It’s Military Saves Week — a time to commit (or recommit) to saving money. Military Saves is a national movement created to provide support for successful saving, establishing credit, paying down debt, and planning for retirement. Anyone can participate by visiting militarysaves.org to get advice, tips, worksheets and ideas for starting a savings program.
For those with access to the Hanscom Air Force Base, there are free programs taking place on base this week that will motivate you to putting your savings plan in place. We’ve partnered with the Airman and Family Readiness Center (AFRC) on Hanscom AFB to bring a series of free events to help you figure out how regular savings can become part of your life:
Monday, Feb. 23: Quick Start Your Savings is scheduled at 12:45 p.m. at the Hanscom Federal Credit Union. Get organized, discover debt repayment options and learn how to boost your savings.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Financial Information Fair is scheduled at the Housing Community Center from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Base Exchange from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will receive information on special savings products. Credit counselors will also be on hand to review individual credit scores.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: A Matri-Money workshop is scheduled at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how to develop realistic financial goals and communicate them effectively to a partner. The workshop is presented by the Hanscom's Military and Family Life consultant.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: A Thrift Savings Plan workshop is scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center. Learn more about your investment choices.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: Piggy Bank Painting is scheduled at the School Age Program from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Kids will learn about savings while painting piggy banks. This free event is appropriate for kids of all ages.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: Financial games at the Youth Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. will teach children financial management practices.
Thursday, Feb. 26: Money Management is scheduled at the AFRC from noon to 12:45 p.m. Get the resources you need to set goals and build a solid financial foundation.
Thursday, Feb. 26: Become a Successful Couponer workshop is scheduled at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn easy and fun ways to save money on groceries and household items by as much as 50 percent.
Friday, Feb. 27: Investing 101 is scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Brown Building. Get the basics on sound money principles and learn how investments work.
Remember, if you are not near a military base, you can still participate by taking the Military Saves Week pledge at militarysaves.org. Once you take the pledge, you get free access to the savers tracking tool and a free subscription to the monthly Military Saves e-newsletter, a quarterly publication from America Saves.
Since the first Military Saves Week in 2007, more than 128,000 people have taken the Saver Pledge, a commitment to begin the journey toward financial freedom.
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