We take aim at overspending in this military personal finance roundup. Spending beyond your means is a surefire way to ruin your budget, fall into debt, hurt your credit score and ultimately affect your finances in the long term. Temptations to overspend are omnipresent, so it’s not solely the fault of consumers to overspend.
The best thing to do is be disciplined and live within or below your means. It’s certainly easier said than done, but these blog posts are full of tips that can help you avoid overspending and save money.
Since everybody has to eat to survive, it’s fitting that this week’s military personal finance roundup is about food. Everybody knows food isn’t free and if you’re not careful, food can destroy your budget. With that in mind, we put together a handful of blog posts about food. It might sound silly, but every tip and penny counts nowadays. Have a look at what other personal finance bloggers have to offer when it comes to money and food.
In this military personal finance roundup, we take a look at entertainment and its relationship to your money. Don’t feel like you always have to spend money to be entertained. Thanks to the spring season, weather is improving, which means you can do all kinds of fun things outside. But if you’re more of an indoors person, there’s no shortage of entertainment for you.
Take a look at these blog posts that discuss several types of entertainment and money. How do you like to be entertained? What fun things do you do frugally?
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Asking for a raise is an issue that creates tension for many people. And if you’re in the military or are a military spouse, you probably haven’t had to ask for raise before in your career.
But now you’ve taken on more responsibilities for the same pay or you’ve been in the military or other occupation for a certain amount of time, and the day has come for you to approach your boss or supervisor with a respectful inquiry regarding your salary.
How should you go about this? Here are tips on how to ask for a raise.
How long do you leave your decorations up after the holidays wrap up?
For many households, the social stigma of being one of those people (the ones who leave their tree and all the trimmings up long past Christmas) creates pressure to take things down as soon as the new year begins. Sometimes it can feel like you’re pulling stuff down almost as soon as you get it put up.
With just a little bit of editing and some simple DIY, however, you can get more out of the time and money spent on decor by upcycling Christmas decorations to bring a bit of festivity into your home during the otherwise dreary winter months.
If you’re new to the military, chances are you have a lot to learn about a lot of things. It’s a new way of life that comes with significant changes, including financially. You want to be sure to start your financial life in the military off right in order to set yourself up for success in your continuing career. And you certainly want to avoid any big rookie mistakes that might come back to haunt your wallet.
So what should new military members know about managing money in the military? “If we could offer one piece of advice to military members — new and old alike — it would be to focus on frugal living,” said Mark Leach, Vice President of Media Relations at First Command Financial Services.