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What's So Great About the TSP?

Retirement TSP Military Millennials
Written by Guest Blogger · 21 June 2016

By The USAA Educational Foundation

Military millennials: Are you ready to start investing for retirement? Don’t overlook one of the easiest ways to get startedthe Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP. This tax-advantaged program allows service members to invest money for retirement through payroll deductions. Think of it as the federal government's version of a 401(k). 

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Ten Last Minute Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas

Savings Tips Summer Savings Father's Day
Written by Guest Blogger · 16 June 2016

By Madeline Daniels, America Saves Digital Communications Manager

Father’s Day is just days away and you’re still searching for the perfect gift for dad. You’re not the only one. In fact, most Father’s Day spending is on the day itself, going to dinners, brunches, and outings.

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New Partner Resource Packet Features Military Millennials & Savings: Download Now!

Emergency Savings Savings Military Millennials Milestones
Written by Alecia Blair · 13 June 2016

Nearly three-quarters of servicemembers are military millennials, roughly ages 18-34. If your organization serves this population or if you are a military millennial, this resource packet is for you!

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Three Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

Savings Budget Retirement Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 07 June 2016

From the America Saves Blog

You know it’s important to save for your future - maybe for an emergency, a down payment on a house, or your retirement. But if you’re just scraping buy, saving toward your goal can seem like an unlikely dream.

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The Inadvertent Landlord

Homeownership PCS Real Estate Landlord
Written by Guest Blogger · 31 May 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Sometimes military families unintentionally invest in real estate. You purchase a home at one duty station, and then receive unexpected PCS orders to another duty station beyond commuting distance of their current home. You may not have time to sell your property, or may determine that the housing market has declined, and it’s not the right time to sell. Congratulations, you are now an “inadvertent landlord!"

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Tip of the Day

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

    Manage your debt by the numbers. Fees and interest rates might be keeping you in the red: http://bit.ly/2j2IgpY @FINRA_Investor #MSW2017

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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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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.

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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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