Browsing Archive July, 2013
The Bright Side of Solar Power Purchase Agreements
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The Bright Side of Solar Power Purchase Agreements

I recently signed a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and had Ten Photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of the GubMints Home. I have been 'kicking the tires' of rooftop solar for about 2 years now, soliciting bids once every 6-10 months. Until recently, most of the bids involved an outlay of anywhere ...

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I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent
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I’m Still a Tricare Delinquent

[As this post goes live, Tropical Storm Flossie is approaching the Hawaii islands.  It's borderline hurricane strength, and despite that wussy dental name it's still going to dump 6-10 inches of rain on us. It's quite possible that Oahu electricity & Internet will go out. My tiny little share of a Bluehost server ...

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Entrepreneur Resources for Veterans
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Entrepreneur Resources for Veterans

We bloggers get to talk with interesting people who you'd rarely see at your local surf break. They share their stories or advice, and occasionally I can help them answer their questions. Many servicemembers (and their families) are concerned about making the transition to civilian life. They're hesitant to leave ...

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Maximizing Your Civil Service Computation Date
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Maximizing Your Civil Service Computation Date

Here's a unique combination of a reader question about federal civil service-- and a free eBook from GubMints.com. The link below is only FREE until 11:59 PM PDT Friday. If you're reading this post at your usual Thursday morning time, then you probably have less than 40 hours left. First, I'm posting the reader ...

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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension
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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension

A reader writes: My husband was commissioned after ROTC in August 1966, placed on an educational deferment, and did not start active duty until February 1968. How many retirement points did he earn over that period and where is a regulation that addresses this? After some more questions, I learned: The time from ...

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Book Review: “Rent vs. Own”
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Book Review: “Rent vs. Own”

When you're striving for financial independence, does it really make sense to rent instead of owning your own home? One of the hidden costs of serving your country is relocating all over the world. The moving process is hard enough: my spouse and I have 19 duty stations between us, and we spent more of our careers ...

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