Kate Is Clueless: Why So Many Security Exceptions?

September 15, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Maybe you've noticed this:  accessing government websites seems to pop up more security issues than accessing other websites.  I am forever negotiating a maze of "the identity of this site can not … [Read more...]

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Game Box

September 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

When mailing things, cost counts.  This is especially true if you are sending lots of care packages to a deployed service member, or mailing stuff to a family stationed overseas.  Sometimes, the … [Read more...]

Virginia Tax Refunds by Debit Card

September 11, 2014 | Kate Horrell
virginia tax refund debit cards

Crazy things are afoot with the Virginia state income tax refund program.  We recently received a very small refund from Virginia.  $5.61, to be exact.  Instead of just sending us a check, or doing … [Read more...]

Encouragement To Save Strong

September 09, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I was just cleaning out some files, and I came across my husband's 2013 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) statement.  This year's statement has a box that I'd never noticed before:  an estimate of your … [Read more...]

15 September 2014 Military Pay

September 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Ah, the joys of a Monday payday.  They can be quite confusing, for a variety of different reasons.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Monday, 15 September 2014.  When will you get … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Use A “Stuck” Situation

September 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A recent comment got me thinking about those duty stations where it seems like you are just stuck and biding your time until you can move and get on with your real life.  If you've been in the … [Read more...]

Navy Federal Offers 5% CD

September 04, 2014 | Kate Horrell

That Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) - sometimes they really rock!  They've just announced their Celebration Certificate of Deposit offer, which earns 5.0% interest for 12 months, up to $5,000.  I … [Read more...]

Car Shipping Mess: You Can’t Stop Paying

September 03, 2014 | Kate Horrell

During this whole personally owned vehicle (POV) shipping mess, I have heard a lot of people say that they aren't going to make payments on their car while it is delayed in shipping.  I'm hoping that … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Check With The VA

September 02, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Much of my mail comes from people who served at some point, and are now wondering if they have any benefits from their military service. Most of the time the answer is no, but sometimes the situation … [Read more...]

Health Care After Military Divorce

August 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many people feel that Tricare and military medical services are one of the best benefits of military service.  When a military marriage ends, the non-serving spouse usually loses their Tricare … [Read more...]

Military Locations Not Affected By UPS Data Breach

August 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Recent news has reported a data breach affecting 51 locations of The UPS Store.  From 20 January to 11 August 2014, certain customer information may have been compromised, including names, addresses … [Read more...]

29 August 2014 Military Pay

August 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Ack!  I almost forgot that next Friday is payday AGAIN!  August has been a treat, with three paydays in two week increments.  Which means that the next pay period will be a longer one:  17 days … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Retirement and Divorce

August 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A reader wrote in asking about the division of military retirement in a divorce.  I have edited this email to remove personally identifying information and to make it more clear, but the gist is … [Read more...]

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...]