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Do You Really Need An Allotment?
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Do You Really Need An Allotment?

Starting in January 2015, active-duty servicemembers can no longer take out allotments to buy or rent "personal property": vehicles, furniture, electronics, appliances or recreational gear. If you have an existing allotment in place before 1 January, then that allotment will continue until you stop it. The new rule ...

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Why I Won’t Buy Long-Term Care Insurance
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Why I Won’t Buy Long-Term Care Insurance

Note:  My Dad passed away on 18 November 2017 from end-stage Alzheimer's.  This post is about my experiences with his insurance during the years 2011-2014. There are hundreds of posts on the pros and cons of long-term care insurance, but most of them approach the question from a financial perspective. Today we're ...

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Book Review: Rich As A King
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Book Review: Rich As A King

Humor me on this post. I'll make it relevant to financial independence in a few paragraphs. [Sidebar:  If you read this post all the way to the bottom, then you'll see a fundraising link for cool swag to crowdsource the Hawaii Chess Academy.  That link (not affiliated with The-Military-Guide.com) will also give you ...

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More Answers from USAA Social Exchange 2014
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More Answers from USAA Social Exchange 2014

My last post on the USAA Social Exchange conference answered most of your big questions. This post will finish the Q&A, and then I'll write one more post about the conference. USAA is improving its existing programs and working on several new initiatives. Disclaimer This is the part where I let you know that I ...

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How To Get Military Discounts On Flights
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How To Get Military Discounts On Flights

Our airlines are very much in tune with how appreciative the country is for our Service Members. After all, there are pilots, mechanics and more working in the industry who came straight from a Military career. In fact, AOL Jobs named a pilot as one of the top 10 jobs if you're leaving the military. That ...

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Book Review: Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads
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Book Review: Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

I read a lot of personal finance books. They'll talk about financial independence and budgets and saving and investing, of course. Some of them start with getting out of debt while others help you create your retirement plan. The vast majority focus on the dollars and the investment math. You would think that the ...

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Military Discounts Are Not Entitlements
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Military Discounts Are Not Entitlements

[Nords note:  This guest post resonates with me, so I'm putting it up a week early.  Before the Veterans Day retail craze kicks off the holiday shopping season, I'd like to share this important reminder from Rick Kuehn of GruntRoll. Please remember why the holiday exists and thank your local veterans.] So, ...

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One More Year Syndrome
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One More Year Syndrome

Many of my posts on financial independence come from reader questions. I answer roughly five e-mails or Facebook queries for every post that you see here. I'm not just recycling my keyboard wisdom into the blog, although that efficiency appeals to my frugal nature! I'm also showing you that many servicemembers, ...

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Reduce Your Driving Risks After Deployment
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Reduce Your Driving Risks After Deployment

Would you like USAA to pay you $25 to take their driving assessment? They want to hear from members who are on active duty or in the Reserves (or their spouses), or who have retired or separated within the last six months. You must have returned from an overseas deployment in the last six months. The full list of ...

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Survey Results For “The Retiree Next Door”
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Survey Results For “The Retiree Next Door”

Today is the first day of FinCon14, and it's also the launch of a free eBook on successful retirees! Click here for your free copy! "The Retiree Next Door" is based on a survey of over 500 financially independent people who volunteered their advice. (Disclosure: I'm one of them.) You're going to learn good ...

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How to Start Your Blog — Or Outsource It!
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How to Start Your Blog — Or Outsource It!

A reader writes: "Hey Doug! Just read the advice you posted about blogging for money and I am left with a question. What kinda number can I expect to pay out to get someone to do all the leg work for me in terms of setting it up. I am computer illiterate for the most part and it's not something that can change. ...

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