The Great PCS Book Giveaway #4

Wow!  Things have been so busy here at The Paycheck Chronicles that there has hardly been space to squeeze in these book giveaways.  Today’s contest is for a copy of Shocked, Appalled and Dismayed! How To Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results.  The title is pretty self-explanatory and it’s got good tips and samples inside.

The question of the day:  Do you rent your home or do you own it?  Why did you make that choice?  Would you choose differently if you had the chance?

Here’s my answer:  We own the house we currently live in, but we’ll rent (or living in housing) when we move this month.  We bought here because it seemed like a smart move, and it has mostly worked out.  I like knowing that my kids can stay in the same school and there is no fear of losing our lease and having to move.  I hate it when things need to be fixed, and with a fifty year old house, things always need to be fixed.  It is expensive and inconvenient and I love being able to call a landlord or housing and saying “Come fix my broken stuff.”  If I had the chance to do it over again, I think I would buy again, but perhaps a different house.  I didn’t thoroughly anticipate how our family’s needs would change over the last six and and a half years.  When we moved in, our kids were 5, 4, 2 and 1.  Now they are 12, 10, 9 and 7  and while this is still a great house, it works differently for us now than it did when we bought it.

Same rules:  the contest is open for five days and will end at noon on Wednesday, June 9th.  Winner will be chosen by random number generator from appropriate comments.  Thanks for playing!

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.