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3 Ways to Save More Money This Tax Season

Tax Time Saving Tax Credits
Written by Alecia Blair · 09 January 2018

Tax filing season is upon us once again—an opportunity to assess your financial situation, set goals for the year, and find ways to save towards those goals. Here are three easy ways to save money this tax season and get a jumpstart on your savings goals in the New Year:

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Retirement Hot Topics and More for Military Savers: Read Military Saves Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

Written by Lani Poblete · 21 December 2017

With the Blended Retirement System opt-in period beginning on January 1, many service members are busy educating themselves on their retirement options. Reflecting this, three of our five most popular blogs this year on MilitarySaves.org provided retirement savings advice.

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Reducing Financial Stress During the Holidays

Holiday Financial Well-being
Written by Lani Poblete · 20 December 2017

While the holidays should be a joyful time, the busyness of the season on top of the financial burden can bring unwelcome stress. From out-of-town guests, to holiday gift giving, to hosting holiday gatherings, there are many factors that can leave us taking a few deep breaths.

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New Designation of Savings Excellence for Military Saves Week

Military Saves Week
Written by Alecia Blair · 19 December 2017

Installations and military-affiliated organizations around the world do a lot to help service members and their families save money and assess their financial readiness during Military Saves Week, throughout the first quarter of the year and beyond.

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How to Avoid Holiday Overspending

Budgeting Financial Planning Holiday
Written by Guest Blogger · 19 December 2017

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Have you ever joked with friends or family following a get-together that you’d been “overserved”? It’s a tongue in cheek expression, acknowledging that you exceeded your prudent limit of food or drink (and are now paying the price), but blaming someone else. You’re not fooling anyone, of course, but it spares your pride to jokingly fault the host instead of yourself.

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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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Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.

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60 Teens participate in Massachusetts Youth Saves Program

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

During the months of June & July, 60 teenagers aged 13-19 from Marine, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force families attended Youth Saves programs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help increase their knowledge of financial literacy.

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