Weekend Wrap-up: Military Personal Finance Articles You Should Read (6/10-6/16)

Enjoy this week’s version of the Weekend Wrap-up! Below are five of the top articles that I’ve read this week.  All of this week’s articles are from our military financial blogger community. So, without further ado, here are this week’s articles:

  1. Using USAA’s Financial Readiness Score  Doug Nordman’s article discusses his experience with USAA’s Financial Readiness tool.  In this article, he discusses his interview with USAA’s Susan Evans, AVP for Enterprise Advice Implementation.  If you’ve never used USAA’s Financial Readiness Score tool, it’s a great way to figure out where you stand, and to give yourself a ‘to-do’ list of quick-wins that can help you get to where you should be.
  2. Not All College Financial Aid Created Equal In this week’s article, USAA’s JJ Montanaro discusses the different types of financial aid.  Read this article to learn more about the difference between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
  3. Get to Know Your House  This article by Kate Horrell outlines some of the things you should look at when owning a home.  Taking the time to familiarize yourself with some of the basics of major systems like water, gas, sewer, and heating systems can help you save thousands of dollars in the long run.
  4. What Every Estate Planning Lawyer Wants You to Know About Death & Dying  This Forbes article points out five things you should know about estate planning.  Read on so you can learn some of the things that estate attorneys want their clients to know when looking at their estate planning needs.
  5. Three Utterly Obvious Ways to Build Wealth This article, by Jeff Rose, might seem pretty simple.  Quite frankly, if everyone followed these three steps, financial counseling might be a lot easier.

Also, if you missed them, you can catch this week’s Military in Transition articles:

Survivor Benefit Plan:  Resources You Need in One Blog Post.  This post is my attempt to corral all of the web’s available SBP resources into one, easy to access page.  Books, blog articles, online calculators, and links to other websites…please check them out here.  And if there’s an online resource that you don’t see in this post, leave a comment so I can add it!

Ten Questions With Ryan Guina  Read this article with Ryan Guina, if you’d like to learn more about life in the Air National Guard.  Ryan started off as an active Air Force member, then left active duty, became a professional blogger, then re-joined as a member of the Guard.  Learn more from Ryan’s experiences in this article!

If I missed an important article, please feel free to post a link in the blog comments.  Also, iIf you like this blog, please follow it or forward it on to other people who may benefit. Also, if you haven’t done so, feel free to join the Military in Transition Facebook Group!

About Forrest Baumhover

I'm a career naval officer, and a fee-only financial planner. Half-way through my career, I discovered that I had a passion for financial planning, and have pursued this as my second career. My specialty is working with military professionals who are looking to separate or retire from the service, and who feel they need some professional guidance to make sure they're on track.
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