Monday, September 5, 2016

Settling into life...

We've been in Florida for about a month now, and had a chance to do a few outings. First, we took the little bugger to the Lego store on the south side of Orlando. He had fun. Other than an extremely over priced lunch that went along with this outing, it was a good way to get out of the house and see things. Bugger has also decided he likes the beach. We've made two trips to the coast, and although he likes playing in the sand, he won't stick a toe in the water. With all the jelly fish on the beach, this could be a good thing.

This winter or should I say, "winter," I would like for us to get out a bit more. We'll use up some of the husband's vacation time doing a camping trip. Maybe we will do a run down to the keys. It'll be great being able to take our time on these trips and explore a bit.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

We've moved!

We're in Florida now, and life is going great. The husband's job is fairly low-stress, and isn't overly time consuming.

On the financial front, things are doing OK too. As a government employee, the husband now has access to a 403b, and a 457 plan, in addition to a separate retirement system the government contributes to. He also has access to an HSA, but due to some prescription medications he takes, we are not using a HDHP right now, and are going the traditional health insurance route.

We are trying to separate our life from the military as much as possible, but it hasn't happened quite yet. The husband has submitted his disability claim to the VA, and we are waiting to see what percentage he is awarded. From what I can tell, the amount will be between $100-$3,000/month. It's a big difference. I have no idea how long it will be before we hear anything, but I'm going to count myself lucky if we get anything from them at all before Thanksgiving.
I managed to get the TSP maxed for the year. Yay! But, now that the new job has started, we are trying to squeeze in another $18,000 of savings for the year. The 457 plan is great for early retirees as there are no early withdrawal penalties. We can take the money out as we need it.