Military Saves Week Tip – Friday

Plan gift-giving in advance.  That will give you time to decide on the most thoughtful gifts, which usually are not the most expensive ones.

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Assess clothing for quality and price.  An inexpensive shirt or coat is a poor bargain if it wears out in less than a year.

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Brought to you by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 385-4663 today to schedule an appointment.

Military Saves Week Tip – Thursday

Give up premium cable channels.  It’s a lot cheaper to rent one film a week than watch one on premium cable channels.

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Think free outings. Check out the local parks, memorials and art galleries. Take a picnic. Go on a walk, hike or stroll.

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Brought to you by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 385-4663 today to schedule an appointment.

Military Saves Week Tip – Wednesday

Research free or inexpensive entertainment.  Use newspapers and websites to learn about free or low-cost museums, film, sports events.

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Be aware of your cell phone costs and how to reduce them. Understand peak calling periods, area coverage, roaming, and termination charges.

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Brought to you by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 385-4663 today to schedule an appointment.

Military Saves Week Tip – Tuesday

When driving, avoid fast start-ups and stops.  Over time, you will save hundreds of dollars on lower gas and maintenance costs.

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Use window coverings to block or let in sunshine.  You could easily save more than $100 annually while being more comfortable.

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Brought to you by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 385-4663 today to schedule an appointment.

Military Saves Week: February 26-March 2

Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/ellsworthafrc) to see where Petunia, our Roaming Piggy bank, is traveling this week. If you guess how much money Petunia holds, you can take her and the money home!!!!! If you can’t catch her roaming around, don’t worry.  You can swing by the Airman and Family Readiness to enter your guess.

Remember to Start Small, Think Big.

For more financial tips, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center today at 385-4663.

The Ellsworth AFB Voter Assistance Office is Now Open

The Voters Assistance office is now located in the Rushmore Center Bldg. 2500  within the Airman and Family Readiness Center.  This is your one stop shop for all your voting needs.  Mr. Jeff Hollinshead is the new Installation Voting Assistance Officer and Ms. Jo Anne Amundson is the Alternate.  Both can be reached at 385-5456 for questions or to schedule appointments for assistance.  Questions can also be addressed by emailing them to 28fss.ellsworth.voting@us.af.mil .  We encourage you to visit and follow the new Ellsworth AFB Voting Assistance website for up-to-date information at https://ellsworthafbvoting.wordpress.com .

Most States require you to register to vote to start the absentee voting process. We encourage you use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a form you can use to register to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest that you send in a new FPCA every year and when you move.

Many States allow you to submit your FPCA electronically and all States allow for at least one form of electronic transmission of your blank ballot. Mail delivery times will vary based on where you are and customs requirements. Mail your materials early enough to account for the mail delivery time. Using electronic options can help reduce the ballot transit time for your election materials.

It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world. The FPCA can be completed by using the FPCA online assistant, filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your Voting Assistance Officer located in the Ellsworth Airman and Family Readiness Center. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don’t have to worry about finding stamps!