Planning for Retirement

May 22, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I spend a lot of time at Yahoo Answers, trying to learn what sort of things military families are wondering.  I recently responded to a wife who was wondering how much retirement her husband could … [Read more...]

Mission May: Day Twenty

May 20, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I am starting to dread these May Challenge updates, because I'm not doing as well as I had hoped.  I've made some progress in the last five days, but I'm going to have to pick up the pace if I'm … [Read more...]

San Diego, Get Out Your Calendars

May 20, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Yum, yum, yum.  San Diego is looking better every day.  I just got this flyer from my nice friends at USAA, asking me to promote Chick-fil-A's Military Appreciation Night from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, … [Read more...]

1 June Pay/Memorial Day Holiday

May 19, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Update 2011:  This post is referring to 2010.   Here is the 2011 information, or I will be posting more information about 2011 soon.  For now, you can read Long Pay Period Warning. I've been … [Read more...]

Laundry Helpers I Love

May 19, 2010 | Kate Horrell
Shout Color Catcher Sheets

Laundry.  For many of us, laundry is a huge chore that we'd be glad to hand off to someone else if we could.  (And if I ever win the lottery, the first thing I'm doing is hiring a laundry person.)  … [Read more...]

Selling Textbooks? Learn From My Mistakes

May 18, 2010 | Kate Horrell

As you may know, as part of the May Challenge, I've been gathering up textbooks and selling them. I explored various options and it seemed like my best money was from I wasn't getting … [Read more...]

June Offers Moving Tips

May 17, 2010 | Kate Horrell

June Walbert of USAA always has excellent thoughts for us, and this video clip includes good tips for those of us getting ready to move this summer. The two things I need to remember: get extra … [Read more...]

Mission May: Day Fifteen

May 15, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Well, I am now half way through my May challenge. I'm learning some stuff, and making (a teeny tiny bit) of money, and slowly clearing things out of my house.  I've marked three boxes off my chart, … [Read more...]

From the Mouth of Secretary Gates: MyCAA News

May 14, 2010 | Kate Horrell

On May 8th, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates spoke at a Town Hall meeting at Fort Riley, Kansas.  The official transcript from that meeting can be found at the News Transcript of the … [Read more...]

Babystep into Budgeting

May 14, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Does the idea of budgeting scare you, or feel overwhelming?  I love this personal finance stuff, but budgeting makes me crazy.  There are too many categories, and too many variables, and it feels … [Read more...]

Hopeful News for MyCAA

May 13, 2010 | Kate Horrell

So, I'm at the MOAA (Military Officer Association of America) Spouse Symposium in Virginia Beach, and I heard a neato rumor:  Based upon some comments made by Secretary Gates, it seems likely that … [Read more...]

Don’t Call It Repairs – Call It Tuition

May 12, 2010 | Kate Horrell

When I first became a homeowner, I hated to call professionals to have things fixed.  Often, I discovered that it was something that I could have fixed myself and I would get aggravated at "wasting" … [Read more...]

10 May 2010 Military Report

May 11, 2010 | Kate Horrell

From this week's Military Report, useful financial news: End of Big Annual Pay Raises? - A Senate subcommittee heard testimony that Congress should end its 12-year run of annual … [Read more...]