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by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 71
Views: 6978

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

The book "Mama's Bank Account" by Kathyrn Forbes which was the basis for the movie and play "I Remember Mama" was chockfull of wonderful financial lessons. Don't remember if the subsequent movie was. In the book there was the memorably cheap Norwegian uncle who after he died was ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 71
Views: 6978

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). Really? It's been a long time since I read the book--I'm not sure I've ever seen the movie--I remember loving it, but not much about it--"there is a tree that grows in Brooklyn which some people call the Tree of Heaven..." What's the money lesson? Maybe th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Johns Hopkins and Baltimore
Replies: 11
Views: 1857

Re: Johns Hopkins and Baltimore

Public transportation around JHU is pretty good. Haven't been there in years but the city buses were frequent and regular and you could take them down Charles St/St. Paul and down to Harbor Place, the aquarium, downtown and some of the sites, as well as north to Townson and Roland Park. JHU used to ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 70 year old boiler for radiant heating. Upgrade or keep it running?
Replies: 14
Views: 871

Re: 70 year old boiler for radiant heating. Upgrade or keep it running?

My mom had an old boiler like that powering the radiant heating in her old house. Similar situation to yours. Concrete slab floors, circa 1954 boiler. She was able to keep it going for years, although the repairs grew more frequent. There were also gas leaks in the old pipes going to the boiler and ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fabric protection (for armchairs)
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: Fabric protection (for armchairs)

We have ordered two new armchairs for the living room. We turned down the fabric protection that includes in-home stain removal at $90 per chair for a couple of years. Opinions? In my previous experience, even a can or two of ScotchGard was expensive and ineffective. Our most likely stains are coff...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

A reminder that the Madison Bogleheads will be meeting this Thursday evening, August 13, at 7 pm at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Dr. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inherited jewelry and have no clue how to liquidate
Replies: 27
Views: 2759

Re: Inherited jewelry and have no clue how to liquidate

I've heard of folks having good luck selling jewelry to Circa: http://www.circajewels.com/
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hey, folks. Results of the Doodle Poll are in. This month's meeting will be on:

Thursday, August 13th at 7 PM at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive.

Join us then for a terrific talk by Larry about his adventures in investing through the years. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Madison Members... If you haven't yet voted for the day you'd like to attend our upcoming Incredible August Meeting featuring the investing adventures of Larry, please head to the Doodle poll now! See you there! At our last meeting we decided to hold an evening meeting in August since so many of us ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 13429

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

This is a beater: http://drivenautos.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/beater2.jpg Omigosh! It's my last car! I recognize the duct tape! Man, the good times we shared together... Gosh, how I miss that car. <sniff> This was our theme song: Da Yoopers' "Rusty Chevrolet": https://www.youtube.co...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 13429

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

A friend recently was at an interview for an IT job as a programmer. After a day of interviews her potential future boss walked her out to the parking lot and then proceeded to inspect her car. It was nothing special, a 6-year-old mid-range car. But the guy walked around it, peered through the wind...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 13429

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

A friend recently was at an interview for an IT job as a programmer. After a day of interviews her potential future boss walked her out to the parking lot and then proceeded to inspect her car. It was nothing special, a 6-year-old mid-range car. But the guy walked around it, peered through the windo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:44 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

At our last meeting we decided to hold an evening meeting in August since so many of us are busy on Saturdays in the summer. I've posted a Doodle poll to determine what night would be best. I've chosen two evenings in mid-August, kind of at random, Thursday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 18. Please...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arranging for Death Notifications?
Replies: 20
Views: 2421

Re: Arranging for Death Notifications?

Googling elderly daily check in service turns up a bunch of services. No idea how reliable/honest they are. The police dept. in the city where my mom lives has a free daily check-in service for the elderly. Someone from the police dept. calls registered elderly residents every morning and if there'...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner
Replies: 41
Views: 3758

Re: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner

We were receiving credit card statements for a prior resident of our house for about six or seven years. Every time we received them I wrote write on the envelope "Return to Sender" and "Person does not live at this address any longer" and would drop them back in the mail. Didn't...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting rid of moles & voles (rodents)
Replies: 28
Views: 1767

Re: Getting rid of moles & voles (rodents)

I've had success with one of the mole/vole repellants. I can't recall the name. It was granules, packaged in a bag like fertilizer, supposed to be safe for pets. Got it at the hardware store. You spread it over the area where the critters are tunneling. In this case it was the grass which was covere...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?
Replies: 89
Views: 7652

Re: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?

They had a Prime Day promotion for Amazon Visa card users...Put $100 on the card and get a $20 discount. It was advertised as available all day. When I tried to use it I got "This promotion is no longer available." So apparently even that was limited. Otherwise it seemed to me they were tr...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property
Replies: 52
Views: 4650

Re: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property

Over the years I've seen enough retaining walls collapse, buckle, bulge due to water problems and/or not having been built properly or age that I would strongly advise you not to take on the responsibility of maintaining a retaining wall that's been built by someone else for their benefit. No way.
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can you recommend comfortable walking shoes?
Replies: 48
Views: 4942

Re: can you recommend comfortable walking shoes?

Quality is out there if one is willing to pay for it. The problem is that many base "reasonable price" on sweatshop pricing and expect craftsman manufacturing for that price. If you're willing to find and pay for a proper shoe shop they should be able to find shoes suited to your feet and...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard conundrum
Replies: 63
Views: 10183

Re: Backyard conundrum

Was talking to my husband, the former landscaper, about the problem tree and overall backyard conundrum, and he suggested you build a deck yourself, because it's not hard (in his opinion), and you build it with a circular design around the tree, with the tree in the center of the deck, using the tre...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn
Replies: 84
Views: 8360

Re: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn

In the long run, this is the most economical, the most ecological, & the easiest to maintain: http://www.penick.net/digging/?page_id=33222 http://www.gimmegreen.com/home.htm Turf grass is barely better than green concrete as far as the environment is concerned. Over time, replace it with native...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Class action lawsuits as a stock holder
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Re: Class action lawsuits as a stock holder

I just got a check for $5 from a class action suit against Bain Capital related to shares we owned of Freescale Semiconductor, a spin-off of Motorola, maybe 10-12 years ago. It probably took me 30 minutes to dig out the records, fill out the form and mail it off. I'm sure the lawyers fared much bett...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn
Replies: 84
Views: 8360

Re: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn

I used to cut my mom's lawn which was a 1/2 acre. She had a small push mower. It would take me approximately 45 minutes for the front and 45 minutes for the back, and another half hour for the hill along the side. I would mow these sections on alternate days. We currently have a 1/4 acre lot and it ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard conundrum
Replies: 63
Views: 10183

Re: Backyard conundrum

Is that a cottonwood tree you have there? I'm guessing basswood (aka linden, tilia americana) from the leaves and bark. Also, bees love basswood. It's native to the eastern states, but I've seen in California. You may be right. I thought of cottonwood because the leaves look poplar-like. Basswood a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard conundrum
Replies: 63
Views: 10183

Re: Backyard conundrum

Is that a cottonwood tree you have there? They grow big and messy but if you prune them up they can be quite beautiful and provide a lot of shade. Understandable if you want to get rid of it however. They are messy. Scrolling through the pictures it looks like there's a gas station beyond the fence....
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best window treatment or shades for large windows
Replies: 10
Views: 893

Re: Best window treatment or shades for large windows

JC Penny's sells a wide variety of thermal drapes which are budget conscious and easy to put up. http://www.jcpenney.com/window/energy-efficient-blackout/cat.jump?id=cat100260235 I hung Penny's thermal drapes over our patio door, as well as our living room windows. They have a thermal backing, but I...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard conundrum
Replies: 63
Views: 10183

Re: Backyard conundrum

With landscaping it is the same as with finances. You have to read first, here it is the Boglehead Wiki. There is a lot of info about basic landscaping on the internet to read. There is the Garden Web, click on 'Landscape Design' in http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums Landscaping is no rocket scienc...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Angie's List [for home repair]
Replies: 21
Views: 2799

Re: Angie's List [for home repair]

The best recommendations I've received over the years have come from other tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians. Neighbors are also a good source. The local BBB is useless. A few years back they issued a warning to consumers to avoid a certain local home improvement chain that had logged thou...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard conundrum
Replies: 63
Views: 10183

Re: Backyard conundrum

When a friend wanted to re-landscape her back and front yards she paid a local landscape firm to draw up a redesign with sketches, a plant and materials list. This cost her about $600. Then slowly over time she hired workers to do elements of the redesign, did some of the work herself, bought the pl...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable shoes for work
Replies: 43
Views: 4241

Re: Comfortable shoes for work

I liked Danskos (traditional clog model) but have found that I will catch the sole on an uneven piece of sidewalk or on the floor once every six months or so and roll an ankle. This can occasionally cause ankle injuries or falls but if you're relatively young/healthy you're probably not at high ris...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping a bottle of wine as a gift?
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Shipping a bottle of wine as a gift?

Wollersheim Winery's Prairie Fume is a wonderful white wine and extremely popular around here. It's usually about $10/bottle. They can ship to California, although regulations are such that they can't ship to all states. In general Wollersheim is known for having superb wines. They offer both red an...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to purchase a summer hat
Replies: 26
Views: 2976

Re: Best place to purchase a summer hat

LL.Bean has some really nice sun-blocking hats: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/86630?feat=hat-SR0&page=tropicwear-outback-hat A few years ago Consumer Reports tested sun-blocking garments from a variety of retailers and manufacturers and found that garments from LL.Bean and Land's End did the be...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Please join us for the June meeting of the Madison Area Bogleheads. This Saturday, June 13 at noon at Sprecher's Pub at 1262 John Q. Hammonds Dr., on Madison's far west side. We're planning to hold a special summer evening meeting in August. Date to come. Otherwise the Madison, WI Bogleheads meet ev...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4403

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

Yes, they are buckthorn and they completely line the property line (on his side). The fence in the back keeps it at bay, but they branches really start to creep over to my side over the fence. On the front part of the house, I have a partial fence that keeps some of it at bay but there is an open p...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead flea treatment?
Replies: 39
Views: 2571

Re: Boglehead flea treatment?

Mrs.Feely, how many times a day did you have to comb your cats to control the fleas without use of chemical treatments? Would you recommend steam cleaning the carpets? I combed each of my two cats once every evening. During the day I'd do a check of them for fleas whenever I had a minute. After abo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead flea treatment?
Replies: 39
Views: 2571

Re: Boglehead flea treatment?

In my experience, having 100% indoor cats as I do, that is not a guarantee of no fleas. Mrs. Feeley, is that a new avatar, or maybe I never noticed it before. Yes it is a new avatar! It is our big goofy lab. :D All our cats have been indoor-only cats and over the years all have picked up fleas at l...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead flea treatment?
Replies: 39
Views: 2571

Re: Boglehead flea treatment?

A few years ago our indoor cats suffered a really bad infestation of fleas. We have dogs and treat them with Advantix or Frontline, whatever our vet is recommending at the time. The dogs didn't get fleas, just the cats. Maybe the fleas came in the house on the dogs or on our shoes or clothing. There...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unclaimed property
Replies: 28
Views: 2866

Re: Unclaimed property

I've given up telling relatives they have unclaimed property. It just sits there from year to year unclaimed. I find this baffling. There have been a couple of instances in which I've spotted unclaimed property in the names of friends or relatives. I've told them, they seemed grateful and even reli...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep underground storm cellar (in Florida)?
Replies: 48
Views: 3498

Re: Keep underground storm cellar (in Florida)?

Looks like you have a home-made fallout shelter from the 1950s. Here is a history of them: http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3706.html A few pertinent excerpts: "The federal government recommended that fallout shelters be placed in a basement or buried in the backyard. The idea was to get as mu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unclaimed property
Replies: 28
Views: 2866

Re: Unclaimed property

Years ago a relative spotted stock dividends in our name that had ended up in our state's unclaimed property database. We had transferred the shares between brokerages and somehow one of the dividend payments got lost. I subsequently spotted MIA stock dividends for another relative in the unclaimed ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I hate garage sales; do I have company?
Replies: 38
Views: 2707

Re: I hate garage sales; do I have company?

The 5am thing is unreasonable and they do have to have a rule about not opening until a later hour - and then not make anything available/visible before that time. Our neighbor advertised his garage sale as an estate sale and there were cars lining up in the street at 5 a.m even though the sale did...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 12824

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Please join us for the June meeting of the Madison Area Bogleheads. Saturday, June 13 at noon at Sprecher's Pub at 1262 John Q. Hammonds Dr., on Madison's far west side.

Remember, Bogleheads meets every other month, on the second Saturday of the month, at noon at Sprecher's.
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread Machines?
Replies: 41
Views: 2960

Re: Bread Machines?

To my way of thinking the big hassle of making bread is pulling out all ingredients, finding the recipe, measuring things, checking the recipe--which is harder now that I am older and means I must also find my reading glasses, and then re-checking the recipe and the measurements once I have found my...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun May 31, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 80k to invest. Spoke to Fidelity
Replies: 38
Views: 4240

Re: 80k to invest. Spoke to Fidelity

I would pass on the PAS. :) According to Fidelity's web site "A gross annual advisory fee will be charged—between 0.63% and 1.7%—and will vary based on total assets invested." That means you'll be paying from $504 to $1360 per year for someone to drop your money into a collection of high-f...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 27, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to sell old home. Should we spend money to modernize it first?
Replies: 38
Views: 3469

Re: Need to sell old home. Should we spend money to modernize it first?

A friend had her parents' 60-year-old home up for sale. After an open house she found that people had been pulling up the carpet in various rooms to see if there was hardwood below it.
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue May 26, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to sell old home. Should we spend money to modernize it first?
Replies: 38
Views: 3469

Re: Need to sell old home. Should we spend money to modernize it first?

We live in a neighborhood with 50+-year-old homes and they seem to sell pretty well and at high prices without any upgrades whatsoever beyond their 1960s-1970s interiors. Occasionally you hear of someone being instructed by a real estate agent to tear out wallpaper and convert a fireplace to gas, bu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue May 26, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still make sense to have AAA membership?
Replies: 74
Views: 6555

Re: Still make sense to have AAA membership?

We had a bad year when we used it 4 times for battery problems, and they did not disappoint. Otherwise, it's just an insurance for peace of mind. I'd rather pay them than Geico for road assistance (especially since the latter might be treated as a claim and increase my premiums). We keep renewing t...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 08, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are packages delivered to curbside mailboxes?
Replies: 31
Views: 2883

Re: How are packages delivered to curbside mailboxes?

She said she was supplied with a hand truck (dolly) for the really heavy shipments. I didn't ask, but had to wonder, what would she do if after wrestling a 70 lb box with the hand truck to get it to the front door, discovered that no one was home? Would she still leave it, or be obliged to re-load ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed May 06, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wisconsin vacation ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 2662

Re: Wisconsin vacation ideas

American Players outdoor theatre in Spring Green, near House on the Hill, is a must-see if you're a theatre lover. Holy Hill, the Catholic cathedral near Hubertus, site of alleged miracles and heavenly visitations, is a nice stop if you're spiritually included. If you plan to be in Milwaukee, some o...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon May 04, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 400lbs, delivery or pick up?
Replies: 63
Views: 3799

Re: 400lbs, delivery or pick up?

For a shipment this large they might not use UPS but instead ship it via a large-shipment trucking service. If they do you'll need a driveway into which they can back their monster truck and a plan to handle/store the shrink-wrapped skids when they're delivered. For instance the drivers might be wil...

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