Military Saves Blog


Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.

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Saving to buy a car? Here’s what you should know.

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Written by Lani Poblete · 27 October 2017

Whether you're preparing to buy your first car or replace a current vehicle, you will need to first determine what kind of car you want and how much you can afford. 

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Three Ways to Avoid Paying Checking and Savings Account Fees

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Written by Lani Poblete · 27 October 2017

From monthly maintenance fees, to ATM withdrawal fees, to minimum balance fees, it can be hard to keep up with all the fees that are often associated with having a checking or savings account.

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International Credit Union Day: Pausing to Recognize the Role Credit Unions Play in Helping Military Service Members to Save

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Written by Alecia Blair · 19 October 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19 is International Credit Union Day—a great opportunity to recognize the important role that credit unions, like banks, play in creating savings opportunities for service members and their families.

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Predatory Practices Target Your Military Family: Financial Preparedness During Transition

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Written by Guest Blogger · 17 October 2017

By Skylar Crowley, Sales & Marketing Assistant, BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties

Military service members and families are familiar with change and transition. Because of their frequent mobility, military personnel are highly targeted by predatory business practices. A firm financial footing, scam awareness and identity theft prevention are essential to safeguarding service members through periods of change.

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2017 Military Saves Survey: Unexpected expenses the top savings challenge

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Written by Lani Poblete · 12 October 2017

Military Saves recently released the results of its 2017 Military Saves Saver Survey, which details the savings goals and challenges of Military Savers. The survey revealed that unexpected expenses are the top savings challenge for Military Savers (45 percent), followed by others depending on their income (30 percent). Retirement came in as the top savings goal (23 percent), followed by debt repayment (22 percent).

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2018

    Do you know the easiest way to save is automatically? This Military Saves Week, consider setting up a split deposit to transfer $ directly to your savings account every paycheck:

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Meet Wacinque BeMende

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Meet Wacinque BeMende. He’s so passionate about encouraging savings and promoting financial literacy, he’s established his own Kid’s Savings Program. Wacinque donated $15,000 to the Community Action of Laramie County in Cheyenne Wyoming to begin the Wacinque “ Rhino” Fund Endowment to help kids open savings accounts.


Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.


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.