Why Are You Searching For BAS Rates?

A little mid-year review of our most popular posts and frequent searches brings up a fascinating subject.  The single most frequently read page at The Paycheck Chronicles is the 2012 BAS Rates.  I understand that pays and allowances are important, but I can’t figure why searches for BAS happen more frequently than searches for base pay, or housing allowances, or any other type of pay or allowance.

In order to help me understand my readers better, if you are searching for BAS rates, would you please tell me why in the comments?  I find this fascinating, and I’d like to learn more so that I can provide better content for you, my readers.

Thanks for your help!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Sarah

    When I rework our budget a few times a year I search for it to work it in. We don’t spend more on groceries than the amount of BAS he gets, so I always double check that I still have the correct amount.

    • KateKashman

      Me, too. It is faster to google search BAS rates than to pull up an LES. That explains you, and me, and maybe another couple hundred people. I hope the other 60,000 people write in, too :) Thanks for sharing.

      P.S. I am amazed that you can keep your food budget under BAS. That is really good!

      • Sarah

        Well, there is only the two of us, so that makes it easier. And now that we live on base I primarily shop at the Commissary and use coupons. Even if I am off base I will only buy meat at the Commissary. If you break the BAS into two shopping trips a month its around $170, and for two people, in my opinion, that it more than enough!

  • Angela

    I started searching after finding out that my little brother is on base in Colorado and is having trouble feeding himself…he only has a cell phone that he pays for. And he sends his girlfriend 400 a month for child support. I’m wondering if it’s possible that he doesn’t have money, or if it’s more likely that he’s not being super wise with his cash flow.

    • KateKashman

      Angela, I don’t know your brother’s exact situation, but I suspect that he’s not being super-wise with his money, especially if he is living on base. Even at the lowest rank, his base pay would be nearly $1500 per month. Obviously, he will have deductions from this pay, but he should still have a sizeable amount in each paycheck. In addition, he is either able to eat in the dining facility or he is receiving BAS in the amount of $348 dollars per month. I would encourage him to start writing down his spending, as a way of figuring out where the money is going.

      Thanks for looking out for him. Happy Thanksgiving!