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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.”


Your Thrift Savings Plan Is Not a Christmas Club Account

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Written by Guest Blogger · 17 November 2015

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Need some extra spending money for the holidays? You may want to consider a Christmas Club account. Remember those? Although Christmas Club accounts aren’t often talked about these days, their purpose is wise: keep the saver out of debt at the holidays. By saving systematically throughout the year, that money can be used to keep Santa in the green.


It’s the Holidays: Ready, Set, Shop!

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Written by Guest Blogger · 10 November 2015

By Luanne Kadlub, Communications Specialist, Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming

Holiday shopping begins earlier and earlier every year, especially now that many use smartphones and tablets to get the job done. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer completed 44 percent of his or her holiday shopping online in 2014. That number is expected to be even higher in 2015.


Five Fun & Frugal Activities for Autumn

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Written by Tammy Greynolds · 03 November 2015

By Tammy Greynolds, America Saves Communications Coordinator :: This article comes from the America Saves blog.

School has started, the summer weather has broken – autumn has arrived. Whether you are recovering from back-to-school expenses or are looking ahead to the holiday season, there are plenty of fun and frugal ways to make the most of the fall season without going broke in the process.


Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | May 1, 2014

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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.


Regular Savings is the Key to Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.


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.

"All I did was sit down and listen to a guy one day who showed me what he was doing" said the colonel as he explained how he became interested in what he calls, "becoming financially free."