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Emergency Fund - Budgeting for the Unexpected

Emergency Fund Emergency Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 20 April 2012

By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®
Military Saves Coordinator

Nearing the end of a long month… the 15th has passed and then there are still two more weekends until payday.How did this happen, how am I running out of money already?

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TSP Rolls out Roth in May

Written by Super User · 18 April 2012

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

Roth:  What’s it all about?

Simply put, Roth is all about options when it comes to the tax treatment of your TSP savings.  If you decide to make a Roth TSP contribution, the amount that you contribute comes out of your pay after-tax rather than before-tax as it does now.  That means that when you take withdrawals from your Roth balance, your Roth contributions come out tax-free because you’ve already paid the tax on them.  Not only that, but the earnings on those contributions are also tax-free provided you meet two basic Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements.*

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Ready. Save. Buy.

Bonds
Written by Guest Blogger · 13 April 2012

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC ®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

Just like clockwork they would arrive each year – the little certificates announcing that my aunt had purchased another savings bond for my birthday.  A few weeks and a thank you note later (Auntie A was always a stickler for the niceties), and a crisp Series EE savings bond would arrive in the mail.  When my daughters were born a few years ago, the tradition continued. 

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. Sign up or get more info at tsp.gov

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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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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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.

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