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by davebo
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon reviews
Replies: 22
Views: 2134

Re: Amazon reviews

I've read of and heard interesting stories from people who left negative product reviews on Amazon - either the seller offered them an "incentive" to revise their review to a positive one or re-negged on their refund policy after someone left a negative review. Has this happened to you wh...
by davebo
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Anyone using Mr Number cellphone call blocker? Stopped working

I use the Truecaller app, but it doesn't block calls. It just displays it as spam when they call. Ideally, it would block calls or at least silence them so I don't have to bother. I think the fact that it can't block calls has more to do with the iphone, but not totally sure.
by davebo
Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jet.com
Replies: 11
Views: 1799

Re: Jet.com

Prices have been going up at Amazon in the last year. Some things that used to be a great deal you can now get cheaper in a local store. I am glad Jet.com is going to give Amazon some competition. It should keep the prices low. Amazon has been steadily raising fees for all 3rd party sellers, partic...
by davebo
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: losing money on a house....how do Bogleheads deal with it emotionally?
Replies: 76
Views: 6044

Re: losing money on a house....how do Bogleheads deal with it emotionally?

I put around $300K into a house and ended up netting $230K when I sold the house 7 years later. OUCH! The only consoliation prize was that I got a good deal on the house I bought, but I just moved on. What can you really do?
by davebo
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jet.com
Replies: 11
Views: 1799

Re: Jet.com

It looks like a gigantic dropshipping site to me. They might have aspirations of knocking Amazon off their pedestal one day, but it will be a LONG LONG time before that happens.
by davebo
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: One child: get a mortgage or rent the house?
Replies: 17
Views: 1070

Re: One child: get a mortgage or rent the house?

The house that I wanted with 1 kid was different than the one I wanted when I had 3 kids. That's a very generous offer, but maybe wait until they've had some time to evaluate exactly what they want or else you could end up with a weird situation where they want to move but not sure how to approach t...
by davebo
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baby on the way...yay! Big ticket items, and what do you REALLY need?
Replies: 82
Views: 4569

Re: Baby on the way...yay! Big ticket items, and what do you REALLY need?

A few things: 1) I wouldn't do cloth diapers, but that's me. 2) I think the diaper genie is a relatively small cost. You could always just use a garbage can though. 3) Any crib will probably do, but we did go for the bigger (double I guess? or maybe a twin) bed when they were ready to move. You have...
by davebo
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the best way to learn MacBook Air
Replies: 18
Views: 1452

Re: Whats the best way to learn MacBook Air

click and paint with track pad single finger, apple-c, tap pad to place insertion point, apple-v ?? Most MS apps for apple are not configured to work properly with multi-touch. Works ok for most things, but if you need to expand/shorten the selection then it's way slower. For instance, I was trying...
by davebo
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the best way to learn MacBook Air
Replies: 18
Views: 1452

Re: Whats the best way to learn MacBook Air

I also purchased a Macbook Pro after a lifetime with PCs. I think the trackpad is way better than the one that is built into a windows laptop, but I'm having a hard time seeing how it will be quicker than working with a mouse. I do a lot of cutting (or copying)/pasting and toggling back and forth. S...
by davebo
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)
Replies: 90
Views: 8530

Re: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)

I really LOVED "Confessions of a Street Addict" by Jim Cramer (2003-ish) so I gave his most recent book a chance. It was horrible....HORRIBLE. I'm in NO WAY a Rich Dad, Poor Dad fan, but his books offer good reasons for WHY you should own a business and it was put in a way that resonated w...
by davebo
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?
Replies: 54
Views: 3201

Re: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?

I have used a bunch, but here are my go-to's for right now. Evernote : For any document-type files, I use Evernote. Amazon Glacier+Cloudberry -This is the cheapest option, but also the least user friendly. Basically Amazon Glacier is for long-term storage and meant for developers. Cloudberry is the ...
by davebo
Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used, Reliable, Safe, Financially Sound cars
Replies: 56
Views: 6341

Re: Used, Reliable, Safe, Financially Sound cars

I have a 2007 Honda Accord with 115K miles and I've never had any issue (outside of routine care). I can't remember what I paid (maybe $21K), but it's been a great car.
by davebo
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon getting too smart?
Replies: 35
Views: 4843

Re: Amazon getting too smart?

I use camelcamelcamel.com to see if the Amazon price is a reasonable one compared to historic prices. Their prices fluctuate a lot. That's definitely a good idea. Amazon itself raises the price dramatically if it's ever running out of inventory (mostly around Christmas), but 3rd party sellers do it...
by davebo
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about brick paver driveway
Replies: 12
Views: 1852

Re: Questions about brick paver driveway

I wouldn't do brick pavers on a driveway. My in-laws have that and they have to do the power washing, sand, seal every few years. It looks like it would be expensive to me. Unless you're living in a $1M+ house where something like that might be in line with the rest of the upgrades in the house, I w...
by davebo
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn
Replies: 84
Views: 8196

Re: Most Economical Way to Handle the Lawn

I have a 1/2 acre lot as well so I feel your joy/pain. My old house was simple...push behind mower, no string trimmer needed, and I'm done in 30 minutes. For my current home, I could get the grass cut weekly for $30. When I figured in the total cost from April to Oct (per the contract) it was a litt...
by davebo
Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9026

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

I've been having trouble with the price tag as well, but will probably bite the bullet as well. I have been using an iphone/ipad/itunes since 2011 and have been very, very happy. I've also started using the AppleTV and love it. The one thing that always got me with the macbook was how little storage...
by davebo
Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mess on hardwood floor installation
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Re: Mess on hardwood floor installation

I would just make your life easy and do engineered on 2nd floor and hardwood downstairs.
by davebo
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding good real estate agent and negotiating commission
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Finding good real estate agent and negotiating commission in S FL

You could always try to list it with Redfin since their commission is lower than the standard 6%...they seemed to be popping up more and more and there probably are real benefits to having them list your property. Does the Redfin model work well for sellers? This is the first I have heard of them. ...
by davebo
Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding good real estate agent and negotiating commission
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Finding good real estate agent and negotiating commission in S FL

You probably could negotiate a lower commission, but I'm certain you'll get a lower level of service. Although, maybe that wouldn't be a bad thing. I've never really been sure of the usefulness of advertising in the paper or real estate magazines. I think you can stand a better chance if you know th...
by davebo
Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will I regret using Composite Decking instead of PT Decking
Replies: 23
Views: 2282

Re: Will I regret using Composite Decking instead of PT Decking

I have composite decking (not sure if Trex or not) and I think it's great. I have not noticed the fading/staining issue and I definitely do not think it gets hotter than a normal deck; I've actually never noticed it was hot at all actually. The only thing we do is power wash it ever year or two and ...
by davebo
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flash Drive Problems
Replies: 11
Views: 1587

Re: Flash Drive Problems

I use 32GB HP thumb drives for backup. I have tried several 64GB HP thumb drives, but unlike the 32GB HP ones, the 64GB ones have never been reliable. I think I've bought nearly all the 64GB HP ones via amazon, and searching through the back orders they've all been fulfilled by amazon itself, which...
by davebo
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney World Orlando Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 3239

Re: Disney World Orlando Advice

You should just pull your kid out of school and go during late Jan or Feb. You won't have fun during Christmas and NYE. Even going over a 3 day weekend is not advisable and going over Christmas will be a nightmare...don't do it man! You'll pay through the nose for the rooms and for the flights. I ju...
by davebo
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2309

Re: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?

You might not want the subsidy after you compute the cost. We switched to Ting about a half year ago. We save a little more than $100/month with no change to usage or difference in quality of service. Previously we got a $600 subsidy (2 phones) with a two year contract. We make the subsidy back in ...
by davebo
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do your children cost per month?
Replies: 83
Views: 6989

Re: How much do your children cost per month?

We have 3 kids and the big one for us is preschool/daycare @ $2,000 per month. Everything else is small enough to where I don't know what the number is, but all adds up. I can tell you for sure that If I didn't have kids, I wouldn't: :: Have 3 different annual memberships to zoo, museum, nature park...
by davebo
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2309

Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?

From my understanding, the only reason you'd avoid taking the smartphone subsidy would be to avoid signing a contract. Do you get discounted monthly service? I imagine some do give discounted service rates, but it doesn't look like Verizon does. I have verizon wireless and have been happy with their...
by davebo
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Recommendations for a one year old
Replies: 10
Views: 714

Re: Shoe Recommendations for a one year old

I don't know about brands, but we went to stride-rite mostly. Once they were ready for regular shoes, we would buy nike with the velcro at the top.
by davebo
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you do to relax just after returning from work
Replies: 59
Views: 6459

Re: What do you do to relax just after returning from work

I have 3 little kids (6,4,4) so when I get home, I change into different clothes and usually eat dinner. Lately, a couple times a week, my son and I immediately head out to t-ball because I'm the coach. If we don't have a game, we'll usually play outside (when it's nice) or go to a park or something...
by davebo
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

Do you think that birds of a feather flock together? Why are you living in this neighborhood? Do you think I should just move out because I have a neighbor that doesn't trim his trees? Definitely yes, since you are clearly irritated by it and you both do not like to talk to the neighbors. Who said ...
by davebo
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

livesoft wrote:Do you think that birds of a feather flock together? Why are you living in this neighborhood?


Do you think I should just move out because I have a neighbor that doesn't trim his trees?
by davebo
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

Part of me is hoping that when they see the piles and piles of branches that are by my street that they will realize that their trees (which really don’t serve a purpose) are causing me a lot of work. That's usually not a very effective strategy (ask any marriage counselor :-) ). Maybe the trees pr...
by davebo
Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

What state do you live in? http://na.fs.fed.us/spfo/invasiveplants/factsheets/pdf/common-and-glossy-buckthorn.pdf If they are quick growing weed like trees with black berries sounds like they probably have buckthorn growing there. Buckthorn is a nasty invasive weed tree/bush. Where I live you are r...
by davebo
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Re: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

It would be best if you just talked to your neighbor first. It could be something like he has a bad back and is on a limited budget so that he has been having difficulty in keeping the trees trimmed. Or he may just not care and if you talk with him about the trees he might give you the OK to trim t...
by davebo
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 4313

Tree Trimming Etiquette with Neighbors

Prior to my current house, I've never really lived in an area with large mature trees. When I first got here, I notice the prior homeowner had put 2 sections of a solid fence in the FRONT of the house (full fence in the back). I thought it was kind of a funny move at the time, but now I'm seeing why...
by davebo
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PayPal Lessons Learned
Replies: 25
Views: 3482

Re: PayPal Lessons Learned

I've been dealing with Paypal as a seller (and buyer) for about 10 years. As much as people hate on paypal as a merchant provider, I found them incredibly easy to deal with. I don't use Paypal often (put online purchases directly on credit card) - but my spouse shops in a few places (Etsy for examp...
by davebo
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PayPal Lessons Learned
Replies: 25
Views: 3482

Re: PayPal Lessons Learned

I've been dealing with Paypal as a seller (and buyer) for about 10 years. As much as people hate on paypal as a merchant provider, I found them incredibly easy to deal with.
by davebo
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insurance company "outdoor steps need a railing"
Replies: 32
Views: 3658

Re: Insurance company "outdoor steps need a railing"

I've never had an insurance company visit my house, unless I'm just totally blanking on that.

But having a rail by a staircase seems like a good idea.
by davebo
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: booking travel to Disney
Replies: 23
Views: 2024

Re: booking travel to Disney

4) If you are travelling with real little ones (i.e. under 5) - and you may not go back for years - consider staying at one of the monorail resorts. They are more expensive but the convienience to the magic kingdom is fantastic as your little kids may get very tired and go to sleep on you in the pa...
by davebo
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids and TV Viewing - Your Thoughts?
Replies: 28
Views: 2682

Re: Kids and TV Viewing - Your Thoughts?

I don't have a set limit of screen time for the kids, but just try and keep it in check. For the most part, they watch Disney Junior stuff in the AM and then maybe a little bit at night. My youngest one is 4 and doesn't do the ipad at all, my other 4 year old (twin) mostly plays ABCMouse which is ed...
by davebo
Sun May 31, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: booking travel to Disney
Replies: 23
Views: 2024

Re: booking travel to Disney

I know it's pricey, but I wouldn't do Disney if I wasn't going to stay on-site so I say stick with your decision. If you're going to book a regular room, I would probably go with a Disney travel agent like MEI/Mousefan Travel. There are certain hotels that will allow you to get 2 rooms and they guar...
by davebo
Sun May 31, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?
Replies: 93
Views: 6577

Re: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?

I'm in the western chicago suburbs and I buy 90% of my stuff at Costco and Marianos. In general, I buy what I can at Costco's and then fill in fresh produce/everything else at Marianos. If I need to pickup stuff during the week, I'll usually go to Jewel since it's closer. Costco is mostly due to cos...
by davebo
Wed May 27, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Kid Toys
Replies: 32
Views: 2769

Re: Best Kid Toys

Magnatiles would be perfect for those kids. My kids are 4, 4, (twins), and 6 and they still play with them all the time. They are also huge hits at their schools. http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Tiles%C2%AE-Clear-Colors-100-Piece/dp/B000CBSNRY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432746152 Other things that get ...
by davebo
Thu May 21, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!
Replies: 44
Views: 3512

Re: Just used my chip credit card for the first time!

How does this work when you go to make a purchase online though? Don't you still need to type a cc number in?
by davebo
Thu May 21, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A trip to Disney World - What are the best days during Christmas time?
Replies: 33
Views: 2034

Re: A trip to Disney World - What are the best days during Christmas time?

OP here. Thanks for your suggestions. Wow. I didn't expect to hear an unanimous ‘no'. The reason why we even thought of going around Christmas time was to avoid the crowds and hot weather during summer months. Though we can visit at other times of the year, we have a kid in school, and were not rea...
by davebo
Wed May 20, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A trip to Disney World - What are the best days during Christmas time?
Replies: 33
Views: 2034

Re: A trip to Disney World - What are the best days during Christmas time?

Honestly I would not go during those times at all. Crowds at wdw are way way way up these days since the economy has improved. Even previously slow periods (fall, early dec,etc) are pretty crowded now. It's much better to pull the kids out of school and go in late January. You can stay half the amou...
by davebo
Tue May 12, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 10625

Re: I Hate Vacations

I used to be kinda "blah" about vacations, but moreso because it seemed like a huge amount of money to pay for a trip that only lasted a week. After some great trips with my wife, I enjoyed it more and more...now with kids, it's even more important to me to have that dedicated time. We wen...
by davebo
Tue May 12, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard playsets - worth it?
Replies: 22
Views: 2933

Re: Backyard playsets - worth it?

I was all set to buy a used Rainbow swingset off craigslist and pay someone to move it for me, but my parents bought one of the $500 sets from Toysrus. I paid someone to put it together after reading the reviews and seeing it was taking people the better part of a weekend to get theirs together. We'...
by davebo
Thu May 07, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nutribullet or Ninja extractor?
Replies: 20
Views: 1874

Re: Nutribullet or Ninja extractor?

We have a nutrininja and it works great. Small, simple to use, and easy to operate. Maybe the vitamix is a better product, but doesn't it cost like 5x as much? I don't really see what the upside is there. Don't get a juicer though. I have a Breville as well and it's kind of a pain to clean...there a...
by davebo
Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate for kids—Thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 3023

Karate for kids—Thoughts?

My son is wanting to take a break from team sports and try something new. We’re less than a couple minutes away from a Karate place near our house that seems to have a pretty strong kids program. I know a lot of people sign their kids up for karate and they seem to enjoy it, but does karate really h...
by davebo
Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 25 year old baseball cards and coins worth anything?
Replies: 16
Views: 3642

Re: 25 year old baseball cards and coins worth anything?

I must've been collecting baseball cards during the absolute bubble. I was really into it from 1985-1991 or so. Once upper deck hit the scene, it seemed to have started just a flood of "collector sets" getting released by the same company. So your cards aren't worth anything I wouldn't thi...
by davebo
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: South America [vacation recommendations]
Replies: 32
Views: 2861

Re: If You Were Going To S. America ...

You're going to South America Mr. Fredrickson?!

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