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5 Ways to Keep Summer Camp Affordable

As we discussed yesterday, summer camp is great for kids, but bad for budgets.  Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your camp expenses….



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Summer…and Kids

Ah, summer.  Warm weather, long days, kids out of school… Now, I realized that not all kids are out of school for the summer, but…


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Buying Eyeglasses and Contacts Online

One thing about the military – sometimes you live some crazy places.  Plus, every time you move, you have to find all new service providers. …


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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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Charity Spotlight: Folds of Honor Foundation

Here at the Paycheck Chronicles, I come across a variety of interesting and helpful organizations that focus on active duty, reserve, National Guard, retired and…


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Required Family Support

In my time wandering around the internet, I come across lots of discussion and questions regarding the amount of support that a military member is…


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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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Base Pay is Base Pay. Period.

I’m a little surprised that I have to write this, but it seems that I do. The military does not pay people more money because…


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12 February 2011 Weekend Roundup

I am certain I could spent my entire day looking at interesting stuff on the internet.  Some things that particular interested me this week include:…


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Really Late Roundup

Well, it isn’t Saturday.  It isn’t even Sunday.  I guess this week’s edition of the Round up is called the Really Late Edition. Some of…


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Family Life Insurance

Lots of people have questions about life insurance, especially for stay-at-home parents and children.  In general, parents need life insurance but children don’t need life…



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Senator Proposes Changing GI Bill

I have always said that the New Post 9/11 GI Bill is too generous and that our country just doesn’t have the money to pay…


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Eating in Hotels – It Can Be Done

I recently answered a question at Yahoo about eating while you are living in a hotel.  As my family starts packing out (today!), the subject…


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Random Tip of the Day: Ice Packs

As I laid in my bed this morning, trying to fend off a migraine, I thought about how much I truly love my reusable ice…


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Free Chick-fil-A in San Diego

Tonight, Thursday, May 27, select San Diego area Chick-fil-A restaurants are offering free meals to military families from 4 to 7 pm.  Just show your…


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Laundry Helpers I Love

Laundry.  For many of us, laundry is a huge chore that we’d be glad to hand off to someone else if we could.  (And if…


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First Tee Golf Program For Kids

Have you heard of the kids’ golf program called The First Tee? It is a program designed to help kids learn about golf and also…


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Quotable: David Bach

"Financial education needs to become a part of our national curriculum and scoring systems so that it’s not just the rich kids that learn about…