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Your Thoughts on Budget Stuff

Over at SpouseBUZZ, Amy asks a good question:  if you were in charge of the family programs funding, what sort of stuff would you change?…


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Don’t Supersize Me

Over the years, I’ve changed the way I shop for groceries.  I’ve gone through coupon phases, where I get great deals but invest a lot…



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How Big Is The Gap?

I haven’t written a ton on our Back to Basics series this week because it is pretty, well, basic.  This week’s task was to figure…


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Food, Food, Food

As part of our Back to Basics series, Week Three is devoted to figuring out where your money is going.  For most people, food comprises…


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Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

This post is an expanded version of a post from several years ago because it perfectly fits in with our Back to Basics Week Two…


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Where Did The Money Go?

Have you ever gotten to the end of the month and wondered where your money went?  There are so many little places that money gets…


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Back To Basics Week One: SITREP

Yes, I said SITREP.  And while it might not be exactly the right use of the word, it pretty well explains what we’re trying to…


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Back to Basics

During the government shutdown, no-military-pay scare earlier this month, it became even more apparent how many military families are stretched thin financially and living paycheck-to-paycheck. …



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Building a Solid Financial Foundation

With all the hoopla about a possible government shutdown, and talk that the military might not get paid, it seems a fine time to think…


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Update To Government Shutdown Plans

Well, I am speechless.  Nearly.  There are a few bad words that come to mind. I’ve just read a draft of a report detailing the…


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Only Five Paydays Until Christmas

Payday is coming up on Friday, and after that there are only four more paychecks before Christmas.  (And if you celebrate Hanukkah, it is super…



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10 Reasons to Make a Spending Plan

And now, because lots of people think that budgets are boring, my top ten reasons why you should make a spending plan: Otherwise, you’ll spend…


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I Can’t Take It Anymore!

Today has been one of those days.  You know, where everything feels like it is outside of your control and nothing goes right?  Yup, that’s…


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The Great PCS Book Giveaway #1

As you may have heard, we’re getting ready to PCS.  Two weeks until the packers come and I’m on fire, clearing out and trying to…


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Babystep into Budgeting

Does the idea of budgeting scare you, or feel overwhelming?  I love this personal finance stuff, but budgeting makes me crazy.  There are too many…


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12 April 2010 Military Report

I can’t believe it is already Thursday and I’m just now getting to the Military Report.  It has been a crazy week!  Here’s the financial…