Milspouse Fill-In Friday

I'm linking up with Wife of a Sailor for Milspouse Friday Fill-In today. If you're a milspouse, be sure to join the fun.

1. Since most of the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?
 I have been so jealous of the snow everyone is getting. Our weather is the same here year round since it is a tropical climate. We're in the rainy season now since we've had rain a couple of times this week but other than that it's been hot and sunny. I am so excited that I will get back to the States in time to see some cold weather. :)

2. What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?
I guess these aren't really money saving tips, just financial tips in general. I'm a big Dave Ramsey fan and alot of this is stuff that he recommends. I think most of it is common sense but that doesn't mean it's always easy to follow.

-Pay off your credit card every month- never carry a balance. (Dave says no credit cards at all but we bend this rule.)

-Do a monthly budget and stick to it. I use Mint.com and LOVE it.

-Set up an allotment to your savings/investments accounts. If you pay yourself before you even see your paycheck you'll never miss the money!

- Stay out of debt. If you can't afford to pay cash for something, you can't afford it. This means cars, furniture, electronics, etc. (We haven't always followed this but I hope we're able to in the future.)

I am definitely no financial wizard, but I think Dave's advice makes great sense. He says if you live like no one else now, you can live like no else later. :)

When it comes to shopping my biggest tip is to shop the clearance racks, use coupon codes, and don't be afraid to go to stores like Rugged Wearhouse, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. Yes, you have to be willing to spend the time to look, but you can find GREAT stuff! I do have to admit that I often come with stuff I don't necessarily *need*, though. :)

3. What was your favorite vehicle you’ve ever owned??
My favorite vehicle would be the car I had before we moved here. It was a 2006 Toyota Solara. It was the first (and last) brand new car I bought and I loved it. I called her Pearl. It was a sad day when I sold her but was necessary for our move. I'm looking forward to getting a new (used) car when we move back to the States! :)

4. What is a question you’d like to see asked in a future fill-in? (Your question & blog just may appear one week!)
I would like to see fellow milspouses answer to:
If you could live anywhere overseas, what would you pick and why?
I like this question because we live in Africa and  we will be moving to two other overseas posts. It's fun to see what places others would choose.

5. Fill in the blank: You might be a MilSpouse if….
You might be a milspouse if you plan your life around an upcoming move, only to find out that your orders have changed and you are moving somewhere totally different at a different time of year. And of course, you take all of this in stride, because that's what the military life is all about....

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)
Rebekah said...

I may be the only one, but I hate the cold and snow. I love living in CA now. It can get cold, but not like the cold in OK that's going on right now!

Ashley said...

haha -- I chuckled at the last one. I'm not a milspouse but my mom is a retired milspouse(aka dad retired from the Navy). I remember in Jr. High he had orders to Guam and ONE MONTH before we moved we got orders to Camp Pendelton, CA in TWO WEEKS. No one freaked out -- we were happy with the orders and took it in stride =)

Athena said...

I wish I could trade weather with you for a while!

My best friend is always telling me what Dave says. I need to start listening!

Have a great weekend!

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