1 June 2015 Military Pay

May 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military pay day is Monday, 1 June 2015.  Monday paydays can be really confusing if you have your military pay deposited into a bank or credit union that offers early … [Read more...]

DIY Credit Repair

May 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If your credit reports and score are not as great as you would like, you may be intrigued by the advertisements that claim that they can help fix your credit.  There are a bjillion companies out … [Read more...]


May 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military service members at some locations outside the continental United States (OCONUS) may see some pretty large changes to their Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) during the next few months.  The … [Read more...]

Retrieving Old Tax Statements

May 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, you need to get a copy of an old W-2 or 1099R tax statement.  The best way to get these documents depends on the age of the document you need. For tax statements within the last five … [Read more...]

More Reasons To Shop The Thrift Shop

May 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent post about uniforms and thrift shops generated some comments that made me realize that some people might not completely understand how all-around amazing on-base thrift shops are for the … [Read more...]

REDUX Is Always A Bad Choice

May 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Today, in a military family forum, there was a discussion about the Career Status Bonus (CSB)/Redux retirement plan available to currently serving military members.  I was really surprised to see … [Read more...]

Verizon and Sprint Refunds

May 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent class action lawsuit means that many Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers will receive a refund on unauthorized services that were billed to their cell phone accounts.  These charges, … [Read more...]

Widow Wonders Where Payments Have Gone

May 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Lots of email lately...and some common questions come up again and again. The following is a composite of several different questions. "Dear Kate, I moved after my husband passed away. I sent in … [Read more...]

Where To Find Military Allowance Rates

May 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military pay can be complicated, with literally hundreds of possible pays and allowances.  And sometimes it can be hard to know where to find the right information.  Thankfully, most of the … [Read more...]

Need Uniforms? Check The Thrift Stores

May 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the largest job-related expenses for military service members is the forever purchasing of uniforms.  Some of those uniform parts, especially for the dressier uniforms, can get pretty darn … [Read more...]

15 May 2015 Military Pay

May 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Long pay period alert:  After this paycheck, the next regular military payday is Monday, 1 June 2015.  While that isn't a super-long pay period, it does have Memorial Day weekend in the … [Read more...]

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
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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...]