My youngest son came home from school yesterday (he’s 9), and said he needed to sell 50 items so he could get $50 from school in order to help his family buy a house. That raised my eyebrow to say the least. Then he told me his school is doing a fund-raiser, if they sale 50 items, they get $50 in cash as a prize. Now let me give you the story behind the whole “buy my family a house” line.
About a week ago, I informed my family that I am placing us on a very strict budget (of course that was followed by many moans). The reason for the strict budget is to accomplish 3 things; get our truck loan paid off 2 years early, save $25,000 for a down payment on a house, and to start doing a better job of saving for retirement (which is fast approaching), and all of this is to be accomplished by this time next year (so 1 year is the goal).
But wait my husband is in the Military, why bother buying a house? Simple, really. My husband has been in for 17 years, which means retirement is right around the corner. Although, he does plan on staying in for 25 (just for that extra little bit of pay). So this means we have about 7-8 years left, which would normally mean 2 more duty station moves. However, due to our children’s ages and grade levels, our next duty station should be our last as we will be able to claim stabilization status (when your child is a junior in high school you are allowed to stay put until they graduate, and our children will do this back to back).
Now we should come down on orders any day now and we have requested Fort Hood (I am from Dallas, so this is perfect for us). Fort Hood is where we will retire, so why not go ahead and buy a house so most of the mortgage will get paid off while still in the Military (we want to do a 15 year loan)? We don’t want to use a VA Loan as we will eventually move after all the kids have graduated which means we will want to rent out the house (something you cannot do with a VA or FHA loan). So to prepare for this we want to save $25,000 for a down payment.
Now my youngest son, knowing that we are saving money for a house, immediately decided he wanted to sale 50 items so he could get $50 and help his family buy our house. Not spend the money on toys or candy, but to help his family buy a house. How thoughtful is that?
So on that note, if you would like to help Clayton reach his goal of selling 50 items, please go to http://www.gaschoolstore.com/Login/Index , you will be brought to a “login form”. In order for Clayton to receive credit, enter 22FTC8C in the STUDENT ONLINE ID field of the form. Once you login, at the very top you should see in yellow text “Thank You For Supporting Clayton.” There are tons of magazines and gifts available for purchase. Each magazine subscription purchased counts as 2 items for Clayton. So please share this with all you know and help our son “buy us a house”!