Stockpiling, Military-Style

July 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you've been reading much here at The Paycheck Chronicles, you might have noticed that I am all about saving money.  And, since the top three expenses in most families are housing, transportation … [Read more...]

Commissary Remote Location Sales

March 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you are eligible to use the military commissaries, but don't live near one, you need to keep your eyes open for what the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) calls Guard/Reserve On-Site Sales.  I … [Read more...]

When and Where Will 2015 Rates Be Published?

December 17, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I know that I am not the only person who spends a silly amount of time surfing around the various military websites, trying to see if the 2015 military pay and allowances have been officially … [Read more...]

Can Dinner Be $5? Let’s See

October 31, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I am always and forever on a hunt to decrease our food bill.  With four hungry (and opinionated) teenagers, we spend a LOT of money on food.  And, like most people, we try to eat healthy.  And, of … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Meal Deductions

September 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today, we get a little Kate is Clueless and From The Mailbag mash-up, all about meal deductions. Here's the email I received:   "My grandson is in the first year of enlistment and we have … [Read more...]

Commissary Rewards Mobile App Review

September 16, 2014 | Kate Horrell

It's been nearly two years since the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) started their rewards card program, and I think it has really started working for people.  One thing that has made a huge … [Read more...]

Add More Coupons To Your Rewards Card

September 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I recently learned a neat little trick for saving additional money using your Commissary Rewards card.  SmartSource, one of the largest distributor of manufacturer's coupons, has a way to add … [Read more...]

Article Claims 25% of Military Need Charity

August 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A recent article published by NBC News claims that 25% of military families are seeking charitable assistance to help feed their families.  I'd like to hear your thoughts and experiences on … [Read more...]

Eating Great On A Budget

June 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You might have noticed that I'm in the States, so we have been indulging in all of our favorite foods.  Eating out can be tasty, but expensive!  And what happens when you aren't near the restaurant … [Read more...]

Kids Eat For Free

June 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

When my girls were younger, tracking down restaurants who offered kids eat free (or almost free) promotions was an important part of my restaurant food strategy.  Unfortunately, we've outgrown … [Read more...]

Commissary Rewards Now Offers Android App

May 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I've had the Commissary Rewards card since they first came out, but I have been terrible about actually using it.  That's a huge loss, since the Rewards Card program has saved commissary patrons over … [Read more...]

Military and Food Stamps

February 18, 2014 | Kate Horrell

CNN Money reported yesterday that the use of federal food benefits, also called Food Stamps or SNAP benefits, has increased at military commissaries.  It was an interesting article, but it missed a … [Read more...]

Commissaries Closing?

January 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

My friend and colleague Amy Bushatz posted yesterday about the possibility of commissaries being closed.  In Pentagon Proposes Plan To Gut Commissary's Budget, Amy explains the Department of Defense … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]