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Re: Amazon.com as a selling service

I've old books and games on Amazon. The fees are high but the payments are really simple and the risk of being scammed felt much lower to me than eBay. The key is to figure out the shipping cost up front, everything else is really straight forward, an email comes notifying your item has been sold, a...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon.com as a selling service
Replies: 14
Views: 1438

Re: Macbook Air; how much RAM?

I also recommend going with the higher RAM model. I have seen these MB Air's really struggle with the 4GB and the fan goes crazy when using YouTube. If she gets the higher memory model, it will last longer. Being a student means having to use the computer often, if it's slow, it will be frustrating.
by jridger2011
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3017

Re: Need advice on which tablet to buy

I would suggest staying away from Nexus anything because the software updates can be unstable. I have a Nexus 7 from 2012 and the first series of updates caused the WiFi to drop and it took months for another update to roll around that fixed it. Somehow, it now takes more than 8 hours to charge it ...
by jridger2011
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on which tablet to buy
Replies: 44
Views: 2552

Re: Need advice on which tablet to buy

I would suggest staying away from Nexus anything because the software updates can be unstable. I have a Nexus 7 from 2012 and the first series of updates caused the WiFi to drop and it took months for another update to roll around that fixed it. Somehow, it now takes more than 8 hours to charge it t...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on which tablet to buy
Replies: 44
Views: 2552

Re: Travel to the Netherlands?

If you plan to go to the Anne Frank House, you should book tickets online months ahead because the line can be more than 1.5 hours long in the tourist heavy seasons. They only admit a small group inside at once because the actual house is not very large. I learned that the weather can change quickly...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to the Netherlands?
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: NYC [Visit to New York City]

I am not a fan of modern art and would not want to pay full price for this. If you are going on Friday, go for free in the evening to the MOMA:

http://www.moma.org/visit/plan/offers#admission
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC [Visit to New York City]
Replies: 45
Views: 2057

Re: Looking to buy a new car but hesistant.

You can afford it. The truck will be a lot of fun to own and hold value well. It's a matter if you're willing to take out a $20k loan for it.
by jridger2011
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a new car but hesistant.
Replies: 17
Views: 1623

Re: NYC - Job Agencies - skilled trade jobs

Since he has the experience, is he willing to go direct with Time Warner? They always hire temps during busy seasons who use their own vehicles. http://jobs.timewarnercable.com/job/New-York-Technician-Job-NY-10001/83838000/ He'll have to sit down with a big cup of coffee and fill out the online form.
by jridger2011
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NYC - Job Agencies - skilled trade jobs
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?

I think with eBay and other sites, there are more of these items than before. The items are still rare since not everyone has it lying around the house, but there are more advertised sellers. As a result, most collectibles do not generate the profit people think they might.
by jridger2011
Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6183

Re: Rain Jacket Recommendations

I've had a few from EMS, Northface, Marmot, and Patagonia. I found that nothing helped breath-ability more than having pit zips and wearing a wicking base layer. My EMS version lasted the shortest amount of time, and was least expensive. The inside turned yellow (it was white when new) and peeled fa...
by jridger2011
Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain Jacket Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1786

Re: Verizon Rewards - worth signing up?

The fine print seems to say this is just a way to collect usage and lifestyle information. I don't think it is worth it for consumers.
by jridger2011
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Rewards - worth signing up?
Replies: 11
Views: 1847

Verizon Rewards - worth signing up?

I'm starting to see the commercials and was offered upon login to sign up. Is this thing even worth anything? Or, it's just another way to market message a customer with low value incentives?
by jridger2011
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Rewards - worth signing up?
Replies: 11
Views: 1847

Re: Where to buy little plastic bottles?

After you get them, soak the bottles in a bucket of soapy water for a few days to get rid of the plastic smell.
by jridger2011
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy little plastic bottles?
Replies: 24
Views: 1655

Re: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleig

I work with quite a few guys that ride scooters or motorcycles to work everyday in DFW. Rain, shine, occasional snow/ice - doesn't matter they put on all the gear (riding jacket, boots, gloves, helmets, etc...) and take off. Seems to me that has to be terribly uncomfortable in the summertime (like ...
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleigh?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleig

I would say no, because during the rainy and snowy season, the car just makes more sense. When it rains you would need to bring a rain suit and rain boots instead of an umbrella going from parking lot to office, it is a lot of extra items which might not save money when it comes to personal comfort ...
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleigh?
Replies: 79
Views: 6695

Re: High end purses

For value, even if you plan to spend upwards of $1,000, avoid the bags that have hybrid materials like leather straps but somehow the body portion of it is some form of fabric. Fabric wears out eventually causing this bag to look like it is in rough shape. I also noticed the ladies who have those ba...
by jridger2011
Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 12912

Re: Time to buy a tv or wait 2 years?

I would hold off until more 4K quality content is available.
by jridger2011
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to buy a tv or wait 2 years?
Replies: 66
Views: 6013

Re: ? Best car for a new driver

What about a modern 4 door sedan of any brand that has the latest safety features? There are a ton of used cars that would fit the criteria:

1. Ford Fusion
2. Toyota Camry
3. Honda Accord
4. Hyundai Sonata

Those are all not race cars or unwieldy tanks.
by jridger2011
Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ? Best car for a new driver
Replies: 41
Views: 1474

Re: How much car can I afford while paying cash? Details ins

While I was never in your position to afford a new BMW at 26, it's pretty safe to say you can afford it. I am guessing you doubt the decision in some way to ask the Internet, but if your spouse agrees on this, I do not see why you should not buy the car.
by jridger2011
Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car can I afford while paying cash? Details inside.
Replies: 62
Views: 4159

Re: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?

Some ideas: 1. Pizza - This is the place to be for the cheap slice and the expensive brick oven slice, you have to have a slice of each 2. Bagels - If you like stuff like lox spread and fresh bagels, you need to look at Yelp and find the place for a proper bagel breakfast nearest to your hotel 3. Bi...
by jridger2011
Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?
Replies: 51
Views: 3545

Re: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC

I would say Washington Marriot since the Metro Center train stop is on the same block and most of the other attractions are walkable distances. The blocks are pretty long so bring some walking shoes.
by jridger2011
Sun May 18, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC
Replies: 32
Views: 2122

Re: TMobile $30 plan...

The catch really is the coverage. T-Mobile has poor reception indoors in some parts of New York City. We don't have a primary phone line, so the extra expense of Verizon is worth it.
by jridger2011
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TMobile $30 plan...
Replies: 52
Views: 12190

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: 78
Views: 7110

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: 11171

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: 1176

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: 11171

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: 2732

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: 10059

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: 2328

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: 4790

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: 6850

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: 805

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: 2671

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: 1645

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: 5486

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: 5142

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: 5811

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: 397

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: 1913

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: 2070

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: 4581

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: 1702

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: 1702

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: 5018

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: 5018

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: 5018

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: 1785

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: 475

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: 1785

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: 1785
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