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by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New e-readers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: New e-readers?

I'm interested in reviews on the Aura. I would prefer a larger screen and would carry the e-reader in my purse anyway.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100 Things Not Worth a Penny
Replies: 32
Views: 1756

Re: 100 Things Not Worth a Penny

Street drugs.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

We're so lucky to be living in the developed world.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aeropress: cappuccino?
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Aeropress: cappuccino?

please report back. I'm quite curious to know how people make good tasting espresso absent one of those big old high powered machines lol.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

I was wondering the same...my local Wegmans is as big as a football field. Responding to customer complaints, they installed a new section near the checkout just for milk, eggs and juice to help people avoid the journey to the back of store. Seemed like that just adds to the issue, but what do I kno...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

"Old School" greeting cards, the paper kind. They're tasteful, artsy and cheap.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companion Dogs for an older person
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

Re: Companion Dogs for an older person

This question implies that you would "take" the animal to somewhere other than a designated persons home that has already signed up to take the dog in case of the eventuality. I am guessing that wording is the source for the concern. I think you are reading something into my statement tha...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companion Dogs for an older person
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

Re: Companion Dogs for an older person

My mother and local siblings all cared for her last Lab. I would not have posted if I didn't think the fit would be appropriate. I think that part of my orginal post is being overlooked.

Thanks to one of the links provided, my mother has already spoken with one of the rescue orgs today. Thanks.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companion Dogs for an older person
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

Re: Companion Dogs for an older person

My mother is in good shape to care for a dog and is familiar with the care of this type of dog. She lives in a rural area with plenty of outdoor space (Mom's house surrounded by 60 acres of her own).....lots of space and time to walk together.

Thank you for the leads on places to search.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companion Dogs for an older person
Replies: 36
Views: 1970

Companion Dogs for an older person

I've never had pets except for goldfish, so I'm a bit clueless. My mother, living alone in her mid 70s, would like a companion dog, she would prefer a female Labrador. Her previous Labrador passed recently. I guess she's been checking around and most young labs are for sale for around $1500. This is...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book on Personal Finance/Budgeting for young adults
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Re: Book on Personal Finance/Budgeting for young adults

Thank you, my daughter is very bright, but English is her second language and spending wisely seems to be her blind spot, not atypical for 25 year olds who think time passes slowly and they'll live forever.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book on Personal Finance/Budgeting for young adults
Replies: 14
Views: 936

Book on Personal Finance/Budgeting for young adults

Can someone recommend a good book for college grads just starting out who need to learn how to budget, manage credit and start saving? (They are not yet ready to listen to their parents)

Thanks!
by Barefootgirl
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My "Corolla Investment" has ended...410,000 [miles]
Replies: 54
Views: 5471

Re: My "Corolla Investment" has ended...410,000 [miles]

wow, 410K miles in 13 years.

I've been driving 32 years for a total of approx 300K miles over 5 vehicles in that time frame or about 10K/year. Obviously I've been a teleworker for a bunch of those years.

I cannot imagine 410K in 13 years, a Toyota was a good bet for you.
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

I believe this might be the more commonly understood, every day meaning:

http://www.livescience.com/21478-what-i ... lture.html
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

You are not going to get an unbiased viewpoint either from folks that live there. They suffer from mere exposure plus loss aversion which adds up to status quo bias (read Decisive by Heath and Heath). Yes, this applies any time one seeks opinions from residents of a certain location. The informatio...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ER and the ACA [Expenses in Retirement]
Replies: 4
Views: 439

ER and the ACA [Expenses in Retirement]

We know that health insurance is typically one of the most significant expenses in retirement (unless one retires with extended employee coverage) so for planning purposes, is there a website that rates which states offer the best value in terms of options/coverage/cost? I recognize that things can ...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New e-readers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: New e-readers?

Thanks, yes the account is disabled. I could read the purchased books on another device - but do they share the same qualities of the Paperwhite?

I'm just thinking of the Paperwhite as no glare, etc.
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

Hi Barefootgirl, There are regional culinary differences across Russia, and Russians do like to eat. They just don't consider food "culture." In "Houses of Culture" people hold concerts and lectures, not cookouts. People considered "cultured" are eloquent and well-mann...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

I've taught 7-10 graders for the past 4 years.


Are books like "The Red Badge of Courage" or "One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich" still required reading for high schoolers?

Now I'm curious to see how required reading lists have changed over the years.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 25X Expenses/Pensions
Replies: 8
Views: 1043

25X Expenses/Pensions

When the 25 (or whatever number) X expenses rule of thumb is bandied about for purposes of a retirement nest egg, does the 25X include the present value of any pensions one is entitled to now or in the future?

thanks
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New e-readers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

New e-readers?

I appear to have lost my 3 year old Kindle Paperwhite. :(

I really appreciate using it while mobile.

I'd like to replace it...hopefully I can "re-push" my old Amazon purchases to a new one.

I assume I'll buy another Paperwhite unless someone has a better suggestion? thanks
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How I circumvented Chase's 5/24 rule
Replies: 38
Views: 5221

Re: How I circumvented Chase's 5/24 rule

So the key is a physical visit? (asking since they don't have branches in my area)
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 194
Views: 16120

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

Living within walking distance of Metro, walking/hiking trails and a couple of microbreweries.
by Barefootgirl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 194
Views: 16120

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

taking notes: would appreciate brand suggestions on the lightweight backpacking gear and polarized sunglasses.
by Barefootgirl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

Having said that, the Russians actually read their great writers and don't equate culture with food. Hi Victoria, are there any regional differences across Russia with respect to the types of dishes eaten? I think for Americans, we consider food to be part of our culture because we have no national...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities like New Orleans?
Replies: 112
Views: 4818

Re: Cities like New Orleans?

I'm a bit surprised by what some consider to be cultural deserts, given that some of the finest literature ever written came from Southern writers. Additionally, the Southern US is the cradle of American roots music: jazz, blues, country & western, rock and roll (not to mention off shoots such a...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

Re: More on Scouting Retirement Locations

Thank you. I'm beginning to lean towards a rental at this point. I'll have more time in retirement to sift through my options and assess any risks a little more thoroughly. I've heard lots of arguments for and against permanence vs. cycles in terms of events occurring in the natural world, but when ...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

Re: More on Scouting Retirement Locations

Considering that many people prefer retirement locations closer to coastline (wherever the coastline may be) - it would seem that the probability of flooding, looking at past and future predictions, would certainly be an issue to consider. I do not expect it will be pointed out by realtors or develo...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

Re: More on Scouting Retirement Locations

Perhaps discussing any changes in the South Florida flood insurance business, as a leading indicator, would be the same thing, but once removed, lol. Nevertheless, just as home prices in the Rust Belt declined following the staggering loss of jobs and escalating property taxes, I expect the cost of ...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which city for part time home during retirement?
Replies: 86
Views: 5416

Re: Which city for part time home during retirement?

yes, actually Raleigh/Chapel Hill might be worth looking into. It has a mild climate, I believe it may be an airline hub, It's a center for research/academia, had a liberal vibe last time I checked (plenty of music venues, coffee shops, organic food places and the like)...and it's close to Cary - wh...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion

I have a landline corded phone that I rarely use, but keep it for redundancy as I mentioned. I use my CC service via cellphone more often, since it's mobile. The provider of my landline (Verizon) tell me I can drop the landline but the overall package price (phone, TV, internet) will not decline tha...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion

I know there are others here who are Consumer Cellular customers. I just received a promotion to sign up to have my "home phone" transferred to CC via this device: @$10/more per month. https://www.consumercellular.com/HomePhone It's cheaper than what I am paying currently for my "home...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.
Replies: 34
Views: 1978

Re: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.

Sounds like a good plan.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

Re: More on Scouting Retirement Locations

I think we are not to discuss political and economic policy, such as policies or debates about global warming. I don't see a prohibition about reporting current conditions that affect costs and benefits of retiring in a particular place. This has been my understanding as well. Additionally, just be...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

Re: More on Scouting Retirement Locations

We are *explicitly* prohibited from discussing this here. I am not sure what "this" is. It was a question regarding factors that drive the price of housing. It was not a political statement. It was a consumer statement. I am unsure of your interpretation, but it was not *my* intent. Peace.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.
Replies: 34
Views: 1978

Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.

In the recent coffee thread, some made reference to Moka pots, French Press (or something called Aero Press) - as in coffee making devices.

Any brands or particular types to recommend? I may want to try one or two of these.

Thank you.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 134
Views: 7337

Re: Favorite Coffee

Medaglia Oro ground Italian espresso in a can. Super cheep at under five bucks for a 10 oz can. Run through a proper espresso machine - two double espressos every morning. I have found an espresso machine is super-efficient in extracting the maximum caffeine buzz per quantity of coffee used. What d...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 134
Views: 7337

Re: Favorite Coffee

hot coffee: Stumptown Hair Bender made in a Clever Dripper.

cold: Nescafe Greek instant made Greek frappe style
or Starbucks iced latte.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: More on Scouting Retirement Locations
Replies: 35
Views: 2719

More on Scouting Retirement Locations

I just finished reading the two recent threads on scouting retirement locations (zoo/aquarium leaning and liberal leaning searches) and made note of two items that were repeated by a few posters: (1) Southern Florida - sea levels rising making this location a no-go? what time frame are we speaking o...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon consumer review programs
Replies: 26
Views: 1865

Re: Amazon consumer review programs

While I agree with all the points made, I don't think there is a way of turning back the clock. This appears to be the new model, regardless. I'm throwing in the towel and might join them rather than trying to fight them.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kickfurther.com?
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Kickfurther.com?

Do any of you have any experience with working with Kickfurther - making microloans? seems similar in concept at least, to Kiva...

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon consumer review programs
Replies: 26
Views: 1865

Amazon consumer review programs

Have you registered with and used any of the Amazon review programs? These are the websites where you register to receive free or discounted products in exchange for your review on Amazon? I believe that compensated reviews degrade the overall value of Amazon reviews, but I don't see them going away...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pushing for early retirement - where to go
Replies: 9
Views: 1765

Re: Pushing for early retirement - where to go

I can certainly understand the desire to relocate to an area with a lower cost of living. Other than a warmer climate, what other considerations are important to you/lifestyle preferences?

That would help us narrow it down a bit more.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?
Replies: 129
Views: 9074

Re: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?

On the outside looking in (I'm not in a tech field, just overall business field), but I have to ask - why aren't more people in the tech sector, contractors? In today's era where mutual loyalty has been tossed aside, there are no longer any pensions and healthcare can be obtained independently - why...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?
Replies: 129
Views: 9074

Re: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?

Now the focus is mainly on using infrastructure (public cloud) to build consumer services and apps, which does not require the same deep experience and expertise. Employers now look for breadth, the ability to cobble together open source components and write application software to enable stuff. Ye...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to place an emergency fund
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Where to place an emergency fund

Cap One's money market right now is at 1%, FWIW
by Barefootgirl
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preparing financially for our funerals - prepay or not?
Replies: 97
Views: 5709

Re: Preparing financially for our funerals - prepay or not?

This may be a situation where I'm grateful to hail from a rural area. We buried an aunt this year in the same cemetery where I want to be buried when my time comes. Plots are $650 each. I asked about ongoing maintenance costs and was told that the church members do the mowing and weeding and snow cl...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?
Replies: 129
Views: 9074

Re: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?

In many organizations there is a sweet spot from about age 35 to age 40.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?
Replies: 40
Views: 2910

Re: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?

Yikes, remembering "Fargo"

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