Train for Your Financial Future

When it comes to your finances, developing good habits can serve you throughout your life. Explore the basics of financial readiness.

Create a Budget

Budgeting helps you build a solid foundation for a successful financial future. Establish a budget that works for you and your family with these tips:

  • List out your monthly income and expenses—including your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)—to see how your money is being spent.
  • Make sure you can use your money when and where you need to with Active Duty Checking®. You’ll receive $20 in ATM fee rebates, free military checks and early access to military pay with qualifying military direct deposit.
  • Use our budgeting template to break your spending and plans down even further after you list out your monthly expenses.

Pay Yourself First by Building an Emergency Fund

Life’s interruptions can’t be predicted. Be prepared for unexpected costs with an emergency fund.

  • Aim to set aside 3 to 6 months worth of living expenses.
  • Consider saving or investing extra money, once you've built an emergency fund and paid your expenses.
  • Start building your savings quickly with our Special EasyStart CertificateSM, where you can earn over $100 in a year.

Manage Your Credit

Building your credit history ensures you'll be able to qualify for various types of credit in the future. Here are a few ways to effectively manage your credit and reduce your debt:

  • Be aware of predatory lenders who may use unfair or deceptive practices to entice you into taking a loan you may not need, want or be able to afford.
  • Avoid payday loans—while convenient, these loans are often more expensive than you may think.
  • Review our helpful resources to make the most of your credit and succeed financially.

Prepare for the Future

No matter how long you plan to stay in the military, take advantage of special savings opportunities and tax breaks with your servicemember status.

  • Get to know the Blended Retirement System (BRS) and make the most of your retirement by staying on top of changing military benefits.
  • Review the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the government-sponsored savings program that allows you to invest in stocks, government bonds or certificates—with contributions to that account made by your employer.
  • Speak with a financial advisor to see how you should best consolidate your retirement accounts to maximize your savings.

Stretch Your Dollar

We’re dedicated to offering you low rates, loan discounts and other products and services to lighten your load. Whether you’re a military member or part of a military family, there are many ways for you to shop and save.

Learn More about our offers and discounts.

Financial Readiness Resources