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When will your 15 December 2016 military pay be available for you to spend?

15 December 2016 Military Pay

The last paycheck before Christmas is coming next week.  The 15 December 2016 military pay may be deposited into accounts on different days, depending on…


When will your 1 December 2016 military pay show up in your bank account?

1 December 2016 Military Pay

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend always brings a lot of questions about military payday. The next regular, active duty military payday is Thursday, 1 December 2016 –…


2017 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits

2017 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits

The IRS has announced the 2017 Thrift Savings Plan contribution limits. If you’re aggressively saving money in this fabulous tax-advantaged retirement savings plan, you’ll want…


A weekend and a holiday mean that your 15 November 2016 military pay may arrive several days before the actual payday.

15 November 2016 Military Pay

The next regular, active duty military payday is coming next Tuesday, 15 November 2016.  Tuesday paydays are particularly confusing because of the many different early…


Commissary Remote Location Sales

November Commissary Remote Location Sales

In November, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has a full schedule of special sales at non-commissary locations.  DeCA calls these special sales Guard and Reserve…


How to rate a charity and be sure your contributions will be doing the most good.

How To Decide If A Charity Is Good

It’s Harvest for the Hungry week at my kids’ school, and they were talking about the benefits of donating cash versus donating actual food.  We…


November 2016 Military Pay

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 Military Pay

Tuesday paydays can be confusing, especially if you bank with Navy Federal Credit Union.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Tuesday, 1 November…


2017 Military Retirement COLA

2017 Military Retirement COLA

The 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for military retirement and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be 0.3%. Yesterday, the Bureau…


When will your 14 October 2016 military pay show up in your bank account?

14 October 2016 Military Pay

It’s a week to the next military payday, Friday, 14 October 2016.  Friday paydays are usually pretty straightforward, as long as there isn’t a holiday…


3 Things To check On Your LES Every Month

3 Things To Check on Your LES Every Month

The military’s version of a “paycheck stub” is the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).  LES are issued at the end of every month, usually about…


Government Shutdowns and Military Pay

Shutdowns and Military Pay: Fact or Fiction

As we review this week’s government shutdown threat, the comments have made one thing clear:  there’s a lot of confusion about how a government shutdown…


Government Shutdown Could Delay Military Pay

Government Shutdown Could Impact Military Pay

Update 29 September 2016:  Congress has passed, and the president has signed, a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through 9 December 2016.  …



Is it the right time to be buying a car?

Do It Right: Buying A Car

When buying a car, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about the finances. In other words, it can be hard…


september 2016 military pay

30 September 2016 Military Pay

Since 1 October 2016 falls on a weekend, the next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 30 September 2016.  That means that your 30…


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Medical Coverage While Traveling Overseas

A couple of conversations have come together recently, and I realized that we”ve never talked about health care coverage when traveling, especially overseas.  In the…


When will the first military pay show up in your bank account?

From The Mailbag: First Military Pay

If I had the power to force recruiters to explain just one thing to their recruits, it would be to give them realistic expectations about…


When will your 15 September 2016 military pay show up in your bank account?

15 September 2016 Military Pay

Lots of people are wondering when their Thursday, 15 September 2016 military pay will be available in their bank accounts.  Even though the regular payday…


The Good and Bad of the Government Travel Credit Card

Government Travel Credit Card: The Good and Bad

Today, Amy Bushatz reported that the Navy will start requiring sailors to use the government travel credit card for Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moving expenses.  When…


When will your 1 September 2016 military pay be deposited?

1 September 2016 Military Pay

For some people, this pay period is particularly long.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Thursday, 1 September 2016.  When your pay will…