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S.A.H.D. Josh Vittetoe (Air Force)
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How my wife and I met. A little about our life and how I started my own business!
My name is Josh Vittetoe. I am 27 years old and have been married to my wonderful wife Jennifer Vittetoe who is 24 for almost 7 years. We have two boys who are Jack (6 months) and Tannar (5 years). We are currently stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My wife has been in the Air Force for 3 years and is a Senior Airman. She is deploying in a coulpe weeks for the first time.
My wife and I met in Greeley, Colorado and fell in love right away. We never thought about the military until we went to visit family on their Air Force Base and we liked the type of lifestyle they had. I originally was going to join the Air Force and was told I could not because I have asthma. So my wife decided to and shortly after she was sent off to basic training.
I will admit for about the first year of living at Nellis I had some issues with making friends as I felt everyone thought something was wrong with me since my wife was military and I am not. Well 2.5 years later I am now friends with mostly active duty members and my wife has lots of stay at home mom's for her friends.
We have had some rough times and some great times being in the military. It has been a huge life changer for us. We have adapted to this new life we have and I would say 90% of the time it is great now.
I used to work for my wifes sqaudron and was only working part time due to the "budget". We then had our second child Jack! We were told by the CDC that they would want my whole paycheck to watch our children. That is when I left my wife's sqaudron and became a stay at home father.
The first month of being a stay at home father I was anxious....very anxious to be working. I ventured out and recieved a certification as a Performance Enchancement Specialist which is the advanced certification to a Personal Trainer. I of course did this with mycaa. I also started my own business and became a Beachbody Health and Fitness Coach! I have loved every minute of it. I get paid to help people get into shape and get healthy. It has for sure changed my whole families life as we are now the healthiest we have been in a long time! I also love being my own boss! I work when I want and I make a descent income and get to spend that much needed time with my family! I have a coach site that is www.beachbodycoach.com/josh2086 where you can see the products we offer and I also have a great health and fitness page on Facebook which is www.facebook.com/GETFITREV! (Please "like" it) Thanks!
I'm finally over the two month hump and I honestly feel like I've accomplished something! This is the longest that we've been apart since we've been married and the longest I've ever had our daughter by myself. The house, while not quite up to her standards, doesn't exactly look like a tornado's blown through either. I think she has little fairy helpers or something, because I don't know how she managed to work a full day, do our daughter's hair, wash/fold clothes, and still get a decent amount of rest. I helped out a little, but this experience has really shown me how much I hadn't been doing all these years!
Whatever your Winter Holiday tradition, now is the time when many cultures have historically livened up the dark days of winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) with celebrations of community, charity, and gift-giving*. Going into debt, however, should not be a part of your tradition.
How much should you spend on Christmas?
I'm big on using percentages when budgeting. Except for the really, really poor or really, really rich, it makes sense to me that if Martha gets paid 50% more than George, then Martha can spend 50% more than George. That generally goes for housing, cars, or Christmas presents. In other words, don't try to “keep up with the Joneses,” especially if you get paid less than the Joneses. That's the idea behind the 60% Budget: keep regular, monthly expenses down to 60% of your gross income, so you can save 10% each towards retirement, long-term savings, and short-term savings; the last 10% is 'fun money' for Starbucks, beer, wine, pizza, McDonald's, toys, etc. Ideally throughout the year you've saved up enough in your short-term savings to pay for Christmas, even after you've paid for oil changes, shoes for the kids, and a trip to the beach over the summer.