The best investment most borrowers can make is to pay off consumer debt with double-digit interest rates. For example, if you have a $3,000 credit card balance at 19.8%, and you pay the required minimum balance of 2% of the balance or $15, whichever is greater, it will take 39 years to pay off the loan. With accumulating interest, you will pay more than $10,000 in interest charges.
For additional information, see the National Foundation for Credit Counseling website at www.debtadvice.org.
These savings will provide funds for emergencies, future consumer purchases, home purchase, school tuition, or even retirement (also see Tip #4). You can use one (or more) of your six discretionary allotments to automatically transfer funds monthly from your into a savings account. Saving automatically is the easiest and most successful way to save. What you don't see, you will probably not miss.
The people of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) take pride in serving the men and women who defend America. We take our contributions to national defense seriously. We work hard to fulfill the important fiscal responsibilities entrusted to us by the American taxpayers.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.
For additional information, click here. Don't forget to have your spouse or family member save for their retirement as well. Click here for more information on saving for retirement.
A total of $10,000 may be deposited during each deployment and will earn 10% interest annually. You cannot close your account until you have left the combat zone, although your money will continue to draw interest for 90 days once you’ve returned home or to your permanent duty station.
For additional on the Savings Deposit Program, click here.
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