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Money Spent In the Woods

May 14th, 2013 at 05:27 am

I mentioned yesterday that my husband took $100 with him for his camp training in the woods. I suppose it isn't really the woods, because the army knows how to supports its troops anywhere with heat, air conditioning, food, running water and a store (AAFES).

I inquired by text about the cash. He said it is almost all gone. He has been buying his lunch at the store instead of eating the MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat)offer by the unit at lunch. He despises these. He said the food all tastes exactly the same because of the preservatives put in them to extend the shelf life to 10 years!!!! Ick. I really don't blame him.

The unit also took up a donation to reimburse a soldier for gas. The soldier transported two other soldiers back home, an eight hour round trip, with his own car and gas. The two soldiers had Red Cross messages, which means some type of emergency at home. My husband did put some cash in, which is the right thing to do.

I'm hoping for a no spend day today here. It is going to be gorgeous and as much as I want to get out and shop for flowers or summer clothes, I have plenty to do around the house.

How much do you spend when you go camping in the woods? Have you ever eaten an MRE? What did you think of the taste?

6 Responses to “Money Spent In the Woods”

  1. laura Says:


    Love the post title! I haven't personally eaten that type of food, but my husband and son did a Boy Scout Outing to the Air Force Museum and Base in Ohio, and they were able to eat the "army food" - which I guess required adding water to it to rehydrate it -- I know it was followed up by an outing to Red Robin.

    This same Scout is head to northern Wisconsin for a week-long camp (with DH) and from our Council BS Store, I'm buying them prepaid cards for the commissary (I figure enough for one T-shirt and "X" amount per day of snacks).

    We're still in low-spend mode given vacation next month, but the "needed items list" is growing - batteries for graphing calculator, yellow T-shirt for VIP show, one hank of floss for a stitching project, etc.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Laura, good move on buying prepaid cards. Our list of extras that can wait is growing, too. We have rosemary, ear buds, AAA batteries and baking soda so far. I'm going to extend my low spend until my husband returns.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    You've done an admirable job. Don't you feel inventive?!

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We visited someone a bit more than a year after a hurricane had ripped through their area. The federal government had come through distributing water and MREs by the case load. After leaving their house, we were going camping, so they gave us about 18 left over MREs. Yep, we ate them. I think I remember having to pour water into the packet to provide for an exothermic reaction to heat the main dish. They were okay, but very heavy food. I did like the weird freeze-dried strawberry ice cream bars. Peanut butter was, ugh, dense!

  5. Esozh Says:

    Some MRE's are ok, but being an officer, he's going to get the last ones, which are going to be the craptastic "Omelette" ones... Not all MRE's are bad, but I would rather not eat the meal than eat the "Omelette" ones...

    As far as the red cross message, the Red Cross has a fund similar to AER that will reimburse the gas. You give them a cost estimate for what you're doing, and as long as it is within guidelines, they will pay it out. When my ex wife had medical issues, she had spent just shy of a month at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I was stationed in Leavenworth, KS and went up there on less than 6 hours notice. The Red Cross picked up the tab, hook line and sinker as a grant. Then I turned in all receipts to the Army, and they ended up re-imbursing me, so I could re-imburse the Red Cross. The Army didn't have to, and I could've just kept the Red Cross money, but my CSM wanted it done, so that's what gone done.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Years ago my class wrote a soldier during during the first gulf war and he visited our class and he threw down an MRE on the floor with a smack and told us that was the food. What he described didn't sound delicious so I don't blame your hubby for buying his meals. A local food pantry has been given MRE's for some of the homeless which is a good thing.

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