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Saving at College: How One Student Encourages Saving on Campus

College Education
Written by Guest Blogger · 30 July 2014

By Leon Moukendi, Junior in Business (Accounting and Management) at Wiley College.

Leon was one of the leaders on Wiley campus during America Saves Week 2014 and encouraged many of his classmates to save money and take the America Saves Pledge. Read the full report of what Wiley did for America Saves Week here

The key to financial success is being aware of how you’re spending your money. It is important to mention that it is not always easy for a student to commit to save. Many of us get caught up with the trend of living beyond what we can afford.

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How to Save for Your Child’s Education with a 529 Plan

College Education 529 Plans
Written by Guest Blogger · 29 July 2014

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Financial Resource Management Specialist, eXtension Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) & Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Saving for a child’s post-secondary education is an important financial goal for many military families. There are three ways that servicemembers can pay for college or post-secondary vocational/technical school costs:

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Save Your Family Money by Going Green!

Savings Tips Young Savers
Written by April Crews · 24 July 2014

You may have heard a reporter on the news or read a news article quoting statistics on how it’s good for the environment to adopt and/or develop behaviors that benefit the environment. But did you know that many of those same behaviors that help the environment can also help you save money? Here are four ways you can save or make money while also helping to preserve the environment and reduce waste. Some even might improve your health!

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What Savers Say

Savings Tips
Written by Tammy Greynolds · 23 July 2014

If you read the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow @AmericaSaves on Twitter, you know that we love to share the best tips and advice on personal finance, savings, budgeting, and managing debt that we can get our hands on. We realize, though, that often the best advice comes from you, the saver.

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Decision Making: Living On or Off Base

Housing PCS
Written by Guest Blogger · 22 July 2014

By BrianaHartzell, Community Manager, USAA

This post  was originally published on the USAA Member Community blog. Find it at usaa.com 

Moving comes with many decisions, but one of the most important will be deciding whether you would like to live on or off post. Housing options are different depending on where your next assignment brings you, but there are a few things you should consider while making your decision.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2014

    Summer is a great time to teach your child about finance. Start with the Money as you Grow program http://moneyasyougrow.org/ 

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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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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.

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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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