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Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

newbie question here.

Can I just get a cast iron dutch oven instead? Couldn't I use the dutch oven the same way as the skillet? It seems more practical for me to get the dutch oven since it has a lid and it has higher walls to avoid splatter.
by fareastwarriors
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 86
Views: 6477

Re: AliBaba

I owned some Alibaba through my small holding in Softbank. I'm fine with the exposure and the individual security risk.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AliBaba
Replies: 128
Views: 8125

Re: Should I buy another fridge or freezer? Or neither?

When we upgraded to a french door fridge, we found we didn't need any extra room. But I don't freeze meats, I prefer them fresh. Just curious, where do you buy fresh meat? My local grocery stores and Costco all sell either meat that is never-frozen but four-five days or old (Whole Foods), or it was...
by fareastwarriors
Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy another fridge or freezer? Or neither?
Replies: 16
Views: 1032

Re: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?

I thought the food sample people are not employees of Costco but are contractors. Is that right?
by fareastwarriors
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco:is it worth it for just two people?
Replies: 143
Views: 11812

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

Often, when browsing this forum, I see people asking for portfolio advice and usually they are dual medical professionals making north of $300,000 per year and have a $3 million plus portfolio. I am just wondering if there's anyone here who has a multi million dollar stock portfolio but has never m...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10004

Re: Most cost effective means of protecting physical assets

Security cameras? Ones that will send you texts/emails when motion is detected. plus get the camera in use sign
by fareastwarriors
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most cost effective means of protecting physical assets
Replies: 50
Views: 3988

Re: Tiny house movement.

I think the happy medium would be a ~1000 - ~1500 sf ft.
2 kids and 2 adults might be too tight in a 500sq ft place.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [can my family live in a] Tiny house
Replies: 60
Views: 4075

Re: Poll: Which iPhone 6?

I'm planning to get the Plus version. Time to dump my 4 year old Android phone. It was a good run...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: Which iPhone 6?
Replies: 41
Views: 3031

Re: Drought-tolerant Rosemary

What other herbs/fruits/vegetables are low maintenance to grow, does not take a ton of water, and does well in the Bay Area? I live in the East Bay if that helps.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drought-tolerant Rosemary
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: Giftcards

I've received several giftcards which sit in a stack on my desk, since they are for establishments I do not tend to frequent. If I try to swap these for cash or an equivalent, I am likely to lose a percentage to website transaction fees and the like. Does anyone know if there is a consumer to consu...
by fareastwarriors
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giftcards
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Coin Counting Machines

I count the coins myself and put them into the paper slots thing provided by the bank. About one a year, I would bring my coins (like 20 lbs worth) to deposit. I find it calming and almost therapeutic to coin and roll the coins myself.
by fareastwarriors
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coin Counting Machines
Replies: 58
Views: 4059

Re: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary

When I was a kid, I knew we were rather poor. However, only after I started to help write checks for my parents for bills/etc and saw other banking statements, I learned we were dirt poor. I just entered high school then. It was a tough wake up call. I was in bubble. The next summer, I got a job.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you reveal to your kids...your savings and salary
Replies: 75
Views: 6894

Re: Why is The Suze Orman Show showing repeats?

cfs wrote:Surprised.

I am surprised that some of the forum members actually watch that show.

Thanks for reading.



I catch it when it's on.
by fareastwarriors
Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is The Suze Orman Show showing repeats?
Replies: 20
Views: 2669

Re: Chase savings account bonus deposit

I got the $300 bonus a while back. I actually used my Chase account for about a year. I closed it a few months ago. I think my account was for a checking account. Simple $300. BofA is still easier for my banking needs.
by fareastwarriors
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase savings account bonus deposit
Replies: 22
Views: 1986

Re: Gas station etiquette

I wouldn't even think so much of it. That is just life. Some people are just mean.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station etiquette
Replies: 46
Views: 2962

Re: Anybody using dash cameras?

Updates?
by fareastwarriors
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using dash cameras?
Replies: 12
Views: 2787

Re: Earthquake Preparedness

Besides GeoVera Insurance Company and California Earthquake Authority, are there other companies out there in Cali doing earthquake insurance? I think it's time to shop around again and reassess the economics...
by fareastwarriors
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Earthquake Preparedness
Replies: 39
Views: 2119

Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

surfstar wrote:Color me not surprised.

Starbucks is a [overpriced, trendy] COFFEE SHOP, not a BAKERY.


Starbucks sell coffee? I only go for the sugary drinks.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 49
Views: 4571

Re: Is PIMCO Bond fund 50% cash?

I use the Total Return Fund in my 401k. It's the best option available for bonds. I don't need to know what's in it. Bill Gross has done well for me.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is PIMCO Bond fund 50% cash?
Replies: 26
Views: 2923

Re: Kimchi

Love my kimchi but I have no plans on making it myself.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kimchi
Replies: 40
Views: 1893

Re: Want to buy a used Mini Cooper-> Talk me into it?

what I'm looking for is reliability, good gas milage, and low cost of ownership.


That doesn't sound like a Mini...and this is coming from a cooper s owner.


I loved my old Madza 3 before i got my mini
by fareastwarriors
Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a used Mini Cooper-> Talk me into it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1772

Re: Kaiser vs Blue Shield

I heard good things about Kaiser from friends/family.
by fareastwarriors
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kaiser vs Blue Shield
Replies: 83
Views: 5603

Re: Simplisafe Home Security Systems

I just bought a refurb'ed system. I haven't installed it yet...will let you guys know how it goes.
by fareastwarriors
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe Home Security Systems
Replies: 34
Views: 2485

Re: Best websites to buy quality meat for grilling?

As my wife and I love authentic Wisconsin brats, we ordered online for a number of years from Usingers. Finally were able to find a place locally (in Alameda, California) with similar brats at a fraction of the cost. But Usinger brats are worthy. Boil in beer at low heat after thawed for fifteen mi...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best websites to buy quality meat for grilling?
Replies: 22
Views: 2717

Re: Your Favorite charity organization...? please

Summer Search.
It changed my life.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite charity organization...? please
Replies: 91
Views: 4299

Re: Affording a 1.3 million home?

What cities are you looking at?
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Affording a 1.3 million home?
Replies: 105
Views: 11305

Re: Neighbor's Tree

Talk to your neighbor? Ask him/her to trim it more if possible.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbor's Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 3047

Re: Drought Management

I admire all the people using low-flow showers. I could never do that... I would rather pay a fine and actually get clean. lol, the low flow shower heads are just fine...depending on the type, you can adjust the pressure to be stronger. but how dirty does one get? I work in an office all day. can't...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drought Management
Replies: 60
Views: 3158

Re: Principal Residence = Poor Investment?

Granted, when all the costs of "home ownership" are toted up (even considering taxes), I suspect all but those who truly "bought low" in tax-capped states (such as CA, under Prop 13) are scratching their collective heads and wondering "should we have rented?" It's a li...
by fareastwarriors
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Principal Residence = Poor Investment?
Replies: 70
Views: 5381

Re: Cell phone control devices for teen drivers?

My oldest daughter just turned 16 so we are now faced with turning her loose behind the wheel in our suburban jungle. I'm wondering if anyone here as any experience using one of the many cell phone control devices that are now made to control/monitor teen driving. Apparently you plug a console into...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone control devices for teen drivers?
Replies: 36
Views: 1733

Re: Buying in ok neighborhood vs good neighborhood

It's a city. I see elementary school kids walking home and to school without their parents. I see them biking. It is just next to section of the city that has a higher crime rate. The ok/good neighborhoods have block parties. The taxes are very high and it is for the cops and the schools. This neig...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying in ok neighborhood vs good neighborhood
Replies: 27
Views: 1743

Re: Buying in ok neighborhood vs good neighborhood

No way I'm paying 620K (or 400K or zero K) to be 8 blocks from an area with Your words): Burglary and theft from motor vehicle Retail theft burglary to garage or apt Armed robbery Aggravated assault. Never move to California. You can pay $1M+ and still have a colorful neighborhood crime map. The fi...
by fareastwarriors
Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying in ok neighborhood vs good neighborhood
Replies: 27
Views: 1743

Re: Anyone here flip houses?

If you know the market and know a good buy you can make money. That's the tricky part- the rest is relatively easy. It's all about making a good buy. This thread is almost depressing. Flipping is not brain surgery. Recommending REITs over owning RE is mind blowing to me. I think you've greatly over...
by fareastwarriors
Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here flip houses?
Replies: 40
Views: 4718

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

The local Wal-Marts here always check everyone's receipts.
by fareastwarriors
Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8672

Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Financial publications are not going to get a lot of love from this forum. I'm the only yes so right far. lol...
by fareastwarriors
Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?
Replies: 30
Views: 2247

Re: Wife has no retirement options- is breadwinner

Max out your contributions to the 401k limit. Max both IRAs.

Does she qualify for HSA? And there is nothing wrong with a nice and large taxable portfolio.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife has no retirement options- is breadwinner
Replies: 36
Views: 3369

Re: Real Estate Advice

For only 94k and I get 1.5k in rent a month? I'll do it in a heart beat.
Where do you live?!?
by fareastwarriors
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate Advice
Replies: 26
Views: 2707

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

SpaceCommander wrote:Walmart? Really? Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.



That means people are going there!



ok i'm done. enough wal-mart loving from me.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8672

Re: Anyone here flip houses?

My brother and I are trying to break into this business. He's a licensed contractor. I think we will have to wait for the next down turn in the SF Bay Area to get some deals. I look everday but nothing jumping out at me right now. But I'm ready to pounce if I see something interesting. In the mean t...
by fareastwarriors
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here flip houses?
Replies: 40
Views: 4718

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

denovo wrote:I bought a can opener from Wal-Mart that broke after a year. I barely used it and I am not the Hulk or anything remotely near.


That sounds more like the manufacturer's problem. Wal Mart sells all kind of brands from low to higher end.
by fareastwarriors
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8672

Re: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon

I prefer a phyiscal store even if it's a Wal-Mart...call me crazy
by fareastwarriors
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8672

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

I like holding the paper in my hand to read. I used to subscribe to my local paper, NYT, and WSJ. Now I just get paper WSJ and online NYT. Not enough time to read everything....but I have no idea what's going on in my town... :(
by fareastwarriors
Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6438

Re: Real Estate Prices By Region

Sbashore wrote:Redfin is another one. I live in the Phoenix area and spent a lot time in Arizona and then the Phoenix area nailing down where I wanted to retire.


+1. If your target area is supported by RedFin, I would highly recommend their site. very easy to use and updated daily. much better than zillow/trulia.
by fareastwarriors
Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate Prices By Region
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: Advice for how to fund my wedding

Option 1. It's fine. This is one small bump in the long road of saving and investing.
Anyways congrats on the wedding. :beer
by fareastwarriors
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for how to fund my wedding
Replies: 54
Views: 2878

Re: Who do you talk with about your financial goals?

I talk about my financial "goals" to anyone willing to listen. I just say save aggressively, invest prudently , and live modestly. Everyone usually agrees. Where we degree is how...
by fareastwarriors
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who do you talk with about your financial goals?
Replies: 158
Views: 9248

Re: Class-action lawsuits

I got a check for like 300 bucks for a class action suit settlement against one of the major Title company.
by fareastwarriors
Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Class-action lawsuits
Replies: 16
Views: 1272

Re: Want to Save Money? Be Polite!

I think I'm polite but I'm not friendly. :(
by fareastwarriors
Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to Save Money? Be Polite!
Replies: 41
Views: 6829

Re: Anyone switch to non-branch banking?

I use Ally and Bank of America.

Believe it or not, I like going to my local BofA branch. Apparently, I'm not the only one since there is always a line. There at least 4 or 5 tellers working and couple of personal bankers so it's not like the branch is not staffed.

I will continue to use BofA.
by fareastwarriors
Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone switch to non-branch banking?
Replies: 54
Views: 4413
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