What Civilian Health Care Costs

November 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A few things have come together to make me think that perhaps we military folks, myself included, might have some unrealistic ideas about the cost of civilian health care.  First, there has been … [Read more...]

Why Tricare Young Adult Is More Expensive Than Tricare

November 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Last week's post on the increase in Tricare Young Adult premiums has generated a lot of comments, and has exposed some misunderstandings about what the Tricare Young Adult program is and how it … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Military Use The Financial Resources Available?

November 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent conversation in one of my Facebook groups circled around to the subject of the financial education available to military families, and things got a little heated.  Many commenters thought … [Read more...]

Retirement Week: Other Retirement Plans

October 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As my National Save for Retirement Week series stretches well beyond that first week, it is time to talk about non-military, employer-sponsored retirement plans.  Over the course of a working … [Read more...]

Tricare Young Adult Premiums Jump

October 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Adult military children using Tricare Young Adult health care coverage will see their premiums jump next year.  Tricare Young Adult costs are not tied to Tricare costs, and premiums can … [Read more...]

MilFams Worries About Pay and Retirement

October 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The Blue Star Families 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey has been released, and it includes tons of information.  Over 6,200 military family members, including actively serving and veteran, … [Read more...]

November Commissary Off-Site Sales

October 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As the weather turns colder and the travelling conditions get less predictable, there are fewer and fewer Commissary off-site sales.  November has just two! The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) … [Read more...]

USAA Will Cover Government Payments

October 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the event that federal payments are interrupted because Congress fails to increase the federal debt ceiling, USAA has announced that it will offer interest-free loans to cover the amount … [Read more...]

Debt Ceiling Could Affect Military Payments

October 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military families, retirees, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuitants, disabled veterans, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) recipients, and GI Bill users all need to be paying careful … [Read more...]

Checking Your Statements – Do It

October 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The move to an electronic and online world is great - you can pay bills whenever you want, and you don't have a ton of paper cluttering your mailbox and house.  But there's a downside to the … [Read more...]

Retirement Week: IRAs

October 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Most people have heard of Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).  As we build our bucket of retirement income, IRAs play an important role because they are available throughout a career.  Here's … [Read more...]

30 October 2015 Military Pay

October 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Looking to see if you'll get paid before the Halloween holiday weekend?  You're in luck! (Or, there's a schedule to this pay thing.)  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 30 … [Read more...]

Retirement Week: Thrift Savings Plan

October 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Today's National Save for Retirement Week topic:  the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP.)  TSP is the most important part of a savings plan for someone who is current serving the military or working for the … [Read more...]

Retirement Week: What’s In Your Bucket?

October 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Your Retirement Bucket

As part of National Save for Retirement Week, I'm (surprise!) writing about retirement issues.  Today, I want to talk about your retirement "bucket," or the different parts of your retirement savings … [Read more...]