Military, Divorce, and Money: Share Your Story

June 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the 7 years that I've been writing The Paycheck Chronicles, I've received hundreds of comments and emails from military members and ex-spouses who are thinking about, in the middle of, or dealing … [Read more...]

1 July 2015 Military Pay

June 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's still quite a while until the next regular, active duty military payday, but the questions are coming in.  The next payday for military folks is Wednesday, 1 July 2015.  For those of you who … [Read more...]

You Can (And Should) Be Politically Active

June 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every year, Congress debates the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and every year, military members have strong opinions about the various provisions of the year's Act.  However, many … [Read more...]

Career Training for Veterans and Spouses

June 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Looking for training to help make it easier to find work? The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) is open to veterans and transitioning service members, and the spouses of veterans and active … [Read more...]

The “Hidden” Costs of Home Ownership

June 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

During this busy PCS season, many military families are wondering, "Should we buy a house?"  Buying a house is appealing for so many reasons:  feeling like you're investing in something vs. throwing … [Read more...]

“Can I Afford To Buy This?”

June 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend recently came to me, looking for advice about purchasing a new car. Now, this friend and I have some differences in our basic views about money, and particularly car payments. As you know, I … [Read more...]

Don’t Create A Life Where Money Rules You

June 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the hardest parts about being a financial coach is seeing families struggle with the most common money mistakes.  Because they are so common, I feel like they should be known, and that people … [Read more...]

Don’t Default On Student Loans

June 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A piece in last Sunday's New York Times has fired up the internet.  Lee Siegel's  Why I Defaulted On My Student Loans is a narcissistic, illogical rant about the cost of higher education and the … [Read more...]

Three Ways To Save on Moving A Propane Tank

June 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Yet another minor inconvenience of moving is having to deal with the propane tanks used for gas grills.  Now, we've never had a gas grill, so I'm not an expert.  I am, however, a decent reader, and … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Cell Phone Expenses

June 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're a regular reader here at the Paycheck Chronicles, you'll know that we are moving back to the actual United States this summer. In addition to all the usual PCS moving chaos, there is the … [Read more...]

Do I Have To Give Her Money?

June 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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Sometimes, I get emails that make me wonder what people are thinking.  I had to think about this one for several days before responding, and I think the email response that I sent wasn't very good. … [Read more...]

15 June 2015 Military Pay

June 05, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military pay day is Monday, 15 June 2015.  Monday paydays always create a lot of questions, especially if you're used to getting paid early.  So, when should you expect … [Read more...]

Strategic Shopping Can Pay Off

June 04, 2015 | Kate Horrell

We recently made a long trip to visit family, and one of the first things I did was visit a nearby military base to purchase some basic, over-the-counter medical supplies at the Exchange.  My mom … [Read more...]

Help Me Understand Maximum TSP Contributions

June 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell
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If you've been hanging out around The Paycheck Chronicles for a while, you'll have noticed that I have a small group of military personal finance writers with whom I chat regularly.  We discuss new … [Read more...]