What a Retired Army Colonel Taught Me About Money

What a Retired Army Colonel Taught Me About Money

As a military member myself, I’ll be the first to say that most active duty service members have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to their finances.

It’s true that most people in general don’t have a clue, but it almost seems worse in the military.

That being said, when I do meet someone in the military who shares my love of finances, it’s an automatic friendship.

Enter my friend Eric. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and now a financial advisor for First Command.

With 20+ years in the service, Eric knows a thing or two about the military and he also knows about money. That’s a rare combination, which is what makes him so interesting.

Here’s what a retired Colonel taught me about money…

5 Tips to Help You Start Your Emergency Fund

5 Tips to Help You Start Your Emergency Fund

“How to Save” articles always include the tip “Build an emergency fund,” and for good reason. As its name implies, an emergency fund tides you over during unexpected events – like fires, accidents and sudden deaths in the family.

Essentially, it’s your last line of defense finance-wise, in case you end up in a situation where you have no other sources of cash.

That’s why it’s important you know how to build an emergency fund from the get-go. For that, here are some guidelines you can follow…

How Much Sleep Do You Need? It’s Probably Not 8 Hours

How Much Sleep Do You Need? It’s Probably Not 8 Hours

There’s plenty of information out there on sleep. It’s an exhausted topic (pun intended).

There are countless debates over how much sleep you really need; we all remember the timeless advice that you must get in your 8 hours.

Well first off that’s probably not how much you need. So how much?

We’ll get there, but let’s start by looking at how the 8 hour figure came to be…

Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: How to Focus Your Time on What Matters

Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: How to Focus Your Time on What Matters

We are always trading our time for something. Everything we do is a trade-off.

If you want to be happy, accomplish your goals and live a fulfilled life, you’ll have to stop focusing on what doesn’t matter and start focusing on what does.

How do you do that? You’ve got to take your time back. Start by spending less time on these 5 things…

5 Reasons That Prove I’ve Found the Best Web Hosting Company

5 Reasons That Prove I’ve Found the Best Web Hosting Company

After months of research, I’ve finally decided to switch MoneyMiniBlog to a new web hosting company.

I was so excited about this company that I had to share how awesome they’ve been.

Whether you’re looking for a web host, already with a web host or even if you don’t have a website yet, you need to see why this company is the best. This is an important change for MoneyMiniBlog. Not only will this site load faster and be more secure, but you won’t ever have to worry about it being down when you visit.

If you have a site or ever plan to have a site, you can save yourself the research and take advantage of all the work I’ve put in to finding the best web host. Here are all the details…

5 Simple Ways to Save Money When You’re a Student

5 Simple Ways to Save Money When You’re a Student

More often than not, college students are constantly facing shortage of money even if they have managed to acquire a student loan. While the funding may appear to be enough when you get it at the beginning of the term, it is not long before you realize that you will need to seriously budget to last it throughout. This is the hard part; budgeting, to make sure that you do not run out of money before you receive your next funding. However, it is not so difficult that you would term it impossible. I would like to list down a couple of saving tips for you college students.

How to Find That Next Big Sleeper Stock for Your Portfolio

How to Find That Next Big Sleeper Stock for Your Portfolio

If you have been active and following the markets through the first quarter in 2015, you will no doubt have heard of the amazing run in the biotechnology sector. The stocks that compose the biotech sector have had some of the hottest win streaks seen all year, with some being many hundred percent winners.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and feel the need to chase some of these monster movers, but as a trader, I prefer to dig down into the details and find the next big opportunity that I can ride for a monster win. The smarter play here is to recognize the opportunities before they become known to everyone else…

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