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Military Saves…

Ouch! Have you filled your tank recently? Gas in southern California is approaching $4/gallon. The unemployment numbers just came out and well, military spouses are not immune. Cheryl’s hours were cut. Abby lost her job to workforce reduction. Tiffany PCS’d with her husband and cannot find a job. Her income is sorely missed. Jason and Melanie PCS’d. They owned their home in Norfolk and could not sell it prior to PCS’ing. Now they are paying a mortgage on their first house and rent on their second. How are your finances? Our service members may be secure in their job, how secure is yours? More than ever it is important to “pay yourself’ first. Pay myself? Yup, pay ourselves … as in savings. There is a Department of Defense (DoD) supported initiative … Read entire article »

Filed under: DoD Blogger Round Table

Keeper of the Checkbook

“He has no idea where we are financially,” observed National Guard wife Stephanie. “I’m not asking him to take over the finances just be a part of the discussion.” Let’s face it, with the aggressive deployment schedule of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve components the military spouse becomes the ‘keeper of the checkbook.’ I took over the responsibility of the family finances during my husband’s first deployment. The original plan was Scott would take it over upon his return.  Read more here. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ameriforce Publishing

Milspouse – CEO’s at Home

Working from home is a dream of many women, not just military spouses. For military spouses a portable career based at home is golden. Let’s define three ways to work from home; independent business affiliation (Mary Kay, Amway, Pampered Chef), launch a business from your idea or concept (sewing, jewelry, translation services, photography), or work-from-home (often called telecommuting – transcription, virtual assistant). Before launching a business of any type assess your circumstances and characteristics. How much time do you have to devote to this business? Do you have space to store inventory? Have you discussed the impact of this business on your family with your spouse and older children? Are you a self-motivated person? Read more here. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kitsap Sun Columns

Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Employment has long been a challenge for military spouses. Building a career can feel like a pipe dream. The mobile nature of military service, while great for the career of our service member does not always ‘enhance’ our own resume. Add a downturn in the economy to that equation and mobile military spouses can find themselves unemployed or underemployed. Ah, but the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among military spouses. More and more spouses are looking for a mobile career and turning to home-based businesses and self-employment. Andrea turned her love of sewing into Ballie’s Bag and Baubles (www.bailliesbag.com). Betty loves making jewelry and launched Gambizzle Jewels (http://www.gambizzlejewels.storenvy.com/). Joanna was looking for a way to acknowledge spouses beyond a bouquet of flowers and launched Atta Girl Gifts (www.attagirlgifts.com). Stephanie … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kitsap Sun Columns