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by goru1
Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College applications: Extracurricular activities, Athletics
Replies: 7
Views: 682

College applications: Extracurricular activities, Athletics

How to advice a young person about Extracurricular activities and Athletics for college applications?

How important is getting depth in Extracurricular activities and Athletics for college applications?

How does one get depth in Extracurricular activities and Athletics?
by goru1
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching
Replies: 77
Views: 5959

Re: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching

I don't think this is something that the OP will do, but something that someone the OP knows such as a child or sibling or niece will accomplish.

I have edited my original post.
by goru1
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching
Replies: 77
Views: 5959

Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching

How to advice a young person what to study in college and what job to have for a career?

Careers:
MD
Non-MD (Dentist, Pharmacy, Optometry, PT, Nursing etc.)
MBA
Engineering
Law
Teaching
etc.


Factors:
Student loan debt
Jobs availability
Working conditions
Stress
Income
Job security
etc.
by goru1
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 6, Writing, Resources.
Replies: 10
Views: 839

Re: Grade 6, Writing, Resources.

What specifically is the question?

Other grade 6 self study writing resources.
by goru1
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 6, Writing, Resources.
Replies: 10
Views: 839

Re: Grade 6, Writing, Resources.

I didn't see much room in there for 'being a kid'

I only listed information related to the question. She has other things like Reading, TV, Free play, Music, Sports, Vacations etc.
by goru1
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 6, Writing, Resources.
Replies: 10
Views: 839

Grade 6, Writing, Resources.

School: High rated and competitive. Year end Report Card: Grade: 5 4 - Exceeding the Grade Level Standard 3 - Meeting the Grade Level Standard Subjects: Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies Reading: - Vocabulary: 3 - Communicates comprehension in writing: 3 Writing: - Grammar, Punctua...
by goru1
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My AA.
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: My AA.

Why have you avoided value ETFs (VTV, VBR for instance)?

My knowledge of Value investing is very limited.
by goru1
Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My AA.
Replies: 3
Views: 410

My AA.

Age: 44 Marginal Tax rate: 25% Debt: Mortgage Account types: 401k, Roth and Taxable AA: 66 stock / 34 bond (Age - 10) 28 International stock = 14 large + 14 small 28 US stock = 14 large + 14 small 10 REIT = 5 US + 5 International 34 Bond = 17 US + 17 International Taxable account: International stoc...
by goru1
Thu May 14, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back pain, Laptop Standing Desk
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Back pain, Laptop Standing Desk

WorkEZ Standing Desk $119.99 Monitor Stand: Weight: 4.5 lbs Panel Size: 18 by 10" Height Range: Adjustable: 0 - 24" Width between legs: 21" Compatibility: All common laptops, most flatscreen monitors <13lbs KEYBOARD TRAY: Weight: 3.6lbs Panel Size: 18x11" Material: Aluminum MOUSE...
by goru1
Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 3429

Re: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

The 2 Children are in range 4 years to 12 years. Plan: * Hotel: Near silver line station Wiehle-Reston East, 1862 Wiehle Avenue Reston VA 20190, hotwire.com, Pool, 3 star * Day 1: Drive to hotel * Day 2: ~ 7 miles, Drive, National Air and Space museum near Dulles airport * Day 3: ~ 2 miles, Hotel sh...
by goru1
Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 3429

Re: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

Hotel search:
hotels.com
$134
Sheraton Reston Hotel
11810 Sunrise Valley Dr Reston VA 20191
1.4 miles to Silver line station Wiehle-Reston East
7.1 miles to National Air and Space museum near Dulles airport
by goru1
Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 3429

Re: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

If you are interested in seeing DC, stay in DC

Hotels in DC are expensive.

Hotels.com:
$369 nightly price
Hyatt Regency Washington DC
400 New Jersey Ave NW Washington, DC, 20001
by goru1
Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Washington DC Sightseeing
Replies: 58
Views: 3429

Planning Washington DC Sightseeing

In April
2 Children
4 Nights

Hotel:
20 miles from Union Station

Tour:
Old Town Trolley Tours
http://www.trolleytours.com/washington- ... ations.asp

Please comment

Thanks.
by goru1
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking of changing 50% FI to "VG Total Intl Bond".
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Thinking of changing 50% FI to "VG Total Intl Bond".

I am thinking of changing 50% of FI allocation to "Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX)". Please comment. Current AA: 66 stocks 34 bonds (Age-10) 28 Intl stocks = 14 large blend + 14 small blend 28 US stocks = 14 large blend + 14 small blend 10 REIT = 5 US + 5 Intl 34 Bonds = 34 US...
by goru1
Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Individual 401(k) questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Individual 401(k) questions.

Income: * Business 1, Primary business activity 1, 1099, With SSN * Business 2, Primary business activity 2, 1099, With SSN Taxes: * Schedule C 1, Business 1 * Schedule C 2, Business 2 She used Business 1 details to get a EIN for Banking purposes. EIN application: * Why is the Sole Proprietor reque...
by goru1
Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Individual 401(k) questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Individual 401(k) questions.

Vanguard Form: Individual 401(k) Plan Adoption Agreement Section one: Effective dates Part A. New Plan Effective Date Effective Date of this plan: 01/01/2015 Effective Date for Elective Deferrals under this plan: ??? What is the meaning of the above date "Effective Date for Elective Deferrals u...
by goru1
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Individual 401(k) questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Individual 401(k) questions.

Bumping the thread.‏
by goru1
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Individual 401(k) questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Individual 401(k) questions.

Marginal Tax rate: 25% Debt: Mortgage Account types: Max His 401k, Max His Roth, Max Her Roth and Taxable All Vanguard Her income: * W-2, 1, No 401k option * W-2, 2, No 401k option * 1099-Misc, 1 * 1099-Misc, 2 * 1099-Misc, 3 * All three 1099 has her SSN * All three 1099 grouped as one business on S...
by goru1
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hi deductible,If water damage,Inform insurance?
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Hi deductible,If water damage,Inform insurance?

I have a high deductible Condo personal policy.

Condo personal policy
Dwelling: 80,000
Personal Property: 15,000
Loss of Use: 7,500
Deductible: 10,000

If in future there is a water damage through appliance leak, Should I inform personal and/or master insurance companies?

Thanks.
by goru1
Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I also replace WM along with this job?
Replies: 16
Views: 2327

Should I also replace WM along with this job?

I don't have any issues with the current washing machine. Washing Machine: Kenmore Model: 11022932100 Manufactured 2002 I am think of getting a job done to handle possible future leaks. Job verbal quote: * Heavy duty pan. Screwed in the floor $100 * Stainless steel hoses 2*$20 = $40 * Labor $140 * 1...
by goru1
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30K Pilot 2011 Miles 38K 4WD Touring w/RES Navigation
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: 30K Pilot 2011 Miles 38K 4WD Touring w/RES Navigation

You've also posted similar threads, but for different models:

I am in the process of deciding on model for next purchase. My knowledge of cars is limited. I find the comments very useful. I have decided against the models in my other threads based on the comments.

Thanks.
by goru1
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30K Pilot 2011 Miles 38K 4WD Touring w/RES Navigation
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

30K Pilot 2011 Miles 38K 4WD Touring w/RES Navigation

Please comment.

Thanks.

Other details:
* Heated leather seats
* 3rd row seatings
* Honda Certified
by goru1
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $27K Sienna XLE 2011 Miles 43K AWD
Replies: 7
Views: 847

$27K Sienna XLE 2011 Miles 43K AWD

Please comment. Thanks. Other details: * One Owner * Upgrades - Alloy Wheels - Dual View Entertainment Center with 2 Wireless Headphones - Leather Seats ( Front Seats are equipped with Variable Temp Heaters ) * Completed a 45K mile service, installed 2 New Tires and New Brakes * Toyota Certified
by goru1
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.
Replies: 18
Views: 2267

$23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.

Please comment. Thanks. Other details: * $2K spent through the shop, which includes: 4 brand new tires and 30k service * Equipped with a Premium Package * Lexus Certified * 3-year/100,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty * Dealer comment: Priced $2K below the Kelley Blue Book Certified Pre-Owned Value...
by goru1
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-mobile. 2 Lines $80. iPhone $549. Nokia Lumia $126.
Replies: 18
Views: 2405

T-mobile. 2 Lines $80. iPhone $549. Nokia Lumia $126.

I am planning to switch my plan to T-mobile and buy two phones from T-mobile. Currently I have two Nokia phones and two $45 monthly plans from Straight Talk. Please comment. Thanks. Plan: * 2 Lines Plan * $80 per month * Unlimited talk, text and web * Up to 500MB of high-speed data on our network. S...
by goru1
Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 4. Writing Reading. Goal. "Exceed the Grade Level".
Replies: 50
Views: 3524

Re: Grade 4. Writing Reading. Goal. "Exceed the Grade Level"

Does she exceed in everything else and so you perceive these as weak spots? In math, she is "Exceeding the Grade Level Standard". At grade 4 she should not need you to pick out library books for her. She picks her own books from library. Turn off TV and tablets. She doesn't watch any TV d...
by goru1
Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 4. Writing Reading. Goal. "Exceed the Grade Level".
Replies: 50
Views: 3524

Grade 4. Writing Reading. Goal. "Exceed the Grade Level".

Our daughter is in grade 4. She is doing good in academics and extracurricular activities. In writing and reading, she is at level "Meeting the Grade Level Standard". In writing and reading, our goal is "Exceeding the Grade Level Standard". She is willing to do the extra work. Ou...
by goru1
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $550 StraightTalk iPhone 5 16GB $45 Unlimited Plan
Replies: 5
Views: 1223

$550 StraightTalk iPhone 5 16GB $45 Unlimited Plan

I currently have $45 Unlimited Plan with StraightTalk on another phone. This will be my first iPhone. Please comment. Thanks. Details: * This phone will only work with the $45 Unlimited Plan * 30 day Unlimited Plans include 2.5 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 2.5 GB, your data speed wi...
by goru1
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Thinking of changing 50% FI to "VG Total Intl Bond".
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Thinking of changing 50% FI to "VG Total Intl Bond".

I am thinking of changing 50% of FI allocation to "Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX)". Please comment. Current AA: 68 stocks 32 bonds (Age-10) 29 Intl stocks = 14.5 large blend + 14.5 small blend 29 US stocks = 14.5 large blend + 14.5 small blend 10 REIT = 5 US + 5 Intl 32 US bo...
by goru1
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $399 Laptop Acer Aspire E1-531-4665
Replies: 7
Views: 843

$399 Laptop Acer Aspire E1-531-4665

Please comment. Thanks. Looking for minimum features: * Windows 7 Home Premium * Intel * Processor Speed 2 GHz * Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core) * DVD Drive * Webcam * Microphone * HDMI * USB 2.0 Ports * Keyboard Acer Aspire E1-531-4665: http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.M12AA.032 E1-53...
by goru1
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $350 HDMI Laptop Acer Aspire V5-131-2629.
Replies: 9
Views: 1106

$350 HDMI Laptop Acer Aspire V5-131-2629.

I am looking for a low cost laptop to connect to a plasma 42 inch TV using HDMI cable to watch streaming movies from netflix and other websites. Please comment. Thanks. Description: Acer Black Aspire V5-131-2629 11.6" Laptop PC with Intel Celeron 1007U Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive an...
by goru1
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA. Now 70/30. Thinking of 80/20.
Replies: 36
Views: 3141

Re: AA. Now 70/30. Thinking of 80/20.

Thanks for all responses. I am staying at 70/30.
by goru1
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expenses as % of after tax monthly household income.
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Expenses as % of after tax monthly household income.

is it the party for your kids
Otherwise you are saving the remainder?
What about 401Ks, IRAs, etc.?

I have edited the original post.

Thanks.
by goru1
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expenses as % of after tax monthly household income.
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Expenses as % of after tax monthly household income.

Please comment. Thanks. Age: 42 Times annual expenses accumulated: 7 Marginal Tax rate: 25% Emergency fund: Yes Debt: Mortgage All Vanguard Account types: 401k, Roth and Taxable Me and spouse employed full time Two kids less than 10 years old Home: Northeast Expense % of after tax monthly household ...
by goru1
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA. Now 70/30. Thinking of 80/20.
Replies: 36
Views: 3141

AA. Now 70/30. Thinking of 80/20.

The thinking behind it is to reach my number faster. It is not based on any recent market performance. I will keep the same AA 80/20 even if stocks go down by 50% or more. Please comment. Thanks. Age: 42 Times annual expenses accumulated: 7 Marginal Tax rate: 25% Emergency fund: Yes Debt: Mortgage A...
by goru1
Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $19K Odyssey 2010 LX 35k miles Honda certified.
Replies: 17
Views: 1397

$19K Odyssey 2010 LX 35k miles Honda certified.

Carfax:
* No accident/damage reported
* 1-Owner
* 1 Service record available
* Type of owner: Personal lease
* Estimated length of ownership: 3 yrs.
* Estimated miles driven per year: 11,000/yr

Please comment.

Thanks.
by goru1
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grade 3. Math. RSM or Kumon or Mathwizard.
Replies: 6
Views: 2764

Grade 3. Math. RSM or Kumon or Mathwizard.

Details: * Performance level now: Meeting the grade level standard. * Performance level next goal: Exceeding the grade level standard. * Currently at home our daughter spends 15 mins every day on maths doing one worksheet from edhelper.com. * We spend another 15 minutes every night with her on math...
by goru1
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2013. CR-V or RAV4.
Replies: 7
Views: 1424

2013. CR-V or RAV4.

Please comment.

Thanks.
by goru1
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed auto loan 1.49%.
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: PenFed auto loan 1.49%.

Sienna:
* MSRP $33,700 + Tax.
* 2013
* LE
* 7 Passenger
* AWD
* Engine: 3.5L V-6 cyl
* City MPG: 16
* Hwy MPG: 23
by goru1
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed auto loan 1.49%.
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

PenFed auto loan 1.49%.

Please comment.

Thanks.

Loan:
* PenFed
* Not yet a member of PenFed
* Loan: $35,700
* Term: 5 years
* Interest: 1.49%
* Monthly: $618
* Total interest: $1,370
by goru1
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sienna 2013 AWD. MSRP $33,700.
Replies: 22
Views: 3082

Sienna 2013 AWD. MSRP $33,700.

Please comment.

Thanks.

Looking for:
* AWD/4WD
* 7 Seats
* V6

Sienna:
* 2013
* LE
* 7 Passenger
* AWD
* Engine: 3.5L V-6 cyl
* City MPG: 16
* Hwy MPG: 23
by goru1
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.
Replies: 42
Views: 9015

Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.

Please comment. Thanks. Lexus: * 2002 * RX 300 * AWD * V6-3.0L (1MZ-FE) * Miles 93,000 Estimate: Timing belt 89.00 Fan belt 51.00 Fan belt 14.00 Waterpump 183.00 Timing belt tensioner 94.00 Coolant 30.00 Labor 94.00/hr * 4.5 hr 423.00 Labor total 423.00 Parts total 461.00 Sub-Total 884.00 Parts tax
by goru1
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refi. No cost. 30 yr fixed or 5/1 ARM and Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: Refi. No cost. 30 yr fixed or 5/1 ARM and Why?

I have edited original post based on responses.

Thanks.
by goru1
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refi. No cost. 30 yr fixed or 5/1 ARM and Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Refi. No cost. 30 yr fixed or 5/1 ARM and Why?

* Do not plan to pre pay. * Don't know for sure when we will be out of this house. * See a rate difference of 1%. * Difference in monthly payments will go to overall AA of 60 stocks 40 bonds. * Loan Amount: $310,000.00 * Property Type: Condo (townhouse) * Marginal Tax rate: 15%. * Emergency fund: Ye...
by goru1
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA. Now 60/40. Thinking of 70/30.
Replies: 25
Views: 2490

Re: AA. Now 60/40. Thinking of 70/30.

1. The timing to increase Equity risk - when the S&P 500 is up 18% for 1-year through August 2012 - is suspect to say the least.

How to decide when is the good time?
by goru1
Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA. Now 60/40. Thinking of 70/30.
Replies: 25
Views: 2490

Re: AA. Now 60/40. Thinking of 70/30.

how many times annual expenses have you accumulated.

6 times.
by goru1
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refi 1. Waiting period. Refi 2.
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Refi 1. Waiting period. Refi 2.

Just locked today at FIB. No cost 30 year at 3.50%

FIB doesn't offer 30 year for condo.
by goru1
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refi 1. Waiting period. Refi 2.
Replies: 12
Views: 892

Re: Refi 1. Waiting period. Refi 2.

When did you lock this?

In May.

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