Budgeting Smart Military Money

  • 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…

  • 4 Things to Know for Stock Market Beginners

    4 Things to Know for Stock Market Beginners

    The stock market can be an enticing, yet intimidating way to invest money. Playing the market often rewards preparation and patience. Some stock options may be better than others in suiting the military lifestyle, so be sure to explore. Here are a few starting places: Are Stocks the Right Investment? Stocks aren’t the only way to invest money and may be too risky for small savings. If your expenses excee…

  • Student Veterans Question Compensation Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Student Veterans Question Compensation Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided educational benefits for student veterans since 2009. But a recent change has some worried about their financial stability. In August 2011, a provision that provided compensation during breaks from school was eliminated from the program. Some students only learned of the change when their first month’s pay of the 2012 spring semester was lower than usual. The Department …

  • 6 Simple and Sometimes Sneaky Money Drains to Avoid

    6 Simple and Sometimes Sneaky Money Drains to Avoid

    Everyone is looking for ways to save, but finding relatively painless ways to trim spending can be difficult. One way is to step back and look for common and sometimes hidden fees, charges and expenses that zap your budget without raising red flags. Here’s a look at six common money drains that can deplete your bank account without much fanfare: Buying New If you’re looking for a vehicle on a budget,…