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Personal Finance Guide for Military Families

We are pleased to present you with a personal-finance guide created especially for military families. While our troops carry out their difficult and dangerous missions, we know that they and their families are not immune to the financial turmoil that is impacting every household in America. Times are tough and it is harder than ever to make ends meet, let alone save money for future expenses such as college and retirement.

That's where the Kiplinger-BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families comes in. On these pages you will find practical, easy-to-understand information about being financially prepared for deployment, buying a home, minimizing taxes, holding down insurance costs and avoiding financial schemes that too often target military families.

This guide is a collaboration between two organizations that have been helping consumers -- including members of the military -- for a long time. When the Kiplinger Magazine (now called Kiplinger's Personal Finance) was launched in 1947, a driving motivation was to provide sound, unbiased personal-finance advice to military personnel returning to the workforce after World War II.

Better Business Bureau, established in 1912, is the nation?s oldest nonprofit organization in the field of advancing marketplace trust, and specializes in providing consumers with information that helps them make wise choices. It has long worked on behalf of military families, and BBB Military Line? specializes in consumer education and advocacy for them.

As you read the guide, you'll realize that two people spearheading this project have deep personal interest in the topic. Kimberly Lankford has been providing solid advice to readers of Kiplinger?s Personal Finance and for more than a decade.

Since 2004, Holly Petraeus has headed up the Council of Better Business Bureaus' BBB Military Line? program, where she provides financial education to military families.

In addition to their expertise in personal finance, they have a very special credential: They?re both military spouses. They know firsthand that the financial strategies, rules and resources for military families are often very different from those for civilians.

Download Here: The Complete Personal Finance Guide for Military Families

We hope you find this guide useful. Thank you for all you do in the service of our nation.

Visit our virtual guide for military families for videos, tools and more information

About Kiplinger ( offers the same great advice that appears in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, plus additional features that include interactive tools and calculators, daily personal finance features, stock and mutual fund quotes, Web-only columns offering timely insights into today's trends, personal finance tutorials, and up-to-the-minute business news from the new Kiplinger Business Resource Center. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the Kiplinger organization developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. In 1947, the company launched the nation's first personal finance magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Recently, the Kiplinger organization was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" list by Ethisphere Magazine, and was nominated a 2007 finalist in the MINs Best of the Web awards for the redesign/relaunch of

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