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by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Double Walled Stainless Steel tip for Fans of the Cocktail
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Double Walled Stainless Steel tip for Fans of the Cocktail

I like to have a cocktail now and then after dinner, sipping it slowly...this time of the year, you can't keep them cold...and I have tried every manner of ice cube, cooling cubes, etc. ...but I stumbled onto a great solution. Now, I leave my cocktail glass in the cupboard and reach for my RTIC lowb...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose Soundlink speaker - question about powering it.
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Bose Soundlink speaker - question about powering it.

It was here that I learned about the Bose Soundlink speaker, so I bought one and I love it....deep rich sound coming out of a little box....but here's the thing, I recommended one to my friend who's even crankier about spending money than I am. He learned that they are only good for about 300 charge...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bordeaux wines
Replies: 15
Views: 933

Re: Bordeaux wines

No fine print, no future shipments.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis
Replies: 63
Views: 4008

Re: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis

As I approach early retirement, I'm getting somewhat philosophical about these boom and bust cycles. I've spent my entire career either inside or buzzing around the Capital Beltway. At the risk of coming across as a pompous jerk, people here are somewhat immune - not from dropping porfolios of cours...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?
Replies: 102
Views: 6086

Re: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?

I am mostly descended from Puritans, Germans and Italians who either fled poverty or some kind of oppression to come to America and start over with virtually nothing. They then taught their children, grandchildren, etc. to persevere until the very end. It gets passed down in the genes, I understand....
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bordeaux wines
Replies: 15
Views: 933

Re: Bordeaux wines

Thank you for the comments, much appreciated. I've done a bit of research on the 6 wines offered, all but one scoring 90 and above - and a couple in the 94-96 range, seems a bit hard to believe. Each one retails between $30 and $50 per bottle on all of the more popular wine selling websites. You kno...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?
Replies: 102
Views: 6086

Re: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?

I understand the challenge of THE QUESTION. If the hard wiring of clearly not having ENOUGH was laid down in your brain as a child, as an adult it can be unclear, even in the face of external definitions of ENOUGH. It becomes a psychological exercise more than a financial one. Have no way of knowing...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bordeaux wines
Replies: 15
Views: 933

Bordeaux wines

I drink primarily American wines and stick to those I've enjoyed, usually in the $10-20 bottle range, maybe 90s for ratings. I've paid more for those I've especially enjoyed. Today I received an offer in the mail from a wine club, offering 6 bottles of red Bordeaux wines @ $9/bottle, shipping includ...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What really happens to people who run out of their money in retirement
Replies: 48
Views: 5526

Re: What really happens to people who run out of their money in retirement

FYI, there's another popular (or rather, it used to be popular) finance forum where there's a woman in her 60s, with a weak past work history - she seems to have an aversion to staying with any one job for very long, so she appears to survive through government assistance and student loans. I think ...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What really happens to people who run out of their money in retirement
Replies: 48
Views: 5526

Re: What really happens to people who run out of their money in retirement

Here's one real world example - my grandmother ran out of money around age 90 and needed medical care beyond what her children or grandchildren were able to provide. She moved into a nursing home, her house was sold and proceeds went to the nursing home. Her SS check goes to the nursing home. My mom...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement for Women(?)
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

Re: Retirement for Women(?)

Media tactics to attract viewers....ok get it now, lol.
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement for Women(?)
Replies: 19
Views: 1409

Retirement for Women(?)

Yesterday, The Today Show had a piece on retirement for women....Jean Schatzky (personal finance advisor on the show), stated the following: "Over the past three decades the average lifespan of women has increased from 77 to 83. There's no escaping the numbers when it comes to dealing with this...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning vs. renting Content
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Owning vs. renting Content

Owning content is a mixed bag, IMO. If I stream content and/or only suscribe, I don't have to worry about future compatibility issues or finding ways to store it in my home. (FWIW, I am referring to books, movies, music, lectures and the like). Nevertheless, there are times when I want to continue t...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transitioning to early retirement and part time side income/self employment - questions
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Transitioning to early retirement and part time side income/self employment - questions

Any way you could stay on in some part time capacity with the current employer, so they keep your clearance? Possible, but not likely in my situation. I am not a longtimer, by *their* definition (looks like one doesn't become a longtimer until they have at least 15 years of service), so for me, it'...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need printer recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1635

Re: Need printer recommendations

Everything has been tried and it's just too wonky and I don't really have the patience to spare to keep messing with it....basically, i have to reinstall everything, reboot, pray, spray holy water over it - I need to just accept that it's on its way out...as I said, losing patience with it - (printe...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need printer recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1635

Need printer recommendations

Good morning. I currently have a Canon MF3010 laser printer/scanner purchased sometime in early 2013. Lately, it doesn't seem to play well at all with my Macbook Air and I see that it's been discontinued by Canon and there is no software support available for the current OS. Ok, so my daughter tells...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transitioning to early retirement and part time side income/self employment - questions
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Transitioning to early retirement and part time side income/self employment - questions

I'll be retiring early in a couple years and would like to set myself up to do some minimal consulting work on an occasional basis. There is expected to be significant demand for my skill set. I have no knowledge in the area of self employment. Would my best bet be to set myself up as some kind of S...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 12995

Re: What do you spend your money on???

1. Healthcare Insurance - $1750 per month - our largest expense by far.

Does that amount cover two people? Is the plan considered an average one, in terms of coverage?

I'm a bit staggered by seeing that price.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?
Replies: 59
Views: 4269

Re: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?

I would only suggest that whenever people speak of the cultural opportunities in the DC area, one should try to keep in mind where those are located (downtown DC primarily), a few of the older suburbs and a couple of universities....and if that is important, you might want to locate in proximity - o...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about booking private party at restaurant
Replies: 28
Views: 1729

Re: Questions about booking private party at restaurant

Considering the location (Manhattan) - that looks like a very reasonable price. I am not sure that benchmarking the price of a restaurant entrée at the location is a useful guideline...in this case, it's also about the space and the additional labor. To drive the price down, maybe consider a less ex...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Printer Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Strange Printer Problem

Thank you DSInvestor...that is good to know.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3009

Re: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

I have no idea yet...I was able to pick up a single box for something over a couple bucks. I think there are positive reviews on Amazon - FWIW.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3009

Re: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

no, you won't starve, but some might...just might...appreciate the acknowledgement and/or effort. Depends on the crowd. I tend to hang with laid back types.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3009

Re: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

Ok, wow - thanks for all the tips and tricks...the people want an update! Ok. I ended up making my famous tortellini salad for the don't-fear-the-gluten crowd and for the others, I made a wonderful 3 bean salad just like grandma used to make: kidney beans, chick peas, chopped tomatoes, sliced black ...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Printer Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Strange Printer Problem

Entirely deleting and adding back in, the printer seems to have done the trick. I learned that this printer - Canon MF3010, has been discontinued, so I wonder how much longer I might have until the Mac can no longer communicate with it...since Canon won't be issuing any software updates for it. Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Printer Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Strange Printer Problem

Clear your print queue and reboot your Mac.

That was the first failed attempt before going out to install the drivers again.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange Printer Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Strange Printer Problem

This morning, I've been trying to print a document from my Mac to my usual Canon laser printer, just like I've always done, but a strange thing is happening. Although the print preview shows the correct item I am trying to print, the printer prints out an old document that I printed a few months ago...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 12995

Re: What do you spend your money on???

treating my kids
hair & skin & body care
massage
travel
well made cocktails
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Save Thousands on Dental Expenses!
Replies: 21
Views: 2658

Re: Save Thousands on Dental Expenses!

The one item that has saved me the most money in dental care is a Viajet. Many benefits there. Other than that, I need an implant due to failed crown, related to childhood incident. I am thinking of shopping around - either done at a cheaper US location or having it done somewhere outside the US whi...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can this roast beef be saved?
Replies: 22
Views: 1669

Re: Can this roast beef be saved?

I also suspect this may have been a cut of meat that would have done better with being cooked with some liquid.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?
Replies: 70
Views: 5712

Re: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?

Poor man wanna be rich. Rich man wanna be king. King ain't satisfied until he rules everything.


It's a trap, I tell ya.
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3009

Re: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

Christine, I make a traditional oil & vinegar/herb dressing and use that to dress the salad. So we find ourselves as a species almost back where we started: anxious omnivores struggling once again to figure out what is wise to eat. Instead of relying on the accumulated wisdom of a cuisine, or ev...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loans to Friends
Replies: 73
Views: 3550

Re: Loans to Friends

With respect to my family members and friends before who did not repay me...I hate the feeling I get whenever I see them buy something dicretionary - like a vacation or a tech gadget - the inevitable thought is "you don't value me enough to repay me".....it really did change - forever - ho...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3009

Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

My daughter has asked me to make a pasta salad for our upcoming July 4th party. A couple people who will be there don't eat gluten (please no comment, I realize this can be controversial...) and others in general, stay away from wheat, although I'd think that any kind of pasta is considered processe...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loans to Friends
Replies: 73
Views: 3550

Re: Loans to Friends

And my closest friends and relatives would never consider making such a request except under the most drastic circumstances. I think this is key. I don't think there are many people in this forum who are compulsive spenders. With more time to think about this, I believe this person is addicted to s...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loans to Friends
Replies: 73
Views: 3550

Re: Loans to Friends

Thanks...some creative responses here...I was trying to figure out a way of using the Brexit associated market declines as a reason, lol.

The "not jeopardizing ER" sounds like the most plausible.
by Barefootgirl
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loans to Friends
Replies: 73
Views: 3550

Loans to Friends

I've never yet been fully repaid on any loans to friends or family, so I've pretty much stepped out of doing them. That said, an old college friend is having a business downturn and has asked for a sizeable loan - $60K. Personally, I know he is somewhat of a compulsive spender - so I am not likely t...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon - customer service issues
Replies: 31
Views: 2346

Re: Amazon - customer service issues

Looking back over the past 12 months, my return rate is approx. 5% of all purchases - and I do a lot of business with Amazon - for whatever that is worth, perhaps for shooting the messenger.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon - customer service issues
Replies: 31
Views: 2346

Amazon - customer service issues

I've noticed a sharp drop off in the past few months with Amazon customer service - from having to follow up on returns to get a credit, to delayed responses to email questions - or no response at all. Not sure if this means they have more business than they can handle, or they've slowed hiring, etc...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brexit - article/source request - please
Replies: 31
Views: 1749

Re: Brexit - article/source request - please

When I can find them, I tend to read a mix of assessments from writers generally considered to be sharp and reliable, throw away any outliers and then try to focus on where the convergence lies. Nevertheless, Ross Perot would have been considered an outlier in 1992 - with his predictions on NAFTA. S...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brexit - article/source request - please
Replies: 31
Views: 1749

Brexit - article/source request - please

Can anyone recommend a least emotional/most realistic/least politicized source for an analysis of the fall out from Brexit? Maybe a link to a respected blogger or publication? I realize even recommendations will come with their own bias, but I need to start somewhere - most of what I am reading now ...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Coffee Maker?
Replies: 54
Views: 5024

Re: Quality Coffee Maker?

After doing extensive reading and searching, it seems that a simple pour over cup works as well or better than a machine...going with it, thanks
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Coaches?
Replies: 52
Views: 3799

Re: Retirement Coaches?

I'm surprised by most of the responses to this thread which border on sophomoric - not typical of this forum.

On the other hand, it's good to know that the folks here think they've got it all covered, with nothing left to learn.

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad - screen glare?
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: iPad - screen glare?

I notice this under various light conditions.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: General Negotiating Tips
Replies: 72
Views: 7263

Re: General Negotiating Tips

Some really great tips in this thread. I'm a career negotiator, with 30 years of experience. My best tip is to never underscore the value of in-person training and role play exercises related to honing your skill. I can highly recommend the program offered at Kellogg - Northwestern University as wel...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad - screen glare?
Replies: 6
Views: 510

iPad - screen glare?

There are some publications that I much prefer to read on my iPad vs my Kindle e-reader....but the screen glare is an issue - even indoors.

Is there some kind of filter I can adhere to the iPad screen to help with this?

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Group Travel?
Replies: 14
Views: 1466

Group Travel?

Have you ever booked a trip with a group for example, retirement aged or early retirement aged people? (40+).... I'm interested in small group travel to interesting sites of historical or geological importance, like travel connected with a university, but not sure where to begin to look...my alma ma...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Coaches?
Replies: 52
Views: 3799

Retirement Coaches?

I know there are life coaches, business coaches, health coaches - but what about retirement coaches? I am curious as to what they would offer. Anyone talked to one?

BFG
by Barefootgirl
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed sheets like they used to be?
Replies: 56
Views: 10825

Re: Bed sheets like they used to be?

Broken Man....do you have a link?
by Barefootgirl
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended stay away from home
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

Re: Extended stay away from home


For the first trip I fixed my pickup truck with a mattress in the back and a few other comforts.


Did you put in some kind of shades so passers by couldn't look in and see you sleeping?

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