Reason 4,976 For An Emergency Fund

November 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You know, we financial folks are always going on  about why people need an emergency fund and a little extra room in their budget. This week has been yet another reminder for me. One of my … [Read more...]

Roth TSPs Require New Election in 2015

November 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Some of you may have received an email about the Roth TSP changes, and it is a little confusing.  Let me try to make it simple. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service has recently posted a … [Read more...]

1 December 2014 Military Pay

November 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Monday paydays always cause a lot of drama, and I know from years past that people get worked up about the November end-of-month payday.  So, buckle your seat belts and hang on while I lay out what … [Read more...]

Free Book: Homemade Christmas Gifts

November 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today and tomorrow only, Toni Anderson's Homemade Christmas Gifts is free for your Kindle through Amazon.  Full of ideas for make-at-home holiday gifts, this book includes step-by-step instructions … [Read more...]

AAFES & NEX Black Friday Ads Available

November 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

If you're a Black Friday shopper, you might like to take a peek at the AAFES and NEX Black Friday ads posted at  Each entry includes both a text list of the items for sale by category, and … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: What The Exchange Stocks

November 17, 2014 | Kate Horrell

As you may know, I don't know about a lot of stuff.  One thing that completely baffles me is the products that are stocked by the military exchanges, including AAFES and the NEX.  I know that I … [Read more...]

Do You Need A Little Holiday Help?

November 14, 2014 | Kate Horrell

When you’re a military family, money can be tight.  Deployments and PCS moves can wreck a budget.  When money is tight, facing the Christmas season can be depressing.  Thankfully, there are many … [Read more...]

Serving Military Members: Do This Now

November 13, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today's warning is courtesy of several different comment conversations on several different posts around the internet.  If you are still on active duty, (ahem, my husband), please, please make the … [Read more...]

Thank you, Veterans

November 11, 2014 | Kate Horrell

It seems sort of frivolous to talk about money on Veterans Day.  So, I won't. To all the veterans out there, thank you for your service to our country.  I appreciate the sacrifices you've made so … [Read more...]

Veterans Day Discounts 2014

November 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Long-time readers of The Paycheck Chronicles know that I usually post a list of the many generous offers that businesses offer veterans in honor of Veterans Day.  This year, we've consolidated all … [Read more...]

14 November 2014 Military Pay

November 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday,14 November 2014.  When will you actually get paid?  That depends on your bank, its policies, and some other variables.   Most banks and … [Read more...]

Retirees, Make Sure Your Family Knows This

November 06, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I received a sad note today, from a friend of a widow of a military retiree.  The widow was not prepared for the process by which final military benefits are paid out, and she's having some stress … [Read more...]

Avoid Aimless Shopping, Even Online

November 03, 2014 | Kate Horrell

This morning, I logged on to pay my husband's American Express bill.  On the web page, I notice a list of their current promotions, and I clicked through to see if there was anything that we were … [Read more...]

The Post I Wish That I Had Written

October 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Every once in a while, I read a post and am immediately jealous that I didn't write it myself.  This happened today, when my email showed me the latest post at The Military Guide:  Military … [Read more...]