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Save Part of Your Tax Refund and Have a Chance to Win Up to $25,000

Bonds Tax Refund
Written by Super User · 29 January 2013

January 29, 2013
By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator
Communication & Outreach

Studies have shown that, regardless of income, those with a plan are more successful savers.  And we’ve written in this blog previously about how savers should definitely have a plan for their tax refund.  Well, now the nonprofit Doorway to Dreams Fund has come up with an innovative and fun way to get taxpayers to save part of their refund.   They are sponsoring the SaveYourRefund sweepstakes which gives taxpayers a chance to win while saving for their own financial future. Beginning February 1st, 2013 and running through April 15th, 2013, all tax filers over age 18 that are due a federal tax refund and save at least $50 of that refund using IRS Form 8888 can enter the sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes will award four weekly prizes of $250 (a total of $1,000 in prizes each week) and all entrants will be eligible for a chance at winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.

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Make Saving Automatic

Automatic Savings
Written by Super User · 24 January 2013

It can be difficult to find the money to put aside for savings, but there is an easy way to save money without ever missing it: make your savings automatic

Saving automatically—through an allotment or automatic transfer of funds—to a short-term or long-term savings account is the best way to save. Why? Because you don’t have to think about it. Set it and forget it because it’s automatic! So, whether it comes to saving for your emergency fund, paying off a debt or investing in your retirement, set your savings on autopilot today! 

How to save automatically

  • Set up an allotment from your pay via myPay. Have an amount go to an account that is separate from your regular checking account.
  • Use your banking institution’s bill pay system to automatically transfer money from your checking account to a separate savings account.

Why automatic savings works

  • Saving automatically makes it easier to save because you don’t have to think about how much to save or take any additional steps.
  • It’s tempting to spend money when it’s readily available. If you don’t see the money, you are less likely to miss it.

I don’t have enough money to save

Everyone has the ability to save. At Military Saves, we say “Start Small, Think Big.” You can start with only $10 a week or month, but you have to start somewhere. When you get extra income, add that money to your account as well. Try saving:

  • A portion of your tax return
  • Deployment or other special pay
  • Birthday or holiday money
  • Money from items you've sold (garage sales and consignment)

Over time, your deposits will add up. Even small amounts of savings can help you in the future.

Do you save automatically? Let us know on our Facebook page.

Why You Should Pay Your Bills on Time

Debt Credit Score
Written by Super User · 24 January 2013

January 24, 2013
Carolyn Ell
AFC® Candidate
FINRA Military Spouse Fellow
www.financialpreparedness.org

Whether you are establishing credit for the first time or preparing to make a major purchase, building and maintaining a good credit score is important and within your reach. The better your credit score, the better the interest rate you will qualify for when buying a car, applying for insurance, or hooking up your utilities.

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Why FREE! Isn't Always a Good Deal

Spending
Written by Super User · 23 January 2013

January 23, 2013
by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator
Communication & Outreach

In the behavioral economics book Predictably Irrational, Duke University professor Dan Ariely speaks of the power of “FREE!”  Through experiments and studies, he discovered that the notion of FREE! is so persuasive that people may be tempted to buy things they normally wouldn’t, just because they are getting something FREE!

We’ve all experienced this to one degree or another: many times when you sign up for cable service, the cable company will offer you a higher tier package with additional premium channels for FREE for a limited time.  If you accept, you run the risk that you might forget to cancel the additional services and end up getting charged more.  And if you were initially only interested in a lower tier of programming, you may not even use the channels you got for FREE.

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New Year's Saving Resolution #2: Save Automatically

Automatic Savings
Written by Super User · 22 January 2013

New Year’s Saving Resolution #2: Save Automatically

The following post comes from the America Saves Blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

January 8, 2013
by Katie Bryan
America Saves Communications Manager

We consistently hear from savers that saving automatically is the easiest way to save. Some savers save all of their change, while others open additional savings accounts at separate financial institutions. Automating your savings will allow you to save regularly without having to think about it. Set it and forget it. Here are four ways you can save automatically in 2013.

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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: https://bit.ly/2fdv5O2

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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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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