#MSW19 Savings Theme: Save for the unexpected

Tammy G. Bruzon · 27 February 2019

10 Money Tips for College Grads

· 27 August 2014

2017 Military Saves Survey: Unexpected expenses the top savings challenge

Lani Poblete · 12 October 2017

5 Money Saving Tips for a Rainy Day

· 12 September 2012

5 Reasons You Should Start Saving for Emergencies

· 21 November 2012

5 Ways to Start and Maintain an Emergency Fund

· 05 December 2013

Affected by the recent natural disasters? These resources can help.

Lani Poblete · 29 September 2017

Be Money Wise at Tax Time: 5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

· 09 January 2014

Can Lack of Emergency Savings Lead to Mortgage Problems?

· 03 April 2013

Combat Changes in Your Paycheck with Battle-Hardened Transition and Emergency Funds

Alecia Blair · 25 April 2017

Emergency Fund - Budgeting for the Unexpected

· 20 April 2012

Emergency Savings

· 26 February 2018

Fall into Financial Preparedness & Consumer Identity Protection with These Resources

Alecia Blair · 25 October 2016

FINRA Survey Finds Military Has Strong Financial Capability, but Still Lack Emergency Planning

· 12 December 2013

Getting Ahead With Your Tax Refund

Alecia Blair · 22 December 2015

Have No Money to Spare? How You Can Build a Rainy Day Fund!

· 06 December 2012

Having a baby? Time to Start an Emergency Fund!

· 19 June 2014

How Emergency Savings Saved Me

· 23 October 2012

How to Avoid Stress When You Hit Life's Potholes: Get Your Emergency Fund Revved Up

· 18 September 2012

How to Expect the Unexpected

· 27 September 2012

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How Smart Financial Decisions Can Create Opportunities 

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

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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Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

Does the idea of saving up hundreds of thousands of dollars seem impossible? How about doing it while still living an enjoyable lifestyle?

For military spouse Martina and her husband, an E-5 in the Navy, accumulating a six-figure savings has become a reality. One might think that in order to save this much, it would take a great deal of sacrificing and forgoing a certain quality of life, but Martina and her husband would disagree. “Over the past few years (about five), we've managed to save almost $120,000 while mostly living on one income. We've learned so much about easy ways to save money and live a good life,” shares Martina.

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