Browsing Archive August, 2011
Pension pitfalls
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Pension pitfalls

A friend's active-duty retirement reminded us of the potential surprises & pitfalls of the first pension payment. The first surprise you may encounter is the date of your pension deposit. When you're on active duty you're getting paid on the 1st and the 15th -- although the exact date that the money's in your ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: surfing photos
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Lifestyles in military retirement: surfing photos

Sometimes putting up three posts a week is a problem. However my blogging problem isn't deciding what subject to write about. My blogging problem is deciding which subject to write about first! Since I'm still incubating a half-dozen unfinished posts, I'll take the easy Monday-morning approach and talk about my ...

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DIY home maintenance
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DIY home maintenance

Old toilet, discolored porcelain, and mineral stains       I was ready to wax our old toilet. But before I explain that teaser, let me talk about a critical aspect of financial independence: DIY-- doing it yourself. When you're working 60 hours a week (or deployed for a 168-hour ...

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Financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent
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Financial lessons learned from caring for an elderly parent

It's been nearly two years since my father wrote a letter to us two sons that his "slipping memory" made him stop using e-mail. Since then I've learned way more than I really wanted to know about managing his affairs, and I've included the four most important lessons at the end of this post. Dad's a retired engineer ...

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Book Review: “Get Rich Click!”
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Book Review: “Get Rich Click!”

A few months ago I was offered a chance to moderate a tiny part of the Dollar Stretcher community in Military Family Finances.  I highly recommend Dollar Stretcher's weekly e-mail, and their website is a treasure trove of personal financial tips. One of the perks of being a Dollar Stretcher moderator is the ...

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