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Your Pay May Be Going Up This Month – But There’s a Catch

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 09 September 2020

Later this month, the United States government will be implementing a payroll tax deferral for about 1.3 million federal employees. The White House order specifically targets a 6.2% tax that employers deduct from wages to help fund Social Security. The details have not been completely fleshed out, but if you are a federal employee, including a military service member, here’s what you need to know about this deferral:

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How Military Families Can Save $500 to $1,000 for Emergencies

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 23 August 2020

Maintaining an emergency savings account may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who sink in debt. An emergency fund consists of a small amount of money, usually in a savings or share account, that you do not have easy access to. Keeping $500 to $1,000 of savings for emergencies can allow you to easily meet unexpected financial challenges such as:

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Discover Your Military Money Personality Type

Think Like A Saver
Written by · 08 July 2020

Did you know that you have a ‘Money Personality’ that gives insight into your relationship with money, your impulses, how you save, and how you spend? At Military Saves, our goal is to encourage you to save successfully. Knowing your money personality type can give you clues on how to be most effective on your journey to saving more, reducing debt, and starting to build wealth.

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Creating a budget for your military family

Written by Benjamin Moss · 25 June 2020

When living the military lifestyle, you just accept that there will be many things you can’t control. One thing you can control? How you spend and how you save. While that may look different every time you PCS to a new duty station, having a spending and savings plan (aka a budget)  in place is so important.

We’ve created an easy to use, but thorough, Spending and Saving Plan tool to use. Before you get started, here are some tips to help you #ThinkLikeASaver, ensuring that your money is working smarter and harder for you.

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Big changes coming to TSP Fund Lineup. Do you have the best fund for your situation?

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Written by Lila Quintiliani · 24 June 2020

The 1.3 million Uniformed Services participants in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are about to get more choices when it comes to investing their money. Starting July 1, 2020, there will be a total of ten Lifecycle Funds, bringing the number of fund choices up to 15.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | May 2, 2014

    33% of Americans spend more than they earn. The first step to eliminating #debt is to stop borrowing & make a budget.

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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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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