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Congratulations to the Class of 2017…

…now get to work! If you graduated from one of the Service Academies this year, first let me say congratulations. For most of you, the last four years have been the most challenging of your life so far. But you made it. You graduated. There may have been times when you doubted whether you would…

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Don’t Shop at Outlet Stores Until You Read This!

Outlet Stores, like any other retail operation, are designed to separate you from your money. Obviously. But I just found out about the underhanded, sneaky, duplicitous ways that they trick you into thinking you’re getting a good deal on a high end item. Even though most of the time, you aren’t. The fashion industry’s dirty…

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Tax Season is Upon Us

Tax season is here. DFAS has now released active duty W-2s on MyPay. If you’ve PCS’d this year then you need to wait until the 31st for your supplemental W-2 (the one for the DITY portion of your move). Before you run off to file, make sure you’ve got all your other tax documents ready to…

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The Stupidest Thing I Ever Bought. Let’s Share.

Note: Purely by coincidence, this article was posted on National Popcorn Day. So pop a bag, sit back and enjoy the show as we share our big, dumb mistakes. Here we go again. Guys, I told you I was going to take a break for a few months. I told you I was going to work…

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Financial Impotence: Don’t Suffer in Silence

If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you might get the sense that I hate commercials. You’d be right. Lately there’s been a commercial airing on Pandora that makes my blood boil. Radio announcer guy lays out this story about rushing out the door to work. But then…you get a flat tire. What…

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Three Kinds of People: Which One Are You?

There are three kinds of people when it comes to finance. In this article I’m going to help you figure out which one you are, and tailor your investments to your individual temperament. Risk I’m dividing everyone up into three different categories based on their tolerance for risk. Risk is the amount of uncertainty present…

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Your Vehicle Is NOT a Reflection of Your Self-Worth

You (probably) don’t “need” that big truck. Or sports car. You don’t need an entry model luxury car. Or whatever. I get it. We Americans love our cars…a little too much. It seems like we tie up quite a bit of our identity in the types of cars we drive. Psychologists call this behavior “materialism”. It’s…

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Tax Refund Tips – 6 Better Choices

Tax season is here and many of you are already salivating at the thought of getting a fat tax refund from Uncle Sam. First, change your perspective. You aren’t getting free money. The federal government is finally getting around to paying you the money that they’ve owed you all along! Second, blowing your tax refund on…

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UPDATED! GI Bill Transfer: Big Changes on the Way

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a great resource, especially the ability to transfer it to your dependents. You agree to serve a few more years and Congress agrees to help your family pay for college. As a general rule, you should always try to minimize your active duty service commitment. You should serve because you…

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Military Retirement Update

I got a lot of questions after the last post about the impending changes to the military retirement system, so I’m going to address some of those in this post. I told you there was going to be a lot of arguing. Today I’m going to break it down by how it affects different groups…

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