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3 Reasons Not to Consider a Big Tax Refund as “Extra Money”

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 02 April 2018

When you receive your tax refund, how do you usually spend it? If you’re one of the many people that views income tax as “extra money,” you might want to change your approach.

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Opted into BRS? Don’t Forget This Important Step

Written by Guest Blogger · 29 March 2018

By Beth Perry, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A major benefit of the Blended Retirement System (BRS) is the free money you can now get from your service. Each time you contribute to your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement account, your service will match it, up to 5 percent of your pay. But your contributions are not automatic if you opted into BRS – they don’t happen unless you choose to make them. And if you skip that important step, you risk missing out on hundreds of dollars in matching this year alone.

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Spring Break on a Budget

Savings Tips Vacation Travel Family Finances
Written by · 28 March 2018

Spring break vacations can help make these last few chilly weeks feel much more tolerable. While prices might be lower than during summer months, it still requires a decent amount of funds to jet-set off to an exotic location, especially if you have children. To help you stay on track with longer-term savings goals, we’ve compiled some tips and ideas on how to save on spring break while still getting the retreat that you and your family deserve. 

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Understanding the Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax Time Saving Tax Credits
Written by · 23 March 2018
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- and moderate-income working households.

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Spring Cleaning: Financial Edition

Written by · 15 March 2018

Spring is a time of transition and renewal, from the flowers and trees blooming, to lighter and shorter clothing replacing winter wear, to springing forward for daylight saving time.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2014

    Check out the #savings checklist tool containing 15 “savings accomplishments” to assess your savings effectiveness: http://ow.ly/C7tox

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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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.

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