Check your 2021 TSP contributions now! I’ve heard from three different servicemembers that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Thrift Savings Plan have failed to stop their TSP contributions after reaching the elective deferral limit ($19,500 in 2021). This problem is caused by a glitch in a January software change for catch-up … [Read more...] about Did DFAS And The TSP Let You Contribute Too Much?
[This post is brought to you by my cousin Ross! If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.] [For those who haven't seen it yet, here's the link to Ross's first post in this series.] Our net worth is what?!? I thought to myself. I knew my relationship with … [Read more...] about Reader story: “How I Bumbled Into Financial Independence” (part 2)
[This post is brought to you by my cousin Ross! If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.] I knew I had a spending problem after I contemplated purchasing a new TV to avoid the hassle of calling the warranty department for a six month old set that was on the fritz. The whole … [Read more...] about Reader story: “How I Bumbled Into Financial Independence”
My father passed away three years ago. That realization still sneaks up on me (and maybe smacks me on the back of the head) every time I clean out a file box or organize the family photos. Another way to deal with grief is talking about it. This month I’ve shared my lessons learned in a very short video interview. … [Read more...] about Financial Caregiving: Are You Ready?
A reader asks: I'm in the Reserves and I also have a full-time job with a 401(k) and employer match benefits. I believe the max I can contribute between my 401k, employer match, AND the TSP that is tax deductible is $19,500. Beyond that number, any contributions from myself, my employer, or via the TSP are all after-tax dollars, and I cannot … [Read more...] about Contribution Limits of the Thrift Savings Plan + 401(k) + IRA = ?!?
I get that pension comment every month from readers who are in their 60s... or even older. Most of them are doing fine, both financially and in life. They usually served some active duty before the Reserves or National Guard, and a few were even drafted for Vietnam. They decided not to gut it out to 20 years of active duty and they moved to the … [Read more...] about “I Would Have Started My Reserve Pension By Now!”
Now that my second book has hit the presses, we’re doing the promotion. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and my version of marketing looks an awful lot like “talking with hundreds of people while drinking coffee.” [This post is about writing and marketing. You can read about the creation of the book here and you can buy the book here.] The … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned (So Far) From a Money-Savvy Book Launch
A reader writes: “My spouse and I need a budget. What should we do? What type of budgeting do you recommend? I know it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ world, but how much is too much saving? It feels a little unsustainable at times but my wife and I make it work. We do love to get fancy and enjoy nice things but a lot of times the budget doesn’t … [Read more...] about From The Mail Buoy: “The Truth Behind Budgeting– It’s Not The Budget”
This post is brought to you by Mark Delaney at The Veteran Professional. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines. My commander looked at my packet of paperwork to leave the military and saw that I was planning on signing out on terminal leave in December. When she asked me what my plans … [Read more...] about How I Planned 8 Months of Travel
We’re aging out. As many of you know from your research, 59.5 is the minimum age for starting optional withdrawals from an IRA. Nearly everyone worries about how they’ll tap their IRA for living expenses when they reach financial independence before 59.5. (Although there are many penalty-free exceptions to this tax law.) I hit that dubious age … [Read more...] about “I’m 59.5 Years Old And Done Writing About *My* Money”