Financial Considerations For Families Retiring From The Military

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D As a family transitions from active duty to civilian life, changes in financial stability can be a major stressor, and many families are not prepared. Up to a year before retirement, families can participate in retirement classes to assist with questions and discuss realistic financial adjustments that will need to be considered. For example, according to a Marine with four dependents and a rank of E7 retires at 20 years […]

Journal It

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Your pen will not judge you. Just promise yourself that if you write about the bad, you need to share all the goodness in your journal too. For the past few years, I have been writing a book discussing the challenges involved with raising a child with autism while being in the military. Raising a child on the spectrum can be stressful and challenging, but with multiple PCS moves, […]

Financing A College Education

Saving for your child’s education while they are young should be a top priority when developing a financial plan for the future. Planning for college may mean putting money into a 529 plan, which grows tax-free as long as the earnings are used for college expenses. As your children get older, you’ll want to educate yourself on how to apply for the different financial aid, college loans and scholarship options. With college costs rising each […]

25+ Ways To Save Money On Home Heating Costs

Although there’s not much you can do about the price of fuel, there are ways to use less energy and lower your heating eating bills. And some of these changes may entitle you to federal tax credits that can add to your savings. PAYING FOR FUEL The most obvious way to save on home heating costs is to shop around for the best price on fuel. Here are a few tips: • If possible, lock […]