Military Saves Week classes start Tuesday

The Ramstein Airman & Family Readiness Center is gearing up for the 2012 Military Saves Campaign. The Department of Defense has designated Sunday to Feb. 26 as Military Saves Week. As part of the larger nationwide America Saves Campaign, Military Saves is conducted in cooperation with the Consumer Federation of America.

While the Military Saves Campaign is an ongoing effort throughout the year, Military Saves Week is an opportunity for the entire military community to come together for a common goal. With the help of local resources, including military banks and credit unions, focus is on the financial readiness of military members and families to help them reduce debt and save money. 

Military Saves gives service members, civilians and their families opportunities to learn practical personal financial planning and management skills. In an effort to encourage military families to “build wealth, not debt,” the first quarter emphasis of the yearlong campaign is on savings and investing.

“The goal of Military Saves Week is to encourage and motivate individuals to adopt a savings lifestyle,” said Anne Bennett, the personal financial manager at the A&FRC. “The key to developing a savings lifestyle lies in the campaign’s slogan: Start small, Think Big. By making regular contributions to savings and investments — no matter the amount — we can attain tremendous wealth. The essential thing is to start now.”

Increasing the financial literacy of military youth is paramount. The A&FRC, in partnership with the Ramstein Before and After School Program, will educate youth on the importance of saving.

One way to foster the interest of the youth will be the opportunity to participate in a poster contest. This year’s theme is “How to Make Your Money Grow.” Posters will be on display at the A&FRC from Tuesday to Feb. 24. Stop by and experience firsthand the level of creativity and knowledge our young people display in the area of finance. Winners will be announced on AFN radio March 3 during the A&FRC segment with Damario Spence.

To get up-to-date information about Military Saves Week events on Ramstein, visit!/group.php?gid=134424356584957.  

Classes are offered as follows:
» 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Striving for 850
» 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Car Buying in the KMC
» 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Traveling on a Budget

» 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Military Millionaire
» 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Digging Out of Debt
» 5 to 6:30 p.m.: College Bound

» 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Doing More with Less/Free Things in the Area
» 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The Financially Savvy Woman
» 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Managing Your Money
» 5 to 6:30 p.m.: My Honey, My Money

FEB. 24
» 9 to 10 a.m.: Financial Benefits of Deployment
» 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Eating Healthy on a Budget

To register for a class or for more details, call 480-5100/5900 or 06371-47-5100.
For more information about the Military Saves Campaign, visit

(Courtesy of the Ramstein Airman & Family Readiness Center)