Quoting EnnaBennaBanana:" Lol idk. My husband and I don't have alot and we spend pretty wisely. We don't go out and buy pointless ... [snip!] ... they have less then you. Everyone has different bills they have to pay and whatnot and you don't know everyone whole story. "
i didnt say everyone. i said that every family that i have met so far that constantly
complained about money and that were/are broke all the time right after pay day ALWAYS lived way outside their means.
and i am talking about people i got to know pretty well...
a family of 5 living on one pay check - the one of the soldier, who is only SPC - shouldnt go out buying bikes, new furniture, new cars, new tv, a wii etc every time they get paid.
but i also think people shouldnt complain about being broke or go around begging for money for gas or food when they live this way, no matter if they are in the military or not, if they live way outside of their means.
another example is someone that is stationed here she complains every month about how broke they are, but then posts pictures of a brand new bedroom set that was purchased because she was tired of the old one (absolutely nothing wrong with it, she just got tired of the look), flying to the states all the time, not to visit family but to go to vegas and get drunk and party, buying gaming chairs, new tv, fitness smurf they never use but costs hundreds of dollars. if you cant afford it you shouldnt buy it.
i usually dont care what anyone does with their money, but those people always try to get close to DH and i and expect hand outs from us. asking for $10 for gas almost daily "just to get home" or drive them around, asking for food or money for food. the one with 5 kids asked me multiple times to drive her to the food bank because they couldnt afford groceries after they had just gotten a new couch or bikes etc.
again those are just examples of people i know personally, i am absolutely not saying this applies to everyone.
i know that it can be hard in the military, especially if you live on one pay check. but it is do-able. i think the hardest thing is moving around and pre-paying for big things like hotels, gas etc until you have found a place to stay. then all the utilities that need to be paid with the deposits every time, the rental deposits every time.
those things have hurt our bank accounts a lot, since the army moved us around a lot in the last 4 1/2 years. but once that money is back its back to normal for us. thats why we always save as much money as possible in our "resting time".