Everything About Dislocation Allowance

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Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is a military allowance designed to partially reimburse service members for some of the costs incurred when relocating a household.  DLA is authorized for PCS moves, when ordered to move into military housing for the government’s convenience, and when evacuated from a duty station.  The Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Chapter 5, Part A10… | Read More…

Earn Bonuses and 3.5% Interest on Savings with NFCU Specials

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Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) has recently announced its Military Appreciation Month specials, and there are some really good deals that might benefit you.  Not Navy?  Don’t worry!  NFCU membership is open to a wide variety of people, including all branches of the military, Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees, and many contractors. New Member Bonus… | Read More…

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)

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When a military person or family is executing Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, there are two similar allowances that help defray the cost of staying in temporary lodging after moving out of your house, and before moving into a new house.  The two allowances are slightly different depending on whether you are within the… | Read More…

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)

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When executing Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, a military member may be authorized one or two similar allowances that help defray the cost of staying in temporary lodging after moving out of your house, and before moving into a new house.  The two allowances are differ just a bit, depending on whether you are within the Continental… | Read More…

Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Budget

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Gift giving can be challenging when your far away from your loved ones, as evidenced by my sister’s (February) birthday present still sitting in my foyer.  Waiting until the last minute makes it even harder.  So, start thinking now.  Look over the list of gifts and figure out which one is just right for the… | Read More…

What Is A Certificate of Non-Availability?

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I’m working up some big posts about Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances for Temporary Lodging Entitlement and Temporary Lodging Allowance, and I realized that not everyone might understand about Certificates of Non-Availability (CNA) and how they work. Military members are almost authorized some temporary lodging while executing a PCS move.  It is intended that… | Read More…

Book Giveaway: Soldier of Finance

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We have PCS orders, so it is time to clear out our VERY full bookshelves.  Every time we move, the packers marvel at how many books we own.  I am trying to reduce the volume just a little.  So, I’ll be giving away quite a few of my personal finance books over the next few… | Read More…

Military Spouse Professional Gear Allowance

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If you’re a military spouse, and you work or volunteer in the community, you may be eligible for your own professional gear (pro-gear) weight allowance when you execute permanent change of station (PCS) orders.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that there aren’t a lot of things that qualify.  In particular, for orders dated… | Read More…

Smart Person Says: Mike Todd

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Mike Todd, probably best known for being Elizabeth Taylor’s third husband, was obviously a smart and driven man.  He made millions of dollars in a wide variety of industries, with wild ups-and-downs that certainly would have defeated many others.  When things were bad, Todd regrouped and began again. Perhaps much of his fortitude can be… | Read More…

Wednesday Worksheet: Dream Big

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This week’s Wednesday Worksheet is a little more touchy-feely that the ones we’ve done so far.  An important key to making any financial progress is having the motivation and commitment to make good choices.  It’s hard to have motivation and commitment if you don’t have anything that you need or want.  Anyone can just float… | Read More…