Former Spouses Protection Act: Comments and Confusion

June 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Recent comments to my Money and Divorce post highlight the confusion about the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA).  While I addressed these topics last fall in Fact or … [Read more...]

Military, Divorce, and Money: Share Your Story

June 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the 7 years that I've been writing The Paycheck Chronicles, I've received hundreds of comments and emails from military members and ex-spouses who are thinking about, in the middle of, or dealing … [Read more...]

1 July 2015 Military Pay

June 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's still quite a while until the next regular, active duty military payday, but the questions are coming in.  The next payday for military folks is Wednesday, 1 July 2015.  For those of you who … [Read more...]

“Can I Afford To Buy This?”

June 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend recently came to me, looking for advice about purchasing a new car. Now, this friend and I have some differences in our basic views about money, and particularly car payments. As you know, I … [Read more...]

Do I Have To Give Her Money?

June 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, I get emails that make me wonder what people are thinking.  I had to think about this one for several days before responding, and I think the email response that I sent wasn't very good. … [Read more...]

15 June 2015 Military Pay

June 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military pay day is Monday, 15 June 2015.  Monday paydays always create a lot of questions, especially if you're used to getting paid early.  So, when should you expect … [Read more...]

Help Me Understand Maximum TSP Contributions

June 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell
MyPay TSP Page

If you've been hanging out around The Paycheck Chronicles for a while, you'll have noticed that I have a small group of military personal finance writers with whom I chat regularly.  We discuss new … [Read more...]

Senate Plan Would Cut Dual Mil BAH

June 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Dual military couples (and anyone who is concerned about cuts to military pay and benefits) need to pay attention to a provision of the Senate Armed Services Committee's  recommendations for the … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Disability Benefit & Taxes

May 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent email highlights some of the confusion about the taxability of certain post-military benefits.  While military retirement pay is always taxable, military disability benefits provided by the … [Read more...]

WIC Benefits Can Help With Food Costs

May 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Many military families, particularly overseas, are eligible for the federally-funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program.  WIC provides eligible patrons with … [Read more...]

Instructions Help With PCS Travel Claims

May 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In researching the advance DLA situation, I stumbled across a couple of useful and interesting documents to help you fill out a complete and accurate travel claim when you have a Permanent Change of … [Read more...]

1 June 2015 Military Pay

May 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military pay day is Monday, 1 June 2015.  Monday paydays can be really confusing if you have your military pay deposited into a bank or credit union that offers early … [Read more...]

REDUX Is Always A Bad Choice

May 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Today, in a military family forum, there was a discussion about the Career Status Bonus (CSB)/Redux retirement plan available to currently serving military members.  I was really surprised to see … [Read more...]

15 May 2015 Military Pay

May 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Long pay period alert:  After this paycheck, the next regular military payday is Monday, 1 June 2015.  While that isn't a super-long pay period, it does have Memorial Day weekend in the … [Read more...]