Browsing Archive October, 2011
Problems with retirement calculators
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Problems with retirement calculators

It's been a while since I've discussed their weaknesses and the options. There are a few updates to existing programs along with a new kid on the block from USAA. Before I start naming programs and websites, though, let's look at the concepts behind the various choices. Maybe by the time we're done with this post you ...

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Book review: Stop Acting Rich
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Book review: Stop Acting Rich

        I've been a Dr. Stanley fan since "The Millionaire Next Door" in 1996  . He's made an entire career out of studying the lifestyles and buying habits of the rich and the not-so-rich. Thanks to his research, my family has been able to figure out what's important in our lives and ...

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Just write it.
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Just write it.

I've only been blogging for 13 months, but I've been writing on deadline for over three decades. Many of you servicemembers are keenly familiar with the system of "liberty-dependent routing" for point papers, requests, or other paperwork. But otherwise, you might find it difficult to write-- especially on your own ...

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DIY home improvement
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DIY home improvement

It's Monday and many of you are probably at work wishing you were out surfing.  If you're stuck in a quiet air-conditioned office, then let me put up an eye-candy post that'll make you glad to be sitting there.  Sorry, no surfing scenes-- this will be noisy & sweaty demolition and construction. This post started ...

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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii
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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii

It must be that time of year again. It's chilly on the Mainland so people's thoughts turn to warm tropical breezes, warm beaches, warm surf, and warm sunshine. Yeah, I know, I'm killin' ya. I won't talk about how it gets so cold on the North Shore in winter surf that I have to wear a 3mm neoprene shorty rashguard just ...

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Personal finance, mobile banking, and mobile wallets
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Personal finance, mobile banking, and mobile wallets

I'm a tech geek, but being a bleeding-edge early adopter is more hassle than benefit. For example I've been a photovoltaic enthusiast for over three decades, but we weren't in a good position to "go solar" until after I retired from the military. I was all over computers in the 1970s and an early Internet user in the ...

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Medicare, Tricare For Life, Medigap insurance, and Congress
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Medicare, Tricare For Life, Medigap insurance, and Congress

(Today's post was inspired by reader Bridget, who also contributed a large portion of the book's chapter on Reserves and National Guard.  Thanks again, Bridget!) Do military retirees need more medical insurance than Tricare? For the vast majority of us, the answer is "No". America's healthcare system is confusing, ...

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The Military Drawdown and Benefits Cuts
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The Military Drawdown and Benefits Cuts

"Here we go again": welcome to the largest military drawdown since the end of the Cold War and DESERT STORM. The military shrank over 25% during that one, and systems tech has improved a lot since then. Remote sensors and unmanned aircraft weapons can't replace all of the boots on the ground, but they can sure make a ...

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