Budgeting Smart Military Money

  • Partner Up For Passive Income

    Partner Up For Passive Income

    Passive income sounds like a sweet deal. You set something up, then you sit back and let the money roll in. You can be an author and collect royalties. You can invest and make money off of interest. You can set up an ad campaign on your blog and earn income every time someone clicks on one of the ads. You can be a landlord and rent out property, and this is one of the more popular passive income options. These are…

  • Can the Caviar: 5 Signs You're Living Beyond Your Means

    Can the Caviar: 5 Signs You’re Living Beyond Your Means

    Have you checked your finances lately? Are you financially fit? If you feel like money is going out at a faster rate than you can bring it in, you may be living beyond your means. Here are five tell-tale signs that could spell trouble for your financial health. Your savings won’t cover at least six months of expenses An emergency fund is money tucked aside for an unexpected, costly event such as a medical eme…

  • The Maker’s Mark Lesson: Do Your Budget Right

    The Maker’s Mark Lesson: Do Your Budget Right

    If you’re going to take the time to do something, you should do it right. For example, take a look at the recent debacle concerning Maker’s Mark. In order to meet increased demand, the company proposed the idea of watering down its whiskey. Now, if you drink whiskey, you might find such an idea to be quite offensive, and you wouldn't be alone. A large number of Maker’s Mark fans protested this solution, event…

  • This Eco-Friendly Mom Has Saved $113,000. Here's How She Did It

    This Eco-Friendly Mom Has Saved $113,000. Here’s How She Did It

    We've all seen "going green" become an increasingly popular trend in recent years. Whether that means recycling, buying an eco-friendly car or conserving energy, environmental consciousness is important for the planet and for our resources. But what you might not know is that it can be important for your wallet, too. You could even save up to $113,000. Many people think of going green as a costly endeavor. Althoug…

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About CDs (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    Everything You Wanted to Know About CDs (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    No, we're not talking about compact discs. Certificates of Deposit, better known as CDs, are one of the most common banking services available. But what exactly are they, and would they make a smart investment for you? It depends. They are more complicated than a conventional savings account, but they could be worth researching. Traditional and New CDs Traditional CD rules are very simple: you have a fix…

  • How To Prioritize Payments And Get Out Of Debt

    How To Prioritize Payments And Get Out Of Debt

    With the pocketbook shock of the holidays behind us, many decide to take advantage of the new year and make a resolution to manage finances responsibly. For most, this means sticking to a budget, living within their means, relying on credit less often and, of course, getting out of debt. Realizing your debt is split between the mortgage, car loan, student loans, credit card and personal debt makes beginning the ta…

  • 13 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

    13 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

    Modeling responsible financial behaviors goes a long way toward teaching kids about money. But there are also some wonderful age-appropriate resources and activities you can use to make the lessons more fun. What's the best way to raise your kids to know the value of a dollar? Cash Conversations For the youngest children, a general introduction to the concept of money is key. Talk about different pieces …

  • The Military Guide On How to Ask for a Raise

    The Military Guide On How to Ask for a Raise

    Asking for a raise is an issue that creates tension for many people. And if you're in the military or are a military spouse, you probably haven't had to ask for raise before in your career. But now you've taken on more responsibilities for the same pay or you've been in the military or other occupation for a certain amount of time, and the day has come for you to approach your boss or supervisor with a respectful …

  • From Holiday to Everyday: Upcycling Christmas Items Into Year-Round Decor

    From Holiday to Everyday: Upcycling Christmas Items Into Year-Round Decor

    How long do you leave your decorations up after the holidays wrap up? For many households, the social stigma of being one of those people (the ones who leave their tree and all the trimmings up long past Christmas) creates pressure to take things down as soon as the new year begins. Sometimes it can feel like you're pulling stuff down almost as soon as you get it put up. With just a little bit of editing and s…

  • 8 Financial New Year's Resolutions

    8 Financial New Year’s Resolutions

    A new year is upon us! What new year's resolutions do you have for 2014? Do you want to improve your financial situation this year? Here are 8 financial new year's resolutions to consider. 1) Spend Less and Save More This is the first step to financial success. If more is going out than coming in, then the rest of the financial resolutions don't matter. Two things all of us can do is stop the impulse buy…