Category Archives: Money Management & Personal Finance

20 Years Of Financial Independence & Military Retirement 


After 20 years of military retirement, life is better than ever! We’ve made the shift from accumulating assets (and our former insecure attitude of scarcity) to philanthropy and gifting (from a mindset of abundance). Continue reading

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Under New Management: Again!


  (This post was originally written in late 2021, and it’s updated for March 2022.)   Three Creeks Media bought The-Military-Guide website. You can read the text of the press release at the end of this post. Here’s more information … Continue reading

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Did DFAS And The TSP Let You Contribute Too Much?


Check your 2021 TSP contributions now! I’ve heard from three different servicemembers that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Thrift Savings Plan have failed to stop their TSP contributions after reaching the elective deferral limit ($19,500 in 2021). … Continue reading

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Financial Caregiving: Are You Ready?


    My father passed away three years ago. That realization still sneaks up on me (and maybe smacks me on the back of the head) every time I clean out a file box or organize the family photos. Another … Continue reading

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From The Mail Buoy: “The Truth Behind Budgeting– It’s Not The Budget”


A reader writes: “My spouse and I need a budget. What should we do? What type of budgeting do you recommend? I know it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ world, but how much is too much saving? It feels … Continue reading

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