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Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

Starbucks is a marketing company that sells coffee. There are plenty of alternatives that can be had for much less and much more fresh.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 47
Views: 4000

Re: Attitudes toward inheritances.

A member of my family passed a year or two ago and left a sizable inheritance to his children and grandchildren (me). My father was the executor. It was very interesting how pushy my cousins were in getting "their part". Several of them spent and went into debt once they learned of the inh...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attitudes toward inheritances.
Replies: 110
Views: 9267

Re: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?

Folks, For people using Aeropress, are you brewing the coffee using the normal Aeropress process or the inverted Aeropress process?? KlangFool IMO there's enough room for variation in the manufacturer method to find a sweet spot in your technique without having to bother with all the other exotic m...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?
Replies: 75
Views: 5855

Re: Bathroom remodel, cost per square foot

Sounds high to me. We have a ~200sqft bathroom and we're looking at ~$20k for an average remodel on a ~$400k house. When I see numbers around $50k or higher I start thinking of kitchen remodels, not bathrooms. Of course this depends on the features - sounds like this bathroom would be pretty high-sc...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bathroom remodel, cost per square foot
Replies: 17
Views: 1585

Re: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?

prn27 wrote:For a single cup, this is a great option: Aeropress
I have been using it every morning for the past 3 years and absolutely love it.


Just bought an aeropress to make "espresso". Otherwise have a Bonavita for daily coffee.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?
Replies: 75
Views: 5855

Re: Have you used Ramit Sethi's Courses?

Ramit is one of the good guys. I followed his blog and read his book, what I feel like was 10 or so years ago. I used to e-mail him and he'd respond promptly. His blog has definitely changed over the years into selling his products, but his approach is pretty logical. Most of the methods he teaches ...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you used Ramit Sethi's Courses?
Replies: 28
Views: 4794

Re: "best" online booking service for hotel room?

dickenjb wrote:The Springhill Suites by Marriott is very nice and right by the PA turnpike / 376.


+1 Marriott has a few good hotels in and around Monroeville. Tripadvisor for hotel reviews.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "best" online booking service for hotel room?
Replies: 27
Views: 2240

Re: Extremely Heavy Duty Office Chair

Many of us desk jockeys spend the majority of our awake hours sitting in a chair - I think it's totally reasonable to spend a lot for a chair.
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extremely Heavy Duty Office Chair
Replies: 15
Views: 1788

Re: Boglehead Beer

That's fine, but it tastes nothing like a wheat beer and 100% like an IPA. Love the Sumpin Sumpin, along with Lagunitas Pils, Censored, Hairy Eyeball and Brown Shugga'. Their brewpub in Petaluma is a lot of fun. At a limited cellar event last year a cask of Hairy Eyeball was available which was rid...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 47670

Re: Boglehead Beer

I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Unfortunately, it's $10/bottle so I only bought two and will save them for when my son is born. I was in one of my local brewpubs and heard a couple of people discussing beer and in discussion of some other beer referenced "...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 47670

Re: Neighbor's Fireworks

Thanks all for the input. Seems like my gut was right and I should just let it pass. Next year I'll speak to him a few days before the 4th to talk about the fireworks. I think he'll be more receptive at that point in time.
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4484

Neighbor's Fireworks

We've lived in our neighborhood for about a year and this was our second 4th of July here (first one actually at home, however). OOur neighbor two doors down put on quite the firework display last night. There was a slight breeze so much of the firework debris ended up on my yard and on my roof. It'...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4484

Re: Should I go back?

The only problem is my husband will not be happy if I leave this state job . He likes that I'm home more and less stress. He thinks my job will be more stable and the state will take care of me when I'm old. I think you have a pretty good situation at the state job. That being said, as someone who ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I go back?
Replies: 32
Views: 3167

Re: I found a new coffee.

We have a Full Automatic espresso maker...basically it grinds the beans and dispenses the espresso. We buy a 5 pound bag of coffee from CoffeBeanDirect and then split it up into glass mason jars. I pour enough beans into the hopper for each serving. I will say that cold brewing in a French Press gi...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 72
Views: 5475

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

I avoid finance discussions such as that like the plague. +1 I keep my comments very vague and general when this stuff comes up. I'll say something general like "I know what you mean" and "it's tough to spend less then you make when all these things need to be paid for". I keep ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 9160

Re: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls

This thread nauseates me. Why is it so difficult to find contractors who do quality work? I've fired two contractors for shoddy work, one of whom was stealing from me. Had a third contractor swap a less expensive garage door in than what was in the bid... I deducted the price differential from the ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2601

Re: Boglehead Beer

Thought I'd post one of my favorites lately, although not very boglehead, Firestone Walker's Double Jack IPA. It comes in a 4-pack for ~$12, but it is delicious. Best part is it's brewed year-round and I don't usually have trouble finding it. I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 12...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 47670

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

I wouldn't marry anyone who wanted a pre-nup. Either all in or all out is my philosophy with anything I do. This. If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship. Why get married at all then? If you ar...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12607

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

If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship. Also, the two of you might want to qualify your remarks a bit... Would a potential partner with kids who wanted a prenup to protect his/her kids be out ...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12607

Re: How to buy a house?

How do you know how much mortgage you can afford and how big/small your house should be? My wife and I have started talking about buying a house this year but we have absolutely no idea how to go about it. Does the mortgage (or is total house cost?) shouldn't exceed twice your annual income still h...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to buy a house?
Replies: 30
Views: 2621

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

tainted-meat wrote:I wouldn't marry anyone who wanted a pre-nup.

Either all in or all out is my philosophy with anything I do.


This. If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 12607

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

CPA - 200K. I only saw one other one so far... so as a group maybe we're shy or aren't Bogleheads. I'll bet on shy. Def shy. CPA here also. Earn above $100K but would like to earn $200K. Any advice and/or tips? Thanks so much!!! Do you work in private or public accounting? Just curious at what poin...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 357
Views: 28429

Re: Your Company Ever Been "Spun-Off"? Any Stories/Suggestio

I think jr6857 had some good points. Every situation is different. I think it's true some people will inevitably lose their job. However, depending on the nature of the spin there is generally a lot of opportunity to have better more prominent roles in the new organization. The company will continue...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Company Ever Been "Spun-Off"? Any Stories/Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1845

Re: How do you dress for work travel?

It depends. If I have a same day meeting I'll dress the way I normally dress for work. Sometimes I'll change for the flight home if I have time. If I fly in the night before I'll travel in casual clothes.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you dress for work travel?
Replies: 21
Views: 1873

Re: where is my post?

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by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 21, 2014 12:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: where is my post?
Replies: 12
Views: 2108

Re: Recommended Parenting Books

We have a one year old and another on the way and found these books helpful to date:

Marc Weissbluth M.D - Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child‎
y Heidi Murkoff - What to Expect When You're Expecting
by XtremeSki2001
Mon May 19, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Parenting Books
Replies: 30
Views: 2166

Re: Jersey shore recommendations?

My family has been going to Sea Isle City since I was born (in my early 30's now). It's changed over the years, but has a little bit of everything for all ages. It's relatively quiet. It's also a pretty small town compared to LBI, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Avalon, etc. We love it.
by XtremeSki2001
Sun May 18, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jersey shore recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 1070

Re: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC

I am a Marriott fan so always stay at a Marriott if possible. The Ren Mayflower is nice and historic, among other things where Elliott Spitzer had certain rendezvous... The Wardman Park is close to the National Zoo. Have also stayed at Marriott Metro Center. Mayflower is the poshest, all are very n...
by XtremeSki2001
Sun May 18, 2014 8:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC
Replies: 32
Views: 2076

Re: Lawyer recommends trust

When my children were minors, we had language written into our wills to set up a trust if something happened to both of us. It was quite simple, we simply had to name a trustee, and I don't think that it added much, if anything, to the cost of preparing the will. We named a trustee and a substitute...
by XtremeSki2001
Sun May 18, 2014 8:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lawyer recommends trust
Replies: 81
Views: 5291

Re: Poll: Less than initial quote by car dealer for used ca

I bought a used 2013 Ford Focus not too long ago. Got it for 20% less than invoice. It was a used Ford at a Honda dealership - they wanted to move it pronto.
by XtremeSki2001
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Less than initial quote by car dealer for used car?
Replies: 16
Views: 3816

Re: Contractor not licensed but insured

IMHO, the smaller unlicensed group being able to start almost immediately should tell you something ... they're not in demand. Why is that?
by XtremeSki2001
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor not licensed but insured
Replies: 15
Views: 982

Re: Making a Will (Young Couple)

My wife and I are around 30. We have some money, and a 6-month old son. We'd like to make a simple will. We would rather not involve lawyers. Anyone have good suggestions/experiences/cautionary tales? Thank you. We are in the same boat and position as you and just met with a lawyer. He did a good j...
by XtremeSki2001
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making a Will (Young Couple)
Replies: 16
Views: 1392

Re: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu

Congrats and best of luck!
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu
Replies: 177
Views: 31049

Re: To MBA or not MBA?

I disagree that non-prestigious MBAs aren't potentially worthwhile, and with the employer reimbursement it sounds like it would cost substantially less than $60k. The point about CEOs isn't necessarily valid, because a lot of them rose through the ranks in a different era. Today someone in this age...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To MBA or not MBA?
Replies: 57
Views: 5013

Re: Online Wills

FWIW, we found a local lawyer and had a will and living will drafted. We got comfort dealing with someone live / in-person to answer all our questions. We paid ~$400.
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Online Wills
Replies: 27
Views: 2627

Re: To MBA or not MBA?

I don't see the value prop with MBAs in many scenarios, especially when they're not from Wharton, Sloan, Kellogg, etc. You mentioned you wanted your MBA to continue to move up at your current employer. Do you have a mentor or sponsor in the organization? What did they tell you to do? If you're consi...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To MBA or not MBA?
Replies: 57
Views: 5013

Health Savings Account - Is it right for my family?

Hi, My wife and I recently switched to my healthcare coverage at work. We were previously on her employer's coverage, but she is staying home with baby #1 and soon baby #2 for the foreseeable future. It's not until recent costs with baby #2 are making me think there has to be a better way to cover t...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Savings Account - Is it right for my family?
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Vanguard role in corporate governance

What differnce do you think it would make? IMHO, it's the fad right now and will pass. When unemployment is high, it's not popular to be making a lot of money. There's no logic behind it in my opinion ... even though some exec's are paid ridiculously. Ethical corporate governance goes beyond the pa...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard role in corporate governance
Replies: 21
Views: 1181

Re: Vanguard role in corporate governance

bottlecap wrote:What differnce do you think it would make?


IMHO, it's the fad right now and will pass. When unemployment is high, it's not popular to be making a lot of money. There's no logic behind it in my opinion ... even though some exec's are paid ridiculously.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard role in corporate governance
Replies: 21
Views: 1181

Re: IRS Website Certificate is Wrong.

I could be wrong, but the IRS website is primarily for information only. Any time you need to file your taxes or make a payment you're redirected to a secure site / third-party.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS Website Certificate is Wrong.
Replies: 4
Views: 728

DIY Landscaping to Save $

Anyone ever DIY your landscape? We gutted our landscape as the previous owners didn't maintain it well. We have ~ 600 sqft of garden beds. We've went to a free consultation at the local landscape place - they put together something really quick and as I look at it there are some flow, height, and ba...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Landscaping to Save $
Replies: 10
Views: 1122

Deleted Thread?

What happened to the "Dealing with entitled college kids" (#136316) thread? I've seen threads locked in the past, but this is the first time I've seen a thread totally blown away. Under what circumstances can a thread be deleted?
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Deleted Thread?
Replies: 17
Views: 2417

Re: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?

I have many current friends like this. The basis of our relationship isn't based on money and until it is, I'll just keep away from the $ topic. Candidly, each friend has asked us "how we do it" when we're all alone, we tell them a few details and offer our help but they never come back fo...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Friends are the Anti-Bogleheads, what to do?
Replies: 93
Views: 8956

Re: reading advice for an ambitious woman in her early 20s?

When I was her age, not too long ago, I read The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing. That's really the only book I read and then I came here for questions. I used to reach the blog iwillteachyoutoberich, Ramit is a nice guy but his blog pushes too much marketing/sales these days.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: reading advice for an ambitious woman in her early 20s?
Replies: 32
Views: 2898

Re: Spouses that struggle with budgets

For my DW and I - it was a struggle. When we first met, I was making a lot, saving a lot, but spending a ton on "wants". We spent a day talking about our long-term goals and then backed into what we need to do with our $$$ to meet these goals. Once we had the mandatory spending out of the ...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spouses that struggle with budgets
Replies: 27
Views: 2438

Re: First Speeding Ticket: What Would You Do?

Why can't you plean non-guilty without a lawyer? It's not going to trial - just talk to the prosecutor and pay a higher fine without points.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Speeding Ticket: What Would You Do?
Replies: 72
Views: 4473

Re: BH Vacations

When my wife and I go on vacation we have $X we're willing to spend and I typically cook up a few places to go that fit the budget. Once on vacation we typically budget during the trip to keep within our original budget. So far it's worked well. Now that we have kids, we don't really vacation beyond...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Vacations
Replies: 50
Views: 3565

Re: those with basements

I have a daylight basement. No insulation and no HVAC. Stays cool in the summer and cool in the winter.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: those with basements
Replies: 17
Views: 2184

Re: Buying first home in SF - gut check

FWIW, while not as well off financial as you, my wife and I recently purchased a house sans kids with hopes of filling it with kids. Fast forward a year and 1 child with another on the way, my wife has decided not to return to work. My wife and I discussed this at length prior to having kids and pla...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying first home in SF - gut check
Replies: 93
Views: 9971

Re: Lawyer, Small Claims Court, or ?

Just put up some hunting camera that take photos (day/night) when there's movement. Hopefully should be enough to go on as I suspect they would have to use a vehicle to dump the trash.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lawyer, Small Claims Court, or ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1338
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