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The Money Has To Come From Somewhere

A friend and I were chatting about something that concerns both of us, what appears to be an endemic problem of military families expecting to…


Funds Availability

Funds Availability Policies

A friend was complaining to me that her bank holds her checks “too long,” and wondered if she would be happier with another bank. I…


Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

Today, a little exercise to make you think about whether your spending on things that you value. First, I want you to take a piece…



Please know your military benefits - you can't make useful plans without them.

You Need To Know Your Benefits

At least once a week, I hear a story about a military family, veteran, retiree, or survivor who is in a less-than-ideal situation because either…


Financial Counseling for Caregivers is available through a new program.

Financial Counseling for Caregivers

Being a caregiver to a wounded, ill, or disabled warrior is a huge job and stretches the caregiver emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially. A new-ish…




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…