From The 1/25 Military Report

January 26, 2010 | Kate Horrell

From the 1/25/2010 Military Report at, 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...]

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...]