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...]

Quotable: Dayana Yochim

January 15, 2010 | Kate Horrell

"Bribe your partner with dreams to get them on board with finances." … [Read more...]

Reformatting The Paycheck Chronicles

January 09, 2010 | Kate Horrell

We're making some changes to The Paycheck Chronicles over the next few days.  I don't know exactly how things are going to work out, but I will not be making any new posts until we are … [Read more...]

2010 BAS Rates

January 09, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I have been checking the internet every for weeks, looking for the 2010 Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) rates.  I go away for two days and, of course, they're up.  The … [Read more...]

Quotable: Mother Teresa

January 08, 2010 | Kate Horrell

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." … [Read more...]

VA Home Loan Questions

January 07, 2010 | Kate Horrell

There are millions of articles about getting a VA home loan.  However, even once you're in your new house, there are still a few things to consider.  CJ at the VA Mortgage Center has done a … [Read more...]

Timeless Pre-Deployment Financial Planning

January 06, 2010 | Kate Horrell

This piece isn't new, but it is still great.  Jeff Rose at Good Financial Sense wrote about his experiences with money and deployment in Managing Your Money While Deployed, One Soldier's … [Read more...]

Free Download, 1/4/09 Only

January 04, 2010 | Kate Horrell

Today only, January 4, 2009, Walletpop is offering a free download of David Bach's book Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010.  Bach's previous books include … [Read more...]

Quick But Important

January 03, 2010 | Kate Horrell

I have a mission for you today:  vacuum your refrigerator coils.  I don't do it nearly enough and I am always amazed at how much dust and gunk has built up on them.  Energy is expensive … [Read more...]

Thankful for Emergency Money

January 02, 2010 | Kate Horrell

My uncle passed away yesterday.  He has been ill for a while and it wasn't a surprise.  I want to go to the funeral, as a sign of respect and possibly to be helpful. Times like these make me … [Read more...]

Understanding Income Taxes

January 02, 2010 | Kate Horrell

This YouTube video, while a little boring, gives a great explanation of the basic system of filing and paying taxes in the US.  If you are looking for basic knowledge about the process, this is … [Read more...]