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Re: Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage

When I got cancer 20 years ago I wanted to go to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Thank goodness I had Original Medicare and a Med-gap plan so I could go anywhere of my choosing. The advantage plans would not cover M.D. Anderson. My case was very serious and went to M.D. Anderson for 1...
by Grandpaboys
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage
Replies: 30
Views: 1713

Re: Should I Sue?

I agree with small claims court.
by Grandpaboys
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Sue? [couch damaged in garage of rental]
Replies: 39
Views: 3225

Re: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D pl

I called back United American Insurance and was told this time that Walmart was a Preferred Pharmacy and pricing was the same as CVS. Guess it depends on who you talk too. I agree there Web Site is not much good. So I am looking elsewhere.
by Grandpaboys
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D plan ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1979

Re: Vanguard "glitch"

Same happen to me. Called Vanguard and they put me thru the customize page bit but it did no good.
Agreed to try in the morning and every thing is OK now.
by Grandpaboys
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard "glitch"
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D pl

For my drugs and living in Texas Humana Walmart is always in 4 or 5 position. They are by far not the cheapest.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D plan ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1979

Re: Fraud charges on CC again...

My Chase Freedom Card changed from master card to visa with new account number and a chip. It was not up for renewal. My Chase Amazon visa card has had no changes.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraud charges on CC again...
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Re: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D pl

I just learned yesterday on a call to United American that Medicare.gov lists Walmart as a preferred pharmacy when it is not. CVS is the preferred pharmacy and has the lowest prices. In my case CVS is 25 miles away where as Walmart is 2.5 miles. They said Medicare is to correct this error but did no...
by Grandpaboys
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Meaning of Important note included in Medicare part D plan ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1979

Re: Capital One chip card!

Chase issued me a new chip card and Walmart has the new receiver to handle it. Been using it for over a month.
by Grandpaboys
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One chip card!
Replies: 20
Views: 1231

Re: Medigap polcies - selecting for first time

I am 86 years old and have had United Teachers Associates since I was 65. Have plan A and now pay $155 per month. I have had cancer, radiation all the stuff you talk about. The only restriction that United Teachers has is Medicare must pay the 80% and then they automatically pay the other 20%. In my...
by Grandpaboys
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap polcies - selecting for first time
Replies: 22
Views: 1378

Re: New Laptop, need help

I purchased a new Dell Laptop with 8.1 with help from my son for specs. The one year warranty is fantastic, just call the 800 number, talk to a tech in India and they fix all your problems. You will have problems with the 8.1 OS it is Microsoft biggest error of the century. I would try and wait for ...
by Grandpaboys
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop, need help
Replies: 33
Views: 2247

Re: Medicare Plan D

Plan D is the worst thing to hit seniors get ready to pay thru the nose for the exorbitant prices from the
Drug companies. Problem is there is no way around it.
by Grandpaboys
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Plan D
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Philip Morris International and asset allocation

I started out owning MO back in the early 1990. What a great ride it has been. Still own MO and PM and I am not selling. Have great faith in both stocks and love the dividends.
by Grandpaboys
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Philip Morris International and asset allocation
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash ou

In the 15% bracket the taxes would be zero. Money from stock sale would go into current bond funds paying 2-3 %. No loss of income if fact may make a little more income. If anything the large capital gain is eating a hole in my pocket.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash out?
Replies: 49
Views: 3876

Re: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash ou

When I look at my Total Market Index Fund it is up 250%. I have been thinking if I should sell half. What are others doing, I am sure I am not alone?
by Grandpaboys
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Market at a all time high ( Sept 2014) , time to cash out?
Replies: 49
Views: 3876

Re: Portfolio advice for Mom at 86 years

Well, I am 86 also and have all my assets at Vanguard. The ER's would make me change in a minute. My AA is 85/15 Bonds/Stocks. Being in the 15% tax bracket i am taking advantage every year of paying -0- % federal tax on capital gains. Having as much in stocks as she does and the the great stock mark...
by Grandpaboys
Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio advice for Mom at 86 years
Replies: 23
Views: 1911

Intermediate Gov. Bond INDEX Fund VSIGX

For my emergency money I have been using a Money Market account at a Credit Union paying 1% interest. They have now cut the rate too .6%. I have a hard time accepting this rate and have been examining other choices. Intermediate Gov. Bond Index might be a reasonable replacement with the SEC yield @ ...
by Grandpaboys
Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Intermediate Gov. Bond INDEX Fund VSIGX
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Debit VS Credit Cards Security

Wal-Mart in Texas has Chip and Signature.
by Grandpaboys
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit VS Credit Cards Security
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Debit VS Credit Cards Security

My local bank has advised that on there Debit/Credit card they will now only accept as a Debit Card with the use of your Pin number. This was done they said for better security. I always thought the Credit Card provided better security for the consumer. Have received a new Credit Card from Chase Ban...
by Grandpaboys
Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit VS Credit Cards Security
Replies: 19
Views: 1550

Re: Are hospitals allowed to do this?

It is normal to have bills from hospital, lab and doctor. Maybe you misunderstood and assumed your soft quote covered all three. You will have to decide on what basis your where quoted. However hospitals are negotiable and it would be worth a try to give them your side and see what you can reap.
by Grandpaboys
Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are hospitals allowed to do this? [Costs quoted vs. actual]
Replies: 98
Views: 6873

Re: Experience with Snapfon?

Trac Fone I think is cheaper and very easy to use. Take a look at it. It is an excellent emergency phone.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Snapfon?
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: LT Capital Gains

If you are in the 15% tax bracket sell enough to keep you in that bracket each year and pay zero taxes.
by Grandpaboys
Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:28 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: LT Capital Gains
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Neighbor's Fireworks

Next time it happens call 911. It's happened to me with bottle rockets and caught my roof on fire. We have an ordnance against all fireworks. At the time I had a wood shingled roof. It solved my problem.
by Grandpaboys
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4655

Re: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?

Just bought Dell laptop with 8.1. If it wasn't for Dell's tech support service the computer would have been put back in the box and sent back for a full refund. I spent 9.5 hours with 9 techs from India with just a 1-800 phone call and all my problems were resolved and then some. I do not know this ...
by Grandpaboys
Wed May 28, 2014 8:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: New water heater needed - local plumber or Home Depot, L

My best advice is buy only a Rheem and only a Rheem. I paid my local handyman $100 and he picked up water heater at the local plumbing house with his truck and installed it.
by Grandpaboys
Wed May 28, 2014 8:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New water heater needed - local plumber or Home Depot, Lowes
Replies: 43
Views: 4613

Re: Your advice, ethical dilemma - job interview.

Looks like you are the man for the Job, good luck.
by Grandpaboys
Fri May 23, 2014 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your advice, ethical dilemma - job interview.
Replies: 30
Views: 2529

Re: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives

Purchased new Dell laptop 8.1 OS 6 weeks ago. I am no good at this computer stuff. Tried to load Office 2003 and Cannon Printer 3 years old that I had DVD for. Would not work. Under warranty I called Dell tech support and the tech from India installed office 2003 and my Cannon printer. Even burned a...
by Grandpaboys
Mon May 19, 2014 10:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives
Replies: 29
Views: 2159

Re: [Parents thinking about making home loans to children]

Went thou it with both my sons. Neither could live up to our agreement. You have received good advice. Gift rather than lend. Lending creates family problems that you do not want.
by Grandpaboys
Sat May 17, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Parents thinking about making home loans to children]
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Trying to decide between current job and a job offer

When you and your wife decide where you want to live the answer will be in front of you.
by Grandpaboys
Mon May 05, 2014 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trying to decide between current job and a job offer
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Did not have fun this year doing my taxes- TT

I was concerned because of all the changes made to TT. I choose this year not to download info from Vanguard or elsewhere. That has gotten me messed up in the past.While doing my return and answering all the questions I wasn't sure the forms would come out right. I entered everything manually and in...
by Grandpaboys
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did not have fun this year doing my taxes- TT
Replies: 42
Views: 4718

Re: Trade XP computer for $100 credit at Best Buy

Just received a new 17" laptop from Dell. Had two visits with Dell Support totaling 3 hours on the phone due to me not being very good at this computer stuff. Under warranty so it was free. They went beyond warranty work as they loaded CD's from old Dell XP computer to my new one which I tried ...
by Grandpaboys
Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade XP computer for $100 credit at Best Buy
Replies: 6
Views: 998

Re: Multiple Pensions - PBGC Question

PBGC pays me monthly for two pensions, resulting from merger of two companies. The payout was figured independently from each other. Both were under the max I could receive. There was no indication at all of any grouping. Was not ever mentioned by PBGC that this might be a possibility. I was retired...
by Grandpaboys
Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Multiple Pensions - PBGC Question
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: Installing Win8.1 on an old PC - one successful data poi

I wanted to do what you did however my 2007 laptop computer did not have enough guts to get that accomplished. I can do Windows 7 but do not think I would be satisfied with performance of that product and preferred to put my money into into a top line computer from Dell. My son is VP at a large comp...
by Grandpaboys
Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing Win8.1 on an old PC - one successful data point
Replies: 24
Views: 1881

Re: Are Rheem gas water heaters good quality?

All plumbers here recommend nothing but Rheem
by Grandpaboys
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Rheem gas water heaters good quality?
Replies: 16
Views: 5058

Re: Farmers Auto, house, umbrella insurance

When Farmers pulled out of Texas very suddenly it left me less than a month to go elsewhere. I have not and will not ever use Farmers Insurance. Completely unreliable. My friend was an agent for Farmers and it just wrecked her business.
by Grandpaboys
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Farmers Auto, house, umbrella insurance
Replies: 9
Views: 933

Re: Things to do in St.Louis with a toddler

I grew up in St. Louis, I second the ZOO
by Grandpaboys
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in St.Louis with a toddler
Replies: 15
Views: 942

Re: Sleeping With Bonds!!!!!

My 85% Bond Funds were purchased in 2008 and I will stay the course.
by Grandpaboys
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sleeping With Bonds!!!!!
Replies: 74
Views: 7664

Re: Vanguard Website not available

I was going to dump AT & T for Time Warner. When the tech came to the house I learned the speed was very little improved. The price was 25 + 5 + 5 or $25 plus tax. The extra fives being for the Router per month or buy your own at some $100 bucks and the other for wireless per month as it is not ...
by Grandpaboys
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Website not available
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Income tax bracket strategy vs gains tax question

Keeping your total income within the 15% tax bracket your long term gains will be taxed at -0-. You can use Turbo Tax or just follow last years return and get a close estimate of how much long term capital gains you can take at the -0- rate.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Income tax bracket strategy vs gains tax question
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Morningstar.com

I have tried to cancel all e-mails from Morningstar with no success. Now I am trying to cancel my free membership with no success. Can anyone help me out here?
by Grandpaboys
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:20 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Morningstar.com
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: ACH external to/from Vanguard?

My Prime Money Market Account for which I have checks for has the Transit Code and Account Numbers on the checks. These are the Numbers you use.
by Grandpaboys
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ACH external to/from Vanguard?
Replies: 12
Views: 1508

Re: Inexpensive cell phone- Verizon

Look at Tracfone. Have used it for years in off beaten places and never had a problem with reception. This is a prepaid cell phone.
by Grandpaboys
Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive cell phone- Verizon
Replies: 45
Views: 3834

Re: buying rv

I have been RV for 30 years. Have owned 3 motor homes. My opinion is to buy used and save big bucks. Currently have 37' Diesel Motor Home for sale for $20,000. If interested PM me.
by Grandpaboys
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying rv
Replies: 16
Views: 1439

Re: Which Pension choice should I make?

With limited information to run the numbers and know your personal situation, the one thing I would be thinking about is how secure is the payee in your planning for the next 30+ some years of retirement. My company went bankrupt before I retired but Uncle SAM took over the pension program before th...
by Grandpaboys
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Pension choice should I make?
Replies: 13
Views: 1229

Re: In contract on home with settlement and drainage concern

If it were me and my wife we would walk away quick.
by Grandpaboys
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In contract on home with settlement and drainage concerns
Replies: 17
Views: 1436

Re: Alternative Energy Suppliers

Last months bill I used 1591 kwh at a total rate of .129 cents per kwh.
by Grandpaboys
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative Energy Suppliers
Replies: 20
Views: 1257

Re: Alternative Energy Suppliers

Here in Texas I pay .12 cents per kwh
by Grandpaboys
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative Energy Suppliers
Replies: 20
Views: 1257

Re: Move money between Schwab and Vanguard

the problem the OP had was pulling from Schwab. With a Schwab checking account can the OP pull from Vanguard or is that too blocked by Schwab? I assume the checking account at Schwab would be in conjunction with his Money Market Account at Schwab.
by Grandpaboys
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Move money between Schwab and Vanguard
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Move money between Schwab and Vanguard

If the link process is set up what is the reason Schwab gives for not allowing the transfer? This process is not meant to be a one way street. When Schwab accepted the set up prosess did they at the time say is was a one way street? I have had as many as 4 Banks that I ACH money between with Vandgua...
by Grandpaboys
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Move money between Schwab and Vanguard
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: Muni Withdrawal phase - lower tax bracket during retirem

In my case I am in the 15% bracket, however if I eliminated my large investment in Limited Term Tax Exempt I would be in the 25% bracket. This allows me to take large long term capital gains to the limit of the 15% bracket and pay -0- tax on these capital gains. I have done this for 3 years and hope...
by Grandpaboys
Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Muni Withdrawal phase - lower tax bracket during retirement
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

Re: Appliances Dilemma - Replace just the broken or Replace

How much money do you want to spend?
by Grandpaboys
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appliances Dilemma - Replace just the broken or Replace all
Replies: 34
Views: 2061
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