Hi, I’m Kate.
I’m a wife, a mom, and a military spouse. I’m also an Accredited Financial Counselor® and personal finance geek who loves debating the various benefits of different retirement savings options, or how to use coupons in the best way for your family, or whether now is the right time for someone to buy or rent a house. My passion is helping everyday folks use their money to do the things that are important to them.
I help people like you figure out their Big Dreams, and then figure out how to make them come true. I’m not a financial advisor, but an educator, coach, and counselor. I believe that you are responsible for your own choices, but I can bring information, experience, and an outside perspective to the process.
As a college student, I did all the wrong things with money. I spent most of my pay on unimportant things, I stretched my credit cards beyond their natural limits, and frequently couldn’t be bothered to go to class. Marriage brought some focus to my finances. I didn’t want to be broke forever! I read personal finance books, and I diligently paid off all those student loans, credit cards, and car loans. Some time working for a small mortgage bank expanded my interest from my money to other people’s money. Fascinating stuff, this money. So useful, and yet often so much trouble.
I started in the financial education business through writing. I’ve spent ten years creating and writing Military.com’s The Paycheck Chronicles blog. There are over 2,500 posts there, so grab a cup of tea and have a read-through. My scope has grown to include individual counseling and public speaking. As a military spouse, I have a personal interest in understanding all the details about military pay and benefits, and I have personal experience managing a family budget while living a military life: PCSes, college, landlording, pay snafus, and TSP.
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