It’s coming in spring on 8 September 2020: the book you’ve asked for about teaching your kids how to manage their money. My daughter Carol and I recently signed a book contract with ChooseFI Media to publish “Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence.” It’s written from your questions asked at financial … [Read more...] about Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence
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2018 was quite the turbulent year for the financial independence crowd, and it’s just going to get busier in 2019. Let me cover a few highlights from last year and then give a personal update. I’m here to reassure you that financial independence is sustainable and life is good. At the end of the post, I’ll share a few more personal details from … [Read more...] about Good News! How Our Nords Family Financial Independence Life Will Change In 2019
[Full disclosure: On this post, I’m not about the money either. I’m not paid to write this, it's not sponsored by anyone, and I’m not earning revenue from the links.] Our group of military personal-finance bloggers is sending out a #BRSBlitz about the opt-in decision. You may have seen some of these links on my social media before, and … [Read more...] about Your Military Blended Retirement System: It’s Not About The Money.
[This post is brought to you by Dan, who’s done a lot of data runs with the BRS calculator. His new website KeepInvestingSimpleStupid.com is freshly launched, so please check on its progress! If you’re interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, then see our posting guidelines.] Welcome to January 2018! The opt-in period to the … [Read more...] about How to Maximize the BRS If You Decide to Opt-In
I really wanted to use the titles "Hidden Secrets Of The BRS!!" or "Shocking Urban Legends Of The BRS Revealed-- #4 Is Jaw-dropping!!" But this is a serious life-changing decision. I've had a ton of reader BRS questions and feedback. The good news is that a group of us military personal-finance bloggers have tracked down the answers with the … [Read more...] about Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System
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
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?
I’m a voracious reader. I was that six-year-old kid you saw staggering out of the public library with a two-foot stack of books, and 50 years later I’m still doing it. Over the first 45 years of my life, I accumulated over 3000 paperbacks, which made me a fun guy to be around during military household goods moves. Hawaii’s tropical climate (and … [Read more...] about The 5 Best Personal Finance Books I’ve Read All Year
A reader writes: I am an Air Force reservist with 18 good years of service. I have been trying to get back in for over four years, but to no avail. Per two recruiters, I have had to retake the ASVAB (which I passed), only to be told that they lost my results and have to take the ASVAB a third time. I was also told that my blood pressure has to be … [Read more...] about Title 10 Military Sanctuary & Retirement During A Reserve Career
USAA sponsored this post, and I have been financially compensated to write it. Regardless, the opinions expressed are entirely my own. My mind is made up, after nineteen years one month and three days of active federal service, I’m requesting to retire from the United States Army. By far, this has been one of the most stressful decisions that … [Read more...] about How A Simple Survey Helps Service Members Prepare To Transition