Travel Cards Going Chip-and-PIN

May 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In order to better support the global nature of their customers, Department of Defense (DoD) Government Travel Charge Cards are now being issued with both magnetic stripes and chip-and-PIN … [Read more...]

Should You Have Pet Insurance?

May 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Should You Buy Pet Insurance-

Ever been to the vet and seen a flyer or advertisement for pet insurance, and wondered if it was a good idea to protect your animals with pet insurance? What Is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Cutting Hair

May 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

So, if you've been hanging around The Paycheck Chronicles a while, you may have heard that I have four daughters.  Each with long, super-thick hair that grows fast.  And my husband has short, … [Read more...]

Geobachelor Fact and Fiction

May 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell
Geobaching information for military families |

As society has changed, so have the dynamics of a military family.  As a result, more military families are choosing to live apart, resulting in situation that is commonly called "geobaching," short … [Read more...]

Allotments On Your LES

May 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The third, and simplest, major block on a military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) shows the allotments that you have set up to have money paid directly to various companies or organizations. … [Read more...]

Survivor Benefit Plan and Remarriage

April 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I receive a surprising number of emails from military widows and widowers who are receiving Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity payments, and don't know what will happen if they remarry.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

Saying "I Do" to a Joint Financial Life

April 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If there are wedding bells in your future, an important step is to figure out how to marry your financial lives together.  There are four phases of this process, and getting it all right is a huge … [Read more...]

Deductions On Your LES

April 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In conjunction with this Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) piece, I am breaking down the various types of things that you might see on your LES.  I did entitlements a few weeks ago (where does time … [Read more...]

Car Choices When Moving Overseas

April 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

When executing a PCS move to (most) overseas locations, military members may be authorized the shipment of a personal vehicle at government expense.  While the new contractor seems to have gotten … [Read more...]

Financial Planner Interview: Rob Aeschbach

April 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As you probably know, there are a handful of people who write almost exclusively about military families and their money. One of these writers, Rob Aeschbach, is also a Certified Financial Planner™ … [Read more...]

1 May 2015 Military Pay

April 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 1 May 2015.  Wondering about the actual date of deposit for your pay?  That will depend on the policies and practices of your bank or credit … [Read more...]

Household Goods Late? File an Inconvenience Claim

April 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Ever wonder what happens if your household goods don't show up on time?  It's bound to happen, with bjillions of shipments going all over the world every year. An inconvenience claim covers actual … [Read more...]

Tricare Overseas Offers Direct Deposit

April 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Whoohoo!  I've just discovered that Tricare Overseas offers online claims lookup and direct deposit of claims payments.  I have no idea how long this has been going on, but I am DE-lighted!  There … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: PCS Move Preparation

April 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The summer permanent change of station (PCS) season is coming up, and families all around the world are receiving orders to pack up and ship out.  Not surprising, is it?  I don't think so.  Moving … [Read more...]