A closer look at MWR: Rentals for military families

Military spouse Teri and her family had just moved into their house in Bahrain. Their household goods had yet to arrive, and she and her husband needed something to sleep on. So what’s a military family to do when they need temporary items quickly and on the cheap? MWR. Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or MWR, […]

What’s the frugalest razor choice?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about various ways to save money on shaving products. There is a good reason – shaving can be expensive. Depending on whether you’re using disposables or refillables, the number of blades, and other features, plus how often you shave, you could easily spend $200-$300 each year, per person. Subscription […]

Financial resources for Reserve families

Reservists who are called to active duty can face a wide range of financial challenges, sometimes even before they leave home. Thankfully, there are resources available to help those reservists. Installation Personal Financial Managers and Personal Financial Counselors are available to help with the usual range of information, counseling, and referral services. Reserve bases may have […]

Don’t get scammed over the holidays

Millions are planning to take a vacation this holiday season, and that means hotel bookings are being made in high volumes. But are they all legit? With reports that 55 million bookings were affected by hotel-related scams, costing consumers nearly $4 billion, hotel booking scams are more common than travelers may realize. The American Hotel […]

Guide to holiday tipping

It’s the season of giving, and that means thinking about tips for the service providers who make your life easier. But considering we use services more than ever before, who gets an extra holiday tip? And how much? Etiquette experts say the answer depends on your relationship with the service provider, and your budget. Tips […]

BRS consideration: Thrift Savings Plan balances are inheritable

There’s a lot to know about the Blended Retirement System (BRS), and I’ve been trying to give it to you in bite-sized chunks.  Today, I want to talk about an important feature of Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) balances vs. military retirement pay:  TSP balances can be left to your survivors when you die. As we all know, military […]

Here’s how to get free tickets to the Military Bowl

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is well underway, football lovers are focusing their attention on the final celebrations of the season: Bowl games. The Military Bowl, a game played between an Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference, kicks off December 28 at 1:30 PM ET in Annapolis, MD. This […]