Budgeting Smart Military Money

  • What Military Families Can Do to Cut Back-to-School Costs

    What Military Families Can Do to Cut Back-to-School Costs

    Getting ready to go back to school can be costly for all families, but especially military families who might have to pick up and move at a moment's notice. School supplies including new clothes,  notebooks and calculators can rack up a hefty bill if you don't actively work to keep costs reasonable. According to Credit.com, many military parents are planning to spend much less this fall on back-to-school supp…

  • Ways to Avoid Money-Related Stress During Deployment

    Ways to Avoid Money-Related Stress During Deployment

    It's no secret that deployment and money are both very stressful issues. So having to talk about money with a spouse during deployment can lead to compounded stress under the best circumstances. According to the 2011 APA Stress in America report, money, work and the economy are already the leading causes of stress for Americans. Adding the distance of active duty makes the situation even more complicated. How …

  • How Not to Break the Bank on Couple's Budgeting

    How Not to Break the Bank on Couple’s Budgeting

    Making the transition from single to married life can be a difficult process for those with independent personalities. On top of combining the furniture and deciding whose lamp is better, couples should take a minute to discuss merging finances. Unorganized budgeting leads to overspending and unnecessary debt that can reduce your ability to save and maintain a good credit score. While it may not be the most fu…

  • July 4th Military Discounts and Deals

    July 4th Military Discounts and Deals

    Use one of your military discounts to spend some quality time with your family this Fourth of July. There are a lot of civilian discounts for service members to use this week in addition to their own discounts. These discount are a small thank you to the men and women that helped fight for our freedom. Many businesses, attractions and restaurants are offering military discounts in honor of them protecting Americ…

  • 14 Military Restaurant Discounts for Summer

    14 Military Restaurant Discounts for Summer

    Summertime is a busy time. As you buzz around this summer, whether it be whittling down the to-do list or heading to a baseball game, it's easy to get tied up or even just lose track of time. Those are often some of the best nights to take the family out to dinner rather than scramble to whip up something at the last minute. You can even ease the burden on your budget by patronizing restaurants that grant a…

  • Veterans Learn TSP Accounts Hacked a Year Late

    Veterans Learn TSP Accounts Hacked a Year Late

    More than 123,000 Thrift Savings Plan accounts were hacked for personal information last summer, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced last month. Although it seems like several companies have been experiencing security breaches recently, this one is unique in a few key ways. First, this is one of the first major breaches of a non-private entity. Second, the cyber attack apparently began las…

  • Maximize Savings with a Summer Road Trip

    Maximize Savings with a Summer Road Trip

    Don’t think that sticking to a budget means the only trips your family can take this summer are to the ice cream shop and pool. Two things you rarely hear together is vacation and saving money, but there are ways to make sure you get a break, spend time as a family and avoid breaking the bank. If you’re not looking to spend hours on the Internet scouring discount vacation sites, you might want to consider …

  • Newlyweds Can Avoid Owing Next Tax Season

    Newlyweds Can Avoid Owing Next Tax Season

    Taxes are an unpleasant and potentially confusing part of life. If you’re like the majority of Americans, you want to fill out your tax forms, get things paid and then forget about them for another year. Getting married can have both positive and negative impacts on your tax situation. Newlyweds may want to update their W-2 forms to help ensure they don't get hit with a big tax bill the following year. If…

  • How to Increase Fuel Efficiency and Save Money

    How to Increase Fuel Efficiency and Save Money

    With the national average for a gallon of gas at about $3.80, fuel efficiency is an increasingly important part of everyone’s driving habits. If you’re among the majority of Americans who haven’t switched over to a hybrid or electric vehicle, you can still increase your fuel efficiency by following some maintenance and driving style tips. Get your car into tip-top shape and start changing your driving ha…

  • 2 Great Options to Save for Your Child's Education

    2 Great Options to Save for Your Child’s Education

    When you look at your kid, sometimes it’s hard to imagine that they’ll grow up and consider going to college. The good news is that most military families start saving for college early. According to a FINRA Investor Education Foundation survey, 52 percent of military respondents with financially dependent children have started saving for college. Here’s a quick look at two of the popular save-for-college op…