Beware of Fake Car Financing

July 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you are in the market for a new or a new-to-you car, beware of a common car financing scam.  While it goes by many names, such as yo-yo financing, or spot financing, the details remain the same: … [Read more...]

Babies Don’t Need That Much Stuff

June 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend is expecting her first baby, and the conversation came around to the things that would be needed for the new baby.  I am a firm believer that our society wastes a lot of money on unnecessary … [Read more...]

“Can I Afford To Buy This?”

June 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend recently came to me, looking for advice about purchasing a new car. Now, this friend and I have some differences in our basic views about money, and particularly car payments. As you know, I … [Read more...]

Don’t Create A Life Where Money Rules You

June 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the hardest parts about being a financial coach is seeing families struggle with the most common money mistakes.  Because they are so common, I feel like they should be known, and that people … [Read more...]

Don’t Default On Student Loans

June 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A piece in last Sunday's New York Times has fired up the internet.  Lee Siegel's  Why I Defaulted On My Student Loans is a narcissistic, illogical rant about the cost of higher education and the … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Cell Phone Expenses

June 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're a regular reader here at the Paycheck Chronicles, you'll know that we are moving back to the actual United States this summer. In addition to all the usual PCS moving chaos, there is the … [Read more...]

Do I Have To Give Her Money?

June 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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Sometimes, I get emails that make me wonder what people are thinking.  I had to think about this one for several days before responding, and I think the email response that I sent wasn't very good. … [Read more...]

Strategic Shopping Can Pay Off

June 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell

We recently made a long trip to visit family, and one of the first things I did was visit a nearby military base to purchase some basic, over-the-counter medical supplies at the Exchange.  My mom … [Read more...]

Do Younger Service Member Drive Nicer Cars?

June 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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I was at an event recently, and someone was talking about one particular car that is on our base.  The car in question is exactly the stereo-type of what a young, single service member would buy, … [Read more...]

More Reasons To Shop The Thrift Shop

May 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent post about uniforms and thrift shops generated some comments that made me realize that some people might not completely understand how all-around amazing on-base thrift shops are for the … [Read more...]

Need Uniforms? Check The Thrift Stores

May 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the largest job-related expenses for military service members is the forever purchasing of uniforms.  Some of those uniform parts, especially for the dressier uniforms, can get pretty darn … [Read more...]

Travel Cards Going Chip-and-PIN

May 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In order to better support the global nature of their customers, Department of Defense (DoD) Government Travel Charge Cards are now being issued with both magnetic stripes and chip-and-PIN … [Read more...]

Should You Have Pet Insurance?

May 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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Ever been to the vet and seen a flyer or advertisement for pet insurance, and wondered if it was a good idea to protect your animals with pet insurance? What Is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is … [Read more...]

Free Entry To The Mariners’ Museum

April 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Are you near Hampton Roads, Virginia?  This Sunday, 19 April 2015, the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is sponsoring a Military Appreciation event at the Mariners' Museum and Park located … [Read more...]