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Re: When to Buy Air Tik to Florida

Kayak has a "Price Trends" and give a "Book Now" recommendation if indicated.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to Buy Air Tik to Florida
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: What to do with old Macbook Pro?

I've had pretty good luck selling things on Craigslist. Make sure that you post several good quality pictures and provide a complete description of the machine. Insist on cash payment and meet in a public place like Starbucks or Kinkos. Also insert the line "If this ad is visible, the item is s...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with old Macbook Pro?
Replies: 24
Views: 1768

Re: I found a new coffee.

I guess I'm a coffee snob too based on some of the above comments. One thing that surprised me is some "snobs" buy 3 lb or larger bags of coffee. I buy 12 oz bags and can tell the taste is getting stale near the end of the bag. I always close the bag up tight after each use. How can you br...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 72
Views: 5191

Re: Anyone Actually Using Quicken on a Mac?

Interesting responses. Thanks to all for your replies. Since both Moneydance and Quicken for Mac have a free trial period, I think I'll give both of them a try and see for myself.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Actually Using Quicken on a Mac?
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Anyone Actually Using Quicken on a Mac?

I know the Mac version of Quicken has been thoroughly trashed by lots of people. In spite of that, I'm thinking of trying it. Most of what I'm doing with Quicken now revolves around bill pay and I rarely if ever look at brokerage accounts. I've just upgraded my Mac and don't really want to go throug...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Actually Using Quicken on a Mac?
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: VISA Signature? MasterCard World

mikep wrote:20% off movie tickets at Fandango with $25 gift cards for $20 at Fandango. Even factoring in Fandango fees, cheaper than paying the theater directly.


Also have Buy 1 - Get 1 Free movie tickets on Friday. https://tickets.fandango.com/visasignature/
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VISA Signature? MasterCard World
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: What Do You Eat For Snacks?

Kersten, thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it. Sounds great.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Eat For Snacks?
Replies: 103
Views: 6194

Re: What Do You Eat For Snacks?

Some very interesting responses. I've never thought about eating while I'm riding since I'm never hungry then. I'll give that a try. Many of the snacks mentioned I eaten in the past. As I step back a bit and analyze the situation, exercise seems to really stoke my hunger. In the winter when I'm less...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Eat For Snacks?
Replies: 103
Views: 6194

What Do You Eat For Snacks?

In the warmer months I tend to spend a lot of time riding my bike. A typical ride burns ~ 950 calories but the side effect is that it leave me ravenous for much of the day. My biggest problem is that I can't seem to find anything to snack on that relieves the hunger. I love fruit but even a fairly l...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Eat For Snacks?
Replies: 103
Views: 6194

Re: AMEX Card - waiving annual fee?

I don't think you'll be able to get the bonus again. They have changed their bonus policy so that if you have ever had a particular card, you are no longer eligible for a bonus. http://thepointsguy.com/2014/03/american-express-tightening-sign-up-bonuses-no-past-cardholders-allowed-starting-in-may-an...
by LifeIsGood
Thu May 29, 2014 7:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMEX Card - waiving annual fee?
Replies: 15
Views: 2179

Re: [Problem obtaining online] Free Credit Report

I had a problem with the verification questions from Equifax. Just like everyone else, they asked about loans and mortgages that I didn't or never had. I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and received the following lame response: The security questions presented to the consumer via t...
by LifeIsGood
Sun May 25, 2014 7:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Problem obtaining online] Free Credit Report
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: Trex deck pressure washing - questions

I used one of these (or something very similar) for my composite deck. It works great! http://www.powerequipmentdirect.com/Briggs-&-Stratton-6178/p8259.html Two spinning nozzles produce a very even cleaning action. I highly recommend it. Edit: Here's another: http://www.homedepot.com/p/EZClean-...
by LifeIsGood
Thu May 22, 2014 7:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex deck pressure washing - questions
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Trex deck pressure washing - questions

I have the same pressure washer and just finished cleaning my sidewalks and driveway. I found that the 25 degree nozzle worked pretty well. If you get an especially tough area, just move the wand slower. You may also want to consider soaking the area with bleach or bleach/Jomax solution to help with...
by LifeIsGood
Wed May 21, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex deck pressure washing - questions
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: North Carolina/Virginia vacation

If you're considering N. GA, Blue Ridge is a nice town. Lake Blue Ridge is minutes away and the town is one of the few that has some decent restaurants.
by LifeIsGood
Tue May 13, 2014 7:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: North Carolina/Virginia vacation
Replies: 24
Views: 1750

Re: Pressure Washer Hose

Did you pay for this with a credit card? You may be eligible for free repair under the credit card's extended warranty provision.
by LifeIsGood
Fri May 09, 2014 7:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Washer Hose
Replies: 17
Views: 1016

Re: Submitting An Amended Fed. Tax Return

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
by LifeIsGood
Thu May 01, 2014 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Submitting An Amended Fed. Tax Return
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Submitting An Amended Fed. Tax Return

I just finished running an amended tax return in Turbo Tax. I know it must be printed and mailed in. Turbo Tax shows a 1040-X form and the new 1040 form. Do I have to print and submit both forms or only the 1099-X?
Thanks.
by LifeIsGood
Thu May 01, 2014 6:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Submitting An Amended Fed. Tax Return
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Need help - collection agency

My best advice is to let your daughter handle this. After all, she created the problem. If you continue to bail her out, there will never be any incentive for her to become more responsible. Sorry, don't mean to sermonize.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help - collection agency
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Re: Accommodation for Road Trip on I-95

One suggestion on hotels off I-95: get a reservation by mid-afternoon. I recently did a road trip and started calling hotels early in the evening and almost all were already booked.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accommodation for Road Trip on I-95
Replies: 26
Views: 3551

Re: Need Ear Bud Recommendation

My main concern with ear buds was wind noise. The MEElectronics are very effective in reducing wind noise but I am still able to hear other street sounds quite well. Maybe it has something to do with the frequency of the wind noise. I also wear a helmet and a bright yellow safety vest.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5684

Update

I've had a few rides with my MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 earbuds. Definitely an improvement. Wind noise is still present but greatly reduced. One other bonus is that the fidelity on these earbuds is much better than my old pair. Thanks Linuxology for the recommendation. Bogleheads come through again.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5684

Re: Tried to get credit report - security questions don't ma

Like so many others, I have also had this problem with Equifax. I just filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I'm sure it won't solve anything but maybe if enough people complain they'll be forced to change.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tried to get credit report - security questions don't match
Replies: 54
Views: 8363

Re: Central AC and Forced Hot Air Heat (Gas)

I ran into the same thing a couple of years ago. I replaced the the entire system. I'm certain it would be cheaper to do it all at once instead of separately. You will also get a more efficient furnace that will begin to pay for itself immediately. I'm also assuming that you are planning on living i...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Central AC and Forced Hot Air Heat (Gas)
Replies: 15
Views: 2744

Re: Need Ear Bud Recommendation

Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up ordering the MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6. I'll let you know if they're a significant improvement over my Sony's.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5684

Need Ear Bud Recommendation

I listen to podcasts while riding my bike (non-motorized). I have some ear buds that fit rather well but wind noise makes listening almost impossible unless the volume is at a deafening level. Has anyone found a brand of ear buds that might solve my problem?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5684

Re: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred ca

I was successful making a claim with VISA Signature on camera. The repair totaled approx. $259 and they covered it. They wanted a copy of the repair estimate, the original purchase receipt and the statement where the original charge appeared. On a slightly different vein, I had some batteries leak a...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred cards?
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: BBQ Road Trip

I would recommend reading the BBQ section of Michael Pollan's book Cooked. He visits a number of the expert BBQ cooks in the South and gives some helpful insight into the making of BBQ. It seems that many of the best places are these roadside shacks found in small communities off the beaten path. A...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BBQ Road Trip
Replies: 50
Views: 3273

BBQ Road Trip

A friend and I want to do a BBQ road trip in the S. Carolina, N. Carolina or Tennessee area. Does anyone have any suggestions for some places to get great BBQ? Thanks.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BBQ Road Trip
Replies: 50
Views: 3273

Re: Ancestry Tests

My son gave me the Ancestry DNA test for father's day several years ago. It was a big yawn. Pretty much zero usable information.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry Tests
Replies: 19
Views: 1957

Re: Maximizing bonus on new credit card offers

The best thing to do would be to call AmEx and ask them. If you are told that the bonus is available, make sure you get it in writing. I've had issues in the past and had to really fight to get promised bonuses.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Maximizing bonus on new credit card offers
Replies: 25
Views: 1553

Re: Verizon to Page Plus - documenting my experience

bogleraw wrote: I use Pincheap.com to get $80 refills for $74 on each phone. If anybody has cheaper sources, please share :


I also use Pincheap for refills. They have the best "non-sale" prices I've found. Unfortunately, they keep rejecting my automatic refills via credit card.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon to Page Plus - documenting my experience
Replies: 39
Views: 4410

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax

Out of curiosity, what funds were corrected? I haven't gotten a corrected statement yet, and own VEU VXUS, VTI, and VOO. Plus one mutual fund. Should I keep waiting? The correction was for a dividend paying stock that I own in my "Play Money" portfolio. Thanks HouseStark, jebmke, and earl...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax

Thanks for the info. OUCH! I guess the early bird gets the shaft. If I were to leave everything as is and not file an amended return, wouldn't IRS catch the discrepancy on my return and just refund the difference?
by LifeIsGood
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax

I purposely waited to file my taxes hoping that the corrected 1099's were final. Yesterday's mail had a second set of corrected 1099's from VBS. The good news is my taxes will decrease $83. My questions are: 1. Can I efile again with Turbotax for free? Do I file an amended return? 2. How long should...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage Corrected Statements and Turbotax
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Rolling 2 HSA Accounts Into One

Thanks for the info. I think I'll transfer my accounts to ELFCU. Very reasonable fees.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rolling 2 HSA Accounts Into One
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Rolling 2 HSA Accounts Into One

My wife and I each have a separate HSA account held by the same credit union. We are both 66 yrs old and don't have any intentions of using this money for medical expenses. Given the paltry interest rate s and long term time horizon, I was thinking about rolling the accounts together and then transf...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rolling 2 HSA Accounts Into One
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: LifeLock

Products like this are dealing with a problem after the fact. Just do like Furwut suggests and initiate a credit free. Problem PREVENTED !
by LifeIsGood
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: LifeLock
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Planning first trip to Oregon and Seattle - advice sough

Our best wine tasting was at a tiny winery called Belle Pente Vineyards. It's a short drive from McMinnville. Tasting are by appointment only and email is the best way to contact them (wine@bellepente.com). We also enjoyed Trisaetum Vineyards which is also not too far from McMinnville. We got take o...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first trip to Oregon and Seattle - advice sought!
Replies: 40
Views: 2110

Re: Question for Oenophiles!

I think Pinot is one of the varietals where price does matter. I've tried $10 bottles and didn't like them at all. One moderately priced pinot that I do enjoy is Meiomi Belle Glos . I can usually find it for $19/bottle.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Oenophiles!
Replies: 19
Views: 1336

Re: AMEX rewards on Kroger error

Not to hijack this thread, but does the $6000 cap reset every year?
by LifeIsGood
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMEX rewards on Kroger error
Replies: 15
Views: 1374

Re: Use of tax software for planning

If you don't want to use TurboTax or other tax software, this Excel template is pretty useful - http://www.taxvisor.com/taxes/
by LifeIsGood
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Use of tax software for planning
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

Help W/ IRA->ROTH Conversion

For the past couple of years, I've been doing an IRA to ROTH conversion such that I still stay close to the 15% tax bracket. I'm sl. over 66 so I have about 5 years before RMD's kick in. I'm estimating those to equal approx. $50k/yr. Here's where I'm struggling. I've run the following scenarios in T...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help W/ IRA->ROTH Conversion
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Re: Carolina Vacation Recommendations

We've been going to Hilton Head, SC for the past 20 years and the entire family loves it. We're partial to Sea Pines Plantation but there are many other great places to stay.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carolina Vacation Recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Cancellation fee from health provider - feeling ripped o

Let me put myself in the provider's shoes: You PRE-PAID me for 3 sessions. You missed one. No only do I NOT have to spend time with you on the day that you missed but I get paid as well. Those charges you were levied are a total rip off. Unless this person can walk on water, I'd leave. It appears $$...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancellation fee from health provider - feeling ripped off
Replies: 30
Views: 2083

Re: Problem with Broker/Brokerage

Life is good: Can you post a copy of the part in the e-mail which refers to "cash bonus for new money deposited with the firm." Also any restriction in fine print at the bottom. From the email - . .... we do have free equity trades (60 days) as well as $1k for your wife if she opens &...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Problem with Broker/Brokerage
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Problem with Broker/Brokerage

Late last year I received an email from a representative of a major brokerage firm where I have some investments. He was promising a cash bonus for new money deposited with the firm. I replied to his email and mentioned that my wife has an IRA and would it be eligible for any bonuses as well if tran...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Problem with Broker/Brokerage
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: My kids want a treehouse -

Blue wrote:
Found a great treehouse supply site, http://www.treehousesupplies.com/ that includes Rope Ladders and Zip Lines among many other cool items.



Lots of cool stuff but Lord, check out the prices! Attachment bolts START at $95 each.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My kids want a treehouse -
Replies: 36
Views: 2730

Re: My Next Step = Current FireFighter Looking For Advise

Any interest in starting a landscaping business? You wouldn't need a tremendous amount of capital to start and you'd be your own boss. Just a thought.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Next Step = Current FireFighter Looking For Advise
Replies: 15
Views: 1104

Re: anyone here subscribe to The Economist? (renewal questio

I'm a bit late with this since you've renewed but how about free? I've used a web site called Rewards Survey for the past year and have gotten the Wall St. Journal and Wine Spectator. They will periodically email you to fill out surveys. They generally are about 25 questions and just take a few minu...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone here subscribe to The Economist? (renewal question)
Replies: 32
Views: 6703

Re: Turbo Tax or Seek Professional Help (Business Purchase)

I think it would be a good idea to at least touch base with an accountant and verify that your present course is correct. There may be some business deductions that you may be entitled to but may require filing a corporate return. I would hope the the accountant the business is now using would comp....
by LifeIsGood
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax or Seek Professional Help (Business Purchase)
Replies: 2
Views: 214
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