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29Jul
29Jul

Financial Tips for Soldiers


Part III



                In my first article I highly emphasized the need for a 10% investing plan and a 10% emergency fund.  I stated that you should use direct depositing to feed your 2 saving plans.  I also admitted that I wished soldiers used direct depositing, so it would take money out of your hands.  In my second article I promoted the message to use index funds with your two savings plans.  I advocated stock indexes such as the Wilshire 5000 or S&P 500 for your 10% investing plan.  I also promoted using one of Barclay’s short or midrange indexes for your emergency fund.  Now I will present another financial opportunity for soldiers once their 10% investment plan grows large.  BUY RENTAL PROPERTIES!  Income real estate may sound like a “pie in the sky dream” to some people, but I believe it’s a good long range goal for my intended target audience.  Look at investing 10% of your income in index funds as a short or midrange strategy and rental property as your long range goal.  Allow me to support my advice.




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10Jul
10Jul

Financial Tips for Soldiers Part II

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Financial Tips for Soldiers

Part II

Introduction:

 

                In my last article I strongly advocated that soldiers should adopt 2 financial strategies that consisted of consistently maintaining a 10% investing plan and a 10% emergency fund.  I also advocated using direct deposit to fund these plans.  In this article I will discuss what investments are ideal for investing and emergency plans.  As I do this, I will focus on young soldiers who probably lack knowledge about investing.  With this in mind let’s start with the basics.

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30Jun
30Jun

Financial Tips for Soldiers: Part 1

0 Comments| Posted in h By William McKinney

 Financial Tips for Soldiers

Part I


 

                Over the years I couldn’t help but to noticed how many soldiers get paid on a Friday, and then they tend to be broke on Monday.  It’ also amazing how soldiers display a tremendous amount of discipline at work, but they lack this attribute with their personal finances.  When I was a private in the 80’s I was surprised by how many soldiers in the barracks lived a paycheck-to-paycheck life style.  The average soldiers I’m describing didn’t have to worry about food, shelter, utilities or health insurance.  For the most part, their income was completely disposable.  In other words, most of these soldiers didn’t have any bills, and they could use their money anyway they pleased.  Looking back, I think it’s a shame that few soldiers during my era saved or invested for the future.  The purpose of this article is to provide good financial advice to any young soldiers who want to learn how to manage their money well.  If I can help only one person I will consider this article a success.


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17Jun
17Jun

Helmets at CIF

Be prepared to clear CIF with this helpful advice on cleaning your gear and keeping it in excellent shape.

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06Jun
06Jun

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part III

 

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In this article I will discuss how to read and understand your clothing records.  I will confess up front that this aspect of clearing CIF is not my strongest attribute.  I have more knowledge about military gear, CIF’s standards and tips on cleaning equipment.  Over the years I have muddled through the process of helping my customers read their clothing records.  By reading equipment descriptions, asking my customers questions and comparing NSN numbers, I have been able to guide people in the right direction.  In some respects I have figured out clothing record information through a process of elimination.  If you want expert information in this area you can find it in official military sources such as “Common Table of Allowances 50-900.”  The information in this source is extensive, but it’s also time consuming to read.  For most soldiers, the information you can find at NCO Support.Com will be more useful.  Although I’m far from being an expert on this matter, I’ll provide you with some succinct tips.  Hopefully, this information will make it easier for you to understand your clothing record.

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30May
30May

Insider’s Tips on Clearing CIF

Part II

 

In my last article I gave many proactive tips about clearing CIF.  In this article I will shed light on CIF’s standards.  Knowing these standards will increase your chances to clear CIF on your first attempt.  Here is some of the basic concepts to keep in mind:

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09May
09May

The information you’re about to read is one of 4 articles on clearing CIF:  The future articles I will write will address the following issues:  1.) CIF standards 2.)  How to read your clothing records.  3.)  I will also provide you tips on cleaning your TA-50.  The information below is intended to make you more prepared for the day when you will need to clear CIF.

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02May
02May

Industry Expert Thoughts

 

John, Bradley’s is striving to give our audience inside information about the military retail industry.  We want to help our readers become informed customers.  Before we begin discussing issues surrounding our industry, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is John Ottaviano, and I’m the Director of Sales & Marketing at Rothco.  I’ve been at Rothco for 25 years as of last month, supplying retailers around the globe with military and outdoor clothing and accessories.  Previous to working at Rothco, I spent a number of years as a district manager for a regional discount chain, so I know retail by both sides of the fence, and I have a pretty good understanding of the challenges today’s retailers face.

What are the biggest changes you have witnessed in the military retail industry?  Tell me about the opportunities that exist in the military retail industry.

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29Apr
29Apr

Becoming knowledgeable about the military retail industry isn’t overly difficult, it only requires being exposed to the right sources of information and building your level of experience.

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24Apr
24Apr

 

          Where were you when the lights went out?  I was getting my solar powered/ windup  flashlight with radio.  Personally I am afraid of the dark and can’t stand not knowing what’s going on when my electricity leaves me in the lurch.  In the past I've reached for my radio and flashlight only to find that the same thing always happens: My batteries are dead and I can't find any extra ones to save my life. That's the beauty of solar powered emergency equipment though.  The solar energy from the sun provides you with a reliable resource even in the most unreliable situations. 

 

         These unreliable situations can create several detriments in the form of fear and anxieties.  When you are panicing or feeling anxious you are more likely to make poor decisions that may make the situation even worse. Not being able to hear the news and know what's going on and how the emergency response teams are handling the situation can cause a paralyzing response to the situation and potentially risk your safety.

 

           In addition to having a flashlight and radio handy, one should have a cell phone nearby in order to call for help.  Another important thing to consider is how you would charge your cell phone without any electricty.  A phone can often times mean the difference between life and death.  Being able to make an emergency call can be essential to your survival.

           These items even have many benefits outside of emergency situation.  They are portable, great for camping, and recharge quickly.  Many can also be hand cranked or charged through your laptop or PC.


           Solar powered gadgets are not only for natural disasters but make great items for survivalists, adverntures, hikers, scouting, camping.  Items like the solar speakers are perfect for any outdoor activities. 

 

          Bradley's has just the right equipment/gadgets to assist you in overcoming the obstacles that come with power outages, storms, natural disasters and more.  Our solar power/windup flashlight with radio is only one of the products that we offer.  We also offer a solar powered cell phone charger as well as variety of other important solar powered equipment.  See our YouTube video HERE on facebook to view some of our solar powered products.   You may purchase these at our web site HERE or call us at 1 (800) 503-4954.

 

         For more information on solar power for emergencies visit http://www.all-things-emergency-prepared.com/advantages-of-solar-power.htm

 

         Befriend us on facebook and sign up for our email newsletter now and we will send u a P38 a military small hand held operated can opener.  It was used in the past to open C-rations when soldiers were in the field.


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