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Do I Have to Tip the Commissary Baggers?

A commissary bagger bags groceries at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airman 1st Class Tony R. Ritter/Air Force

Dear Q&B, I'm a new military spouse. The other day, I shopped at the commissary and a bagger helped me out to my car. I've been shopping at grocery stores with baggers all my life and I never gave any of them tips. But the other day, someone told me that we have to tip the commissary baggers because they don't get paid otherwise. Do they really work for free? Sincerely, Commissary Newbie Dear Newbie, Fact: You don't have to do ... more

Does the Commissary Raise Prices on Payday?

How commissary pricing works

Dear Q&B, The prices at the commissary change a lot, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason. Someone told me they raise the prices near payday when a lot of people are shopping, and then lower them again a few days later. Is that true? Sincerely, Shopper Dear Shopper, What you heard is partially true, and partially not true. Here's the deal: The commissary's pricing plan doesn't work like other grocery stores. Instead, t... more

I Forgot to Register My Child for Tricare

How to register you child with Tricare.

Dear Q&B, I'm not sure how it happened, but I totally forgot to register my newborn daughter in DEERS or for Tricare -- and I didn't realize it until we started receiving medical bills after her first birthday. I feel so stupid. We had some pretty big bills, too, including an ambulance ride. Will Tricare cover those retroactively if we get her registered now? Sincerely, Scatterbrained Mom Dear Mom, I know you were probably real... more

Can a JAG Help Me Divorce My Service Member?

Just Divorced

Dear Q&B, I heard that I can go to the on-base JAG to help me get a divorce from my service member, but only if he hasn’t beat me there first. I was told they can only help one of us. Is that true? Sincerely, Can’t Take It Anymore Dear Can’t Take It, Deciding to pursue a divorce is a big decision. We are not lawyers here at the Questions and Benefits team, so please seek actual legal advice in addition to our help.  Like man... more

How Can I Get a Government Travel Card for My Military Move?

Government travel card

Dear Q&B, I heard that the government travel card is supposed to be used for all military moves in the Army, but my unit says it’s only for temporary duty travel, so they won’t issue me one. I’m headed overseas with my family of five and being able to pay with the government travel card would really help my finances. How can I convince my unit to give me one? Sincerely, Let Me Use Plastic Dear Plastic, Like many finance issues, the mandat... more

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