Comparison Shopping For Utilities

November 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Moving around all the time means constantly learning about the different utility companies that are available in your (new) home.  Some utilities almost always have options, like internet and cable … [Read more...]

Thinking About Holiday Spending

November 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's Monday, and it's the week of Thanksgiving.  I feel like I'm being bombarded with advertisements everywhere I look, and I suspect that the volume is going to up as the week progresses.  Heck, it … [Read more...]

1 December 2015 Military Pay

November 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Despite the upcoming holiday weekend, the next regular, active duty military payday isn't until Tuesday, 1 December 2015.  When will your pay be deposited into your bank account?  Well, that … [Read more...]

Military Pay NOT Before Thanksgiving

November 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I had hoped that this year would be different, but it's not.  I'm already getting questions about whether the military will receive their 1 December 2015 military pay deposit before Thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

The Right Veteran In-State Tuition Info

November 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

You know that big headline White House announcement that's been posted all over the internet the last few days?  About how veterans and their families will now be able to get in-state tuition.  This … [Read more...]

When Your Pay Is Wrong

November 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

You may have noticed that we moved this summer, and, as often happens, my husband's pay hasn't been right since.  In fact, it has been all over the place - up, down.  I swear it would go sideways if … [Read more...]

2016 Thrift Savings Plan Limits

November 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The IRS has announced the 2016 limits for contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The elective deferral limit remains unchanged at $18,000 for the year.  This is the limit for most regular … [Read more...]

13 November 2015 Military Pay

November 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next military payday is Friday, 13 November 2015.  That's an even two weeks after the last payday, but notice what comes next:  There are 18 days between the Friday, 13 November 2015 military … [Read more...]

What Civilian Health Care Costs

November 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A few things have come together to make me think that perhaps we military folks, myself included, might have some unrealistic ideas about the cost of civilian health care.  First, there has been … [Read more...]

Why Tricare Young Adult Is More Expensive Than Tricare

November 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Last week's post on the increase in Tricare Young Adult premiums has generated a lot of comments, and has exposed some misunderstandings about what the Tricare Young Adult program is and how it … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Military Use The Financial Resources Available?

November 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent conversation in one of my Facebook groups circled around to the subject of the financial education available to military families, and things got a little heated.  Many commenters thought … [Read more...]

Retirement Week: Other Retirement Plans

October 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As my National Save for Retirement Week series stretches well beyond that first week, it is time to talk about non-military, employer-sponsored retirement plans.  Over the course of a working … [Read more...]

Tricare Young Adult Premiums Jump

October 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Adult military children using Tricare Young Adult health care coverage will see their premiums jump next year.  Tricare Young Adult costs are not tied to Tricare costs, and premiums can … [Read more...]

USAA Will Cover Government Payments

October 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the event that federal payments are interrupted because Congress fails to increase the federal debt ceiling, USAA has announced that it will offer interest-free loans to cover the amount … [Read more...]