How Much Money Would You Need?

August 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every once in a while, you see something that really makes  you think.  Hard. Twice this week, I've seen a Bentley car that is obviously owned by someone who lives locally.  Now, Bentley makes a … [Read more...]

USAA Now Offering Free Credit Scores and Reports For All Members

August 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

USAA has announced that it will now be offering free credit scores and credit reports information to all its members, not just those with credit card accounts.  This is great news, because it will … [Read more...]

We’re All Taxpayers, Too

August 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I was recently reading through some old comments, and one particularly reader told me to "stop being a policy wonk and find a heart."  (paraphrased.)  I thought about it for a while, trying to … [Read more...]

14 August 2015 Military Pay

August 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Because the 15th of August falls on a Saturday this year, the next regular, active duty payday is Friday, 14 August 2015.  When will you get paid?  That depends on several factors, including the … [Read more...]

How To Establish Residency In A New State

August 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Active duty military members, and their spouses, have some special protections when it comes to changing their domicile (state of legal residence) each time they move.  However, there are often … [Read more...]

Outlet Malls Offer Military Discounts

August 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Summer means vacations, and getting ready for school.  Both those things often translate into shopping.  If outlet mall shopping is in your summer plans, be sure to stop by the outlet mall's … [Read more...]

How My Family Saves Money By Spending More On Groceries

August 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Saving Money by Buying More Groceries

Food - it is expensive.  For most families, the food budget is either the 2nd or third largest expenses (with housing and transportation.)  Over the years, I've figured out that spending more at the … [Read more...]

Changes To Star Cards Will Benefit Customers

August 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The Exchange Credit Program (ECP) announced major changes to the Exchange Star Card programs, particularly the co-branded Chase MasterCard program, in a letter to sent to customers last week.  Amy … [Read more...]

August and September Commissary Remote Sales

July 31, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Are you an eligible commissary shopper, but don't live anywhere near a commissary store?  Keep your eyes out for what the commissary calls Guard and Reserve sales, but I call Remote Sales because … [Read more...]

Save on Electric Bills With Supplier Programs

July 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Utility bills can be a large part of your budget, but thankfully there are at least 101 ways to lower the amount that you spend on your various utilities.  One of my favorite ways to save on … [Read more...]

Programs Offer School Supplies

July 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Across the country, a variety of different charities offer programs that provide school supplies for children of military families. Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade In the … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless About Cell Phone Spending

July 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

We've been back in the United States for three-ish days, and we're knocking through all those "get settled in a new country" chores.  One job that is making me crazy is setting up cell phone service … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Social Security and Retirement Pay

July 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

There can be a lot of confusion about the relationship between military retirement pay and other benefits and federal benefits such as social security and Medicare.  Part of the confusion comes from … [Read more...]

31 July 2015 Military Pay

July 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Coming soon to a bank account near you:  the next regular, active duty payday is Friday, 31 July 2015.  You may see your pay deposited on a different day or at a different time than your friend, … [Read more...]