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Kings Dominion Military Discounts 2016

2016 Kings Dominion Military Discounts

In addition to discounted tickets that may be available through your installation’s ticket offices, Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia has two upcoming promotions that…



Is It An Emergency, or An Unplanned Expense?

Emergency? Or Forgotten Expense?

There’s a lot of talk in the finance world about the importance of emergency funds, and planning your spending.  One place where a lot of…



Minimize the damage done by debit card fraud

Minimize Debit Card Fraud Issues

With the recent uptick in credit and debit card fraud, lots of people are thinking about their card situation.  A recent comment by an acquaintance made me…


Prevent Credit Card Fraud with These Simple Tips

Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

My friends from USAA tell me that there has been an uptick in fraudulent credit card activity lately, and reports from friends and acquaintances confirm…


Do You Have A Plan For Your Tax Refund?

A Plan For Your Tax Refund

“Financial planner hits monster lotto payout…and dedicates life to raising rabbits.” Never mind that it’s not going to happen or that in the very, very…


Kate Is Clueless About Cutting Cable

Kate Is Clueless: Cutting Cable

So, we’ve been overseas for five years, and we’ve been staying with my mom since we returned.  Our renovation project is getting closer to complete,…





Things To Consider When Calculating Life Insurance Needs

LIFE: An Acronym To Live By

I often joke that I gravitated to the financial services industry when I left active duty because it was the only place I could find…



Round 'er Up and Save Money

Round ‘er Up and Save Money

A little research led me to a surprising discovery: Uncle Sam rounds down. Yep, when answering a recent reader question, I discovered when you’re retired…



How To Pay Off $5000 In Debt This Year

Pay Off $5,000 In Debt In A Year

Summary: Here’s a four-part plan to crush $5,000 in credit card debt over the next 12 months. There are good debts — money prudently spent…



Break Your Shopping Habit

Breaking The Shopping Habit

Shopping for entertainment: it’s an interesting hobby, and one that is dangerous to your financial stability.  Breaking this shopping habit could make a huge difference…


Money Tasks

Four Simple Money Tasks for Today

If you celebrate Christmas, it is likely that you’ve gone through some gift-exchanging over the last few days, and perhaps you are cleaning up and…