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The information on this page is provided by Pioneer Services, the military division of MidCountry Bank, which has provided financial services and personal loans to the men and women of the Armed Forces for nearly 30 years.

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Five Frugal Vacation Ideas for Military Families

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to break away from regular routines, pack up, and take off on an adventure. Here’s how you can get some R&R without breaking the bank.

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Making the Most of Your Tax Return

Taking your financial future into account is sometimes difficult in the present. But even something as simple as a tax refund can be a springboard to financial security, so we explore seven ways to make that money work smarter.

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2016 Military Spouse Survey

Pioneer Services recently partnered with Military Spouse Magazine to conduct a survey of active-duty spouses. Some of the results were quite eye opening, and also mirrored trends in the company’s financial literacy surveys conducted in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This Infographic highlights some of the key findings. See the Results


How to Save On Cooling Systems

As the temperature soars in the dog days of summer, we have some tips that can help you beat the heat on the cheap.

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Mothers of Invention

We take a look at five African American women who might not be featured in school history book, but left indelible legacies.

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Pets and Your Military Life

Having a family pet can be incredibly rewarding, and even good for your health. Military families, however, have some unique challenges when it comes to pet ownership.

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Helpful Sites For Military Kids

The lives that military kids lead are different than those in the civilian world, so we collected some links and info that can help.

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Transferring GI Bill Benefits

Sometimes, those who serve aren’t able to use their GI Bill benefits. Thankfully, there are ways to transfer those benefits to a family member.

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Military Balls & Formals Etiquette

Military balls, dining out and military holiday parties are part of our culture. Know the do’s and don’ts so you can feel at ease when dressed to the nines. Learn More Now



Military Spouse Resources

Are you a military spouse—the one who controls the finances while your spouse is deployed, handles frequent moves with resolve and acts as the support system for your military loved one? Good news: We’ve compiled some essential information, organized by topic, sure to help make your busy life a little bit easier to manage.
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Spring Financial Cleaning

Spring is a great time to do some deep cleaning, and that includes sprucing up your finances. This blog shows you how to brighten up that budget and clean out your credit—and in less time than it’ll take you to tackle that mess in the garage.
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Money Games For Kids

Teaching kids smart money skills is a great way to set them up for a lifetime of financial success. This blog lists some fun ways for kids to learn those skills, broken down by their age range.
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VPNs for Overseas Deployment

Sites like Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu offer streaming content online, but there’s a catch: you have to be in the United States to use them. So how do you access them if you’re overseas on deployment? A VPN might be the answer you’re looking for.
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