One Way To Save Money With A Military Move
Mr. W received orders for a new position in New York which meant we were moving, I personally dislike the process of moving. Don't get me wrong, I like to experience new places, I just don't care for all the work that goes along with it. Among my least favorite is finding a place to live. Deciding if living on base is right or finding a rental that fits our families needs. Scouring the web for good reviews on dentists, schools, and neighborhoods. You can see how this could get frustrating quickly right?
The Military gives you a set amount of money for moving called Dislocation Allowance (DLA). The DLA is used to offset the costs you acquire while you wait for a home on Base, or for a home on the Economy. In my opinion it's not nearly enough for my family of 5, especially if you end up waiting for a house on post. In our case housing was not available for at least one month. What we do with the DLA is our choice, but it was clear we didn’t want to spend $3,280 for a month in a hotel. We checked the area for something more economical, but unfortunately nothing was available.
In the past I have looked at living in a Camper full time and with the idea of saving money and paying off debt. I loved the simplistic idea of letting go of our many comforts and living with less. Once the planning was completed and the move began, we decided to save the money and rent a travel trailer.
Now mind you, this isn't as easy as I am making it sound. Especially having to leave this.
If you aren't used to small spaces you might get a little claustrophobic the first day. But it's doable for a short period of time. Our kids are over the moon with excitement. It is quiet, comfortable, and the greatest benefit is we parked it in a friends driveway so we aren't paying a lot fee. We are still getting internet and hook our computer up to the T.V. to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you have a good friend where you are moving and this option is available to you, I highly recommend it. We try and spend a lot of time outside, since the weather here is low 60's and we aren't on top of each other in the trailer.
The decision to do this made the transition from one duty station to the other less of a hardship financially and we were able to actually use some of the DLA to buy things we needed for our new home. If you can do without for a short time I believe the money you can save is worth it.