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by deadlymonkey
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New to Golf
Replies: 45
Views: 4954

New to Golf

I played my first round of golf ever with my in laws using a set of old borrowed clubs. I was really bad. It was in good fun and we didn't even keep score. By the end of the round I was hitting shorter shots ok (9 iron). No matter what I was doing though I could not drive at all. My form is horrible...
by deadlymonkey
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For those of you with pensions...
Replies: 25
Views: 3205

Re: For those of you with pensions...

BLUF: Even though I EXPECT a pension, I save like I would not have one, and thus will be prepared for any eventuality and maybe have a lot of money travel or live at a standard I was expecting. I am military so dealing with that pension system. I am 34 and my wife stays home with the 2 kids. Even th...
by deadlymonkey
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Company to Bundle Auto & Home Insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 2066

Re: Best Company to Bundle Auto & Home Insurance

If you were ever in the military, had family in the military or maybe even knew someone in the military and you can get in with USAA, they are really good for insurance both rate wise and service wise.
by deadlymonkey
Thu May 21, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving money on the table?
Replies: 11
Views: 950

Leaving money on the table?

I have recently been mildly concerned about this but not sure if I am just thinking too much. Wife and I have shared accounts and most of our retirement assets are in TSP and Vanguard. Paycheck is deposited in Checking account and is used to pretty much pay all expenses. Expenses may fluctuate a bit...
by deadlymonkey
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which 529 plan are you using?
Replies: 49
Views: 3606

Re: Which 529 plan are you using?

PA resident but military so I dont pay state taxes. Won't maintain PA residency after I retire and not sure where I will end up. Invested in Vanguard Nevada plan since it was easiest since my other accounts are at Vanguard.
by deadlymonkey
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 172
Views: 12591

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I teach American lit and I have found that many video games have compelling narratives that reflect storytelling at its finest. I will always fondly remember the many hours spent playing those old Sierra Games classics: King's Quest, Space Quest, etc. Quest. Having said that, I do limit myself to j...
by deadlymonkey
Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used commuter car
Replies: 5
Views: 523

used commuter car

My family has been a 1 car family for awhile, but we are moving soon and I will need a second commuter car (DC area). Any recommendations for cars with good mileage and reliability that can hold 2 carseats in the back (in th event we need to take the kids in this car) AND can be had for around 10K? ...
by deadlymonkey
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: $ monthly contribution to 529/college savings
Replies: 60
Views: 7502

Re: Poll: $ monthly contribution to 529/college savings

I opened my kids accounts (18 month old and newborn) with 5K in the Vanguard plan. I contribute about $150 a month to each account. I am also expecting to give my Post 9/11 GI Bill to them so that will be 1.5 years paid for each of them plus whatever the 529 covers.
by deadlymonkey
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth TSP and mypay
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Roth TSP and mypay

I'm hoping someone here knows the answer to this as I have had no long with personnel office or the mypay help desk. Active duty military can use the regular TSP or Roth TSP. For regular TSP you set a percentage of your gross pay to be deducted and that percentage and total YTD to reflected on your ...
by deadlymonkey
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much a baby costs?
Replies: 86
Views: 5764

Re: How much a baby costs?

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If not you should be. Besides all the other benefits of Prime Membership, you can be enrolled in Amazon Mom. You get 20% of all baby items, specifically diapers and wipes but lots of other stuff too. You can set up autodelivery which is a lifesaver sometimes, because ...
by deadlymonkey
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relax... Even "poor" bogleheads are exceptional
Replies: 31
Views: 4213

Re: Relax... Even "poor" bogleheads are exceptional

So you are going to post about how others are doing poorly to try to help people feel adequate. If people are feeling inadequate, then they should re-evaluate their lives and fix what is wrong. Adequacy should not come from comparisons to others. IMHO The carrot and the stick, brother. You can beat...
by deadlymonkey
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Year Review
Replies: 0
Views: 244

New Year Review

I would like to put my cards on the table at then end of the year so I can see what needs tweaking or changing going into 2014. I am active duty military, O-3, but should promote in 2014. I expect to stay to retirement and a military pension is factored into all my retirement decisions. Emergency fu...
by deadlymonkey
Tue May 21, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What were the little things that led you to index investing?
Replies: 60
Views: 4009

Re: What were the little things that led you to index invest

I had started with the TSP right away, but a senior NCO pointed me towards First Command. I sat through the briefing but it all seemed so shady, and the advisor was kind of hot and flirty, so I only invested the minimum with them, way below what they wanted. A few months later I kicked myself and st...
by deadlymonkey
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Graduation Tips for an 18-Year Old?
Replies: 17
Views: 1401

Re: Financial Graduation Tips for an 18-Year Old?

Maybe I'm being different than a lot of folks here but here is my take on teaching your 18 year old financial advice. I'm 32 but this is basically what my parents told me and it has worked out pretty well. He can get a credit card with no co-signer. It may only have a 500 dollar limit and charge 21%...
by deadlymonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting to get more involved in my investing [Military]
Replies: 4
Views: 515

Re: Starting to get more involved in my investing [Military]

A lot of that makes sense. The USSPX is a taxable account. That is not for retirement purposes, it was really just to see if I could get more of a return on the investment than a savings account. In theory I would put my money that I am setting aside for the furture cars in a taxable account like th...
by deadlymonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Starting to get more involved in my investing [Military]
Replies: 4
Views: 515

Starting to get more involved in my investing [Military]

Hello, A friend who I asked questions to pointed me in the direction of this site and I have been reading extensivly since then. I am 32 and military, wife is 27 and stay at home mom. Emergency funds: I had been saving about 6 months of salary (not expenses) so I have this excessivly covered. I have...

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