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Save Money and Give the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

Budgeting Holiday Holiday Spending & Saving
Written by Lani Poblete · 21 November 2017

According to the National Retail Federation’s recent survey, more than 164 million Americans plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday. And of those, a whopping 20 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day.

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'Tis the Season for Saving!

Budgeting Holiday Spending & Saving
Written by Guest Blogger · 16 November 2017

By Jillian Stone, Caseworker, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with the glitter and glam can come stress, anxiety, and impulse. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Consider using some of these tips to keep from being overwhelmed, overworked, and overspent!

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7 Ways to Avoid Scams

Fraud Identity Theft Scams
Written by Guest Blogger · 14 November 2017

In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week, Military Saves shares seven tips from Military Consumer on how to avoid falling prey to scams. 

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Your 21-Day Fix to Creating a Healthy Savings Habit

Automatic Savings Savings Tips Financial Planning Financial Fitness
Written by Alecia Blair · 09 November 2017

By Alecia Blair, Military Saves Communications Strategist & Outreach Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Set a goal. Make a plan. Save automatically. This Military Saves tagline and motto may sound easy enough, but what exactly does it mean?

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Time is on your side, millennials!

Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 08 November 2017

By Madalyn Pemberton, America Saves Communications Associate and Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Strategist & Outreach Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

While childhood, school years, and first jobs may have seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, retirement might still feel like a lifetime away for millennials. And while it’s definitely far off in the future, compound interest means you can never start saving too early for such long-term savings goals –  it can give you a huge boost up.

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Tip of the Day

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

    Learn financial lessons as a family. Make decisions and practice good $$ mgmt together: http://bit.ly/2juPwr1 #BetterMoneyHabits #MSW2017

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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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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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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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