Blog Posts

What is the Air Force Key Spouse Program?

Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com Even though the Key Spouse program has been around for over a decade now, not many people know about it or understand how it works. It is a commander sponsored program that tries to help spouses when they first gets to a new duty station or their loved one… Continue reading What is the Air Force Key Spouse Program?

Relationships

Trying to Understand the Military Child

Military children are very unique. They are also known as Military Brats. BRAT stands for Bold, Responsible, Adaptable and Tolerant. I'm not a Brat myself, but I have two of my own. Here's what I see in them: The military child is bold because they have to be. Their parents only make up one percent… Continue reading Trying to Understand the Military Child

Money

How to Create a Debt Pay Down Plan That Works for You

Are you looking to pay down debt but you're not sure the best way to go about it? Read on and I'll explain the major differences between the debt snowball effect and debt avalanche method. Debt Snowball Debt snowball consists of you paying off your smallest debt first, giving you a small victory. This encourages… Continue reading How to Create a Debt Pay Down Plan That Works for You

Deployment

How to Prepare for a Deployment

Have One Last Date Night You guys won't see each other for a while, so make the most of the last of your face-to-face time. Even if you have kids, go out without them. Remember, you have 30 days of free childcare and probably a whole lot of friends who will watch them for you… Continue reading How to Prepare for a Deployment

Money

How to Start a Budget

As I type I'm planning out my budget step by step to give you a better understanding of how budgeting works. First, I what to tell you why you should make a budget. They allow you to have freedom and peace of mind. I have found if I don't tell our money where to go,… Continue reading How to Start a Budget

PCSing

Tips on Living in the UK

This post includes some affiliate links that I have approve of, that provide me a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This helps keep me blogging at no extra cost to you. The Language is Different (No, Really) The RAF Commander asks if anyone speaks English. Of course, everyone raises their hands… Continue reading Tips on Living in the UK

Leaving the Military

So Your Spouse is Getting Out of the Military….

Preparation So your spouse is getting out of the military. This can afford you many different opportunities. The military can be a great stepping stone to give your spouse the training or benefits they need to get started in a field or to build discipline for a career. Sometimes, people come in and find the… Continue reading So Your Spouse is Getting Out of the Military….

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What Happens to TSP When My Spouse Gets Out?

Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com The first thing they need to do is if they have a loan against their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account, make sure it is paid off. If that is covered, now they have one of three options as long as they have $200 in their TSP account. Keep It… Continue reading What Happens to TSP When My Spouse Gets Out?

PCSing

Taxes in the UK

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com Part of the reason why so many people say this is their most expensive PCS and you get COLA is because of the many taxes you have to pay in the UK. Hopefully, This article will help you understand many of the taxes you'll face coming to the UK so… Continue reading Taxes in the UK

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What Does That Mean? Air Force Installation Agencies and Facilities

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com There has been a delay but I finally back to writing my "What does That Mean?" Series. I'm currently working with fellow military spouse and veteran bloggers to write on behalf of the other services because I definitely don't speak Army or Navy! My hope is this article will give… Continue reading What Does That Mean? Air Force Installation Agencies and Facilities

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Blended Retirement System (BRS)

Photo by Ibrahim Asad on Pexels.com I feel like this retirement system has actually been discussed a lot lately on the active duty side but many spouses still don't know about. I hope this article clarifies some concepts. How does it works? Your service member will get 40% of their base pay. The rest of… Continue reading Blended Retirement System (BRS)

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A Visit to Mildenhall

This is the lovely village of Mildenhall. It is close to the main bases and is large enough to have everything you need. Mildenhall St. Mary's Church Like most villages it does have a beautiful church in the city center. It happens to be on the High Street which is where most of the places… Continue reading A Visit to Mildenhall

Money

High 3 Retirement System

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com This is actually a fair short article because, if you break it down, military retirement isn't the complicated. I hope this is helpful to you. How does it work? Your spouse is entitled to this type of retirement after 20 years of service. They will get 50% of their base… Continue reading High 3 Retirement System

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Is that REALLY English?-Guide to British English

No, we speak American. You will not realize how different we are until you visit/live in a different country. There are many words used in England that are different from how we use it or just completely different words. Below are some examples that might be helpful to you: Booking-Appointment/reservation Diary-Calendar Post code-Zip code First… Continue reading Is that REALLY English?-Guide to British English