Monthly Archives: July 2013

I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent

[As this post goes live, Tropical Storm Flossie is approaching the Hawaii islands.  It’s borderline hurricane strength, and despite that wussy dental name it’s still going to dump 6-10 inches of rain on us. It’s quite possible that Oahu electricity … Continue reading

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Extreme Home Improvement: The Finances of Your Residential Photovoltaic Array

A reader writes: I remember reading somewhere that you had installed solar panels onto your house yourself. You mentioned that you were able to do it in cheap enough that the initial outlay of cash was completely covered by tax … Continue reading

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“I’m in the Military and I Just Got My Degree! Now What?”

[Note: This reader’s question has been edited to preserve their anonymity, but the subject also applies to just about any military specialty. If you have a similar story then we’d like to read it too!] A reader writes: I stumbled … Continue reading

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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension

A reader writes: My husband was commissioned after ROTC in August 1966, placed on an educational deferment, and did not start active duty until February 1968. How many retirement points did he earn over that period and where is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Rent vs. Own”

When you’re striving for financial independence, does it really make sense to rent instead of owning your own home? One of the hidden costs of serving your country is relocating all over the world. The moving process is hard enough: … Continue reading

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