Just Do It (Fund Your IRA or TSP)

April 02, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I've discovered something over the years:  If I wait until I have money to put it in my retirement account, I'll never do it.  When I first opened an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) some 15 … [Read more...]

Quotable: Jim Rohn

April 02, 2010 | Kate Horrell

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." … [Read more...]

Dunkin’ Donuts Giveaway

April 01, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Here's an interesting promotion:  Dunkin' Donuts is giving away 50 cases of coffee each month to military members stationed overseas.  It doesn't state that they must be deployed but I imagine that … [Read more...]

Visiting the Kennedy Space Center, On the Cheap

March 31, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Major props to my friend Myscha Theriault, who has put together a super-smart guide to visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. My family hasn't yet done the Space Center because just the … [Read more...]

GI Bill Experiences and Stories

March 30, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Using the GI Bill has always had its challenges: understanding all the various rules and limitations is hard. With the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, the rules have changed again and there is more to learn. … [Read more...]

Pat Tillman Scholarship

March 29, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Applications are open for the 2010 Pat Tillman Military Scholarship, offered by the Pat Tillman Foundation.  Applications are due by 5 pm on April 30th.  Full details can be found at the scholarship … [Read more...]

The Car Buying Blues, Part Four: The Follow-Up

March 29, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Oh, this car buying.  I was hoping that we'd buy the car, and then it would be over.  Ha!  (In a ironic, not-funny sort of way.) As I mentioned at the end of Part Three, our salesperson wisely … [Read more...]

Calculating Your Withholding

March 28, 2010 | Kate Horrell

For military families, one of the most challenging parts about paying taxes is accurately estimating your withholding each year.  Withholding is the amount of taxes that are taken out of each … [Read more...]

The Car Buying Blues, Part Three: The Financials

March 28, 2010 | Kate Horrell

At the end of Part Two, we had just taken the car for one more quick test drive.  Then we got down to the business of car purchasing, which will forever be my least favorite part of the … [Read more...]

The Car Buying Blues, Part Two : The Buying Process

March 27, 2010 | Kate Horrell

In case you missed Part One, we have purchased a car. It has been crazy, vaguely sort of fun, but mostly aggravating. We got out early this morning and arrived at the first dealership before 10 … [Read more...]

The Car Buying Blues, Part One : Doing The Research

March 26, 2010 | Kate Horrell

If I've seemed a little distracted lately, there is a good reason. We've been trying to buy a car. I have wanted to write about it, but I've been so busy researching, and reading, and talking to … [Read more...]

Quotable: John McEnroe

March 26, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I don't think he's talking about money, but he could be:  "The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose." (Thank you to Simple Financial Lifestyle.) … [Read more...]

Consequences of Bad Credit

March 24, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Thanks, June, for providing us with this useful information. … [Read more...]

Compare Those Sizes

March 23, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes I don't understand stores.  I was in a convenience store this morning, buying a soda.  (I know, it is a waste of money, but I have a problem and I'm really beyond stress right now.)  … [Read more...]