Military Money Matters


Military.com provides a very wide variety of services and great information for all military branches.  A great example of information that they provide is Money Matters.

I know that I can always use money advice, so let's take a look at what is offered this week.

7 Financial Moves Returning Reservists Need to Make

Some returning reservists find that they have been victims of identity theft, or that their money was mismanaged while they were away. If you want to ensure that your finances are protected, follow these seven steps ...

Protect Yourself Against ID Theft

The most common way to stop identity theft is to shred any important documents that have a credit card or Social Security number on it before throwing it away. But, some ambitious thieves have found ways around sorting through the trash to get victims' information.

Banish Debt Demons for Halloween

We can definitely enjoy a fun holiday event with our families, without putting ourselves into debt over $100-costumes and expensive treats - which will quickly take the fun out of Halloween.

New Tax Benefit for Reservists

On Aug. 17, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The act provides a tax benefit to reservists, strengthens pension funds, and provides important tax law changes.

It's Not Too Late to Have Spotless Credit

The credit score can work for you or against you. Those three little numbers can determine the fate of a job, credit card application, or your ability to buy a home. If your credit is less than perfect, you're not alone ...

Get the Most Bang For Your Auto Insurance Buck

For many military personnel, their first thought might be to get insurance for the lowest price. But while this thinking may be penny-wise, it could be a costly decision in the long run.

Spot Leasing Scams

Before you sign your name on the dotted line it's important for you to spot a leasing scam ...

Plastic Man: Don't Be That Guy

Last year Americans paid $14.8 billion in late payment and over-limit fees. In order to keep yourself fee free, simply try the following ...

Congress Congratulated for Protecting Military

A Congressional committee did the right thing by approving a 36-percent cap on payday loans to military personnel that will protect them from predatory lenders.

Is an Interest Only Home Loan a Good Choice for Military Families?

Recently, interest only home loans received plenty of negative press. All of these critiques have some validity, but there are times when interest only home loans are an appropriate choice for military families. 

100% Mortgages: The Low Down on No Money Down

Don't have the cash for the down payment on your dream house? Some brokerage firms offer up to 100% loan-to-value ratio mortgages. Before you decide to apply for a 100% mortgage, make sure you understand the following risks. 

Nine Steps to Begin Retirement Planning

The ebb and flow of the U.S. economy has made retirement saving without a plan difficult. If you do not have an IRA, TSP or any other type of retirement saving plan then it's time to start planning for your future. Here are nine retirement planning tips from Money Magazine.

Please...Say There's a Solution

It doesn't matter how rich you are, LTC demands roll over the family finances like an ocean. And, those medical costs often leave behind oceans of debt. 

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