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    My fiancé and I are getting married next month.. He is stationed at fort hood. I have been looking at housing on and off post. I'm leaning more toward on post. Any advice? I have a child from a previous relationship that will be moving with me. I am currently in school and will be finishing my bachelors (1 more semester). Is it possible to live off an e4s salary with a child? Or should I find a job? How is childcare at hood? I need help and guidance!!! ) thanks ladies
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    I like post housing. Getting into housing though might be a pain. Post is currently remodeling/demolishing the main neighborhood for enlisted/jr ncos with only 1-2 dependents. Just keep that in mind. For off post housing (since you may not have any other choice) stay away from downtown Killeen. You want Copperas Cove, Harker Heights or the far side of the highway. We live off an E4's salary but no kiddos yet. I work though (for now) just to make things more comfortable. The budget will get tighter once the baby is born. I havent heard good things about childcare in the area but I, obviously, have no first hand experience there. Anything else?

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    My husband is an E4 Specialist and we make do on his salary with BAH and everything off post. I like our neighborhood and we haven't had any problems. It's decently priced for the amount of space we get.

    Child care, stick to on post. First hand, I have no experience with any actual child care places but from what I've seen I wouldn't put my daughter anywhere besides the CDC on post.

    If you have questions about budgeting, housing, places to live etc. just let me know I can answer it the best I can!


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    OH just a thought too, they have an assistance program called CCMS that helps with child care expenses. I used to be on it when it was just me and DD before I met DH! It helped pay for some of the costs of daycare while I was working it in school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amandalouwho2 View Post
    My husband is an E4 Specialist and we make do on his salary with BAH and everything off post. I like our neighborhood and we haven't had any problems. It's decently priced for the amount of space we get.

    Child care, stick to on post. First hand, I have no experience with any actual child care places but from what I've seen I wouldn't put my daughter anywhere besides the CDC on post.

    If you have questions about budgeting, housing, places to live etc. just let me know I can answer it the best I can!


    Just to expand on the CDC child care. There is a long wait list and I've heard that the CDC will always put officers children in the program above enlisted, so while you should check into it if you need childcare, dont hold your breath that it will be easy to get into.

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    Amanda, do you work as well? And you have kids? I may need to take a semester off from school and just work and get us settled in. I have really no one to help with any of this! So I really appreciate all of y'all's comments and advice!!

    My hubby is an e4 as well.. So hopefully we could make it work... If you don't mind me asking, are you on any government assistance? Should we try applying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copeland02 View Post
    Amanda, do you work as well? And you have kids? I may need to take a semester off from school and just work and get us settled in. I have really no one to help with any of this! So I really appreciate all of y'all's comments and advice!!

    My hubby is an e4 as well.. So hopefully we could make it work... If you don't mind me asking, are you on any government assistance? Should we try applying?
    I literally just started working a new job last week, it took me months to find something because unfortunately the Killeen area is slim to none on pickings for jobs! It's a tough market especially if you do have kids and a husband with an erratic work schedule like mine does

    We have a 3 (almost 4!) year old daughter! She is staying with my grandmother right now while I work in Austin (it's a drive for sure) and my husband is an MP 911 dispatcher on Hood so his schedule is all over the place.

    Bill wise, we are able to budget out money for our 2 car payments, phone bill, utilities, cable/internet and rent and have enough for groceries and gas money to suffice the month! I told him even with my paycheck we still need to "live poor" like we have been so we can pay off some of my student loan debt and get our car payments done. We're eventually going to look at buying a house in the Salado/Jarrell/Georgetown area just because this is where I'm from and my family is all here but that won't be later until he is closer to getting out from his med board.

    Okay, anywho, government assistance, we are on WIC and we aren't even going to be using it starting next month since I have my job now. We qualified for WIC but that was all we applied for, my hubby is kind of a stubborn ass when it comes to any kind of assistance, he would rather not and I don't mind that because we have a good family support system down here.

    But basically, you can totally make it work with the amount he will get on an E-4 salary and BAH pay for this area. It's an estimated $2900 we get after taxes and we make that work easily.


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    We aren't on public assistance but with my job we dont qualify either. DH wants to avoid it but he may have to take a hit to his pride once the baby is here. Its pretty normal here though. One thing I've noticed since being stationed at Ft Hood is that the vast majority of soldiers with children E6 and under are on some form of public assistance. Pretty sure its just the local economy here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost&faraway View Post
    We aren't on public assistance but with my job we dont qualify either. DH wants to avoid it but he may have to take a hit to his pride once the baby is here. Its pretty normal here though. One thing I've noticed since being stationed at Ft Hood is that the vast majority of soldiers with children E6 and under are on some form of public assistance. Pretty sure its just the local economy here.
    WIC is extremely helpful and I was on CCMS before I met DH to help pay for some of my child care expenses, I still paid a portion of daycare, the program just helped subsidize some of the cost for me.

    There isn't anything wrong with utilizing some of the assistance available to you IMO, as long as it's not a permanant fixture!


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