Rental Real Estate and Liability

April 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many military families become landlords when they PCS and can't, or don't want to , sell the house they've purchased.  Being a landlord can be a blessing or a nightmare, depending on a wide variety … [Read more...]

Geographic Bachelor-ing

February 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I often get questions about people who are considering a geographic bachelor tour, and wondering about their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and their finances.  Geographic bachelor (or "geo-bach") … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]

Leaving California? Tell The DMV

September 23, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I recently heard about a ridiculous practice carried out by the State of California.  Apparently, if have a motor vehicle registered and move out-of-state, you have the obligation to let the … [Read more...]

C’mon Folks, Know Your Benefits

April 04, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If there is one thing that will make me crazy, it is someone who doesn't have any situational awareness.  It could be my child, who has zoned out and has no idea that we've just had an entire … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Address Updates

March 25, 2013 | Kate Horrell

You'd think that after 20 years of being married to someone in the military, I'd get to be pretty knowledgeable about things related to moving.  Yet, there is always something that surprises me.  I … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

September 22, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Letters, we get letters,  we get lots and lots and lots and lots of letters.  And some of them are pretty darn helpful. Today's letter is about the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) … [Read more...]

Department of Defense Lodging Rates

July 25, 2012 | Kate Horrell

This isn't exactly real news, but it is important if you don't already know it.  The rates for very similar military accommodations can vary greatly depending on which branch of the military is … [Read more...]

The Hidden Costs of PCS

June 16, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Things are frantic here - two days until the main packers come, and the bills are already piling up.  Now, you might be thinking, "but the Navy pays to move you."  True statement.  However, there … [Read more...]

Temporary Lodging Allowances

June 10, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Every time we make a BIG move, I double check to make sure that I understand Temporary Lodging Entitlement (TLE)/Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA.).  Frankly, I'm not always sure that the people who … [Read more...]

Dislocation Allowance (DLA)

June 05, 2012 | Kate Horrell

PCS season is here, and so are questions about the military's dislocation allowance (DLA.)  DLA is designed to partially offset the costs incurred when moving as part of a PCS, when ordered to move … [Read more...]

Book Giveaway: I Will Teach You To Be Rich

April 23, 2012 | Kate Horrell

The Kashman family is preparing to PCS this summer, so it is time for another round of "Kate gives away her books!"   Every day this week, I will be putting up another book to be given away to a … [Read more...]

The “Free” Cat

March 06, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Once upon a time, a friend offered a couple some free kittens.  He had found four abandoned kittens and thought that maybe four was too many for one single guy.  The couple said yes and was … [Read more...]

A New Way to Check Out Neighborhoods

February 27, 2012 | Kate Horrell

One of the things that I hate about moving to a new town is that it is so hard to pick out the good places to live.  Thankfully, there is a new website that can help!  It is called Military Town … [Read more...]