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Poll: What Should be Done About Debt Collectors?

A sailor and his money are lucky to get together in the first place. The same goes for Coasties and soldiers and airmen and Marines. So it isn’t surprising to find packs of people surrounding … [Read more...]

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Behind Huge and Embarrassing Debt

My huge and embarrassing debt is becoming less huge but is still embarrassing. So I contacted Military One Source to get some help from a counselor with the emotional piece of this process. This is … [Read more...]

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10 Terrifying Ways To Save Money

My 20-year old Army son and I have been talking about money. Specifically, he wants to know about all the stupid money decisions we made when we were his age—the brand new cars, the mortgage on a … [Read more...]

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Housing Hacks: What Should You Charge for Rent?

Once I accepted the fact we were PCSing to Ft. Wainwright, Alaska (think negative 40 degree winters) from Georgia I had to move from “dazed and confused” to "focused and productive."  The biggie … [Read more...]

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How To Stay on Budget (Without Really Trying)

"Stay on a budget without even trying? Yeah, right,” said SpouseBuzz reader Tara Reeder. Tara isn’t kidding. It’s one thing to have a budget app on your phone reminding you how you really … [Read more...]

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Housing Hacks: Dealing With Eviction

This could have been the shortest Legal Information Article ever written. If you are being evicted you really need to call the JAG office immediately. End of article. In all seriousness, calling … [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Be a Terrible Military Landlord

You have decided to rent your house and become a landlord. But, you don't want to be just any landlord. You want to be a bad -- I mean really bad -- landlord. Lucky for you, there are five easy … [Read more...]

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Housing Hacks: The Military Clause and Getting Out of a Lease

"Can I get out of this lease?" Maybe your circumstances have changed and your place no longer fits your needs or budget. Maybe you hate your neighbors, landlord, or both. Maybe life on base is … [Read more...]

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Embarrassing Debt? Not About The Money

I do understand why I need to maintain a budget. I understand I need to limit spending in order to pay down my debt. I completely get it that more money must be sent to my debt and less money needs … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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What I Wish I Knew BEFORE All This Debt!

Got debt? If you are part of a military family you probably have more debt than your civilian neighbor.  Gah. A survey of military families recently found that 27% of service members have more … [Read more...]

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What if They Ditched BAH, Added New Allowance?

A plan to replace Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)  and the smaller Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) allotments  is quietly being discussed by some Defense Department (DoD) officials, … [Read more...]

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Tracey’s Debt: I’m Not Sure Santa Came

My eight-year old son woke me up on Christmas morning and said, “I think Santa came but I’m not sure. There is not a lot of presents.” This was my first Christmas since starting this journey … [Read more...]

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Does the Commissary REALLY Save You 30.5 Percent?

A new study conducted by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) found that shoppers save an average of 30.5 percent when using the commissary instead of other grocery sources. The study compared the … [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Make Your Money Work for You in 2014

How are you coming on your New Year's Resolutions for 2014? According to my social news feeds, everyone is basking in the post-holiday gift-giving glow and sharing their plans to be healthier and … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Help a MilSpouse Land Senate Confirmation

The military family community is abuzz over Patricia Millett, the prolific appellate lawyer and retired Navy spouse nominated by President Obama in June to join the U.S. Court of Appeals District of … [Read more...]

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Free Military Sam’s Club Membership Until Shutdown Ends

UPDATE Oct. 25, 2013: Sam's Club has extended this offer until Oct. 31, even though the shutdown has been over for more than a week. From Sam's Officials: “On behalf of every associate that engaged … [Read more...]