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by fizxman
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: South America [vacation recommendations]
Replies: 32
Views: 2900

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

I'll be in Brazil for work the last week of May. I fly in and out of Sao Paulo (direct 10 hour flight from Dulles on United) but I'll also be going to Porto Alegre, Florianopolis and Campinas. My company as someone living and working in Brazil so he'll be with me the whole time so I'm not worried ab...
by fizxman
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far away from a freight railroad track should you live?
Replies: 51
Views: 4343

Re: How far away from a freight railroad track should you li

I live about 575 ft from an interstate and on the far side of the interstate is a freight railroad, so about 725 ft, but with some buildings in between my house and the interstate. I also live under the flight path for an airport that's about 7.5 miles away (largest planes are 737s or A320s). So I c...
by fizxman
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bonus received. But its not what was agreed upon. Advice?
Replies: 61
Views: 6069

Re: Bonus received. But its not what was agreed upon. Advi

And for those saying the OP is childish and to grow up, I'd ask you what would you do when you are shorted $500. Would you not even inquire about it? Because that's all that's been done up to this point, the OP asked the boss why the bonus was $500 short, nothing more. I would have done the same. N...
by fizxman
Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bonus received. But its not what was agreed upon. Advice?
Replies: 61
Views: 6069

Re: Bonus received. But its not what was agreed upon. Advi

I don't like not getting what I was promised as much as the next person but this is one battle I would choose not to fight. I do see that the mid-year $3000 bonus and the end of the year $8000 bonus as being two separate things and that the first bonus should have nothing to with the second but agai...
by fizxman
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home workouts and motivation
Replies: 60
Views: 3687

Re: Home workouts and motivation

I too get bored working out which is why I do Focus T25 with Shaun T. Since they are only 25 minutes I don't get bored.

As far as motivation, I'll either do them with my fiance or think about how upset I'll be with myself if I don't workout.
by fizxman
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Much & Best Way to Earn $13k Year
Replies: 30
Views: 3772

Re: How Much & Best Way to Earn $13k Year

It's not an investment per se but you can earn up to $13,000/year selling your poop.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea ... your-poop/
by fizxman
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?
Replies: 66
Views: 4376

Re: Any men here get their wedding band on Amazon?

dbCooperAir wrote:I see this rings come up on Slickdeals often for $5-$9. You will find lots of comments about them.
http://slickdeals.net/f/7565394-tanga-ring-end-of-year-sale-titanium-rings-or-stainless-steel-rings-from-4-amp-more-free-shipping


This is where I got my wedding ring.
by fizxman
Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to value travel with a job offer
Replies: 26
Views: 1683

Re: How to value travel with a job offer

Depends on the destinations and the reason for the travel. If you get to go nice places it could be a bonus. Also, if you travel to visit customers or other type of people/places where you can network, that can also be a bonus. Otherwise, I would find it to be just part of the job. I travel about 1 ...
by fizxman
Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ex-landlord won't return deposit
Replies: 29
Views: 3475

Re: Ex-landlord won't return deposit

The first two apartment I rented, I got my deposit back minus some money for carpet cleaning and maybe paint. When my girlfriend and I moved into a house together, she got her deposit back in full plus interest! When her and I bought a house and left the one we were renting, we got our full deposit ...
by fizxman
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 237
Views: 26782

Re: What doyou splurge on?

I splurge on my dog. She has lots of toys and I buy high-end dog food. There was a 40 foot section of missing fence in my back yard when I bought my house (fire took it out several years before I bought the house) that I had no intention of doing anything about until I got a dog. Now that section ha...
by fizxman
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coupons? Do you live by them?
Replies: 66
Views: 4606

Re: Coupons? Do you live by them?

We use the coupons from the Sunday paper and print coupons from websites to be used in conjunction with local sales. This is our Sunday morning routine after walking the dog and buying the paper at the gas station around the corner and before watching Meet the Press with Chuck Todd! My better half p...
by fizxman
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Sue? [couch damaged in garage of rental]
Replies: 39
Views: 3650

Re: Should I Sue?

as just one example, how does the water get to the sofa ? through he roof is not a flood etcetc etc Seems like a building flaw. The area right in front of the garage is graded the wrong way and directs water right under the garage door. I would take the money and not sue, only if they fix the gradi...
by fizxman
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kindle
Replies: 15
Views: 1570

Re: Kindle

I always use Hundred Zeros. Two clicks takes you straight to Amazon. It's also broken up by subject.

http://hundredzeros.com/
by fizxman
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Salary Info double standard?
Replies: 53
Views: 4742

Re: Salary Info double standard?

I know the OP said the potential job is in his/her area but what about for a job on the other side of the county? What am I supposed to put in? I live in a kind of low cost of living area and I wanted to see what I'd be paid if I lived in San Jose, CA. So I put my salary into 8 different cost of liv...
by fizxman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roomba?
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: roomba?

I have the 650, which isn't the latest model but I don't think it's that old. It's the cheapest model that is programmable and I think it works well. I have it run Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30am while I'm at work. When I come home the little trap is full or mostly full so does pick up dirt. ...
by fizxman
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you take all of your allowed paid vacation time?
Replies: 88
Views: 7143

Re: Do you take all of your allowed paid vacation time?

I get 10 vacation days and 2 personal days a year and I use them all. I make sure I have enough days saved so at the end of the year I can take off between Christmas and New Year's because the office gets boring at that time. This year will require 6 days so that gives me 6 days to spend through out...
by fizxman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with Salary Negotiation (Bay Area)
Replies: 13
Views: 1506

Re: Help with Salary Negotiation (Bay Area)

I've found glassdoor.com useful in helping determine salaries at companies, for certain job titles in various locations. Go there and look under "Salaries" for the job title and location you're interested in. It will give you a list of companies in which people have anonymously reported th...
by fizxman
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are hospitals allowed to do this? [Costs quoted vs. actual]
Replies: 98
Views: 7422

Re: Are hospitals allowed to do this?

When my fiance had an emergency laparoscopic appendectomy about two years ago, she called the hospital about payment options and they guy on the phone told her "this is too much, lets knock 25% off" without her even asking. He may not have said it exactly that way and I don't remember the ...
by fizxman
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Favorite portfolio tracking software
Replies: 14
Views: 2106

Re: Favorite portfolio tracking software

Google Finance
by fizxman
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best website for airfare?
Replies: 20
Views: 4194

Re: Best website for airfare?

I wanted to do the same thing as well. What I did was on Kayak, I picked a departure date and return date then chose the +/- 3 days before and after the dates so the search would cover one week. I made note of the cheapest flight then moved on to the next week. It was a little tedious but I went tho...
by fizxman
Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car repair ordeal
Replies: 21
Views: 2907

Re: car repair ordeal

Get some facts first. Ask them about it then determine how you wish to respond. I am not trying to be rude but I am curious what more facts could be revealed from a conversation with the body shop. That they "accidentally" drove the client car for 100+ miles, and used up 1/4 fuel tank? Th...
by fizxman
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase negotiation
Replies: 29
Views: 2275

Re: House purchase negotiation

It is the ideal house we'd like in our price range, it will be tough to find a similarly new home in this town (that will clearly cost more than this house) We'd like to move anywhere from now and up to two years time. You've given yourself 2 years to find a house, which is a pretty long time. I th...
by fizxman
Tue May 27, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst "Large purchase" ever?
Replies: 110
Views: 12955

Re: Worst "Large purchase" ever?

Luckily for me, I've never had $10,000+ to spend on anything, except cars and house, none of which I regret. I've read a lot of people saying their ex's but I didn't see anyone say their actual wedding. For all the posts I've read about people saying spending $XX,XXX+ on a wedding was a waste, I'm s...
by fizxman
Tue May 27, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you dress for work travel?
Replies: 21
Views: 2017

Re: How do you dress for work travel?

I always wear something comfortable. If weather permits, it's usually shorts, otherwise it's jeans. Planes are inherently uncomfortable (at least economy seats are) so I mitigate that as best as possible by dressing as comfortable as possible without looking like a slob.
by fizxman
Fri May 23, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Post your current AA
Replies: 41
Views: 2438

Re: Post your current AA

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Investor Shares ------------- 63.0% Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Investor Shares ------ 27.0% Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investor Shares ----------- 8.0% Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund -------------------------- 2.0%...
by fizxman
Thu May 22, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My friend's statement on an engagement ring and wedding
Replies: 32
Views: 2820

Re: My friend's statement on an engagement ring and wedding

Sounds like she wants to have her cake and eat it too. Substitute student loans for car loan or Master's education for credit card debt, would you still feel the same? If not, why? What difference does it make when you're not the one paying off the debt? The fact that she wants someone else to pay f...
by fizxman
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic
Replies: 32
Views: 2857

Re: Forced job responsibility putting me in a panic

In high school and college I was always terrified of getting up in front of class to present something. Then, for reasons I won't get into, I became a high school teacher and thus I was on stage all day, everyday for nine months a year. I had one speech class and a semester of student teaching so I ...
by fizxman
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reel Lawn Mowers
Replies: 19
Views: 3311

Re: Reel Lawn Mowers

I had this http://www.amazon.com/Scotts-2000-20-20-Inch-Classic-Mower/dp/B00004RA3E at my old house. The lawn wasn't very big but it had one of the largest trees in town in the back yard. This tree would drop various twigs throughout the year. If I hit a twig with this mower, the mower would jam and...
by fizxman
Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best vacuum cleaner
Replies: 23
Views: 2375

Re: best vacuum cleaner

Related question - any of you have and like the Roomba? Thanks Yes and YES!!! I got the Roomba 650 a couple of weeks ago and I love it! I believe it's the cheapest model that has the scheduling feature. As a matter of fact, I'm at work now and vacuuming at home as I type this! It does a good job be...
by fizxman
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you love your job? What do you do?
Replies: 134
Views: 11681

Re: Do you love your job? What do you do?

Signal Integrity Engineer

It's a job; it pays the bills and keeps me out of trouble.
by fizxman
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 172
Views: 12797

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

Just a side note...your avatar picture appears to be redundant. :D It should be either, "May the F be with you" or "May the m*a be with you." The way it reads now is, "May the force force be with you." Yes, I'm a nerd. As a physics major and former physics teacher, I'm...
by fizxman
Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 172
Views: 12797

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I started playing World of Warcraft shortly after the Burning Crusades expansion pack was released in 2007. I stopped playing, for good hopefully, about 3 weeks ago. I wasn't really enjoying it anymore and I was really just playing out of habit. I have yet to replace it with another video game. I do...
by fizxman
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used $35k Porsche on $64k income?
Replies: 95
Views: 7225

Re: Used $35k Porsche on $64k income?

I've thought of doing something like this in the past. I have an e-fund and I might be able to max out my 401k this year, depending on if I get a raise this year. I pay $1000/month on my student loans, which includes the principle, interest and extra towards a loan until it's paid off then I roll th...
by fizxman
Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: .....
Replies: 74
Views: 3666

Re: Favorite National Parks

Since I haven't been to too many I'll just list all the ones I've been to. FYI, they were all nice but I think my favorite was Mount Rainier.

Bryce Canyon
Grand Canyon
Great Smoky Mountains
Hawaii Volcanoes
Hot Springs
Joshua Tree (was there last Wednesday!)
Mount Rainier
Shenandoah
Zion
by fizxman
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you have a Lousy Job as a teen / young adult?
Replies: 127
Views: 6264

Re: Did you have a Lousy Job as a teen / young adult?

My first job was to bus tables in the smoking section of a diner. At another job, I had to put up several hundred fiber-glass ceiling tiles in a store being renovated. It was during the summer and there was no air conditioning in the building. So it was either wear shorts and a t-shirt to keep cool ...
by fizxman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Movers
Replies: 41
Views: 2540

Re: Tipping Movers

Man this forum really toes the line between frugal and cheap skate. Of course you tip a mover, just as you would a cabbie or waiter, unless there is a serious mistake, inefficiency or discourtesy. I had never heard of people tipping delivery men. Do you tip the newspaper guy, fedex driver, and the ...
by fizxman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Movers
Replies: 41
Views: 2540

Re: Tipping Movers

When buying furniture (or other large household items), it's customary to tip the delivery people. I think of tipping the movers as an extension of this custom. Since the move would involve more effort, and hopefully care and thought, the tip should be commensurately higher. I delivered furniture f...
by fizxman
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million
Replies: 82
Views: 4410

Re: Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million

When Powerball or Mega Millions get over $200 million, I buy one ticket on Sundays when I walk to the convenience store around the corner to get the newspaper. The enjoyment I get when thinking about using the winnings to travel around the world for the rest of my life is worth the $20 or so I spend...
by fizxman
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tactical Flashlight for long walks at night vs. pepper spray
Replies: 85
Views: 5791

Re: Tactical Flashlight for long walks at night vs. pepper s

I walk my dog around 5:30am and sometimes at night when it starts to get dark and when I do, I carry a small knife with me (I actually carry it anytime I walk the dog, day or night). I can get it out of my pocket and open it with one hand while the other hand holds the leash. After reading this thre...
by fizxman
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on door prizes for a holiday party?
Replies: 40
Views: 3885

Re: Thoughts on door prizes for a holiday party?

At mine and my girlfriend's company holiday parties, everyone gets a prize. That said, there isn't 150 in attendance. Things given away at the parties are gift baskets of wine, cheese, fruit, smoked meats and the like, gift cards to local restaurants (usually chain restaurants), and cases of beer. S...
by fizxman
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Target Retirement Fund in 401k, IRA and Taxable?
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Target Retirement Fund in 401k, IRA and Taxable?

Is there any reason not to use a Target Retirement fund in one's 401k, IRA (Roth or Traditional) and taxable account? My girlfriend has about $34,000 in her checking/savings account earning nothing. She has a 401k at work in which she is only contributing enough to get the full company match because...
by fizxman
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dog chews
Replies: 15
Views: 848

Re: dog chews

My little jack russel mix ripped the top off of two Kong toys in under two hours total. Her teeth are pretty sharp and she was able to puncture them and the rest is history. and elk antlers (lasts forever!) The best thing I've found so far, which was recommended by a coworker is a deer antler. You c...
by fizxman
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog has difficulty [with medical condition]
Replies: 35
Views: 3566

Re: Dog has difficulty [with medical condition]

I never had a dog growing up but back in June my girlfriend and I got one (rescued from a groundhog cage at my girlfriends work). I've grown so attached her that thinking about these types of things really bums me out. If you haven't read "My Dog: The Paradox" over at The Oatmeal, it's pre...
by fizxman
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Haggling at Furniture Store (Lay-z-Boy)
Replies: 28
Views: 5124

Re: Haggling at Furniture Store (Lay-z-Boy)

Whatever you do, don't get the scotch guard protection at the store! That stuff is marked up to the moon; you'd think it was liquid gold. You can go to Wal-Mart and get a shopping cart full of scotch guard for the price you'd pay them to put it on and it's all pretty much the same stuff. This isn't...
by fizxman
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Haggling at Furniture Store (Lay-z-Boy)
Replies: 28
Views: 5124

Re: Haggling at Furniture Store (Lay-z-Boy)

Whatever you do, don't get the scotch guard protection at the store! That stuff is marked up to the moon; you'd think it was liquid gold. You can go to Wal-Mart and get a shopping cart full of scotch guard for the price you'd pay them to put it on and it's all pretty much the same stuff. This isn't ...
by fizxman
Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 23988

Re: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??

I'm not married but I inherited my late grandmother's wedding and engagement rings when she passed away. I paid $500-$600 to get the 60-70 year old rings cleaned, fixed and appraised (appraised at $3000 total a few years ago). I don't remember the stats on the diamonds but the metal is platinum. I t...
by fizxman
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you do with your cash back rewards?
Replies: 51
Views: 43463

Re: What do you do with your cash back rewards?

Chase Freedom - I buy Christmas gifts through the Ultimate Rewards website on Cyber Monday. Last year wasn't too good but the year before I got my girlfriend a $600 iPad for 48,000 pts ≈ $480; 20% off! Or, since it's linked to my Amazon account, I spend the points there. Last year I bought my parent...
by fizxman
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family vacation - need some bogle wisdom
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

Re: Family vacation - need some bogle wisdom

While in DC, go across the river into Old Town Alexandria (King St-Old Town stop on the yellow or blue line). Lots of shops and places to eat there and if you're there in the evening, take a ghost tour.
by fizxman
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 72% 401K Contribution - My Wife Worries People Will Wonder!
Replies: 53
Views: 6041

Re: 72% 401K Contribution - My Wife Worries People Will Wond

"My Wife Worries People Will Wonder!"

Yeah, they might wonder how awesome it would be to bank 75% of a paycheck. I know I am right now.

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