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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

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The good news is they can't spend much money while in bootcamp but there are a couple of things that you can do while they are away that will help them save some.

Car Insurance - if your recruit has a car and no one is going to be driving it while they are away. You can get "storage" insurance, which means you can basically drop all coverage except comprehensive. If they do not have a loan on the car, you could cancel the coverage completely according to our insurance agent. Our son's insurance now is only $25 per month - big difference! The insurance company can add the collision and liability coverage back on with a simple phone call when your sailor is ready to drive again.

Cell phones - I have found that this varies from carrier to carrier. We use AT & T (formerly Cingular) although our son's phone is on our family plan and the line itself only runs $10 per month between his texting package and taxes, it actually comes close to $25 per month for a phone that is just sitting on his desk!

I called AT & T and to suspend or put his phone on hold for a couple of months, they generously offered (BOO) to suspend service for a fee of just $10 per month! In essense we would pay the same cost for leaving the service on or suspending it. What a deal - right?!! In view of that, we left the service on but did remove the texting plan until he is able to return and that will cut the cost in half. We can add the text plan back with a simple phone call when he is ready for his phone.

I have heard that some of the other providers will allow you to suspend the coverage at no charge until they return.

Hope this helps!

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You may want to give your sailors the MONEY Talk the weekend they go thru PIR, once they get to their schools, they have all of the fun stuff McDonalds and exchanges. And they tend to go CRAZY when they can eat non military food etc... And there have been alot of kids that start eating out every day all of the time, and they don't realize the money they are spending until they can't pay their bills. And they don't seem to care that military food IS FREE. We saw that alot when we were in, and I have heard the same thing from my daughter since she has been in, and even she has experienced it. The kid who never spent money and used to charge her brother interest when she would loan him her allowance.
Have your kids opened a Navy Federal bank account? Kyle has a checking account, savings account, and a savings certificate that has a higher interest rate that he is having money automatically deposited each payday.
Yes, my husband is an old sailor and we love NFCU, everyone in our house has an account with them. Very nice folks, easy to work with no matter where you live or are stationed. Great rates on car loans, mortages and better interest rates than most. Our son is also having his payroll deposited directly to them.
Hi ladies! here is the site for moms looking for information about NFCU banking for their recruites:
LOL Barb, when my nephew completed battle stations last week and got his ball camp, they were given some down time which included trips to the Navy Ex as well as Taco Bell. He went to Taco Bell THREE times in one day!!
You are so right Barb. Our nephew arrived at A school about midnight on Friday, he flew there with another new sailor from the east coast. They found out that they are allowed to have cellphones, laptops, tvs, game systems such as xBox, etc. Sounds like all the comforts of home!!! The next day, this sailor went to the Navy Ex and when he walked in the door he had close to $2000 in his bank account, when he was done shopping he had ...$14 and a new tv set among some other comforts! Not only can they blow thru some money real quick after bootcamp but A school is really important and I have concerns about tvs, computers, game systems, etc. The good news is they have called home more in one weekend then they had the whole time in bootcamp so communications will get much easier after BC. But some coaching about how to manage money might be of value.
I totally agree,
This Sunday we are going to have the Money chat.
My son has signed up for everything, I think it may be a little overload right now.
I understand the Navy is telling him everything that is offered to him, BUT i think he is taking them up on all of it !!
LOL I think he is signed up to get an assosiates degree in Phychology, while he is on the air craft carrier ? LOL He isnt even out of boot camp yet :)
Our son has always been CHEAP with his money as he worked two years before enlisting so I don't think we will see this from him but we will be having a discussion as well when we see him after PIR. As far as signing up for schooling while on an air craft carrier - this is not a bad idea (really) once he is out to sea they will have lots of down time and this can be a great use of their time especially on sea duty. My husband completed two degrees while on sea duty and they have been very valuable to him in his civilian life (really).
That is awesome, I am so glad that the navy offers school at sea.
And I do hope Colton keeps his go get em' attitude, I just worry that he thinks he can run before he learns to walk.
As for us and money, well Colton had a job about 2 months in a movie theater, BUT it got in the way with his sport. And up until he joined *delayed entry* , his sport was taking him to university.
So he never has had to manage money. Other then the money mom gave him.
But he is level headed I think we will be ok.
He will be okay Molly, the Navy will set him straight about running before walking - LOL. Our son just turned 21 before hitting boot camp so he had an opportunity to work while in college and was bored with both but he kept a tight rein on his money and doubt if that will change. Plus they really need to know where they are heading after A school before they do any real shopping, their living space is going to be limited for a number of years ahead!
It is nice at 21 that he has a little more time & maturity under his belt.
Been to college, worked. He has a taste of the real world, and some sence about him.
Hi, when my daughter goes to "A" school in Pensecola, mean she can always eat free
on base???? Wow!!! I certainly hope she takes advantage of this opportunity.


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