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Is Spending More Fun Than Giving?

Emergency Savings Impulse Buying
Written by Guest Blogger · 17 December 2014

By Gail Cunningham, Vice President of Public Relations, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Spending is more fun than saving. Or is it? Without a well-funded savings account you’re living on a slippery financial slope that can very quickly wreck havoc on your financial life. After all, it’s not if, but when, the next unplanned expense is going to occur. 

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SEC Offers Many Resources for the Military on Investor.org

Investing Savings resources
Written by Guest Blogger · 16 December 2014

By the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education & Advocacy

Learning how to make informed investing decisions and avoid common scams can make a big difference in your later years. With a basic understanding of investment options and how scam artists work, you can avoid fraud and grow your hard-earned money.

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Prepare for Military Life's Surprises...With Your Tax Return

Tax Time Saving tax return Military Life
Written by Alecia Blair · 11 December 2014

By Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Associate
By now, you may know how you want to spend your tax return. Before you’ve spent the money in your mind, think about this. Military life poses many challenges that are very different from civilian life. These challenges can often be eased by having some money saved. With deployments and permanent change of station (PCS) moves, here are some wiser ways to spend your tax return in the New Year.

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Protect Your Identity During the Holiday Season

Holiday Identity Theft Identity Fraud
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 December 2014

by Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Family Finance Extension Specialist

The holiday season is in full swing! This can be one of the busiest times of year as we juggle office and school holiday parties, gift purchasing, and family celebrations. This is also the biggest shopping season of the year, making holiday shopping hot-spots, including brick and mortar stores and online retailers, primary targets for identity thieves. 

Here are six simple steps that you can take to help protect yourself this holiday season (and year-round):

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Part 3: Build a Foundation for Your Child's Money Skills Today

Savings Teen
Written by Guest Blogger · 09 December 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. The third part of this series if for the parents of teenagers and young adults.

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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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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

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Building Wealth by Setting Goals

Written by Super User | April 24, 2013

My name is Allison Mecadon and I’m a Youth Coordinator with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program.  My husband, Tom, is an M-Day Army National Guard Member (an M-Day member is one who performs weekend drill, but is not on full-time duty). Tom just got back from a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan and before that served a one year ADOS tour (Active Duty Operational Support) at Ft Belvoir.

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