Browsing Archive July, 2012
Want to buy a franchise business in Hawaii?
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Want to buy a franchise business in Hawaii?

    Holy cow, the blog's approaching 300 posts. I've written a lot about financial independence and military retirement over those 300 posts, but I haven't spent much space on bridge careers. I've never had a "real" job, let alone my own bridge career, and after a decade of blissful unemployment ...

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Sea story: Titanium toilet valves
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Sea story: Titanium toilet valves

    It's hard to believe that it's been weeks since the last sea story, but our daughter just finished a month on the USS LOUISIANA for her Navy ROTC summer training.  She was at sea for all 30 days, qualified to stand a sonar watch, ran a lot of drills, earned herself a deterrent patrol pin, and is pretty ...

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The TSP matches contributions for military members?
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The TSP matches contributions for military members?

This guest post is brought to you by Marine Corps veteran Rob Aeschbach, who's started a new career as a personal financial planner. The Thrift Savings Plan does not offer matching contributions for service members, but the IRS does in some cases. Here is what you need to know about how the government will pay ...

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Book review: “You Are NOT So Smart.”
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Book review: “You Are NOT So Smart.”

        After you've spent a few months learning about financial independence, you wonder why people think this is so hard. All you have to do is track your expenses, create a spending plan, save money, invest in a diversified portfolio of low-cost index funds, and rebalance once in a ...

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More new military retirement and early retirement links
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More new military retirement and early retirement links

    It's been a few months since I wrote about new links. The sidebar links section is getting pretty lengthy and I'm going to move things around a bit based on what you've told me is useful... and not so useful. When I get the blog out to its own host (probably in October) I'll use a verification plugin ...

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Tricare fee increases coming in October
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Tricare fee increases coming in October

    I've been getting some e-mails, so let me clarify a few health insurance questions before I start the main topic. Last month the Supreme Court upheld the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that have attracted so much media attention over the last year. (Careful, that link ...

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