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...]

Using Percentages To Make Your Spending Plan

August 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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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...]

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...]

National Guard Personal Information Leak

July 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Just in case you weren't already concerned about the two recent leaks of personally identifying information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the National Guard announced that former and … [Read more...]

Freebies, Freebies Everywhere

December 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes I am just amazed at the amount of free stuff that is available in this world.  The internet has made it even easier to track down discounts and freebies.  If you have a little bit of extra … [Read more...]

Changes To Allotment Rules (Making Me Cranky)

November 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Effective 1 January 2015, the military will not longer permit pay allotments for the purchase of personal property.  This means vehicles, sofas, TVs, refrigerators and pool tables will no longer be … [Read more...]

Free Military Money Book

October 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Renowned financial advice author Jean Chatzky has just released her latest book, all about military money, and she's offering it for free in electronic format. Operation Money contains chapters … [Read more...]

Resources for Understanding Your Pay

October 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

On Friday, one of the other money pages here at featured this question:  "How can we help our son figure out military pay?"  I thought the answer missed many of the resources that are … [Read more...]

Navy Federal Hosting A Shred Day

October 16, 2014 | Kate Horrell

On Saturday, 18 October 2014, 74 Navy Federal Credit Union locations around the country will be welcoming members and neighbors to it's free personal document shredding event.  A full list of … [Read more...]

Why I Hate the Military Lending Act

October 02, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Yesterday, I wrote about proposed changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA).  The MLA prohibits certain short-term lenders from giving bad terms to members or their families. And I have some … [Read more...]

PenFed Now Offering FICO Scores

September 17, 2014 | Kate Horrell

We've been long-time Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) members, and I recently noticed a fabulous new feature within our account access:  free access to your FICO NextGen scores with … [Read more...]

DFAS Mid-Year Review

August 15, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I forgot something that should have been included in my series of mid-year things to check:  your Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) accounts.  There are a few differences for actively … [Read more...]

Free Tickets To This Week’s PGA Event

August 09, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Military folks who live near Greensboro, North Carolina, or are crazy enough about golf to travel this week, can obtain free tickets to the 75th Wyndham Championship played at the Sedgefield Country … [Read more...]

New Survey for Military Families

August 04, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Hey, do you have opinions about the military and families?  I bet you do!  (Doesn't everyone?) The Military Family Advisory Network  is asking for help in completing its 2014 Military Family … [Read more...]