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Join our weekly #CreditChat on Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat & YouTube Live every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. This week, we talked about ways military families can improve their finances and credit.
The panel included: J.J. Montanaro: USAA Financial Planner; VeteransUnited; Rod Griffin– Director of Public Education at Experian and Mike Delgado– Social Media Community Manager at Experian.

This deck features tips from: @StopFraudCo, @JerryBuchko, @veteransunited, @care4yourfuture, @LeslieHTayneEsq, @FinanceLacey, @jj_USAA, @StacySmith0615, @ConsolidatedUS, @Rod_Griffin, @AirForceFCU, and @Kasasa.

Join our weekly #CreditChat on Twitter, Periscope, Snapchat & YouTube Live every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. This week, we talked about ways military families can improve their finances and credit.
The panel included: J.J. Montanaro: USAA Financial Planner; VeteransUnited; Rod Griffin– Director of Public Education at Experian and Mike Delgado– Social Media Community Manager at Experian.

This deck features tips from: @StopFraudCo, @JerryBuchko, @veteransunited, @care4yourfuture, @LeslieHTayneEsq, @FinanceLacey, @jj_USAA, @StacySmith0615, @ConsolidatedUS, @Rod_Griffin, @AirForceFCU, and @Kasasa.

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Credit & Money Tips for Military Families

  1. 1. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET MILITARY & MONEYCredit & Money Tips for Military Families
  2. 2. Join our #CreditChat every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. This week, we talked about ways military families can improve their finances and credit. ex.pn/militarycredit
  3. 3. What financial challenges do military families struggle with? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  4. 4. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Military families also struggle with the same challenges that all families do but can be compounded by deployments, etc.” - @StopFraudCo
  5. 5. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Deployment, frequent relocation, financial predators can take a toll. Military families move 2.4 times as often as civilians.” - @veteransunited
  6. 6. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Most ongoing challenge tends to be shifts in income and expense costs that come with frequent relocation.” - @JerryBuchko
  7. 7. Some military families relocate regularly. Any tips to save on moving? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  8. 8. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Get empty boxes from your office or friends, pack your own boxes, U-Haul, and sell any unnecessary items before you move.” - @care4yourfuture
  9. 9. “If you are PCSing, there are new short sale protections for military homeowners. More information: veteransunited.com/futurehomeowners.” - @veteransunited #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  10. 10. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Take advantage of military discounts, get friends and family to help out, and don’t keep what you don’t need!” - @LeslieHTayneEsq
  11. 11. What should military families do to prepare financially before deployment? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  12. 12. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Automate your expenses and savings as much as possible, make sure your POA and will are up-to-date and other legal documents.” - @care4yourfuture
  13. 13. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Make a plan and take advantage of more income and less expenses to pay down debt and build savings.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  14. 14. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Avoid money-related stress by planning ahead, keeping calm and setting goals.” - @veteransunited
  15. 15. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Set goals and make a plan that works for your family during deployment. Not everyone has the same money goals.” - Lacey Langford AFC, @FinanceLacey
  16. 16. What are ways to track money and pay bills when deployed overseas? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  17. 17. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “When deployed overseas, set up automatic payments that way you don’t have to worry about missing payments or internet service.” - @ConsolidatedUS
  18. 18. “Automated bill paying is widely offered and helpful. Setting up Power of Attorney is important too.” - @veteransunited #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  19. 19. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Use military-friendly investment companies that are tailored to serve members’ needs.” - @StacySmith0615
  20. 20. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Use mobile access and reduce bandwidth, auto bill pay to avoid missed payments, and make sure your spouse knows all.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  21. 21. What sorts of discounts and financial benefits can military families get? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  22. 22. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “If serving in designated combat zones, boost your savings with DoD Savings Deposit Program (SDP).” - @AirForceFCU
  23. 23. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Military personnel can receive discounts at restaurants, retail stores and online shopping.” - @Rod_Griffin
  24. 24. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “The sky's the limit when it comes to military discounts. Always, always ask before you buy!!” - @StacySmith0615
  25. 25. What should military families know about VA loans? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  26. 26. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “VA loans are for primary residences only, don’t have a prepayment penalty, and don’t have mortgage insurance.” - @LeslieHTayneEsq
  27. 27. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “VA loans have huge financial benefits for military families. No or low money down, no PMI, etc. VA Home Loan benefits can be re-used, but millions of veterans are aware of them.” - @veteransunited
  28. 28. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “VA loans are provided at favorable terms to help service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses buy, build, repair, retain homes.” - @ConsolidatedUS
  29. 29. What educational benefits are available to vets and those in military? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  30. 30. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “For private schools, the Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision that helps subsidize the costs of private college costs.” - @care4yourfuture
  31. 31. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Post 9/11 GI Bill. Don’t let the best education benefit in the world go to waste. Military families TA while on active duty.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  32. 32. Where can military families go to get financial help? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  33. 33. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “The American Legion provides emergency cash grants for children of service members and USA Care helps vets pay for housing.” - @LeslieHTayneEsq
  34. 34. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Start close to home with a Military and Family Readiness Center, and of course, @USAA and @usaaef.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  35. 35. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “If debt is your issue, call a non-profit credit counseling agency. Credit counseling and budgeting is free.” - @StacySmith0615
  36. 36. What are ways for civilians to help support military families and vets in need? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  37. 37. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Reach out to the service member’s family during the deployment, say how and when you can help them.” - @AirForceFCU
  38. 38. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Hire veterans! This is an amazing demographic with unique skills and expertise. It’s saying thanks and smart business.” - @veteransunited
  39. 39. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Support organizations that support military families NMCRS, AFAS, AER.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  40. 40. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “There are many ways to help. Even offering emotional support or helping with their kids or chores can make a big impact.” - @LeslieHTayneEsq
  41. 41. What financial advice do you have for those transitioning to civilian life? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  42. 42. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Before transitioning, build a transition fund, save 9 to 12 months of living expenses.” - @AirForceFCU
  43. 43. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Stay on top of your credit history. Get a free report every 4 months: 1.usa.gov/1cWSBIB.” - @veteransunited
  44. 44. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Preparation and communication are key to transitioning to civilian life. With force reduction it could be sooner than you think.” - Lacey Langford AFC, @FinanceLacey
  45. 45. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Leverage tools, resources, orgs out there to assist: @USAA, @HiringOurHeroes, @IVMFSyracuseU.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  46. 46. Military retirement is changing in 2018, what do military families need to know and how should they prepare? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  47. 47. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “The new plan is a blend of a pension and investment plan. No more traditional 20- year, all-or-nothing retirement plans.” - @care4yourfuture
  48. 48. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Contribute to TSP, or look at alternatives for saving. Here are five options: veteransunited.com/money.” - @veteransunited
  49. 49. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Lots still to be worked out, watch news, contribute to TSP and start planning for Military Retirement Decisions 2018.” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  50. 50. With all the changes and uncertainty in military life, what can military families do to stack the deck in their favor? #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET
  51. 51. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Knowing your goals and what’s important to your family will make quick financial decisions a little easier.” - Lacey Langford AFC, @FinanceLacey
  52. 52. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Do basics right: emergency fund, save, invest for future, have money talks to help prepare for anything. Make your voice heard through organizations like Military Officer, Blue Star Family. Take BSF Survey today!” - J.J. Montanaro, @jj_USAA
  53. 53. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Stay informed. Our Veterans United Network is a great resource for veterans and military families.” - @veteransunited
  54. 54. #CreditChat Wednesday | 3 p.m. ET “Like with all things finance, you can plan ahead. Get your emergency fund in order in case life throws you a curveball.” - @Kasasa
  55. 55. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Check out all the resources and tips shared: ex.pn/militarycredit
  56. 56. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Join Us Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. experian.com/creditchat

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