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5 Holiday Mistakes That Could Cost You

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Written by Darlene Aderoju · 30 November 2018

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to enjoy vacations, catch up with family and friends, and eat great food. While the holidays are about quality time and making memories, it’s easy to get caught up with spending money. Here are five holiday mistakes to avoid this year so you can enjoy the season with your finances intact:

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BRS: To Opt-In or Not – Time is Running Out

Written by Guest Blogger · 13 November 2018

By Andia Dinesen, Executive Vice President for Communications & Operations, Association of Military Banks of America

December 31, 2018 will be the last day, for those who are eligible, to opt-in to the Blended Retirement System (BRS).  Knowing your options, understanding implications for your future, effects on your current budget, weighing pros and cons of staying on the Legacy (HIGH-3) or opting into BRS, should play a role in your decision. This is an important personal decision.

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3 Benefits Every Veteran Should Know About

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 09 November 2018

Veterans have earned benefits that honor them for their service. Some of these benefits include free tax preparation services and burial services. These benefits are a thank you to retired service members for their years of dedicated service. Here are three benefits every veteran should know about than can help them and their families save on expenses. 

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Should I Stay or Should I Go…Into the Blended Retirement System?

Written by Alecia Blair · 31 October 2018

By Alecia D. Blair, AFC®, Military Saves Director 

Cue the first line of lyrics from The Clash’s 1982 hit song, Should I Stay or Should I Go! For eligible service members who haven’t already made their decision regarding whether to stay in the Legacy Retirement System or go into the new Blended Retirement System, that is the question. And the countdown to decide is on. 

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How to Know If You Have Enough Money to Retire

Written by Guest Blogger · 25 October 2018

By Lauren Minches, Actuary, Blueprint Income

Retirement, from civilian jobs, has become more complicated ever since employers stopped offering traditional pensions. Even worse, there’s an endless barrage of products, advertisements, and commercials trying to “help” you get ready for retirement. There’s enough advice floating around to create thousands of different retirements.

Before deciding which product, investments, or plan is right, you should understand the basic principles and math behind a successful retirement. So here they are…

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 1, 2014

    Are you ready to set your #savings goal and make a plan to achieve it? Take the Military Saves Pledge today http://ow.ly/C7sGZ

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.

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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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