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Reader Interview:  Planning For The Military Transition
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Reader Interview: Planning For The Military Transition

  What influenced your decision to join the military, and what's your transition plan to leave active duty? I always knew I’d serve in the military. My Dad and Grandpa both served in the Army. My freshman yearbook says I’ll join the Air Force and my veteran Dad led me to consider the Air Force very ...

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USAA Eliminates PCS And Deployment Discretionary Benefits
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USAA Eliminates PCS And Deployment Discretionary Benefits

I almost missed the announcement. It’s bland corporate text inside a box on my USAA Visa credit-card bill of 2 July. It’s the boilerplate you always ignore while you’re scrolling to find your new balance and checking your payment date: "Effective October 1, 2019, USAA Federal Savings Bank will be eliminating the ...

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The 1980s-2000s:  How I Wish I’d Invested Back Then
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The 1980s-2000s: How I Wish I’d Invested Back Then

My spouse and I were not brilliant investors. We made the typical dumb mistakes of our 20s and 30s and we paid ridiculously large fees along the way to financial independence, but a high savings rate overcame all of those errors. Your FI journey will be better (and cheaper!) than ours, but the math is the same. ...

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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)
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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

I’ve read several outstanding educational books this year about financial independence, and if I saved this post for December then it’d be four times as long. I’ll write this one now and follow up with another post later this year. As many of you know, I read a lot. No, seriously, A. Lot. I go through over a ...

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