Archive for the ‘Finances’ Category

Staycation Fun Blog Carnival

Gas prices are going up, and it seems like our dollars aren’t going as far.  The good news is that there is cheap fun to be had most anywhere you find yourself.  Here are some fun places to go all across America. New England Connecticut – Parenting Miracles Boston, Massachusetts – ‎ Maven of Savin’ [...]

How to Read a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES): Identification and Entitlements

When I first started reading my leave and earnings statement (LES), it was a little like reading Greek.  Now, just remembering how to access a Leave and Earnings Statement is tricky.  There is so much information on the statement that it can be hard to pick out the truly necessary information.  This is the first [...]

Several Ways Couponing Has Revolutionized This Family’s Life

Couponing is a good thing, even a great thing.  There has been a lot of attention paid to couponing lately because of TLC’s new show, Extreme Couponing.  Personally, I don’t like the show very much.  The TV program generates unrealistic expectations about the money saved while using coupons, and it misses the larger point. It’s [...]

Lions, and Tigers, and Government Shutdown….Oh My!

If Congress does not pass either a budget or a continuing resolution before 0000 (midnight) on April 9, the government will shut down.  According to this Navy Times article, a government shutdown means that the Department of Defense will not have the funds available to pay military members, and commissaries will shut down.  We will [...]

Tax Time Tips

The Tax Man’s a-comin’!!! It’s that time of year again.  While we won’t get into the politics of taxes, they need to be paid.  If your spouse is at sea, that can be a little tricky.  Even if your spouse is not at sea, finding a place to get your taxes done when you’re new [...]

Why Meal Planning is Important

My Grandmother used to plan a menu every week.  She would sit down at the table with her recipes (she never actually used them), and write out what the meals were for every day of the week.   It took her about an hour because she was meticulous.  She would plan the first meal (usually Sunday Dinner), [...]

My First Foray into Targeted Coupon Shopping (Or How Not to Save Money While Shopping)

Until a couple of weeks ago, my method for grocery shopping was pretty straightforward.  My monthly schedule was:  Commissary:  One time per month Costco:  One time per month Wally-World:  one or two times per month For the most part, this worked for me.  Staying out of the stores is a good way to keep your [...]

Budgeting 101

My Grandma used to say to me, “use your head and save your heels.”  That adage is applicable in all areas of life, but we’re going to apply it to money.  In the area of budgeting, a little forethought will save a ton of trouble for your future selves.  People often think of a budget [...]

How to Access Your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)

Do you know how much money your spouse is getting paid?  A surprising amount of people really don’t know. The way to find out is to get a copy of your spouse’s LES.   Accessing a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) can seem daunting at first, but it’s really pretty easy once you know what to do and [...]

Goals for 2011

        “To reach a port we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.” ~Franklin Roosevelt   This is the time of year when many people are making (or have made) resolutions and are frantically working towards them.  Actually, this is the time of year that many people decide to drop their [...]