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Re: Buying for someone who "has everything"

For a holiday gift exchange one year a friend gave everyone high-quality paint brushes. This was a huge hit as we were all DIY homeowners with painting projects. Most of us were too cheap to buy anything other than those crummy $1 stiff-plastic paint brushes. With a great paint brush, especially a g...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying for someone who "has everything"
Replies: 43
Views: 2306

Re: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff

In "Predictably Irrational" Dan Ariely describes experiments with different tempting items put into college-dorm refrigerators. When a bundle of Coca-Cola cans was placed in, all the cans have disappeared fairly quickly. When a plate with one-dollar bills was placed in (of equivalent valu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 5201

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Does anyone here ever get to the point of finance book overload where all these books are pretty much saying the same thing? Yeah. I read so many over the years that at a certain point I just had to stop. I read John Bogle's last title and was glad that I did. I'll probably read the new Michael Lew...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2635
Views: 603346

Re: Mayo clinic is the best clinic in America ??

Mayo is wonderful. We have friends who've gone there. A friend's brother had a suspected heart problem that numerous doctors and clinics were unable to diagnose. He finally went to Mayo where the problem was quickly diagnosed and he had surgery. Best of luck, and hoping your problem is speedily diag...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mayo clinic is the best clinic in America ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2766

Re: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)

Woodworking is my most expensive hobby. I bought my equipment back in the early 1980s and probably spent less than $500. The only ongoing expenses I have are mostly for the wood that I use on the projects........so it is really not that expensive of a hobby. I have made everything from furniture to...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)
Replies: 126
Views: 9241

Re: Disabled parent looking to invest for the first time

If she's on Medicare wouldn't it make more sense for her to subscribe to Medicare Part B than to pay $800/month for a supplemental policy? I think Part B is under $200.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Disabled parent looking to invest for the first time
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Advice needed on problem neighbors

A friend lived in a townhouse/condo complex in which several residents abandoned the properties when they went into foreclosure, turning them over to kids or grandkids to live in rent-free until the bank kicked them out. Around here foreclosures go fairly quickly if the owner never bothers to turn u...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice needed on problem neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 3144

Re: Water line, sewer line, in-house plumbing insurance

Thank you for posting this question, Coffeehubcap . We recently got a mailing that supposedly came from our city water dept. pitching a sewer line warranty policy, and I was considering posting about it, asking what others thought. The mailing came to us in a city water dept. envelope and with a let...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water line, sewer line, in-house plumbing insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 984

Re: A thank-you to veterans

Thank you to all the vets! Thank you for your incredible sacrifices. Thank you for fighting the good fight in a world where it's too easy to give up. Thank you! :beer
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: A thank-you to veterans
Replies: 32
Views: 1036

Re: Gloves & working with food

As someone who worked as a waitress 40 years ago what I'd like to know is what happened to hairnets? Those little paper hats don't do a darn thing as far as keeping hair out of food. And what's the deal with allowing food servers to serve food without keeping their hair tied back and covered?
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gloves & working with food
Replies: 32
Views: 1372

Re: Ring setting question

I went to a shop that sold gems and minerals mostly to rock collectors when a stone fell out of an earring and I wanted to get it re-set. They had on staff people who did custom jewelry work and repairs. They charged about $10-$12 per prong to set stones. Perhaps there's a shop like that in your com...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ring setting question
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Countertop made from remnant slab?

A friend bought some remnants from a quarry for use in bathroom vanity tops. One thing she discovered after she bought them was that the measurements listed on the slabs were inaccurate. One remnant ended up a few inches too short for the vanity top. Her advice is to measure remnants carefully befor...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Countertop made from remnant slab?
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

Re: Might lose house, divorce or not? How to protect assets?

Is he a veteran? There is a program that offers nursing home assistance for vets:

"Little Known Benefit for Aging Veterans" from NY Times
http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012 ... -veterans/
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [How to max assets for one spouse, other needs assistance?]
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Re: On Shopping And Receiving Change

Greetings, Munchkin Man! Mrs. Feeley is relieved to see that you have survived your killer facial. Mrs. Feeley is glad we did not lose Munchkin Man beneath a meringue of cold cream. :D Mrs. Feeley rarely thinks much about change except for how relieved she is whenever the change that is given is the...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On Shopping And Receiving Change
Replies: 56
Views: 3000

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

After a coworker of my husband's bought a new house they immediately swapped their eight-year-old Toyota for a new luxury sedan under the rational that they didn't want to move into a new neighborhood with an old car and suffer the embarrassment of having the new neighbors see an old Toyota in their...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 93
Views: 9763

Re: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]

I am so very sorry, Taylor. Please accept my condolences. In everything you wrote about her Pat sounded like a truly remarkable woman, one who graced the world with kindness, compassion and intelligence. A beautiful spirit who left the world a far better place. You and your family are in my thoughts...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]
Replies: 225
Views: 15431

Re: Wasp nests

Some wasps make nests inside mouse runs. I had a black hornet type nest inside a small juniper, noticed it too late and could not outrun one of them. That bite changed the skin of my right elbow for 10 years. I would say, be careful. Also do not put your hand into anything when you did not survey t...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wasp nests
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: Joining a religious order with a poverty vow

Years ago the common advice for someone in your situation would be to put the money into EE U.S. Savings Bonds and put them into a safe deposit box. Because the interest wouldn't appear on your taxes until they were cashed, they could be held for years without anyone knowing of their existence. Don'...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joining a religious order with a poverty vow
Replies: 62
Views: 3138

Re: Replace Outdated Appliance?

I don't think I would replace the stove. But you may want to measure the refrigerator and make a few visits to local appliance stores to see what they offer and if they tend to have in stock friges of the dimensions that you will need. Since the refrigerator is 17 years old you may wake up one day t...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Outdated Appliance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1481

Re: Round-up and mulching.

I had a few bad infestations of bishop's weed. I dug it all up, making sure I got every strand of root, and replaced the soil. It never came back. I had planned on hitting any later emerging sprouts of the weed with Round-up but I never had to do that. I tossed the bishop's weed in the compost pile ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Round-up and mulching.
Replies: 22
Views: 1624

Re: Dog keeps me awake

We have a 14-year-old lab. Last summer he started pacing incessantly at night. We thought it might be due to dementia or perhaps he was in pain from arthritis or one of his many health problems. Our vet gave us pain killers for him at night but they helped not a bit. Eventually we discovered that th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog keeps me awake
Replies: 21
Views: 2868

Re: Wireless Water Meter Aggravation

The local water dept. recently installed one of their wireless meter transmitters on our meter. They used an out-of-state contractor to do the job. It appeared that the contractors' employees were trained to do nothing except screw the top off a standard meter, screw on a new top and staple a transm...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Water Meter Aggravation
Replies: 23
Views: 1436

Re: Financial Power Of Attorney

There was an episode where my husband works in which a coworker suffered a major heart attack that left him on life-support. He was not expected to survive. Because his wife had POA, with the help of the H.R. dept. she was able to retire him on disability before he died. There was some H.R. technica...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu May 30, 2013 12:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Power Of Attorney
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: Does Vinegar kill weeds?

Tried normal grocery store vinegar and it doesn't work. Nor does vodka. Or gin or creme de menthe. The neighbors were cleaning out their liquor cabinet and we poured all the old booze on various patches of weeds as an experiment. Not only did none die, the creeping charley seemed to thrive on the vo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 17, 2013 11:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Vinegar kill weeds?
Replies: 31
Views: 2833

Re: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??

Re: DeBeers Back in the 1920s DeBeers did a lot of promotion specifically targeting children of immigrants, portraying the diamond engagement ring as an American custom and symbol of success in this country. The implication was that by presenting one's beloved with a diamond ring you were showing he...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri May 10, 2013 12:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 19057

Keeping Receipts When You're a Homeowner

We've lived in our home for 15 years now and have done a fair amount of work on the place. Everything from new roof, siding and insulation, to new mechanicals and landscape improvements. I have a large file drawer absolutely crammed with receipts for everything major and minor, the latter spanning f...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping Receipts When You're a Homeowner
Replies: 14
Views: 2314

Re: Selling my medical privacy for $5?

I get prescriptions for my dogs filled at a local grocery pharmacy with a similar rewards program. The vet puts the prescriptions in my name. I can only imagine what sort of information about me is floating around in databases. "Holy cow that woman has a lot of yeasty ear infections!"
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling my medical privacy for $5?
Replies: 18
Views: 2123

Re: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble

Close behind was the stuttering and "deer-in-the-headlights" look of the one guy when asked about "fiduciary responsibility" and the unbelievable statement by the Prudential lady that she'd never seen any studies that show indexing consistently outperforms. Hi Mel, If this was a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble
Replies: 318
Views: 33160

Re: Laundry Detergent Issues

This thread is like a Boglehead braintrust of information and advice on laundry soap! I'm actually taking notes as I read it. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Issues
Replies: 71
Views: 4962

Re: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble

Terrific program! Thanks to those of you who contributed so eloquently to it! And thanks to those who recommended it.

The obfuscating of the JPMorgan guy was truly priceless. My jaw dropped at the responses of the Prudential lady. None of the information was new but it was sure a good time. :beer
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Frontline--The Retirement Gamble
Replies: 318
Views: 33160

Re: Laundry Detergent Issues

We were getting strange bleach stains on clothes at one point. After many months, trying different detergent, dryer sheets, and everything else we could think of by process of elimination, we finally isolated the cause: the water softener was dying! After we replaced the water softener the bleach l...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Issues
Replies: 71
Views: 4962

Re: Laundry Detergent Issues

Hi, Munchkin Man! Glad you posted this thread. I use Arm & Hammer powdered detergent and I too have recently noticed discoloration spots on my black T-shirts. I don't use bleach because I'm extremely allergic to it. However my husband does periodically, and I thought perhaps some of it may have ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry Detergent Issues
Replies: 71
Views: 4962

Re: green tea lotion

I've tried the ointment, the soap and the shampoo and it made absolutely no difference in a chronic bacterial skin infection I was trying to clear up. It's supposed to have anti-bacterial qualities. But I think it was a waste of money.
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: green tea lotion
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: today's Dilbert cartoon

This seems very BH appropriate: http://dilbert.com/fast/2011-08-12/ Enjoy! Thought this also BH appropriate: http://www.dilbert.com/strips/2013-04-17/ :D It does make one wonder what a hedge fund would be like if it were managed by one's dogs. "Quick! Short everything that doesn't involve Fris...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: today's Dilbert cartoon
Replies: 31
Views: 4915

Re: Poll: How many $100 dinners out per year?

I have to laugh at this discussion. When I think of splurging on a meal, I think of eating lots of fat and chemicals. I believe in the importance of healthy eating, but every now and then I splurge and get my absolutely favorite meal: a hot dog, onion rings and a sundae. Cookie You and me both! Eve...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: How many $100 dinners out per year?
Replies: 152
Views: 9420

Re: tax payment to state is lost in the mail?

You have proof that you mailed it on time, so I don't think they can charge you interest or penalties. You mean proof that SOMETHING was mailed. Brian Well yes, proof that SOMETHING was mailed. Whether one's state revenue dept. will take that as proof that a payment was included depends upon the st...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: tax payment to state is lost in the mail?
Replies: 17
Views: 1139

Re: tax payment to state is lost in the mail?

You have proof that you mailed it on time, so I don't think they can charge you interest or penalties. I would sit tight for another month and see if they cash the check. It may just be sitting in a state revenue dept. mailbag somewhere. If you receive a tax bill, mail in a copy of your proof of mai...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: tax payment to state is lost in the mail?
Replies: 17
Views: 1139

Re: Second Career Abroad, Teaching ESL

I don't know if this is germaine to your decision, but I was recently talking to an ESL teacher. We live in a large university town with a large foreign-born population of researchers and professors and their families. She was telling me that there is a shortage of ESL-certified teachers in town, bo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Second Career Abroad, Teaching ESL
Replies: 25
Views: 1602

Re: Don't forget your 8086 form when you file your taxes!

I've even seen postings on other forums where CPAs have forgotten to file it for their clients. Kinda silly to pay tax twice on that money :cry: I had a tax preparer forget this form about 17 years ago. Does anybody just happen to know if that is fixable? My bet is "not fixable" at this p...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Don't forget your 8086 form when you file your taxes!
Replies: 42
Views: 10949

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

... Just finished "The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science" by J. L. Heilbron (Harvard Univ. Press, 1996). An account of Planck's ethical struggles during World War I and through the rise of Naziism on whether to speak out against or placate the barba...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2635
Views: 603346

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I just started re-reading A Confederacy of Dunces. I've never laughed out loud while reading a book as much as this one. This is one of my favorite books too and I try to re-read it once a year. Just finished "The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science" ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2635
Views: 603346

Re: Is It O.K. To Wash Wool "Dry Clean Only" Dress Pants?

I have washed 100-percent wool garments in the way you've described and they've almost always shrunk. Maybe not a lot, but enough to affect the fit. Hand-washing sweaters in Woolite can also potentially shrink them which is why it is recommended that they be blocked, i.e., stretched with pins on a s...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is It O.K. To Wash Wool "Dry Clean Only" Dress Pants?
Replies: 19
Views: 4453

Re: Casual Wardrobe Advice Wanted

The Munchkin Man has a terrible history of getting stains on the Munchkin Man's clothes. The most frequent stains that have appeared on the Munchkin Man's clothes have been of the following types: __________ Food stains Ink stains Toothpaste stains __________ The Munchkin Man has never mastered the...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Casual Wardrobe Advice Wanted
Replies: 65
Views: 7558

Re: Department Store Credit Cards

Store assistants always look at my as if I'm crazy when I refuse the store credit card for 10% off (or whatever it is that day). But to me, the more cards you have, the greater the risk that you'll forget to pay one of them one month. Besides, I don't shop at any one store enough to really make it ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Department Store Credit Cards
Replies: 29
Views: 2385

AP Story: "Study Sheds New Light on Funds' Investing Costs"

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/03/14/business/ap-us-of-mutual-interest-trading-costs.html?ref=aponline The study's authors found that the typical fund's trading-related expenses take a bigger bite out of investment returns than the separate fund management costs reflected in the expense ratio....
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:03 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AP Story: "Study Sheds New Light on Funds' Investing Costs"
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

Re: Any Minimalists on here?

My Mom (who was not a hoarder) threw out or gave away things from my great granddad's bottling company, including a wooden case of bottles. Agh. I have managed to get quite a few bottles from ebay saved searches, but no wooden case. It's amazing what turns up on ebay. Who would save and put up for ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Minimalists on here?
Replies: 93
Views: 9399

Re: Need to Push to Leave Broker/Become Own Financial Adviso

Yes, I do believe that you hit the nail on the head about my husband being very risk-averse....maybe as he has gotten older and the portfolio has grown due to his hard work and sweat (NO THANKS to our current advisor), he has become more so and we are just now realizing this fact. He tends to do ev...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need to Push to Leave Broker/Become Own Financial Advisor
Replies: 100
Views: 6263

Re: How easy to transfer IRA from Janus to Vanguard?

We transferred IRAs from Janus to Vanguard. Very easy. No medallion signatures required. Janus was easy to work with and did the transfers quickly. We sold the Janus funds first then transferred the cash. You can transfer the Janus fund holdings to Vanguard, but I think Janus will change the stock c...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How easy to transfer IRA from Janus to Vanguard?
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Co-worker's wallet was stolen

Females often carry some of this stuff in a PURSE which is not firmly attached to one's person. Can we agree that this is the source of the problem? My mom used to carry a big purse with all kinds of stuff in it. She actually walked tilted, trying to hold it up on her shoulder. Today, I see all kin...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Co-worker's wallet was stolen
Replies: 27
Views: 2570

Re: Co-worker's wallet was stolen

Is there anything else she should do? Did she have any medical or dental insurance cards in her wallet? The insurance companies will want to be informed and will probably issue new subscriber I.D. numbers and I.D. cards. Ditto for any hospitals that may have issued any medical records cards. Even si...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Co-worker's wallet was stolen
Replies: 27
Views: 2570
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