During and after the deployment, we saved and saved... and saved. After Ryan returned, we slowly bought furniture piece by piece each paycheck. Several pieces were handed down by family or purchased from a fellow military family. We went to navyfederal and took advantage of their resources to help us manage money. We also went to a financial specialist on base who helped us develop a budget. All of this helped contribute to me graduating totally debt free from college. We bought and paid off two cars over a 2 year period. We started retirement funds, vacation and entertainment allotments, and a house savings fund. Having two incomes and no children has really helped us maintain this lifestyle.