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Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

I need to be near the airport for work travel, but I do not have to go into center city. I just do not want a long commute when doing business traveling, especially if I leave early in the morning. Does anybody live in one of the 55+ neighborhoods and have any experience with them? How is resale sin...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1898

Re: Anyone have experience with Chimney Saver protectivecoat

Several houses ago we had a chimney that seemed to have a drizzle of water coming into the fireplace area. We had it inspected and everything was fine. We had the roof flashing looked at and it was fine. However, one of the many people we had investigate recommended coating the outside of the firepl...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have experience with Chimney Saver protectivecoating?
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Death of family member - what to do financially

Have you read this website regarding probate in the state of VA? http://www.virginiaestatelaw.com/ Also check http://www.missingmoney.com for unclaimed money, property, safe deposit boxes. You will probably need to make a trip to visit to get this process started, but maybe reading ahead would help ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Death of family member - what to do financially
Replies: 26
Views: 3201

Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

Thank you for all the responses so far. I ruled out Bucks. I researched Chester Springs and saw a lot of well and septic. We have been through those problems with past homes and would like public water and sewer in the future. If I am looking at Chester County vs. Montgomery County are there things ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1898

Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

We will be moving to eastern PA and would like some advice from Bogleheads in the area. Requirements: city water, city sewer and natural gas for utilities. School district not as important (except for resale) since we are past that stage. Another requirement would be no more than one hour from PHL a...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1898

Re: Europe travel: best card for ATM cash

ATM card from a US bank using a 4-digit numeric code works well in Europe. If it has a VISA logo, just go to the Visa website and look up all of the ATMs to use in the European cities you will visit. Never had any problems getting euros by using this methodology.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Europe travel: best card for ATM cash
Replies: 33
Views: 1959

Re: Building a home

Very broad question, but consider whether building on a lot outside of a development or within a development because you may have to drill a well, put in septic, source of heating. Without additional information there are so many variables, but you have many options depending upon the builders avail...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a home
Replies: 17
Views: 1506

Re: Cleaning Divided Light Windows

My method is using hot water and vinegar and microfiber cloths for washing. Try to wring out the cloth so it is not dripping wet. Then dry with clean microfiber cloth. I tried using the various implements, but they did not fit well between the divided windows and took too much time. Do not wash in d...
by EagertoLearnMore
Fri May 23, 2014 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Divided Light Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC

I suggest staying in Arlington, VA and using the metro to get into Washington. The metro is very easy to navigate and you will not have to find parking in DC. There are several stops right near the Mall near all the museums.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun May 18, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC
Replies: 32
Views: 2087

Help with Kindle Fire HDX

I purchased a Kindle Fire HDX and would like to use it for email when away from home. However, I am concerned about security and have read about free VPN such as hotspotshield. Does anyone know if something like that will work on a Kindle and if so, how do I do it?
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun May 18, 2014 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Kindle Fire HDX
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee Experience

Does anyone have experience using the Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee? I just received a letter from my state department of revenue indicating that there was an error in the amount paid for state income tax. I pulled out my TT forms and the correct amount was entered, but on another state form that car...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbo Tax Accuracy Guarantee Experience
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: A Ceramics Question

I would be careful about using various types of glue to seal the cracks if you will be eating from the bowls, not just decorative purposes. Chipped crystal stemware may be repaired, but a hairline crack all the way through may not be a good thing to repair to be used for hot soup again. Another onli...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Ceramics Question
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Passport validity: Do I need at least 6 months?

I can give you very recent experience with renewing a passport with only 6 months until expiration. Since it was a renewal, I sent photo, renewal form, check, and passport via USPS priority mail which carries insurance and tracking. I would suggest UPS or Fedex. My passport traveled all over the USA...
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Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport validity: Do I need at least 6 months?
Replies: 59
Views: 3508

Re: Viking River Cruises

The Rhine River cruise is excellent, but I was there during the early Fall. Just to let you know that the Christmas markets close for a few days around Christmas so there will not be much to see if that is when you are cruising. Luzerne, with Lake Luzerne, is a great place to visit as well as travel...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking River Cruises
Replies: 26
Views: 3346

Re: Costco travel for cruise purchase?

I have used Costco several times for a cruise purchase and received much better prices than directly from the cruise line. Plus, if you are an "executive member" at Costco, you will get special perks reserved only for those cardmembers.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco travel for cruise purchase?
Replies: 11
Views: 2016

Re: PenFed v. Truecar v. BJs v. Costco auto buying

I have used Truecar and Costco. Costco provides a break on the price, but not the best price. Truecar allows you to be contacted by dealers and you can get them to bid on the sale. The Costco approach is more straight forward and no hassle. If you have any problems, Costco will help you. For instanc...
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PenFed v. Truecar v. BJs v. Costco auto buying
Replies: 24
Views: 4022

Re: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?

LG front loader washer and matching gas dryer. No problems, just leave door open and use "tub clean" feature monthly. The tub clean washes the machine drum with hot water and sanitizes the machine. In a prior house I owned a KitchenAid washer (made by Whirlpool). Normally I never purchase ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?
Replies: 52
Views: 4273

Re: custom build home financing

Doesn't the builder want progress payments? If not, sweet deal for you. You get to keep your money during the entire construction period. Plus, the builder will stay on schedule because any delays will cost him more for financing. Does he include any penalties for you in this deal?
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: custom build home financing
Replies: 8
Views: 759

Re: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED

This is the answer from TT:

This report is not filed with your tax return it is generated only for your records, do not let this issue hinder you
from filing your 2013 tax return.

They obviously have a "buckets" accumulator bug and the totals are placed under the wrong year.
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklis

With the college ID cards, parents can add money to the meal plan as well as money for use doing laundry (no more quarters, insert ID card) and other functions. You can provide the funds, yet have some control over its use. The convenience of being able to do this from your computer is priceless.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklist
Replies: 29
Views: 1114

Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED

Has anyone looked at their tax history report using Turbo Tax? The "buckets" for 2013 for several categories show up under 2009 instead of 2013. Looks like a programming error and does not affect the actual tax return, just the tax history report. For example, 2009 shows a tax refund and a...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax Bug - Tax History Report UPDATED
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklis

When your child gets online access to his college web site via his student id, see if he can provide you with "limited" access to pay bills at the bursar's site. Then you could ACH money into the bursar's account to pay for everything from medical expenses at the health center, transcripts...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Child heading off to college next year; banking checklist
Replies: 29
Views: 1114

Re: Downsizing: Single home to a condo

OP - regarding your leak with the chimney. We had a home with a leak and although the house was relatively new, we hired a roofer to flash and repair any problems surrounding the shingles near the chimney. No change, leak persisted. We then had a mason tell us to seal the entire masonry chimney on t...
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing: Single home to a condo
Replies: 20
Views: 1526

Re: Please Help Me Find A Doctor

Here is a place for all types of immunizations and locations in MA: http://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/ma/ Just call, make appointment and get everything you need in one trip. Walgreens Healthcare Clinic does the same, but I checked and they are NOT in MA. Maybe some other provider might do ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Help Me Find A Doctor
Replies: 23
Views: 1900

Re: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?

LG french door with bottom freezer. No ice maker in the door, but one in the bottom interior. Very nice looking, very reliable. I have had Kenmore in the past and would not purchase them in the future. I have had KitchenAid in the past and would not purchase them in the future. I would purchase LG a...
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Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 7866

Having/Not having dividends & capital gains reinvested

What is the Bogleheads philosophy on having/not having dividends and capital gains reinvested? Is it different for taxable vs. nontaxable accounts?
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Having/Not having dividends & capital gains reinvested
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: When is the 10% early distribution fee due?

Earnings from an IRA that is removed is considered earned in the year of the contribution, not the year of removal. So, for example, you contribute in 2013 for 2013 year. You remove in 2014, but do not get the form until 2015. The tax on excess earnings would be due for the tax year 2013. You can ta...
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When is the 10% early distribution fee due?
Replies: 27
Views: 2221

Re: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2

I doubt that the college will change your 1098-T.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2

Did you look at the 1098-T from the college? Although you paid for the Spring semester in the previous year, some universities do not consider it paid until the following year. They then credit that amount to the 1098-T for 2013 in your example. Now this has caused me some problems because I withdra...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Education tax credit for Spring 2013 class but paid in 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Knock on my Door at 11pm

Do you live in an apartment complex, single family house, and in the city or in the suburbs?? Burglars sometimes knock and look for empty homes.
by EagertoLearnMore
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Knock on my Door at 11pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2208

Re: Where in New Jersey to buy home with NYC commute, childr

When we lived in NJ, we found that the Somerset County area was a good mix of convenience and country-style living. The train line runs from Peapack-Gladstone as part of the Morristown line. Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Lyons are various stops as you go east toward NYC. The public school systems ar...
by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where in New Jersey to buy home with NYC commute, children?
Replies: 66
Views: 4161

Advice for moving to Norwalk CT area

I need the valued advice of the Bogleheads. A young, single, female family member will be moving to the Norwalk CT area for a first job. What things need to be considered - safety, conveniences, etc.? Can anyone suggest a particular area or apartments in this area? What should she be informed about ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for moving to Norwalk CT area
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Re: Eyeglass Lenses @ Costco

We have used Costco optical for approximately 5 years and have been very satisfied with the price, quality, service, and speed. Any small repairs will be done while you wait. Adjustments for fit are also done while you wait without charge. The selection is sufficient to make a good choice. Their Kir...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyeglass Lenses @ Costco
Replies: 29
Views: 6318

Re: Santandar Bank advertisement

Sovereign Bank has been part of Santandar for at least a few years because I have a CD with them. It was offered online for a very good rate, but they could not do ACH to accept the money. I had to send in a check, but the rate was very good and I really should have opened a bigger CD. At the time I...
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Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Santandar Bank advertisement
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Dropped calls - Verizon - lack of response

This is an interesting topic since we have been experiencing the same problems. We also move from room to room and floor to floor within the house. One day the reception was terrible anywhere in the house, but then I went to the basement and the reception was perfect. How did that happen and why? I ...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dropped calls - Verizon - lack of response
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: Gloves & working with food

I agree with you regarding the use of gloves and touching non-food objects. At Subway the person making the sandwiches always removes the gloves to take the money and then puts on fresh gloves for the next sandwich. Money is handled by so many people that it contains too many microbes for my taste. ...
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Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gloves & working with food
Replies: 32
Views: 1396

Re: Front load washer and dryer pedestals - like them?

Here is another reason to have the pedestals: On my washer model the filter for the washer is on the outside near the left bottom. Without the pedestals it would be difficult to reach into the area and clean it. I remove the filter, clean it and then look into the opening and remove any build-up. I ...
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Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washer and dryer pedestals - like them?
Replies: 33
Views: 2748

Re: Mouse in House

Was the mouse gray or brown? Gray - house mouse, brown - field mouse. Either way, they love peanut butter, so you could set traps with that. I prefer the poison blocks previously mentioned. These green blocks (various manufacturers) make the animals thirsty and they leave your house searching for wa...
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in House
Replies: 50
Views: 3327

Re: Building new house - central vacuum worth it?

Yes, if you get the right one. I have one now, but have had several brands in different homes. The important things I consider. 1. Get one with a disposable bag. It is cleaner, easier to empty, and protects the motor. 2. Do NOT get a contractor's special. It was inferior to a brand name and did not ...
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Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new house - central vacuum worth it?
Replies: 35
Views: 4135

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

Have you tried OXI dishwasher booster? You put it in the rinse container instead of the rinsing agent. I found that using the Finish powerballs (as others have mentioned) with the OXI booster works better than using the Finish powerballs with the rinse agent. It does a superior job of cleaning glass...
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Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 35
Views: 3555

Re: HP Printer problem

I've had several problems with HP printers and found that disconnecting totally from power and computer and then reattaching sometimes helps. Also, make sure you have the newest drivers by going to HP.com and checking there for your particular printer. HP.com has a section for support and drivers as...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Printer problem
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: general (financial) advice about musical instruments/les

Having experienced the entire spectrum of musical lessons, competitions, etc. from a parent's prospective, I will say that the piano is a great introduction to music. However, it doesn't work too well with school band, orchestra, and other ensembles. Most pianists play another instrument as well. Fo...
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Sun May 05, 2013 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: general (financial) advice about musical instruments/lessons
Replies: 109
Views: 7186

Re: Septic system woes

First of all, sorry to hear about your problems because past houses have had septic. Never again when we bought new. We have learned a lot though and I will pass on my knowledge. Pump your tank every 2 years on a schedule. Do not wait until you have a problem. Maintenance is key. You do not want to ...
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic system woes
Replies: 104
Views: 6550

Re: Laundry Detergent Issues

I use TIDE HE liquid detergent for my front loader. I have tried cheaper products but found they were not up to the job on tough stains. Even Costco's Kirkland brand would not remove stains as well as liquid Tide. So I finished the large jug and went back to Originial Tide. I use LESS than the manuf...
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Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Issues
Replies: 71
Views: 5685

Re: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas

Have used Hunter Douglas in the past and IMO there was nothing superior about them other than the price. This past time we used "Budget Blinds" and they measured and installed too. We were very pleased with the selection as well as the workmanship. It is a franchise so that may depend on t...
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Blinds - Bali, Levolor, Hunter Douglas
Replies: 18
Views: 13850

Re: Upgrading Cookware?

With all of the concern regarding coatings on the new cookware, we decided to stay the course with our old (but still good) Revere ware. It is stainless with the copper bottoms and still works very well. Yes, you do have to clean the copper, but I believe they now have copper core interiors inside t...
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrading Cookware?
Replies: 48
Views: 4606

Re: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants

Congratulations on your weight loss. Clothing sizes are very inconsistent from brand to brand (and even within the same brand.) I have purchased two of the exact same item only to find out that they do not fit the same because of different cutting or sewing techniques. For instance, the pants are no...
by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants
Replies: 79
Views: 8474

State differences for CPA exam

I am asking any CPAs out there if they can provide some information regarding the CPA exam. I have been helping a young family member with this and understand the requirements and the prometrics testing facilities. This is what is unclear: How do you decide what state to apply to take the CPA exam f...
by EagertoLearnMore
Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State differences for CPA exam
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?

I believe that the security of personal information is compromised in brick and mortar just as easily. For example, look at all the personal information that is contained in health records. Most doctors, dentist, labs, and insurance companies have social security numbers, birth dates, etc. An incred...
by EagertoLearnMore
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?
Replies: 51
Views: 3173

Re: Money Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'

Don't listen to hot tips from your social circle as Robert did in "Downton Abbey." He did repent though when he visited "Shrimpie" in Scotland and Shrimpie admitted that he had to sell his fabulous estate because he did not modernize as Robert had done. Robert modernized under th...
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Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'
Replies: 23
Views: 3182
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