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Re: Tiny house movement.

Not a tent but something like this may works http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/products/whidbey/ Have you added up the dimensions of ground level and loft? This is NOT a 500sqft home. And it's not 1BR, 1BA, as stated at the bottom. Looks to be about 1,000sqft, with 2BR + large loft. Even so, the furn...
by mnnice
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [can my family live in a] Tiny house
Replies: 60
Views: 3977

Re: Good hobby for a bright/obsessive 9 year old?

I always wished that this had existed when I was a bit younger: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/ The First Lego League is for elementary school, then they have more advanced programs for middle school and high school. At a high school level they use industrial grade control hardware =) +1 that was t...
by mnnice
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good hobby for a bright/obsessive 9 year old?
Replies: 73
Views: 3020

Re: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?

I have been a k12 educator my whole working life. I have had one yearly contract that was more than $50k. DH has made more, but never more than $80k. We have two children, started our careers with school loans, we have had no major windfalls, and zero inheritance. DH and I entered the two comma club...
by mnnice
Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 9831

Re: Liability Insurance without Home or Car Insurance

I am not any sort of insurance expert, but in my searches for renter's insurance I have found that the amount of personal property coverage you have does not move the premium much (i.e. $70,000 of personal property only cost $20 per year [5% more] about more than $50,000) . In other words, most rent...
by mnnice
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability Insurance without Home or Car Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed

Don't answer this question in isolation. Also ask "When do I want to tell all the students at my children's school, their parents and their teachers how much I have amassed?" (probably never) You probably also want to ask "Do my children know what $1M means?" (I doubt it) and &q...
by mnnice
Mon May 19, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed
Replies: 135
Views: 11170

Re: Good Idea to Sell Old Home To Upgrade To Newer Home?

I personally can't stand split level floor plans. DH wanted to bid on a house nearby with that floor plan and he ended up a bit upset with me because I just didn't like it. So I definitely see that no amount of remodeling would fix it. I'd rather have a 1920 or 1930's house personally. :wink: I do t...
by mnnice
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Idea to Sell Old Home To Upgrade To Newer Home?
Replies: 33
Views: 2317

Re: School District Not Allowing me To Invest

I totally commiserate and I am in a similar situation. I found that Security Benefits via the Sharebuilder platform was the least lousy of my choices. My districts list and yours have quite a bit of overlap. Right now I am putting my current elections into Pimco Total Bound Fund in my Security Benef...
by mnnice
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: School District Not Allowing me To Invest
Replies: 82
Views: 7028

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

DH didn't buy one. He looked both by himself and with me and always returned empty handed. I thought at 15, 20, 25 years old that I wanted a round solitaire with a Tiffany type setting. IRL I thought emerald cut was prettier on my long skinny fingers. I also found engagement rings uncomfortable. We ...
by mnnice
Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 20805

Re: Break in Health Insurance Coverage

We did something similar in 2012. Group coverage ended 3-3-2012 new group coverage started 5-1-2012. We stayed healthy and skipped COBRA. We would have bought if we had healthcare that was more than the deductible plus the premiums. It is the only time I know that you can by insurance retroactively....
by mnnice
Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Break in Health Insurance Coverage
Replies: 30
Views: 1519

Re: At what price point would you lease my house?

If you don't have plans to move back into it, I would sell it unless you can get at least your monthly expenses ~$1500 + expected maintenance + a premium for your time and effort. $1750 might be enough for some people, others may not consider it worth it unless they get much more. eta: your homeown...
by mnnice
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what price point would you lease my house?
Replies: 12
Views: 1121

Re: Sometimes Safer NOT to Carry Homeowners Insurance (!?)

I think the liability is the best reason to have HO or renter's insurance. I also think most people the OP included think that the value of the house is your max exposure or loss of assets if there is a fire. This is so not the case. If you have a fire or tornado you are on the hook for clean up if ...
by mnnice
Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sometimes Safer NOT to Carry Homeowners Insurance (!?)
Replies: 59
Views: 4768

Re: Clark Howard - Used cars vs New cars

I read a similar AP article a couple of weeks ago.

It got me thinking and looking at used cars when previously I had been thinking new. The last two car purchases we made were new.

I did just buy a 2010 Prius. I payed 17k for a very low mileage car.
by mnnice
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clark Howard - Used cars vs New cars
Replies: 8
Views: 1945

Re: Roofing materials

Metal roofs have gotten much more common in Northern and Central WI.

A friend who lived in the Shawano area said it was actually cheaper on her house.

If that is the case it would be a no brainer since IMO it is also asthetically superior as well.
by mnnice
Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roofing materials
Replies: 21
Views: 1597

Re: My wife and I have inherited two variable annuities...

Retread wrote:
Otops wrote:You are correct. Technically my wife inherited them.

Not just technically - your wife inherited them.
Bruce


OP did not give his location. If they are in a community property state and have no prenup it is their asset even if she inherited it.
by mnnice
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My wife and I have inherited two variable annuities...
Replies: 58
Views: 4234

Re: How to save for the rest of 2013

Thanks everybody.

I think the advice for Roth's for 2013 and keeping our AGI under 100k for 2014 makes sense.

You are right Bob SD has no income tax, we will have to file as non residents in MN. The good news is that I think I can make about 50k before the tax kicks in.
by mnnice
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to save for the rest of 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

How to save for the rest of 2013

Emergency funds: 12+ Debt: none Tax Filing Status: Married Filing Jointly with two dependent kiddos Tax Rate: 15% Federal, ?% State State of Residence:SD Age: both 44 I start a new job in a couple of weeks and wondering what order we should fund our retirement saving/HSA Currently we have available ...
by mnnice
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to save for the rest of 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: New home build...anything youd want/change/splurge on...

Honestly, I am not sure how important I think central air is in most places in WI. Last summer maybe the exception to the rule, but I am not sure that the captital expense of AC ductwork for something I have generally used 4-5 days per year is worth it especially since I prefer non-forced air heatin...
by mnnice
Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New home build...anything youd want/change/splurge on...
Replies: 95
Views: 10956

Re: 1st Birthday Present

Not all kids dig into the smash cake. DS1 who in general is messy and leaves a huge wake was not a fan of his first cake. Anyway it didn't make for the most interesting photos (and the ones we had burnt in our house fire anyway :( ) I didn't get my kids anything although I have always got EE bonds f...
by mnnice
Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Birthday Present
Replies: 32
Views: 2364

Re: Walmart to offer unlimited iPhone 5 plan for $45/mo

I've been looking into this. As far as I'm aware, only the Verizon-type unlocked iPhone 5 is available. So the Straight Talk plan for the iPhone 5 will use the Verizon network. I don't believe there's an AT&T-type unlocked iPhone 5 up for grabs yet. Are you sure about this, Englishgirl? If this...
by mnnice
Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart to offer unlimited iPhone 5 plan for $45/mo
Replies: 45
Views: 5839

Re: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K

Searching for the "right" used car is overwhelming. What recommendations do you have for spending $7K-$9K? -- Neither of us drive to work, but we put on lots of miles in the summer and driving 250 miles to her hometown quarterly. -- Car needs to be safe -- We're from Minnesota, so snow dr...
by mnnice
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Car Purchase...$7K-$9K
Replies: 45
Views: 3207

Re: Walmart to offer unlimited iPhone 5 plan for $45/mo

I am on the fence about this. I looked at Straight Talk last summer when we moved to "Verizon land" The only true choices here are Verizon and Straight Talk off Verizon towers. I really wanted to go with the $45 plan, but DH balked at the overall non state of the artness of the phones (he ...
by mnnice
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart to offer unlimited iPhone 5 plan for $45/mo
Replies: 45
Views: 5839

Re: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?

I am curious about the 2014 Forester after reading this thread. We just got our Subaru Forester last year, and its MPG is rated 27 highway and 21 city. The 2014 model improves on it with 32/24 with the CVT which is pretty good for AWD (and cheaper than comparable AWD). Our main complaint for the Fo...
by mnnice
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?
Replies: 67
Views: 6285

Re: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?

I am pretty sure DH didnt put premium fuel in a rental.
I wonder how much that would impact things?
by mnnice
Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?
Replies: 67
Views: 6285

Re: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?

I am curious about the 2014 Forester after reading this thread. DH rented and drove a 2013 Escape (apparently it is available with two different engeines. He had the larger Ecoboost engeine.) for approximately 1000 miles. He really liked everything about it except that the mileage which was IMO was ...
by mnnice
Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Midsize SUV should I buy?
Replies: 67
Views: 6285

Re: Buying new car, what is your strategy?

Yes. Too bad that Rick Ferri does not sell cars! I have made it a priority to find a car salesman I can deal with and trust. Had a good one at a Pontiac dealer, now I have a good one at a Chevy dealer. ScotchGaurd, Ziebart, pinstriping, ... never come up. Do you live near an auto plant? If so, find ...
by mnnice
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying new car, what is your strategy?
Replies: 42
Views: 4523

Re: Buying new car, what is your strategy?

I don't think your challenge is that challenging. In Feburary of 2004 I bought a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. My out the door price for the car, tax, title, and registration was $14,500. I still own it and its current private party sale price is about $3500. I have spent about $750 fixing stuff (including th...
by mnnice
Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying new car, what is your strategy?
Replies: 42
Views: 4523

Re: Buying new car, what is your strategy?

I've never seen the math work out so that leasing is doing anything other than gaining a short-term cash flow advantage at the expense of long-term higher costs. Show me the math that purchasing any car is less than $200 per month, no matter how long you own it. Please include purchase price, tax, ...
by mnnice
Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying new car, what is your strategy?
Replies: 42
Views: 4523

Re: Can't think of x-mas gift to give wife...

I agree with a pp that said once you have a joint account gifts change. I also suspect you are struggling with this because she has a less gift oriented love language than you do. Most likely there is not a retail shopping experience that will fit the bill. I would way rather be show love by affecti...
by mnnice
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't think of x-mas gift to give wife...
Replies: 44
Views: 3182

Re: Remote closing and POA

We sold a house in May 2012 several weeks after we had moved. Neither DH or I was present for the closing and IIRC we did not have a POA signed either. We did have several documents that needs to be signed, notrarized, and sent overnight to the title company the day before the closing and we paid to...
by mnnice
Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Remote closing and POA
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: Saving to Payoff Mortgage Early-Need Suggestions

Not many folks will get a mortgage interest deduction with a rate 2.65. Even with no mortgage I pay property taxes and state income taxes and give to charity. Don't you? I almost itemized last year when I didn't own a house. The standard deduction was more than itemizing when dh and I were home own...
by mnnice
Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving to Payoff Mortgage Early-Need Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 1784

Re: Saving to Payoff Mortgage Early-Need Suggestions

Not many folks will get a mortgage interest deduction with a rate 2.65.
by mnnice
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving to Payoff Mortgage Early-Need Suggestions
Replies: 27
Views: 1784

Re: transmission failure: 2003 honda odysee with 172k miles

Do you park it outside in Minneapolis and wash it once a decade?

Or do you lovingly wash it and live in Charlotte?
by mnnice
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: transmission failure: 2003 honda odysee with 172k miles
Replies: 36
Views: 2939

Re: Social Security strategy for self-employment income

I did some more checking we are both solidly in the 32% PIA range. I doubt it really makes all that much differance as I doubt DH has 20 plus years of corporate life in him. I also doubt I'll stay home long term either. Sooner or later we will have a farm and some farm income either earned or unearn...
by mnnice
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security strategy for self-employment income
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: What Advice Would You Give Your 30yo Self?

1. Don't buy a house in a subdivision because it is too conformist for you and your spouse. You would like a smaller, cheaper, older house close to the park and the library more. 2. Don't have a hospital birth. A home birth is just as safe and way more pleasant. 3. Don't let the stress and work of t...
by mnnice
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Advice Would You Give Your 30yo Self?
Replies: 70
Views: 6705

Re: Social Security strategy for self-employment income

Thanks sscritic

Your response makes sense.

We most defintely would assign the first several thousand to me.
by mnnice
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security strategy for self-employment income
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Social Security strategy for self-employment income

I quickly checked the Wiki's but I didn't find anything relevant. DH and I are comtemplating starting a small business together in 2013. DH would continue to work full-time and we would run the side business together sharing the actual work roughly evenly. I would have none or very little paid emplo...
by mnnice
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security strategy for self-employment income
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: Laid off-Health Insurance Needed

You don't' necessarially need to sign up for COBRA the day your employee sponsored coverage ends in order to participate in COBRA. I think you get about 60 days to sign up. Your soon to be former employer will give you forms before your last day. We had a situation earlier this year with a job chang...
by mnnice
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off-Health Insurance Needed
Replies: 83
Views: 4280

Re: The Let's-Sell-Our-House- And-See-the-World Retirement -

I thought the article was interesting as well as the discussion on the thread. I envision a retirement when DH and I have an empty nest that involves seeing the world in a much cheaper fashion (i.e. my bucket list includes being the volunteer lighthouse keeper in a national lakeshore area and hiking...
by mnnice
Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Let's-Sell-Our-House- And-See-the-World Retirement - WSJ
Replies: 78
Views: 7133

Re: Honda Civic as a family car

[When I had a kiddo in a rear facing seat and owned a Civic I had him in the center position (no idea if that is the recommended placement) and I could usually reach him if I needed to my right hand which would be an advantage over any minivan. No airbag is situated in the middle of a car, to my kn...
by mnnice
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic as a family car
Replies: 57
Views: 4459

Re: Honda Civic as a family car

The last I heard that children under 14 are supposed to sit in the back. That's the silliest thing I've ever heard. While I didn't make it up it was/is an american academy of pediatrics research based recommendation. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/pages/Air-Bag-S...
by mnnice
Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic as a family car
Replies: 57
Views: 4459

Re: Honda Civic as a family car

A car with a bench seat would allow you to place the child up front, between you and your spouse. I think the Chevy Impala has a bench seat. This is a horrible idea. It is very dangerous to have a child in rear facing child seat sitting in the front because if the air bag was to be deployed it push...
by mnnice
Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic as a family car
Replies: 57
Views: 4459

Re: How often do I need to drive a seldom-used truck?

Not that it is your orginal question, but it sounds like an awful nice truck to just sit there.

Could you rent, use a zip car or call a taxi when you need a vehicle?
by mnnice
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do I need to drive a seldom-used truck?
Replies: 15
Views: 2038

Re: Long-term care insurance: terminated coverage?

I let the coverage that DH and I had as an employee benefit lapse when my employee both stopped playing the premium and they changed to much lower quality provider. Anyway given our ages at the time 42 and 43 and that they wanted $150 per month in premiums to replace what we had we passed. The insur...
by mnnice
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Long-term care insurance: terminated coverage?
Replies: 25
Views: 1386

Re: Specifying beneficiaries for different scenarios

When DH and I wrote our wills we where encouraged by the attorney we used to select guardians and put assets in a trust with a trust company as an administrator. Part of his reasoning was that he had seen guardians be indulgent (sometimes way overindulgent) of children in their care because the poor...
by mnnice
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Specifying beneficiaries for different scenarios
Replies: 52
Views: 1458

Re: What would you do - $450K in farm land

The farm consists of 60 acres tillable, 60 acres wood and 9 acres miscellaneous. The tenant plants corn or soybeans and we have no idea what the yield is. Fair value is approximately $275 / acre while my mother is charging approximately $125 / acre. I would not sell the farm. What is she going to p...
by mnnice
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do - $450K in farm land
Replies: 28
Views: 2500

Re: The Difficult Tale of Budget Cutbacks

First I think a couple of the biggest parts of this situation are not really about money. You were questioning the time commitment of 5 or 6 days of swimming per week. On its face value it sounds like a big time commitment for a ten year old. Last year my son (who is also ten) was on a Pop Warner fo...
by mnnice
Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Difficult Tale of Budget Cutbacks
Replies: 129
Views: 4206

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