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Re: repair or replace old car?

The suspension (especially the Front End) is another wear item at that age. Once those things are done the car will probably remain pretty reliable; you may not need to do them yet either, or they were already done and are fine.
by rooms222
Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: repair or replace old car?
Replies: 25
Views: 2304

Re: Is PagePlus Cellular Being Shut Down?

callingmart.com has the $80 card for face value, and a variety of discount coupons that can be found on their facebook page or by google searching it. They always have a 3% off coupon on Page Plus.
by rooms222
Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is PagePlus Cellular Being Shut Down?
Replies: 14
Views: 2453

Re: Buy a rental property in this market ?

Also Detroit has the lowest buy to rent ratio of any major metro area. http://money.cnn.com/real_estate/storys ... e_to_rent/
by rooms222
Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buy a rental property in this market ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2855

Re: Car Rental Insurance

Just hung up with my insurance claim adjuster. The agent advised opening the claim to act quickly and try to avoid loss of use charges I'd have to pay. The only one who knew the rule about rentals was the adjuster (not agent or claims persons) that my policy has all coverage for my car also for the...
by rooms222
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Rental Insurance
Replies: 29
Views: 10938

Re: Car Rental Insurance

My research on this has been that in certain states, car rental companies do not have to provide liability coverage to others that extends to the renter, but they do in most states. I believe California, Utah, and Texas are states where they do not have to provide it. Also, I believe Arizona has tri...
by rooms222
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Rental Insurance
Replies: 29
Views: 10938

Re: Thinking of buying electric shaver

You can go straight to the source for the razors that dollar shave club uses: http://www.dorcousa.com/ they have large discount codes and sampler packs. Also, at Dollar Tree, the Noxzema brand razors use Japanese-made Kai blades that are high quality. I prefer the two blade model to the three blade ...
by rooms222
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying electric shaver
Replies: 29
Views: 1757

Re: Which car should I sell?

Protégés are undervalued because Mazda changed the name to the Mazda 3. Subarus are highly valued in the market right now. That plus the tires would lead me to sell the Subaru.

My mechanic and my tire guy both drive Protégés bought used, as do I.
by rooms222
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car should I sell?
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Re: Car Battery in Unusual Cold

I bought the previous version of this jump starter air compressor as a backup. It also has a light and a USB charger for blackouts. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/450-amp-ju ... rod7120128
by rooms222
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Battery in Unusual Cold
Replies: 87
Views: 3978

Re: job advice: move to Florida Keys??

This thread touched a lot of personal things for me, so my response from the heart: 1) Experiencing the same Michigan winter as you right now. Most people I know here are down emotionally (seasonal depression) and it's prompting many to look at career and other changes in life right now. Also, lots ...
by rooms222
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: job advice: move to Florida Keys??
Replies: 21
Views: 3508

Re: Taking a giant pay cut - what steps to take?

For Straight Talk, just make sure it is a Verizon phone you buy. For Bring Your Own Device, Page Plus is better. Believe Consumer Cellular is ATT, so no good per OP.
by rooms222
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking a giant pay cut - what steps to take?
Replies: 26
Views: 2877

Re: Instant coffee

Also, Mountain Peak from Jamaica is very good, but you usually only find it in Caribbean food stores or Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Jamaica-Mountain- ... B003XIYLPG

It is cheaper (but not cheap) at Caribbean Food stores. Check out the reviews on Amazon.
by rooms222
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant coffee
Replies: 34
Views: 3558

Re: Instant coffee

Nescafe Espresso from amazon, ebay, enjoybettercoffee.com, or my local European market. Enjoybettercoffee.com has a wide variety of imports and so does amazon. Also, as noted VIA is good. Deals are sometimes on ebay or Amazon Warehouse Deals.
by rooms222
Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant coffee
Replies: 34
Views: 3558

Re: We made our own Will

If you need a notary, there are public or mobile notaries that will generally notarize documents for $10-$50 in most states. Also, such places as UPS stores and Immigration Photo shops will notarize for a fee.
by rooms222
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: We made our own Will
Replies: 52
Views: 3847

Re: Very strange burglary

When I had a similar theft, all the checks were used for pizza and Chinese food delivery. Had to do as police report after they all cleared.
by rooms222
Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Very strange burglary
Replies: 41
Views: 4757

Re: A Visit toPittsburgh

We enjoyed the Andy Warhol museum, especially the special exhibits they had. When the weather is good, we want to do the Ducks amphibious tour. My young teenagers loved going to Falling Water most of all, surprisingly (about 80 minutes from downtown).
by rooms222
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Visit toPittsburgh
Replies: 35
Views: 2096

Re: Help Me Pick Insurer - Safeco - Erie - AAA

As to USAA, the simple version is that widows and widowers are allowed to keep it if they do not remarry, for sure. They may have changed it where they can keep it forever. If an eligible person buys property/casualty insurance, then, their children become eligible to purchase it, and keep eligibili...
by rooms222
Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Pick Insurer - Safeco - Erie - AAA
Replies: 25
Views: 2264

Re: Amazon product restricted to Prime members. Is this new?

That is interesting. I think it may be a response to walmart.com. Walmart.com has been price matching more and more Amazon items, but you often have to ship to store, pay for shipping, or buy $50 worth of stuff. Walmart.com is not matching this item, it is $1.72 more. Maybe amazon thinks it will dri...
by rooms222
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon product restricted to Prime members. Is this new?
Replies: 34
Views: 4385

Re: Auto and Home Insurance Quotes

This is an old thread but it encapsulates the general good reputation of Erie. http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/122543/ If the people quoting you did not pull your credit, I am not sure the quotes you are getting are accurate or comparable, because your insurance rating based to a large deg...
by rooms222
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto and Home Insurance Quotes
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Re: Auto and Home Insurance Quotes

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
by rooms222
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto and Home Insurance Quotes
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Re: Road Tolls, and Rental Cars

If you go to NYC a lot, you may want to pick up an EZ pass to go from either the MTA or the NY Thruway. Only NY State EZ Passes get the substantial discount on the bridges around the city. You cannot buy this online. If you do, and are not a NY State resident you will be set up with one with a month...
by rooms222
Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road Tolls, and Rental Cars
Replies: 29
Views: 2703

Re: Should I Fix 1999 Grand Marquis (182K Miles)

I would note the poster stated he wanted to buy an American car, and the suggestions about alternative cars, except for leasing a Chevy Cruze have all been from the non-big 3. I think that you should fix it for a few months. If not, my mechanic and Consumer Reports usually states the several of the ...
by rooms222
Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Fix 1999 Grand Marquis (182K Miles)
Replies: 19
Views: 1671

Re: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.

mavi, a great first post! Of the two law graduates I wrote about previously, the one making around 200K 15 years out never practiced as a lawyer, but worked in a law related field. She worked for the feds and is now a consultant on compliance issues. Both the federal and state government now have ma...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.
Replies: 166
Views: 13907

Re: Should I Fix 1999 Grand Marquis (182K Miles)

My brother has a 1997. It is very fixable, as all the parts remain relatively cheap and available due to their being in fleet use. Because it is the last body on frame care external parts remain replaceable as well, and available, both from junkyards and cheap aftermarket replacements. He spent abou...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Fix 1999 Grand Marquis (182K Miles)
Replies: 19
Views: 1671

Re: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.

My 0.02: She doesn't "get" to work in a lower paying desired field until her debt is paid for. Once it paid she can do what she wants. But she will have to suck it up until then. If she can't see that or isn't willing I personally would move on but hey everyone is different. I would say t...
by rooms222
Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.
Replies: 166
Views: 13907

Re: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.

I know two attorneys that both graduated about 15 years ago with around $150,000 in debt each. Both have made some progress on the debt in the last five years, but little before that. One invested in a coop in Manhattan and made a nice profit on that, rents now, and makes around 200k as a consultant...
by rooms222
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Girlfriend with a LOT of Student debt.
Replies: 166
Views: 13907

Re: Daycare payments - a way to get further discount?

Do you live in CA or HI? The JCB Marukai card is accepted for in-person transactions everywhere Discover is in accepted in the USA and offers tiered cash back up to 3%. With the charges you are incurring, you would get close to 3% on your expenses.
by rooms222
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare payments - a way to get further discount?
Replies: 11
Views: 1620

Re: Heads up one of the better reward credit card I've seen.

As to the Sallie Mae card and Amazon, non-tangible purchases generally do not get the 5 points. This includes Kindle purchases, online video, etc. They are sold by a different Amazon subsidiary that is not classified as a bookstore.
by rooms222
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heads up one of the better reward credit card I've seen.
Replies: 54
Views: 11587

Re: Chip and Signature (not PIN) in Europe

I have read the entire 500 page Flyertalk thread, and it is pretty clear that using the "cash advance" PIN will NOT be coded as a cash advance if used for purchases in Europe. Many CSRs give inaccurate information on this point. The PIN works only with some Chip and Signature cards that ha...
by rooms222
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chip and Signature (not PIN) in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1417

Re: Food stamps

13 States have an asset test according to this 2009 map, and NH requires a dependent child in the household according to this map. http://frac.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/map_eliminating_asset_test.pdf This newer article puts the number at 15 states, and notes PA added an asset test for f...
by rooms222
Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Food stamps
Replies: 8
Views: 1770

Re: Experience with Target Redcard?

Thanks for that link. It is from 2013. I believe that was a different product that they were test marketing in a few states. I think things have changed. I am going to a curling class now, so I can't research it for the moment..... UPDATE.... This link confirms this is a different product. It is a 9...
by rooms222
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Target Redcard?
Replies: 30
Views: 3835

Re: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work

Up to $25 per person can be deducted as a miscellaneous business expense to the extent all miscellaneous expenses exceed 2% of income. Contemporaneous documentation in keeping track of the recipients is advised. Also pay by check and write an email to the coordinator listing the purpose and the chec...
by rooms222
Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with pressure for "social donations" at work
Replies: 181
Views: 16909

Re: New vs. Used Honda CRV

Because of the price premium on Honda and Toyota vehicles, I also recommend buying new for the reasons described. If you are looking for bargains, other brands are better for used, especially in Michigan, with all the cars originally purchased here with the employee discount. I would not do so witho...
by rooms222
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vs. Used Honda CRV
Replies: 76
Views: 6909

Re: Local bank without any checking account fees?

My primary banking has been online for about 15 years. I do have a local credit union for 1) $10 Safe Deposit Box, 2) If I need a lot of cash fast, 3) If I need to deposit cash, 4) Notary Service, and 5) Medallion Signature Guarantee. Only some credit unions have #1 and #5. The $10 Safe Deposit box ...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Local bank without any checking account fees?
Replies: 31
Views: 3002

Re: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?

On Amazon, I have found you can cancel after the product has shipped. If I am unsure if I am going to order a product again, I set the next delivery for six months, and then evaluate after I receive and try the product. Also, I go through all my S&S items each month and cancel or delay delivery ...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Product subscriptions - cancel immediately for discount?
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Experience with Target Redcard?

Target also has a prepaid card issued by American Express that gets the 5% back. It is similar, but not identical to the Bluebird issued by Walmart/American Express. It has no monthly fee, and if loaded with cash or through a bank account, it appears it can be used at no cost to get the 5% discount....
by rooms222
Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Target Redcard?
Replies: 30
Views: 3835

Re: USAA Cashback Rewards+ AMEX?

They may be reacting to the 5% on gas Sams Club Mastercard. It gets 5% back on gas everywhere but Costco and BJs. Of course, an advantage to the USAA Amex is that you might be able to get 5% back at the two warehouse clubs on gas.
by rooms222
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Cashback Rewards+ AMEX?
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!

The writing of substitute no point offense tickets for money has become commonplace in Michigan. I have been written tickets for impeding traffic, no seat belt, unsafe start, etc over the years, all of which have no points. In the notes of the ticket it says speeding 45 in 35, or similar notation. I...
by rooms222
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!
Replies: 48
Views: 2931

Re: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!

You know, the funny thing is instead of 2 points for speeding, i get 3 points because changing lane without signal, T_T! That's why i want to go to court, - my friend said that in the court, you just say ''i am not guilty because i dont remember exactly that i did turn signal on or not on that day,...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!
Replies: 48
Views: 2931

Re: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!

In my state, if you go to court and challenge the ticket he gave you by saying that that was not the correct violation so it should be thrown out (as suggested above), they will amend the charges in court to the original offense, which has been placed in the notes. They usually put the actual amount...
by rooms222
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid points in unsafe turn ticket!
Replies: 48
Views: 2931

Re: Tax Rules on Telecommuting

What two states are involved is important to the discussion. Different states have taken different views on this matter, particularly the state that the office is located in. Also, some combinations of states have reciprocity agreements that can impact the taxes owed. What are the two states? New Yo...
by rooms222
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax Rules on Telecommuting
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: Smartphone plans and MMS

Google is sort of getting MMS to work without data it appears. Verizon is not yet working for inbound. For all carriers, it seems that outbound sends them a link. The latest is here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/colu ... /17061517/
by rooms222
Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone plans and MMS
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Also, Columbus IN. Less than an hour from both Indianapolis and Bloomington. Also pretty close to Cincy and Louisville. The large corporations there, particularly Cummins diesel have made the town beautiful by subsidizing many buildings to have famous architects design them, and they have excellent ...
by rooms222
Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 97
Views: 10854

Re: Relocating to a tax free state with good weather need ad

Vancouver WA. Do your shopping next door in sales tax free Portland.
White House TN No income tax, do your grocery shopping in Franklin KY (TN taxes groceries).
by rooms222
Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocating to a tax free state with good weather need advice
Replies: 53
Views: 3736

Re: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendatio

The Galloping Ghost, the largest arcade in the U.S., with mostly retro games. All games are set to free play. Play as much as you want, as long as you want for $15. http://gallopingghostarcade.com/ Also, my kids of your age loved looking at all the historic artifacts that were placed into the bricks...
by rooms222
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 3592

Re: POA Reporting Requirements to Family

You stated in a recent post that you had no reason to believe that the holder of the POA is doing anything wrong, so this does not apply to you at this time. However, if you did sincerely believe that was the case, in most states, a complaint to Adult Protective Services will result in an investigat...
by rooms222
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POA Reporting Requirements to Family
Replies: 24
Views: 1775

Re: W9 form

Although they don't have to report to the feds unless someone's aggregate payments in a year exceed $600, my local governmental entity has a policy that no non-employee gets paid without a W-9. They won't enter them in the computer system without it, on the theory the obligation could eventually exc...
by rooms222
Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: W9 form
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Lakefront property with small children?

U.P. of Michigan here. Besides lessons, teach and follow the adages "Nobody swims alone" & "Only swim when an adult is present."
by rooms222
Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lakefront property with small children?
Replies: 44
Views: 2417

Re: EZ-Pass scam?

Yes, if you are a New York resident, you don't pay a monthly fee for the EZ Pass issued in NY. This is a NY state law,but it only applies to residents of NY. If you are not a NY resident, they will charge you a monthly fee on many EZ Passes from the NY Service Center. If you sign up online, you will...
by rooms222
Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [phishing with fake] EZ-Pass [e-mail]
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: [which] toilet paper [from walmart.com?]

Scott has switched to the 27 roll pack for online orders, because it saves on shipping. Other than what used to be called the Big Roll at Walgreens (on sale), there is no substitute for Scott. Walmart.com does have it for around $20, but you need a $50 total order to get free shipping. http://www.wa...
by rooms222
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [which] toilet paper [from walmart.com?]
Replies: 36
Views: 3254

Re: Advice for student buying cheap used car

Buick, Olds, and Grand Marquis are all cars that have a lower price tag due to their undesirability to younger people, and are likely to have been pretty well maintained. I had a money pit Honda Civic that looked great, I knew my friend had had bought it as a repo, but the real surprise came after I...
by rooms222
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for student buying cheap used car
Replies: 54
Views: 3748
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