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Re: Hiring someone versus painting yourself

Agree with Kersten, except a couple of hours a day is ok since washup is quick and you'll feel better about your progress. I painted our entire 3400 sq ft single story brick house last year at age 59 1/2. It took about 2 months pecking away. House has some 30 ft gables which was handled with a 32 ft...
by willybiggs
Wed May 28, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring someone versus painting yourself
Replies: 51
Views: 4276

Re: What would be considered the best Boglehead car?

We drove a Mazda MPV minivan from 2001 until 2013 when we turned it over to our 16 yo son. We did have a hard time finally getting a new transmission put in a year ago. After spending about $3500 replacing all the things you expect after 12 years and 160k miles, I still think we are money ahead. I d...
by willybiggs
Mon May 26, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What would be considered the best Boglehead car?
Replies: 43
Views: 4166

Re: best way to buy jewelry?

Jewelers have done a good job convincing us that the bigger the rock the greater you love someone. You know "nothing says I love you like a diamond". My advice? Get cubic zirconium if you can get away with it.
by willybiggs
Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to buy jewelry?
Replies: 28
Views: 2312

Re: Any Hungarian, Polish, Argentinian, Portuguese Boglehea

I am CatholobapjewishprotmethodistHungo. Does that qualify?
by willybiggs
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Hungarian, Polish, Argentinian, Portuguese Bogleheads?
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

Streamliner coming down the track. What to do?

Just turned 60 recently, have been employed for 35.5 years with basically the same Megacorp. It has just been announced that the company is cutting 550 salaried positions to improve margins and cut costs. I will be surprised if my job is spared even though it is in a vital area. Nevertheless, I have...
by willybiggs
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Streamliner coming down the track. What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: swimming pool pumps

My goldline hayward pump just went out after 7.5 years which I understand is very good life for a pump. Being the do-it-yourselfer that I am, I decided to tackle the replacement myself. I ended up buying a rebuilt pump from a Co. called Southern rewinding. After putting on the two seals and 4 bolts ...
by willybiggs
Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: "Cheapskate of the Year"

We clipped baby diaper boxes to get the points towards rewards. The cheapskate part was that I used to go to garbage dumpster sites to clip the points off boxes and bags that other people didn't. Many times, I clipped the points off boxes and bags that had stinky used diapers within them!! The payof...
by willybiggs
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Cheapskate of the Year"
Replies: 87
Views: 8547

Re: Which Pension choice should I make?

I am 59.75 with a possibility of getting offered an early Ret. package near year-end (wishful thinking?). There is a cost reduction initiative underway for this year and 2014 the reason I think they might want to thin the herd. The Pension options are probably the two I would narrow down to (there a...
by willybiggs
Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Pension choice should I make?
Replies: 13
Views: 1219

Re: Which Pension choice should I make?

My Co. is listed among the top 5 overfunded pensions in the Fortune 500. I know this doesn't mean things couldn't go South in a heartbeat, but I feel reasonably good even if it ends up with PBGC fund since my payout is still below the max PGBC will pay. That said, my interest is in how others might ...
by willybiggs
Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Pension choice should I make?
Replies: 13
Views: 1219

Which Pension choice should I make?

If I decide to retire at 60, here are the two choices I am looking at: 1. $3862/mo with 100% pop up to 4470 if my wife predeceases (she gets the 3862 if I go first) 2. Lump Sum with annuity: $528,000 Lump Sum plus $1185/mo This is a non-COLA'd pension. Which represents the best choice to you? We do ...
by willybiggs
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Pension choice should I make?
Replies: 13
Views: 1219

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