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New Theme: Paying Off High-Cost Debt

Debt
Written by Katie Bryan · 09 July 2012

July 9, 2012

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., America Saves communications manager

Over the next five weeks, the America Saves blog will feature articles and guest blogs on the topic of paying off high-interest debt. America Saves, along with our 52 local campaigns will be featuring information on how to reduce your debts and where to get help.

Borrowing more money than you can afford is costly in many ways. Americans spend well over $75 billion a year just on credit card interest and fees. That means that families who revolve credit card balances pay an average of $1,500 a year in interest and fees.

Too much debt isn’t just expensive. People with lots of debt often say they lack peace of mind. They worry constantly about paying off debts and making ends meet. The stress of these worries affects their family life, work performance, and other areas of their lives.

If you would like to join the conversation about paying off high-interest debt, download our latest resource packet. The resource packet contains:

  • A sample article
  • Social media content
  • Tools and resources

Download the Resource Packet

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Preparing for Retirement: Gender Differences in Approaches to Money

Written by Super User · 06 July 2012

6 July 2012
By Dylan Tansy
America Saves Intern

Growing up, everyone knew which parent you had to ask for certain things like new clothes or to spend the night at a friend’s house. For me, almost everything was up to my mom unless I wanted something expensive or a “boy thing” like a sling-shot, in which case I would ask my dad. These gender differences obviously vary from family to family, but some level of difference is almost universal. A recent FoxBusiness article discussed an Ameriprise Financial survey that explored these differences of how middle aged men and women differ in their approaches to financial conversations and giving financial help to other family members.

What seemed to be the largest takeaway point is that middle aged, or baby boomer men tend to be more optimistic about their financial futures and retirement than women. Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, attributed this to the fact that the surveyed men were more likely to have set aside money for retirement, and figured out the amount of money they would need for retirement. Men seem to generally have more of plan when it comes to retirement.Another contributing factor that she pointed out was that men were less likely to have taken time off from the workforce to stay at home with children, or provide care for aging parents. This increased average time in the workforce for men allowed them to save more money in many cases.

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Jumpstart Your Savings

Savings Tips
Written by Super User · 02 July 2012

Jumpstart Your Savings

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

New research published by Bankrate.com last week showed that 58% of Americans don’t have three months of emergency savings while a full 28% of Americans have no savings whatsoever.  When times are tough and it’s hard to make ends meet, it’s difficult to see the benefits of saving, but the truth is, an emergency fund can be your lifeline, and the only thing between you and financial ruin.  I have seen people go in to perpetual credit card debt because they suddenly had to buy a set of tires.

At Military Saves, our mantra is to Start Small, Think Big, and that’s exactly the way you can approach building up your emergency fund, even if you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

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Back on Track

Written by Super User · 28 June 2012

Getting Back on Track

June 28, 2012
by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Assistant Coordinator, Military Saves

So, you went ahead and blew your diet.  Your coworker brought in a homemade chocolate cake this morning, and you decided to have just one piece and then couldn’t resist seconds.  So when you attend a birthday party later this afternoon, you might as well have that third piece of pizza, right?  After all, your diet is already wrecked, isn’t it?  WRONG!  Diets, which are very much like budgets, are tough to stick to; we all make mistakes, we all fall off the wagon, so to speak.  The key is that we need to learn to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again.

Here are some tips for getting back on track once you’ve gone on a spending binge.

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Tales from a Not-So-Extreme Couponer

Savings Tips Shopping
Written by Super User · 25 June 2012

Tales from a Not-So-Extreme Couponer

by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

Grocery AisleFeeling the pinch at the register lately?  It’s not your imagination – prices *are* going up.  The Consumer Price Index (which essentially measures the change over time in the cost of a basket full of goods) for food went up 2.9% over the last year.  Some items, such as meats, eggs and seafood went up a lot more than that – turkey went up 9.2%, eggs were up 9.5% and canned/shelf stable seafood went up a whopping 11.3%.  Since you can’t just stop buying groceries, the trick is to shop smarter and be more discriminating.

Here’s how I save when I shop for groceries.  I won’t be featured on any of the extreme couponing shows, but I do manage to keep our food bill within our budget.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | January 26, 2017

    Set aside your #taxrefund for unexpected repairs or emergency expenses: http://bit.ly/2jargdi @MilitarySaves

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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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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.

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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