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Do Troops Really Need Financial Literacy Classes?

Let's make one thing clear -- the question here isn't whether or not troops need financial literacy. I think we can all agree that everyone and their mom could use additional money savvy, and that … [Read more...]

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The Back to School Spending Blues

Even as one of those weird people who has an emotional connection with office supplies (OMG Post-it Notes, amiright?) back-to-school shopping for my six-year-old still drives me crazy. First of all, … [Read more...]

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An Open Letter to Military Benefits Haters

This post was originally published June 6, 2013. And although the articles it addresses are now two years old, attacks on military benefits continue and the open letter is still as pertinent today as … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons Military Families Avoid Real Estate

We have all heard the stories of bad real estate experiences. The house that wouldn’t sell. The tenants who destroyed the carpet and put holes in the walls.Thousands of dollars lost, and a mountain … [Read more...]

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Why Taxes Aren’t So Crazy for Military Families

If you’ve been listening to personal finance news at all recently, you’ve probably heard two things about this tax season – it’s going to be complicated for most people, and the Internal … [Read more...]

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5 Frugal Living Tips for 2015

A new survey says that middle class military families are focusing their financial goals for 2015 on frugal living. They want to get out of debt, cut back their spending, budget, use more cash and … [Read more...]

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Credit Watchdogs: Expand Financial Protections for Troops

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says that government officials really, really need to expand pay-day lender financial protections for troops if they want the rules to … [Read more...]

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Bad Money Advice We Should Have Ignored

Some money advice is good for everyone -- civilian and military alike. But sometimes the demands of a military lifestyle mean that good money advice goes bad on us. Why is that? At our … [Read more...]

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Military Families and Contract Fine Print: Read It!

A story recently out of Utah highlighted just how important it is for military family members to read the fine print before signing a contract -- and to not just take a salesman at his … [Read more...]

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Food Stamps Down at Many Commissaries, Here’s What to Do

A nationwide problem at some civilian stores and commissaries alike means food stamp and WIC users may not be able to use their benefits and debit card users won't be able to get cash back. Here's … [Read more...]

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#GivingTuesday: Will You Support Military Charities, Too?

Has the concept of #GivingTuesday brought out your Spirit of Christmas Present or your miserly ol’ Scrooge? Even when it comes to military charities and nonprofits? I don’t know about you, but … [Read more...]

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Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

You may get less back from the government after your spouse's next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while … [Read more...]

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Many Paycheck Allotments Going Away

If you are the type of military person who likes to use to paycheck allotments to pay for items like furniture or cars military financial life is about to get a little more annoying. The Defense … [Read more...]

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Is Unhappiness Causing Your Debt?

I’m never surprised when military folks struggle with money. For one, the steady paycheck is nice, but the majority of us don’t make that much. Look it up. For two, we live in a two-income … [Read more...]

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Financial Protections for Military Members Go Too Far?

A new series of rules is meant to give even more financial protection to service members and their families. But where does the spending babysitting stop and the personal responsibility … [Read more...]

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6 Easy PCS Savings Tips

“How am I going to get through this?" is the question that pops up when you get new PCS orders. The details and to do list can be overwhelming. Along with the mental preparation needed to get … [Read more...]

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Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using … [Read more...]

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How I Get a Military Utilities Refund Every Month

For most us, living in base privatized housing means that we are responsible for our own utilities ... kind of.   In the Army, the military contracts with a civilian company to monitor and … [Read more...]