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The Paycheck Chronicles Welcomes JJ Montanaro

The Paycheck Chronicles Welcomes JJ Montanaro

Today, I’m super-thrilled to announce that we’ll be including more voices here at The Paycheck Chronicles.  Y’all have been patiently listening to me for almost…


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No Cost of Living Adjustment for 2016

The 2016 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal benefits will be zero for 2016.  This is because the index used to determine  military retirement,…


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Get Smart About Credit Day

Every year, the American Banker’s Association presents Get Smart About Credit Day to help educate young people about the importance of using credit wisely.  While…


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USAA Security Zone Helps Prevent Fraud

So, I was recently at a USAA conference, and I learned a million interesting things.  One thing that I learned was something that I thought…



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Online Financial Training For Mil Families

Ever thought that you could learn a little more about your finances?  Most of us have, particularly because military money can be a little more…



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No More Command Approval for AER

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…




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National Guard Personal Information Leak

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…


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Freebies, Freebies Everywhere

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…


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Changes To Allotment Rules (Making Me Cranky)

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…


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Free Military Money Book

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….


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Resources for Understanding Your Pay

On Friday, one of the other money pages here at Military.com featured this question:  “How can we help our son figure out military pay?”  I thought…


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Navy Federal Hosting A Shred Day

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…


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Why I Hate the Military Lending Act

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…


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PenFed Now Offering FICO Scores

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…


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DFAS Mid-Year Review

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…


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Free Tickets To This Week’s PGA Event

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…