I just came back from FinCon, the financial writer’s conference.  It is always really interesting to see what blogs and companies catch my eye.  The big winner this year was Republic Wireless, because it seems like their service could solve several of the unique problems that military families face every day. Republic Wireless is a
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For several years now, Philip Taylor of PT Money has run an amazing conference called the Financial Bloggers Conference (FinCon).  I failed to go the first two years (darn you, overseas tour), but when we got orders to do another overseas tour, I promised myself that I would go to this conference anyway.  Last year
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One nice thing about moving around is that it gives you the opportunity to travel to cool places.  However, cool places can be expensive, especially when you have a larger family.  We have six full-sized people in our family, and we just can’t make do with a hotel room anymore. Thankfully, there are lots of
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If you’re military, you’ve probably done a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move.  And if you’ve PCSed a few times, you’ve probably noticed some inefficiencies in the system. I have long believed that the Department of Defense (DoD) should completely rework the PCS entitlements that get military family’s stuff moved.  I think an overhaul would
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It is always interesting to see how people thinking about the relationship between money and what is inside a person. I think Henry Ford has summed up pretty clearly: “Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that’s all.” We
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When you’re in the military, you get a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) each month to list all your pays, allowances, deductions, and allotments.  Once you transfer to the retired side, the same information is available on your Retiree Account Statement (RAS) or electronic Retiree Account Statement (eRAS). An eRAS is available each month via
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I subscribe to an email list that sends me inspirational quotes from Napoleon Hill.  Napoleon Hill was an American author and one of the first people to write what we would now call self-help books. While I usually like what I read, a recent quote struck me as it applies to helping people with their
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I receive a lot of emails asking how to change the account to which benefits are paid from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  This includes disability, education, and survivor benefits.  There are three ways to change your account:  online, via telephone, or via the mail. Online The VA says that the fastest and easiest
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The issue of military pay for surviving spouses (widows or widowers) is confusing and a little challenging.  Military retired pay ends with the death of the retired service member.  However, a program was established in 1972 to allow retiring service members to purchase coverage that provides monthly income to survivors after the service member’s death.
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Gone are the days when you could make serious money just by having a hefty balance in your savings accounts.  Interest rates have been at crazy low levels for years.  That’s great for borrowing, not so great for saving. Seeking out the best available interest rates has become more important than ever.  I was recently
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