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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?

Retirement MilitaryTransitions Investment Savings
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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Should You Rent or Buy a Home? Four Things to Keep in Mind

Emergency Fund Homeownership Housing Large Purchase
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 10 June 2020

Homeownership is often seen as the ultimate American dream, but should military families pursue this goal when they are moving to a new area for just a few years?

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5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Spend Your Stimulus Check

Written by Lila Quintiliani · 16 April 2020

 

For years, Military Saves has been advocating that savers should have a plan for their money. The stimulus check (technically called the Economic Impact Payment) that many Americans are receiving right now is no different. But these are turbulent times, and we are in uncharted waters. Before you make any decisions about spending, you should consider these points.

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Tip of the Day

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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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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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