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On the financial front: Army wife Mandy is here for you

By: Mandy Rebmann

Greetings from the vapor bath that is the Deep South in summer. This is our first summer stationed outside Ft. Benning, GA and boy, am I longing for a cool summer breeze off Lake Erie in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.

This is my first blog for Salute to Spouses and I am excited to get started! As a military spouse, I’ve really enjoyed reading these blogs and hope to add some useful information. I’ll be focusing on financial-related topics. 

Before becoming a stay-at-home mother to our first child, I have spent the last 12 years in the banking industry, concentrating on mortgages. To say it has been interesting and devastating is putting it mildly. I have witnessed, first-hand, the housing bubble, the collapse and the slow recovery. It has given me insight and a commitment to sound financial planning.

On the personal side, I have been married to my soldier for seven years, and we recently celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. We’re on our fourth PCS move, and have been living in Columbus, Georgia for about a year. One of the financial challenges we’ve faced is going from being DINKs (dual income, no kids) to single income, one kid; definitely an adjustment.

I’m incredibly lucky to have the chance to stay at home with our first baby, even though I do truly miss the relative freedom of the office. At least you get a guaranteed lunch break there. And, as I mentioned, I miss the paycheck. I also miss the feeling I get when I put my professional knowledge to good use. Recently, my husband needed some advice for one of his soldiers who is facing a mortgage issue. It felt good to dust off the cobwebs in that particular section of my brain. I’m expecting that writing for Salute to Spouses will be even more rewarding.

I’m truly looking forward to tackling my monthly blogs, sure to be written as I huddle in the frosty air conditioning, glancing outside to watch the sidewalk steam.



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