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Re: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff

I've worked at many places and it seems as though food theft just happens when people work late and there's packaged food in there that doesn't have a name on it. I did not have food stolen since I brought a lunch bag and put everything in there, not just place an unopened soda, yogurt, or whatever ...
by jridger2011
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preventing Office Theft of Food and Other Stuff
Replies: 77
Views: 5083

Re: Frugal Fatigue

How about alternating days of bike riding to squeeze in some time reading a good book on the way to work? Skipping a day here and there, or earmarking some money to go out to a place you'd love to dine in at, won't prevent you from reaching your ultimate goal. Good point- and I don't bike every day...
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal Fatigue
Replies: 96
Views: 9797

Re: Project Euler (math related)

I have done some of these in the past but I do not think I learned a lot from it beyond feeling as though my implementation needed more refinement compared to others who wrote beautiful code to solve the problem. Those problems do not often appear in day to day work professionally.
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Project Euler (math related)
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: Frugal Fatigue

How about alternating days of bike riding to squeeze in some time reading a good book on the way to work? Skipping a day here and there, or earmarking some money to go out to a place you'd love to dine in at, won't prevent you from reaching your ultimate goal.
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal Fatigue
Replies: 96
Views: 9797

Re: LED lights currently worth it personal financewise?

Does anyone recommend any brands? I'm interested in getting some but have been overwhelmed by the number of brands I don't really recognize anywhere else.
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lights currently worth it personal financewise?
Replies: 55
Views: 2487

Re: Was frugality a mistake? The downsides of saving too mu

It is a difficult question. Just a few random observations: It is a lot easier to have too much money later in life and reward yourself with a few luxuries than it is to not have enough later in life and struggle to get by when it is too late to save. Compound interest is your friend. The only way ...
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Was frugality a mistake? The downsides of saving too much.
Replies: 115
Views: 8789

Re: is 4gb memory, 500gb hd adequate for new desktop?

From a value perspective, go shop around and look for a desktop with 8GB RAM, it is not much more than 4GB. I'm not saying 4GB won't be enough for your purpose, but for a few bucks more, get double the memory.
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is 4gb memory, 500gb hd adequate for new desktop?
Replies: 56
Views: 1864

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I'm not playing it right now but I saw Age of Empires II on Steam and wanted to pick that up. Just for reference, it's a classic strategy game.
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 99
Views: 4225

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

Everyone would say something differently if the OP was asking about getting a new Camry and making $45K a year. The fact is the Porsche is a far more expensive car to maintain and probably won't last as long and will take up half his/her income.
by jridger2011
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used $35k Porsche on $64k income?
Replies: 95
Views: 6405

Keurig K-Cups Next Gen

Hi All,

I don't own any of the machines but I thought I would pass this along to anyone who may be considering getting one:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-17889_7-57619817/keurig-2.0-brews-up-drm-to-freeze-out-copycat-cups/
by jridger2011
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig K-Cups Next Gen
Replies: 10
Views: 740

VZW Customers Check Out New Plans

Hi all,

In case you have not heard, VZW announced some competitive pricing for data plans (finally) and the potential savings is about $10 per month.
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VZW Customers Check Out New Plans
Replies: 24
Views: 2624

Re: Visiting NYC (New York City)

Go to the High Line, it's a great use of space and some cool places to eat around there.
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting NYC (New York City)
Replies: 31
Views: 1588

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

Fast food and on your feet all day retail jobs on the sales floor and also inventory. Without education in a profitable field, that was the best someone could do.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you have a Lousy Job as a teen / young adult?
Replies: 127
Views: 4829

Re: Truck/Car Envy....How do You Deal with It?

It was easy for me when I was younger, I couldn't afford a nice car and keep it safe from dings, scratches, or worse since I did not have a parking spot. Now that I could afford a parking spot living in the city, I decided against renting a home for a car I wouldn't drive every single day. The money...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Truck/Car Envy....How do You Deal with It?
Replies: 64
Views: 4417

Re: percolator vs drip

Stovetop moka pot just because it's got no electronic parts and need for paper filters. The rubber gasket doesn't wear out too quickly and coffee is consistent if you measure out how much to use. The two downsides to that method is it can only make small batches at once, then the pot needs to cool a...
by jridger2011
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: percolator vs drip
Replies: 109
Views: 4797

Re: Velocity Micro Computers

I would recommend buying higher end business models from HP, Lenovo, or Dell. The reason is they're usually meant to be on every day and last pretty long. If you deeply care about specs and want to ensure your computer can last another operating system upgrade, building one custom would make sense.
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velocity Micro Computers
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: BluRay to stream video - is DSL/wifi fast enough?

I think Netflix is offering Standard Definition streaming with lower quality video output which might work just fine with DSL. If you are looking to really enjoy HD streaming, it's best to get the cable modem setup.
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BluRay to stream video - is DSL/wifi fast enough?
Replies: 23
Views: 1356

Re: How much do you spend on books a year?

For academic books where it makes sense to buy a more expensive physical copy than digital, it could be a few hundred a year. For leisure reads, it would be library only.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on books a year?
Replies: 47
Views: 1920

Re: Career advice for niece (without College degree)

I would probably say not try out any IT jobs since the time it takes to earn some of the more important certifications while having to compete with people who have degrees and certifications. The healthcare work is the most stable. If she is not looking into getting into healthcare, there are jobs i...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice for niece (without College degree)
Replies: 55
Views: 3575

Re: Car loan in my name or husband's name?

I didn't go away from being annoyed, busy with Christmas stuff. We do all of our maintenance ourselves. I have a long commute, just 20mi/day less than my husband, also I will not drive his truck I do not feel comfortable. I agree we have debt that needs to be paid off but I'm a little surprised by ...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car loan in my name or husband's name?
Replies: 27
Views: 1564

Re: Car loan in my name or husband's name?

I didn't go away from being annoyed, busy with Christmas stuff. We do all of our maintenance ourselves. I have a long commute, just 20mi/day less than my husband, also I will not drive his truck I do not feel comfortable. I agree we have debt that needs to be paid off but I'm a little surprised by ...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car loan in my name or husband's name?
Replies: 27
Views: 1564

Re: How to fight work place bullying

The OP is a very supportive spouse and his wife a very tough person to put up with all this in order to not dip into emergency funds. Never view this as a failure in decision making by taking this job, it will make things better in the long run.
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fight work place bullying
Replies: 76
Views: 4735

Re: How to fight work place bullying

It is always easier to find a new job when you have a job, so there is risk of long unemployment if she is not finding anything while already working. Can your wife call up her former employer boss & let him know she feels she made a mistake and if he ever has a position come up she would appre...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fight work place bullying
Replies: 76
Views: 4735

Re: How to fight work place bullying

Since this is a finance forum and based on previous experience working with sociopaths, it's really best to leave or switch departments (if possible). It's really not worth working the extra hours to appease someone who is a bully. They're not going to thank her for it and certainly won't praise her...
by jridger2011
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fight work place bullying
Replies: 76
Views: 4735

Re: Options to a Bose Wave Radio

That's too bad. I liked that product. I guess people prefer bluetooth speakers and streaming music from another device these days. Some people consider the Squeezebox Touch the best networked audio playback device ever. The price has jumped to 2x or more what it was when it was production. I agree ...
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options to a Bose Wave Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 1594

Re: Ipad mini scratch guard necessary?

Get a case that has good corner coverage and covers the edges of the screen. If the iPad never leaves a carpeted area then it is not necessary. But if you have tiles or take it places, a case should be used.
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ipad mini scratch guard necessary?
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Options to a Bose Wave Radio

I also have the Boom They stopped making that monochrome model and the newer models have full color screens and a web interface you can log on to control it. It takes all the major streaming services. In my opinion, for the price, it's pretty good in sound and use. The only thing that I never got w...
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options to a Bose Wave Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 1594

Re: Options to a Bose Wave Radio

Not exactly what you asked about, but Logitech Squeezebox Boom Wifi internet radio. With a wifi within range, it'll get internet-streaming audio, including streaming AM/FM stations all over the world, and the usual Pandora and last.fm type stuff. I get a better selection of German radio stations in...
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options to a Bose Wave Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 1594

Re: Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million

No, not this time. I have joined in office pools but we have never won anything. Winning would solve a lot of day to day problems but probably bring on a whole new set. I'd be happy to get my $1 back when I play those things.
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega Millions jackpot to $636 million
Replies: 82
Views: 3943

Re: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl

A good quality jewelry making kit would be nice
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gift Suggestions - for a 9 year old girl
Replies: 25
Views: 1324

Re: Recommendations for a Laptop Computer???

I will say Lenovo Thinkpad series. The keyboard is comfortable for typing and they last pretty long. I've had two personally and used several in different workplaces. I highly recommend them. You don't need to get the top of the line model, Lenovo has models starting from $600 all the way to $2000 (...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Laptop Computer???
Replies: 41
Views: 3285

Re: How much storage space do you have?

Very little. Two coat closets that double as coats, clothes/suits, household supplies, and dry goods storage. Two more closets that have been maximized to its fullest. It forces one to throw a lot of things away since it really does not fit anywhere.
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much storage space do you have?
Replies: 18
Views: 2140

Re: How many square feet is your home?

about 1000 sq ft with very small galley kitchen in NYC.
by jridger2011
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many square feet is your home?
Replies: 162
Views: 10624

Re: Neurosleep - does it work?

No, but it has melatonin in it which I have tried the capsules. The stuff gave me intense nightmares, hardly a restful sleep.
by jridger2011
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neurosleep - does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1323

Re: Can't seem to spend money on myself, guilty feelings

Don't forget to choose things that are fun. There is a limit to how much space you have to store stuff and stuff bought at discount prices. Unless setting forth to look for bargains and collecting stuff that has the highest resale value is fun to you, it's sort of a way to just burn time.
by jridger2011
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't seem to spend money on myself, guilty feelings
Replies: 34
Views: 2787

Re: Nexus 7 owners, 2nd generation.

I have the first gen Nexus 7 and can tell you after more than a year of use, it has had its ups and downs. At the time I got it, it was a great value for the device but the software on it is the issue. There was a software update that caused the WiFi to drop constantly and I tried almost everything ...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nexus 7 owners, 2nd generation.
Replies: 16
Views: 1612

Re: dishwasher vs manual dish washing

For plastic containers, I find that the top rack doesn't do well for grease causing me to use dishwashing liquid to at least cut some grease. Other than that, I think it uses less water since it's not continuous rinsing of each item.
by jridger2011
Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dishwasher vs manual dish washing
Replies: 54
Views: 4022

Re: Wife: Surprise, we now have a cat.

Get some drinking cups that have lids. Cats like to do stuff like dip their paws into your drinks or knock them down.
by jridger2011
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife: Surprise, we now have a cat.
Replies: 89
Views: 7295

Re: Affording stay at home parent

You mentioned your spouse being in software development so based on that, it would be very difficult to get back into work if she takes time off since that area moves fast. Even people working full time can feel outdated by a certain age which is a consideration as well. It would not make sense to w...
by jridger2011
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Affording stay at home parent
Replies: 74
Views: 7073

Re: Washing Clothes with Dishwashing Soap?

Dish soap is great to remove food stains on clothes and stains on shirt collars. Best combo for stains is baking soda and dish soap, rinse, and then put into washer. I wouldn't use it for the entire wash because it suds a lot.
by jridger2011
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Clothes with Dishwashing Soap?
Replies: 12
Views: 4481

Re: re: Suggestions for Las Vegas

Stayed at the Monte Carlo for a few nights before, the service was excellent, but the hotel room was pretty run down (looked like a motel). If you get a room facing the pool on a lower floor, it will be very loud if you intend to nap in the daytime. The best value we found was the Cafe there within ...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: re: Suggestions for Las Vegas
Replies: 44
Views: 3900

Re: Drying clothes in the sun - worth the hassle?

We have a drying rack in a corner of our bedroom, and any clothes that are nice or expensive get air dried. Dryer drying cuts the life of the clothes by quite a bit; all that heat and friction wears them out faster. A regular T shirt that is always HE Washer washed and then air dried can last me a ...
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drying clothes in the sun - worth the hassle?
Replies: 86
Views: 5994

Re: Taking a "loss" on a home

The long drive is a reason to sell and move. Think about the time you'll get back on a day to day basis not being tired from the drive.
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking a "loss" on a home
Replies: 31
Views: 2828

Re: Want to cut the cable cord

I would love to cut the Time Warner Cable cord but haven't found the solution yet. Also, my gf is saying she doesn't want me to. I will still need to keep the internet, but that would only be about $45 or so per month. My current bill from TW is $145/month for just tv and internet. Anyone cut the c...
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to cut the cable cord
Replies: 67
Views: 5696

Re: Your Home is Not a Good Investment

As you can probably guess after I posted the quote above from William Bernstein, to me a house is an expense, nothing more and nothing less. You have to spend money for a place to live. There is a certain amount of ego involved in whether you rent or buy and what you rent or buy. There is also an e...
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Home is Not a Good Investment
Replies: 145
Views: 11546

Re: What house can we afford?

You're not giving enough detail on where this home will be, the avg price of such a home and the taxes involved, and the down payment you will have in place for this house. If you're not buying a home in the area you want to live in for a while, it will not be a good deal even if you can afford it b...
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What house can we afford?
Replies: 66
Views: 6733

Re: Your take on layaway

I always thought layaway plans were free but the conditions were you must make payments periodically or they just refund your money and put the products back on the shelves. There is no harm in this type of program, some people with lesser means may not have checking or savings accounts to use to sa...
by jridger2011
Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your take on layaway
Replies: 40
Views: 2182

Re: Community college a better option to start college?

One thing to point out is that community college has a different experience for an average student from high school. The crowd at community colleges can be average high school graduates, recent immigrants (struggle with English), and older students. Depending on where you are, it skews towards more ...
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Community college a better option to start college?
Replies: 122
Views: 6066

Re: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?

I can, of course, only share my own experience. One of the best decisions I've made, in a situation similar to yours, was choosing to live in NYC for a time in my late 20's and early 30's - and this was at a time when the city was in much poorer shape than it is now. There is ALWAYS something inter...
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Replies: 102
Views: 6279

Re: how bad would it hurt to spend an extra 10k on a car (24

Why not lease that nicer car for a few years and if you love it, buy it? If not, get something more practical.
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how bad would it hurt to spend an extra 10k on a car (24 yo)
Replies: 93
Views: 4894
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