Learn About Credit Scores

January 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell
credit score video screenshot

The Defense Media Activity (DMA) created this cute little video featuring staff from the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis Fleet and Family Support Center talking about credit scores.  It is a … [Read more...]

15 January 2015 Military Pay

January 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Ta-da!  Back to the world where paydays come on a less-confusing schedule! The next regular, active duty military payday is Thursday, 15 January 2015.  Service members might have their pay … [Read more...]

Service Credit Union Deposit Changes

January 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I was just doing a little checking to make sure that no one had changed their direct deposit policies, and, lo!  I discovered that Service Credit Union has, in fact, made a little change to the way … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Retiree Tax Information

January 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Retirees are looking to prepare their federal income tax returns, and they're looking for documents.  As always, MyPay is the way to go. Question: (edited to protect personally identifying … [Read more...]

How To Calculate Your Maximum TSP Contributions

January 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you are trying to maximize your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions for the calendar year, you've got to do some math to ensure that your contributions are properly organized in MyPay.  In the … [Read more...]

How To Update Your TSP Elections

January 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Effective 1 January 2015, military service members have to change the way they elect their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions via the military myPay system.  If you do not update your elections, … [Read more...]

Military Retirement Pay Chart

January 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I'm sorry that the title of this post is misleading - it is important that the search engines be able to find this article and that's the best way to make it happen.  This post is about why there is … [Read more...]

Self-Assessment For The New Year

January 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One great way to track your overall financial progress over time is to keep track of your net worth.  I like to do it during the week of New Year's, because I can remember and that gives me … [Read more...]

USAA 2015 Pay Posting Calendar

December 31, 2014 | Kate Horrell
2015 USAA 1st Half Snip

Looking for information about the next payday?  See 30 January 2015 Military Pay for more details. USAA has not yet posted its 2015 pay posting calendar, but I have created a schedule that should … [Read more...]

Wait For Your W-2 Before You File

December 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Now that December 2014 Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) have been posted, I know a lot of people are anxious to file their 2014 federal tax returns.  I understand your enthusiasm.  If you're … [Read more...]

2015 PMCU Pay Posting Calendar

December 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell
PMCU 2015 1st Half

Looking for information about the next payday?  See 15 January 2015 Military Pay for more details. Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) has updated their military pay posting calendar to include … [Read more...]

TSP and CZTE Rules Clarified

December 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Note:  I am not an IRS agent, a TSP representative, nor an accountant.  None of this should be considered professional advice.  Please learn about this if it applies to you! A few weeks ago, I … [Read more...]

2015 Navy Federal Pay Posting Calendar

December 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell
2015 NFCU 2nd half

Looking for information about the next payday?  See 30 January 2015 Military Pay for more details. Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) has released their 2015 pay posting calendar.    Because of … [Read more...]

Add A Travel Alert to USAA Credit Card

December 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I'm quite fond of USAA, but one thing drives me MAD...having my credit card account frozen for potential fraud because I live overseas and my transactions don't look like I live in the US.  (I can … [Read more...]