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Don't feel Guilty About Your Financial Past

Don’t Feel Guilty About The Past

Sometimes, it feels like a lot of personal finance information is focused on stuff that you should have done differently – in the past.  You…


Millennials and Their Money

Millennials and Their Money

Today, I was lucky enough to be invited to hear executive’s from Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) discuss the results of their recent study about…



Do Your Valuables Have Value?

Putting Value on Valuables

I’ve talked with a couple of people lately about the worth of their personal property, particularly items that are considered “valuable.”  It’s not a conversation that…



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Free Shredding Saturday At Navy Federal

If you have papers that need to be shredded, you might find a solution this weekend.  Navy Federal Credit Union is offering free shredding services…


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Tell Me Your Questions For USAA

I’ve just landed in San Antonio to attend USAA’s annual outreach conference.  I’ll be spending the next two days hanging out with a great group…


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Little Splurges Can Help You Live Large

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…


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We’re All Taxpayers, Too

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.)…


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DIY Credit Repair

If your credit reports and score are not as great as you would like, you may be intrigued by the advertisements that claim that they…


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OCONUS COLA Changes

Military service members at some locations outside the continental United States (OCONUS) may see some pretty large changes to their Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)…


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Find Your Motivation To Change

This week, I read a couple of blog posts that all sort of revolved around a central theme, but I couldn’t put my finger on…


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Giving Thanks

First, thank you to all the readers of The Paycheck Chronicles.  I am thankful that you read what I write, and that you allow me…


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Overwhelmed By Budgeting? Try This

A lot of budgeting advice makes it seem like a huge task:  gather your bank records and credit card statements for the last twelve months,…


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Is Your Marriage Messing With Your Money?

Money and marriage…there are two big, important words that often don’t play well together.  If you’re not doing too well in the money department, it…


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On-Base Financial Education: Can’t Do Enough

The latest issue of the Financial Planning newsletter has two thought-provoking articles about financial education, financial planning, and financial products as they relate tothe military. The…


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Military Pay For New Recruits

I get a lot of questions about military pay for new recruits.  A very plan-ahead type Delayed Entry Program (DEP) reader recently wrote to, asking…


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Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads

As you’ve probably noticed, I love taking stuff I read and applying it to our military lives.  My friend Valerie Rind has a “gotta keep…


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Get The Most When Selling Your Car

Military folks often sell cars:  a cross-country PCS move where you don’t want to drive two cars, a move overseas, a move back to the…