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  • Written by Guest Blogger | April 25, 2014

    Develop a long-term plan for financial readiness by creating financial goals and striving for milestones. Positive outcomes usually start with a goal and a vision. http://ow.ly/sCvQQ

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  • Six Warning Signs That You May Be Spending Too Much Money This Season

    Written by Guest Blogger | December 1, 2015

    By Laura Roler, Military Saves Associate, AFC ® Candidate, FINRA Military Spouse Fellow 

    The holidays are fast approaching, and you may already be spending money and buying gifts to prepare. Before you spend too much money, take a moment to watch for these six warning signs that you may be spending too much money this holiday season.  

  • The TSP: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    Written by Guest Blogger | November 24, 2015

    By Kisha A. Taylor, Writer-Editor, Thrift Savings Plan

    Although you may feel compelled to spend extra time and money on gifts for others during the holidays, don’t forget to include someone special—yourself! Here are a couple of ideas for your gift list:

  • Find Joy This Holiday, Not the Insanity of Consumerism

    Written by Alecia Blair | November 19, 2015

    By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications

    According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, this year, “consumers celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, and/or Kwanza will spend an average of $805.65 on food items, decorations, gifts and more over the holiday season.” This amount is “the highest amount in the survey’s 14-year history and in line with last year’s $802.45.”

  • Your Thrift Savings Plan Is Not a Christmas Club Account

    Written by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2015

    By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

    Need some extra spending money for the holidays? You may want to consider a Christmas Club account. Remember those? Although Christmas Club accounts aren’t often talked about these days, their purpose is wise: keep the saver out of debt at the holidays. By saving systematically throughout the year, that money can be used to keep Santa in the green.


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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.


Making Savings a Part of Marriage

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Capt. Rob Eckhardt is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been responsible with money. But less than 10 years after a rocky start to saving, Eckhardt reports that he and his wife are free from credit card debt, have a down payment on a home, and are saving regularly for retirement. And, as the Military Saves representative for his Air Force squadron, he’s helping others make similar progress.


Meet Wacinque BeMende

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Meet Wacinque BeMende. He’s so passionate about encouraging savings and promoting financial literacy, he’s established his own Kid’s Savings Program. Wacinque donated $15,000 to the Community Action of Laramie County in Cheyenne Wyoming to begin the Wacinque “ Rhino” Fund Endowment to help kids open savings accounts.



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