Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads

April 03, 2014 | Kate Horrell

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 watching the train wreck" site about things that can go wrong … [Read more...]

Get The Most When Selling Your Car

April 02, 2014 | Kate Horrell

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 US from oversea, or just the usual, we need a different car for … [Read more...]

Another Way To Get A Free Credit Score

March 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I am always curious about my credit score, but I don't want to pay for it.  I do check my credit report each year, but I'm just curious about that score.  This week, I learned about a tricky way to … [Read more...]

A New Year’s Revelation

January 01, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I have an unusual New Year's tradition.  Sometime in the month of January, I sit down and figure out our family's net worth.  It is always interesting, sometimes delighting, and occasionally … [Read more...]

Leaving California? Tell The DMV

September 23, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I recently heard about a ridiculous practice carried out by the State of California.  Apparently, if have a motor vehicle registered and move out-of-state, you have the obligation to let the … [Read more...]

The Cost of Habits

September 10, 2013 | Kate Horrell

We all have habits.  Some are good, some are not-so-good, and some are expensive.  For example, each morning I make my bed (good), give my bathroom a wipe (good), and grab a load of laundry on my … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Navy Promotions & Pay

September 05, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I've had a letter , and I can't answer the question.  With all you smart and wonderful readers out there, I'm sure someone can help. Hi Kate, My husband was selected for Master Chief this year and … [Read more...]

Reference Guide for Military Services

August 28, 2013 | Kate Horrell

In response to the lack of information about resources available to military families, the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy has put together … [Read more...]

It’s All In Your Attitude

August 04, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, the right messages come just when we need to hear them.  I woke up this morning to an email from Flylady, titled Are You Suffering From Not Enough?  I skimmed it quickly because I think … [Read more...]

Military Lending Act of 2006

August 01, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Like any other people, military families with a cash crises often look toward short-term, high-cost solutions such as payday loans, vehicle title loans, and refund anticipation loans.  These types of … [Read more...]

Talk Frankly About Your Family Finances

July 28, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I receive many questions about how military families are "supposed" to organize their finances.  Military spouses asking how much money their servicemember husband or wife is "supposed" to give them. … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Financial Benefits for Widows of Veterans

July 18, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Many readers write to me, looking for financial assistance for their elderly parents.  In particular, there are many questions about whether there are any financial benefits for widows of … [Read more...]

DOMA Decision Affects Family Finances

June 26, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The US Supreme Court today overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), clearing a major roadblock to equal benefits for all married servicemembers, regardless of their genders.  This is a huge … [Read more...]

Disaster Prep Is Important

June 05, 2013 | Kate Horrell

With hurricane season beginning, this is a great time for families to prepare for any type of disaster.  As a military family, disaster preparedness often takes a back-seat to the regular cycles of … [Read more...]