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Re: New car safety features

I do not have any of the features on my current vehicle (2003 Toyota pickup truck), but I'm in the same boat as you. For my next vehicle, I'm leaning toward a Subaru product with their eyesight technology. I also think Honda is making a good move by having a rear backup camera standard on all of the...
by thewizzer
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car safety features
Replies: 40
Views: 1963

Re: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL

We had to face this with both of my parents, who FOUGHT like crazy and resisted. After we visited one final time and declared we would NEVER get in a car with them, we had to do something. (This was triggered by one of our children declaring after a visit with their own children that they'd never g...
by thewizzer
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL
Replies: 69
Views: 3512

Re: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL

In Illinois, law enforcement officers and doctors can contact the Secretary of State to request what essentially boils down to an 'unsafe driver investigation.' It usually involves having the elderly person come in for another driving exam. Don't know what state you are in, but you might want to lo...
by thewizzer
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL
Replies: 69
Views: 3512

Re: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL

In Illinois, law enforcement officers and doctors can contact the Secretary of State to request what essentially boils down to an 'unsafe driver investigation.' It usually involves having the elderly person come in for another driving exam. Don't know what state you are in, but you might want to loo...
by thewizzer
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to stop driving for 85 yo MIL
Replies: 69
Views: 3512

Re: Should I enroll in this 457 plan?

I may be mistaken, but most plans allow you to roll a govt 457 plan into a traditional IRA at a place like Vanguard upon separation from employment, correct? Yes, that is correct. But as others have stated, one would lose the benefit of withdrawals upon seperation without penalty of they were to do...
by thewizzer
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:00 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I enroll in this 457 plan?
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Vinyl (as in old records)

I would think that a record shop (yes, they still exist) would probably take them off your hands. You might make a buck or two, but I wouldn't expect much.
by thewizzer
Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vinyl (as in old records)
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: Buying a casket

by thewizzer
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a casket
Replies: 19
Views: 2392

Re: Ad hoc travel to Antarctica

I just read 'How to Travel the World for Free' by Michael Wigge the other night. He documented how he made it from Berlin to Antarctica without spending any money (well, he made a bit of money on the way). It was an interesting read, but mostly nothing more than a publicity stunt. It involved a lot ...
by thewizzer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad hoc travel to Antarctica
Replies: 51
Views: 2668

Re: Does contributing to 457b make sense in my situation?

In your case, I don't think it makes any sense to contribute. As you stated, you cannot rollover a non-governmental 457(b) to an IRA. It would only be allowed to be rolled over into another 457(b) plan. But since you don't know where you will end up working, you can't say for sure whether or not the...
by thewizzer
Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does contributing to 457b make sense in my situation?
Replies: 8
Views: 962

Re: Paying my parents a salary not to touch their nest egg

cfs wrote:Let your parents enjoy THEIR money.

Very sad situation.

Your parents worked all their life, what they have accumulated belong to them, let them enjoy EVERY single penny.

I have no further comments.



+1000
by thewizzer
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying my parents a salary not to touch their nest egg
Replies: 50
Views: 4488

Re: Experiences using VRBO, Airbnb internationally

I used airbnb in Budapest this last May. It was such a good experience I am planning on using it again this coming May for a trip to Scotland/Ireland.
by thewizzer
Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experiences using VRBO, Airbnb internationally
Replies: 26
Views: 2723

Re: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House

Insulate your box sills in the basement. This will help quite a bit.

http://youtu.be/V5B5xytcz78
by thewizzer
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House
Replies: 27
Views: 3645

Re: 2015 Suburu Outback

miles monroe wrote:has anyone compared the outback with the crosstrek?


I'm interested in the answer to this question as well.
by thewizzer
Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 Suburu Outback
Replies: 52
Views: 5853

Re: A friend asked about about resignation timing, but IANAL

I have absolutely no idea.

With that being said, is the job that bad? What's the downside to waiting around until Feb. 1 just to be sure?
by thewizzer
Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A friend asked about about resignation timing, but IANAL
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: Electricity costs going up

I live in MA and use National Grid for my electricity. They just got approval from Board of Public Utilities to raise there rate to 16.18 per kWh nearly double our current rate. We have gotten letters from another company who will guarantee their rate at 11.99/kWh for 36 months. Is anyone familiar ...
by thewizzer
Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electricity costs going up
Replies: 46
Views: 3850

Re: Seeking recommendations for a new dishwasher

We've had a Bosch for 7 years. No complaints. Cleans well, quiet, and you can put plastic on the bottom rack.
by thewizzer
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking recommendations for a new dishwasher
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: Ebola preparation

My local public health district promoted a 'stock 2 for flu' campaign a few years ago. Essentially, the advised to stock up on two week supplies of food, water, and other necessities in the event of a bird flu pandemic. I suppose the same logic applies for any other type of viral pandemic. For the r...
by thewizzer
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ebola preparation
Replies: 55
Views: 2426

Re: Schwann's, Tasty Bite?

We get Schwans delivered every other Thursday. Most of their offerings are pretty good. Much better quality than typical frozen foodstuffs from the local grocery store. They are also more expensive than typical grocery store prices, so I'm not sure it would work on a budget. All of it is frozen, so ...
by thewizzer
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Schwann's, Tasty Bite?
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: New hardwood floor

mrpotatoheadsays wrote:Two words: Lumber Liquidators.

Glue; never nail. Nails = squeaks.


I wouldn't glue if I were you. Most hardwood floor is nailed. A competent installer can nail it down so squeaks should not be an issue.
by thewizzer
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New hardwood floor
Replies: 13
Views: 1671

Re: Garage doors advice

I agree with the above poster. Stay away from polystyrene insulated doors. Also, make sure the doors you buy have steel cladding on both the inside and outside. Some cheaper steel doors don't put steel on the interior. This makes the insulation visible and it also makes the door flimsier. I had two ...
by thewizzer
Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage doors advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Selling car with loan.

If you're dealing with a sales company, it'll be super easy. They deal with these types of issues everyday. Haven't you ever gotten a mailer telling you that they are looking for used cars just like yours? Dealerships are always trying to get people to trade in their two year old vehicle for somethi...
by thewizzer
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling car with loan.
Replies: 8
Views: 542

Re: Selling car with loan.

if there is a loan on the car you cannot sell it, it is not yours, pay off the lean first and then sell the car. This isn't entirely true. You can sell the car even if you still owe money on it. I sold a truck several years ago that I was still making payments on. I don't remember the exact numbers...
by thewizzer
Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling car with loan.
Replies: 8
Views: 542

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

So I understand why a lot of people don't stick around, ... I imagine that lots of people come here, get the answers to their questions, and move on. Not everyone needs or wants to spend time hanging out on a message board forum. They probably have lots of better things to do with their time, once ...
by thewizzer
Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any success stories of ppl who never made >$50,000?
Replies: 149
Views: 10506

Re: Gutters

What is a typical cost per foot installed?
by thewizzer
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutters
Replies: 10
Views: 1211

Re: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi

I wish I could find a card like this with no foreign transaction fee...
by thewizzer
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 2% cash back Mastercard from Citi
Replies: 237
Views: 37215

Re: Recalled baby crib - modify to donate to charity?

I ran into the same issue a few years ago.

Just throw it away. I know it stinks to put something in the trash that is completely serviceable, but just throw it away.
by thewizzer
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recalled baby crib - modify to donate to charity?
Replies: 10
Views: 652

Re: Getting Married, traveling abroad

Well I'm certainly no expert, but if you decide on Germany I would head south. Munich is a beautiful city and the capital of the state of Bavaria. It's also home to the Oktoberfest, so it might be quite expensive during that time of the year. However, if you don't have to pay for airfare or lodging,...
by thewizzer
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Married, traveling abroad
Replies: 25
Views: 2032

Re: Getting Married, traveling abroad

Congrats on the marriage.

That's an awfully broad statement. How much is your budget? How long is the trip? Why Western Europe (as opposed to further east)? Where will you be flying out of?
by thewizzer
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Married, traveling abroad
Replies: 25
Views: 2032

Re: Int'l Train Travel

Took a train a couple of years ago from Copenhagen to Hamburg. Wonderful trip. Clean, fast, well-maintained train. The coolest part was when they hit the coast of Denmark, the train pulled right into the open end of a ferry. The door closed behind it and we went upstairs to enjoy the ferry ride acro...
by thewizzer
Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Int'l Train Travel
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Re: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?

Based on info provided, I vote for walk-out basement hands down. Plus, isn't there an ability to count the basement in the total square feet since it has an egress route?* I would think that this would help on re-sale. *I have no idea if this is actually true or not; it's just one of those things I'...
by thewizzer
Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?
Replies: 31
Views: 2335

Re: Patio door recommendations

We had a Pella sliding glass door put in several years ago to replace the sliding door that was original to the house. I've been extremely happy with it. Seals well, slides well, overall I think it's a great door. It was definitely more expensive than what you can buy from Lowes or Home Depot, but t...
by thewizzer
Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio door recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleig

My wife calls them murder-cycles.

It sounds like you would be a great candidate for an elio if they ever start building them.
by thewizzer
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleigh?
Replies: 79
Views: 7007

Re: Cash out pension?

It's gov't., she'll get whatever she has vested/promised. You can't beat a guarantee, and you can't guarantee anything with real returns in the open market. I'd keep it where it is and let it erode over time. At least it'll be there. That's probably true for Federal government, but NOT true for sta...
by thewizzer
Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cash out pension?
Replies: 30
Views: 1823

Re: Purchasing Food at Work

Does anyone else struggle with spending money at your job for food? I'm going to take the opposite approach and state that I don't struggle with spending money for food at work. I enjoy going out for lunch at work. I like the group of guys I work with and it's nice to take a break in the middle of ...
by thewizzer
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Food at Work
Replies: 41
Views: 4320

Re: In retirement you expect you standard of living to?

recently retired - I'm practicing being less frugal I will officially retire next week and voted "stay the same," but I too am practicing being less frugal. For me that means deciding to buy a bag of cereal when it's not on sale -- because I can. Although I expect to be doing some more tr...
by thewizzer
Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: In retirement you expect your standard of living to?
Replies: 55
Views: 4789

Re: Do you tell your kids how much you make?

I'm always surprised by threads like this as I guess my family was pretty open about finances. But to me it seems like my parents didn't have much of a choice with the internet and databases available I was probably going to find out whether they told me or not. You beat me to it. I guess I've been...
by thewizzer
Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you tell your kids how much you make?
Replies: 58
Views: 6541

Re: A day in Dachau?

I remember my parents talking about their visit to Dachau in the late 1950s. Dad was U.S. military and had duty stations is both France and Germany during this time. He, Mom, and older sibs decided to visit Dachau one weekend. Although Dad had a vague idea where it was, there were no signs. More th...
by thewizzer
Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A day in Dachau?
Replies: 38
Views: 2893

Re: A day in Dachau?

I was there about 4 weeks ago. If you are using public transportation, take the S2 (green) train line to the Dachau stop. There will be a bus waiting at the bus stop directly adjacent to the station that goes to the memorial site. If you buy a single day ticket for 11.7 Euros, you can use both the b...
by thewizzer
Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A day in Dachau?
Replies: 38
Views: 2893

Re: Interest-only mortgage & home-equity loan

Forgive me if this comes across as rude, but a couple of things come to mind. First of all, is he even asking for guidance or are you just offering it? Secondly, assuming he is asking for advice, why don't you give him the same advice you are stating here? Tell him to sell the house and get his othe...
by thewizzer
Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interest-only mortgage & home-equity loan
Replies: 13
Views: 829

Re: Sewer Line Replacement Under Garage

I'd do the whole thing. You have the money saved. And like you said, you don't know how vital it is until it's not working properly. I'd think longer about it if it was going to be a hardship, but it sounds as though you have the money.
by thewizzer
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sewer Line Replacement Under Garage
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Anyone been to Budapest?

So OP, how was the trip?

I learned today that my reservation on airbnb was cancelled, so I am in the process of finding another place to stay. I'm thinking (based on all the previous recommendations) that I'll look for something on the Pest side this time.

Any other thoughts?
by thewizzer
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to Budapest?
Replies: 31
Views: 5832

Re: sportsmobile [camper van conversions]

I know that if I have to ask...., but how much does one of these things typically cost? I'm sure it depends on how you outfit it. Just curious.
by thewizzer
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sportsmobile [camper van conversions]
Replies: 23
Views: 5323

Re: Anyone been to Budapest?

I've never been, but I'm going there on vacation myself this May. Please update this post when you return as I'd love to hear how your trip went (if for nothing more than self-serving purposes :D )
by thewizzer
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to Budapest?
Replies: 31
Views: 5832

Re: water heater purchase from Amazon

Extremely variable based on location. Where I live, I got a water heater installed by Lowes for under $700 total.
by thewizzer
Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water heater purchase from Amazon
Replies: 12
Views: 1280

Re: Lowes Install Services- anyone use them for a new bathro

I've had Lowes install countertops, carpet, a dishwasher, and a hot water heater. I've been satisfied with all of their services. They do give you plenty of opportunities to voice any concerns, as they always call and check up on how satisfied you are with the job. I wouldn't hesitate to use them ag...
by thewizzer
Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes Install Services- anyone use them for a new bathroom?
Replies: 22
Views: 2579

Re: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?

I've been very happy with the LG front loaders we purchased 3 or 4 years ago. I bought the matching pedestals on overstock.com (they were substantially cheaper than buying them from Home Depot). We've never had an issue with them. The mold/mildew 'issue' with front loaders is easily dealt with simpl...
by thewizzer
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine - front loader or HE top loader?
Replies: 52
Views: 5561

Re: Purchase farmland or sell it?

You don't touch on whether or not you or your wife has any emotional attachment to this land. Is this the old family farm that one of you grew up on? When talking about it from a strictly financial sense, it shouldn't make a difference. But since none of us are robots, maybe it does. Personally, I a...
by thewizzer
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchase farmland or sell it?
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

Re: Helping an irresponsible dad preserve a financial windfa

I want to echo some fatalistic comments above. I was the executor of my parents' estate and was concerned about a sibling who had zero financial sense or responsibility. We each got just under 1M. I still have all of mine and then some. Theirs is long gone after less than a decade. There was nothin...
by thewizzer
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Helping an irresponsible dad preserve a financial windfall
Replies: 29
Views: 2492

Re: Need European travel website advice

update: Just got tickets for the flight! Flying into Budapest and out of Bucharest a week later. Long layovers in Munich on both ends of the flight (almost a full day on the way back). Currently, I'm thinking we spend a couple of days in Budapest, take the train to Oradea, rent a car and drive throu...
by thewizzer
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need European travel website advice
Replies: 27
Views: 1622

Re: Nice couches are pricey, where I can get them for less?

We've found that the La-Z-Boy furniture gallery in our area carries a very nice selection of all types of furniture. The couch and loveseat we bought several years ago have held up well. Based on the prices you quoted, it might not be much cheaper than Pottery Barn, but maybe a little.
by thewizzer
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice couches are pricey, where I can get them for less?
Replies: 62
Views: 10569
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