Four years ago, at 22 years old I made the decision to move across the country to be with my then boyfriend. Although we’ve known each other since middle school, we had been dating less than a year before I packed my bags and headed west for Camp Pendleton.
People thought I was crazy, but it was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. So the military gives young people some great incentives to get married and have children like a housing allowance and the ability to leave the barracks for example.
All things they should have, but when I moved we purposely decided not to get married as soon as I got there in fear of doing it for the monetary benefits. Obviously, that shouldn’t be a reason anyone gets married.
We struggled a lot, a marine corporal salary is ~$25k/year and I worked part-time for minimum wage while going back to school. We paid $650/month to rent a room and $550 for my room back home that I didn’t wait the lease out on. That was $1,200 on rent while we brought in around $3,100/month – almost 40% of our income.
We ended up getting married after realizing our relationship was for the long haul (and still is 2 years out of the military). After we got married our monthly income rose to about $6,700/month.
But guess what? While we thought we’d be in better shape financially it wasn’t until February of 2018, almost two years later, that we actually got our shit together.
We didn’t make more money and save more money, we made more money and spent more money. Does more income help? Of course, but only if you let it.
Four years ago I’m truly not sure how we managed in California on $3,100/month and no budget. As Leo’s contract was ending I wasn’t sure how we’d manage with no housing allowance or consistent income in California.
Now, two years out of the military and we are in better financial shape than I could’ve imagined, while I work two jobs and we are on track to pay off $76k in 24 months.
I share all this to say, keep pushing, work hard and budget your income. That’s really what it took for us and I want everyone else to feel as secure as we do now. It wasn’t always this way, but it’s been worth every single hard thing I’ve had to do.
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Millennials — Design do Novo Milénio | PDB’19, Present Tense
— curador José Bártolo [design gráfico Atelier d'alves; projeto expositivo Tiago Casanova]
PARTICIPANTES: ARK.Amsterdam; Center For Future Publishing; Clemens Brück; Daniel Sousa; Demian Conrad; FoundlandCollective; Henrique Nascimento & Erik Vlemmix; inhabitants-tv.org; Ira Ivanova; Tae Castro, to the unkown; João Miranda; Lyft Creative Studio; Martin Gnadt, Pascal Schönegg, Denis Yilmaz; Oupas! design; Rita Matos; Serafim Mendes & Mecha Studio; Studio Formafantasma; Tomba Lobos; Trapped in Suburbia by courtesy of Graphic Matters.
19.09—17.11.2019 | inaug. 22:00
Galeria Municipal do Porto
Millennials — New Millennium Design | PDB’19, Present Tense
— curator José Bártolo [graphic design Atelier d'alves; exhibition project Tiago Casanova]
PARTICIPANTS: ARK.Amsterdam; Center for Future Publishing; Clemens Brück; Daniel Sousa; Demian Conrad; Foundland Collective; Henrique Nascimento & Erik Vlemmix; inhabitants-tv.org; Ira Ivanova; João Castro, to the unkown; João Miranda; Lyft Creative Studio; Martin Gnadt, Pascal Schönegg, Denis Yilmaz; Oupas! Design; Rita Matos; Serafim Mendes & Mecha Studio; Studio Formafantasma; Tomba Lobos; Trapped in Suburbia by courtesy of Graphic Matters.
19.09—17.11.2019 | open. 10 pm
Galeria Municipal do Porto
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