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by Barefootgirl
Sun May 29, 2016 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular - plan changes, eliminating overage charges
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Re: Consumer Cellular - plan changes, eliminating overage charges

Not being able to call back on the fly means one can sometimes be in a chaotic and mobile situation with several competing demands for one's time. Thankfully those life situtations are rare (travelling to visit a dying relative on no sleep, missed flight connection while millions of other calls are ...
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 28, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular - plan changes, eliminating overage charges
Replies: 9
Views: 635

Consumer Cellular - plan changes, eliminating overage charges

I had been seeking to replace my service with CC after inadvertently racking up some overage charges - all because I was unable to call them back and adjust my rate plan in a timely manner while travelling and intensely diverted. Just today I received an email from them that they are eliminating the...
by Barefootgirl
Tue May 24, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 2256

Re: Listening to tunes while exercising


This is why those hooks and other thingies have been added to the earbuds used for exercising.


they don't work either.
by Barefootgirl
Tue May 24, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 2256

Re: Listening to tunes while exercising

I'm amazed by the number of people who can use ear buds. They fall out of my ears...maybe my ears are misshapen (sp?)
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Local TV channels - via streaming?
Replies: 29
Views: 1705

Re: Local TV channels - via streaming?

Has anybody turned their mattress springs into a TV antenna? It should be easy to do.

Are you ok? I just noticed today that you're frequently commenting on posts - but not making any sense.
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pride in no inheritance to kids?
Replies: 233
Views: 321

Re: Pride in no inheritance to kids?

I don't buy flowers for people after they're dead. I buy them while they're still alive.
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Local TV channels - via streaming?
Replies: 29
Views: 1705

Re: Local TV channels - via streaming?

I live in an urban apartment....so I think putting anything on the roof is going to be unpopular :) thanks...looks like there are other solutions though
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1631
Views: 340800

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Requiem for the American Dream - documentary with commentary from Noam Chomsky. Incredibly insightful and enlightening. Unfortunately, many may dismiss this out of hand due to assumptions they have about Chomsky's political leanings, but open minds will find a lot of food for thought here. I am sti...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Local TV channels - via streaming?
Replies: 29
Views: 1705

Re: Local TV channels - via streaming?

on the roku there are several free local news channels (nbc/abc, etc)

I just bought a Roku TV...does that mean I have redundancy? I've been accessing local channels through Verizon...now need to hunt around it looks like...ugh! glad I asked!
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beverages [Flavored carbonated water]
Replies: 8
Views: 740

Beverages [Flavored carbonated water]

We no longer consume sodas of any type...sticking now to water, coffee and tea...(and occasional wine and alcohol and juices) We realized we missed the bubbly, so I've been buying flavored carbonated water and we really like them but it seems so wasteful to buy water and haul it home, so I am lookin...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4202

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

I don't feel sorry for the malls...goods were usually priced at a premium to cover overhead of renting from the mall developer - ugh....further, to use consumerism as an excuse for people gathering places, triple ugh - but not wanting to digress. Just wondering if Amazon, like Walmart - is too big t...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 22, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Local TV channels - via streaming?
Replies: 29
Views: 1705

Local TV channels - via streaming?

Seems like I can only watch local TV channels by subscribing to one of the big boys in my area - Verizon or Comcast.

Does anyone know of a way to more cheaply get access to local channels - for example, local franchises of NBC, CBS, ABC?

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 21, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age did you reach 100K networth?
Replies: 299
Views: 48370

Re: What age did you reach 100K networth?

Around age 31....we had desktop computers then, but no website (yet, this was maybe early to mid 90s)...to check my 401K balance, so I had to check it by dialing in by phone. The recording would give that day's balance. About once/week I would dial the number to hear the balance. It was exciting. Ac...
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 21, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 87
Views: 2638

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

oh I almost forgot - part of an episode of Law & Order was shot in the living room of my former in-laws condo in the sky in lower Manhattan.
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 21, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4202

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

...but still, far as I can tell - there is no direct competitor that offers the same shipping speeds, ease of returns, tracking updates, etc....hoping to!
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 21, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4202

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

Was your thinking along those lines or just an observation? With Prime, I get tracking status and the items come right to me, I don't have to go to them. If I want to return, I print the prepaid label and drop it off. I used to get good product reviews (not sure any more). I usually get a wide selec...
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 21, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4202

Amazon has no head to head competitors?

It occurs to me lately how many of my discretionary dollars go to Amazon, strictly based on convenience, not price. I don't like to shop most retailers in person and I loathe standing in a return line even more. I know Amazon will take back anything I buy from them and often, even after 30 days...I ...
by Barefootgirl
Fri May 20, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?
Replies: 95
Views: 7847

Re: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?

The picture I get from reading this thread is that we're a society that infantilizes young adults and parents are expected to provide for them well beyond the age of maturity and but the parents themselves? sorry! you're on your own. The ends don't meet in the middle in this modern day American scen...
by Barefootgirl
Fri May 20, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 87
Views: 2638

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

Yes, Colgate University is located in Hamilton, New York. Often confused with nearby Hamilton college which is located in Clinton, New York. If you are familiar with the prize winning author Richard Russo, he was born and raised in upstate NY, so movies based on his novels are often located there, i...
by Barefootgirl
Fri May 20, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: series/ movies filmed in your home town?
Replies: 87
Views: 2638

Re: series/ movies filmed in your home town?

A funny Paul Newman film: Slap Shot - filmed mostly in Hamilton, New York. Yes, we were able to get out of school to go sit in the arena as extras.
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 19, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 2256

Listening to tunes while exercising

Is an iPod Shuffle the best solution? I am seeking something the least cumbersome, easiest to use...but as I recall, those ear buds never stay in my ears....is there some kind of wireless solution? I'm dreaming, right? mostly looking for something to wear while on the treadmill or while outside on t...
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 19, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?
Replies: 95
Views: 7847

Re: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?

My heart hurts a little reading some of these comments...and more so, after the original poster gave further explanation of her mother's life so far.

Whatever arrangements are made, you are commended for being so attuned.

Best to you and your mom and spouse and family,

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 19, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air - how to keep it running smoothly?
Replies: 18
Views: 1977

Macbook Air - how to keep it running smoothly?

How to do you keep your Mac running smoothly without slowing down, spinning beach balls, etc.?

Any tips for keeping the Mac running well?

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Tue May 17, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Fios Customers - Watch your invoice
Replies: 8
Views: 1081

Re: Verizon Fios Customers - Watch your invoice

Amazing but true stories: A few years back, I had service installed with Cox. The bill kept rising each month. I contacted Cox who informed me that my initial rate was a promotional rate. I told them that it had not be offered to me under that condition. They immediately offered to restore the previ...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 15, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric toothbrushes and Irrigators
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Electric toothbrushes and Irrigators

Both of mine have gone belly up. I am looking at both sonic and ionic electric brushes and the water irrigators...both have worked well for me in the past....checking to see if there are new brands or features worth looking into.

Recs appreciated. thanks
by Barefootgirl
Fri May 13, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell Plans
Replies: 22
Views: 1867

Re: Cell Plans

My phone is an iPhone... I think I'll contact Apple and see if they can advise me on my apps eating data usage. I have never set up my phone to use WiFi at home...and I see here I have a WiFi setting - if it's set to both WiFi and cellular - does it use WiFi preferentially or am I asking a crazy, ig...
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 12, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much pay cut would you tolerate moving from private industry to federal government
Replies: 23
Views: 1642

Re: How much pay cut would you tolerate moving from private industry to federal government

Mine would be a different analysis. I would not consider federal employment until at least 10 years out from retirement and not before then. The younger you are, the better your ability to move around, be mobile, take career risks, get rewarded for career risks, job hop, withstand the rigors and rei...
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 12, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell Plans
Replies: 22
Views: 1867

Cell Plans

I'm currently paying $50/mo for 1.5K minutes of talk, 1.5 Gig of Data and unlimited texting though Consumer Cellular. The minutes do not roll over, so when my usage is uneven, I'm either overpaying or paying overage charges. I wonder if I would do better with a plan that allows rollover? Also, accor...
by Barefootgirl
Wed May 11, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Finance vs Social Work
Replies: 21
Views: 3177

Re: Career Finance vs Social Work

Why not just pick up some side work ? - working for one of the companies that employers contract out to for Employee Assistance? I think it's easy phone work, intake only and all that.
by Barefootgirl
Sat May 07, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about FERS retirement
Replies: 21
Views: 2009

Re: Question about FERS retirement

so, the FERS contribution is in addition to Social Security taxes so that is effectively another 4% hit on top of the salary reduction. However, if you decide to leave federal service you can receive a refund of those contributions. Hi, Can you provide a little more detail on this? does this apply ...
by Barefootgirl
Thu May 05, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fingernail Polish on my carpet, call leasing office?
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: Fingernail Polish on my carpet, call leasing office?

Register and participate in a forum like this, but designed for professional carpet cleaners. Ask your question there. They have seen it all and they have cleaned it all, even using unusual methods.
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2016 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
Replies: 105
Views: 13136

Re: 2016 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Please add me to the waitlist - thank you
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 7 month / 7% / $7K CD at nrlfcu
Replies: 43
Views: 6276

7 month / 7% / $7K CD at nrlfcu

If you're looking for a place to temporarily stash $7K - will earn you approx $281 before tax...

http://www.nrlfcu.org
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Siesta Key later this month -recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1478

Re: Siesta Key later this month -recommendations

I'm a fan of the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for the combination of great live music (often reflects the local rock/indie/blues scene) and good bar type food.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using Bose Soundlink Mini/Setting up a home audio system (basic)
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Using Bose Soundlink Mini/Setting up a home audio system (basic)

My laptop does not have a CD drive. I am wondering whether a one of the current shelf systems would be more integrated and simpler? Here's one example that looks like current technology?: http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-CS-265-Hi-Fi-System-Bluetooth/dp/B00N9QQVR8/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using Bose Soundlink Mini/Setting up a home audio system (basic)
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Using Bose Soundlink Mini/Setting up a home audio system (basic)

I've gotten rid of my old stereo shelf system and looking for something new and wireless. I am planning to use whatever I purchase in order to listen to "long play" CDs that I do not intend to rip songs from (awkward sentence). I'd also like to listen to some radio and possibly use it to l...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?
Replies: 25
Views: 3174

Re: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?

My review of the Birken book is that it would be considered very general and basic information, already known to anyone who has already read the Boglehood books.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?
Replies: 25
Views: 3174

Re: Good book(s) for the soon to be retired?

Hi ChrisMD,

I am also interested in the same types of books. I just went to look at the description of the Piper book.

Can you estimate approx what % of the book is spent on *post-retirement* issues and how in depth it is?

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today

I was surprised by the number of social issues/questions dressed up as business issues - is this typical of past years as well? Also, pondering the overwhelming number of comments regarding the impacts of environmental issues on economic issues. BFG PS - apparently Sees peanut brittle is a hot commo...
by Barefootgirl
Sun May 01, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting vs owning
Replies: 140
Views: 14379

Re: Renting vs owning

Maybe it's been a matter of living in an urbanized area, but both times that I've owned homes and they later appreciated, I never considered the additional value to be money in the bank, in the same way that I don't consider my stock funds whenever they rise in value, to be extra money in the bank -...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Screens & Content
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Screens & Content

So most of us have multiple screens we use to read, watch, listen to content or to interact with. I see a lot of duplication between devices: smart TV, smart phone, iPad, iPod and my daughter's Apple watch. Every time there is a problem with one or a major overhaul of technology becomes available - ...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle in Retirement/Mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 1591

Re: Change of Lifestyle in Retirement/Mobility

Hi earlyout, I've been scaling down and getting rid of things steadily now for a couple years. By the time I am ready to leave, I expect to have no more than heirlooms/keepsakes that I would like to use and have in my final, permanent home. What is your general lifestyle? do you move often? short te...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting vs owning
Replies: 140
Views: 14379

Re: Renting vs owning

I maintain the transient nature and close proximity of tenants in apartments creates a stressful living environment.

I am sure that it does in many locations. Maybe I'm in a bubble here in this zip code. I just checked the median income - most recent figure is $159,464.

Probably not typical.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting vs owning
Replies: 140
Views: 14379

Re: Renting vs owning

I have avoided many of the pitfalls of renting by renting in upscale buildings & neighborhoods, where noise, trash, parking, etc. issues are greatly diminished, etc. It's not an accurate comparison to compare a single family home in a good neighborhood to an apartment in a moderate to low income...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today

It supposed to last all day (with breaks of course) and continue until past 5PM I believe (Central Time?)
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Berkshire Hathaway, Annual Meeting Live Streaming Today

Is anyone else watching/listening to the live streaming of the annual meeting today? (yahoo.com)

Curious to share and discuss any nuggets. I just dialed in.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle in Retirement/Mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 1591

Change of Lifestyle in Retirement/Mobility

I've been living in the same place for many years as it's been the place I built my career and earned my income, but I am planning to retire in approximately 2 years. I'm not sure where I want to live post-retirement - all I know is what I want to do and most of that involves travelling. I also know...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting vs owning
Replies: 140
Views: 14379

Re: Renting vs owning

There's a significant comfort factor for me in renting. Renting allows me to transfer maintainence headaches and tasks to someone else so that I can focus on other activities that will either bring in income or reduce stress/increase enjoyment. It also transfers the investment risk so that when I ne...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 495
Views: 54811

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

Strategic Buyer
by Barefootgirl
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help on job opportunity in northern Delaware
Replies: 12
Views: 1318

Re: Help on job opportunity in northern Delaware

Northern Virginia is not like the rest the of US. It is a jobs machine....I have never seen age discrimination here, in any field....but then again, this area is not known for glamour, entertainment or fashion. The only people here who are jobless, are people who don't want to work, for whatever rea...

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