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Re: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred ca

I've had 2 easy-peasy claims with AMEX. As others have said, just keep your receipts for date, purchase price, and retailer reference and your claim will go smooth. I've had an iPod and stereo receiver covered. I usually go into the claim stating that I just want to have the item repaired, but they'...
by widestance
Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Success with free extended warranty benefit from cred cards?
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Is there Software for one's car maintenance schedule

CountryBoy wrote:Yes, I wandered across that. Have you tried it?


I use Subaru's version and find it helpful for keeping track of my maintenance.
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there Software for one's car maintenance schedule
Replies: 49
Views: 3005

Re: Best place to buy backpacking and camping gear

If you know what you're looking for and willing to wait a bit, www.steepandcheap.com is the way to go.
You can also set up alerts when these items go onsale www.sacalerts.com
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy backpacking and camping gear
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: Any Subaru owners out there?

I'm a car guy and have owned many. I also have a bad habit of replacing them every 2 or 3 years. My 2011 WRX has a bit over 60k on it and I have not had one issue (OK, one issue, bad brake light switch $20 fix i did myself). Probably the the most enjoyable car i've owned yet and honestly I have no p...
by widestance
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Subaru owners out there?
Replies: 53
Views: 4024

Re: Please help with my SUV purchase

I think the GMC Acadia and it's Chevy and Buick cousins are pretty nice.
Not sure how many of the new models are on the used car market yet.
by widestance
Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help with my SUV purchase
Replies: 40
Views: 2389

Re: Layover in Amsterdam

Awesome thanks for all the info!
Will definitely put it good use :sharebeer
by widestance
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1040

Re: Layover in Amsterdam

Great info everyone! Keep 'em coming :)
by widestance
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1040

Re: Best car tire air pump?

Depends on your budget and how much use you'll get out of it. With these pumps you definitely get what you pay for. I'm never one to cheap out on tools, especially when they're for emergency use. Pretty much can't go wrong with any of the Viair products. http://www.northridge4x4.com/shop/catalogsear...
by widestance
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car tire air pump?
Replies: 17
Views: 1187

Layover in Amsterdam

Going to do a short 2 or 3 day layover in Amsterdam on my way home from Africa this summer. Any recommendations as to what to see and do (besides brothels and coffee shops :) )? Not necessarily opposed to doing some touristy things like the Van Gogh museum, paddle around the canals, etc... I'd also ...
by widestance
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Layover in Amsterdam
Replies: 23
Views: 1040

Re: Vacation - Hawaii, Mexico, other ideas?

Cancun if you're on a budget. Lots of cheap vacation packages out there.
While you're there, rent a car for the day and check out Chichen Itza (one of the 7 wonders of the world).
That side trip was by far the highlight of my Cancun experience.
by widestance
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation - Hawaii, Mexico, other ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 3177

Re: TV show recommendations?

Six Feet Under
The Good Wife
Orphan Black
by widestance
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 200
Views: 14136

Re: BoA Cash Rewards (1.5%+) Privileges VISA - worth a look?

BofA's Travel Rewards card is free and comes with Chip & Signature.
1.5 points per dollar which is applied towards previous travel purchases on their card for the previous 12 months.
3 points per dollar if you book travel through their travel portal.
10% annual bonus if you have a BofA account.
by widestance
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BoA Cash Rewards (1.5%+) Privileges VISA - worth a look?
Replies: 14
Views: 1260

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

There's Something About Mary
National Lampoon's Vacation
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Airplane
by widestance
Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 201
Views: 10520

Re: Swamped In Debt - Thoughts?

SwampedinDebt, When my wife and I were in a similar situation, I stumbled upon this debt reduction calculator and found it to be absolutely invaluable in helping us set up a plan: http://www.vertex42.com/Calculators/debt-reduction-calculator.html BTW, we just used the freeware version. This is abso...
by widestance
Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Swamped In Debt - Thoughts?
Replies: 68
Views: 8206

Re: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip

dickenjb wrote:
widestance wrote:I'd really like to do this one again, but Mt. Kilimanjaro is on my itinerary next year :)


I have climbed Kili as well. We did the 8 day Machame - Mweka route with guides from Zara. Which route are you doing?


Hitting it from the west. Lemosho up, Mweka down.
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip
Replies: 33
Views: 4443

Re: automobile extended warranty pricing

He wasn't offering you a 45% cash discount, he was offering a 45% discount on a warranty already marked up 500%. I went round and round with a finance guy on gap insurance. I normally wouldn't buy such a thing, but i felt it was prudent for me at the time. The price went from $500 to something like ...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: automobile extended warranty pricing
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip

I've done the 4-day GC through Western River Expeditions a number of years ago. Really a fantastic trip. Since I went during the summer sleeping was a bit rough due the heat. At that time of the year, they provide you with a sleeping pad and a sheet. You basically soak the sheet in the river, wrap i...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back from Grand Canyon rafting trip
Replies: 33
Views: 4443

Re: Help with new company 401k choices

ruralavalon provides good info above. My assumption was that you would only be contributing new money into your new 401k and periodically adjust you holdings in a rollover IRA that has your old 401k money as balances grow. I personally use Fidelity, but most people here I assume use Vanguard for the...
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with new company 401k choices
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: Help with new company 401k choices

WHL wrote:100% of new 401k to VINIX
Roll old 401k to tIRA
Use tIRA to complete desired AA

Why are you not making any Roth IRA contributions?


I agree WHL.
by widestance
Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with new company 401k choices
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: Need advice on adding index funds to company's 401K plan

Can anyone throw some light on whether - Vanguard/Spartan funds are available in non-Vanguard/non-Fidelity 401K plans? - non-Vanguard/non-Fidelity are available in Vanguard/Fidelity 401K plans? I can tell you that my 401k is managed by Great West Retirement Services and we currently have access to ...
by widestance
Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:35 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need advice on adding index funds to company's 401K plan
Replies: 20
Views: 1442

Re: AWD (All Wheel Drive): cost and safety

I like Car and Driver's take on AWD vehicles. It goes something like... "AWD vehicles allow drivers to go faster in hazardous conditions". That's not to say AWD couldn't allow for more control and safety, but their take is a good a set of winter tires will provide more than enough benefit ...
by widestance
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD (All Wheel Drive): cost and safety
Replies: 20
Views: 1670

Re: Tried to get credit report - security questions don't ma

For me, the questions are valid but they're about information that's so old I can't remember the answers! :mrgreen:
It's hell getting old :)
by widestance
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tried to get credit report - security questions don't match
Replies: 44
Views: 5112

Re: Have you ever used your credit card's warranty extension

Once for a dead iPod battery (purchase price fully refunded) and Once for a dead home stereo receiver (purchase price fully refunded) Both were with AMEX and totally painless as long as you have your original receipt to reference the purchase price and date of transaction. Be sure keep all of your r...
by widestance
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever used your credit card's warranty extension?
Replies: 27
Views: 2353

Re: Tax implications of working in Canada

First off, why isn't your employer taking care of your Canadian taxes? It sounds like they expect you to deal with paying them and filling out all of the tax forms--is that the case? They may very well take care of the taxes. We honestly haven't gotten that far in the planning. I'll know more as we...
by widestance
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax implications of working in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Tax implications of working in Canada

Looks like i would still be liable for CA taxes, but would receive a Foreign Tax Credit on my US tax return for the taxes paid to Canada. I just have to make sure i don't pay more in CA taxes than my US liability will be, since the US will not refund the difference. The 180 day thing you were referr...
by widestance
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax implications of working in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Tax implications of working in Canada

So my employer has offices in Canada and the US. There is talk that they would like me to work in Canada at least 50% of the time next year. They are also working on getting me a work Visa. I'm OK with this as it sounds like it could be fun. I guess i would prefer that my company set me up with corp...
by widestance
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax implications of working in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Attempted Hack on my Vanguard Accounts

Are you sure you don't have Quicken setup to automatically login and download recent transactions?
If it has bad login info, it could be responsible to locking out your account.
by widestance
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attempted Hack on my Vanguard Accounts
Replies: 33
Views: 5359

Re: Craigslist gigs - the power of $100 cash

I've had great luck finding people on Craigslist to do misc jobs that I don't have the time or skill to perform for cheap. When I was selling my house, I found a guy to pull all the weeds in my backyard for $100. Another to paint the laundry room for $50 and one more to patch, prep, and texture some...
by widestance
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist gigs - the power of $100 cash
Replies: 14
Views: 3996

Re: re: Change from Zion Nat Park to San Diego and Tijuana

I could easily spend a week at Balboa Park alone.
Lots to do in San Diego. TJ has never done much for me.
by widestance
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Change from Zion Park to San Diego and LA Universal Studios
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: Car Wax

What I do is: 1) Wash with a dish soap to remove all wax, grease, and grime 2) Clay Bar 3) Polish (Wolfgang) with Dual-Action Tool 4) Sealant (Wolfgang) and once in a while 5) Meguires Quick Wax If you're lazy and don't care about fixing swirl marks and light scratches, you can skip Step 3. Clay bar...
by widestance
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Wax
Replies: 42
Views: 2754

Re: Is 3D tv better for Non-3D viewing?

If Best Buy is charging a premium for the 3D over the standard TV I probably wouldn't get it. I noticed that just recently, ESPN3D was dropped by Time Warner and read it would be shuttered by the end of the year. I always thought 3D TV was kind of gimmicky and didn't have much utility. Although, I a...
by widestance
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is 3D tv better for Non-3D viewing?
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Credit Card Compromised -- How Does This Happen?

My AMEX card info was stolen when I purchased some items off of a compromised website that had malware inserted into the shopping cart portion of their website.
Someone in the UK tried to buy $1500 worth of clothes about 5 months later...
by widestance
Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Compromised -- How Does This Happen?
Replies: 34
Views: 3225

Re: Tivo subscription monthly or lifetime

Lifetime all the way. The subscription is tied to the box not the owner and a number of options exist to add capacity should you need to. In the event a harddrive fails, you can get a third party upgrade and all will be good again. An added bonus is with the lifetime subscription, the resale value o...
by widestance
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tivo subscription monthly or lifetime
Replies: 19
Views: 2018

Re: Inherited House w/ Mortgage. Rental Property?

DX, i think you made a good remark early on.
If your friends and family think it's such a great investment, have them buy out your interest.
Otherwise, i would sell it in a heartbeat and move on mainly because 1-2% increase in interest rate can't be offset with rent increases.
by widestance
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inherited House w/ Mortgage. Rental Property?
Replies: 66
Views: 4507

Re: Financial advice [that you've ignored]

Don't buy that house. Homes are overpriced and bound to crash.
Of course i bought at just about the peak. Still 35% underwater :oops:
by widestance
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial advice [that you've ignored]
Replies: 19
Views: 2198

Re: re: going to Bryce/Zion (and a bit of Vegas)

Thanks again guys - just bought Lonely Planets and will be going over trails (easy to moderate) for both Zion and Bryce. Death Valley, looks great, but is in the opposite direction. I am somewhat nudged about NOT reducing to 1/2 the number of days in Vegas (much as I would like to). Since we both s...
by widestance
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: re: going to Bryce/Zion (and a bit of Vegas)
Replies: 42
Views: 2444

Re: [Left in bad situation] by Comcast

Post up some crazy deals on Craigslist with the number.
Eventually that guy will change to something else. Those damn craigslisters call at all hours of the day.
by widestance
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Left in bad situation] by Comcast
Replies: 19
Views: 2587

Re: Clearing car "Check Engine" light

FYI, no parts stores in California will check trouble codes or lend OBD2 readers anymore. Apparently due to some lobbying by auto repair groups, having a parts store check trouble codes is considered some sort of auto repair for which none of the stores are licensed to do. :annoyed This is one of t...
by widestance
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clearing car "Check Engine" light
Replies: 40
Views: 3306

Re: Check your Carfax report!

You are correct about erroneous reporting in a Carfax report on the seller's car.. In reverse, Carfax reports may not be accurate for a buyer. Carfax reports show only "reported" data. A car can be in a bad accident and not reported accurately or may not be reported at all. See this ABC n...
by widestance
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Check your Carfax report!
Replies: 17
Views: 2431

Re: re: going to Bryce/Zion (and a bit of Vegas)

Having just done this very trip, here are my thoughts. Zion is a zoo. Not enough parking, gotta take trams to get around, which are actually a pretty decent way of getting around. The shorter hikes have way too many people and yelling kids. Just take the tram to do the tour and save the hiking for B...
by widestance
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: re: going to Bryce/Zion (and a bit of Vegas)
Replies: 42
Views: 2444

Re: help me understand new car buying

I would suggest just shopping around and finding the car in the color you want.
Subaru is doing very well and for the most part aren't able to keep up with demand due to limited manufacturing capacity.
I've seen people who have ordered Imprezas that have taken many months to take delivery.
by widestance
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me understand new car buying
Replies: 12
Views: 1214

Re: Clearing car "Check Engine" light

FYI, no parts stores in California will check trouble codes or lend OBD2 readers anymore.
Apparently due to some lobbying by auto repair groups, having a parts store check trouble codes is considered some sort of auto repair for which none of the stores are licensed to do.
:annoyed
by widestance
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clearing car "Check Engine" light
Replies: 40
Views: 3306

Re: How do you order your steak?

Depends on my confidence in the person/establishment to cook my steak correctly.
If it's a true steakhouse, i'll order Medium, everywhere else, medium rare (since most cooks tend to overcook steaks).
by widestance
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you order your steak?
Replies: 76
Views: 3545

Re: What do I owe my children?

Keep collecting payments, set it aside, then include it in the inheritance.
You'll be gone when they collect and they'll be old enough to not care when they split up the assets.
by widestance
Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do I owe my children?
Replies: 119
Views: 9325

Re: Subaru VIP program

you never know with these things.
I spent more money on my Honda Civic (6 months out of warranty), than I ever have with all my cars combined, and I've owned quite a few cars.
by widestance
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru VIP program
Replies: 21
Views: 4067

Re: Subaru VIP program

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.p ... 58200.html

The info is a little old, but you get the point.
by widestance
Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru VIP program
Replies: 21
Views: 4067

Re: strategy for talking college selection/costs with kids

In my industry which hires lots of engineers (electrical, civil, structural, mechanical), it makes virtually ZERO difference where someone got their engineering degree. Ultimately, most any beginning engineer out of college will work under the direct supervision of a state licensed engineer with inc...
by widestance
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: strategy for talking college selection/costs with kids
Replies: 35
Views: 1990
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