10 Money Tips for College Grads

· 27 August 2014

2017 Military Saves Survey: Unexpected expenses the top savings challenge

Lani Poblete · 12 October 2017

3 Things Generation Y Needs to Consider About Retirement

· 21 May 2013

4 Reasons to Contribute to the TSP — Despite Having a Military Pension

· 14 October 2014

5 Benefits of Paying Off a Mortgage Before Retirement

· 07 October 2013

5 Things to Do Now to Free Up More Cash for Retirement

· 25 July 2013

A Simple Guide to Planning For Retirement

Alecia Blair · 01 March 2017

Active Duty? Your Roth TSP Contributions May Stop Unless You Act

· 18 November 2014

BRS: Should I stay or should I go?

Tammy G. Bruzon · 23 October 2018

Considering A Thrift Savings Plan Rollover? Consider This.

Alecia Blair · 23 December 2014

Contributing to the TSP: A Few Simple Steps

· 18 July 2012

Don’t Squander Your “Rollover Moment”

· 18 September 2013

Earned Education Benefits: A Part of Your Retirement Plan

· 02 October 2014

Financial Strategies by Generation

Alecia Blair · 08 July 2015

Financial Strategies by Generation (for Young, Middle Aged, and Older Adults)

· 07 October 2014

Five Reasons You Should Save for Retirement Now

· 27 March 2013

Four Reasons to Contribute to the TSP—Despite Having a Military Pension

Alecia Blair · 18 August 2015

Four Simple Ways to Make Savings Automatic

Alecia Blair · 16 February 2016

Four Ways to Maximize Your Retirement through the Blended Retirement System

· 28 February 2018

How to Prepare for Getting Caught in the Middle of the "Sandwich"

· 21 May 2013

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One Sailor's Course to Financial Freedom

We all know its not easy to get out of debt once you in over your head. But it can be done with the sound advice and support that the Military Saves program offers. I am a testament to that. I was a recently divorced, single mother. Like many people I had credit card debt, a car loan, bad credit, and a low income job that never seemed to be enough to put food on the table.

Then I decided I'd had enough of living paycheck to paycheck and worrying about money all the time.

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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

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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A Plan for Success

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.

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