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    Check out the #savings checklist tool containing 15 “savings accomplishments” to assess your savings effectiveness: http://ow.ly/C7tox

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Compound Interest

    Written by Laura Roler | August 27, 2015

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

    Compound interest can work for you or against you. It can provide some amazing benefits, turning a few thousand dollars into a million dollar fund over your lifetime, just in time for a comfortable retirement. However, compound interest is not a concept that only applies to retirement savings. As it applies to debt, it can be a lifelong weight on your finances.

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  • Considerations for Separating or Retiring from Military Service

    Written by Guest Blogger | August 26, 2015

    By Meghan Northcutt, AFC® Candidate, FFC Candidate

    Separating and retiring from military service can be a difficult time; it comes with excitement and worry simultaneously. The time has come for you to consider what your life will look like after your military service commitment is completed. Here are three considerations to help increase the success of this major transition.

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  • Leaving the Military = Losing Tax Breaks

    Written by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2015

    By The USAA Educational Foundation

    If you’re getting ready to leave the military you’re probably poised for many of the changes that are about to come your way. No doubt you’ve considered things like who you’ll be working for, what you’ll be doing, and, of course, where you’ll be living.

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  • Military Transitions–What to Expect

    Written by Guest Blogger | August 20, 2015

    By: FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

    The first thing to realize about your transition from the military back into the civilian community is that you’re in good company. Millions of U.S. servicemen and women have successfully navigated this passage, and you will too. Your glide path back into the civilian community can be smooth or turbulent, though, and you want to do all you can to make a successful reentry.

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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.

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A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.

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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.

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