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10 Ways to Get Financially Fit in Your Youth

Article courtesy of USAA When you’re young and getting out of the military, you may have few obligations and the freedom to move across the country and start life anew. This may be the optimal time to start retirement planning and set your sights on buying your first home. Take these steps to help keep ...

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3 Money Challenges for Military Families (and 3 Stress-Reducing Suggestions)

Article courtesy of USAA Finances were front and center in the 2014 Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey. But not in a good way. A hefty 60 percent of survey respondents reported having “some” or a “great deal” of stress related to their current finances. Participants also identified three primary obstacles to their financial ...

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How to Save $1,000 in Six Months

Article courtesy of USAA $1,000. A grand. One large. No matter how you say it, it sounds good. Think about the sense of well-being that would come from knowing you had 10 crisp $100 bills tucked away in your wallet. Everyone should have that feeling. But instead of your wallet, it may be better off ...

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11 Tax Breaks for the Military

In many cases, Uncle Sam recognizes the sacrifices members of our nation's armed forces make, and offers special privileges to compensate. When it comes to paying taxes, for example, military members can claim a host of tax advantages that aren't available to civilians. Here are some tax breaks for the military that are available. Separation ...

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4 Ways to Create a Great Credit History

You’d think creditors would be impressed by someone who has never had any debt. But crazy as it may seem, that’s not how it works. You’ve got to have some positive credit management history on your side to get two thumbs up. You certainly don’t have to be “in debt”  to create a great credit ...

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3-Step Plan for Your Deployment Cash

Forget finances — family, friends and fun were higher on my priority list when I stepped back on U.S. soil after my all-expenses-paid trip to Afghanistan, courtesy of Uncle Sam. Yes, I admit I felt that way about money — even though I was (and still am) a professional financial planner. So I can see ...

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