Friday, May 29, 2015

LifeLock's Special Offer for Military Families

LifeLock is currently offering Military Members a free 30 day membership and 15% off subscriptions!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Who is eligible to visit the USO's?

I love USO's. They were first created back in WWII. Today there are over 160 locations in 14 different countries. Within the USA they are in over 27 states. They can be found at airports, military bases, busy city locations.

A common question is: Who is eligible to enter the USO's?
  • Anyone with a Valid ID. This could include Active Duty Members, Retirees, Guard/Reserve Members, and Dependents

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Raleigh/Durham Airport USO Review

We recently went to visit my brother who works at Fort Bragg last month. We flew into the Raleigh/Durham Airport and had a chance to check out their USO.

Here is our review....

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Investment Strategy as an Active Duty Military Member

I am only 28 but I am already thinking about retirement. Why?? Because I want to retire comfortably, I want to be able to travel and take my kids and grand-kids on cruises. In order to do this I need to have a plan. A big part of my plan is taking advantage of Roth Investments which will allow me to take out my money tax free. If I invest 1 million dollars over my lifetime and it grows to 3 million dollars, it means I get to keep every cent of the 3 million dollars. I don't have to pay anything to taxes.

Most people can contribute to a Roth-IRA. There are some exclusions like if you make too much money. You can contribute up to $5,500 dollars per year. When you hit 60 years old and retire you get to withdraw the money tax free.

Active Duty Military members and other government employees can also contribute to a similar account called a Roth-TSP. The government rolled out this plan in 2012.

What is the Roth-TSP?
  • It is a retirement/savings plan offered by the United States Government
  • It is funded from money that comes out of your paycheck 
  • You can contribute up to $18k per year
  • This money can be withdrawn tax-free when you retire

Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Experience With The Military Disney Discount

We just returned from a trip to Disneyland in California. I hadn't been since I was eight year old. I'm now 28, married with one kid and one of the way. We took advantage of the military discount while we were there and it was awesome!!

Here is my experience....
What is the Military Discount?
  • At Disneyland in California, it is a 3-day hopper pass for $132 per person ($41/day). The military member can get up to 6 tickets (including himself) at that rate. I got a ticket for me, my wife, her parents and two sisters. So we maxed out the deal and got all 6 tickets.
  • At Walt Disney World in Florida you get a 4-day hopper pass for $177 per person ($44/day)

How do I get the pass?? Here are 4 easy steps