[Nords note: if you're finding this post via a search engine, here's the followup post with USAA's responses: USAA Answers Your Insurance And Financial Questions] It's almost that time of year again! The San Antonio summer is cooling off (a little) and on 19-20 September I'll be USAA's guest at Digital Military Experience … [Read more...] about What Questions Should I Ask USAA At Digital MilEx?
Money Management & Personal Finance
[Note: this post has been updated for 2017 2018 data. I plan to continue updating it every year or so.] A long while back, a reader wrote: "Hey, Nords, any chance you'll do a summary post about your FIRE history? I'm really interested to hear how your net worth and income have gone up." Life is good: my spouse and I recently pulled off … [Read more...] about “Hey, Nords: How’s Your Net Worth?!?”
[Nords note: My spouse and I are still on Mainland slow travel, and we'll head back to Oahu in mid-July. Maybe we'll see you at a military Space A passenger terminal!] We spent another Memorial Day weekend at the Rainbow Lodge in the bustling megalopolis of North Bend, WA. (Snarkasm! It's a lovely little town.) This was my … [Read more...] about Camp Mustache 4 Encore (And A Free Book!)
[Ah, good, the DoD BRS calculator has been officially released.] A reader asks an outstanding question: Does it make sense to opt in to the military's new Blended Retirement System in 2018? One of our NCOs has a pessimistic view of the BRS, especially since they're over 12 years of service and don't see how the BRS will benefit them. In … [Read more...] about The Military Blended Retirement System: “Dude, Where’s My Calculator?”
My social media has lit up this year with complaints about vehicle insurance. It seems as if every military family who's transferred to a new duty station has paid more money to insure the same autos and the same drivers. Even families who haven't moved (yet) are unhappy when they renew their policies: more money for the same coverage. It's not … [Read more...] about Your Auto Insurance Premiums Are Rising, But It’s Not Just You
How to Choose Your Next Duty Station Choosing your next duty station or even creating a list of potential new homes is possibly the most stressful part of being a military member. For me, on the officer side, I know that I will move every 3-4 years like clockwork and that’s at a junior CGO level. This rate will likely increase towards the end of … [Read more...] about How To Turn Your Next PCS Into A 20% Raise
Sharks And Stripes 2: Camp Pendleton, CA, 13 June and live online. Do you need a little help with your business idea? Are you growing your revenue but not sure how to reinvest it for growth? Are you worried about financing or interested in talking with an investor? Rey Ybarra has worked with entrepreneurs for years, and he even … [Read more...] about Free Mentoring And Networking For Military Entrepreneurs
Are you ready to make your choice about the military's Blended Retirement System? Are you a leader who has to advise younger officers and enlisted how to decide between High Three and the BRS? Are you a veteran like me who's asked the question several times a week by their family (and their readers)? USAA can help with … [Read more...] about USAA’s Military Retirement Comparison Tool And The Blended Retirement System
This post is brought to you by Daniel Kopp, an Air Force officer and founder of MilitaryLifePlanning.com. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines. [Nords note: this post was updated on 4 March 2017 with a direct link to the DoD's PSMC website as well as a sample statement. Scroll down … [Read more...] about How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth?
Here's a quick note about an upcoming social-media campaign that's already ramping up across the nation (and at military bases around the world). 27 February-March 4th is the annual Military Saves Week. (It's part of the 11th annual nation-wide America Saves week, which started in some regions as early as 2001.) It's an awareness … [Read more...] about America Saves week is coming!