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  • Jobs that Keep You Out of the Office!

    Jobs that Keep You Out of the Office!

    After a few years in the military, cubicles, spreadsheets and invoices may seem less tolerable than midnight ambush drills. In that case, an outdoor career may be much more suitable for a soldier. Luckily, the U.S. government, one of the top ten employers of veterans, offers careers in some of the best outdoor job agencies.  Five of the top fields are: U.S. Forest Service This nationwide agency helps to mainta…

  • Air Force Veteran Aaron Dykstra Shifts Gears to Building Bike Frames

    Air Force Veteran Aaron Dykstra Shifts Gears to Building Bike Frames

    Aaron Dykstra passed the down time on the flight line by imagining his life building bikes. More specifically, he wanted to build bike frames, the integral series of metal tubes that makes up a bike. “I spent a lot of time mapping out real basic stuff,” said Dykstra, a six-year Air Force veteran from the 94th Fighter Squadron. The wheels of his future business were already spinning in his head. With the exc…

  • New Report Shows Military Personnel Costs Spiraling Out of Control

    New Report Shows Military Personnel Costs Spiraling Out of Control

    A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows that the average cost to maintain an active duty soldier is now $99,000 a year, a 31 percent jump between 2000 and 2014. The continual increase is mainly caused by the increasing costs for military personnel, and operation and maintenance. The Department of Defense has been scrambling to cut costs, but the report predicts that it’s not going to be enoug…

  • Understanding SGLI Benefits

    Understanding SGLI Benefits

    Life insurance is one of those unpleasant yet necessary things to consider before you or a loved one is deployed. The military is a career choice that could put your life in danger, and fully understanding your life insurance options is an important step in being prepared for anything. Service members on active duty are automatically enrolled in in what is known as Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance or SGLI. …

  • Free Financial Planning Tools to Make Budgeting Easier

    Free Financial Planning Tools to Make Budgeting Easier

    No matter your financial security, everyone could benefit from a personal finance command center. More and more people are using online financial planning tools to help with budget creation, spend tracking from single and multi-income families and provide accountability to those trying to be more resourceful with their money. What are some of the other benefits? It’s Free There are many sites available at n…

  • Don't Forget Tax Day is April 15

    Don’t Forget Tax Day is April 15

    As Tax Day approaches, you may find yourself stressing out about finishing on time. Whether you are struggling to file correctly or simply forgot, Smart Military Money is here to help. First, let’s take a look back at our Military Tax Tips & Tricks series. Free Filing Options Don’t put off filing your taxes because you think it will be too expensive. Our first tax tips & tricks article outlined …

  • Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Filing Taxes Overseas

    Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Filing Taxes Overseas

    This post is the last in a three-part series covering tax tips and tricks for military members. This piece covers filing during a deployment and the different options you have while you’re overseas. One of the biggest setbacks for military families trying to file their taxes on time is collecting all of the necessary information and signatures during a deployment. Thankfully there are some ways to combat …

  • Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Deductions and Credits

    Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Deductions and Credits

    This post is the second in a three-part series covering tax tips and tricks for military members. For every hoop the IRS makes you jump through with rules and bureaucracy, there are an equal number of deductions, credits and types of filing to save money and time that just require a little digging to discover. This article features information about military tax deductions, earned income tax credits and fil…

  • Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Filing & Benefits

    Military Tax Tips & Tricks: Filing & Benefits

    This post is the first in a three-part series covering tax tips and tricks for military members. Tax season is upon us once again. Smart Military Money is dedicated to helping our readers file their taxes successfully while taking advantage of any opportunities and discounts available to active military, veterans and military families. Part one focuses on free tax filing services and provides a general ove…

  • What’s The Top Way to Boost Your Credit Score?

    What’s The Top Way to Boost Your Credit Score?

    If you're thinking about buying a home and need to improve your credit score, one of the fastest ways to accomplish this is to take a bite out of your debt. The big question is where to start. Here are a few things to consider before you start paying down in earnest. Understanding Your Debt It's important to make sure that you are aware of exactly how much you owe and where the problem areas are in your credit score. If you haven't already, start by obtaining your free credit report. …