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Education Benefits for Service Members and their Families

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 06 August 2019

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®

Service members and their families can save on college and education expenses by taking advantage of available military benefits. But it is not always easy to keep up with the vast amount f information on the topic. Here is an overview of some of the resources out there: 

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How to Protect Yourself Against Scammers Targeting the Military

Online Scams Scams Military Consumer Month
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 02 July 2019

July is Military Consumer Month, a good time to draw attention to the scammers that target service members and their families.

The email looked very official -- it featured the red, white, and blue Bank of America logo and claimed to detect suspicious activity on Stephanie Talcott’s debit card. In small print at the bottom of the email, it stated that the bank might ask for information like PIN number, account number, or Social Security number.

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Make the Most of Your Vacation with These Easy Summer Savings Tips

Savings Tips Summer Savings Military Life
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 26 June 2019

Summer is here and whether you are road tripping, flying overseas, or simply having a staycation, it can be tough to save money when you’re in vacation mode and the kids (or adults!) have time on their hands.

We’ve asked several bloggers to share their summer savings tips.

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Do You Really Know the Score? Three Important Credit Tips

Credit History Credit Score Research
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 19 June 2019

Do you really understand your credit score? A recent survey by Consumer Federation of America (our parent organization) and VantageScore Solutions suggests that most people think they know more than they do. The 9th annual survey showed that while more consumers (55%) had recently checked their credit scores than in past years, fundamental knowledge of credit scoring went down by 10-20% since the first survey in 2012.

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How Fighting Aliens Can Help You Learn About Personal Finance

Consumer Protection CFPB Financial Education Misadventures in Money Management
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 June 2019
by Jim Rice, Assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently expanded its Misadventures in Money Management (MIMM.gov) financial education tool to all active-duty service members, including those in the Reserve or the National Guard.

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Setting a Goal Leads to Success

Written by Super User | May 24, 2019

Growing up, Marisa’s dad had always talked about saving first, but she said she didn’t really internalize it until much later. “I was drifting along with no plan, carrying a little bit of revolving debt, saving some money here and there, but without a real plan for it.”

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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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