Category Archives: money

OTS Packing Prep OTS Packing Prep


Packing for OTS makes me long for the carefree days of BMT preparation.  No, seriously, take me back to the days of a small backpack/duffle bag with as little as possible.  Get your pocketbook out if you’re heading to OTS – you’re going to be dropping a lot of cash.  That’s the bottom line.  Hopefully…
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3 Years = Meritorious Service 3 Years = Meritorious Service


Third time’s a charm!  Well, it’s a medal anyway. [Source] Today is the third anniversary of my enlistment in the Air Force Reserve – my Air Force birthday!  It means an increase of $15.20 for each drill weekend.  Seems like peanuts, but we’re moving forward and that’s always a good thing, right?   I only…
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I’m a Side Hustler! I’m a Side Hustler!


Yesterday was a big day for my guest posting, at least in my mind!  🙂  I’ve been exposed to personal finance blogs through my BFF Trinnie, who works in that industry.  One really popular blog out there is Budgets Are Sexy, written by the hip Mr. J. Money (J$)!  The blog is geared toward younger…
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BMT: Glasses BMT: Glasses


I started wearing After reading that, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and update my glasses.  I probably paid upwards of $100, and that was just to get new lenses – no special coating, no fancy material, nothing.  I paid out the nose and got an inferior product than I’d…
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BMT: Running Shoes BMT: Running Shoes


If you’re conditioning yourself for BMT, chances are you’re running.  At least, I hope you’re running.  Don’t wait for BMT to see how you fare at running.  But wait, let’s get back to shoes… A foot scan will determine necessary support.  When you arrive at the BMT reception center, one of the first things you’ll…
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BMT: Money Matters BMT: Money Matters


While service to country and a sense of duty is huge, most of us would like to be compensated for our military service. Before Leaving for BMT There’s a couple things beyond the normal establishment of direct deposit that you’ll want to look into prior to leaving.  The more prepared you are, the less you…
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BMT Essentials BMT Essentials


Now that I’ve delighted you with tales of PT, how about we get you stocked with your BMT essentials?  The “don’t leave home without it” stash is radically different between the civilian and the BMT worlds.  Blackberries, scads of lip balms, and my AETC Form 341 – Gimme your 341!  These are the words no…
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Ask and you shall receive! Ask and you shall receive!


And here I was, wishing UTA would get here already… On Tuesday I got served up with orders for a long, mandatory weekend of training in February.  You know, in addition to the normal UTA.  The March UTA isn’t far after that one.  Yes, it’s going to be a busy, busy February.  If nothing else,…
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