IRAs for Non-Working Spouses

August 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the major downsides of being a military spouse is that it makes it more challenging to maintain a career or even just keep a job.  According to Blue Star Family’s 2014 Military Lifestyle … [Read more...]

Space A Eligibility Extended for Family of Deployed Troops

August 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In a quiet-ish change that occurred on 9 June 2015, the eligibility requirements to use Space A travel within the Continental United States (CONUS) were extended to include the dependents of service … [Read more...]

Real Estate Taxes With A Military Twist

August 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I've been talking to a lot of military homeowners, and prospective military homeowners, lately.  I try to make sure that they understand all the various nuances of loans, insurance, and especially … [Read more...]

1 September 2015 Military Pay

August 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's still ten days until military pay day, but the "when do I get paid" questions are coming in pretty rapidly.  The next regular, active duty military pay day is Tuesday, 1 September 2015.  Some … [Read more...]

How Military Allotments Work

August 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Example Allotment

Allotments are a nifty feature of the military pay system, but they can be confusing, especially when you start and stop the allotment.  An allotment is similar to a payroll deduction, except that … [Read more...]

No More Command Approval for AER

August 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In a fabulous turn of events, the Army's relief society, Army Emergency Relief (AER), has decided to change the requirement that lower-ranking soldiers have supervisor approval for loans.  This … [Read more...]

Little Splurges Can Help You Live Large

August 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, simple (and inexpensive) things can really make a big impact on your life.  It might be a new pillow, a fantastic travel mug, or a new lipstick - small and affordable can still be … [Read more...]

Opt Out of Unsolicited Mail, Email, and Calls – For Free!

August 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Is your life full of junk mail, email advertisements, and telemarketing phone calls?  Simplify your life, and protect your personal information, but taking advantage of the various ways to remove … [Read more...]

Breaking A Lease Using the SCRA

August 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Military Breaking Lease

Several recent letters pointed out the confusion about residential leases, military clauses, and the protections offered under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA).  The SCRA is a fairly broad … [Read more...]

Using Percentages To Make Your Spending Plan

August 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell
spending plan snip

Having a plan for spending your money is always a good thing.  It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated.  At the most basic level, just write down how much money you expect to receive in this … [Read more...]

How Much Money Would You Need?

August 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every once in a while, you see something that really makes  you think.  Hard. Twice this week, I've seen a Bentley car that is obviously owned by someone who lives locally.  Now, Bentley makes a … [Read more...]

USAA Now Offering Free Credit Scores and Reports For All Members

August 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

USAA has announced that it will now be offering free credit scores and credit reports information to all its members, not just those with credit card accounts.  This is great news, because it will … [Read more...]

We’re All Taxpayers, Too

August 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I was recently reading through some old comments, and one particularly reader told me to "stop being a policy wonk and find a heart."  (paraphrased.)  I thought about it for a while, trying to … [Read more...]

14 August 2015 Military Pay

August 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Because the 15th of August falls on a Saturday this year, the next regular, active duty payday is Friday, 14 August 2015.  When will you get paid?  That depends on several factors, including the … [Read more...]