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Military Saves Week workshops offered to Hill families

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Join us for Military Saves Week and enter for a chance to win a grand-prize $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards in our Military Saves Week giveaway.

Military Saves Week promotes automatic savings to help servicemembers and their families to reach their savings goals.

As part of Military Saves Week 2018, Feb. 26 through March 3, Hill AFB is spreading the savings message, and urging the community to participate in Military Saves Week, as well as taking the Military Saves Pledge.

To encourage people to successfully save, the Airman and Family Readiness Center is partnering with Wells Fargo, American First Credit Union and Utah State Extension – Financial Education Department and local Veteran Affairs benefits advisors to offer military families a variety of workshops throughout the week to help people build wealth, not debt.

All events will be held at the A&FRC in building 150. Spouses are also encouraged to attend the workshops.

The topics include:

Why Couples Can’t Agree on Finances: Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., presented by a Military Family Life Consultant and A&FRC. Lunch will be provided. Learn why couples disagree on how to manage their finances and how to get on the same page in order to accomplish their financial goals.

Make a Plan: How to Save: Feb. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., presented by American First Credit Union. Lunch will be provided. Tired of not being able to put aside money? Is it a struggle to save, only to spend it before the month is over? Discover a whole new way to make saving money easy and enjoyable.

Credit and Debt Management: Feb. 28, 8-9 a.m., presented by American First Credit Union. Continental Breakfast will be provided.
Don’t fall into one of those shady debt consolidation schemes where you pay someone to fix your credit only to find out they didn’t deliver. Learn how to take control of credit and how to improve your credit score. his class will walk you through a better way of handling your debt and managing your money all while incorporating a plan to pay off your existing debts in a responsible manner.

Prepare Great Meals on the Cheap: Feb. 28, 4-5 p.m., presented by Utah State University Extension Financial Counseling Department and will include a cooking demonstration. We all need to eat, there is no getting around it. Your food costs are generally one of the highest aspects of your monthly spending. Why pay more for food than you have to? Learn how to shop and prepare your meals inexpensively and watch your savings account grow. Great opportunity for the whole family.

Saving for Retirement: Feb. 29, 12-1 p.m., presented by Wells Fargo. Lunch will be provided. Time flies by doesn’t it? It seems just like yesterday you were either in high school, graduating from college, getting married or having your first child and now its years later. Retirement will creep up on you the same way. Learn how to start saving for retirement now. For every year you wait it can costs you thousands of dollars.

VA Benefits That Could Save You Money Now and in the Future: March 1, 3-4 p.m., presented by Veteran Administration benefits advisors. You don’t have to be retired to learn about or utilize your VA benefits. Learn how to maximize your benefits and save yourself thousands of dollars by hearing about your education options, VA home loans, life insurance and health insurance among other VA benefits. Come ready with questions.

Thrift Savings Plan: March 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., presented by David Marble, personal financial Ccounselor. Lunch will be provided.
TSP is one of the cheapest ways to invest and perfect for individuals who are beginning to save for the future. Discover the pros and possible limitations as we explain the various funds and your options once you are no longer in the military.

Youth Savings Workshop: March 2, 4-5 p.m., presented by Utah State University Extension Financial Counseling Department. Are your kids always asking for money or for you to buy them things? When you tell them you can’t afford something, do they understand and stop asking? Probably not. Come to the Youth Savings Town where your kids will be given an limited amount of "money" and go from station to station representing real life scenarios forcing them to budget and experience firsthand the reality of overspending.

In order to encourage attendance and to give you a jump on savings, one $200 gift card and two $50 gift cards will be given away. For each workshop you attend, you will receive a ticket toward a drawing for the gift cards at the end of the week.

You can increase your chances to win by you and your spouse attending our workshops. You will receive two additional tickets in addition to the two for you and your spouse.

For the “Cooking for Less” and the “Youth Savings” workshops, for each child ten years and older, three additional tickets will be thrown into the drawing.

You can also pledge to save and receive tips on ways to save by visiting https://militarysaves.org/organizations/military-saves-week/sign-up-for-military-saves-week-2018

Military Saves Week is a great opportunity to help servicemembers and their families in our community to Set a Goal, Make a Plan, and Save Automatically. No matter how much you currently save, we can all learn more ways to save and increase our savings. Contact the A&FRC and save more today.

Call the A&FRC at 801-777-4681 for details and to register for the workshops.