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Re: Best portable mattress/bed?

Aerobad is fantastic. Yes, it costs a bit more, but it has excellent durability and is effortless to set up (has a self inflator that is part of the mattress so it won't get lost.)
by lightheir
Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best portable mattress/bed?
Replies: 11
Views: 534

Re: External Hard Drive?

One last tip - Be a bit cautious of the 'many hard drive' redundancy approach. It's very easy to rapidly accumulate HDs by doing this. Problem is the disposal of HD part. You have to physically destroy them or use a trusted deep wipe program to ensure security. Both of these can be annoyingly time c...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External Hard Drive?
Replies: 44
Views: 2294

Re: Elio Car

the video says its an ideal car for the teen with a new license. i disagree with that statement 100%. Absolutely. Young drivers especially male (testosterone) are far more likely to make mistakes. For example the stat I saw showed that most people killed on the roads are killed as a result of actio...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elio Car
Replies: 47
Views: 4670

Re: Laptop Purchase at Costco?

Totally ok, no reason not to if they have something that works for you.
by lightheir
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop Purchase at Costco?
Replies: 13
Views: 1713

TaxAct was solid, I'd recommend it and was $21 Fed+state

Just throwing out my 2 cents (hopefully this is kosher for these forums), but I've been doing my taxes for 3 years now on TaxAct. Started with it because it was really cheap ($21 tax+state e-file included!) but it's been consistently excellent. This year was even better than prior years in my opinio...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TaxAct was solid, I'd recommend it and was $21 Fed+state
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Where to purchase Windows? What version?

Get the latest version, which is Windows 8. It'll have a learning curve, but she'll have to do it anyway as Windows 7 is already being relegated to the past. Honestly, something sounds a bit fishy about her computer - Windows 7 is one of the most rock-solid stable OSes out there. Orders of magnitude...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to purchase Windows? What version?
Replies: 32
Views: 2126

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

I've been a die-hard PC user my whole life, and I detest the concept of a locked-in-ecosystem, which is exactly what itunes and i-everything forces you into. I still get furious every time I see how annoyingly hard it is to upload non-itunes music onto my iphone compared to a 'normal' non-apple devi...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 318
Views: 15878

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

haters gonna hate 8-) The opposite of love is not hate. It's indifference. Victoria That's when you know you're getting old. Seriously - I'm falling into this category myself, unfortunately and I'm nowhere near retirement age.... It's the exact same thing our parents and forefathers said whenever t...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 318
Views: 15878

Re: What won't you pay with Credit Card?

I hate cash. Takes space, you have to replenish it if you use it regularly, and most importantly, it's a royal pain to track your expenditures with cash whereas it's trivially easy with a credit card (especially with mint.com.) Plus you have a digital record of the expense, whcih is much easier to s...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What won't you pay with Credit Card?
Replies: 77
Views: 8149

Re: An arm and a leg ... for a middle finger?

Specialists costs a lot, but $750 for 3 visits isn't out of the norm for pricing for a specialist. I pay $125 MINIMUM for a Miele dishwasher repair guy just to show up at my house, and that doesn't even cover a cent of the repairs or parts. I pay him as much as I do to see a surgeon for an office vi...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: An arm and a leg ... for a middle finger?
Replies: 32
Views: 3437

Re: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?

I second the notion that you try a plastic mouth guard purchased from a drugstore first. Mine costs about $30, and is boiled in water to fit. I replace it every 6 months because it does get grungy. Before I started using it I was in danger of losing a front tooth over the grinding problem. My teeth...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?
Replies: 92
Views: 5615

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Costco has really good prices on almost everything.They even have very good deals on clothes and their return policy is almost too liberal.They are so much cheaper than Whole Foods that you cannot even compare the two.The best deal in Costco is probably the food court but it is mostly not the healt...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 19913

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Costco has really good prices on almost everything.They even have very good deals on clothes and their return policy is almost too liberal.They are so much cheaper than Whole Foods that you cannot even compare the two.The best deal in Costco is probably the food court but it is mostly not the healt...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 19913

Re: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?

I suspect that these night guards are way oversold by dentists as a moneymaker. I have seen 4 different dentists in the past 4 years when I moved, and 2 of them said I should get one because there was 'early signs of grinding', one of them said there were no signs at all, and one of them said that I...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?
Replies: 92
Views: 5615

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]

Yeah, I'm surprised that SO many people can, and that it's sustainable. If we bought a $1.5M home, even with $600k down, we'd be looking at over half of our take-home pay on housing costs - $6k/mo. I'm not comfortable doing that. Maybe I'm just too conservative, but that seems pretty house poor. Th...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Will I buy an Apple watch? Hell no. Apple has made billions off Americans' fundamental inability to differentiate between need and want. +1 And also an inability to understand the definition of quality. I will silently judge and laugh at anyone I see wearing one of these. I feel like laughing to, b...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 318
Views: 15878

Re: Will you buy an Apple Watch?

Not an Apple fanboy here, but I agree with some of the shouted-down posts from above that saying that most of us BHers are simply not connected enough to fully appreciate the whole apple experience before it arrives. Despite all the loads of doubt here, odds are very good that Apple will sell a lot ...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy an Apple Watch?
Replies: 318
Views: 15878

Re: Home workouts and motivation

Seriously, the only way I can motivate to train hard is to sign up for races. I'll never come close to winning the things, but knowing that you'll be going all out and getting a time to compare to your old ones is pretty darn good motivation to keep up the workouts. Since you swim, triathlons would ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home workouts and motivation
Replies: 60
Views: 2803

Re: Thinking of buying electric shaver

I think you'll be disappointed in a electric shaver if you expect it to perform like your blade Mach3 razor. Electric razors are fast and convenient but don't cut that tiny last 0.5mm of stubble that's left for the smooth feel, whereas the blade razors do. You might want to seriously consider going ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying electric shaver
Replies: 29
Views: 1743

Re: Archival CD - MDisc

Honestly, the best solution nowadays is to not let your archived data go obsolete. Keep upgrading the storage format every 5-7 years and you should have your data maintained. With Moore's law (sort of) still applying to data, it becomes easier and easier to do this as data costs that are considered ...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Archival CD - MDisc
Replies: 25
Views: 1453

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

I used to work in the packaged foods world where Costco was one of our biggest customers. In general, Costco's retail price per ounce was MUCH better than regular grocery stores and significantly (10% or so) better than Walmart. Walmart and Costco would watch each other closely and Walmart would sc...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 19913

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

I used to work in the packaged foods world where Costco was one of our biggest customers. In general, Costco's retail price per ounce was MUCH better than regular grocery stores and significantly (10% or so) better than Walmart. Walmart and Costco would watch each other closely and Walmart would sc...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 19913

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

None. I find video games boring. You're either playing the wrong games, or haven't dedicated the time to the necessary learning curve to enjoy them. There is nothing boring about the best games in the current crop of games so long as it's not a genre you really dislike. There are enough games out t...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 172
Views: 10723

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

This thread has been very interesting to read. Not too long ago my wife and I went on a shopping "date" (yes, how romantic I know!) where we did an extensive price analysis on a per unit cost basis of most of the items we purchased regularly. We visited Sam's Club, Costco, Walmart, Winco ...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 19913

Re: How do I learn to like sushi?

Also, whatever you, do NOT consider a cheap buffet style sushi as typical sushi. There's a big difference between the quality of cut between the cheap bargain stuff and the good stuff served at real sushi restaurants.
by lightheir
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I learn to like sushi?
Replies: 80
Views: 4828

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]

True, but as pointing out the upside, if you HAD bought AAP anytime in the past 10 years, you'd be doing great. I never said this was a surefire win, but just pointing out the real upside. And that includes upside of owning AAPL if you bought previously, if you're set on that sort of comparison. Poi...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Is there any way to roll over a wife's HSA to spouse newHSA?

I just changed jobs since my wife stopped working, so we switched from her health insurance/HSA provider to mine (we were all under hers in the past years.) I have some extra funds in my wife's HSA - I was hoping to transfer it into my new HSA, but I called my HSA provider and they said that since t...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there any way to roll over a wife's HSA to spouse newHSA?
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Responses to Yelp Reviews

There are such businesses, the same as there are quite a few on them on Amazon that can give you hundreds, or even thousands of 5 star reviews for a price.
by lightheir
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Responses to Yelp Reviews
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]

I don't see anywhere where I'm contradicting myself. What I get from your posts that your are trying to paint me as someone who is overoptimistic about the SV housing market, when that is absolutely false. I'd warn the OP 10x to buy here for all the price risks. But contrary to a lot of naysayers, I...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]

Nobody here, including me ever said prices would always go up in housing in SV. However, the fact is that in my area, as I've said, in the last 25 years (I haven't checked before that), prices have never gone down, ever. This does not mean they will go up forever, but that's at least the trend you'...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife. This knife has been mentioned in prior posts but want to reiterate the sentiment. I have bought several of these knives as gifts for those in my life who are much more active in the kitchen than I am and it has been life changing for each of them. Be careful not...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set
Replies: 64
Views: 2568

Re: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set

I'm going to have to call myself insensitive to knife issues; I honestly can't tell the difference cuttingwise and heftwise between my cheaper knife and the super-primo knife. And I've never ever had any issue cutting anything with my cheaper knife that the much pricier knife would do better. Back i...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set
Replies: 64
Views: 2568

Re: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set

If anyone is recommending those hi-end knives that cost well over $70 each, I am very interested as to how this outperforms, say, a $50 set of lower-end knives. I purchased a $35 set of JA Henckle knives at Target, not expecting anything special, and they have been outstanding over 7 years of use. M...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a quality (and reasonably priced) knife set
Replies: 64
Views: 2568

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area

...but the prices in my area NEvER went down, ever. Not even one dip, even in the peak of the housing bubble where everywhere else lost -20+%. (Most parts in the Silicon Valley south bay area didn't lose any value at all.) Sorry, but prices DID go down even in San Francisco, Peninsula, and San Jose...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: Buying a House - SF Bay Area

It's always a sucker punch to get another year of 10% rent increase, which sends me off thinking about what I should be doing and what my plan should be. In all the other aspects of my financial and life planning, I feel like I have things under control, but this one is anything but. Half of me say...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House - SF Bay Area [bayareabuyer]
Replies: 37
Views: 3590

Re: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation

Enjoy life. If enjoying life is spending as little as possible, then you picked the wrong place to vacation. Pick differently next year. Until then, appreciate the experience and don't pay attention to the bills otherwise you'll just waste your vacation (and probably really annoy your friends) Meh....
by lightheir
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation
Replies: 60
Views: 5059

Re: Saving home movies: what medium/format?

The format doesn't really matter. All the latest software players will play just about anything. Unless you plan on digging out your old tapes to re-encode them to the latest MP4 for whatever format. I'd just stick with your DVD. Do copy them to your computer. DVD format is mp2 which is only one ge...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving home movies: what medium/format?
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: Glasses turn around time and cost

Now that you've got a working pair, seriously consider going to a cheap online source like zenni.com optical, and ordering an inexpensive backup pair. My zenni glasses costed <$35 for a prescription pair that wasn't at all ugly or goofy, and for the ones that are my go-to pair that I wear every day ...
by lightheir
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Glasses turn around time and cost
Replies: 19
Views: 1588

Re: help me speed up my computer

will try some of these things tonight, thank you. Some of the lingo is not familiar to me. regarding reinstalls and wiping clean, doesn't that lose all my documents, photos, etc? My hard drive may be pretty full. I didn't know that played a role in speed, so that could be a helpful fix. Consider hi...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 3757

Re: help me speed up my computer

Meh. Nobody cares about your data if it's not a credit card# or bank account access password. This reminds me of the "OMG I can't believe you shop online how dangerous!!!!!" hype that existed before. Some people care about privacy and financial safety and some people don't. To each his or...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 3757

Re: help me speed up my computer

Throw it away and buy a Chromebook. Best thing I have done in a long time. Pro's 5 second boot time, no worries of viruses / malware / software / exposure to viruses, both local and cloud storage, no software costs, low purchase cost. Turn it on - it just works. Con's, Can't locally install softwar...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 3757

Re: electric toothbrush

I guess I must be an outlier, but I still brush the old fashion way. I decided to try timing myself and brushing two minutes. It turns out that is a lot longer than I had been brushing. So I am going to do that for awhile and see what the hygienist says at my appointment in a few weeks. It's great,...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric toothbrush
Replies: 38
Views: 2336

Re: electric toothbrush

I'm not sure if the Sonicare is the be-all-end-all of electric toothbrushes, but I will say from experience that my Sonicare is now literally 10 years old and still works great. You do have to change the heads for new bristles, but the latest heads (still compatible with my 10 year old base) seem to...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric toothbrush
Replies: 38
Views: 2336

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I gotta say - while I love the current and recent-gen video games, the loading times KILLLL me.

I tried to play Deus Ex Human Revolution on a X360 over the holidays, and while I enjoyed the parts I played, I quit prematurely in frustration after one too many prolonged loading screen.
by lightheir
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 172
Views: 10723

Re: Cloud based storage for tax documents

Likely not a big deal. Hackers are much more interested in your active bank account and credit card numbers, than your boring and useless tax documents. It takes too much work to impersonate you - far easier to steal millions of active cc#s. If you're afraid of putting your (encrypted) tax documents...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud based storage for tax documents
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: Mental games

Chess. Seriously, it'll open your eyes to how bogus and superficial most people's knowledge of anything is in this world. You can study tons of stuff in chess and 'sound' like a grandmaster talking about the meran variation opening, Lucena position endgames, or Bobby Fisher's Immortal Game, but it o...
by lightheir
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mental games
Replies: 32
Views: 2616

Re: Woodway treadmills

$12k for decades of fitness and health is a complete bargain, honestly. As expensive as I think Woodways are, it's well worth it if she or you use it regularly.
by lightheir
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodway treadmills
Replies: 25
Views: 1960

Re: Woodway treadmills

TomatoTomahto wrote:Status update: the treadmill came last week, at a time when the roads are icy and temps are in the single digits. My wife loves running on the treadmill, so all's well in the household :D



Could I ask you how much you paid for it? Sincerely curious
by lightheir
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodway treadmills
Replies: 25
Views: 1960

Re: Using online tax software

I'm generally very comfortable with online transactions but simply will not store my tax info in the cloud. Regardless of the likelihood of breach, the severity is too high. Everything is there: SSNs and DOBs for the entire family, all financial institutions we use, sometimes even account numbers. ...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using online tax software
Replies: 14
Views: 1021
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