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Military Spouses: This Military Transition Is Yours, Too!

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Written by Alecia Blair · 13 September 2016

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Whether you have spent four or 24 years following your servicemember around the country and world, don’t forget that your spouse’s separation or retirement from the military is your military transition, too!

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Understanding the BRS Can Give You a Leg Up

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Written by Guest Blogger · 06 September 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Today, 81 percent of members leave military service with no retirement benefits. None. But the military retirement system is changing. The Department of Defense (DoD) projects that under the new Blended Retirement System (BRS), which goes into effect in January 2018, 85 percent of service members will separate with portable retirement savings—partly because the BRS will automatically enroll into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) all new service members.

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The Great Transition…Isn’t Always So Great

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Written by Guest Blogger · 31 August 2016

By Brian Posten, Business Development Officer at Air Force FCU, USAF Senior Master Sergeant (retired)

At age eighteen, I realized I needed a major life change, and I knew hanging around where I grew up wasn’t the answer. So, in 1988, I joined the Air Force. My intention was to do four years and get out.  When my four years were coming to a close, I realized military life was perfect for me.  Adventure, discipline, education, and travel—not to mention, I also received a paycheck!

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Five Tips to Tackle Military Transition Challenges

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Written by Guest Blogger · 23 August 2016

By Forrest Baumhover, EA, Westchase Financial Planning, Principle

Your military transition will be one of the most challenging events in your life. Whether you’re separating after your first enlistment or retiring after a 30-year career, there will be obstacles. Here are five things you can do to ensure you’re properly prepared for your transition.

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Five Ways to Save While Back-to-School Shopping

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Written by Guest Blogger · 18 August 2016

By Madeline Daniels, America Saves Digital Communications Manager

Families sending children back to school in the fall plan to spend a record $917 per child, according to a new Rubicon survey. So why the high price tag? It turns out over a third of families’ budgets are expected to go to technology.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | February 25, 2014

    This Military Saves Week teach your #kids to be #debt free through #saving. Get resources on how to do it at  http://ow.ly/C7qor

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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.

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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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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