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Do You Really Know the Score? Three Important Credit Tips

Credit History Credit Score Research
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 19 June 2019

Do you really understand your credit score? A recent survey by Consumer Federation of America (our parent organization) and VantageScore Solutions suggests that most people think they know more than they do. The 9th annual survey showed that while more consumers (55%) had recently checked their credit scores than in past years, fundamental knowledge of credit scoring went down by 10-20% since the first survey in 2012.

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How Fighting Aliens Can Help You Learn About Personal Finance

Consumer Protection CFPB Financial Education Misadventures in Money Management
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 June 2019
by Jim Rice, Assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently expanded its Misadventures in Money Management (MIMM.gov) financial education tool to all active-duty service members, including those in the Reserve or the National Guard.

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Getting Your Recent College Graduate in Financial Shape

Savings Tips Education Saving for College
Written by Darlene Aderoju · 06 June 2019

Do you have a recent college graduate returning home this summer? If so, your adult child may need a reality check about money management. The next step after walking across that stage is full on adulthood, and it’s important to understand the financial basics. Here’s how you can support your adult child in developing good financial habits.

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Four Tips for Free (or Almost Free) Summer Fun

Savings Tips Summer Savings
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 30 May 2019

It’s summer, the days are longer, school is almost out, and that can only mean one thing: kids everywhere are about to complain of boredom while moms everywhere will be snacked to death. While camps and other activities can sometimes be costly, there’s no need to break the bank to entertain your kids (and yourselves!) this summer. There are plenty of low- and no-cost activities available across the country.

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Why Military Spouses Should Get Ready for Retirement, Too

Retirement Survivor Benefits Military Spouse
Written by Lila Quintiliani · 22 May 2019

A recent study by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies highlights some sobering facts about women and retirement.  While women generally live longer than men, the average woman only has $34,000 in retirement savings, and most women don't have a backup plan for retirement. 

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2014

    Check out the #savings checklist tool containing 15 “savings accomplishments” to assess your savings effectiveness: https://bit.ly/2fdv5O2

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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.

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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.

"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."

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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.

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