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Re: You may be getting charged rent for a router/modem you o

Wow, I feel your pain. Here in Central Texas we have a pretty small local provider called Grande Communications. About 5 years ago they came through and pulled fiber in my neighborhood and started to offer phone/internet/cable and the price was good enough that I dropped DirectTV and ATT and went wi...
by texasdiver
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: You may be getting charged rent for a router/modem you own
Replies: 29
Views: 2755

Re: TSP

It's not just retired feds and beneficiaries. Any former Federal employee (retired or not) can maintain a TSP if they started one during Federal service and built the balance up past some minimal limit. I left Federal service 12 year ago at age 38 when my wife's job forced a relocation and career ch...
by texasdiver
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TSP [CNN Money: Fed Workers... low cost retirement plans]
Replies: 25
Views: 2376

Re: Changing a flight date

Lesson learned - buy tickets directly from the airline. Somebody else told me the same thing. Like you said, lesson learned. I haven't flown in a at least 5 years, but may be starting a time of frequent travel, so this loss is not a big deal, just a learning experience. Same applies to rental cars ...
by texasdiver
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1556

Re: Slick Airline Ticket Phishing Scam

The slips for Fed ex are for overnight PACKAGES; just click to fill out the form for re-delivery (or whatever they claim) here is the warning from FedEx http://www.fedex.com/us/update2.html One of many from UPS http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/about/news/service_updates/fraud_alert.html about the U...
by texasdiver
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slick Airline Ticket Phishing Scam
Replies: 14
Views: 1402

Re: LED Flashlights

NEBO Redline. One of those will last you forever... I bought one for work (actually two since I dropped the first into a river, but at only $25ish it wasn't so bad) and it is perfect. Bright at a distance or close. Multiple brightness levels for different purposes. Small but still heavy. Tough as n...
by texasdiver
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Flashlights
Replies: 51
Views: 3667

Re: cost of raising a child by age group

To keep this on-topic (i.e., unlocked), this thread has to be about your situation. Not ours. I suggest you provide some more information about your personal situation. For example 0-5 can either be the cheapest or the most expensive years depending on your childcare costs. sorry about that. didnt ...
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost of raising a child by age group
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Re: So when/where does Alibaba show up in a boglehead portfl

Well, OK I just found the other thread on this topic

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=146970

But after reading the 26 replies I'm still not certain of the answer.
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: So when/where does Alibaba show up in a boglehead portflio?
Replies: 2
Views: 403

So when/where does Alibaba show up in a boglehead portflio?

If I understand the reporting correctly.... The Alibaba IPO on the NYSE is really sales in a Cayman Islands holding company that is supposed to share profits with the Chinese Alibaba. So....when and where Alibaba show up on the typical boglehead portfolio? Since it is on the NYSE is it going to show...
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: So when/where does Alibaba show up in a boglehead portflio?
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: Amazon's new e-reader Kindle Voyage

Paperwhite is great. I've had mine for a year using it at home, traveling, camping, etc. and never once noticed fingerprints from swiping. The screen is matt and hides fingerprints well. I don't feel any compulsion to buy the new Voyage but if I didn't already have a paperwhite I'd probably buy it. ...
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon's new e-reader Kindle Voyage
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: cost of raising a child by age group

I'm in the process of raising 3 girls currently ages 8, 11, and 16 We haven't done the math and I'm sort of scared to. But based on our experience I would say that the greatest cost years come during preschool when you are faced with preschool tuition and during high school when the costs of activit...
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost of raising a child by age group
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Re: How much you need to save as multiple of salary

Apples and Oranges here. For some people the 8x final salary number from Fidelity could actually be the same portfolio size as the 25x first year's withdrawal number cited by Schwab. Fidelity is providing a very rough rule of thumb of 8x your final salary which will seem low to most people on this b...
by texasdiver
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much you need to save as multiple of salary
Replies: 51
Views: 6362

Re: Creating a permanent legacy?

When my wife and I updated our will recently we specified that Vanguard would be the trustee adviser for our estate trust that we would leave for our minor children. Basically they would be taken in by relatives but Vanguard would be managing the money until they each reach 30. Basically I'd rather ...
by texasdiver
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Creating a permanent legacy?
Replies: 46
Views: 3363

Re: Buying a bounce house for personal use?

I've got 3 kids and it has never occurred to me to get a bounce house. Frankly they have enough opportunities to use them at birthday parties, school carnivals, and there is an indoor play center near our house that is full of these sorts of inflatable bounce houses and slides that we go to sometime...
by texasdiver
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a bounce house for personal use?
Replies: 25
Views: 1779

Re: Good piano for toddler ?

Don't expect a toy piano to gauge her interest in music or piano. I have 3 kids and we have had various toy instruments...pianos, guitars, etc. Your toddler will prefer to make music on many of the various music apps on the computer or iPad if they are like mine. To get kids interested in music you ...
by texasdiver
Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good piano for toddler ?
Replies: 13
Views: 848

Re: How often do you really change your email passwords?

My employer forces me to change all my work-related network and email passwords every 90 days. I take the opportunity to change all my personal ones at the same time.

And I also do 2-step verification for every account that it is offered (google, iTunes, etc.)
by texasdiver
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you really change your email passwords?
Replies: 17
Views: 726

Re: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live

That's an interesting piece of journalism. Here are two quotes from it: … nearly two-thirds of Precinct 314 in West Austin voted Republican, with 65 percent voting for Mitt Romney and just 33 percent Nearly three-fourths of Precinct 314 voted straight party Republican in 2012; with 69 percent of vo...
by texasdiver
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live
Replies: 56
Views: 3003

Re: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live

I'd specifically recommend against the Lakeway area on Lake Travis near Austin. Just select the traffic view on Google Maps and look at the Oak HIll "Y" where 71 joins 290. You might be able to make it to the airport in the middle of the night in 45 minutes but not any other time. Getting...
by texasdiver
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live
Replies: 56
Views: 3003

Re: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live

texasdiver's post gave me an idea: Live in Texas during the school year and live in Utah in the summer. My neighbors live in Montreal in the summers and in Texas in the winters. Lots of people do it. My next door neighbors have a cabin in Cloudcroft NM where they spend much of the summer. The New M...
by texasdiver
Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live
Replies: 56
Views: 3003

Re: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live

I'm probably in as good of a position to answer this question as anyone. My wife is a physician and I'm a public HS teacher in TX. So we have a comparable income. We moved here from the west coast for her residency so aren't really *from* Texas and don't have roots in any specific place but have bee...
by texasdiver
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas - Recommendation Where To Live
Replies: 56
Views: 3003

Re: cell phone for kids

Recently got my 11 year old a cell phone. She was flying unaccompanied across the country for a few weeks this summer to visit her grandparents and she is on a swim team that practices every evening at our local Y and our arrangements for dropping her off and picking her up are complicated and subje...
by texasdiver
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell phone for kids
Replies: 25
Views: 1281

Re: LED recessed lighting question

Big question is whether you have access to the ceiling from the attic. That determines what kind of fixtures you can use. I have a 1 story house with a large attic and all the ceiling spaces are accessible from the attic. I just have to brush aside some of the blown in insulation and I'm looking at ...
by texasdiver
Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED recessed lighting question
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

My wife is a doctor. I asked her. She likes cards but doesn't really want or like personal gifts as we have too much clutter already. However, gift baskets for the staff or that can be passed on through to the staff are always doubly appreciated. Makes my wife feel good and makes her look good with ...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 5098

Re: iPod/iPhone speakers?

Forgot to mention. I won't be moving it around so it doesn't have to be portable or require rechargeable batteries. I'm guessing that corded units running on AC power should be able to produce better sound than the portable ones with NiCad batteries. Also I can't use a Wifi device because this will ...
by texasdiver
Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPod/iPhone speakers?
Replies: 4
Views: 307

iPod/iPhone speakers?

Has anyone come across a particularly nice speaker set for the iPhone? I'd like to get something for my classroom that will project music from an iPhone and other phones at decent volume and fidelity. An included FM radio would be a plus. Seems like there are endless options out there. I haven't rea...
by texasdiver
Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPod/iPhone speakers?
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Husband rear-ended, driver ignoring his insurance

I don't understand why your State Farm policy isn't paying immediately. You should go to a repair facility approved by State Farm. They will repair your car and only charge you the deductible. It's that easy. Yes but we don't want to pay the $500 deductible right now when we don't need to use the c...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Husband rear-ended, driver ignoring his insurance
Replies: 44
Views: 5242

Re: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?

I've been there. 30s and single with no kids. And a house. If you are looking to NOT be single in the future, then another pro on the side of moving is that you will become more marketable if you have a nicer nest. Whether conscious or not, prospective mates will judge you by the home you have and t...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to leave a neighborhood for greener pastures?
Replies: 46
Views: 5008

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

Regarding Abe's story, it's safe to say that true ANTIQUES are different from plain old collectibles... Actually antique prices have been falling dramatically for the past decade too. http://appraiserworkshops.blogspot.com/2014/02/falling-antique-furniture-pirces.html That doesn't mean people still...
by texasdiver
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6514

Re: New home worth the extra $$?

Last house my wife and I owned before the current one we bought new in 2003. By the time we were done finishing it out with all the stuff the builders didn't do I figure we poured an additional $25 grand into it: Landscaping, finishing out the closets, bathroom fixtures, window shades, patio, etc. e...
by texasdiver
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New home worth the extra $$?
Replies: 17
Views: 1785

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

You would think there would be some market for old junk just to keep all the Applebees and other chain restaurants properly decorated with random Bric-a-brac on the walls. When I walk into one of those places, especially a new one that is newly decked out with massive quantities of old junk, I often...
by texasdiver
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6514

Re: Starting 403b for company

My 403(b) is through Vanguard. There are no fees (that I pay) other than the fact that Admiral Shares are unavailable within 403(b) accounts. I think this is actually a legal requirement for 403(b) plans in that they are prevented from giving large account holders lower fees than small account holde...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Starting 403b for company
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Driving in Costa Rica

Any suggestions on rental car companies? I've read some good things about Toyota rent a car. A lot of the big name companies I usually rent from have had some poor reviews. I rented through Vamos in Liberia. http://vamosrentacar.com/ They were very nice. Small local company so things took a bit lon...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving in Costa Rica
Replies: 23
Views: 1713

Re: Driving in Costa Rica

Here's a report I wrote about a trip we took to Costa Rica 2 years ago. Rented a car from Vamos with no problems http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g291982-i813-k5568090-Trip_Report_Playa_Carillo_and_Arenal_Leaves_Lizards-Costa_Rica.html Couple things. First, Costa Rican law requires that all car ...
by texasdiver
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving in Costa Rica
Replies: 23
Views: 1713

Re: College Counselors

Two teachers at the HS where I teach had been doing that sort of thing on the side and finally this year they both quit teaching to take on private college counseling full time. I'm guessing it is the same in most relatively affluent communities around the country. I would call your local HS counsel...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Counselors
Replies: 44
Views: 2661

Re: Pressure Cookers?

I have a Fagor 10 quart model I bought on amazon a few years ago. Superb piece of stainless steel kitchen technology made in Spain. But not cheap. I use it for a variety of beans, roasts, and stews. Basically anything one might cook in 8 hours in a slow cooker can be done in 20 minutes in a pressur...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Cookers?
Replies: 46
Views: 3409

Re: Pressure Cookers?

I have a Fagor 10 quart model I bought on amazon a few years ago. Superb piece of stainless steel kitchen technology made in Spain. But not cheap. I use it for a variety of beans, roasts, and stews. Basically anything one might cook in 8 hours in a slow cooker can be done in 20 minutes in a pressure...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Cookers?
Replies: 46
Views: 3409

Re: Coffee Beans

Get a home roaster and buy your beans mail order from sweet marias. You will never go back. http://www.sweetmarias.com/ Roasting your own coffee is really very simple and not much more complicated than making popcorn. A hot air roaster is a good way to start. Over the long run it will also save you ...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee Beans
Replies: 12
Views: 764

Re: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?

One Christmas my wife and I flew down to Chile from Juneau when the first was 2 year old and my wife was pregnant with the second. The way down was a 24 hour marathon of crowded airports: Juneau - Seattle - Dallas - Santiago. But we made it. The return trip was where everything went wrong. Due to a ...
by texasdiver
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?
Replies: 40
Views: 2871

Re: 403b Marketing

The personal information is irrelevant to the discussion anyway because it is in no way unique. There are similar brokers marketing similar stuff to teachers and public employees in every town in America, at least in states that accommodate that sort of free for all. That's one of the differences be...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 403b Marketing
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: WSJ: Who are your investment role models?

My Dad is actually my roll model. He and my mother raised 3 kids, put them through college, and are now retired very comfortably, all what was a full time teacher's salary (Dad) and part-time nurse's salary (Mom). They were Bogleheads without knowing it: Living below their means, controlling costs, ...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ: Who are your investment role models?
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: 403b Marketing

What state are you in? Here in Texas we teachers get that sort of thing ALL OF THE TIME. In fact there are various broker types who seem to have wormed their way into the good graces of my local school administration to the extent that they offer after school "investing seminars" on school...
by texasdiver
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 403b Marketing
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Starting a Lazy Portfolio Now

If you had started your "lazy portfolio" a year ago or 5 years ago, would you today cash out and spend the next year dollar-cost averaging back into your lazy portfolio?

If not then there is no need to do it today with "fresh" money either.
by texasdiver
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Starting a Lazy Portfolio Now
Replies: 21
Views: 3657

Re: Where do you buy clothes?

I don't "shop" for clothes, I just go buy them when I need them...quick in and out. Clothes - Costco for the most part. I'm a teacher and my basic uniform is khakis and short sleeve collared shirts. Sometimes I find nice shirts at the Columbia outlet store. Shoes - Usually comfort moc type...
by texasdiver
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy clothes?
Replies: 105
Views: 9491

Re: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?

Sounds like torture to me. Nothing to add because you don't want to hear it, Godspeed! Full disclosure: We would consider leaving him with family if that were an option, but it is not. Nah, bring the kid. There's never a wrong time to travel. Just don't try to go so far if you don't have to. It's i...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?
Replies: 40
Views: 2871

Re: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?

coalcracker wrote:
Rainier wrote:Sounds like torture to me.

Nothing to add because you don't want to hear it, Godspeed!


Full disclosure: We would consider leaving him with family if that were an option, but it is not.


Nah, bring the kid. There's never a wrong time to travel. Just don't try to go so far if you don't have to.
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?
Replies: 40
Views: 2871

Re: Your Favorite charity organization...? please

I give some to United Way just to get the aggressive departmental fundraisers off my back at work who are all competing with each other. But it isn't my "favorite" charity. Lately I've been giving to my local school district's Education Foundation which puts 100% of the funds into the clas...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite charity organization...? please
Replies: 91
Views: 4600

Re: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?

My wife is also a physician and we did a lot of traveling when our daughters were very young. At the time we lived in Alaska and traveled once or twice a year to see her family in Chile and that is a very LONG series of flights for infants. If you have not already done so you will soon find that lon...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical vacation next winter with infant-where?
Replies: 40
Views: 2871

Re: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home

A home may or may not meet the technical definition of an "investment" but it was certainly the right choice for my wife and me given our location in Central Texas and our desire to live in a pleasant family-friendly neighborhood with nearby schools, work and shopping. We actually shopped ...
by texasdiver
Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Worst Investment You Can Make: Buying a Home
Replies: 135
Views: 16444

Re: Mulch, Rubber Mulch, or Rocks in Landscaping?

Personally I like big rocks (the kind you need a bobcat loader to install in place) or tiny gravel like decomposed granite. I don't like the middle sized stuff for landscaping unless one is building a dry stream bed or something like that. But that's must my personal preference. I think it is becaus...
by texasdiver
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch, Rubber Mulch, or Rocks in Landscaping?
Replies: 36
Views: 1816

Re: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?

I'm 50 and it's same for me. I always call my inlaws by their first names....or grandma and grandpa if my kids are present. My wife does the same with my parents.

What I don't do is call my inlaws "mom" and "dad" and neither does my wife.
by texasdiver
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?
Replies: 84
Views: 4870

Re: Moving? The US Post Office Offers Discount Coupons

You don't have to move or 'fake move' to get the Lowes coupon. You can just get it off their web site. http://www.lowes.com/cd_Lowes%20Moving% ... 509684072_.

Unfortunately doesn't work on the Weber grills which is the only big ticket item I currently want from Lowes.
by texasdiver
Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving? The US Post Office Offers Discount Coupons
Replies: 11
Views: 2018
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