Financial Planner Interview: Rob Aeschbach

April 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As you probably know, there are a handful of people who write almost exclusively about military families and their money. One of these writers, Rob Aeschbach, is also a Certified Financial Planner™ … [Read more...]

1 May 2015 Military Pay

April 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 1 May 2015.  Wondering about the actual date of deposit for your pay?  That will depend on the policies and practices of your bank or credit … [Read more...]

News From DFAS

April 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A couple of news items pertaining to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).  None of these are long enough to make a whole post, but they still warrant attention: Email Address … [Read more...]

Navy Testing Longer Childcare and Fitness Hours

April 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you live near the Naval Base in Bremerton, Washington, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia, or the Naval Station in San Diego, California, keep an eye out … [Read more...]

15 April 2015 Military Pay

April 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military  pay day is Wednesday, 15 April 2015.  When will your pay be in your bank account and available to spend?  That depends on your bank or credit union, and … [Read more...]

Entitlements on Your LES

April 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every month, military service members receive a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). Raleigh has done a great job of reviewing LES basics in this article, How To Read A Military LES.  It's an epic … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Getting Service Records

March 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

For as much paperwork is involved with everything done in the military, sometimes it still seems difficult to keep track of all the documentation.  You never know when you are going to need some … [Read more...]

1 April 2015 Military Pay

March 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I am doing this post a little early because the topic is being so heavily searched and because the long pay period after many shorter ones can be surprising.  The next regular, active duty … [Read more...]

USAA Now Offering Credit Scores

March 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell
USAA Credit Score Snip

If you're a USAA member, and you have a credit card account with them, you now have free access to your credit score!  Many major banks and credit card companies are moving towards offering credit … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared For Not Getting Paid?

March 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell
What Would Happen If You Didn't Get

The federal government hit its debt ceiling (again) yesterday, and is currently funding operations under "special measures."  Why should you care?  Because the federal government's financial … [Read more...]

Long Pay Period Warning

March 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It happens every now and then - the months align in a way that creates a longer than usual pay period.  If you have your ducks in a row, then this isn't a problem for you.  But lots of folks are … [Read more...]

How Would YOU Rather Be Paid?

March 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I learned some interesting things when I was researching the Roth TSP pay snafu in February.  First, I learned that a lot of my friend don't contribute to Roth TSP, which surprised me.  Second, I … [Read more...]

13 March 2015 Military Pay

March 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Payday is coming, and the website traffic makes it seem like people are really anxious for it.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 13 March 2015.  The specific date and time … [Read more...]

Can You REALLY Afford That Loan?

March 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

This morning, my kids asked me about how I became interested in money.  There are a couple of reasons, but we got talking about my job in mortgage banking and how I worked with delinquent borrowers … [Read more...]