Tales of deployment: An Army Reserve wife counts her blessings
Six months after having decided to junk my corporate job and freelance so I could devote more energy to three needy little boys and work on a book project I've been dreaming about, we're really strapped for cash. My husband has been decidedly under-employed and the mortgage and utility payments were starting to slip. $2,500 a month could be stretched to pay the bills if we were caught up; but we never got caught up.So when he heads off to Ft. something-or-other, for training up in July, I'll be sad but counting my blessings, to the tune of a tripling of our monthly income once he's overseas, and an immediate reduction in expenses for our already-frugal household; mobilized soldiers get full health and dental benefits for their family and I'll have one less mouth to feed. Other than a little babysitting here and there ($100 or $150 a month), I can't foresee any increase in costs.
Instead, I'm planning an Army wife gift to herself: a new wood stove that will replace our $200+/month gas heating bill and a lot of spare income to pay down old debts. So my husband is going to Iraq, and while I'll worry about his safety, I'll breathe a sigh of relief over my finances.