Where’s The 2015 Federal Budget?

September 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today is the last day of the United States' federal government's 2014 fiscal year budget.  Thankfully, things are a lot less stressful and chaotic than they were last year, when military members and … [Read more...]

AAFES Offering Free Holiday Layaway

September 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell
AAFES Free layaway

Just in time for the pre-holiday season, Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) will be waiving the usual $3 layaway fee for eligible purchases. This program, which began on 12 September, … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Meal Deductions

September 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Today, we get a little Kate is Clueless and From The Mailbag mash-up, all about meal deductions. Here's the email I received:   "My grandson is in the first year of enlistment and we have … [Read more...]

Current Lowe’s Military & Veterans Discounts

September 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Despite much debate, complaint, and argument, Lowe's continues to offer two different discount policies for various military folks.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about the discount … [Read more...]

Florida Permits Homestead Exemption After PCS Move

September 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I recently learned an interesting thing about Florida law.  In Section 196.061 of the Florida Statutes, it say that when property is owned and used as a homestead by a person serving in the Armed … [Read more...]

1 October 2014 Military Pay

September 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military  pay day is Wednesday, 1 October 2014.  The date of your deposit will depend on your bank and sometimes even your account type.  Most banks and credit … [Read more...]

How To Pay Cash For A Car

September 22, 2014 | Kate Horrell

In a recent article, I expressed my opinion that car payments should not be a way of life.  Not for military members, and not for anyone.  I got some interesting feedback from readers, and some … [Read more...]

Montgomery GI Bill Refunds

September 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Now that the Post 9/11 GI Bill has been in effect for a few years, we've got solid reports of veterans who have successfully used all their Post 9/11 GI Bill and have received a refund of their … [Read more...]

PenFed Now Offering FICO Scores

September 17, 2014 | Kate Horrell

We've been long-time Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) members, and I recently noticed a fabulous new feature within our account access:  free access to your FICO NextGen scores with … [Read more...]

Commissary Rewards Mobile App Review

September 16, 2014 | Kate Horrell

It's been nearly two years since the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) started their rewards card program, and I think it has really started working for people.  One thing that has made a huge … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Why So Many Security Exceptions?

September 15, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Maybe you've noticed this:  accessing government websites seems to pop up more security issues than accessing other websites.  I am forever negotiating a maze of "the identity of this site can not … [Read more...]

USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Game Box

September 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

When mailing things, cost counts.  This is especially true if you are sending lots of care packages to a deployed service member, or mailing stuff to a family stationed overseas.  Sometimes, the … [Read more...]

Virginia Tax Refunds by Debit Card

September 11, 2014 | Kate Horrell
virginia tax refund debit cards

Crazy things are afoot with the Virginia state income tax refund program.  We recently received a very small refund from Virginia.  $5.61, to be exact.  Instead of just sending us a check, or doing … [Read more...]

Add More Coupons To Your Rewards Card

September 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I recently learned a neat little trick for saving additional money using your Commissary Rewards card.  SmartSource, one of the largest distributor of manufacturer's coupons, has a way to add … [Read more...]