Keeping Your Pantry PCS-Ready All Year Long

pantry

Like many military families, my family has a pre-moving tradition of figuring out how to eat all the food that has accumulated in our freezer, refrigerator and pantry.  After over two decades of doing this, I think I’ve finally got the process down.  Better yet, I’ve figured out how to make this part of our… | Read More…

Advance BAH – Yes, It’s a Thing!

Advance BAH helps military members move into new housing

One little known aspect of the military pay and allowance system is the ability to request advance payment of Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).  While this opportunity has been around since 1999, you will still find that most admin folks and senior leadership are completely unaware that it even exists.  I learned about this secret… | Read More…

Selling Books With BookScouter

Colorful books

One of the most rewarding parts of the moving process is letting go of things that you no longer need.  It feels good to clear out and lighten your load.  It’s even better when you can make a little money along the way. I recently discovered (thanks to a post at Christian Personal Finance) a… | Read More…

Understanding the Proposed Changes to Military Retirement

Retirement Banner

Congress is currently considering changes to the military retirement structure, based upon the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, and the Department of Defense (DoD) has released its thoughts on the changes being considered by Congress.  The basic idea of these changes are pretty universally supported by our legislators and military officials,… | Read More…

Everything About Dislocation Allowance

moving boxes

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

Red White and Blue Top Hat

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)

Man with luggage

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)

Temporary Lodging Entitlements

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

mothers day gifts

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…