This week, I’m at the Military Influencer Conference in Orlando, hanging out with a bunch of military, veterans and family members who are active in a wide variety of interesting projects. One of the best parts, for me, is catching up with my personal finance blogger friends. It’s like a super-awesome family reunion. In honor of their brains, I’m sharing some of their most important posts:
Christine of Her Money Moves had a horrifying experience, and we can all learn from it. I Got Hacked. Security Lessons Learned The Hard Way. Seriously, I have to be better about this. Very much better.
Doug Nordman of The Military Guide write a somewhat contrarian view in Don’t Gut It Out To 20: Leave Active Duty for The Reserves or National Guard. Doug is a pretty thoughtful guy, so when he says something like this, I think about what’s he’s said. And I think he’s exactly right on this one.
Daniel Kopp of Military Life Planning exposes our real income in How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth? One fo the biggest surprises for folks who leave the military is how much more expensive it is to live in the civilian world. Most of us don’t really comprehend the full value of the military benefits package.
Hank Coleman of Money Q&A has done a great job of making it simple in An Introduction To Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Baby Steps.
Stephanie from Poppin’ Smoke has put together a fabulous starter guide for traveling on your military benefits: Quickstart Guide to Military Space A Flights. Space A travel is a great benefit, and Stephanie can tell you how to make it happen.
As you know, I have strong opinions about the right and wrong way to invest in real estate. My go-to guy for straight talk is Rich of RichonMoney.com, and his article Real Estate Mistakes Military Members Should Avoid is right on target. Honestly, if you are thinking about buying a house to be an investment, you should read everything he’s written at his site.
And I should probably include something obscure of mine that you’ve probably not read: Financial Advice for New Military Spouses. I’m sure I haven’t included everything you’d include – leave your best advice for new spouses in the comments!
I have no idea how much time I’ll have to write later this week, even though I have 100 ideas of stuff to write about. If you really need to hear something, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make time for you!
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