Only In America – TroopSwap For Military And Veterans

Only In America – TroopSwap For Military And Veterans

TroopSwap can only be found in America. I wouldn’t know of any part in the world or any other country where an event like this take would (or could) be set up, and in Germany for sure NOT. Just read this story that a good friend of mine (an army guy) sent me:

TroopSwap is marching on San Diego very soon.  TroopSwap was founded by Harvard Business School Alumni Blake Hall and Matthew Thompson – who also happen to be Army veterans with more than a few deployments under their belts.  You can get to know them a little better at the TroopSwap Founder’s Blog

TroopSwap’s goal is to negotiate deeply discounted offers from local and national businesses and bring them exclusively to the military community.  Membership to the site is free, though there is a verification process to make sure only those who’ve served gain access to the offers.

But, they’re not daily deals, they’re bi-weekly or 10-day deals.  Because the founders know that you can’t always have access to your email to find out what deals are being offered and because they don’t want you to miss out, all deals are available for 10 days to 2 weeks – which means they also straddle a payday somewhere in there too.

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Auto Business – America’s Largest Retail Market

Auto Business – America’s Largest Retail Market

At 30, Scott Painter is already a serial entrepreneur in the auto business. His first startup, a car-detailing business he launched at age 12 in his rural hometown of Loomis, Calif., was really just a sneaky excuse to drive the local Mercedes-Benzes and Porsches down the family’s driveway. In college, he created an auto referral service called AutoAccess which linked individual shoppers to some 175 dealerships in Northern California.

Today, Painter wants to turn the $500 billion auto industry on its head, transforming the frequently grueling and “slimy” car-buying experience into a mouse-clicking joyride. Painter, along with idealab!’s Bill Gross (see “Free Style,” May ’99, p125), has founded CarsDirect.com, an online startup that lets customers not only research and configure a car online but lets them buy it, finance it, insure it, and arrange to have it delivered to their home or office.

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Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

“Goodbye Deutschland, with the Green Card to America” is a great story of a family, Christoph and Simone Puetz. In 1998, they emigrated with nothing but their remaining belongings in suitcases from Krefeld, Germany, to Denver in the U.S. state of Colorado. The Puetz family emigrated from Germany to live their own American dream in Colorado.

The book is available on Amazon Kindle.

“… no home, no job, no friends … so we found ourselves suddenly in America again, and only the strong will to make it here…!”

The Puetz won the Green Card lottery, and the emigrants tell of how they realized to live their own American dream in the hard every-day American ‘hire and fire’ mentality.

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Germany-What You Should Know

Germany-What You Should Know

 

Today, Germany is the most affluent and populous European democracy and among the most significant nations on Earth.
Germany is continuously rebuilding since in 1990 the Berlin Wall collapsed and West and East Germany were unified. Germany is a sophisticated and modern country that boasts a fascinating past. Tourists from all over the world visit Germany to marvel at its legendary medieval castles, the stylish cities, and the countless historic and cultural wonders, both from the past and present.

  • Facts & Figures:
  • Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
  • Population: almost 83 million 
  • Capital: Berlin (almost 4 million)
  • Currency: Euro 
  • Language: German

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Maintain Permanent Residence-Tips for Green Cards Holders

Maintain Permanent Residence-Tips for Green Cards Holders

Listed here are a few things you need to do if you want to maintain your status of permanent resident. Bear in mind that these things are also important if you would like to be applying for U.S. citizenship later on.

  • Do not leave the U.S. for a longer period of time.
  • Do not move to some other country to permanently live there.
  • File local (if applicable), state, and federal income tax returns.
  • In case you are male and in the age group 18-25, you need to register with the Selective Service.
  • Submit your new U.S. address to DHS. 

How To Maintain Keep Your Immigration Status

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Paying Taxes in The USA

Paying Taxes in The USA

Taxes are paid by U.S. residents and citizens to local, state, or federal governments. Taxes are paying for all sorts of services rendered by these governments. We know several sorts of taxes, such as sales tax, property tax, or income tax.

Sales taxes. Sales taxes are taxes imposed by local and state governments. Sale taxes are added to products you buy, and are based on what an item costs.

Sales taxes are helping to pay for all sorts of local or state government services like police, firemen, and roads.

Property taxes. Property taxes are local and state taxes on your land and house. Generally, property taxes are helping to support local services such as public schools.

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Beware of loan sharks in America

Beware of loan sharks in America

Looking at financial planning and budgeting on the Internet, I realized that online developments have allowed the return of an old enemy, the loan shark.

Today while I was watching TV (yes I do have some downtime) I was shocked to see the return of the loan shark. It was a very different looking version of the loan shark from previous economic crises. This was a very slick modern looking, Internet based beast that appears to be the answer to your financial problems.

One of the most important about financial planning and budgeting is to learn the difference between, ‘good debt’ and ‘bad debt’. Good debt is when you borrow money and invest it in a business and the returns from the business are larger than the debt payments. Bad debt is when your outgoings exceed your income.

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Unequivocally Fine Cherries Are CA Grown, Not German!

Unequivocally Fine Cherries Are CA Grown, Not German!

In Germany, we lived where cherries were grown. Every summer we loved to eat them, but now we’re here…Thank you, California, for connecting me with California produce, and especially cherries! It;s so great that growers are encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can.

Locally grown produce is part of my everyday life in more ways than one. First one is obvious, I cook with it. The second one…I love it….But of course, it’s all a matter of taste…

One of my favorite childhood stories is about my momma’s attempt to help out her family when she was a teenager. Most of their household at the time would pick cherries from the trees in Germany. Well, after a week of poor results she was sent home to make standard pastries for the family. LOL! But now we’re in Wasco, California, that story sounds a little awkward with all those fine cherries around.

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