Top PCS Moving Tips

Moving is a lot more than getting your stuff from point A to point B. It’s a major life event. Without proper planning, a PCS move can squeeze your savings — and challenge your sanity. To help keep costs and headaches to a minimum, get ...

Kids and Credit: What They Need to Know

Parents, when your children turned 16, did you just toss them the keys to the family car and hope everything would work out for the best? Probably not, right? Instead, I’ll bet there were hours of driver’s education and countless ...

A 3-Step Plan for Your Deployment Stash of Cash

Forget finances — family, friends and fun were higher on my priority list. That’s how I felt when I stepped back on U.S. soil after my all-expenses-paid (if you leave out money spent on those pirated DVDs and a vast array of jewels) trip ...

Don’t Let New House or Car Bust Your Budget

Just because you can buy it, doesn’t mean you should. That basic financial rule of thumb is especially true when you’re shopping for a home or a car. “Never rely on lenders or dealers to tell you how much you can afford,” ...

New Car Buying: 5 Quick Tips

If buying a car were only as simple as buying a pack of gum — pick a flavor, plunk down a dollar and go on your way. The purchase of a new vehicle involves a tangled web of financial decisions that can make even an experienced car buyer’s ...

Emergency Fund: How to Save $1,000 in 30 Days

Life is constantly reminding us of how important it is to have some money set aside for the unexpected. Just recently at my house, our emergency fund has been used to cover expenses associated with my oldest daughter’s attempt to drive her ...

Used Car Buying Made Easier in 4 Steps

There’s a lot to be said for buying a quality used car. They’re generally less expensive than their new counterparts, and the first owner bears the brunt of depreciation. But if you’re in the market for a gently used vehicle ...

Sequestration: Tactics to Prepare Your Federal Paycheck

With no alternative plan emerging in Washington, D.C., $85 billion in automatic 2013 federal spending cuts are set to kick in on March 1, and the government’s response will affect the income of hundreds of thousands of federal workers, ...