Browsing Archive August, 2013
Out Of Debt & Heading For Financial independence
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Out Of Debt & Heading For Financial independence

A reader writes: "After seeing a couple of your posts on the Mr. Money Mustache forum I checked out your book from the library and finished it in a day. It was great but I would love your opinion on what to do in my own situation. My spouse is a junior officer. We married nearly six years ago with significant debt. ...

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Book Review: “Soldier of Finance” By Jeff Rose
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Book Review: “Soldier of Finance” By Jeff Rose

I've been blogging for "only" three years, and back in 2010, Jeff Rose was already several years into it. Yet even while he was building his blog and his financial-planning business (and raising a family and helping his spouse with her own blogger business), he was working on a book project. It's been a pleasure to ...

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Maximizing TSP Contributions From A Combat Zone
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Maximizing TSP Contributions From A Combat Zone

A reader writes: "The goal: We are trying to reduce my taxable income while increasing my Roth contributions. I am in a combat zone through August, so my pay has been tax free, but will soon change. We have converted my spouse's traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and expect a tax bill. The question: Will my Jan-Aug ...

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Protecting Your Military Benefits In A Divorce
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Protecting Your Military Benefits In A Divorce

A reader writes: "In my divorce decree I was awarded part of my husband's Reserve "disposable military retirement pay". My portion is 50% of the time for which we were married, and only for the Reserve points that he earned during our marriage. But the problem is not only figuring out how much I'll get in dollars ...

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Military Reserve Retirement Points and “Good Years”
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Military Reserve Retirement Points and “Good Years”

Can you readers help another reader? I'm stumped on this military retirement question: "So I have gotten conflicting information. I commissioned in 1994. My Leave and Earnings Statement has 31 October 1994 as my Pay Entry Base Date. I spent three years in the Chaplain Candidate program with Reserve designation 1305. ...

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Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array
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Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array

Local solar? Last week's post on photovoltaic systems presented the finances without much engineering. We had a guest post this week on more photovoltaic "rent vs own" decisions, but this post will focus on the construction. When I describe the system that we built, our choices were mostly driven by finances. ...

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