Summer Camps for Military Kids

January 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Being a military kid can be hard, but it also definitely comes with some benefits.  Many of these benefits are provided by non-profit groups and their generous supporters.  Low-cost and free summer … [Read more...]

Dental Premiums Are Going Up

January 25, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're checking out your January Leave and Earnings Statement, and trying to figure out what's what, notice that your dental insurance premiums have gone up. It's still great coverage at a very … [Read more...]

How To Identify Tricare On Tax Forms

January 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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Ever since my colleague Amy Bushatz wrote about Tricare users needing to tick the correct box on their 2014 federal income tax forms to reflect that fact that they have Tricare health insurance, her … [Read more...]

30 January 2015 Military Pay

January 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Friday paydays are great, because they are less confusing than some other days.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 30 January 2015.  Some service members will have their pay … [Read more...]

Dependent Student Travel

January 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A post at World Traveling Military Family has been getting a lot of social media attention, and it has helped me to realize that a lot of people don't know about the authorization for government-paid … [Read more...]

Gas: It May Be Cheap, But It’s Not Free!

January 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

My American-based friends have been crowing about the amazing gas prices they are enjoying.  I am delighted for all of you, and I hope you are putting that money to good use!  While you're enjoying … [Read more...]

Finding Free Stuff To Do

January 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Ever discovered a great deal after you'd already paid good money for something very similar.  That is obviously true of physical objects, such as clothes, but it is also true of experiences. … [Read more...]

Free Tax Help For Military

January 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent article about the decreasing features in the popular TurboTax tax preparation software reminded me to make sure you all know about the free options for military families to file their income … [Read more...]

Last Active Duty Paycheck?

January 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I've written about this topic before, here and here, but they seem to be hard to find.  I think maybe it is because the titles don't really reflect the topic clearly.  I don't like the title of this … [Read more...]

Why A VA Loan Isn’t Really A VA Loan

January 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In a recent Facebook post, Military.com linked to the 2015 loan limits for mortgages that are obtained through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan program.  Several comments made me … [Read more...]

How To Change Your Address With DFAS

January 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

occasionally, a military retiree or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuitant will forget to change their physical mailing address with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  Then, when they don't … [Read more...]

Smart Things To Do With Your Raise

January 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

When you get paid in the upcoming few days, chances are that your paycheck will be just a smidge larger than it was last year.  The 1% raise may not be a lot, but it can have an impact if you use it … [Read more...]

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...]