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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: 2364

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: 6931

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: 812

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: 2364

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: 3934

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: 1731

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: 10493

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: 59
Views: 3549

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: 1731

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: 1731

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: 59
Views: 3549

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: 59
Views: 3549

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: 2436

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: 10493

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: 6931

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: 68
Views: 4458

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: 10493

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: 6931

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: 10493

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: 10493

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: 10493

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: 10493

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: 10493

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: 46792

Re: Boglehead Beer

by TxAg
Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 46792

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: 5900

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: 13469

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: 4295

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: 750

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: 750

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: 12456

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: 12456

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: 12456

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: 1346

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: 4783

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: 12975

Re: How much water do you drink every day?

Beer has water in it.... My wife and I carry around the 32 oz nalgene bottles. I drink tap water and she drinks filtered water from the fridge. I'm too impatient for that. She drinks a cup of coffee in the morning then usually 3 full nalgene bottles with maybe some juice in the mix. I drink 1.5 to 2...
by TxAg
Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much water do you drink every day?
Replies: 70
Views: 3442

Re: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending

My wife and I were in Key West for our honeymoon about 3 yrs ago. We wanted to take a trip out to Dry Tortugas but we had already spent quite a bit on the wedding, honeymoon, etc. A year later we found ourselves back in Key West for a friend's destination wedding. We took a hard look at doing the pl...
by TxAg
Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending on?
Replies: 112
Views: 16829

Re: Joint or Separate Accounts? - Married Couples

Married almost 3 years. Make more than my wife and had much more in savings when we married. Now it is all "ours." There is no segregating accounts. That may not work for everyone, but it does for us. I will say this, though....we had a lot of long discussions on financial matters before w...
by TxAg
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint or Separate Accounts? - Married Couples
Replies: 82
Views: 3767

Re: True Detective anyone?

x3 or 4 on the gang fight....that was over the top
by TxAg
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: What to do in Austin, TX

^^^ You are correct...Franklin's is terrific. The wait is killer, though. Man, I'm hungry now.
by TxAg
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Austin, TX
Replies: 44
Views: 3542

Re: What to do in Austin, TX

Drink free keg beer while you stand in line at the La Barbecue food truck. Fun experience and some of the best brisket in Texas.
by TxAg
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Austin, TX
Replies: 44
Views: 3542

Re: True Detective anyone?

I'm usually a tough critic, but I'm loving this series.
by TxAg
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: How did you find Vibram Five Finger shoes?

I've had the same pair for 5 years. They look a little worn, but I keep them clean by throwing in the washing machine. I really like them.
by TxAg
Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you find Vibram Five Finger shoes?
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: Cord Blood? [Donating newborn cord blood to charity]

I appreciate the responses. Thank you.
by TxAg
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Blood? [Donating newborn cord blood to charity]
Replies: 16
Views: 1665

Cord Blood? [Donating newborn cord blood to charity]

My wife and I are expecting our first child in a couple months. We were planning on donating the cord blood, but our hospital does not accept cord blood donations.....we either have to pay to bank it or it is discarded. It's roughly $500 to bank it. So far, this is the extent of my research. Before ...
by TxAg
Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Blood? [Donating newborn cord blood to charity]
Replies: 16
Views: 1665

Re: Thoughts on Pet Insurance- Dog??

You might be better served to find a more affordable vet or do some vetting yourself. Some vets can stick it to you :) Unfortunately, I live in the city...city vets are always more expensive, at least where I live. I've learned to do all the basics myself. It saves a lot of money and time. I give my...
by TxAg
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Pet Insurance- Dog??
Replies: 18
Views: 1439

Re: Favorite National Parks

Big Bend is phenomenal.....a long trip for most folks, though

Rocky Mountain and Glacier are very nice also.
by TxAg
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: .....
Replies: 74
Views: 3244

Re: What is your winter thermostat setting (while you are up

generally 68 during the colder months
by TxAg
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your winter thermostat setting (while you are up)?
Replies: 116
Views: 8519
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