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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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Blue Star Museums 2011

It’s back!  The fantastic free museum program put together by Blue Star Families has returned for the 2011 summer season.  Blue Star Museums is a…


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Savings to the Rescue

Earlier this week, the Real Time Economics blog at the Wall Street Journal did a fascinating story on National Bureau of Economic Research paper that…


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Military Counseling Benefits

I’ve read quite a few questions from military dependents who are wondering about their mental health counseling benefits.  From what I have seen, the military…


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Operation Purple Camps Will Return!

Good news from the National Military Family Association (NMFA)! After spending the winter trying to gather funding, the NMFA has announced plans for the 2011…


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Military Spouse Scholarship

Monday, 31 January is the deadline to apply for the National Military Family Association’s (NMFA) Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship.  The Patton Scholarship is…


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Another Childcare Resource

I finally found some decent information about the childcare partnership between the military and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). …


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GI Bill Changes: How Far Will They Go?

With the recent signing of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act, there has been a tremendous amount of discussion about the changes to…


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Renting Apartments Saves Your Travel Dollars

Traveling costs money, no doubt about it.  The costs in traveling are transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment.  Thankfully, there are lots of nifty ways to…


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2011 BAS Rates, Official

    . Looking for the 2012 Rates?  They’re here. I’ve got proof!  The 2011 Basic Allowance for Subsistence Rates are: Enlisted Personnel, $325.04 Officers,…


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1 November 2010 Military Report

From the Military.com mothership, the 1 November 2010 Military Report brings the following financial news: Applebee’s Salutes Veterans – Once again this Veterans Day, Thursday,…


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The Value of a Stocked Pantry

I haven’t been feeling well this week.  At first, I attributed it to a little post-Navy Ball fatigue, then to just being tired, but sometime…





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30 August 2010 Military Report

From Military.com’s 30 August 2010 Military Report, financial information from around the Armed Forces: Navy Changes Tuition Assistance Beginning Oct. 1, the Navy’s Tuition Assistance…


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23 August 2010 Military Report

From the Military.com Military Report, update financial news for the military, veterans and their families: AAFES Fixes Credit Card Billing Errors – A processing error…


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2 August 2010 Military Report

From the 2 August 2010 Military Report at Military.com, the following financial news: Free SAT/ACT Prep Software – NFL and MLB players, and Sponsorship Alliance…


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Life Insurance

This week, I had the opportunity to visit the USAA headquarters in San Antonio and one subject that came up regularly was life insurance.  I…


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DOD Child Care Fees Changing

The Department of Defense announced yesterday that it is changing its fee schedule for child care in DOD facilities. Fees have not be raised in…