About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • One bank, one savings, two checking accounts (but I’ll probably be closing the one that we don’t use). We don’t have any national credit cards. Just the AAFES Star Card & a Gas Card. That’s it. Hubby also has a Gov’t Card but he hasn’t had to travel (everytime he’s been scheduled to go somewhere, something massive has happened…supposed to go to Haiti & Cuba last February, the earthquake happened; supposed to go to Nashville in May 2010 & they had a 1000-year flood). We operate on an almost completely cash/debit card basis. Keeps things MUCH simpler.