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?
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
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
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
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
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
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. Find a Hobby or Goal This will help the time go by faster and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment… Continue reading 12 Things to Help Get You Through a Deployment
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….
The holidays can be a hectic time of year and even more so when you're PCSing. We've traveled on New Years' Day ourselves so I'll share some of the things we've experienced and learned from. Things May be Closed It's important to note that many of the places you need to go to, to get… Continue reading PCSing Over the Holidays
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?
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
Note that I'm not a counselor. This article is just providing you the information on where you can get help. If you feel like you might harm yourself right now, reach out to the resources below: Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) UK specific: Samaritans 116 123 If you look at many of the… Continue reading Let’s Talk Mental Health Resources
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
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)
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
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
Red Lodge is a cute little village about 15 minutes from the bases if there's no traffic. It can be 20 minutes or more if you're traveling at peak times. There are however a couple ways to get there, so you can avoid a certain route if it's busy or they are doing road work.… Continue reading A Visit to Red Lodge