When military personnel deploy, their families who are left behind will need to decide whether to stay put on or by the military installation or move back home to be closer to friends and family. But is it actually cost effective to move back home during your spouse’s deployment?
The Military Will Not Finance Your Move
The military will not finance a move unless it is for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) linked to your spouse’s job in another state or country. That means if you are hoping for financial support or assistance from the military to move back home while your spouse is deployed, you will need to look elsewhere for help.
Military spouses and children who wish to move back home during the servicemember’s deployment will need to pay for all of their own moving expenses, including flights, storage fees and pet travel.
Living Expenses Can Be Cheaper If You Move Back in with Your Parents
Some military spouses accept the offer to move back in with their parents so that they will not have to worry about rent or other bills during their spouse’s deployment. If you choose to go down this route, you will need to balance all of your moving expenses, along with day-to-day expenses to see if it would actually be cost effective to move back in with your parents during your spouse’s deployment.
However, moving back in with your parents can be a step back, rather than forward, especially when you have managed your own household and family expenses for years.
Staying Put Allows You to Save on Moving Expenses
Staying put is often one of the most cost effective solutions during deployment as well as the least stressful. Military spouses who stay where they are can avoid the stress of uprooting their children from school, terminating their rental agreement early and then looking for alternative accommodation when their spouse returns.
If you are currently employed, you can keep your job during your spouse’s deployment if you stay put, rather than resign and take a cut in pay as you either look for a new job or become a stay-at-home parent.
Before you decide to move back home during your spouse’s deployment, you should weigh all of your options carefully. The military will not finance your move, including your storage and pet travel expenses. Depending on how much you take with you’re your moving costs can quickly skyrocket. Moving back in with your parents may seem like a cost effective solution to help you save money while your spouse is gone, but this is not necessarily so. Staying put allows you to save money on moving expenses and to keep your job if you are currently employed.