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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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Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Written by Guest Blogger · 26 April 2012

By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®
Military Saves Coordinator

So here’s another blog about kids.  Naturally, we didn’t mean this to happen, although since today is Take your Son or Daughter to Work day I thought the kid-focused blog deserved another appearance.

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Case of the "I Wantas"

Written by Guest Blogger · 23 April 2012

By Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

Do you hate to go shopping with your kids?  It seems like everywhere we go these days, there is STUFF to buy.  When I was a kid, the check out at the grocery store might have gum, alka seltzer and a magazine or two. 

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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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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 13, 2014

    Start an emergency fund by saving $10/week or $40/month to save $500 by the end of the year http://ow.ly/rswS2

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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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