Considerations For Survivors

July 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you use social media, you've probably seen more than one charitable account set up for a family of a service member who has died, whether in combat, a domestic incident, or even just an accident. … [Read more...]

Divorcing? Use Mediation to Minimize Drama (and Expense!)

June 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Last week's Military, Divorce and Money post resulted in some very interesting comments.  One thing that struck me about the comments is that while the commenters all talked about lawyers or judges, … [Read more...]

You Can (And Should) Be Politically Active

June 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every year, Congress debates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and every year, military members have strong opinions about the various provisions of the year's Act.  However, many … [Read more...]

Verizon and Sprint Refunds

May 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent class action lawsuit means that many Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers will receive a refund on unauthorized services that were billed to their cell phone accounts.  These charges, … [Read more...]

RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler for IDs

February 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The Defense Manpower Data Center has put together a fabulous website to help you locate and find information about where you can renew or obtain new military IDS.  The RAPIDS Appointment scheduling … [Read more...]

Random Stuff You Need To Know

April 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today, I was working on a PCS post (keep your eyes open tomorrow), and I ran across this absolute gem from Life Lessons of A Military Wife:  The Ugly Stuff No One Wants To Talk About But Is A MUST To … [Read more...]

Understanding Mortgage Escrow

June 17, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If you have a mortgage, you probably have a mortgage escrow account.  Depending on your lender and your personal situation, you might not even have a choice about it - having an escrow account is … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Ex-Spouse Benefits

September 16, 2012 | Kate Horrell

I get a lot of email here with a variety of questions.  We're working on a separate, "Ask Kate," page, but in the meantime I thought I'd better put them in with the regular posts.  I've always … [Read more...]

Ten Things I’ve Bought That Were A Complete Waste of Money

January 19, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Nobody's a perfect shopper, and I am certainly not.  Every once in a while, I buy something that has absolutely no value for my family.  Each time I realize that something was a bad idea, I have all … [Read more...]

17 October 2011 Military Report

October 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Ta-da!  The weekly Military Report financial news from 2012 Navy Selective Early Retirement - Results from the U.S. Navy's Fiscal Year 2012 Selective Early Retirement Board (SERB) … [Read more...]

11 October 2011 Military Report

October 12, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The weekly Military Report offers the most current information and news on military benefits.  Want to learn more about educational, vocational, retirement and veterans benefits?  Check … [Read more...]

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Always Keeps Things Confidential

September 26, 2011 | Kate Horrell

When I was at the USAA Blogger Event a few weeks ago (after action coming, I promise), the discussion turned to the military relief societies.  Several people commented that service members don't … [Read more...]

Leaving The Service? You Need To Know…

September 20, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Well, you need to know lots of stuff, much more than I could ever write about here.  If you are leaving the service or retiring, I hope that you are taking advantage of the pre-separation counseling … [Read more...]

19 September 2011 Military Report

September 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Time for the weekly update of all military benefits compiled by  The MilitaryReport.  I've highlighted some of the most important financial issues below, but be sure to see the entire … [Read more...]