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The TSP: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Written by Guest Blogger · 24 November 2015

By Kisha A. Taylor, Writer-Editor, Thrift Savings Plan

Although you may feel compelled to spend extra time and money on gifts for others during the holidays, don’t forget to include someone special—yourself! Here are a couple of ideas for your gift list:


Find Joy This Holiday, Not the Insanity of Consumerism

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Written by Alecia Blair · 19 November 2015

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications

According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, this year, “consumers celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, and/or Kwanza will spend an average of $805.65 on food items, decorations, gifts and more over the holiday season.” This amount is “the highest amount in the survey’s 14-year history and in line with last year’s $802.45.”


Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014

    Use your tax refund wisely by dividing the amount of your tax refund over 12 months; you'll have a strategic financial plan and avoid spending your refund in one place. More tips at

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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.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.


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?


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.