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Re: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle

It would depend on different factors as previously mentioned. Things like shooting experience, price range, caliber and brand are all pretty specific. How did you decide on .243 as your caliber? I haven't had the opportunity to hunt anywhere outside of Hawaii but from what I understand it is a pret...
by TxAg
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle
Replies: 31
Views: 3386

Re: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle

Just for kicks, check out a Marlin lever action 30-30. Lots of fun to shoot and do a great job on deer sized game.
by TxAg
Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle
Replies: 31
Views: 3386

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

Don't overlook good underwear...seriously.

I like Exofficio brand underwear.
by TxAg
Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 55
Views: 3424

Re: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle

Do you want a wood stock or synthetic? .243 is a poular and great all around caliber. If you wanted to go a little larger, you could choose a .270 or smaller a .223 My newest rifle is a Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .223. It is a sweet little gun. .223 is legal for deer in TX....may not be in your state....
by TxAg
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a Bolt-Action] Rifle
Replies: 31
Views: 3386

Re: Returning to college at age 32: Help picking a major

I'd probably lean towards accounting, but that's just how my brain works.

At any rate, you should show your friend this thread. It will give him some ideas, act as a motivator, and might spark additional questions.

Congrats to him for making big decision and good luck!
by TxAg
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Returning to college at age 32: Help picking a major
Replies: 19
Views: 1206

Re: Zion National Park

If driving in, then you could bring your own gear and go without a guide. Flying in seems to require the services of a guide/rental equipment.

Maybe you could rent equipmnt, but not use a guide?
by TxAg
Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zion National Park
Replies: 16
Views: 1180

Re: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]

My wife and I are pretty frugal. This was the one thing I didn't mind spending some money on. I know it's a lot of cash for a small little rock, but she wears it every day and it will look as good in 50 yrs as the day I bought it.
by TxAg
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 8800

Re: Who Paid for the wedding?

About 3 1/2 years ago at 28 and 26, my bride and I paid for our own wedding. My parents paid for the rehearsal dinner, and her parents chipped in for some wine, but we covered 90% of the costs ourselves. We had the say so in what we wanted and didn't want. There is no easy answer to the question.......
by TxAg
Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 6500

Re: dryer vent cleaning--your thoughts?

gwe67 wrote:I blow it clean from the inside, using a leaf blower.



Me too.

After 3 years of use, I thought it would be dirty. Nope. Pretty clean still
by TxAg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dryer vent cleaning--your thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 3718

Re: Boglehead Beer

Currently enjoying St. Arnold's Christmas Ale. Yummm

Normally $8.99/6 discounted to $6.99
by TxAg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 414
Views: 54946

Re: What do you splurge on?

Beer...$40 a case is average. Maple syrup...corn syrup with fake flavors is disgusting. American made pool table and air hockey table for the now finished basement, great fun for our family, my seven year old has gotten remarkably competent at shooting pool in a short period of time. Nothing like s...
by TxAg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 234
Views: 20696

Re: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.

She may be smart, but is she a poor decision maker? You'll have to deal with that for a lifetime.
by TxAg
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.
Replies: 166
Views: 13627

Re: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.

I was pretty disappointed that she bought the new car. I worked out a nice little spreadsheet on how much she'd save (including gas). for every 5k she didn't spend on a new car, it knocked off about about 100 dollars a month in payments which she could have used to repay students loans. I didn't go...
by TxAg
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.
Replies: 166
Views: 13627

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

I'm with you on the omnivore diet, but do you truly advocate a diet high in corn or other grain? I have a couple of answers to this. The first thing is, simply reading the list of ingredients can be very deceptive...this is why I have a problem with a lot of these websites that claim to give advice...
by TxAg
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 64
Views: 5863

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We watched Fury last night. I loved it.

We want to see Gone Girl soon....my wife enjoyed the book.
by TxAg
Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 262
Views: 28530

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

I am a veterinarian. Bottom line for me is that every dog is different. Any dog food out there from a reputable manufacturer (that includes the big companies like Purina, Science Diet, etc. as well as the newer "premium" foods from smaller companies) should be nutritionally balanced and, ...
by TxAg
Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 64
Views: 5863

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

Kaufmanrider wrote:I go to Tractor Supply and buy Diamond Naturals. No corn, wheat, or soy. Cost is in between Walmart Ol'Roy and high end Blue Buffalo.



Good choice. I forgot to mention Tractor Supply.
by TxAg
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 64
Views: 5863

Re: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?

Look at the ingedients...they are listed in order of percentage amount. All the cheap stuff has corn listed first and other grains to follow. Dogs aren't meant to eat that crap. That would be like a human eating McDonald's every day. You can find quality foods at Sam's Club or Costco for a dollar a ...
by TxAg
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog food - how cheap is too cheap?
Replies: 64
Views: 5863

Re: What do you splurge on?

Hunting isn't cheap these days. I don't need the nicest gun, bow, clothes..and I don't buy into any of the gadgets. Taking an out of state/country trip or paying to lease land is where it all goes.
by TxAg
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 234
Views: 20696

Re: Fitbit, Vivofit, or other?

TradingPlaces wrote:
Pony Ears wrote:Whos has one? Pros and cons?

I'm looking to get one as a Christmas gift, but would like to gather some real world info.


Read amazon reviews.



Yep, do that often, but wouldn't you agree that the average boglehead poster is more informed/intelligent than the average amazon poster?
by TxAg
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fitbit, Vivofit, or other?
Replies: 55
Views: 2297

Re: What temperature for house for long winter absence?

As many have said, turn off the water an open the faucets to drain as much water as possible. There will still be some water in the lines and your waterheater. Leave the faucets open. Heat the house somewhere between 50-60* F
by TxAg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What temperature for house for long winter absence?
Replies: 54
Views: 7094

Re: What to prepare for first baby due next month?

We have a 7 month old (our first) Lots of great info mentioned already. Here are a few things I've found very helpful Rectal thermometer. Cheap and more accurate than the scan type. Nose Frida. Best thing we've found for sucking out snot. Just clean it often. Socks. We inhereited more clothes than ...
by TxAg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to prepare for first baby due next month?
Replies: 55
Views: 4168

Re: What to prepare for first baby due next month?

We have a 7 month old (our first) Lots of great info mentioned already. Here are a few things I've found very helpful Rectal thermometer. Cheap and more accurate than the scan type. Nose Frida. Best thing we've found for sucking out snot. Just clean it often. Socks. We inhereited more clothes than w...
by TxAg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to prepare for first baby due next month?
Replies: 55
Views: 4168

Re: Winter Coat

I really like this wool coat on Amazon. Works well for a thin frame if you want something more fashionable than a traditional peacoat or down jacket. The coupon code on thee page brings it down to about 100 bucks. Similar coat in Nordstrom for a lot more. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BW11SUC...
by TxAg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Coat
Replies: 51
Views: 5095

Re: What were your biggest financial emergencies?

Last summer (2013) we spent $5k replacing our sewer line in our backyard. Totally unexpected.

In October I spent $1500 having two large trees removed after a storm knocked them down (across power lines and the neighbor's house).
by TxAg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What were your biggest financial emergencies?
Replies: 39
Views: 4556

Re: Poll: How much $ for childcare?

We paid $800 month at a nice place down the street when our daughter was 9 weeks old. This was for the summer only. Once fall arrived, we were able to enroll her at my wife's work (daycare at a church). It is half price for employees and still costs us $750/month. We are happy to do it....it has a s...
by TxAg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: How much $ for childcare?
Replies: 20
Views: 2147

Re: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?

Well, I'm young, and I don't like Apple stores so it isn't just an "old" thing.

They are too loud and chaotic for me.....but an evil necessity (occasionally).
by TxAg
Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Stores - do they try to be awful?
Replies: 41
Views: 4037

Re: [Should I] rent out [my] house [for a 3-day event]?

Double or triple the price then go for it
by TxAg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Should I] rent out [my] house [for a 3-day event]?
Replies: 68
Views: 5288

Re: Winter Coat

As a poster above mentioned.....Filson.


Woolrich is also good, but I hear they've declined a bit over the years. I have a Woolrich that I'm very happy with, but I've drooled over some Filsons.
by TxAg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Coat
Replies: 51
Views: 5095

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I'm early 30s but enjoying this thread. Thanks.
by TxAg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 103
Views: 17298

Re: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?

Since the mid-1980's I have sent out 25 cards each Christmas. They are embarrassingly expensive, and they have been saved indefinitely by the recipients so they now have become collections. If you've ever received or sent cards made by Graphics 3, you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes they say...
by TxAg
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?
Replies: 52
Views: 3644

Re: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work

When I first read this, I thought maybe everyone would chip in a few bucks to get the secretary something nice. As I continued to read, it became evident this isn't the case. I dislike the principle of it, but for me, it would depend on the amount. $50 maybe...$500 no way. That being said, I have gi...
by TxAg
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 167
Views: 10841

Re: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]

once again, thanks for the replies. We're having dinner with some friends (who are adoptive parents) and I have several questions to ask which were inspired by this thread.
by TxAg
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4726

Re: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]

I've been out of town but catching up on the replies. My wife isn't a member here, but she has also been keeping up with this thread. We greatly appreciate the stories and insight.
by TxAg
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4726

Re: New appliances - Stainless Steel or not?

We love our stainless appliances. Sure they show smudges somewhat but are easily cleaned using Weiman's Stainless Steel Wipes.
by TxAg
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New appliances - Stainless Steel or not?
Replies: 56
Views: 3542

Re: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]

I apreciate everyone sharing. Thank you.

Looks like we have some reading to do.
by TxAg
Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4726

Re: Adoption

I appreciate your thoughts.

Anyone else?
by TxAg
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4726

Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]

My wife and I have a few friends who are adopted, and we have a few friends who have adopted. However, there is still much that we are clueless about. In short, we have an infant and plan to have another......and then adopt one (or two) after that. I'm told we should respect the "birth order&qu...
by TxAg
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adoption [Experience from those who have adopted]
Replies: 39
Views: 4726

Re: Benefits to a larger than necessary house (as children g

With 5 kids under 8 yoa, sounds like you and your wife could use a break from "connecting" :D I kid, I kid. I agree with everyone else. 4,000 sf house is plenty. Use the extra money to make your life easier, not buy a bigger house. It was a different time (and they immigrated) but my mom w...
by TxAg
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Benefits to a larger than necessary house (as children grow)
Replies: 31
Views: 3374

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

I live four miles from Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. We haven't changed our travel plans.
by TxAg
Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6486

Re: Preventing animals from chewing through garage threshold

How bout leaving an open box od rat poison out (in a tigh spot where only a rodent can get to it).


I don't like poisoning animals, but I can get over that for mice and rats.
by TxAg
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing animals from chewing through garage thresholds
Replies: 23
Views: 1589

Re: Should I share financial info with potential guardian?

My parents are young (mid 50s). I told them we had a $1MM insurance policy and plenty in our other accts and left it at that. I wanted to make sure they knew they would have sufficient funds to handle it. In 10-15 yrs we will most likey change it to my brother and his wife assuming they're agreeable.
by TxAg
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I share financial info with potential guardian?
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Building a New House, Advice please.

How about tile floors? They go over well in the south.
by TxAg
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a New House, Advice please.
Replies: 66
Views: 6016

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Fredericksburg, TX would be on my list....I'm a Texan, though. I'd love to visit (and maybe live in) some of the other cities mentioned.
by TxAg
Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 10317

Re: Cleaning Up Leaves

I can empathize with you, but on the other hand....what a great problem to have. I lost two big Ash trees in my backyard in last week's storm. Looks bare back there now :(
by TxAg
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Up Leaves
Replies: 40
Views: 3454

Re: What have you done to cut costs this year?

We had a kiddo. Outlay of an extra $1000/month. But we spend less on eating out/drinks. Maybe a negative of $800/ month compared to this time last year....whoops :( We love our little nugget, though :)!!!!!!! We did decide to prolong our new car purchase. We also prolonged any big trips/vacations. W...
by TxAg
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you done to cut costs this year?
Replies: 134
Views: 12393

Re: Wooden Fence Cost? Board on board.....

How much to paint a house (i kid). If i paint an earth tone grey with dark shutters, a white fence would look good :D


Maybe I should post pucs and get a boglehead vote. I bet my wife would be in on it. Might be fun, haha.
by TxAg
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wooden Fence Cost? Board on board.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1193

Re: Things that you will not spend money on and most people

Recreational drugs. Every every noticed how much people spend on caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol? Also don't waste money on pets. I had a long reponse to this and my ipad froze. Essentially, I have been surpised in the last year or so to find out the amount of well-to-do adult professionals that sp...
by TxAg
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things that you will not spend money on and most people do?
Replies: 78
Views: 4201

Re: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?

I read most of the thread last week and then took a small break. I haven't caught up but decided to contribute. You are doing better than most and with your saving habits you will, no doubt, retire early and reap the reqards of a frugal lifestyle. Regarding depression....i realize it isn't cut and d...
by TxAg
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?
Replies: 130
Views: 14825

Re: Things that you will not spend money on and most people

Recreational drugs. Every every noticed how much people spend on caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol? Also don't waste money on pets. I had a long reponse to this and my ipad froze. Essentially, I have been surpised in the last year or so to find out the amount of well-to-do adult professionals that sp...
by TxAg
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things that you will not spend money on and most people do?
Replies: 78
Views: 4201
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