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United States Air Force
Personal Financial Management Program (Airman & Family Readiness Center)
575 Holzapple St.
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205
Resources are available to help you understand and manage your finances, including one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family with financial readiness. Services are designed to focus on money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing. Check out the information below to see what’s available at your installation.
Lower your financial toxicity, strategize for life in retirement and benefit in the “now” with a personal financial plan. The A&FRC has an Accredited Financial Counselor on staff and Community Readiness Consultants ready to assist with Blended Retirement, Thrift Savings Plan, budget planning, saving and investment strategies, vehicle or home buying. The Grand Forks Airman and Family Readiness Center offers a full range of educational, training, counseling, and information on financial issues. Financial computer programs are available to help set up a budget and spending plan, determine a debt repayment schedule, and identify financial need.
Prior to leaving your current assignment, be sure to contact your creditors to ensure they have a new mailing address and the billing cycle can be maintained. It is important that you make arrangements so that a surprise does not await you at your next base.
Contact the Grand Forks AFB, ND Airman and Family Readiness Center for information on personal financial management counseling as well as other financial matters that may be affected by your move. Plan for the unexpected while traveling. Is your automobile AAA membership paid up? Is your vehicle ready? Costs will double if you break down on the interstate and are forced to use a service station for repairs. Make sure to budget for these expenses which may occur.
Hotel/motel costs can be from $55 to $110 per night. The Warrior Inn on Grand Forks AFB has 4 pet-friendly units; plan to spend from $13 to $25 per day at off base boarding facilities.
An advance in pay is a LOAN! Contact your military pay center or civilian pay office for entitlement and other questions. The Grand Forks military pay center can be reached at 701-747-6302/6364. Their emergency phone number is 701-739-4997/4827.
The cost of living in Grand Forks (97) is below the national average (100), so Grand Forks is less expensive than the average city. The average home price ($166,308) is 53% below the national average home price ($359,352) with property taxes running approximately 48% below the national average. Rental averages for a one-bedroom apartment is $533 and two-bedroom apartments average $735. There is no cost of living allowance for the Grand Forks area. For information regarding advance pay, please contact the Grand Forks Air Force Base Accounting and Finance Office at 701-747-6302/6364.
Car Insurance Requirements
North Dakota state law requires all motor vehicles registered and operated in the state carry certain minimum insurance coverage. The coverage and minimum limits mandated by law are as follows:
The penalty for not complying with this North Dakota law (driving without liability insurance) is a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by a mandatory fine of at least $150. Additionally, if you are involved in any accident, the state will assess 14 points against your driver's license resulting in a suspension of your license.
The government credit card, as with all credit cards, must be paid in a timely manner. This requires submission of the travel voucher as soon as possible. Any charges placed on the care not paid directly by Defense Finance Accounting Service to the card company must be paid by the card holder no later than the specified date listed on the monthly statement. Late fees will be assessed if payment is not made in a timely manner. These late fees are the responsibility of the card holder and not the government. A failure to pay your bill when due may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the card holder.
Use your government credit card only for authorized expenses and make sure you stay within your daily allowances. Save all receipts, especially if your expenses exceed your authorizations since they may be tax-deductible items.
The bottom line is to use the government card only for official purposes and make payments in a timely manner.