4 Money Challenges Military Members Face

Managing Debt

4 Money Challenges Military Members Face

4 Money Challenges Military Members Face

For members of the U.S. military — whether they are active-duty enlisted, Guard or Reserve — there is a common theme for many: low pay and high debt. These same soldiers find themselves on military bases surrounded by many offers to finally buy things they’ve always wanted, but could never afford. Some soldiers simply want… Read More

5 Homebuying Hiccups for Veterans to Avoid

Mortgages

5 Homebuying Hiccups for Veterans to Avoid

5 Homebuying Hiccups for Veterans to Avoid

Many homebuyers and agents shy away from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan program for fear that the process is too difficult or restrictions are too numerous. But if you’re a veteran in search of a mortgage, you don’t have to let these misconceptions drive you away from them. These government-backed mortgages are… Read More

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Students

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Single Parents & the Struggle to Pay for College

Paying for college is difficult for many families, but the burden can be even heavier for single parents. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that a four-year college costs approximately $22,000 per year. That number seems enormous, especially when you factor in that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, half of single mothers… Read More

Student Loans Make Affording College Easier…at a Cost

Students

Student Loans Make Affording College Easier…at a Cost

Student Loans Make Affording College Easier…at a Cost

For many young adults, the transition to college is one of the biggest moments of their lives – bringing with it the first time they will live on their own, and the first time they take financial responsibility for their future. However, the cost of college is often beyond their reach, and their college dreams… Read More

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Students

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Diana Muralles-Garcia expected her husband home for the Fourth of July in 2005. He was finishing his second tour in Afghanistan — he had already served three in Iraq — with the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, fulfilling a dream of studying medicine by working as an Army medic. He was coming to surprise… Read More

The Credit Card Perks Military Members Get

Credit Cards

The Credit Card Perks Military Members Get

The Credit Card Perks Military Members Get

Members of our armed forces who are on active duty, and their families, are faced with many unique challenges. Thankfully, they also receive several unexpected benefits — and that includes credit cards. The blog Military Money Manual, written by an active duty member of the Air Force, has learned that American Express will waive most… Read More

When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

Personal Finance

When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

When it comes to scandalous behavior by debt collectors, I thought I’d heard it all. This is an industry known for its bottom feeders, who routinely bully and intimidate the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Many debt collectors berate and humiliate people into paying off debts that never existed, and pursue people for years,… Read More

What Makes Your Mortgage Credit Score Different

Mortgages

What Makes Your Mortgage Credit Score Different

What Makes Your Mortgage Credit Score Different

When is your credit score not actually your credit score? How about when you’re applying for a home loan. I can’t count how many times a frustrated veteran has come to me demanding to know why the credit score they paid to obtain doesn’t match what a lender is telling them. Prospective homebuyers are often… Read More

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