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by Andyrunner
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade-up my $89 Walmart bike
Replies: 44
Views: 2540

Re: Trade-up my $89 Walmart bike

In my opinion at that price point, most of the name brand bikes are the same for the price. They are all made in the same Taiwan factories, mostly the same components and quality. Unless your doing some aggressive heavy downhill/tight turns, no need for hydraulic brakes, but wow they are nice. Mecha...
by Andyrunner
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boring Job
Replies: 59
Views: 5678

Re: Boring Job

Sounds like my first job out of college. I had a finance job which included closing out the books first week of every month, next 3 weeks consisted of nothing. I know some people enjoyed it, they watched netflix or whatever when they weren't working. I myself worked out over a long lunch hour. Bosse...
by Andyrunner
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boring Job
Replies: 59
Views: 5678

Re: Boring Job

Sounds like my first job out of college. I had a finance job which included closing out the books first week of every month, next 3 weeks consisted of nothing. I know some people enjoyed it, they watched netflix or whatever when they weren't working. I myself worked out over a long lunch hour. Bosse...
by Andyrunner
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to spend on daycare?
Replies: 46
Views: 3437

Re: How much to spend on daycare?

As someone said you need someone who really loves your child and loves working with kids. I will say that my experience is a bit different then most but here it goes: My daycare lady charges $250 a week for our two kids, she is basically a grandma that watches her grandkids but picks up us and one o...
by Andyrunner
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Offer Negotiation: With HR or Hiring Manger (i.e. your future boss?)
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Re: Job Offer Negotiation: With HR or Hiring Manger (i.e. your future boss?)

If you're a "noob", then you're likely junior. You may not have any negotiating power as a junior employee. x2 on this. How much experience do you have? Is your field a hot in need field? Chances are unless your a revenue driver or higher up exec, megacorps don't negotiate with little back office w...
by Andyrunner
Wed May 09, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5663

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

You could just get one of those animal repelling sprinklers and just say you got it for the rabbits.

Also, does the dog leave landmines in your yard? this is my big issue with my neighbors dog. I have never seen them pickup their dogs business.
by Andyrunner
Wed May 09, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom suit needed for a wedding. Help me shop around!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2214

Re: Custom suit needed for a wedding. Help me shop around!!

I'd avoid Men's Warehouse. I wear suits for work and my neighbor owns a local suit store so hopefully I can provide some input. I've found that the MW suits are overpriced crap, and I'm a cheapskate wearing $200-$300 suits. I'd try an online tailor place or go to a local place. Oh and make sure ther...
by Andyrunner
Tue May 08, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can COBRA coverage be extended indefinitely?
Replies: 13
Views: 1339

Re: Can COBRA coverage be extended indefinitely?

While working through some proposals for early retirement, my HR manager mentioned that they have the ability to allow me to continue healthcare coverage for my wife and I under COBRA up until I turn 65. That could be 10-11 years. Does this sound workable? Has anyone else ever heard of this? It wou...
by Andyrunner
Tue May 08, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay baby sitters?
Replies: 53
Views: 5172

Re: What do you pay baby sitters?

wow, I was thinking of getting a babysitter this weekend until I remembered how much the baby sitters charge these days. I remember starting my first job in 1999 making $5.50 an hour and these kids want 10-15 an hour! Inflation hasn't changed that much. Generally the babysitters just say 'whatever y...
by Andyrunner
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with shared child being spoiled
Replies: 46
Views: 4136

Re: Help with shared child being spoiled

I don't know what type of relationship you have with the ex, but I think this is where you need to sit down with him/her and discuss this issue. You are both the parents and need to create join action plans as far as raising the child. If you're having this 'want' issue than the ex probably is too. ...
by Andyrunner
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1184

Re: Job advice

Based on the information provided I'd hands down take the pay cut and work closer to home! With a 2 mile commute, you can use that extra time to run to a store or do errands that you normally would have to drag a kid with to do. That means when your home its family time not errands time. Also, I am ...
by Andyrunner
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”
Replies: 42
Views: 3597

Re: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”

At a minimum professionally shampoo the carpets. My wife's first house, once the house offer was accepted, the owners let the house go. She was cleaning cat hair out of the cabinets, refrigerator and everywhere. Her realtor was so embarrassed that she actually paid for the carpet cleaning. If you ca...
by Andyrunner
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?
Replies: 126
Views: 11723

Re: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?

If your into outdoors: North Shore Lake Superior

If your into seasonal vacation towns, wineries, beaches etc: Door County Wisconsin.
by Andyrunner
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Trade-In Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2095

Re: Car Trade-In Question

Don't bother fixing it. Best case scenario is you get the full $650 back in trade in. Most likely the dealership has its own body shop and will fix it for less than what you will be able to and the loss in appraisal value will not be the full $650 in value. They do have their own body shop. They ac...
by Andyrunner
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Trade-In Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2095

Re: Car Trade-In Question

No insurance involved. Deductible is $1k, cost to fix is $600 about.

Wife likes the idea of the Prius, not sure how it would work with car seats though. Planning to test drive it this weekend if possible.
by Andyrunner
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Trade-In Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2095

Re: Car Trade-In Question

Thanks, I thought about private sale. The whole issue of people being sketchy, who is watching the kids, etc is a pain though.
by Andyrunner
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Trade-In Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2095

Car Trade-In Question

The wife drives a 2016 Mazda CX5, shes not a fan of it and wants a smaller car. Well about a month ago she got hit and we have a scratch/dent on the side. Auto body shop is asking for $650 to fix it. Is it worthwhile to go to a dealership and use it as a trade in without fixing it first? I'm assumin...
by Andyrunner
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5254

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

I bike quite a bit on gravel its great because I will maybe see 2 or three cars over several hours. I bike to work sometimes as I have a lot of bike trails, but that 400 yards I'm on a road I am 100% focused on what and who is around me, I will think twice before turning or riding by a parked car (r...
by Andyrunner
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: job application that ask for salary requirement
Replies: 15
Views: 1622

Re: job application that ask for salary requirement

I doubt the hiring manager looks at this but this is rather the software program that weeds out the people who are asking over the highest amount they are willing to offer. I really think $1 is actually not a bad idea (not a good one though). I am assuming the software has maximums but maybe not min...
by Andyrunner
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minnesota lake resorts summer 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2529

Re: Minnesota lake resorts summer 2018

As other people said, its what are you looking for? Agree with the North Shore recommendation. Plenty of state parks, hiking to waterfalls, etc. I've stayed at the Lutsen resort, its ok in my opinion but its a good basecamp for plenty of hiking. If you make it up to the Gunflint Trial there are plen...
by Andyrunner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you go to work?
Replies: 72
Views: 5746

Re: What time do you go to work?

7:45 or so. I'm mid of the pack but everyone is in by 8:15. Some people are there by 6:30. Everyone is out the door by 4 pm. My boss has a very relaxed policy, as long as you get your work done and no complaints she doesn't care since we are all salaried. No one abuses the policy (with the exception...
by Andyrunner
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jogging in the cold.
Replies: 50
Views: 3957

Re: Jogging in the cold.

Northern runner here. I generally avoid temps below zero, especially if there is wind. Unless you have some kind of mask, the cold air is rough on the lungs below 15 degrees. I get an ashma like cough if I dont have a mask. I also keep the runs short and close to home in case something goes wrong. K...
by Andyrunner
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally going to invest, brother is FA
Replies: 89
Views: 7075

Re: Finally going to invest, brother is FA

As others would say, dont mix family & business. If he expresses concern or is upset tell him: Over the past year you have taken a strong interest in personal finance and based on what you have learned you could manage your money yourself. Not only will it allow you to apply your interest but contin...
by Andyrunner
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4402

Re: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?

Yes, I think 100 pieces is the perfect amount. Id say any less wouldn't be enough. They are easy to clean up too since they well, stick together! And no i don't advertise for this company or buy a ton of toys for my kids (last night they were playing with our salad spinner) these have pretty much be...
by Andyrunner
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4402

Re: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?

Look at Magna-tiles or Picasso-tiles. Basically the same thing (picasso is cheaper). Magnetic triangles they can build stuff with them. Easy to clean up, no choking hazards. The best part is you will have fun with them too. Wife and I often play with them when the kids are sleeping or doing other t...
by Andyrunner
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4402

Re: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?

Look at Magna-tiles or Picasso-tiles. Basically the same thing (picasso is cheaper). Magnetic triangles they can build stuff with them. Easy to clean up, no choking hazards. The best part is you will have fun with them too. Wife and I often play with them when the kids are sleeping or doing other th...
by Andyrunner
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4402

Re: what do/did you do with your evenings with a Toddler in winters ?

4 year old and 1 year old here. We might be obsessive, but we avoid the TV at all costs. Unless its iPad facetime with grandma. Inside: Dance parties (kids music), drawing, play with pots n pans, read tons of books. I've brought outside toys inside (coozy coup car, bikes, etc) the kid will destroy y...
by Andyrunner
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wild bird feed
Replies: 43
Views: 2195

Re: wild bird feed

Anything that does not have thistle. If you never want to walk barefoot again in your yard, by all means buy thistle.
by Andyrunner
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 66
Views: 4734

Re: Men's no iron dress shirt recommendations

Another vote for Charles Tyrwhitt. I'm a fairly athletic guy, aka skinny. I have lands end shirts, and agree, the iron free isn't really iron free. Not to mention they are heavy. They do last forever though, I only own 3 Charles Tyrwhitt shirts and want to buy more but these lands end shirts just la...
by Andyrunner
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: retiree health ins - how to propose to Employer?
Replies: 39
Views: 2039

Re: retiree health ins - how to propose to Employer?

I'm going with very unlikely. I work in benefits and deal with our retirees at times. First off unless they have a definition for a retiree, your really just quitting and living off your savings. To be a retiree of the company they need to have a definition of what a retiree is (for example age 65+ ...
by Andyrunner
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US National Parks
Replies: 36
Views: 3419

Re: US National Parks

Can you elaborate more?

What do you plan to do? Hike (day/overnight), just drive through, camp, how long in each park? How long do you have? There are over 50 National Parks.

Between the ones you listed, there is a large distance between them (8+ hours).
by Andyrunner
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7827

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

Yes. I almost got t-boned this morning. I swerved out of the way to avoid the car skidding through the stop sign. If I didn't have snow tires that swerve would of ended up in a power line.

Costs me 40-60 bucks to mount and dismount each spring/fall.
by Andyrunner
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended warranty on 2018 Outback
Replies: 47
Views: 2423

Re: Extended warranty on 2018 Outback

I'd avoid it. Not worth it. When I bought my outback 4 years ago I was offered one, my response was I'm buying a Subaru on the basis that I shouldn't have to buy a warranty. Ended that one quick. On another note: $39k for an Outback!!! Damn cars are getting expensive! I paid $23k for mine 4 years ag...
by Andyrunner
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which crash have you seen it before it is coming?
Replies: 134
Views: 11082

Re: Which crash have you seen it before it is coming?

None. 2000 or earlier, I was too young to understand the market. I was right out of school in 2007 and lucky enough to have a job in 2008 when the market crashed, even luckier I didn't have any money in the market so most of my investing started at the low point. My issue now is my whole investing l...
by Andyrunner
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: National Park trip w/1 year old infant
Replies: 35
Views: 2348

Re: National Park trip w/1 year old infant

I took my 4 year old and 1 year old (11 months at the time) to Mount Rainier and Olympic NP. Wherever you go I highly recommend getting a good quality hiking backpack. we have the Dueter II and it works great. Rocky Mountain would work, Mount Rainier would work, I have never been to yellow stone but...
by Andyrunner
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Etiquette of converting to exempt status
Replies: 32
Views: 4049

Re: Etiquette of converting to exempt status

So if I'm clear, this is shift work? My wife's hospital went through something like this 15 years ago to her whole department, overtime was way to expensive for her position. The way it works she is still shift but salaried. If she picks up a shift beyond her FTE, she is paid the hourly rate. So, fo...
by Andyrunner
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions for Boglehead runners
Replies: 28
Views: 1825

Re: Questions for Boglehead runners

1) I don't run much anymore, I bike more now: maybe $100-$300 a year. Shoes, clothing and occasional race. Pre-kids this would probably be more like $3,000 2) over the lunch hour or at night. I think once my kids learn to not wake up in the night, I can become a morning runner. Running in the dark s...
by Andyrunner
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it
Replies: 10
Views: 1552

Re: Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it

Thanks all. This is actually the longest I have been at a job. Initially 4 years, then two than now 4.5 with this one. I think what also made me question it is, most people in my company stay in their position for a long time. My co-worker has been in this position for 20 years. To say, I really don...
by Andyrunner
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it
Replies: 10
Views: 1552

Re: Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it

2015 wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:30 am
What is the title and nature of the new position?
I'd be dealing with employee pay.
by Andyrunner
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it
Replies: 10
Views: 1552

Applying for a job: Not sure if I really want it

Anyone else been in this situation? How did you come to a decision? I currently work in my company's HR department doing the ACA employer mandate compliance work. I enjoy what I do, one other co-worker understands most of it, but I do the day to day stuff, and she does the overall management. Anothe...
by Andyrunner
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trying to get interview/ strange turn, what to think?
Replies: 19
Views: 2775

Re: Trying to get interview/ strange turn, what to think?

I'd give it a few days.

Recruiters have quite a few jobs to shift through. I'd assume she is trying to catch up and has a backlog of positions to work with. If they were blowing you off, there would be a generic email stating "thank you but no thank you".
by Andyrunner
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Mow your own Lawn?
Replies: 90
Views: 4005

Re: Do you Mow your own Lawn?

I do or my wife does. With two young kids, full time jobs and our hobbies, we struggle to find that 45 minutes 1-2x a week, but for what people charge, no way would we ever consider someone else.
by Andyrunner
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Office wants to pay dentist as contractor (sub-s). Any issues?
Replies: 25
Views: 1931

Re: Office wants to pay dentist as contractor (sub-s). Any issues?

Exactly correct about the IRS guidance. This isn't a whatever the business owner wants, it should be whatever his business attorney recommends. My non legal expert guess, wife is using the owners tools (equipment, computers, etc), works at the owners office, and works the shifts/hours the owner requ...
by Andyrunner
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bonus pushed back - should I be annoyed?
Replies: 43
Views: 3879

Re: Bonus pushed back - should I be annoyed?

PlayingLife wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:05 am
What do you think? Would you be irritated, or do you think I am over reacting?
At least you didn't just get a certificate to join the Jelly of the Month Club....
by Andyrunner
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Made a career mistake- advice/next steps
Replies: 35
Views: 6267

Re: Made a career mistake- advice/next steps

Agreed, address with the supervisor. There is a possibility that some inner workings going on, someone is retiring, leaving, promotion coming. They hired you to replace that person. Don't be afraid to ditch a place soon though. My first job right out of school 60 newly undergrads were hired at once,...
by Andyrunner
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $700 to install a dishwasher seem by a plumber?!
Replies: 65
Views: 5395

Re: $700 to install a dishwasher seem by a plumber?!

If you run into a plumber at work, store, gym or anywhere ask for a cash price or if the guy does work on the side (outside of his company).
by Andyrunner
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you pay for credit monitoring?
Replies: 26
Views: 1821

Re: Do you pay for credit monitoring?

Yes, I pay 5.25 a month for all three major credit agencies. This is subsidized by me employer.
by Andyrunner
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating with Charter/Spectrum
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

Re: Negotiating with Charter/Spectrum

Is directTV an option? We cut the cord this spring but I struggled to get an antenna working so I accepted Directv's offer. two years $50 a month for everything. My first order confirmation said I had one year at 50 and year two was 90. I called and complained that wasn't what they offered over the...
by Andyrunner
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating with Charter/Spectrum
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

Re: Negotiating with Charter/Spectrum

Is directTV an option? We cut the cord this spring but I struggled to get an antenna working so I accepted Directv's offer. two years $50 a month for everything. My first order confirmation said I had one year at 50 and year two was 90. I called and complained that wasn't what they offered over the ...