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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

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

Money

Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Travel

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. Book Far Enough in Advance One of the keys to saving money on travel is to book far enough in… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Travel

Deployment

Deployments: Back in the Day vs Today

Today I'm reflecting how far, at least the Air Force has come in giving support to spouses during deployments. I'm a Key Spouse for my husband's squadron and I've actually been doing this a while (since 2011). I went to a Deployed Spouses Town Hall. This is basically a briefing letting people know about some… Continue reading Deployments: Back in the Day vs Today

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Things to Consider when PCSing Overseas

Cheers!!! 1. Save, save, save Moving anywhere--especially overseas--requires a lot of upfront money (the military will reimburse you a couple months after you move though). You have to put a deposit on a house, buy a car, pay taxes for things like your TV (yes that is a thing, I will write about it later)… Continue reading Things to Consider when PCSing Overseas