Optimizing Advance Pay during Military Transfer Season


Advance Pay is one of the awesome things about moving every 2-4 years in the military. The government will give you an interest-free advance on your pay with 12 months to pay it back! It’s a huge opportunity to take advantage of. In this post, we will talk about what to use Advance Pay for, how to optimize it for…

7 Lesson Learned by Debunking Retirement Plan Scammers, Gamers and Detractors


Retirement Plans, especially those sponsored by an employer (the 401K, 403b, and the TSP) are probably the most powerful and simple tool you have on your path to wealth. The TSP in particular automatically leverages the power of index investing for incredibly low fees. It has Roth and Traditional options, Targeted Retirement Funds, and starting in 2018 will come with…

Utilize the TSP’s low fees to supercharge your retirement


What if I said YOU could make 1% more in your retirement account, every year, for life? As far as things go, a 1% advantage is pretty good these days. The market isn’t returning twenty-odd percent like it did in the lead up to the '08 crash. I’m talking about the fee’s you pay to invest. Vanguard, which has some…

Why FIRE?


Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) As part of our pre-marriage financial summit, my wife and I took a long look at our retirement goals. At the time I hadn’t discovered Mr. Money Mustache or any of the FIRE crowd. What we found was pretty dismal. I had graduated from a top university with no debt, had worked with a generous salary for…

Financial Independence with the TSP and IRAs


In a previous post we discussed how the actual annual TSP (Military 401K) contribution limit is $18,000. Most military folks, and indeed the general public, don’t know you can max out your contributions at work and continue to save for retirement by using IRA’s, with all the tax benefits that come with these methods. This got even more confusing when…
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