Browsing Archive May, 2012
Sea story: “Swim call!”
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Sea story: “Swim call!”

Here's a frivolous topic for Thursday morning before the weekend. A few weeks ago a shipmate asked a seemingly innocuous question: Are there any rules or guidance on having a swim call on a sub? Can the CO take a swim? The Corpsman? Submarines on local operations or doing exercises on weapons ranges occasionally have ...

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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?
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Retire at 17 years of service or 20?

    I read another good question on a Linkedin group: I am a Marine O-4 who has been passed for promotion and is looking for some advice on early retirement. I will have 17 years  of active duty by the time I am eligible for the early retirement next year. I am a pilot with experience in operations and ...

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Retirement planning: “Just tell me what to do!”
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Retirement planning: “Just tell me what to do!”

    Thanks to my spouse, we've always been do-it-yourself investors. We had no debt when we got married in 1986 and we lived a fairly frugal life, so we started investing right away. She already knew the basics from her family, and my Dad gave me a "how to" guide. After that it was all reading and ...

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Book review: “Why We Buy”
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Book review: “Why We Buy”

      I came across this classic while reading about frugal lifestyles and debt payoff. The author talks about retail stores and merchandising and marketing, but he unintentionally offers another benefit. If you understand how the stores are marketing to you, then you can understand why you ...

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Buying a used car on a cash advance in a new town
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Buying a used car on a cash advance in a new town

It seemed like such a simple question: "How do I get a cashier's check in a city where I don't have a bank account?" Our daughter's car shopping coincided with a family wedding invitation in Texas near her college. My cousin the Army Ranger got married last week to the woman of his dreams, and it was an impressive ...

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529 college savings for military families
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529 college savings for military families

    Thanks to Brandi for her comments on an earlier post, and her question: My favorite part of the book was all of the personal stories. I can understand how the math works – I’ve calculated all of my future pay raises, estimated rate of savings, and projected retirement benefits to figure out how much I ...

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Book report: “The 36-Hour Day”
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Book report: “The 36-Hour Day”

Thank goodness this isn't a book about the military. I'd sure hate to write that mission description! For those who are reading this topic for the first time here, my father is in a care facility with mid-stage Alzheimer's. He lived independently for as long as he could, but just over a year ago he ended up in the ...

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