to move or not to move, THAT is the question

As many of you know, hubby is being deployed in October. It is in our plans that we (or really, I) will be moving in with my parents around that time. Probably, September-ish. Recently, hubby was offered a job with his unit from now until deployment. While the commute is pretty hefty, the pay is much better than his other job, AND since the “job” with his unit were orders, he can keep his current job and get paid while he’s doing the one with his unit, well for the first 3 months anyway. Too wordy?

So the army has all of these fabulous ways for compensating their people, what with them putting their lives on the line and all.

One way is this pay called per diem. If I’m spelling it wrong, I’m sure Vanessa will tell me!

In this area, per diem is an extra $200 something dollars PER DAY, which would essentially be an extra $6,000 a month, not including his salary and BAH pay which is basically money they pay us to pay our rent. Did I mention that we’re saving for a house?

In order to qualify for this per diem, we have to live 50 miles from his unit. Guess how far we live?

47.5 miles away.

So hubby calls me this morning and suggests that we move and benefit from this extra cash. FOR FOUR MONTHS!

I don’t necessarily think it’s worth it.

Before you go all crazy on me and smack me around verbally, consider what a pain in the butt it is to move. Packing up all your crap, unpacking it only to pack and unpack again 4 months later.

Plus, our lease isn’t up until June, so we would have to break it. While we have every right to, because he has military orders and they basically break every contract you’ve gotten yourself into, I don’t really think it’s the right thing to do since we’re not moving closer to his unit, we’re moving further just so we can make an extra buck.

Ok, an extra 18,000 – 24,000 bucks, but still.

 Am I crazy? Are you all sitting there shaking your computer screens as if you were actually shaking me?

What to do?


7 Responses to “to move or not to move, THAT is the question”

  1. 1 girlymama April 16, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Could you just change your address? Your in-laws live in an apartment but their legal address is our house.

  2. 2 Jeremy April 16, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Unless you have 6 metric tons of stuff to move you pretty much have to do it. If you pack up now and move, you can keep most of your stuff packed so that when you move again in 4 months you’ll have less work to do.

  3. 3 DDTM April 16, 2007 at 12:17 pm


    If you don’t know, you better ask somebody!

  4. 4 R. April 16, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    ummm, your kidding right? You need to do this. That is major down payment money for the house. Its also good to point out that you don’t have anything taking up your time (read NO JOB). This means that the time to move shouldn’t be a hassle for you. I also agree that you don’t have to unpack everything in the 4 months you’ll be in your other place.

  5. 5 fancythis April 16, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    No girlymama, we have to have proof that we live there ie: lease agreement. Plus, we have to live 50 miles away in order to qualify, Mom and Dad are practically down the street!

  6. 6 lifelemons April 17, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Hmmmm…..Where do you plan on moving? Middletown? Wink Wink Nudge Nudge!

    I would do it for the extra money. Follow your husband on this one!

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