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by ddunca1944
Sun May 17, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MediCare and ? What are your out of pocket costs please.
Replies: 39
Views: 3999

Re: MediCare and ? What are your out of pocket costs please.

We have Medicare and AARP/UHC Plan F (changed mid year last year)

for 2014 our combined OOP expenses were $1709 (mostly dental)
YTD this year combined OOP expenses are $698
by ddunca1944
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you quantify how Bogleheads has helped you?
Replies: 23
Views: 2212

Re: Can you quantify how Bogleheads has helped you?

This forum gave me the confidence to move our retirement accounts from a full service broker/advisor to Vanguard and to go from a dozen expensive funds to 3 low cost funds. This has saved us several percentage points/year since 2011 when we made the change.
by ddunca1944
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pet insurance?
Replies: 32
Views: 2221

Re: Pet insurance?

Our 14 year old golden Retriever is a member of the family. She has her own line items in the budget for food, regular vet expenses including prescription meds, and misc (for grooming, toys, etc). In addition, she has a vet emergency fund with a large chunk in it. We contemplated insurance, but deci...
by ddunca1944
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where's your Will?
Replies: 46
Views: 3409

Re: Where's your Will?

I didn't answer because the lawyer has our original, not a copy. We have a copy in our Will Book at home and I'm going to give my son a copy.
by ddunca1944
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dad Passed, Help Mom: Next Steps?
Replies: 29
Views: 3073

Re: Dad Passed, Help Mom: Next Steps?

There is another (non financial) consideration that I have not seen addressed yet. Is the house elder friendly? (Ie Is everything on one level ? Are the doors wide enough? Lever type door pulls instead of knobs?) Who maintains the exterior? If it isn't elder friendly, then she will likely be forced ...
by ddunca1944
Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What % of your gross income do you spend on mortgage/rent?
Replies: 155
Views: 10201

Re: What % of your gross income do you spend on mortgage/ren

5% without utilities (property tax and HO ins)
11% including utilities
by ddunca1944
Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)
Replies: 110
Views: 8389

Re: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)

Amount due $69 :D (I try to estimate withholding as close as possible)

No state income tax.. :)
by ddunca1944
Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do with Aunt's house
Replies: 26
Views: 1790

Re: What to do with Aunt's house

My biggest thing about bringing her home is that I cannot coordinate her care. I have a job and a family (including 2 young kids). If someone doesn't show up to watch her, I can't always drop everything to stay with her or try to find a replacement. When she was at home with her son, they still had...
by ddunca1944
Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do with Aunt's house
Replies: 26
Views: 1790

Re: What to do with Aunt's house

I had a similar situation with my late MIL. We had to move her into an adult family home because she could not physically care for herself. She deluded herself that she could "go home" pretty soon. It became obvious that she would not be able to live alone, but she stubbornly clung to the ...
by ddunca1944
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 6072

Re: Pick-Pockets

My husband was pick pocketed on the crowded train from Naples to Sorrento. He felt the hand go into his front pocket.... they got nothing because we both were wearing most of our money and credit cards in moneybelts under our clothing... :P
by ddunca1944
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMD Greater Than Budget
Replies: 20
Views: 1837

Re: RMD Greater Than Budget

We don't need all of our RMD either. We spend some of it on travel and use some to pay the tax due to converting part of our T-IRA to a Roth IRA.
by ddunca1944
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expecting a big inheritance - Should it change my life?
Replies: 124
Views: 9166

Re: Expecting a big inheritance - Should it change my life?

I've worked in the elder care industry. I've been in a number of nursing homes (some accepted Medicaid patients and some accepted only private pay patients). Be aware that if a nursing home does not have any Medicaid beds and is private pay only, they certainly can evict patients who run out of fund...
by ddunca1944
Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D
Replies: 223
Views: 32608

Re: TurboTax '14 Deluxe (Desktop) Excludes Schedule D

I put TurboTax behind me years ago: Received this via email confirmation a few months ago. "TaxACT Online 2014 Deluxe, your Federal return is $9.99 and the State return fee is $6.00." :happy I'm considering TaxAct after years of using TT. Does TaxAct allow one to save the file as a pf file?
by ddunca1944
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Got earthquake insurance?
Replies: 35
Views: 2382

Re: Got earthquake insurance?

Yep. We've got it (also live in the PNW) It's a separate policy that is about 25% the Homeowner's. Our deductible is 20%.
by ddunca1944
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare signup
Replies: 36
Views: 2482

Re: Medicare signup

lucky3 wrote:Original Medicare and a AARP Plan F Supplement seems to work the best...add to that a Plan D (perscription drug plan) from any number of different vendors and you should be ok.

Lucky3


+1
This is what my husband and I have. Happy with it so far.
by ddunca1944
Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions on Pension Options
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Opinions on Pension Options

Would you take the SLA and purchase a 500,000 20 yr term life insurance policy for about 300/mo and come out about 350/mo to the good? When my husband retired, he had to make the same decision. He asked me that very question and I told him, 'If you go first, I don't want to be a grieving widow, lik...
by ddunca1944
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard offers login security code
Replies: 124
Views: 20102

Re: Vanguard offers login security code

Thanks for posting this. I've just activated mine.
by ddunca1944
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?
Replies: 44
Views: 4047

Re: Poll: Net cost of your checking account annually?

I put "0". However, I do pay $12 annually to belong to the credit union's "Premier Club" (for those over 60). For the $12, I get a box of free checks and 50% off the cost of a safe deposit box. Since a box of checks costs more than $12, I figure I'm still ahead.
by ddunca1944
Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deciding When to Retire
Replies: 47
Views: 6420

Re: Deciding When to Retire

Cosmo wrote:The decision is based upon:

1) when you have enough.
2) When you had enough.

Cosmo


+1

I had "had enough"
by ddunca1944
Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: War on Debt
Replies: 247
Views: 33904

Re: War on Debt

However the basic reality is clear: if one has a lot of debt and isn't willing to consider wide ranging job, career or location changes to make significantly more money, or truly radical reductions in living standard required to reduce the debt in a reasonable period without a serious income boost,...
by ddunca1944
Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Roth IRA strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 3303

Re: Roth IRA strategy

This uses 4 IRAs: Main TIRA "separate" TIRA Main Roth "separate" Roth I am intrigued with this strategy, but have a question... I have only one TIRA. Since I am retired and have no working income, how do I go about creating a "separate" TIRA? Can I transfer fund from m...
by ddunca1944
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Morbid Question
Replies: 28
Views: 4282

Re: Preparing Spouse Threads

... My wife wants to know what to do if something happens to me ... Any thoughts? As I get older, I wonder if it might be easier to simply put everything, both taxable and tax-advantaged, into one fund. I have been thinking the same thing, one of the following funds and a handful of ibonds for &quo...
by ddunca1944
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint accounts or separate accounts for married couples?
Replies: 59
Views: 5421

Re: Joint accounts or separate accounts for married couples?

We have a joint account: All income goes into it. The majority of expenses are paid from it. We also each have a personal checking account for "fun" money. I can spend "my" fun money on mani/pedi's or gifting the grandkids without worrying that he'll think I'm being a spendthrift...
by ddunca1944
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best health insurance plan for a bad year (cancer)?
Replies: 30
Views: 2834

Re: Best health insurance plan for a bad year (cancer)?

There was a thread not too long ago about a man who had surgery. He did his homework verifying tnat the hospital, surgeon, anestheologist etc were all in network. While he was in surgery, am out of network dr assisted and billed him over $100,000. I'd be very wary of a plan tnat had 0 coverage for n...
by ddunca1944
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gross Yearly Income needed in Retirement (Speculation)
Replies: 159
Views: 14533

Re: Gross Yearly Income needed in Retirement (Speculation)

We are into Year 7 of retirement. Our gross income (SS & pension) is $84K annually (We pay $11K for health ins premiums: Medicare, Medigap, Part D and a dental policy.) is enough to be comfortable. No debt of any kind. We take a couple of domestic trips annually. We also take one international t...
by ddunca1944
Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage from family member
Replies: 21
Views: 1765

Re: Mortgage from family member

We loaned my son the money to purchase a house. He signed a promissary note and we hold a lien on the property. He was injured some months ago and has not been able to work, so is behind on payments. We do not need the money so it has not caused us a hardship; we'd write it off as a gift, but he won...
by ddunca1944
Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non performance by executrix
Replies: 39
Views: 3574

Re: Non performance by executrix

Respectfully, I think next steps for you/your spouse on the matter are simple though not easy. Call the PR/executorix and ask her if she wants you/your spouse to take over, and if not get a commitment from her for a firm date for specific action, and if that's not met then hire a lawyer. If you don...
by ddunca1944
Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non performance by executrix
Replies: 39
Views: 3574

Re: Non performance by executrix

Is there a third party that is trusted by all of the heirs who might intervene? This reason I am asking - My ex died about 7 years ago and my younger son became the executor (his brothers did not want the hassle). It was a mess: he died in another state; there was no will, two properties (both with ...
by ddunca1944
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 52
Views: 14994

Re: $400 reward to open Chase accounts

I cashed in on many of these offers multiple times and then closed the accounts each time. I refuse to play their constant cat and mouse game of trying to extract fees from me. I think they finally tagged me and stopped sending me the offers (my wife still gets them). I've done this twice already. ...
by ddunca1944
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retired and end of month checking account balance?
Replies: 21
Views: 2611

Re: Retired and end of month checking account balance?

I keep sinking funds in our checking account (for things like property taxes, homeowners ins, emergency vet visits and OOP healthcare expenses). Usually have a cushion of about $10K in the checking account. My credit union pays 1.5% interest on checking up to $10K.
by ddunca1944
Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash In Credit Card Points? Or Keep Accumulating?
Replies: 28
Views: 2799

Re: Cash In Credit Card Points? Or Keep Accumulating?

I save our rewards to use towards an annual international trip. I recently redeemed them to pay the fees associated with redeeming miles for a round trip flight to Europe next year.
by ddunca1944
Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my husband a spendthrift? Or I a tightwad?
Replies: 198
Views: 19217

Re: Is my husband a spendthrift? Or I a tightwad?

I don't think the budget is the problem. I also use YNAB (religiously) and DH doesn't. It works because a) he gets a $500 monthly allowance to spend as he pleases (as do I). Our annual income is a fraction of yours. We use a joint credit card for the joint expenses (gas, groceries, etc). and we each...
by ddunca1944
Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assistance with Medicare costs for lowish income seniors
Replies: 13
Views: 1439

Re: Assistance with Medicare costs for lowish income seniors

The Medicaid requirements vary from state to state. They could try applying but if they do qualify, they might have to change doctors and may have trouble finding doctors who will accept Medicaid. I'd look closely at their Medigap policies especially with open enrollemnt coming up. Medicare Advantag...
by ddunca1944
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: See both financial advisor and elder law lawyer for Mom?
Replies: 45
Views: 2898

Re: See both financial advisor and elder law lawyer for Mom?

Gambler, My mother is in a non-medicaid nursing home. My sister in law's mother is in a medicaid nursing home. The differences between the two facilities could not be starker. My sister in law's mother would not be in the medicaid facility if she had a choice. Your mother can afford to self pay a g...
by ddunca1944
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: See both financial advisor and elder law lawyer for Mom?
Replies: 45
Views: 2898

Re: See both financial advisor and elder law lawyer for Mom?

I can't imagine any sane person that would choose to go on Medicaid. Check with her current doctors and see which ones will accept Medicaid. I've seen it first hand and her options are limited, just read an article yesterday that showed how Medicaid patients were having to wait months for appointme...
by ddunca1944
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how to prevent medical expense catastrophe?
Replies: 174
Views: 9026

Re: how to prevent medical expense catastrophe?

Before this thread gets locked, I'd like to ask:
"Is there ANYTHING the average person (not a physician nor an attorney) before having any sort of treatment to protect themselves from this sort of skulldrudgery?

Any suggestions?
by ddunca1944
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help protecting assets (marriage)
Replies: 46
Views: 4781

Re: Need help protecting assets (marriage)

If you were my son, I'd advise you to keep the house & land in your name and not worry about the rest. Best wishes! In a divorce, how does that play out in a community property state like Texas? I'm not an attorney, but my best guess is that it would depend on a number of factors: Length of mar...
by ddunca1944
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help protecting assets (marriage)
Replies: 46
Views: 4781

Re: Need help protecting assets (marriage)

If you were my son, I'd advise you to keep the house & land in your name and not worry about the rest.
Best wishes!
by ddunca1944
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Medicare] Part D Sticker Shock
Replies: 21
Views: 2570

Re: Part D Sticker Shock

Do you have the Humana Walmart RX Plan available? At medicare.com it shows it's $12.60 mth but that is for the rest of the year. It isn't clear to me what it will be in 2015. I have this plan (I do not take any pres drugs, so shop for the cheapest plan a ailable). Received notice today tjat the pre...
by ddunca1944
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10880

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

I'm retired now, but never made $50K in my working years. The last few years before he retired DH made low $60's. Most of my working life, I was a single parent (of two children and no child support) so was the sole provider for three. I did manage to save, tried to handle my finances prudently, and...
by ddunca1944
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you store your electronic account statements?
Replies: 24
Views: 1971

Re: How do you store your electronic account statements?

For those of you who have gone paperless and no longer get physical paper statements from your financial providers (eg. Vanguard, Schwab, your bank or credit union, credit card provider, etc), I have the following questions... 1) Do you periodically download the electronic pdf statements from the p...
by ddunca1944
Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to self insure LTC and longevity? hypothetical
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: How much to self insure LTC and longevity? hypothetical

LTC would consume most or all of this couple's income if not more. What is the one not requiring LTC going to live on? This question is exactly why we chose to purchase LTCi. It's not for the person needing long term care so much as it is to help the healthy spouse avoid impoverishment. My mother h...
by ddunca1944
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I step in to help my in law pay off credit card debt
Replies: 31
Views: 2766

Re: Should I step in to help my in law pay off credit card d

What does your husband say? Ralph This is your husband's mother, right? If he agrees, and this is NOT a pattern MIL has, and you can afford the $3k, then just pay it off. Or, if all three of you would feel better about it, let her pay you a small amount per month, indefinitely. Better than paying c...
by ddunca1944
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental property with in-laws: please help!
Replies: 128
Views: 8885

Re: Rental property with in-laws: please help!

I don't see why you should be on the hook for the entire 43k. The amount you benefited, i.e. the 15,000 would be fair. It sounds like your in-laws are taking you to the cleaners. That is how I feel. While they did pay the negative cash flow portion, they made up for it in other ways (for instance c...
by ddunca1944
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alzheimer's and Prenup
Replies: 20
Views: 3243

Re: Alzheimer's and Prenup

Daisy, I am so sorry you are facing this dreadful situation. My mother is in the later stages of this awful disease and I will tell you that it is harder on the family than the patient. Please, please, asap do as other posters suggested and see an attorney. Have your own documents updated and find o...
by ddunca1944
Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help out family without compromising my own retirement?
Replies: 72
Views: 7033

Re: Help out family without compromising my own retirement?

How old are your parents? Do they work? Or are they old enough for SS? Who pays the utilities? I'd start by finding out what resources may be available to them in your area. They may qualify for low income housing for example. Has your brother applied for unemployment? Food stamps? You are already b...
by ddunca1944
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where can I get a [toddler-friendly weekend] job? Update
Replies: 33
Views: 4015

Re: Where can I get a job like this?

This weekend job will allow me to bring my toddlers with me. I'm thinking if I can find an elderly/or elderly couple that want someone to talk to, cook lunch, dinner and a little clean up on these 2 days 8am-5pm. I'm a good cook and very clean. I have to be able to bring my toddlers and make 1k a m...
by ddunca1944
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....
Replies: 258
Views: 19158

Re: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....

But I have to admit, when he showed me his "will" I was heart broken especially when he mentioned about " the reason I'm only giving you this amount is to so you can get public assistance this way" did start to wonder what kind love he have towards me. I'd be inclined to ask him...
by ddunca1944
Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....
Replies: 258
Views: 19158

Re: My husband's " WILL", $ left for me to live on....

Everyone seems to be ignoring the OP's acknowledgment that she signed a prenup. All this discussion may be moot if she waived all her rights in his estate. Gill She did not waive the rights of the minor child. What can NOT be included in prenuptial agreements State laws restrict what can and cannot...

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