Kate Is Clueless: BAS and AIT

August 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A recent comment contains a question to which I don't know the answer, and I have no idea where to look for the answer. "How does this BAS-ENL work during AIT? My son is doing the Reserves … [Read more...]

15 August 2014 Military Pay

August 08, 2014 | Kate Horrell

August is looking like a nice, uncomplicated pay month (due to the Labor Day holiday on 1 September 2014.)  Three Fridays, each two weeks apart, just like everyone likes it.  The next regular, … [Read more...]

The Financial Folly of Being Busy

August 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Busy, busy, busy.  Most of us are super-busy:  kids, spouse, work, houses, family, friends, and other activities all join together to make our calendars look like we had a pen explosion.  Being … [Read more...]

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities

August 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The end of summer means that PCS moves are over, and kids are going back to school.  For lots of military spouses, it also means job hunting.  Job hunting as a military spouse is never easy, but you … [Read more...]

Better Business Bureau Military Line

July 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell

With the unique situations that happen to military families, it can be difficult to know where to turn for resources for non-military issues.  In particular, there are many consumer protection issues … [Read more...]

Officer To Lose 1/3 Of Retirement Pay

July 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You've probably heard me talk about Doug Nordman, founder of The Military Guide website and author of The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement.  One of Doug's readers has found … [Read more...]

American Express Waives Fees for Military

July 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I have heard (and researched to death) that American Express waives annual fees for active duty military folks.  If American Express has a card that is right for you, then this would be a great … [Read more...]

1 August 2014 Military Pay

July 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

It is a little early for this post, but my statistics tell me that you're searching for this information.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 1 August 2014.  Certain banks and … [Read more...]

Renting Your Next Ball Gown

July 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I went to a lovely ball last night.  These English really know how to put on a party!  As usual, I spent some time and money stressing about what to wear.  And you know what?  I think I'm going to … [Read more...]

Boots to Business Boosts Your Post-Service Options

July 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

If you are transitioning out of the military, keep your eyes and ears open for the Boots to Business portion of the Department of Defense's new Transition GPS program (formerly Transition Assistance … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Brigade

July 09, 2014 | Kate Horrell
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It is so hard to believe that July is now Back to School month, but it is true.  I wanted to promote two sides of worthy project that helps military families with school supplies.  The … [Read more...]

Really Good Military Divorce Advice

July 08, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I receive many, many emails and comments from military member and military spouses who are going through a divorce.  As I've said before, this is tricky stuff and you can't afford to get it … [Read more...]

15 July 2014 Military Pay

July 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Tuesday, 15 July 2014.  Tuesday paydays are always confusing - last payday even I was shocked when I saw that my husband's pay was pending on the … [Read more...]

It’s a Vicious (or Blessed) Cycle

July 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

As I folded piles of laundry this morning, I got thinking about the paradoxes of stuff.  I have often claimed that I have too much stuff. From the amount of energy I spend tending to it all, I am … [Read more...]