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Re: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?

We stayed in Kanab, UT
by detroitbabu
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?
Replies: 16
Views: 1036

Re: average American eats out 203 times per year

3 meals a day * 365 = 1095 meals per year
203/1095 = 18.54% which is 1 out of every 5 meals.

or 203/52 = 4 meals/week seems reasonable considering a lot of people eat their breakfast in their cars on the way to work.
by detroitbabu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: average American eats out 203 times per year
Replies: 105
Views: 6438

Re: how often do you look at your account

Only on days when market is up. :)
by detroitbabu
Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: how often do you look at your account
Replies: 70
Views: 3662

Re: Honda Fit, Civic

Why not consider a 2014 or 2015 Civic?
Pretty comparable fuel economy and only a couple grand more than Fit

Civic is a bigger car too.
Of course, if you are tired of driving a Civic and want to try something new, that is a different story.
by detroitbabu
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Fit, Civic
Replies: 32
Views: 3175

Re: SAT preparation

I thought recently they have changed SAT.
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SAT preparation
Replies: 30
Views: 2460

Re: Recommendations on Walking/Trekking poles

Before you go to REI, you might want to check a few online websites for their clearance sales.
You may get last year's model for a good discount.

Here are a few online retailers with excellent return policies

sierratradingpost.com
moosejaw.com
backcountry.com
campmor.com
llbean.com
by detroitbabu
Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on Walking/Trekking poles
Replies: 16
Views: 1572

Re: Tablet for classroom use

Good deal at Target. 16GB iPad Mini for $199.

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/122160/ ... y-or-white
by detroitbabu
Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tablet for classroom use
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Prepay mortgage?

If you get a break on state taxes for contributing to a 529, why not max that out instead of just putting in $9k?
e.g. Michigan has a cap of $10,000 / year for getting a break on state tax. Worth finding out for your state.
by detroitbabu
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prepay mortgage?
Replies: 24
Views: 2347

Re: Prepay mortgage?

Maybe contribute to a 529 plan for kids if you are not doing it already.
by detroitbabu
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prepay mortgage?
Replies: 24
Views: 2347

Re: A Big Trip: The Himalayas

You may also want to look at Sikkim, which is a state in India.
Longer hikes than Ladakh, great scenery, tea-house type accommodations, guided treks with porters.

http://www.thehikinglife.com/2010/10/yu ... ndia-2008/
by detroitbabu
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Big Trip: The Himalayas
Replies: 15
Views: 1113

Re: A Big Trip: The Himalayas

we have made arrangments to stay in more westernized lodging during the trek. I am referring to the lodges run by Yeti Mountain Homes and Everest Summit Lodges. These types of lodges are only available as far as Pangboche, which is quite a bit short of EBC . Not true. Accomodations in Tengboche, Di...
by detroitbabu
Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Big Trip: The Himalayas
Replies: 15
Views: 1113

Re: A Big Trip: The Himalayas

I recently (October 2013) completed the Everest Base Camp trek. Nepal and especially both EBC and Annapurna Base Camp treks are very popular and geared toward western tourists. You will find the trails very crowded during the peak season (April-May and October) but the scenery is spectacular. I have...
by detroitbabu
Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Big Trip: The Himalayas
Replies: 15
Views: 1113

Re: Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto, summer 2014: tips?

Don't know how much are you into wilderness but you want true wilderness you should visit Isle Royale National park in Lake Superior. Least known and visited national park in US but it is really beautiful. You can reach it only via ferry boat. The ferry ride from Michigan side (Houghton or Copper ha...
by detroitbabu
Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto, summer 2014: tips?
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Family trip to Orlando. Suggestions.

1-2 days at Disney parks is not enough. You need at least 5 days.

Check out http://allears.net/index.html for comprehensive info on Disney world.
by detroitbabu
Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family trip to Orlando. Suggestions.
Replies: 33
Views: 2254

Re: Long Distance Walking

Just coming back from my planned hike to Pikes Peak via Barr trail. Needed 8.5 hours
Fantastic experience!!! Hiked up and took the train down.
by detroitbabu
Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Walking
Replies: 143
Views: 15555

Re: Costco holdout considering membership

I don't like TJ's produce. It always seems like it's moldy or dead the next day. Aldi is the same way, I wonder if it's a problem with their suppliers or distribution network. Both have the worst produce ever... but to their credit the normal TJ or Aldi customer isn't big on produce but rather shop...
by detroitbabu
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco holdout considering membership
Replies: 117
Views: 7582

Re: Long Distance Walking

I am hiking (up and down) Pikes Peak via Barr trail in July.
by detroitbabu
Thu May 23, 2013 9:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Walking
Replies: 143
Views: 15555

Re: kitchen faucets

I have this one and am very happy with it. I bought it from CostCo when it was on sale.

http://www.costco.com/Hansgrohe%2c-Alle ... 10216.html
by detroitbabu
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen faucets
Replies: 25
Views: 2262

Re: Your most intense movie scene

Not the most intense but the one of the most shocking for me was from "The Crying Game".
by detroitbabu
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your most intense movie scene
Replies: 155
Views: 9316

Re: Should I move from upstate NY to Los Angeles, CA?

The money that you will lose on your house, you can recover later. I would not worry too much about that. How do you propose he recovers real money lost? What guarantee do you give him? I'd like to know how to quickly and easily recover $50K. I meant to say in the long run that amount may not matte...
by detroitbabu
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I move from upstate NY to Los Angeles, CA?
Replies: 64
Views: 4436

Re: Should I move from upstate NY to Los Angeles, CA?

You are young and JPL is a great opportunity. If I were in your place, I would not think twice and move.
The money that you will lose on your house, you can recover later. I would not worry too much about that.
by detroitbabu
Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I move from upstate NY to Los Angeles, CA?
Replies: 64
Views: 4436

Re: Where to visit in FL with a toddler and a senior?

In December you will not find swimmable ocean temps anywhere in the US. The ocean from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale (see AMZ650 forecast ) is around 77 degrees right now. That's slightly chilly for a pool, but hardly unswimmable. For comparison, the water off the beaches in Los Angeles County...
by detroitbabu
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to visit in FL with a toddler and a senior?
Replies: 31
Views: 2772

Re: Where to visit in FL with a toddler and a senior?

In December you will not find swimmable ocean temps anywhere in the US. You will need to go further south to Mexico or Caribbean. I would recommend Cancun or Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) all inclusives. There are still some great deals even this late. check out http://www.cheapcaribbean.com. Anot...
by detroitbabu
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to visit in FL with a toddler and a senior?
Replies: 31
Views: 2772

Re: American snacks, candy & other typical foods

Peanut brittle (the indian version) is readily available in India and would not be a novelty item. I would say Pringles potato chips (various flavors), Chex mix, chewing gums (different flavors) is something you don't get in India. A mixed bag of candy bars (like you get at Halloween) with snickers,...
by detroitbabu
Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American snacks, candy & other typical foods
Replies: 21
Views: 2079

Re: Winter Boots

Go here. http://www.rei.com/category/4500006_Men%27s+Footwear If you have an REI nearby, visit the store and get recommendations from the people in the store based on your budget, physique, purpose, frequency of use etc. Some good brands are Keen, Asolo, Salomon, Vasque, Danner, Merrell etc. For sat...
by detroitbabu
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Boots
Replies: 27
Views: 3040

Re: Vanguard Account Daily Update

This thread is funny to me since my Vanguard Account is showing the same values from 2007. :) Unless there is a big move that could trigger re-balancing or TLH it is hardly worth the effort to look closely. Certainly not worth getting excited that the data isn't "evening fresh." Sidney, D...
by detroitbabu
Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Account Daily Update
Replies: 27
Views: 1664

Re: How Much Do I Tip Caterer Servers?

I would give them $25 each.
by detroitbabu
Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Do I Tip Caterer Servers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1763

Re: Lost Luggage Question

You don't need CEO of luggage operations, you need the CEO of Delta.

http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=84
http://www.delta.com/help/contact_us/co ... ndex.jsp#1

You should use the physical address and not the P.O.Box.
Anybody else and you are wasting your time.
by detroitbabu
Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Luggage Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1329

Re: Lost Luggage Question

Looks like you are getting the runaround.
A nice, polite letter stating only the facts (no threats) to the CEO via registered USPS mail will quickly take care of this issue.
It did for me.
by detroitbabu
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost Luggage Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1329

Re: Warm places abroad to go to for Christmas week?

How about Galapagos. May not be the luxury "All-Inclusive" vacation that you want. But it would be very different.
Tahiti??? - May be more than 8 hours flight.
by detroitbabu
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm places abroad to go to for Christmas week?
Replies: 25
Views: 1750

Re: 21 ways rich people think

sunnyday wrote: Are rich people happier?


Watch a documentary called "Happy". It is available on Netflix streaming.
by detroitbabu
Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 21 ways rich people think
Replies: 84
Views: 8729

Re: Why not use black tarps to protect roof?

Have you thought about how ugly it will look covering the whole roof of your house?
If you are looking for longevity, consider a metal roof.
by detroitbabu
Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not use black tarps to protect roof?
Replies: 58
Views: 8938

Re: PC purchase advice

This is a good site for DIYers.
http://www.tomshardware.com/
by detroitbabu
Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC purchase advice
Replies: 50
Views: 4213

Re: Long Distance Walking

Appalachian Trail in the US. It is on my bucket list.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
by detroitbabu
Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Walking
Replies: 143
Views: 15555

Re: Where can I have photos scanned?

Costco.

I did it earlier this year. Dropped off negatives and got 3 dvd's back in about a week.
I had about 1200 pictures.
by detroitbabu
Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where can I have photos scanned?
Replies: 14
Views: 2842

Re: Home Audio Options - Looking for Advice

Post your questions here.
http://www.avsforum.com
by detroitbabu
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Audio Options - Looking for Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 2029

Re: Downsizing: Positives & Negatives

Can you live in the garden home for say 6 months and keep the bigger home vacant as an experiment? It should not be a financial issue since both homes are fully paid off. This way you can experience if you really like living in a smaller home. Then after six months you can make a decision on which h...
by detroitbabu
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Downsizing: Positives & Negatives
Replies: 53
Views: 5253

Re: Slide and photo negative scanning services

I just did this and used Costco's service. They charge I think $4 per 40 photos. I got about 1000 negatives converted to 3 DVDs for about $100.
by detroitbabu
Fri May 04, 2012 8:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slide and photo negative scanning services
Replies: 4
Views: 778

Re: Laptop Advice Needed

Why not wait until Windows 8 (metro) comes out in 4 months? As it is, you need it for basic net surfing, email etc.
by detroitbabu
Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop Advice Needed
Replies: 57
Views: 4416

Re: Is there a best time to buy new Car/SUV?

If you want the best price and not too concerned with buying a 2012 model, wait until August when the new model year starts for most auto manufacturers. Once 2013 models are on the lot, 2012 models are discounted by the dealers to make room for the new inventory. Absolute best time to buy a 2012 mod...
by detroitbabu
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a best time to buy new Car/SUV?
Replies: 11
Views: 1637

Re: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?

Update: Here is an update on my daughter. Yes, we did switch the school and now my daughter is in the new school with many new friends and still has old friends from the old school. It helps that the school bus she rides on to go to the new school has all her old friends. So socially it has worked o...
by detroitbabu
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you send your child to a Gifted program?
Replies: 80
Views: 7769

Re: Boglehead-ish Companies/brands

Hi all... I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of companies and/or brands, that share the Boglehead approach to low cost and BIG VALUE. Let me know what you think, may be fun to get a discussion going. I've only started with a few categories and brands, but it would be fun to compile a ...
by detroitbabu
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead-ish Companies/brands
Replies: 51
Views: 3019

Re: Bleg - help buying Dell desktop

If you can wait for a few more months, you can get a windows 8 machine.
I have heard good things about win8.
by detroitbabu
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bleg - help buying Dell desktop
Replies: 69
Views: 2388

Re: who does "scheduled maintenance" on their cars?

I do not do "scheduled maintenance". For two reasons: 1. When I bought my first new car, I went to the dealer to do the first scheduled maintenance. They charged me $500 for the maintenance for a one year old car. When I was getting out, a sales guy caught up to me and said, "You just...
by detroitbabu
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: who does "scheduled maintenance" on their cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5844

Re: I'm about to buy a new car and think I may have a blind

Several options (in order of my preference - considering your criteria small turning radius, good pickup, good air conditioning)

Mazda 3
Hyundai Elantra
Audi A3
Mini Cooper
VW Jetta
by detroitbabu
Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm about to buy a new car and think I may have a blind spot
Replies: 19
Views: 1514

Re: Refrigerator recommendations

If you could wait for 2 more weeks, you could visit the local Sears scratch and dent store. I am sure there will be a lot of after Christmas returns at the S and D store. Most of the returns are items that were refused at delivery for whatever reason. Some of them have an unnoticeable blemish. You g...
by detroitbabu
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2317

Re: Did we make a bad decision on new flooring?

Have you tried Lumber Liquidators? http://www.lumberliquidators.com They have very good prices on hardwood, laminate and engineered hardwood products. When I wanted to get rid of carpet in my home, I went to the local LL store and got a great deal. (I am not associated with LL). The installers shoul...
by detroitbabu
Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did we make a bad decision on new flooring?
Replies: 25
Views: 2546

Re: Help Me Select A Stereo System

OP, How well can you discern between $2000 speakers vs. $200 speakers side by side? Have you conducted a blind hearing study? It may be worth it. If you can not differentiate between them why spend the extra money. Also, you may like the sound coming out of a $200 speaker vs a $2000 speaker. You mig...
by detroitbabu
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Select A Stereo System
Replies: 80
Views: 5092
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