Between credit card debt, a car loan, and a low-paying job that made shopping for food a constant challenge, the single mom needed a new direction. DeCA may look like a retail grocery store, but it's actually a government agency charged with delivering a non-pay benefit for military members and their families.
Military Family Finances Made Easy Two of the most respected organizations in the nancial and business realms have joined together to provide a handy nance guide speci cally for military families. Personal Finance for Military Families is published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the Council of Better Business Bureaus; it is available free as a downloadable PDF 6 Ways to Your Food Budget $tretch Commissaries partner in DoD program to help promote nancial tness through Military Saves. By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA Public A airs Specialist, and at www.kiplinger.com/money/military. Kay Blakley, DeCA Home Economist The easy-to-read booklet is subtitled Your One-Stop Guide to a Secure Financial AZ2 Karen Amador Lesetmoe, USN, described herself as someone Future, but what makes this publication who got in over her head in debt. Between credit card debt, a car so valuable is that it is geared speci cally loan, and a low-paying job that made shopping for food a constant to service families, with an understanding challenge, the single mom needed a new direction. So she went on a of those families’ diet— nancially, that is. special needs and circumstances. “I decided I’d had enough of living paycheck to paycheck and For example, the worrying about money all the time,” said AZ2 Lesetmoe, whose article “Saving testimony to get out of debt is posted with others on www. Strategies” MilitarySaves.org. “When I paid o my credit cards, I didn’t relax starts with the and fall back into my old spending habit; I was on a mission to save Thrift Savings money. I opened a savings account and started putting all the money Plan. One I would have spent on my debt into my savings.” article details AZ2 Lesetmoe’s story of nancial distress is all too real for many nancial scams people in uniform and their families. For her and people like her, that target the Consumer Federation of America, a nonpro t partner of the the military, Department of Defense (DoD), has developed Military Saves with tips on to enlist the military community in a yearlong commitment to how to avoid nancial responsibility. e website o ers free nancial services and becoming suggestions to help save money. a victim. Another story is titled e Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has joined the Military “Strategies Before and After Deployment,” Saves campaign to echo the bene ts of reducing debt and building covering everything from life insurance wealth. “Extending the paychecks of military members with savings and tax issues to identity th
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