She Had No Idea He Turned Down SGLI

Like so many of our service members, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones thought he was invincible. He was also the saver in his military home, squirreling away money for the future any way he could. Which is … [Read more...]


Why Increased Base Security Is a Mistake

If you think the most recent mass shooting on Fort Hood means that we really ought to tighten up physical security on military bases, I'm betting you haven't spent much time on one lately. With … [Read more...]


Poll: Combine the Commissary and Exchange?

The CEO of Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) has officially proposed combining with the commissary in an effort to save them from the higher prices and potential closings under a new potential … [Read more...]


Salad Shake-Up at Commissaries in Europe

If you are stationed north of the Alps in Europe you're about to see some changes in the produce section that could change prices and increase freshness. A few weeks ago we reported that the … [Read more...]


Behind the CNN ‘Military Wife’ Weight Loss Story

When deployment slaps you across the face do you let it get you down, or do you fight back? You may have seen the story floating around Facebook early this month – “Military Wife Drops More … [Read more...]


Poll: What Are You Doing With Your Tax Refund?

My friends who attack their finances with the precision of a money ninja think tax refunds are for the birds. They have figured out their paychecks just so – and manage to not give their federal and … [Read more...]


New PCS Rule Gives Users More Power Over Movers

Have a really bad moving crew? Starting in May 2014, a new rule gives you a bigger say in whether or not they get to keep working for the government. But to make it work, you've got to fill out the … [Read more...]


Is It Cheaper to Live On or Off Base?

It's a question every military family asks when they make a permanent change of station (PCS) move -- is it cheaper to live on or off base? And how do you choose which path to take? We linked up … [Read more...]


5 Interview Questions Every Spouse is Afraid to Hear

You landed the interview - great job! - but now you have to figure out what to do about those nerve wracking interview questions. You know the ones we're talking about. How long do you plan to live … [Read more...]


Will Higher OCONUS Produce Prices Hurt You?

Starting in early September service members and their families stationed in Japan, Korea and Guam could see produce prices on base double. But does it matter? Do people even like the produce at … [Read more...]


Top Official: Don’t Just Be Worried – Be Informed

Yours isn’t the only military family who would be impacted by budget cuts. The Army’s top enlisted couple is right there with you. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler and his wife, Jean, … [Read more...]


You’re Not a ‘Real’ Military Spouse Yet

You don't get to be a "real" military spouse until you've experienced every sucky situation in the book. Or is it that how "real" you are increases over time? At least, that can sometimes be how … [Read more...]


Everything You Need to Know About the New Budget Cuts

You've probably heard that if the Defense Department has its way, there are big changes coming to how much you pay for Tricare, how much you get paid for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), next year's … [Read more...]


Active Duty Military Food Stamp Use: Not So High

You probably read recently that the number of people using food stamps at the commissary went up in fiscal 2013. But we missed the boat with two things in that story. First, the data we looked at … [Read more...]


Commissary Shuts Down Extreme Couponing ‘Abuse’

In a move to "protect the commissary benefit," commissary officials this week announced they are once again putting the kibosh on a system that has allowed extreme couponers to get major cash payouts. … [Read more...]


Praise the Lord and Roll-Up Those Sleeves, Marines

I'm going to be honest, and I hope you don't tell my husband: I have a thing for Marines -- or, rather, their biceps. Which is why I am so happy to tell you that rolled sleeves are coming … [Read more...]


How the New Budget Cuts Would Impact You

You've seen the headlines and all you want to know is this: "what do the upcoming pay and benefit cuts mean for my family?" UPDATE 3/5/14: The Defense Department has released all the details of the … [Read more...]


Poll: Commissary Prices Will Likely Go Up Under New Budget

Defense officials confirmed Feb. 24 what you've been hearing -- that the commissary is about to see a budget cut so major that it will be forced to raise prices. The commissary system will be given … [Read more...]