VA Loan Eligibility and Service Requirements
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VA Loan Eligibility and Service Requirements

Getting approved for a VA home loan can be a lengthy, confusing, and frustrating process. When you’re in the midst of it, it can feel like you’re a show dog, being forced to jump through hoops. It’s so challenging, in fact, that many Americans give up on their dreams of owning a home and assume that they will only ...

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USAA Eliminates PCS And Deployment Discretionary Benefits
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USAA Eliminates PCS And Deployment Discretionary Benefits

I almost missed the announcement. It’s bland corporate text inside a box on my USAA Visa credit-card bill of 2 July. It’s the boilerplate you always ignore while you’re scrolling to find your new balance and checking your payment date: "Effective October 1, 2019, USAA Federal Savings Bank will be eliminating the ...

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The 1980s-2000s:  How I Wish I’d Invested Back Then
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The 1980s-2000s: How I Wish I’d Invested Back Then

My spouse and I were not brilliant investors. We made the typical dumb mistakes of our 20s and 30s and we paid ridiculously large fees along the way to financial independence, but a high savings rate overcame all of those errors. Your FI journey will be better (and cheaper!) than ours, but the math is the same. ...

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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)
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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

I’ve read several outstanding educational books this year about financial independence, and if I saved this post for December then it’d be four times as long. I’ll write this one now and follow up with another post later this year. As many of you know, I read a lot. No, seriously, A. Lot. I go through over a ...

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