13 March 2015 Military Pay

March 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Payday is coming, and the website traffic makes it seem like people are really anxious for it.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 13 March 2015.  The specific date and time … [Read more...]

Free ACT, SAT, and LSAT Prep Programs

March 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Do you have a child that will be taking the SAT or ACT in upcoming years?  Are you thinking of taking the LSAT?  You definitely want to take advantage of nearly free SAT, ACT, and LSAT preparation … [Read more...]

Find Your Motivation To Change

March 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell

This week, I read a couple of blog posts that all sort of revolved around a central theme, but I couldn't put my finger on it.  Today, it all came together.  The brilliant thought that I had been … [Read more...]

Can You REALLY Afford That Loan?

March 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

This morning, my kids asked me about how I became interested in money.  There are a couple of reasons, but we got talking about my job in mortgage banking and how I worked with delinquent borrowers … [Read more...]

Another Reason to Check Your LES

March 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

After the February mid-month Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) snafu, it looked like things would be sorted after the end-of-month pay was disbursed last Friday.  However, it has come to my attention … [Read more...]

Residence vs. Home of Record

February 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In talking with military families about taxes and residences and drivers' licenses, one little thing keeps coming up:  the misuse of the term home of record.  It probably isn't a big thing in the … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Car Titles

February 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In all the conversation about military spouses and taxes and drivers' licenses and such, one topic just baffles me:  why do military families keep the non-military spouse on the titles and … [Read more...]

FAFSA Webinar Tomorrow

February 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Being military can make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) just a little bit more confusing that it is for everyone else.  What do I include?  What if I live in housing?  We live … [Read more...]

Army, Kids & Deployment: $50 Survey

February 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're an Army spouse with children currently ages 3 to 7 years old, researchers at Wayne State University would like your input into a survey assessing the role of parental deployment on parent … [Read more...]

Help! I Did My Taxes Wrong!

February 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It happens to (almost) everyone eventually - you file your income tax return, and then realize that it's not quite right.   Don't fret! Filing an amended tax return isn't difficult, and it will … [Read more...]

Check Your Use or Lose Leave Balance

February 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Military Leave Balance Calculated INcorrectly

In today's excitement, it has been reported to me that the current use-or-lose balance being listed on Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) is being calculated incorrectly.  And I've got some LES … [Read more...]

27 February 2015 Military Pay

February 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 27 February 2015, because 1 March 2015 falls on a Sunday. When should you expect to see your pay deposited into your account? That depends on … [Read more...]

Tax Filing As A Military Spouse

February 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Spouse Taxes Pinterest

Moving around as a military spouse creates all sorts of challenges, especially when it comes time to file your income tax returns.  The biggest question is usually:  where do I file? … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Retiree Pay Issues

February 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As I've mentioned before, there are some topics that I feel like I talk about over and over and over.  And I worry that this is boring to you.  And then, I get another batch of email asking the same … [Read more...]