National Save for Retirement Week

October 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

This week, 18 October through 24 October 2015, is National Save for Retirement Week.  Because I'm a little bit of a dork, I think this is super-fun!  While the organizers have their own ideas about … [Read more...]

Keep An Eye On Your Taxes All Year

October 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Yesterday was the extended filing date for 2014 federal income tax returns, and lots of people (including me) have just finished dealing with our 2014 federal income tax returns.  Plus, it is just a … [Read more...]

No Cost of Living Adjustment for 2016

October 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The 2016 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for federal benefits will be zero for 2016.  This is because the index used to determine  military retirement, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) … [Read more...]

Get Smart About Credit Day

October 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every year, the American Banker's Association presents Get Smart About Credit Day to help educate young people about the importance of using credit wisely.  While this event targets young people … [Read more...]

Free Shredding Saturday At Navy Federal

October 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you have papers that need to be shredded, you might find a solution this weekend.  Navy Federal Credit Union is offering free shredding services at Navy Shred-eral Day events at select locations … [Read more...]

Do You Need Umbrella Liability Insurance?

October 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell
image of umbrella covering homeowner's and auto insurance

When talking to military families, there are two types of insurance that I often find that they lack:  renters' insurance, and umbrella liability insurance.  I've written about renters insurance … [Read more...]

App Gives Extra Walmart Savings

October 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Do you shop at Walmart?  If you do, you should definitely look into the Walmart Savings Catcher app.  This program, which you can use on your smart phone or computer, allows you to enter your … [Read more...]

Evaluating For-Profit Colleges

October 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you've spent any time around a military base, you've probably noticed the surprisingly large number of for-profit colleges that are eager to enroll new military students.  While a for-profit … [Read more...]

15 October 2015 Military Pay

October 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Note:  Including this payday, there are just four military paydays until Christmas.  Plan accordingly! Payday is always a hot topic here at The Paycheck Chronicles, and this pay period is no … [Read more...]

USAA Security Zone Helps Prevent Fraud

October 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell
USAA Security Zone

So, I was recently at a USAA conference, and I learned a million interesting things.  One thing that I learned was something that I thought that I should have known a long time ago.  It was about … [Read more...]

Could You Afford To Go Home In An Emergency?

October 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military families pretty rarely live near their extended families, and this can be the cause of financial trouble when there is an emergency. In my experience working with military families, … [Read more...]

Tricare Changes Maintenance Meds Benefit

October 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you take certain name brand maintenance prescriptions, a new law will change your benefit.  As of October 1, 2015, non-active duty Tricare beneficiaries who use name brand maintenance … [Read more...]

Career-Focused Tampa Military Spouse Symposium

October 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Tampa area readers, mark your calendar and sign up for the 2015 “Keeping a Career on the Move®” Military Spouse Symposium, presented by MOAA Spouse Programs in partnership with Hiring Our … [Read more...]

What Blended Retirement Means To You

October 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell
What Blended Retirement Means To You

Update 7 October 2015:  The NDAA has passed through both houses of Congress and will be headed to the President for signature or veto. Congress is well on its way to passing a 2016 National … [Read more...]