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Make a Plan: How to Save

Written by Katie Bryan · 03 December 2013

When it comes to saving money, the sooner you start, the better. It's not an act that's accomplished overnight, but a process that happens gradually and grows over time. Just remember, Start Small, Think Big.

Making ends meet can be a challenge. And in today's tough economy, you may wonder how it's possible to spare anything. But any amount saved - a quarter, a dollar - is progress. Those quarters and dollars add up. As you get into the habit of routinely "paying into your savings" you'll see the money you're setting aside grow.

Five Saving Strategies

Not sure what you should be saving for? Get started with one of our top five savings strategies.

Savings Tips

54 ways to cut back spending and save some cash.

Finding Money to Save

Find out how small amounts saved each month can equal large yearly savings.

Saving on a Tight Budget

Here are our top ten tips for saving money when budgets are tight.

Financial Products

Not sure where to put the money you save? These accounts can help keep your money safe, secure, and growing.

Saving with U.S. Savings Bonds

Setting money aside for the future is an important step toward reaching your long-term goals, whether that means saving for your child’s college education or preparing for a more comfortable retirement. Learn how convenient saving can be with Treasury securities.

Saving at Tax Time

Receiving a refund this tax season? Learn how to use that money to pay down debt and save instead of buying something you might not really need.

Set a Goal: What to Save For

Written by Katie Bryan · 03 December 2013

Saving money, improving your financial life, building wealth. It all starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal. So what is your goal? Set up an emergency cash fund? Get out of debt? Make a down payment on a car or home? Sock away money for college or retirement?

 

Military Saves Reports

Written by Katie Bryan · 25 November 2013

 

2019 Military Saves Saver Survey Results

The 2019 Military Saves Saver Survey analyzes trends related to savings and the financial readiness of service members and families. The results will help to not only improve our program but to help our supporting organizations better understand the realities the military community faces when it comes to finances.

Click here to download the Military Saves survey results report.

America Saves Week/Military Saves Week 2019 Annual Report

Incredible progress was made in attacking the savings crisis through your efforts and activities during America Saves Week and Military Saves Week 2019. With engagement from over 2,000 organizations across the U.S., 40,000 Americans created savings plans and were motivated to assess their financial behaviors. Download the report

Military Saves 2018 Annual Report

For more than 15 years, Military Saves has motivated military families to save money and focus on their financial readiness. As the initiative celebrates this milestone, it is reimagining itself as a program that is more than a week-long campaign or pledge. Download the report

Military Saves Week 2017 Annual Report

Military Saves Week (the last week in February) is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status. Military Saves Week is a worldwide financial readiness celebration! Check out how Military Saves Week 2017 happened at installations and organizations around the world! Download the report

Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | February 11, 2014

    #Save just 1% of your income this year and grow $250-$500 in savings by the end of the year depending on your salary: http://ow.ly/tvMwQ

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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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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

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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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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