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Military Discounts are live on TroopSwap! Take note of the badge system where they identify Veteran, Disabled Veteran and Military Spouse Owned businesses. And, since all of the discounts were curated by military spouses, there is a quote from one of the TroopSwap team members in the top right corner that details why that particular business was chosen to feature!

Check out this page for the discounts!

Raising Up A Military Brat

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Today was Alan’s command’s family picnic and it was a ton of fun! There was a bounce house that Xander made a beeline for – then we ate some burgers for lunch. Xander got to climb up into a fire truck and try on some of the gear. Next up was the rock climbing wall that Xander geared up for (see photo) and did a great job climbing up! Then we all hopped into a big truck and took a ride down to the beach so that we could take a ride in a “Marine” boat (and get soaked in the process)! We then took a ride in the back of a Humvee and the boys (Alan and co-worker Tom) took the little boys (Xander and Tom’s two sons) to the shooting range to shoot some blanks/paint.

My baby shot not only a pistol (Sig P226) but also a “light” machine gun (S.A.W)! OMG! They all had a blast but I have to think about this here – my five year old has already shot weapons. He’s seriously a military brat, lol … Soon we’ll be having “huntin’” trips and deer heads on the wall … Wait – there doesn’t seem to much difference between “military” and “southerner” now does there? Yee haw!

Buying A Home? Learn More About Tax Credits!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Coldwell Banker. All opinions are 100% mine.

Three years ago my husband and I purchased a home (our first) in Mayport, Florida. I’m sure ya’ll have heard about it by now – but in order to get others up-to-date – the house was going into foreclosure due to the Navy cutting my husband’s orders to the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) ported in Mayport short and moving us to Virginia Beach. Whoops!

To make a long story short (too late) – we moved to Virginia Beach and listed our home in Mayport “for rent” and got a renter within 2 weeks. Renter stayed in the house for a year – paid her rent late for the last 2 months and then we let her sign a new contract (dumb) which she promptly broke two months later (after not paying her rent for month two). So – we kicked her out.

The house stayed empty for over a year. The house has been empty since last January. The house is now sitting in transition I guess waiting for our bank to approve a short-sale contract. We bought the house for $185,000 – we are short-selling it for $105,000.

It’s currently a “buyers market” out there because houses are being foreclosed on or short-sold because people just can’t pay their mortgages for various reasons. If I had it to do over again I would’ve waited to buy and since we would’ve eventually gotten stationed here in Virginia anyway I would’ve bought a house here and taken advantage of the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits that have been offered (and even extended!) There may be no future extensions, so all qualified homebuyers are urged to act and have a written, binding contract by April 30, 2010 (close by June 30, 2010.)

The first-time tax credit was working, but what housing and our national economy needed was incentive for the move-up buyer. According to The 2009 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the number of first-time home buyers rose to 47 percent of all home sales from 41 percent of transactions in last year’s study, and was the highest on record dating back to 1981. The previous high was 44 percent in 1991. In the same profile it was noted that an estimated $22 billion has already been added to the general economy resulting from the bill and approximately 2 million people will utilize the tax credit in 2009.

The Coldwell Banker website provides a video that gives an overview of the tax extension and expansion. This video is only 3 and a half minutes long but gives a nice quick breakdown.

According to the video – real estate has led our country out of recessions since the 1950’s. Let’s hope that it works for this recession also. Visit the website and other real estate websites to learn more about buying a house. Make sure that you will be there awhile or know that you can absolutely find a tenant if you cannot live there yourself.

Visit my sponsor: 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits

VA: Special Event for Military Spouses

I received this from my OMBUDSMAN and thought since some of my readers may be in the Virginia/Hampton Roads area I’d pass it along! This sounds like a LOT of fun!! This even is for card carrying military spouses only.

From 5 to 9 p.m. May 20 at the Hampton Holiday Inn Ballroom on Mercury Boulevard, military spouses are invited to attend “Night Under the Stars.”

The free event is open to spouses from all branches of the military. It will include, among other services, massages, manicures, eyebrow waxing and arts and crafts.

In 2007, more than 1,300 military spouses attended the event. More than 30 vendors set up booths “similar to a job fair displaying their products along with free samples,” according to a press release.

This year, event organizers expect 2,000 spouses to attend and more than 60 local businesses to participate.

To reserve a ticket, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Langley Air Force Base at 757-764-3990.

Bring your military ID card to get in.

I wouldn’t miss this for the WORLD! See you there?

S-T-R-E-S-S

OMG … I am SO stressed out to the point of sick! There were people coming to look at the house this morning and at the last minute they called the Realtor to cancel. TEN MINUTES BEFORE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO COME!!! Rar! This is such a pain! How am I supposed to rent this house out in 3 weeks? Seriously?

I gotta go hit AHRN.com and list it – the sites for military people to rent/sell their homes. We’ve been looking on there for a house in Virginia. Found a few I like – but I have to rent this one out. Thank GOD the Navy pays us a little extra when we move – otherwise there is no way I could afford all this. I need a nap.

Budgeting, Life … Something

So, I found a few houses that I .. er .. WE (meaning, Alan too) like. They are each in our “price range” and are in great neighborhoods. I forgot that we have to come up with not only rent but deposit .. So, my quicky credit card payoff plan will have to wait a couple months. I at least want to come up with the deposit in cash (which would be around $1300). I’m just going to put a portion of the paycheck ($300) into the savings account and use some of my blog pays to up the amount.

Our house is being packed out next Thursday and Friday – yeah, I lit a fire under my butt 😉 But, I figure I get everything out that I really don’t need and keep just some of the furniture (love seat, kitchen table …) – then I can have my garage sale and have a kind of “open house” for potential renters to check out the house. Yeah? Yeah …

Blah … too much to deal with …