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...]

Another Reason to Check Your LES

March 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

After the February mid-month Roth Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) snafu, it looked like things would be sorted after the end-of-month pay was disbursed last Friday.  However, it has come to my attention … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Car Titles

February 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In all the conversation about military spouses and taxes and drivers' licenses and such, one topic just baffles me:  why do military families keep the non-military spouse on the titles and … [Read more...]

Check Your Use or Lose Leave Balance

February 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Military Leave Balance Calculated INcorrectly

In today's excitement, it has been reported to me that the current use-or-lose balance being listed on Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) is being calculated incorrectly.  And I've got some LES … [Read more...]

27 February 2015 Military Pay

February 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 27 February 2015, because 1 March 2015 falls on a Sunday. When should you expect to see your pay deposited into your account? That depends on … [Read more...]

Tax Filing As A Military Spouse

February 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Spouse Taxes Pinterest

Moving around as a military spouse creates all sorts of challenges, especially when it comes time to file your income tax returns.  The biggest question is usually:  where do I file? … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Retiree Pay Issues

February 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As I've mentioned before, there are some topics that I feel like I talk about over and over and over.  And I worry that this is boring to you.  And then, I get another batch of email asking the same … [Read more...]