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5 posts, 00:53 today
Practicalities of Renting Out Land
25 posts, 23:39 yesterday
Volunteering in libraries or archives
20 posts, 22:15 yesterday
Need a car ride - Fulda to London, one-way
40 posts, 21:51 yesterday
Where is THE current living hotspot?
Berlin is THE place. It seems to be moving towards some sort of hipster critical mass. I wonder what will occur when that critical mass happens. Berlin today, Pyongyang tomorrow. It's like watching salmon moving to the spawning grounds, a blind biological urge to be in that special place... Please let me out of here…
11 posts, 21:35 yesterday
Planning timing and duration of Elternzeit
Gobhs, are you familiar with the basics of Elternzeit and ELterngeld? It seems from your questions that perhaps you are not clear on your rights or options. Elternzeit: you are legally entitled to 3 years off without losing your job. One of those years is paid at about 65% of your previous salary, that is Elterngeld. (You…
10 posts, 20:56 yesterday
Ongoing Transfer of Funds from Canada to Germany
17 posts, 20:56 yesterday
Is same-sex marriage protected by laws?
64 posts, 18:05 yesterday
Grocery stores in Germany
They can stock their shelves as funnily as they like. Coming from the countryside in Great Britain, I'm just thankful that there are 5 supermarkets of 4 different chains within 10 minutes' walking distance of my flat. No need to have a car. The nearest 1 is 100 m from my flat. I can nip in and out any time between…
25 posts, 17:15 yesterday
Additional dental insurance
As a dentist I have spent a considerable part of my career explaining or attempting to explain dental insurance. One of the first things patients need to learn is that buying dental insurance when you have a problem is like buying car insurance after you've had an accident. (you'd be better off paying for repairs) While…
12 posts, 15:20 yesterday
German VAT ID for a non-German company
9 posts, 13:51 yesterday
Hotel Financing ...
20 posts, 13:10 yesterday
Selling my car
8 posts, 12:24 yesterday
Interest rates for a bank loan of about €50k
35 posts, 11:18 yesterday
BBC kills get_iplayer service - O'dear me
56 posts, 11:03 yesterday
Decent beginner Linux based OS
I depends highly on the hardware if you run into problems. If the hardware manufacturer delivers good drivers for linux or at least gives the linux community everything that enables them to write drivers, then you will have no problem at all. But if the hardware manufacturer delivers no drivers for linux or whatever, there…
9 posts, 10:16 yesterday
Moving a German-registered car to Spain
11 posts, 10:04 yesterday
How to watch HD German Channels for free?
10 posts, 09:49 yesterday
Einzugsermachtigung for apartment rent
7 posts, 09:09 yesterday
Getting financed for small loan
7 posts, 07:31 yesterday
Mortgage loan for Austrian apartment
9 posts, 02:45 yesterday
Vodafone "Rentnertarif" contract
Sorry if this should be posted in one of the many other Vodafone threads though I just wanted to warn anyone else who thinks they may save some money. My elderly parents were persuaded by a Vodafone agent to switch their normal landline and mobile to a "Rentnertariff'... supposedly saving them 25€ per month.…
20 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Changing flights at LHR, 75 minutes time
32 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Suggestions for charities to donate to
31 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Seeking Information about new Business Set-up
I had the same plans to start a modest business during my Elternzeit. It did not work out, mainly because we had plenty of other difficulties during that time, for example we had to spend every free minute trying to get a new apartment for around 6 months, serious illnesses in the family etc. If I had just had the baby…
8 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Prepaid SIM cards with data plan
22 posts, 24.Nov.2014
HealthCare coverage for older, non-covered patients
if she never was publicly insured in Germany, as you say, she can't have public insurance coverage now, neither in Germany nor while living in Spain. Public insurance is a system based on solidarity. If you have never contributed, you can't get anything out of it - especially when you are over 55 years old, as…
11 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Contract: unlimited work hours
9 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Is absence for child's sickness paid?
57 posts, 24.Nov.2014
How to contribute to Roth IRA from Germany
28 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Finding the "right" charity for my kids
How about starting with questions that can quickly limit your little girl's options? Help in Germany or abroad? Animals or people? Children or everyone? Medical help? Environmental support? Charities that loan to small-business owners? Of course you're influencing your daughter's choice, but that's all…
22 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Winter Tires Dilemma
How about because the OP and her spouse are, unlike the Auto Center, not a (supposedly) professional tyre/tire sales organisation. The time investment, costs of re-selling, and additional stress factors are bound to be disproportionate to them compared to the Auto Center's potential extra costs (probably no more than…
77 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Nice person of the day award - Enough about bastards
Posted image I nominate the "Chief Cat Herder" from an email I received. Found this poor guy starving on the side of the road riding home tonight. Couldn't leave him, so I have to drop him at the shelter in the morning on the way in. Found in Dublin, so he's a suburban cat. Clearly not afraid of people, so he was…
13 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Problems with AirBnB host, threat of legal action
What's her cancelation policy? If I remeber right the host can pick one from seveal options. Most that I have rented from had a fairly short notice cancelation policy. If you honored whatever her policy is then I would just ignore her. If you didn't, pay her accordingly (3 days notice or whatever). It's only…
31 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Gay marriage to US Citizen
17 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Opening a bank account for a small business
47 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Kirchensteuerstelle send questionnaire
It looks as if lapsus alumni has been correct all along because that open letter is quite illuminating and explains the difference between Glaubensgemeinschaft Katholische Kirche Deutschland (Faith Community Catholic Church Germany) and Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts Katholische Kirche Deutschland (Public corporation…
77 posts, 24.Nov.2014
Best programmes on German TV
13 posts, 23.Nov.2014
German cellphone will work in US? Travelling to US
23 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Permissions for brewing at home in Germany
27 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Crazy Hermes Guy & Troop of Police
Posted image I order my dog food online as well for the same reason. I don't want to carry it myself all the way from the supermarket. But I haul the heavy bags (that I sign for on the ground floor) down one flight of stairs into the cellar with a sack barrow. There I keep the dog food in plastic trash bins with tight fitting lids…
88 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Meters on German radiators - central heating
Posted image today the fellah from the water/heat company is coming to our apartment to read the meters... i'm an engineer and for the past two years i've been trying to figure out how exactly the meters that are stuck onto the side of the radiators work... i've asked all my colleagues and nobody can give me a straight answer... do…
23 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Arbeitslosengeld question: How to claim my money
Thanks Engelchen, That's exactly what I was looking for! I have done all the other forms. Your help is really appreciated. And for those of you criticising my lack of German, its because i work 55-60 hour weeks and I'm deaf so I haven't picked it up as best I can! Thanks for being concerned though…
13 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Personal Bankruptcy Tourism
8 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Kündigungsfrist related to my job
31 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Filing for bankruptcy in Germany
47 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Seeking info on Rechtsschutzversicherung
There are 4 major basic elements of Rechtsschutzversicherung... Contractual disputes Labo(u)r disputes (e.g. with your employer) Motoring related disputes Accommodation (home rental or ownership) disputesMost policies allow you to combine any or all of these elements to suit your circumstances or requirements. Most policies…
15 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Teaching in an International School
11 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Relocating to Germany - Shipping car from the States
14 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Arbeitspaket Teil 3
22 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Bank Account for Housewife
26 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Recommendations for a cheap tablet device
This is wrong (although it used to be true with the very first version of Windows RT). Nowadays most of the Windows Tablets use an Intel processor (x86) and are compatible with any older Windows programs. Amazon offers quite a few of Windows Tablets and most of them use the Windows 8.1 OS (which is NOT the RT version,…
6 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Recommendations for new Smart TV?
91 posts, 23.Nov.2014
Marrying a German - advice for an American
I'd take not interesting any day over the 'horrible heartless jackasses' I married into. Tomorrow (today technically) is seven years since I arrived in Germany. I would not recommend giving so much of yourself to a relationship as it takes to leave your home and start over somewhere new unless you are a strong,…
93 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Dog barking when I'm not home
Please don't leave your dog alone and muzzled for a few hours. That's just asking for trouble. Your dog could seriously injure itself if it decides to try and get it off. Muzzles should only be used when an adult is supervising the dog. I had to laugh when I read about you being worried about the kitchen being…
4 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Looking for a seedbox
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