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Pain in the FAFSA

College Education
Written by · 14 May 2012

Planning for College Doesn't have to be a Pain in the FAFSA* - New Government Tool Helps Military Families Plan for College

By Sean Naron
Administrative and Advocacy Associate at Consumer Federation of America (and recent College Graduate)

College is expensive. Really expensive.  The cost of tuition, board, books (and beer) seems to go up every year and between loans, grants, work study, and the other myriad forms of financial aid (including the dreaded on-campus job), it can nearly impossible to figure out what you will owe for four years of fun higher education.

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Get Sweaty

Savings Tips
Written by Super User · 10 May 2012

Get Sweaty: Do Sweat the Small Stuff and Find Out How Much You Can Save!

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

A while ago I read a personal finance article, and the gist of it was “don’t sweat the small stuff.”  That people needed to pay attention to saving on big ticket items, like houses, cars, rent, and so on and to stop wasting their time nit picking over the minute details of their spending.  Well, I couldn’t disagree more.  I think most people get into difficulties because they don’t pay sufficient attention to what they are spending their money on daily.  They are literally nickling and diming themselves into financial difficulties.

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Murphy's Law and Emergency Savings

Emergency Savings
Written by Super User · 04 May 2012

Murphy’s Law and Emergency Savings

7 May 2012
By Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, AFC®
Owner, Military Money Chica, Personal Finance Blog

I’m sure you’ve all met my friend, Mr. Murphy.  He’s a frequent visitor to our home and is notorious for showing up when we least expect it.  Mr. Murphy can be quite an expensive houseguest with little regards as to how his actions will impact your finances.

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Tips From a Military Saver - A Plan for Success

Budgeting Retirement Saving
Written by Super User · 02 May 2012

Tips from a Military Saver - A Plan for Success!

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

There are lots of folks who believe that because they make a small salary, there is no way for them to save.  “I pay my rent and my bills,” I’ve had people tell me, “and there’s just nothing left over.”  Well, our newest success story is proof positive that there IS a way for individuals and families to save no matter their income level.  Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga is the only breadwinner for his family, yet they have a healthy 3-6 month emergency fund, have no car payments, max out contributions to his and his wife’s Roth IRAs, and are on goal to pay off their 30 year mortgage in only 12 years.  You can read Staff Sergeant Zuniga’s inspiring story here.

How does he do it, you ask? Well, I think the takeaway from his tale is that there isn’t a single thing that he does that has led to his success.  Rather, there are MANY things that he and his family do that have set them on the path to financial freedom.

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Financial Direction

Written by Super User · 27 April 2012

Lost?  Check Your GPS.  Need Financial Direction?  Set a Goal and Make a Plan!

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

If I need to find a particular place, I look it up on Google maps. Or enter it in the GPS.  Occasionally, because gadgets can get it wrong, I look at an actual paper map. The point is, I wouldn’t think of starting on a journey without at least some idea of where I was going. But that’s what millions of Americans are doing every day when it comes to their money. A new Planning and Progress study released by Northwestern Mutual last week found that a whopping 45 percent of Americans have no financial plan at all. Zip, zilch, nada. If you are one of those hapless folks, then it’s time to dig out your road map and at least figure out where you’re going.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2014

    Check out these 54 Ways to #save on groceries, transportation and more >> http://ow.ly/sfsPP

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A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.

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Money on the Side

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait -- A colonel in the 1st Theater Sustainment Command has money on his mind.

Army Col. George Fields, the Chief of Intelligence, or G2, has been teaching a free "Managing Your Money" class here in his spare time. More than 400 students have attended his six week-long class to learn more about increasing their own finances.

"All I did was sit down and listen to a guy one day who showed me what he was doing" said the colonel as he explained how he became interested in what he calls, "becoming financially free."

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Building Wealth by Setting Goals

Written by Super User | April 24, 2013

My name is Allison Mecadon and I’m a Youth Coordinator with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program. My husband, Tom, is an M-Day Army National Guard Member (an M-Day member is one who performs weekend drill, but is not on full-time duty).

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