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Alecia Blair · 08 February 2017

Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

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Alecia Blair · 14 January 2015

Challenge Yourself to Save, Military Millennials

Alecia Blair · 05 July 2016

Deployment: More Reasons to Save, and More Options Too!

Alecia Blair · 20 March 2015

Five Bad Reasons to Jump Into Real Estate for Active Duty Military

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Five End of Year Savings Tips

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Alecia Blair · 23 August 2016

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Lost Your Savings Habit?

Alecia Blair · 30 July 2015

Military? Millennial? Now is the Best Time to Contribute to the TSP

Alecia Blair · 25 March 2015

New Partner Resource Packet Features Military Millennials & Savings: Download Now!

Alecia Blair · 13 June 2016

New Partner Resource Packet: Holiday Saving and Spending

· 28 October 2014

New Savings Goal Calculator Available on Investor.gov

Alecia Blair · 06 July 2017

New Year's Saving Resolution #1: Get Out Of Debt

Alecia Blair · 24 December 2014

New Year's Saving Resolution #2: Save Automatically

Alecia Blair · 31 December 2014

New Year's Saving Resolution #3: Save for Retirement

Alecia Blair · 08 January 2015

Operation Military Family Summer Savings Audit

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Part 3: Build a Foundation for Your Child's Money Skills Today

Alecia Blair · 09 December 2014

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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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From Shopaholic to Saver

Many of us spend too much money on things we don’t need, but we don’t always know why. It’s easy to get a quick fix from retail therapy, but before we know it, our hard-earned money is gone. Oftentimes, when we engage in a “shopaholic” lifestyle or sporadic shopping sprees, we still experience feelings of emptiness, but to make it worse, we now have debt, too.

Khanmany was a shopaholic who turned everything around. She is active duty Navy and shares, “I was spending too much on things I didn't need. I was going shopping for no reason and was trying to fill a void. I was running up every credit card I owned to include Victoria's Secret, Military Star, Navy Federal, TJ Maxx, JCPenney, Macy's, USAA, and was only paying the minimum payments.”

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

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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