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Re: Those under 35 with a child 5 or under: Costs of child?

About $1000/month for food, diapers, doctor visits, insurance, and daycare. We have a 6 month old. 32 and 29.
by TxAg
Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those under 35 with a child 5 or under: Costs of child?
Replies: 50
Views: 2943

Re: Dallas-Fort Worth things to do

Pecan Lodge BBQ is a must
Several good breweries if beer is your thing :sharebeer
Perot Museum
Arboretum
Fort Worth Zoo
Visit SMU and/or TCU campus
Tour of AT&T Stadium
Northpark Mall
FC Dallas is fun to watch if you like soccer
Take a jog around Whiterock Lake
by TxAg
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas-Fort Worth things to do
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: average American eats out 203 times per year

My wife and I are frugal in many ways, but we live in an area with a high number of restaurants/bars per capita. We eat breakfast at home and pack lunches, but we don't mind spending money on dinner and drinks. Plus, it's fun to people watch.
by TxAg
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: average American eats out 203 times per year
Replies: 105
Views: 6517

Re: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?

At 32, I call my in-laws by their first name. My wife calls my parents by their first names. We refer to our own respective set of parents as mom and dad.
by TxAg
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?
Replies: 84
Views: 4767

Re: Recommendation for a 2 man tent

http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-2629100-Apex-Tent-sleeps/dp/B0043HH5CW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1407436378&sr=8-6&keywords=Eureka+tent I bought this one last year and have been pleased with it, however I would feel squished with two full sized adults in this tent. I'm 6' and 200+ ....it is th...
by TxAg
Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for a 2 man tent
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Re: Should i Buy a new car

How about $35-40k on a car that isn't a BMW
by TxAg
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should i Buy a new car
Replies: 87
Views: 4074

Re: Any other travel freaks?

I guess I'm a travel freak. Last year I spent 6 months on a road trip around the US mostly in the western states. Most of it was camping in or around National Parks, State Parks, BLM, US Forest sites etc. I didn't want it to end. Met some great people along the way. States visited: Washington, Idah...
by TxAg
Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any other travel freaks?
Replies: 117
Views: 8880

Re: Kroger for Gasoline

My wife typically buys gas at Kroger and saves $0.10-$0.20 /gallon. She probably only fills up every 3-4 weeks though (which is nice).

I'm fortunate enough to have company car/gas so I don't worry about it....I just get gas when and where I need it.
by TxAg
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kroger for Gasoline
Replies: 31
Views: 2199

Re: Selling House - Do We Need a Listing Broker?

I've often figured I could sell my current home myself. This thread supports my theory.

Realtors have their place, I guess....sort of like fund managers
by TxAg
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling House - Do We Need a Listing Broker?
Replies: 61
Views: 2918

Re: Looking for insights on San Antonio

I live in Dallas and enjoy it. If I had to move to another city in TX, San Antonio would definitely make the list. It can be as great or as bad as you make it. Personally, I like the city.
by TxAg
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for insights on San Antonio
Replies: 33
Views: 1630

Re: Rather be Home, Rather be at Work

I'd rather spend time with my daughter any day....and I have an easy job. I can't wait for early retirement (or early semi-retirement) :)
by TxAg
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rather be Home, Rather be at Work
Replies: 30
Views: 3868

Re: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?

I agree with you. Plus, I'd rather have the wooded area than the fake pond.
by TxAg
Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?
Replies: 31
Views: 2245

Re: Here's another "where should I retire" thread

@johnep and ChrisC, I will add the Charlotte area to my list. 2 months of hot and humid is tolerable for us, and most likely we would use some of that time to travel. We wound up rescuing a pit mix puppy recently (long story, but fwiw, I was anti pit until very recently) and she has more difficulty...
by TxAg
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Here's another "where should I retire" thread
Replies: 104
Views: 6482

Re: Buy a condo for college?

Wow, I'm surprised at all the positive comments in dorms. If your kids are friendly and outgoing, they will make friends. I would encourage them to join different groups, etc. If the numbers make sense, then go for it. Living on campus is blah compared to having your own place. Off campus (as long ...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy a condo for college?
Replies: 29
Views: 2560

Re: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?

I probably spend $2k on hunting each year....maybe more. A big negative in Texas is that we don't have much private land, so we "pay to play" so to speak, meaning we lease hunting rights. Otherwise, camping and hiking is pretty cheap and my wife and I make a vacation out of it. Recently, I...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?
Replies: 77
Views: 7385

Re: Favorite Athlete

I like many sports, but wouldn't say I have any "favorites"... i don't own a jersey or anything. I really enjoyed all the greats playing in this recent World Cup. There were lots of awesome field players, but I think Tim Howard and Manuel Neuer (of Germany) are both excellent goalkeepers a...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Athlete
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Buy a condo for college?

Wow, I'm surprised at all the positive comments in dorms. If your kids are friendly and outgoing, they will make friends. I would encourage them to join different groups, etc. If the numbers make sense, then go for it. Living on campus is blah compared to having your own place. Off campus (as long a...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 20, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy a condo for college?
Replies: 29
Views: 2560

Re: Snake!

Not that it really matters, but I figured I'd throw this out there just so we're all on the same page,... snakes are either venomous or non-venomous.

Using "poisonous" is incorrect.


To the OP, I bet the snake was just exploring or finding a dark place for a nap. He won't stay long.
by TxAg
Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snake!
Replies: 51
Views: 4323

Re: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?

These guys are spot on with their math comments. I liked statistics, econometrics was interesting, but cal2 and I didn't get along very well so I didn't pursue math any further. There went my goal of becoming an econ phd right out the window. Luckily, the business world offers many alternatives.
by TxAg
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?
Replies: 31
Views: 1903

Re: High end purses

Those plastic bags are about to start costing $0.10/per here in Dallas

Definitely high end
by TxAg
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass

There is Hot Springs Arkansas National Park, although it's well known. There is also a hot spring in Big Bend. You'd be hard pressed to get more than a half dozen people in it though. The cool thing about it is that Mexico is literally a stone's throw away across the river. (I have pictures if you'd...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass
Replies: 66
Views: 5656

Re: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?

Also, where does she want to live/work after school? If she wants to come home to Dallas, there are extremely strong networking systems for A&M and UT. Personally, I think living somewhere like BC for college would be awesome....however, I think for networking in the southern states, it makes mo...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?
Replies: 31
Views: 1903

Re: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?

I just wanted to pop in and say Whoop! Aggie econ major here.

Does she plan on grad school? I think that matters....regarding both her undergrad school of choice and picking econ to major in. ( admittedly, haven't read the whole thread yet so this may have been previously addressed).
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: University of British Columbia - Vancouver?
Replies: 31
Views: 1903

Re: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass

Rocky Mountain and Glacier are nice as well. Living in Texas, I also really want to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park when the maples are changing colors. Here are a few RM pics https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-XwC5KsZKxMo/TEKPYvFJnMI/AAAAAAAACLA/K0y8_XcdxEU/s640/IMG_0968.JPG https://lh5.goo...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass
Replies: 66
Views: 5656

Re: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass

Big Bend is a fantastic place. I recommend going in early March. I also agree with an above poster that Chisos Basin ia a great place to stay....apparently it is the least light polluted place in the lower 48 https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-t46vJW56gYo/UW8TAebz8yI/AAAAAAAADvg/qMqPhjgfny0/s640/IMG...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: america the beautiful national parks and lands pass
Replies: 66
Views: 5656

Re: Buying a camper

I think it's great that you and the fam will be camping...great way to spend time together. I don't have any input on a camper, but I would like to suggest a couple lightweight hammocks for lounging and napping around camp. I just picked up an ENO (eagles nest outfitters) Doublenest hammock that is ...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a camper
Replies: 26
Views: 2738

Re: High end purses

I decided to show the wife this thread last night. She laughed at our unique and varied opinions. We both appreciate the input. Please continue to discuss as needed. In case anyone is wondering, we're getting the purse (a purse). I'll let her pick it out, though. And, yes, our financial house is in ...
by TxAg
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?

Thanks for sharing guys. I need to go back and tally my expenses. I have a number in my head that's close, but I do some trading/buying/selling of hunting equipment that I need to go back and account for.
by TxAg
Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?
Replies: 77
Views: 7385

Re: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleig

I had a truck in college, but also had a motorcycle that I drove quite a bit. In the summer, you will arrive at work hot and sweaty. In the winter you will freeze. Every day you will smell like exhaust and your hair will be disheveled from a helmet or the wind. Motorcycles and scooters are for joy r...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleigh?
Replies: 79
Views: 6701

Re: High end purses

^^^ maybe I was unclear....my point is that many bags do, in fact, have the initials (logo) all over the outside. D&B and LV are two common examples. This was my response to posters referring to branding and walking advertisements. The purse I selected above has a small name plate. Big differenc...
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

How much do you spend on your hobby annually?

Not long ago there was a thread on golfing. It got me to thinking....I don't like to golf, but I do like to hunt, and I do like to camp. These are things that can be as cheap or as expensive as I want them to be given differences in quality equipment, locations, number of outings, etc. So....curious...
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?
Replies: 77
Views: 7385

Re: High end purses

It occurred to me that many of you are thinking of the Dooney and Bourke or Louis Vuitton type bags with the logos/initials all over the bag. In a word....yuck ;) not our style. My wife's tastes (and mine) are more subdued. I think we've an idea of what might work, and the name plate is small and no...
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: High end purses

Thoughts on Marc Jacobs? Online reviews seem positive.
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: High end purses

Taylor, thanks for sharing the letter, and I'm sorry for your loss.

Your message is well stated. I'll toast to that :sharebeer
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: High end purses

You guys are tough :) My wife isn't flashy. She just wants a purse of relative quality that will last and that looks nice. She won't buy it for herself, though. The sunglasses analogy above applies. For the record, the one person I know that does buy $1500 handbags lives off the bank of mom and dad.
by TxAg
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

High end purses

High end purses.....curious how many of the boglehead women have one (or more than one). By high end purse, I'm thinking $300-$500. I know they can be had for much less and a whole lot more, but this is the range I'm most interested in. Feel free to comment on other price ranges if appropriate. The ...
by TxAg
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12959

Re: Boglehead Beer

Like a Keurig for beer? Yes please.


http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-ad ... iking.html
by TxAg
Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 48391

Re: Boglehead Beer

by TxAg
Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 48391

Re: Do you tell your kids how much you make?

My parents and I are very open. We don't give exact numbers, but we give pretty close numbers. I find it helpful, and I think they find it rewarding, as they didn't go to college but sacrificed so that their kids could. I know it's not polite to talk money, but it's not polite to talk about sex eith...
by TxAg
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you tell your kids how much you make?
Replies: 58
Views: 6285

Re: Easy careers to last me to retirement?

Sales. You have industry knowledge. You have the free time. Just need to find the right company.
by TxAg
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Easy careers to last me to retirement?
Replies: 92
Views: 14195

Re: How many Bogleheads golf?

About twice a year when work pays for it. I don't really enjoy the golf, but the free drinks are nice :) and I like spending time with customers.
by TxAg
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads golf?
Replies: 81
Views: 4463

Re: Handheld GPS recommendations

I've had a Garmin Dakota for 2-3 years and been very happy with it. Takes ordinary AAA batteries, color screen, nice size, easy to use. There are two models in your price range. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/Dakota/on-the-trail/handhelds/cOnTheTrail-cHandheld-bBRAND517-p1.html I like that the sec...
by TxAg
Sat May 31, 2014 4:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Handheld GPS recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Handheld GPS recommendations

I do a fair amount of hunting and some hiking. I know how to read a map and a compass, and will be fine tuning these skills this summer.....but I'm also interested in handheld GPS units. For $100-$300 it seems you can get a really good unit, although I haven't done my research yet. Does anyone have ...
by TxAg
Fri May 30, 2014 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Handheld GPS recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

When my spouse and I divorced, we had been married 22years. I was the higher earner. My spouse was awarded all assets except my car, my clothes and $10,000. I paid spousal support and child support for three years. The explanation given to me was that, as the higher earner, I could more easily repl...
by TxAg
Thu May 29, 2014 12:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12923

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

I can't imagine asking her to sign a pre-nup. I love her so much, if we were to divorce for whatever reason, I'm happy to split everything 50/50. There are several people in this thread who would have said the exact same thing...prior to going through divorce. Probably so... Deep down I'm a romanti...
by TxAg
Tue May 27, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12923

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

I guess it all depends.... I'd like to see the exact stats on marriages that end in divorce. Lots of people get married and divorced over and over so I think they skew things. Also, the older you are, the more education you have, the more settled in a career, family history, blah, blah, blah...the c...
by TxAg
Tue May 27, 2014 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12923

Re: squirrel question

How far to relocate a squirrel? Heaven sounds about right.
by TxAg
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrel question
Replies: 13
Views: 1360

Re: Woodpeckers...I'm desperate!

I accidentally caught (killed) one in my Duke #110 body trap. It was baited with pecans and sunflower seeds for squirrels.

If I was trying to kill one, I'd use a pellet gun.
by TxAg
Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodpeckers...I'm desperate!
Replies: 52
Views: 5000

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

Traditional archery/Hunting

Most of Texas is private land so we generally have to pay to hunt (lease land).

The longbows and recurves are fun to buy/sell/trade. There are many, many great bowyers out there, and I like to do a lot of experimenting. Bows can reach over $1000 a piece, though.
by TxAg
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)
Replies: 126
Views: 14301
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