Can Dinner Be $5? Let’s See

October 31, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I am always and forever on a hunt to decrease our food bill.  With four hungry (and opinionated) teenagers, we spend a LOT of money on food.  And, like most people, we try to eat healthy.  And, of … [Read more...]

The Post I Wish That I Had Written

October 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Every once in a while, I read a post and am immediately jealous that I didn't write it myself.  This happened today, when my email showed me the latest post at The Military Guide:  Military … [Read more...]

Free Military Money Book

October 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Renowned financial advice author Jean Chatzky has just released her latest book, all about military money, and she's offering it for free in electronic format. Operation Money contains chapters … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless About Advance DLA

October 28, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A long-time Paycheck Chronicles reader sent me an email today, saying that her husband was unable to get Dislocation Allowance (DLA) until after their recent PCS was completed, and mentioned that … [Read more...]

Just Let The House Go

October 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell

In my past life, I worked for a mortgage bank.  I worked in the loss mitigation department, which is a fancy way of saying that our department was in charge of making sure that we lost as little … [Read more...]

31 October 2014 Military Pay

October 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 31 October 2014 because 1 November 2014 falls on a Saturday.  When will you actually get paid?  That depends on your bank, its policies, … [Read more...]

2015 IRA Contribution Limits

October 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

In conjunction with the annual Cost of Living Adjustment calculations, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that there will be no changes to the annual contribution limits and additional … [Read more...]

2015 TSP Contribution Limits

October 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Quick on the heels of the official Cost of Living Adjustment announcement has come the new contribution limits for tax-advantaged retirement accounts.  These rules apply to both military and civilian … [Read more...]

2015 COLA For Government Payments.

October 22, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Every year, most federal payments are adjusted  by an increase called a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This amount is calculated based upon statistics called the Consumer Price Index (CPI). … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Post Office Frustrations

October 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I wonder... do you think that military families mail more packages than civilian families?  It sure feels that way to me.  And it also feels like no matter what box I use, what method of shipment I … [Read more...]

Resources for Understanding Your Pay

October 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

On Friday, one of the other money pages here at featured this question:  "How can we help our son figure out military pay?"  I thought the answer missed many of the resources that are … [Read more...]

Thrift Savings Plan: The Basic Facts

October 17, 2014 | Kate Horrell

One of the many benefits of serving in the military is the ability to contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). TSP is a employer-sponsored retirement program similar to 401(k)s offered by private … [Read more...]

Navy Federal Hosting A Shred Day

October 16, 2014 | Kate Horrell

On Saturday, 18 October 2014, 74 Navy Federal Credit Union locations around the country will be welcoming members and neighbors to it's free personal document shredding event.  A full list of … [Read more...]

Florida Virtual School for Military Families

October 15, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I've just learned about another great resource out there.  This one is FREE for Florida residents, and available for a charge to non-residents.  Considering how many military families maintain … [Read more...]