Free Tutoring

January 28, 2010 | Kate Horrell

A new Department of Defense programs offers free, online tutoring service to military members and their families through the  website www.tutor.com/military.  The 24 hour service offers help with … [Read more...]

Flying Space Available

January 27, 2010 | Kate Horrell

There a lot of questions about flying space available on military flights.  I've been trying to work on a huge post about flying "Space A," but I think maybe it is unnecessary now that I've found … [Read more...]

Swagbucks: Have You Heard Of It?

January 26, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, I'm a little slow catching on to the hot new trends, even if it might save me some money.  That is definitely the case with Swagbucks.  I've been hearing about Swagbucks for months now … [Read more...]

From The 1/25 Military Report

January 26, 2010 | Kate Horrell

From the 1/25/2010 Military Report at Military.com, No Change in TRICARE Contractors Get the 2010 GI Bill Guide Need Financial Advice? Featured Job: Engineering Opportunities Liberty … [Read more...]

Home Equity Loan: Gone

January 25, 2010 | Kate Horrell

This is an exciting day in my financial life - our home equity loan is GONE.  Paid in full.  Zeroed out.  Whatever you want to call it, it's excellent. As you may have read, my primary 2009 … [Read more...]

Is Debt Settlement a Good Idea?

January 24, 2010 | Kate Horrell

We've all heard the advertisements:  "Pay pennies on the dollar!"  "Get out of debt fast!"  "You'd be crazy not to do this!"  I have always known that these services weren't good, but I never knew … [Read more...]

Flexible Spending For The Military

January 23, 2010 | Kate Horrell

The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill contains a very interesting provision that may help military families stretch their dollars a little further by allowing them to utilize a pre-tax Flexible Spending … [Read more...]

Free Access to Childcare Resource

January 23, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Ever gotten stuck looking for a babysitter, tutor, nanny or pet sitter?  It is a common problem amongst military families, who often lose their regular help due to moves (either the family's move, or … [Read more...]

More MSRRA Info

January 22, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Wow, this Military Spouse Residency Relief Act is a hot topic.  There is so much information and the guidance that is coming down from the individual states is sketchy, at best. One of the most … [Read more...]

My Planning Failed

January 22, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Remember how organized I was, back when we got new windows in our house? I carefully read up on how to calculate the deduction, and checked to make sure that I got it all right. Apparently not. … [Read more...]

Tax Exempt TSP Contributions

January 21, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I received an interesting question from a reader today. "Hi Kate. If I am deployed to a combat zone from Oct to May, does that mean my TSP contribution limits are 49k for the year, or just while I … [Read more...]

Picking Hotels

January 21, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I have spent a lot of time traveling lately, and organizing hotels in various locations.  I hate picking hotels.  There are so many variables beyond price.  What size are the beds?  (Especially … [Read more...]

I’m back!

January 20, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Thanks to a lot of work by people smarter than me, The Paycheck Chronicles has changed a lot of backend stuff. Probably nothing that you will see, but it will helpfully make my job a lot … [Read more...]