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Seven Savings Tips for Young Adults

Young Savers
Written by Super User · 23 August 2012

Seven Savings Tips for Young Adults

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by Eric Bell, Editor-in-Chief, YoBucko

Saving money can be tough when you're just starting out in the real world. To help you understand how to save more money in your twenties, here are seven simple savings tips to help you save more money:

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Protecting Your Savings: Is the SGLI Enough

Insurance
Written by Super User · 21 August 2012

Protecting Your Savings: Is the SGLI Enough?

August 21, 2012
By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

To be a successful saver, you’ve really got to have all your bases covered.  You could have a nice fat bank account, but if you don’t have auto insurance and you get in an accident, or if you don’t have renter’s insurance and your dog bites the neighbor’s kid, you could be in big financial trouble.  So in order to preserve what you’ve got, you can’t ignore what I like to term “the boring stuff.”  Yet life insurance is something that most service members are completely uninterested in.  Yeah, I’ve got SGLI.  That’s all I need.   Yawn.  But it’s not quite as simple as that.  For some servicemembers, the standard top tier of SGLI coverage, $400,000, is way too much, but for many others, it is not nearly enough.

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Theme in Review: Getting Out of Debt

Debt
Written by Katie Bryan · 17 August 2012

August 17, 2012

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager

Over the past six weeks, the America Saves blog has featured a number of debt related articles. Given that getting out of debt is one of the most cited savings goals by American Savers, we sincerely hope that these many articles have been informative and helpful. We would like to thank our guest bloggers who have contributed some fantastic articles, as well as feature them once again before beginning our next theme for Young Savers and their parents.

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Saving for Retirement: TSP Contribution Allocations and Interfund Transfers

Retirement TSP
Written by Super User · 15 August 2012

Saving for Retirement: TSP Contribution Allocations and Interfund Transfers—What’s the Difference?

August 15, 2012
by Miriam Darden Settles, CFP®
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Contribution allocations and interfund transfers are transactions that you can make so that your TSP money is invested in the funds that you want.  What’s the difference between the two?  One directs the new money coming into your account, while the other lets you move around the money that’s already in your account.

Let’s take them one at a time.

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Back to School Savings

Written by Super User · 14 August 2012

Back to School Savings

August 14, 2012
by Jennifer Armstrong
National Guard Bureau
Family Programs Financial Readiness Program Manager Joint Staff J-1It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. 

I love summer. I love to water ski, go to the lake and bask in the heat. I simply love it. But when my daughter was in elementary and high school do you know what my favorite time of year was? BACK TO SCHOOL! I am doing the happy dance as I type this! No more whining about how there’s nothing to do. No more whining allowed! No more television at 2300! You have got to go to bed! School is in session.  However, the reality was I was not fond of the many expenses that I had to incur. I wondered how often would she really use that compass and why did she need it the first day of school? Were they going to draw concentric circles their first day of school? Then there were the uniforms. She went to elementary school in Oceanside California. They wore uniforms. I thought I loved that idea. But can you tell me what 7 year old can keep a white polo shirt white?

If any of this sounds like you, you’re faced with the purchasing of various school supplies, maybe not just for one, but for multiple children. Or maybe you’re a teacher who doesn’t get reimbursed for supplies.  How do we cut costs for this most wonderful time of the year? Read on…

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    Participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services. It offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. More info at tsp.gov

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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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How Smart Financial Decisions Can Create Opportunities 

Written by | November 22, 2019

Written by Stephen Ross, America Saves Program Coordinator | November 22, 2019

Of the many stories Military Saves shares, most describe how someone was in dire straits financially and worked their way out of it with the help of Military Saves. This time we want to highlight a different kind of story. This is a story about how responsible financial decisions can build on one another to create opportunities you thought only the super-rich enjoy.

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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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