Start Thinking About … Christmas?

August 18, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Yup, I said it.  Christmas.  Or Hanukkah.  Or Winter Break.  Whatever you celebrate or call it, the winter holiday season is expensive.  And it is now just three months away, depending on when … [Read more...]

Mid-Year Review: Regular Spending

July 14, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I hadn't intended to make the mid-year review into more than one post, but the whole first post was taken up with tax issues.  Fun stuff, huh? Today, we're going to talk about those creepy charges … [Read more...]

Military.com Discount Center

July 01, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You may have noticed that I've not been offering as much in the way of military discounts here at The Paycheck Chronicles. This change has happened because Military.com has developed a dedicated … [Read more...]

Bonus Savings With Credit Cards

June 03, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Jonathan from My Money Blog just posted about some specials that may currently be available to some American Express cardholders.  Specific deals that he mentions include "$15 off $75 at Home Depot, … [Read more...]

SGLI Rates Increasing Slightly

April 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

For those of you watch your Leave and Earnings Statement carefully, be prepared for a small change to Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) premiums in July 2014.  SGLI rates will increase from … [Read more...]

Hersheypark Military Appreciation Day

April 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

This Sunday, 27 April 2014, Hersheypark is hosting a special event at which military families can buy admission tickets for just $25 per person, free for children under three.  The park, located in … [Read more...]

Free Captain America Movie

March 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell
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Marvel Comic fans, you probably know that the new Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, is coming to theatres on 4 April 2014.  Well, if you are near a lucky Army or Air Force base, you can … [Read more...]

Back To Basics: Spending Plans

January 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell

After 20 years of marriage and military service, my family is doing OK financially.  We pay our bills each month, we don't have non-mortgage debt, and save around 20% of our income for retirement. … [Read more...]

Commissaries Closing?

January 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

My friend and colleague Amy Bushatz posted yesterday about the possibility of commissaries being closed.  In Pentagon Proposes Plan To Gut Commissary's Budget, Amy explains the Department of Defense … [Read more...]

Insurance Is Not An Emergency Fund

January 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

We all have insurance.  Well, we should all have insurance.  At the very least, car insurance (if you own a car) and renters insurance (if you have anything at all.)  I've been meaning for a very, … [Read more...]

DC Folks: Whitetail Ski Military Appreciation

January 06, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Attention to all my readers in the greater DC area:  on Thursday, 6 February 2014, Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania is offering Operation Thank You, a day of discounts for military and … [Read more...]

Keeping In Mind The Cost of Pets

January 02, 2014 | Kate Horrell
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My family is able to do some travelling this holiday season, and we'll be out-of-town for several days.  Our great neighbor is going to be caring for our aged cat (and our acting-aged heating … [Read more...]

Understanding BAH Rate Protection

December 16, 2013 | Kate Horrell

In anticipation of the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates being announced soon, I thought it was exactly the right time to review the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on BAH rate … [Read more...]

Free APO/FPO Shipping From Hickory Farms

December 10, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Mmmmm, who doesn't love a good summer sausage?  If you are looking for a good gift to send downrange or overseas, consider that Hickory Farms offers free shipping on selected products that are sent … [Read more...]