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Six Warning Signs That You May Be Spending Too Much Money This Holiday Season

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Written by Laura Roler · 27 November 2014

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


The holidays are fast approaching, and you may already be spending money and buying gifts to prepare. Before you spend too much money, take a moment to watch for these six warning signs that you may be spending too much money this holiday season.  

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How I Tricked Myself Into Saving $500 This Christmas

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Written by Guest Blogger · 26 November 2014

By Kathleen O'Malley, Creator, Frugal Portland

Christmas shopping. How does something so predictable hit us over the head, year after year? How is it that every time Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re suddenly hit with the reality of a diminished bank account and a long list of people we love?

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Help Build a Foundation for Your Child’s Money Skills Today

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Written by Guest Blogger · 25 November 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. This three-article series provides tips for parents of young children, elementary and middle school students, and teenagers and young adults. The first part in this series is for parents with children, ages three to five.

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Look Fabulous at Your Military Ball without Spending a Fortune

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Written by Guest Blogger · 20 November 2014

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate


‘Tis the season for holiday military balls—a chance for you to get dressed up in a formal evening gown or tuxedo (if you’re a male guest) and celebrate time-honored traditions with your service member.

A military ball, however, can be very expensive. The trick is to set a ball budget and try to save ahead for these functions, rather than using a credit card. Depending on the branch and unit, it is common to have one or two military balls a year.

Whether it’s finding affordable attire or, for women, planning to get hair and makeup done, here are some ways to look fabulous at your ball without busting your budget.

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Are You in Debt?

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Written by Guest Blogger · 19 November 2014

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

By Gail Cunningham, Media Relations, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

People often ask me how they can tell if they’re in debt.  My standard answer is, “If it feels like it, you probably are.” Simply posing the question proves that you’re concerned.

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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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.

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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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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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