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Department of Defense Lodging Rates

This isn’t exactly real news, but it is important if you don’t already know it.  The rates for very similar military accommodations can vary greatly…


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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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A Government Shutdown Could Affect Leave

Elsewhere on Military.com, Bryant Jordan is reporting that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)’s finally released Guidance and Information on Furlough states that military members…


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More Questions about Deductible Expenses

After writing Can I Deduct My Uniform Costs on My Income Tax Return?, I’ve gotten more questions and comments about other items that may or…


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Accounting For Travel Money

One thing that frustrates me as the checkbook keeper in a military family is keeping track of money that comes “through” our account for various…


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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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Discount Books: Worth The Money?

This is a very popular time of year for the sale of different brands of discount books.  Someone, usually a non-profit, will be selling a…



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Eating Convenient vs. Eating Out

There is an interesting sort of pattern that often occurs (at least for me) when you are away from your own kitchen.  Whether you are…


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An Open Letter to DFAS

Dear DFAS, Thank you for all you do to make sure that service members get paid twice each month.  I know it is a big…


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Dual Military Dislocation Allowance

We’re in an orientation class at our new home, and one of the other couples in the class is dual military.  They have a lot…


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Water for the Airplane

I’m in Killeen, Texas this weekend for SpouseBUZZ Live (if you’re here, come on over to the Plaza and see us :).  I’m going to…


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What’s a Groupon?

Have you heard of Groupons?  They are the newest twist on coupons and discount books, available over the internet. 


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Traveling with Pets

One of the hardest things about moving, for our family, is our cats.  They have been nearly all over the world with us and they…


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Entertainment Discounts Abound

Sometimes I am amazed at the number of deals available to military families.  My email today included the MWR newsletter from one of the military…


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Military Travel On A Budget

I've just learned about a new website devoted to military travel discounts:  GuideToMilitaryTravel.com.  Run by a military spouse, the site includes all sorts of information…


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Military Report

Here's the weekly roundup of financial information from the Military.comMilitary Report : TRICARE Prime Travel Access Standards Changes Deal of the Week: Free Trial of…


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Using USAA Discounts

A fellow military spouse just reminded me about the great car rental discounts that can be found at USAA, and it made me think that…


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50 Way to Save on Travel

As I've said before, we military folks tend to spend a lot of time traveling.  Whether we're PCSing, going to visit family, or just taking…


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Reflecting on the Christmas Past

Now that we’ve had a few days to recover from Christmas and all the associated eating, shopping and traveling, it is time for me to…