I apologize for the radio silence on my end over the past week. I have been in an end of winter/ a few more weeks left of my husband’s TDY funk. I have a difficult time writing when I’m in one of these mind sets. So anyway, I apologize and I cannot wait for spring (and my husband to be home)! On to what you came to read…
Military Saves Week
If you are a military member or a military family member, are you aware that next week is Military Saves Week? February 23rd-28th, mark it on your calendar! If you are NOT a military family, you are NOT off the hook it also happens to be America Saves Week, check out the link for further details!
What is Military Saves Week?
Military Saves is an off-shoot of the non-profit America Saves. This non-profit teams up with the Department of Defense to increase financial literacy and to encourage military members and families to set financial goals and save money year-round.
Military Saves Week, is a dedicated week in February that many military installations participate in to encourage military personnel to take a pledge to save and attend financial literacy classes. Last year, 419 military installations participated in Military Saves Week, so chances are your installation is participating!
How do I Participate in Military Saves Week?
The best way to participate is to attend a financial class offered during Military Saves Week. At these classes, you will be able to make a pledge to save, receive a free credit check (if you want it) and learn some valuable financial information.
How do you find out if your installation is participating? Visit your local Family Readiness Center/Group’s social media page or track down their monthly newsletter to find out what classes they are offering this year! Or just give the friendly people at the Family Readiness Center/Group a call and they will be more than happy to chat with you about the available classes.
If you see a class that interests you, call to reserve your seat! There are some installations that offer free lunch or treats as an extra incentive to attend.
If your installation does NOT participate in Military Saves Week. Bummer! However, you still can participate. Visit the Military Saves website and take the Pledge to Save. When you take the pledge you can opt-in to a monthly or quarterly newsletter full of articles with financial tips and information. The website is also full of financial resources and information. Take a look around.
If you are struggling financially or could use some personal financial guidance make an appointment with the financial advisor/counselor on your installation, it’s FREE! Also, contact your local Family Readiness Center/Group and encourage them to participate in Military Saves 2016!
Possible Topics of Financial Classes
- Managing Debt/Debt Pay-Off
- Retirement Planning
- TSP Investing
- Establishing/Maintaining Credit
- Home Buying (My thoughts: Should a Military Family Buy a Home?)
- Tax Preparation
- Dealing with Financial Crisis
- Emergency Fund
- Marriage & Finances
*Classes are offered through out the week and hopefully at convenient times. Often during lunch or early evenings after work.
Benefits of Military Saves Week
- Military Personnel take a pledge to increase their financial security
- Free Credit Checks
- Free Financial Classes on a Variety of Topics
- If your installation does not regularly have a financial counselor on staff, on occasion one is brought in during this week for one-on-one appointments.
Will You be taking the Pledge to Save and Participate in Military Save Week?
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