Lodging Costs Vary Dramatically

April 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

After a few years around the military, I have finally gotten the hang of the hows and whys of the costs for the various types of military lodging available.  Maybe. Each branch of the military has … [Read more...]

NFCU Issuing New Credit Cards

April 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend who works for Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) just told me that I should be expecting new credit cards in the mail relatively soon.  I asked if they would be chip-and-PIN cards, and she … [Read more...]

Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

April 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the last few weeks, I've had quite a few request to fund various charitable or crowdfunding campaigns for military or veteran families who are allegedly in a tight position.  One thing that jumps … [Read more...]

Homestead Exemption Warnings

April 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the ongoing conversation about domicile and residence, one important issue can not be emphasized enough:  taking a homestead exemption on your real property taxes for a house is a huge indicator … [Read more...]

Tricare Scams Abound – Be Careful

March 31, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It seems that there has been a significant increase in scammers who are targeting military families who use Tricare health insurance.  These scammers use telephone contact to try to learn important … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy

March 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Readers, I hope that you can help your fellow Paycheck Chronicles readers and me out by telling us about the tricks and tips for using the Tricare mail order pharmacy. Readers ask me about it, and I … [Read more...]

More Military Child Summer Camp Info

March 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's been a few months since I wrote about free and reduced cost summer camp opportunities for military children, and I have found some more programs that might interest you.  I'm including all … [Read more...]

Better Instructions To Transfer GI Bill

March 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Last week, Navy leadership announced an update to the official instruction for the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.  While it is a Navy specific instruction, the … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Getting Service Records

March 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

For as much paperwork is involved with everything done in the military, sometimes it still seems difficult to keep track of all the documentation.  You never know when you are going to need some … [Read more...]

Saving Receipts Saves Me Money

March 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If this program had a subtitle feature, this post would be subtitled, "So why don't I do it?" Saving receipts, and having some sort of decent system of organization, can save you a ton of money. … [Read more...]

Moving Tips – If You Can Get Past The Crazy

March 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I recently received a tip about a new app developed by the Department of Defense to help people have a smooth move.  Called "Plan Your Move," the app generates a calendar of tasks that you need to … [Read more...]

1 April 2015 Military Pay

March 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I am doing this post a little early because the topic is being so heavily searched and because the long pay period after many shorter ones can be surprising.  The next regular, active duty … [Read more...]

USAA Now Offering Credit Scores

March 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell
USAA Credit Score Snip

If you're a USAA member, and you have a credit card account with them, you now have free access to your credit score!  Many major banks and credit card companies are moving towards offering credit … [Read more...]

Do You Have All Your W-2s?

March 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent conversation about Personally Procured Moves (PPM), formerly known as Do It Yourself (DITY) moves, reminded me to remind you to ensure that you have ALL of your W-2s and 1099-INTs accounted … [Read more...]