Military Saves Week Aims to Motivate Male Military Spouses to Better Their Finances

Military Saves Week Aims to Motivate Male Military Spouses to Better Their Finances

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Image: – Military Saves Week 2018 is February 26 - March 3, 2018 – Macho Spouse

 

Military SavesAs a male military spouse, I know how important it is to stretch every dollar as far as I can for my military family. I'm always looking for tips on how to save money and I really appreciate money saving tips for the Military Family.

Here are some questions to think about:

Do you have an emergency fund? Are you saving enough money for retirement? Do you have a budget? How close are you to financial freedom?

February 26 - March 3, 2018

Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for servicemembers and their families to assess their own saving status. Typically hundreds of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people.

 


 


Who Should Participate?

Military Leaders and Project Officers (POCs)

Make your unit a savings community. Military Saves is a readiness initiative authorized by the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Through a simple annual process modeled after CFC, you can invite your personnel to increase their personal financial readiness.

More About Military Saves Week 2018

Military Saves, part of the Department of Defense's Financial Readiness Campaign, is asking military and milspouse bloggers all over the world to come together this month to talk about the same topic: saving money.  During Military Saves Week we want to encourage servicemembers and their families to assess their own saving status and take action.  We believe that if military families Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Save Automatically, they can begin a journey toward their own financial freedom.

We encourage you to take the Military Saves Pledge, which is a commitment to Build Wealth, Not Debt.  This year, for the first time, those who have taken the pledge in the past can repledge again.

For all you male military spouse bloggers, we encourage you to write at least one blog post during Military Saves Week using our one of the following themes: Save for Emergencies, Pay Off High-Interest Debt, Save Automatically, Save for Retirement, or Save for a Large Purchase. For more information, you can check out this Digital Communications Kit.
 
Now more than ever it's vitally important for military families to build up their emergency funds and save for their own future.  With your help, we can truly Start Small, Think Big
 
Please let us know if you would be willing to help out or if you know of other milspouse bloggers who would be interested in doing so. You will be seeing more posts here at Macho Spouse aimed at helping male military spouses save money.

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First, turn off the news! As a spouse, naturally, you worry. The media certainly does not help you out. Occasionally, I would watch the news or see internet headlines that just “grab you” to make you read. But, this really is a balancing act. If you have the news on all day, you will end up making yourself sick!

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #14

30Still.jpgThe Military Officers Association of America thinks a great way to show appreciation for military families is to help be an advocate on our behalf.  We're a small percentage of the population and we don't have a union or special interest groups looking out for us on Capital Hill. So at times, if you feel military families are being taken advantage of, help us remind our leadership of the promises they've made.

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.



 

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