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Written by Katie Bryan | December 11, 2013
More consumers plan to spend more than last year, and fewer consumers will spend less than last year, according to the 14th annual holiday spending survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and the Credit Union National Association. Since 2012, the percentage who said they would spend more than the previous year rose from 12 to 13, while the percentage who said they would spend less declined from 38 to 32.Read more...
Written by April Crews | December 10, 2013
If you still have holiday shopping, parties, and travel to plan and spend for, chances are anxiety will set in at some point. If you are feeling overwhelmed, one way to help reduce your stress is to see where you can cut costs. If you’re looking for ways to save in the coming weeks, use the Military Saves theme to help you save this holiday season: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.Read more...
Written by April Crews | December 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
This past October, I realized how important saving for emergencies is after needing emergency dental work. I wasn’t happy that I had to dig into my hard earned savings that I had planned to use for a beach vacation, but it was either get the $2,000 procedure or live with excruciating pain. Unplanned life events like these are why I keep an emergency fund. You never know what can happen, and emergencies are almost always untimely and inconvenient. An emergency fund can help soften the blow.Read more...