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Re: Amex Fidelity CC 2% Cash Back

Leesbro63 wrote: midareff wrote: BTW, I had an "opportunity" to "buy back" (for lack of better terms) a year of SS last May and restart at age 65, vs. 64. SS actually took the card and FIA Card Services (they are the administrator of the card) helped me make sure it wasn't bounc...
by rotorhead
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Fidelity CC 2% Cash Back
Replies: 60
Views: 5804

Re: Amex Fidelity CC 2% Cash Back

Re: Amex Fidelity CC 2% Cash Back Post by Leesbro63 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:31 pm midareff wrote: BTW, I had an "opportunity" to "buy back" (for lack of better terms) a year of SS last May and restart at age 65, vs. 64. SS actually took the card and FIA Card Services (they are the...
by rotorhead
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Fidelity CC 2% Cash Back
Replies: 60
Views: 5804

Re: Time for a new dentist?

When my wife and I were considering changing from our quite good, but very expensive, dentist a few years ago, I asked my personal doctor during a routine consultation if there was anyone he could recommend. He didn't hesitate to recommend the dentist that he and his family used. We made the change ...
by rotorhead
Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new dentist?
Replies: 38
Views: 4222

Re: HELOC as emergency fund - what am I missing?

Post by papiper » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:32 pm My experience with a HELOC has been very positive. I view the HELOC not as an emergency fund, but a tool to handle short term unexpected cash flow needs to give me time to make effective financial moves with my other assets. That's exactly what we do as w...
by rotorhead
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HELOC as emergency fund - what am I missing?
Replies: 11
Views: 1499

Re: Quicken Premier 2015 available from Amazon for $49.99

It's also available at Costco for $49.99 (mfr's instant rebate). I just got it last week. The 2015 version includes a modified form of M* Portfolio X-Ray; and it's not too bad actually.

I still wish Quicken did a better job of sorting out Lg, Mid & Sm Caps; but I've learned to live with it.
by rotorhead
Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 2015 available from Amazon for $49.99
Replies: 2
Views: 480

Re: Payless Car Rental

A neighbor of ours just did a Payless one-way rental from Miami to West Palm Beach. The return at WPB airport was done via the Budget Rental office. Not sure what the connection is there; but having using Budget many times in the past, I think that might be a good sign. You might want to check out t...
by rotorhead
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Payless Car Rental
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: Electric Stove question

shawcroft, you've likely solved your problem by now; but for future reference and use, the website AppliancePartsPro http://www.appliancepartspros.com/ is a terrific resource for troubleshooting, repair videos, and ordering the parts required. I have used them numerous times with considerable succes...
by rotorhead
Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Stove question
Replies: 15
Views: 1884

Re: Florida Turnpike Toll-Rental Car

There are still a lot of exits that take cash. Here is link to all of them. Do your research, and plan accordingly.

http://www.floridasturnpike.com/tools_interchanges.cfm

Lovely weather now. Enjoy your trip.
by rotorhead
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Turnpike Toll-Rental Car
Replies: 5
Views: 911

Re: Having Trouble Finding a Used Car - Would you Hertz/Ente

If you are a discerning buyer, you should do OK buying a car from them. I have sold a car with the help of Auto Trader.com http://www.autotrader.com/ , and located one which I eventually purchased, after looking at several others. It's a very good resource for seeing what's available in your area, a...
by rotorhead
Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having Trouble Finding a Used Car - Would you Hertz/Enterpr?
Replies: 20
Views: 1848

Re: What's wrong with VTIAX?

Thank you Taylor, for the acknowledgment. As I was re-reading Zweig's article, I was just absolutely struck by his emphasis on "reversion to the mean"; and why it's best to do nothing some time - if you have a good plan, and are comfortable with your AA. Hard to do with all the noise out t...
by rotorhead
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's wrong with VTIAX?
Replies: 63
Views: 7861

Re: What's wrong with VTIAX?

by riptide » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:14 pm rotorhead wrote: Riptide, don't get discouraged. Decide on your investment plan, and stick with it. If it's a good plan, you will do OK long term. Others have offered some good advice here. My VTIAX was +14.6% for 2013; but it is at -2.5% YTD as I write this. A...
by rotorhead
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's wrong with VTIAX?
Replies: 63
Views: 7861

Re: What's wrong with VTIAX?

Riptide, don't get discouraged. Decide on your investment plan, and stick with it. If it's a good plan, you will do OK long term. Others have offered some good advice here. My VTIAX was +14.6% for 2013; but it is at -2.5% YTD as I write this. Am I happy? Not really; but my VTSAX is +12.2% YTD. One g...
by rotorhead
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:20 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's wrong with VTIAX?
Replies: 63
Views: 7861

Re: Replace Motor or Buy New Washing Machine?

Before doing anything check out AppliancePartsPros.com. Terrific resource; have saved me a bundle.
by rotorhead
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Motor or Buy New Washing Machine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1671

Re: What smartphone plan do you use?- off contract

We have been using Consumer Cellular https://www.consumercellular.com/ for 1 1/2 years now, and are very pleased with the service. One iphone 4S, and a Samsung Galaxy S2 - both work fine. CC are a MVNO, using AT&T's network. We are not heavy users; 2 phones with 600 minutes, 5,000 texts(!!), and...
by rotorhead
Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What smartphone plan do you use?- off contract
Replies: 100
Views: 6090

Re: Delaying Social Security benefits - information from NAS

Lots of discussions about the pros and cons of doing it either way. Everyone has to consider his/her own particular circumstances - both health and financial; and make decision accordingly, remembering there are no guarantees in life. In my case, I filed at 63; and figured out that if I lived past 7...
by rotorhead
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Delaying Social Security benefits - information from NASI
Replies: 31
Views: 2277

Re: sprinkler system question

We have a valve outside our house where I can turn off the water. It's easy to do; and I always turn it off if we are going to be gone overnight. I also turn the hot water heater (gas) down to minimum temp setting so it won't come on and warm up water that won't be used while gone. Not long ago good...
by rotorhead
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sprinkler system question
Replies: 29
Views: 2980

Re: Anyone been to Singapore?

I love to eat....Asian food; but I haven't been to Singapore since 2006, so can't say which are considered the best places now. You said you're not crazy about seafood; but that's what the locals eat. The seafood restaurants along the East Coast Parkway are the great places. The Long Beach was my fa...
by rotorhead
Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to Singapore?
Replies: 23
Views: 2236

Re: How many Bogleheads are Wishy Washy?

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. :confused
by rotorhead
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many Bogleheads are Wishy Washy?
Replies: 44
Views: 5545

Re: Estate Sales

gatorman, when my wife and I were moving back from Hong Kong to the U.S. in 1986, my brother-in-law gave me a bottle of Hennessy XO that was 25 years old at the time. I (sadly) finished the last of it last year; and it was absolutely superb. Replacement bottle is about $250 at Total Wine. I haven't ...
by rotorhead
Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Sales
Replies: 23
Views: 2486

Re: Norway in 7 Days

If your schedule / itinerary permits, I strongly recommend seeing Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord, near Stavanger. Absolutely spectacular! http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEVxsXNhlT4TEAzCJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTBzOG1rbzMxBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1FJMDQ5XzE-?_adv_prop=image&fr=ie8&...
by rotorhead
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norway in 7 Days
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: USAA insurance vs Geico

I don't think you can positively assume the "service is identical". You can't know that for sure until the moment of truth arrives. USAA are a great organization; and provide very good service to their members. I've had 2 auto claims and one homeowner's claim in 48 years; all were settled ...
by rotorhead
Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA insurance vs Geico
Replies: 9
Views: 1246

Re: Financial advisor wants me to roll a 401(k) into an IRA?

TwoKidsOnePayCheck, leave your wife's 401k where it is until you have had time to do much more research; and decide the best course of action. You've been given some good advice here. No need to pay all those fees. I am retired from Fortune 50 company, and left my Fidelity managed 401k in place for ...
by rotorhead
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial advisor wants me to roll a 401(k) into an IRA?
Replies: 98
Views: 7770

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

This arrangement is better; left to right always works better.
by rotorhead
Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 69277

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

Don't like the new look. Nothing wrong with the way it was. Leave well enough alone; and don't fiddle with it.
by rotorhead
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 69277

Re: Where to buy polo shirts?

Land's End shirts are very good quality. I've been using them for years. Try them.

Any outlet centers near where you live? There can be some good bargains there as well.
by rotorhead
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy polo shirts?
Replies: 63
Views: 11578

Re: Vacuum cleaner advice

by rotorhead
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum cleaner advice
Replies: 34
Views: 2260

Re: Retirement percentage advice in question

Another thing you might do is create a 50/30/20 budget worksheet, to see where your expenses are going to be. This is a very effective tool to put things in perspective; and help with the decisions needed to accomplish your goal. Here is link to one website that has info on the budget: http://www.eh...
by rotorhead
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement percentage advice in question
Replies: 9
Views: 929

Re: Key metric for a TIPS fund

Try this: http://quotes.morningstar.com/fund/bplbx/f?t=bplbx

Lots of information there. Maybe you can find what you are looking for.
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Key metric for a TIPS fund
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: "The White Coat Investor" -- A Gem

What a great post, Taylor. Thank you, EmerDoc; for providing a great service to your fellow medics, and to all of us with his investing advice. I especially like this item: “I would encourage you to do your own taxes at least once. You will be surprise how much you learn about money, the tax code, a...
by rotorhead
Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The White Coat Investor" -- A Gem
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: USAA Auto Insurance?

Re: USAA Auto Insurance? Postby THY4373 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:27 pm rotorhead wrote:It is United Services Automobile Association after all; and we are members, not customers. That is true for the "full-members" (officers), it arguably doesn't apply to legacy members like me who qualify via...
by rotorhead
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Auto Insurance?
Replies: 70
Views: 9974

Re: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?

Our GE fridge, model TFX22ZRSM, is still going strong for soon to be 19 years. It's noisy, but still works very well. I did repair the ice maker couple of years ago with the assistance of http://www.appliancepartspros.com/ . Was not hard to do. For any who are inclined to do your own repairs, I hear...
by rotorhead
Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 10836

Re: Consumer Cellular with 4G-LTE android smartphone

Far as I know the Galaxy SII is not a 4G-LTE phone. It is capable of HSPA, which is also called 4G; HSPA uses 3G towers. 4G-LTE is much faster than 4G and uses different towers. I've used both on Consumer Cellular. You'll need to configure a 4G-LTE phone differently, or it won't work very well on C...
by rotorhead
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular with 4G-LTE android smartphone
Replies: 51
Views: 7619

Re: Consumer Cellular with 4G-LTE android smartphone

I use a Samsung Galaxy S2 android on Consumer Cellular, and every time I "go on the network" I get 4G. Most of my data usage is via Wi-Fi; but whenever I do go directly to network, the signal is very strong. For those folks who don't need a lot of minutes/texts/data, I strongly recommend C...
by rotorhead
Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular with 4G-LTE android smartphone
Replies: 51
Views: 7619

Re: FORUM'S UPCOMING 7TH BIRTHDAY

What a resource this forum is!! Since discovering it about 4 years ago, our financial health has been steadily improving. I'm so grateful to all who have contributed so much to its success.
by rotorhead
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: FORUM'S UPCOMING 7TH BIRTHDAY
Replies: 23
Views: 1577

Re: USAA Auto Insurance?

Re: USAA Auto Insurance? Unread postby john94549 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:20 pm It's really too funny. USAA "members" really do call themselves "members", not customers. As others have noted, there's even a hierarchy within the "membership"; some get SSA dividends, some d...
by rotorhead
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Auto Insurance?
Replies: 70
Views: 9974

Re: USAA Auto Insurance?

The OP hasn't responded as to whether he is eligible for membership in USAA or not yet; so all our suggestions may be moot. Having said that, I've been a satisfied USAA member for 48 years; with auto and home insurance. I just recently did a test to see if GEICO would really be cheaper. So I got an ...
by rotorhead
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Auto Insurance?
Replies: 70
Views: 9974

Re: Wow! Jim Cramer hates passive index investing

Cramer is one of those people who love, and are intoxicated by, the limelight. He is a clown and a buffoon, and fits it well with rest of that crowd on CNBC. He may have got lucky in years past with his hedge fund, and made a lot of money; I would be interested to know how much money his clients mad...
by rotorhead
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wow! Jim Cramer hates passive index investing
Replies: 52
Views: 5916

Re: Valentine's Day

To the OP's question(s), Yes, Yes, and Yes.

A lovely and appropriate card, a dozen red roses; and dinner at our favorite French restaurant - she will have the duck, and I will have lamb or veal. We've only been married for 28 years, so still working on it.
by rotorhead
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine's Day
Replies: 43
Views: 2947

Re: Umm....anyone else notice aggressive new online ads?

I use Firefox primarily, and find Ad Block Plus works well.

Also, take a look at http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.

I have found it helpful in stopping undesired ads as well.
by rotorhead
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Umm....anyone else notice aggressive new online ads?
Replies: 14
Views: 1129

Re: Closets etc for new home

I did our MBR closet with kit from Home Depot after we moved into new home 18 years ago. Spent a lot of time measuring and calculating, to make sure all was correct before ordering the bits. It all came out OK; and we saved a lot, but it was a lot of work. I don't think I would do it again.
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Closets etc for new home
Replies: 17
Views: 1911

Re: The Gecko cost me a lot of $. How often to switch car in

There have been a lot of threads on car insurance in this forum. Type in "car insurance" in the Quick Links box, and you'll see them all pop up.

If you are eligible to be USAA member, you should give them a look.
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Gecko cost me a lot of $. How often to switch car ins?
Replies: 78
Views: 8139

Re: Refrigerator problem - Ideas?

Take a look at the website: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/. I have found them a tremendous resource, and have repaired a dishwasher, freezer ice maker, and a clothes dryer with their help. Good resource for getting the parts, and have great discussion threads for troubleshooting and repair. Mig...
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator problem - Ideas?
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Yahoo changes are awful - what homepage do you like?

I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser, and http://investing.money.msn.com/investments/market-summary/ as my home page. I don't stay there long; just a quick glance then on to WSJ online, or whatever. Another pretty good one is http://www.marketwatch.com/?dist=signin Or - http://online.wsj.com/home-page
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yahoo changes are awful - what homepage do you like?
Replies: 66
Views: 6170

Re: Keeping internet provider without price hikes

All these companies have "customer retention" departments; whose job it is to do just that. You have to get past the first or second layer of Customer Service, to get to them. For the past two years, when I was facing considerable rate increases, I called my provider up; and politely, but ...
by rotorhead
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping internet provider without price hikes
Replies: 53
Views: 4802

Re: What's the best website to track stock Portfolio?

Wall Street Journal online is not too bad: http://online.wsj.com/home-page . See the tab Portfolio Manager at the top center/left, and click on that. You'll have to register, but it is free. I use it and M* both; and it's comparable. However, since WSJ changed the format last year, it no longer pick...
by rotorhead
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What's the best website to track stock Portfolio?
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Auto insurance

Inspired by poster, Tvillebogle, I have gone through the exercise to get a quote from GEICO. I just received my auto policy renewal notice from USAA; with a premium increase of about 6%, so thought this a good time to do so. Using the exact same coverage provisions, the GEICO quote overall came in 1...
by rotorhead
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 2765

Re: Download your "paperless statements" frequently

Every month I get an email from Fidelity, Vanguard, Bank of America telling me my statement is ready for viewing; and to click on the appropriate link to do so. I do so, log in; and immediately down load the statement in PDF format to my computer into the appropriate file. It's done. Takes about a m...
by rotorhead
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Download your "paperless statements" frequently
Replies: 42
Views: 8426

Re: WSJ Wine anyone?

I have a friend who subscribes to this regularly, and likes it. Personally I don't. My wife and I like wine very much, and drink it every night with dinner. We are not snobs though, and keep our selections in the $10 - $12 range. Occasionally we splurge on a really good bottle. I received one of the...
by rotorhead
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Wine anyone?
Replies: 20
Views: 5505

Re: TAYLOR'S UPCOMING 90th BIRTHDAY

Happy birthday, Taylor; and many happy returns.

I think there are many, many of us who could never thank you properly enough; for the the help and inspiration you have given us to become better investors.

I am truly grateful.

All best wishes,

:sharebeer
by rotorhead
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 23353

Re: Auto insurance

Re: Auto insurance Unread postby TvilleBogle » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:15 am After 30 years with USAA I made the switch to Geico to save about 30%. No problems with USAA ever, just couldn't be as competitive as Geico. Thank you for that TvilleBogle. You've inspired me to go through the drill. I will do ...
by rotorhead
Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 2765
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