Category Archives for Finances

5 Factors You Should Consider When Evaluating the Survivor Benefit Plan

Survivor Benefit Plan

The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is one one of the most debated topics for transitioning service members. It is a form of life insurance that provides cost of living adjusted income, to eligible dependents of retirees who elect to participate in the program. While most of us feel as if we’ll live forever, the fact […]

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Do You Really Need Dental Insurance?

    When you’re on active duty, dental insurance seems essential. After all, most of us grew up visiting the dentist every six months. Lots of us spent quality time with the orthodontist. Frankly, many of us grew up eating a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates while perhaps not brushing or flossing often […]

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The Next “Military Guide” Book

  Some of you know that I write a lot: creating blog posts, drafting the next book, answering reader questions, e-mailing other writers, and posting to Internet forums. I can type over 100 words per minute, and I’ve done it for at least an hour a day over the last 20 years. I’m also financially […]

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Reduce the cost of insuring your teen driver with USAA

    Way back in 2008, our daughter reached the age of 15.5 and took the test to earn her learner’s permit. She was pretty excited about this modern rite of passage. I was pretty excited about how much our insurance premiums would jump for the next few years. This was before my blogger relationship […]

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How Do I Plan Our Finances For The Rest Of Our Lives?

    I’ve heard from a reader a couple times over the last few years. Here’s their latest question: Hi Doug, I’d like to find a financial planner and see what course correction(s) we have to make based on our current finances. I will be officially retiring in five years but will supplement my military […]

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What’s The Next Step To Financial Independence?

A reader writes: Hi Nords, I have a few questions I’m hoping you can help me with. I trust your expertise in these matters. I am currently an E-8 with seven years to go until retirement. I am hoping I make it to 20 years active and can retire an E-9. I’ll be 48 years […]

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