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April Deadlines Looming: #ASW2015 Designation of Excellence & #MSW2015 Reporting Survey, Financial Institution Awards

#MSW2015 ASW2015
Written by Alecia Blair · 30 March 2015

With more than 32,000 pledges and re-pledges and 700 participating organizations, Military Saves Week 2015 was the most successful to date, thanks to you! Please help us recognize your efforts during #MSW2015 by keeping track of these upcoming deadlines.

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Military? Millennial? Now is the Best Time to Contribute to the TSP

TSP Savings Millennial
Written by Guest Blogger · 25 March 2015

By Abigail C. Reid, Writer-Editor, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

If you’re a millennial (born in or after 1982) in the military, you might encounter a number of financial challenges unique to your career path and age group. But as you face these challenges, one of your best opportunities to save for your future is with the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Below are the answers to some questions you might have about participating in the TSP.

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Deployment: More Reasons to Save, and More Options Too!

TSP Thrift Savings Plan Deployment Savings Savings Deposit Program Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Written by Laura Roler · 20 March 2015

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

Deployment—before, during, and after—can be a stressful time to say the least! Thankfully, there are some benefits offered during deployments that can help offset the challenges, help you get ahead, and improve your financial readiness. Take a look at the following savings options, and plan to take advantage of them for your next deployment.

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Post-Military Saves Week Action Plan: Talk To Your Spouse About Money

Deployment PCS personal finance communication
Written by Guest Blogger · 12 March 2015

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Talking about money issues under normal conditions can be stressful. Talking about them while a servicemember is deployed to a remote location can be more so. The best remedy is to communicate regularly about household finances. That way there are no surprises or added headaches when orders arrive.

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What You Need to Know About the Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

Retirement Roth TSP
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 March 2015

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help educate uniformed services members about the Roth Thrift Savings Plan.

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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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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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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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