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2020 Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

2020 Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

At AFBN we’re proud members of each community and supporting local events is what we’ve always done! 2020 isn’t over yet and that means there are still some amazing events to come. We want to make sure you mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on fun memories in your community!

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Military Spouse: Working from Home

Military Spouse: Working from Home

As a military spouse, you have plenty of options for increasing your income from home. We put these jobs together in a handy list, we hope that it helps you find what you are looking for!

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6 Pro Tips for a Zoom Job Interview

6 Pro Tips for a Zoom Job Interview

Because of COVID-19, most job interviews are being hosted on Zoom. Though online interviews are similar to in-person interviews, it is important to tailor your interview for the online medium. Here are the six top pro tips for nailing a Zoom job interview.

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid the Debt Monster

Top 5 Ways to Avoid the Debt Monster

If you’ve served in the military, you have done a wonderful service to the country. However, unfortunately, you might not have made as much money as if you were a corporate executive. That’s ok – there are plenty of ways you can earn more money and also avoid debt. Read on for the top 5 ways you can make sure you and your family stay out of debt.

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Top 5 Tips for Tax Preparation in 2021

Top 5 Tips for Tax Preparation in 2021

It’s not a bold statement to say that 2020 is a bizarre and memorable year. Let’s face it, if anything, that’s an understatement. A lot of people are primarily focused on just simply getting it through the year. Still, it is never too early to start turning your eye towards preparing your 2020 tax return sometime in 2021 (after all, our traditional April tax date was moved this year!). With all the strangeness of 2020, there are some unusual tips to keep in mind for tax preparation for 2021.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Roth IRA

5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is a great way to save up for your future when you will want to have more money to enjoy with your retirement. With Roth IRA’s being very popular among a number of American’s, understanding how they work and getting the most out of them is essential. Today, we want to give you 5 crucial mistakes to avoid when you are dealing with your Roth IRA.

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Transitioning from Full-Time Military Service

Transitioning from Full-Time Military Service

While you’re an active-duty soldier, few things are ever certain. But if nothing else, you know that in the worst-case scenario, your family will be taken care of. But for veterans, things are not quite so simple. There are several benefits you need to actively sign up for, and various options to consider. So, how do you make the transition from full-time military service? Here’s a quick guide to keeping your family safe during the process.

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Creating a Budget from Scratch

Creating a Budget from Scratch

Maybe it was recent financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, or perhaps it was just a desire to make smarter long-term financial decisions, but you’ve probably realized how important a budget is to your overall financial health. Just the act of creating the budget can be enlightening and put a spotlight on ways and areas you spend money that you might not have realized (the classic example being how much one spends in a year if one gets a Starbucks latte every day). However, if you’ve never created a budget before, the task can be daunting, and you may not know where to start. Once you get the process underway and turn it into a routine, you’ll find keeping and maintaining a budget to be an easy and worthwhile task. Here are some key steps to getting it started.

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Life as a Service Member: Know Your Benefits

Life as a Service Member: Know Your Benefits

When you’re a service member, you know that you and your family are going to face some unique financial challenges. Unlike most workers, it is very difficult for the spouse of a family member to grow their own career. For that reason, it is even more important to know your benefits and plan for your financial future. Here are the five key benefits that you need to know about in order to protect your financial future as a service member.

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College Resources Available for Military Families

College Resources Available for Military Families

There are several resources available to military families with children entering college provided by different non-profit and federal agencies. This money is usually offered to veterans, future members of the military, active members of the military, or those who are closely related to a member of the military. Make sure you do your research on the best type of grant or scholarship for you and incorporate future payments and fees that may come with your grant or scholarship. Not all grants or scholarships must be paid back, so make sure you read the fine print of the terms of your scholarship or grant. Grants typically have to be paid back since they are technically loans, while scholarships usually are given as “gifts” towards tuition by institutions to entice and keep their students, as well as motivate them. So what are these resources, and how can you use them to your advantage?

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