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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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Financial Tips for Your Next PCS Move

PCS Personal Finance PCS Moves
Written by Guest Blogger · 17 May 2019

Military families move all the time, but to prepare for a life of moves, you need to know what to expect both before and after a move. That means asking a lot of questions and doing some research. Know the costs involved, make a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) plan, and set aside funds specifically ear-marked as a PCS fund.

The following tips can help you plan financially for your next move.

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Military Spouses and Moving

PCS PCS Moves Unemployment
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 May 2019

The loss of a military spouse's employment is frequently part of the PCS (Permanent Change of Station) reality. Many military spouses report that they lose significant family income when moving from state to state. Finding a job in a new state can be a challenge, especially if there are state-specific licensing and certification requirements. Fortunately, there are a few resources out there for spouses who are moving.

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PCS Costs and How to Manage Them

PCS Personal Finance PCS Moves
Written by Guest Blogger · 07 May 2019

by Kellie Artis

PCSing is a fact of military life and can often be an exhilarating adventure for service members and their families. I mean, you joined to see the world, right? However, being unprepared for a move can be costly and stressful and can actually cause you to dread a relocation every few years.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2014

    Teach your #kids about finance - start with the #Money as you Grow program >> http://moneyasyougrow.org

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From Shopaholic to Saver

Written by Jackie Toops | January 13, 2021

Many of us spend too much money on things we don’t need, but we don’t always know why. It’s easy to get a quick fix from retail therapy, but before we know it, our hard-earned money is gone. Oftentimes, when we engage in a “shopaholic” lifestyle or sporadic shopping sprees, we still experience feelings of emptiness, but to make it worse, we now have debt, too.

Khanmany was a shopaholic who turned everything around. She is active duty Navy and shares, “I was spending too much on things I didn't need. I was going shopping for no reason and was trying to fill a void. I was running up every credit card I owned to include Victoria's Secret, Military Star, Navy Federal, TJ Maxx, JCPenney, Macy's, USAA, and was only paying the minimum payments.”

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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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Living the Dream: This Military Couple Retired Early

Written by Jackie Toops | March 18, 2021

“Continuous dedication to financial peace pays off,” shares military couple, Denise and Jim. They would know, because at ages 52 and 53, they are already retired. The couple enjoyed life as an Army family for 32 and a half years and started planning for retirement decades ago. Denise shares, “We are not working a paid job, but are volunteering and meeting some personal fitness goals and enjoying some time together after many years spent geographically apart. It can be done!”

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