Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pension pitfalls

A friend’s active-duty retirement reminded us of the potential surprises & pitfalls of the first pension payment. The first surprise you may encounter is the date of your pension deposit. When you’re on active duty you’re getting paid on the … Continue reading

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Lifestyles in military retirement: surfing photos

Sometimes putting up three posts a week is a problem. However, my blogging problem isn’t deciding what subject to write about. My blogging problem is deciding which subject to write about first! Since I’m still incubating a half-dozen unfinished posts, … Continue reading

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DIY home maintenance

      I was ready to wax our old toilet. But before I explain that teaser, let me talk about a critical aspect of financial independence: DIY– doing it yourself. When you’re working 60 hours a week (or deployed … Continue reading

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Financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent

It’s been nearly two years since my father wrote a letter to us two sons that his “slipping memory” made him stop using e-mail. Since then I’ve learned way more than I really wanted to know about managing his affairs, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Get Rich Click!”

A few months ago I was offered a chance to moderate a tiny part of the Dollar Stretcher community in Military Family Finances.  I highly recommend Dollar Stretcher’s weekly e-mail, and their website is a treasure trove of personal financial … Continue reading

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