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Is Spending More Fun Than Giving?

Emergency Savings Impulse Buying
Written by Guest Blogger · 17 December 2014

By Gail Cunningham, Vice President of Public Relations, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Spending is more fun than saving. Or is it? Without a well-funded savings account you’re living on a slippery financial slope that can very quickly wreck havoc on your financial life. After all, it’s not if, but when, the next unplanned expense is going to occur. 

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SEC Offers Many Resources for the Military on Investor.org

Investing Savings resources
Written by Guest Blogger · 16 December 2014

By the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education & Advocacy

Learning how to make informed investing decisions and avoid common scams can make a big difference in your later years. With a basic understanding of investment options and how scam artists work, you can avoid fraud and grow your hard-earned money.

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Prepare for Military Life's Surprises...With Your Tax Return

Tax Time Saving tax return Military Life
Written by Alecia Blair · 11 December 2014

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate
By now, you may know how you want to spend your tax return. Before you’ve spent the money in your mind, think about this. Military life poses many challenges that are very different from civilian life. These challenges can often be eased by having some money saved. With deployments and permanent change of station (PCS) moves, here are some wiser ways to spend your tax return in the New Year.

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Protect Your Identity During the Holiday Season

Holiday Identity Theft Identity Fraud
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 December 2014

by Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Family Finance Extension Specialist

The holiday season is in full swing! This can be one of the busiest times of year as we juggle office and school holiday parties, gift purchasing, and family celebrations. This is also the biggest shopping season of the year, making holiday shopping hot-spots, including brick and mortar stores and online retailers, primary targets for identity thieves. 

Here are six simple steps that you can take to help protect yourself this holiday season (and year-round):

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Part 3: Build a Foundation for Your Child's Money Skills Today

Savings Teen
Written by Guest Blogger · 09 December 2014

By the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In this series, you can help your kids get on the right financial track—without being a financial expert yourself.

Most adults can trace the development of their financial lives back to childhood. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau researched more about this topic to determine what the most helpful activities are for children and youth as they learn and grow. The third part of this series if for the parents of teenagers and young adults.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | April 15, 2014

    Use your #tax refund wisely by using 30% of your refund to pay down debt. More tips at http://ow.ly/squUJ 

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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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Start Small and Keep on Saving

Written by Super User | March 6, 2012

Although Major James Kenisky only recently took the Saver's Pledge, he has been living by its tenets for many years: Start Small. Think Big.

Starting Small

I want this story to help others and I am certain I am not the only one who has achieved the level of success in the military that I have.  I am just one voice.  I started saving when I became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

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Money on the Side

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait -- A colonel in the 1st Theater Sustainment Command has money on his mind.

Army Col. George Fields, the Chief of Intelligence, or G2, has been teaching a free "Managing Your Money" class here in his spare time. More than 400 students have attended his six week-long class to learn more about increasing their own finances.

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