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Saving for Life’s Challenges during Military Saves Week

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Written by Guest Blogger · 04 March 2017

By The USAA Educational Foundation

No life is without challenge, that is for sure – but military life often includes its own unique challenges. No matter your rank, branch, age or location, there is at least one universal truth: the unexpected is expensive.

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Looking for extra money? 8 Debt Management Tips That Could Help Military Service Members Save Money Each Month

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Written by Guest Blogger · 03 March 2017

By Jerry Quinn, head of Wells Fargo Military & Veteran Programs

Want to learn how debt management could help you save money? You’re not alone. One way to help manage debt is to pay it down sooner. You could save on interest over time and reduce the total cost of borrowing.

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A Simple Guide to Planning For Retirement

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Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2017

By Kevin Driscoll, CFP®, VP, Advisory Services, Navy Federal Financial Group

If you were asked to visualize retirement, what would you see? You may see yourself living on a beachfront property, cruising around in your dream car or even turning your favorite hobby into a business. Regardless of what retirement looks like to you, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy it.

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4 Things Military Parents Can Do to Prepare Their Children For Financial Success

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 February 2017

By Jerry Quinn, head of Wells Fargo Military & Veterans Programs

When was the last time you thought about money? Chances are it was today, since most adults deal with money on a daily basis. We pay bills and buy groceries. We consider money when weighing job opportunities, when determining where we’ll live, and when (or for some, if) we will retire. We are faced with financial decisions constantly. And yet, the vital skills of money management, budgeting, and saving are often missing from the curriculums at our children’s schools.

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Create a Good Habit this Military Saves Week: Pledge to Take Financial Action

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Written by Alecia Blair · 22 February 2017

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager,  AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Military Saves Week (February 27-March 4, 2017) is an opportunity to hit the pause button on the high-speed tempo of your military life and assess your financial fitness. So, how are you doing? Much like improving your PT score, could you improve your financial health? This Military Saves Week, create healthy savings habits by taking action. Here’s how and why it’s so important.

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Tip of the Day

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

    Kids learn from you, whether you’re teaching them or not. Get financially fit with help from @CFPB: http://bit.ly/2j2E0Hk #MSW2017

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One That Almost Got Away

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Brody Lockwood - Like a typical fledgling, I started down the track of financial indebtedness. Nineteen years old and nothing to lose. Credit - who need it? Savings - that was for older people with responsibility. Debt - my parents were in debt ergo it must be OK. When I was eligible for reenlistment, I reenlisted for a multiple of 3 worth $15K. I was happy to pay off my debt, but would I be able to stay out of debt?

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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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Money on the Side

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait -- A colonel in the 1st Theater Sustainment Command has money on his mind.

Army Col. George Fields, the Chief of Intelligence, or G2, has been teaching a free "Managing Your Money" class here in his spare time. More than 400 students have attended his six week-long class to learn more about increasing their own finances.

"All I did was sit down and listen to a guy one day who showed me what he was doing" said the colonel as he explained how he became interested in what he calls, "becoming financially free."

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