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Military Saves Week is 19-26 February

Soldier signing Military Saves PledgeWhat is Military Saves Week?

Military Saves is a DoD-wide financial readiness program designed to persuade, motivate and encourage service members and their Families to reduce debt and save money every month, thereby ensuring personal financial readiness and positively impacting the nation's personal/household savings rates.

When is it?

Military Saves Week is 19-26 February 2012.


Why should I get involved?

The average household carries about $8,000 in credit card debt, according to Financial stability is more than knowledge - it takes consistent action over time. Most people do better with a supportive environment. Military Saves is a nationally recognized program that offers Soldiers and their Family the support they need to start saving and get out of debt.

What can I start saving?

You can get involved by taking the Military Saves Pledge, a commitment to exercise good financial habits and encourage others to do the same. Savers who enroll online receive electronic newsletters and "e-wealth coach" advice. Military Saves encourages savers to develop a personal financial plan, establish good credit, save a portion of each paycheck, enroll in the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, the Thrift Savings Plan and, when eligible, the Savings Deposit Program.

How can I get more information?

Military Saves Week Poster and take the Military Saves Pledge and be sure to download the Military Saves Week Information Paper and the Military Saves Fact Sheet to learn more. Check with your local Garrison for Military Saves Week activities in your local community. You can also read the DoD Military Saves Campaign Memo.



Special Message from Holly Petraeus

This special Military Saves Week message from Holly Petraeus has been designed to support campaign efforts on military units and installations.

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Get more tips on saving money for a better tomorrow:


Debt and the terms of that debt as two of the most pressing issues for military members and their Families.

- Holly Petraeus, Office of Servicemember Affairs


Knowing what to do is not enough. You must also do what you know.

- Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and author

Clarity about your money is essential. You need to know where it’s going before you can even begin to make effective changes. That may sound obvious, but it’s not. Beyond the rent and a close guess on utilities, most people in debt can not tell you how much they spend each month, or on what.

- Jerrold Mundis, author of How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously

Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

- Napoleon Hill, motivational speaker and author


If shame, fear, or anger is at the wheel, then I can promise you, you are not on a course toward richness. By having the courage to face and overcome your inner obstacles, however, you will change the outer trappings of your financial life forever.

- Suze Orman, personal finance author and motivational speaker


Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.

- Warren Buffett, second richest man in the world


The single most significant decision you make on a daily basis is your choice of attitude. It’s the difference between letting life happen to you or taking control and making it happen. Debt-proofing your attitude is the difference between your financial situation controlling your life or you taking control of your finances.

- Mary Hunt, author of Debt Proof Living