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How to Smartly Use the USAA Career Starter Loan
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How to Smartly Use the USAA Career Starter Loan

Did you know that USAA offers newly commissioned officers a low-interest loan to help them start their career? This guest post on the USAA Career Starter Loan was written by Spencer, a company grade officer in the US Air Force. Spencer is documenting his journey to financial independence using his military pay and ...

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USAA’s Digital Shift Is Saving Millions Of Dollars
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USAA’s Digital Shift Is Saving Millions Of Dollars

  First I wanted to title this post "Shift Happens". Then I wanted to say: "USAA is saving its members one BILLION dollars!" But the fact is that USAA is shifting its strategy away from brick-and-mortar member service centers and going with even more features in its mobile app. I expect to learn ...

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How Do I Plan Our Finances For The Rest Of Our Lives?
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How Do I Plan Our Finances For The Rest Of Our Lives?

I've heard from a reader a couple of times over the last few years. Here's their latest question: Hi Doug, I'd like to find a financial planner and see what course correction(s) we have to make based on our current finances. I will be officially retiring in five years but will supplement my military pension by ...

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How To Get A USAA Cashier’s Check
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How To Get A USAA Cashier’s Check

It seemed like such a simple question: "How do I get a USAA Cashier's Check in a city where I don't have a bank account?" Our daughter's well into her plans to move off-campus. She's done a great job of house hunting & budgeting, and if her new roommates stick to their commitment then she'll save a lot of money ...

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The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA
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The Pro Bowl Presented By USAA

We're ramping up to Sunday's Pro Bowl tailgater-- and, oh yeah, the football game. Those of you who know me well are probably smirking as you read: Nords at the Pro Bowl?!?  I know, "pearls before swine." For the rest of you, here's a confession: I hardly watch TV, I no longer follow football rankings or ...

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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!
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I’m Goin’ To The Pro Bowl With USAA!

If you're at the Pro Bowl events next week, please stop by and say hello. I'm the 5'10" 190-pound middle-aged balding ponytailed surfer dude who'll probably be wearing sunglasses, surf shorts, & t-shirt. And SPF50 sunscreen in the middle of winter because, you know, Hawaii. Brought to you by... Most of the ...

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Top Three New USAA Products And Services
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Top Three New USAA Products And Services

It's been a while since my last post about USAA, and they've churned out several new products. Individually they're impressive enough, and collectively they're making life easier for members. Before I dig into that, the Federal Trade Commission wants me to disclose that I have a business relationship with USAA. My ...

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How To Build Your Credit Score After Joining The Military
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How To Build Your Credit Score After Joining The Military

Over 3.3 million high school students graduated this year, and nearly two-thirds of them started college. Another 1.8 million college students are receiving their bachelor's degrees. Nearly 200,000 of all those young adults will join the military. They also have another new life project: building a credit score. A ...

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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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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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