Moving: New PCS Orders means ROADTRIP

That’s it! WE ARE MOVING! TO… 

SAN DIEGO, CA

I was really happy when I found out that we were going to PCS to San Diego, mostly because we vacationed there when we were dating. I really liked our experience there and I think we would fit right in.

YES, I am THAT new 20s military spouse that is learning her way one step at a time through the military lifestyle. It’s only been 2 months after all. Luckily, there are a lot of helpful websites/blogs (military.com & militaryspouse.com) and support groups/services offered to military families to guide them through their first (or more) PCS.

In a couple weeks, B and I will be PCS’ing for the first time since we got married. PCS stands for Permanent Change of Station. It’s basically moving from one duty station to another. I’ve know a couple of military families that were lucky enough to stay in the same place for years (it’s possible, but not the norm), the reality is that most are hit with last minute “Pack your things, you’re moving”! Nothing is usually permanent.

We have been looking at all our options for transportation from Norfolk to San Diego and we have decided to take our own vehicle and go on road trip! Yes — many have called us crazies. It’s a 38 hours drive after all (if all goes well!).

The main reason why we chose to DRIVE to the West: Discovering new places, we love traveling after all! I have been to the U.S. several times when I was younger, but mostly on the East coast. This is a great way for us to see more of America. We are really looking forward to seeing iconic wonders of the U.S. It is also our first BIG trip together since I became a MRS.

Yes, I know, it’s not a “vacation”. We are PCS’ing, but I have heard many military families driving to their next duty station.  We will stop several times during our trip — mainly because B will be doing most of the driving. I am not an experienced driver (only got my license in January 2015).

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Driving to the West coast means we will need to plan where we will be staying and what we will eat. It’s also ALL about BUDGETING. My sister drove from Louisiana to Virginia to come our wedding and she suggested many budget-friendly Bed and Breakfast places, so I will look into that. She also said that it’s very difficult to find good places to eat when you are on the road, since most exits only have fast food joints. I really want to avoid fast food. I know, I know it could save us a few bucks, but at the expense of our health.

Do you know any budget friendly restaurants and/or Bed & Breakfast places we could stay?

We are planning to stop in several states including NC, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas & Arizona.

Thanks for your input everyone!

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OFFER: 1$ drink at AMC Theaters

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If you are planning to head to the movie theatre, grab your 1$ ICEE drink by simply texting CHILL to 242424. A promotion code will be sent to you instantly, which will be scanned by the cashier at the concession.

We don’t usually go to AMC, mostly because we have a REGAL theatre near our place and they offer a military discount. However, this is a great deal if you are near an AMC and plan to watch a movie. 1$ a drink is pretty awesome, unless you prefer to bring a water bottle from home, then it’s 0$ 😉

Your welcome,

Elle ❤

Freebies Tuesday: Get your free cup of coffee!

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YES! #NationalCoffeeDay is in full effect, today only on September 29th, 2015 in the U.S.

I love freebies, especially COFFEE!

Here are some participating stores that are offering FREE coffee:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • WaWa
  • Whole Foods’

KRISPY KREME!

YOU BET that I will be there! I drink so much coffee in a day (I know it’s bad), but it keeps me going during the day. A plus is the glazed doughnut, MY FAVE!.

Enjoy

Elle ❤

Net Worth: September 2015

Note: I post my personal finance online, not to brag, but to keep myself accountable and to show my progress to financial freedom. I keep my identity hidden for security reasons.

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– This is in Canadian dollars. Since I don’t have a SSN yet, I can’t open a U.S. brokerage account.

I am 25, no student loans, no debt. I came to the U.S. with about 33,000$. We had immigration, wedding and living expenses, which explains why my net worth decreased in the past 6 months.