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How to Recover from Your Holiday Spending Binge

Budgeting Holiday Spending
Written by Super User · 26 December 2012

December 26, 2012
By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator
Communication and Outreach

The wrapping paper is strewn around the house, you’ve had one too many helpings of pumpkin pie, and you’re afraid to go to the mailbox and get January’s credit card statements.  It’s happened again: you overspent this holiday season.  You’re not alone.  According to one survey, despite the financially tough times, the average American planned to spend more on holiday gifts this year than last.  If you didn’t pay cash, you must now pay for those gifts.  And if you want to start the New Year off on the right note, you’ll need to have a recovery strategy for your finances.

Stop Spending – You may be tempted to take advantage of all the after holiday sales, but if you already can’t pay for the gifts you gave, you should stop accruing more debt.

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Get Rich Slow: Maximizing Your Retirement in 2013

TSP Thrift Savings Plan Retirement Savings
Written by Super User · 20 December 2012

December 20, 2012
by CPO Tim Duncan, USN

The bi-weekly regularity of military pay, along with the relative job security we enjoy, creates a paycheck-to-paycheck culture where saving has been placed on the back burner. Regrettably, many servicemembers have little to no savings in place, while others have found themselves overburdened with debt. Yet there are many programs in place that help us overcome this trend, and the Thrift Savings Plan is the most powerful savings tool among them.

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America Saves and Sallie Mae Offer Tips to Help Graduates as Their Student Loan Repayments Begin

Student Loans Budgeting
Written by Super User · 19 December 2012

The following post comes from the America Saves Blog. Follow them on Twitter and By Katie Bryan

America Saves, an initiative of the Consumer Federation of America, and Sallie Mae recently released a tip sheet to provide recent graduates with information and tips on how to pay their student loans.

The information is particularly timely: the six-month transition period that most new college graduates are given before they are required to begin paying down their student loans comes to an end in November and Class of 2012 graduates with student loans will shortly begin to make their first payments.

“This November, many new college graduates will need to factor student loans into their spending and saving plans,” said Nancy Register, director, America Saves. “This may be the first time many students have had to create a budget and savings plan to ensure they can meet both their financial responsibilities and save for their future.”

“By following a few simple guidelines, graduates can take control of their finances and make student loan repayment manageable,” said Martha Holler, senior vice president, Sallie Mae. “Proactively planning and working with your loan servicer now will make for a successful transition to repayment.”

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5 Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year

Resolutions
Written by Guest Blogger · 18 December 2012

December 18, 2012

Andia Dinesen, AFC®
Military Saves Coordinator

As the end of 2012 quickly approaches, make sure to give your finances a checkup and discover if you need to make saving your New Year’s resolution. You may discover that you have debt you need to pay down or that you are ready to take the next step in savings. Helping yourself and your family save successfully for the future should be near the top of your resolution list – and it’s one resolution you can’t afford to break! Remember, you don’t have to make a lot of money to save successfully. Start Small. Think Big.

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What a Nine-Year Old Knows about Savings - Part 2

Youth Saving Children
Written by Super User · 17 December 2012

By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®
Military Saves Coordinator


When asked about saving, kids have a lot to say.  They may be repeating what they have heard from their parents, at school, or even something they’ve seen on TV.  But, they are beginning to form their own opinions at a young age.  It is interesting to see what they think of money and saving.  It is clear we all have different feelings about money and those feelings can begin to develop pretty early in life. In our last installment of What a Nine-Year Old Knows about Savings we found that both girls interviewed were saving from money they earned doing chores.  This new interview was a little different.

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Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

Written by Jackie Toops | November 13, 2020

Does the idea of saving up hundreds of thousands of dollars seem impossible? How about doing it while still living an enjoyable lifestyle?

For military spouse Martina and her husband, an E-5 in the Navy, accumulating a six-figure savings has become a reality. One might think that in order to save this much, it would take a great deal of sacrificing and forgoing a certain quality of life, but Martina and her husband would disagree. “Over the past few years (about five), we've managed to save almost $120,000 while mostly living on one income. We've learned so much about easy ways to save money and live a good life,” shares Martina.

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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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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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