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Finding the Funds for the Holidays

Budgeting Holiday
Written by Guest Blogger · 30 October 2014

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate

With less than two months to go before Christmas, the average American family is estimated to spend around $804 this holiday season, according to the National Retail Association. That’s up five percent from 2013. How will you pay for this holiday season without relying on credit cards and going into debt? Here are some ideas to find the funds for the holidays and enjoy this season of giving.

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Beware of Holiday Budget Busters

Budgeting Holiday
Written by Laura Roler · 23 October 2014

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

The holiday season almost always means extra expenses, ones that are often not considered when thinking of a monthly budget. 

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Identity Theft in a Digital Age: Deter, Detect, Defend.

Fraud Identity Theft Credit
Written by Guest Blogger · 22 October 2014

The following post comes from the America Saves blog.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

By Daniel Boylan, Instructor of Finance, Ball State University

Transunion reports that approximately 19 people become victims of identity theft every minute.

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You don’t have to give children an allowance—but if you do, talk about it

Written by Guest Blogger · 21 October 2014

The following content was provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) 

Giving children an allowance is a topic many parents discuss. Even within families, parents can disagree about whether it’s a good idea.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 18, 2013

    Ways to fund #holiday expenses without going into #debt: skip dining out and the movie theater. http://ow.ly/rIo0K 

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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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.

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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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