumer Protection CFPB Financial Education Misadventures in Money Management
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 June 2019
by Jim Rice, Assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently expanded its Misadventures in Money Management (MIMM.gov) financial education tool to all active-duty service members, including those in the Reserve or the National Guard.

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Getting Your Recent College Graduate in Financial Shape

Savings Tips Education Saving for College
Written by Darlene Aderoju · 06 June 2019

Do you have a recent college graduate returning home this summer? If so, your adult child may need a reality check about money management. The next step after walking across that stage is full on adulthood, and it’s important to understand the financial basics. Here’s how you can support your adult child in developing good financial habits.

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Four Tips for Free (or Almost Free) Summer Fun

Savings Tips Summer Savings
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 May 2019

It’s summer, the days are longer, school is almost out, and that can only mean one thing: kids everywhere are about to complain of boredom while moms everywhere will be snacked to death. While camps and other activities can sometimes be costly, there’s no need to break the bank to entertain your kids (and yourselves!) this summer. There are plenty of low- and no-cost activities available across the country.

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Why Military Spouses Should Get Ready for Retirement, Too

Retirement Survivor Benefits Military Spouse
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 22 May 2019

A recent study by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies highlights some sobering facts about women and retirement.  While women generally live longer than men, the average woman only has $34,000 in retirement savings, and most women don't have a backup plan for retirement. 

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  • Written by Guest Blogger | May 5, 2014

    Know how to request a free copy of your #credit report. It’s easy and safe. Just go to www.annualcreditreport.com

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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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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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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