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  • Written by Guest Blogger | May 2, 2014

    33% of Americans spend more than they earn. The first step to eliminating #debt is to stop borrowing & make a budget.

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  • New Resource Packet Available: Managing Credit & Debt

    Written by Laura Roler | September 3, 2015

    We have put this resource packet together with you in mind to help the servicemembers and families you serve better manage debt and credit and to promote the importance of savings long term.

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  • Buying A Used Car: Your 27 Point Checklist

    Written by Guest Blogger | September 3, 2015

    The following post comes from the America Saves blog.

    Purchasing a used car is an exciting experience. Buying the right set of wheels can lead to great road trips and miles of safe and enjoyable fun and can give you the satisfaction of a new car without the new car price. On the other hand, buying the wrong used car can cost you thousands of dollars overnight.

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  • The Not-So-Obvious First Steps to Getting Out of Debt

    Written by Guest Blogger | September 1, 2015

    By The USAA Educational Foundation

    If you’re desperate to get out of credit card debt, chances are you’re using every extra dime you’ve got to try and knock down your balances. And while this is completely understandable, it’s probably not the best approach.

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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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One That Almost Got Away

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Brody Lockwood - Like a typical fledgling, I started down the track of financial indebtedness. Nineteen years old and nothing to lose. Credit - who need it? Savings - that was for older people with responsibility. Debt - my parents were in debt ergo it must be OK. When I was eligible for reenlistment, I reenlisted for a multiple of 3 worth $15K. I was happy to pay off my debt, but would I be able to stay out of debt?

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One Sailor's Course to Financial Freedom

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

We all know its not easy to get out of debt once you in over your head. But it can be done with the sound advice and support that the Military Saves program offers. I am a testament to that. I was a recently divorced, single mother. Like many people I had credit card debt, a car loan, bad credit, and a low income job that never seemed to be enough to put food on the table.

Then I decided I'd had enough of living paycheck to paycheck and worrying about money all the time.

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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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