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How Much Is The COLA On My Military Pension?!?

How Much Is The COLA On My Military Pension?!?

The question was asked on the Facebook group “Military Spouse Retirement Information”: "Is there a date that is better to retire on than any other day of the year? It used to be the case that it was better to retire sometime after 1 January or 1 February. I believe it had something to do with COLA, but I don’t ...

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The Big Picture On Insurance: USAA’s Annual Reports

The Big Picture On Insurance: USAA’s Annual Reports

I get many questions about USAA’s services & products. After six years of their financial conferences and dozens of interrogations interviews of their executives, I think I’ve learned enough about their business model (and the insurance industry) to help you navigate your choices. My spouse and I have been USAA ...

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Get Help With Your Tax Returns!

Get Help With Your Tax Returns!

[This post is brought to you by Patrick Weinert, who's making an encore appearance.  You can find his previous post in the "Related articles" section at the bottom.  If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.] When I was first introduced to the world of ...

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Go Ahead, Buy a home when you leave Active Duty*

Go Ahead, Buy a home when you leave Active Duty*

This is a friendly rebuttal to Nords’ recent post Don’t Buy a Home as you Leave Active Duty. The GubMints family has lived in the same North San Diego home we bought back in 2000, 4 months after leaving Active Duty. I’m here to show you that you CAN make it happen, but not without sacrifice. Post Length: ~ 1750 Words ...

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Don’t Buy A Home When You Leave Active Duty

Don’t Buy A Home When You Leave Active Duty

Over three years ago, I suggested that buying a home on active duty is setting yourself up for financial failure. That post has aged exceptionally well, and now it’s time to double down. Don’t buy a home as you leave active duty, either. You’re setting yourself up for more financial failure and a heartache with ...

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A GI Bill Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

A GI Bill Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

[This post is brought to you by Stephanie Montague of Poppin' Smoke, where you can learn more about your military travel benefits and opportunities. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines!]   Living in Washington, DC, my husband and I saw it all ...

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How to Maximize the BRS If You Decide to Opt-In

How to Maximize the BRS If You Decide to Opt-In

[This post is brought to you by Dan, who’s done a lot of data runs with the BRS calculator.  His new website KeepInvestingSimpleStupid.com is freshly launched, so please check on its progress! If you’re interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, then see our posting guidelines.] Welcome to January 2018! ...

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Coping With The Fear Of Investing

Coping With The Fear Of Investing

[This post is brought to you by Patrick Weinert, who knows how fear and uncertainty can disrupt even the most logical investing plan. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.]   I’m Patrick Weinert, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, and I ...

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