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Earn, Spend, Protect, Borrow, Save and Invest

During Military Consumer Month, and whenever you sit down to work on your financial goals, think through how you can maximize what you earn, spend wisely, protect your assets and be a savvy borrower, saver and investor.

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Predatory Lending Warning Signs

Payday lending (sometimes called a “cash advance”) is the practice of using a post-dated check or electronic checking account information as collateral for a short-term loan. To qualify, borrowers need only personal identification, a checking account and income from a job or government benefits, like Social Security or disability payments.

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11 Calculators to Help You Scope Out Your Personal Finances

Buying a car or appliance? Applying for a loan? Paying off debt? Saving for college? You can learn how to take more control of your personal finances. Military OneSource has assembled 11 calculators to show you ways to pay off debt and help you better manage life’s financial decisions.

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Managing Your Debt

FINRA Foundation research shows a significant number of military families have large credit card debt, with one in four respondents reporting outstanding balances of more than $10,000. Use these tools to learn more about credit scores, managing credit and ultimately making better financial decisions.

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5 Tips for Using Credit Cards Overseas

Whether you’re stationed out of the country or just traveling, plan to use your card wisely while overseas.

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Military Relief Organizations and Emergency Financial Help

If you’re having serious financial problems, your service relief organization may be able to help. Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Air Force Aid Society are here to help you weather financial emergencies.

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How to Control Your Debt When You’re in the Military

Take control of your finances by gaining a better understanding of your debt and how to work toward paying off what you owe. Create a plan now and commit to your financial freedom.

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How to Get Your Household Goods Overseas

If you’re moving overseas, you may be focused on the new job, new culture and new opportunities that await you abroad.

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Borrowing – The Essentials

Managing debt is a crucial part of financial responsibility. Too much debt can negatively impact your financial health and affect your credit score, making it difficult for you to make purchases in the future. Military OneSource provides smart strategies for recognizing the difference between good debt and bad debt, paying down your bills, reducing your dependency on credit cards and taking control of your personal finances.

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Financing Your Child’s College Education

So, your child is ready for college — and you’re ready to support their education goals. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. Luckily, you’ll find lots of resources to help military families finance their children’s college, from saving plans to scholarships.

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Thrift Savings Plan Options: Making Your Retirement Dollars Work for You

It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. The best way to get started is the Thrift Savings Plan, a retirement savings plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services that gives you two ways to sock away some cash.

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Tips for Buying a Car as a Service Member

Buying a car is a major purchase. There’s a lot to know – from sticker prices to auto loans to warranties. Avoid getting ripped off or buying more car than you need.

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Military Families, Plan Now to Reach Your Financial Goals

You have a unique vision of what you want the future to look like. Maybe you want to buy a home, send your children to college or you’re looking toward retirement. When it comes to planning for your “some-day” expenses, they become a lot more attainable if you start planning and saving early.

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Learn the Warning Signs of ‘Military Scams’

Your military friend or family member serves our country with integrity and honor. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who try to take advantage of that service to cheat them and you. You can help protect your service member against military scams by learning the warning signs of schemes that target those in the military community.

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Housing & Living – Resources

Finding a new home can be an exciting experience, especially when you have the right resources to help you through the process. Military OneSource and your installation’s housing office provides tools, referrals to services and personalized. …

Voluntary Education Websites

These resources offer information on federal grants and loans, scholarships for injured service members and other education tools. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or. …