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by Barefootgirl
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protective & Carrying Cases for MacBook Air
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Protective & Carrying Cases for MacBook Air

Interestingly, whenever I've taken it back to Apple for repair, they inspect the machine with a fine tooth comb. I ask what they're looking for and they always say "scratches" (no matter that the issue was with the software)..... I wonder if "wear and tear" is something they cons...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare?
Replies: 20
Views: 1588

Re: AppleCare?

You would essentially be paying $250 to insure a computer worth less than $500. Pretty big bet that your issue will occur in year 3.


but the replacement cost would be much higher, no?
by Barefootgirl
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protective & Carrying Cases for MacBook Air
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Protective & Carrying Cases for MacBook Air

I expect to be traveling quite a bit with my MacBook Air in the near future. I've been looking at the various protective cases on Amazon, looks like they get mixed reviews. My last one was hard shell plastic - it fit well, but the plastic started cracking within only a couple months. Additionally, I...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relocation to Asheville, NC
Replies: 14
Views: 1676

Relocation to Asheville, NC

I have a friend who is considering relocating to Asheville NC from Detroit as part of his early retirement. He views it as a different lifestyle. For any Bogleheads who live there or who've spent an appreciable amount of time there, if you have any comments - pros, cons, etc. to share, would appreci...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sous Vide?
Replies: 29
Views: 2659

Re: Sous Vide?

Also, I am curious as to whether the quality difference between cooking with vs. without the sous vide method at home, is such that you now incorporate it into your cooking method without any additional hassle considerations?
by Barefootgirl
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring Files - Macbook
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Transferring Files - Macbook

I have a new MBA. I realize this is a neophyte question, so please bear with me.

Do I need a cable between my old Mac and my new one to transfer files? It's been awhile since I don't such a thing.

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sous Vide?
Replies: 29
Views: 2659

Sous Vide?

My mom would like a sous vide device to try her hand with different recipe experiments in the coming year.

Any recommendations for specific brands/types? any tips in general?

Thank you.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Getting Stingy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8886

Re: Amazon Prime Getting Stingy?

I recently had a problem with a return that did not receive the proper credit amount. After twice trying to explain the issue, I got an email "sorry, we cannot help you any further"....which I translate as an inability or unwillingness to solve the problem. The chat feature works more favo...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Citrus - for ordering
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Florida Citrus - for ordering

It's citrus season in Florida and I'd like to send a send a gift of citrus to a friend in a cold Northern state. Our locally shipped in citrus is subpar.

Any favorite groves or growers for ordering?

Thank you.
by Barefootgirl
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday - is this overdone?
Replies: 77
Views: 5900

Re: Black Friday - is this overdone?

"People are also free to move anywhere to take a job. I'm guessing 90% of the people on this forum, if not higher, have moved to take a job." I'd be surprised if it were that high. Besides, this forum isn't very representative of the general population. Moving for work seems to be an Amer...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping and Time Vs. Money
Replies: 20
Views: 1836

Shopping and Time Vs. Money

Predictably, the older and more financially secure that I've become, the less time I want to spend chasing smaller amounts of savings when making purchases. I do find better deals when I put the time in. I am a sleuth. Where's your own threshold? Where do you score the greatest savings for the amoun...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 216
Views: 20893

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Interesting. My iPad sits in a drawer - can't see it replacing my laptop, smartphone or my e-reader, so not sure what to use it for. Call me crazy.

Atilla,

What kind of espresso machine do you favor?

I have yet to find any way to make decent espresso at home.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wise BGHeads - time to replace Macbook Air?
Replies: 19
Views: 838

Re: Wise BGHeads - time to replace Macbook Air?

I have been asking myself the same question this week with my 4 year old MBA. I have the same battery issue (stays plugged in most of the time). I am also getting the spinning beachball quite often, even though I follow all the instructions to eliminate it. Additionally, I am getting screen margins ...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday - is this overdone?
Replies: 77
Views: 5900

Re: Black Friday - is this overdone?

The reality is that in many areas of the U.S., Walmart is often the only employer with openings.

In a perfect model, potential employees would have choices, in this case, the other alternative is often public assistance.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 216
Views: 20893

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

My Breville tea brewing master
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions for musicians - piano - gift
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Questions for musicians - piano - gift

My 6 year old niece recently began piano lessons and she's really taking off and enjoys it. I wanted to get her something to practice on in between lessons and her piano teacher suggested a weighted keyboard. They seem to be sized for adults :) Also, I wonder if they make such a thing as learning so...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday Deals for a new e-reader (hoping)
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Black Friday Deals for a new e-reader (hoping)

How to evaluate Refurbished electronics? I am not even sure what it means, I need to check out what it means.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?
Replies: 155
Views: 14678

Re: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?

Please don't ask him for his thoughts as to whether or not moderate alcohol consumption is unhealthy. Firstly, it will get this helpful thread locked. Secondly, he's just a person on the internet. Why not seek professional opinions from sources that are revealed by real name? I don't know - maybe tr...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?
Replies: 155
Views: 14678

Re: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?

heaps of greens, oats, eggs, small fish, yogurt, fruit, water, tea, 1 or 2 cups coffee per day These make up the bulk of my diet, with pasta or rice/beans and veggies and/or maybe some chicken or steak on the weekends. These are not expensive - leaving me enough for the occasional meal out with frie...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing power of a strong $USD against other currencies
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Purchasing power of a strong $USD against other currencies

With the gains in the currency - are there any deals to be had in foreign travel or foreign goods? US distributors might adjust prices for purchcases here, but I am thinking more of direct purchases where we pay directly with USD, converted - either while travelling or online. wines? hotels? leather...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping Costs
Replies: 9
Views: 836

Shipping Costs

In a week or so, I will be packing a large box of holiday gifts to send to family living several states away. It's been quite awhile since I've been to either a UPS store or the USPS - but as I recall, both trips were painful $$ - like $10 to ship a small box - so I tend not to ship much any longer....
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended YouTube Channels?
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Recommended YouTube Channels?

I'm late to the party - just realized that I could watch YouTube content on my Roku TV. I am not a fan of small screens or audio only - I think I miss out on a lot of good podcasts because of this. Can anyone recommend any good channels for financial or health content? or basically anything on YouTu...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Equivalent "Do Not Call" List for Wireless?
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Re: Equivalent "Do Not Call" List for Wireless?

It's gotten to the point where I never answer my phone unless it's a number I recognize :(
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Equivalent "Do Not Call" List for Wireless?
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Equivalent "Do Not Call" List for Wireless?

When I got on the Do Not Call list for my landline, the telemarketers stopped calling. But now they are driving me crazy - by calling me on my cellphone all the time - and they are deceptive - making it look as if they are calling from a local number. How do we get telemarketers to stop calling us o...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday Deals for a new e-reader (hoping)
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Black Friday Deals for a new e-reader (hoping)

I'm in the market for a new e-reader. My only experience has been with a basic Paperwhite, which I no longer have. I really prefered it to reading on an iPad - mostly due to background/ease of reading and weight of device issues. I'd like to go higher end if that brings a better reading experience a...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moissanite/Swarovsky/etc.??
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Moissanite/Swarovsky/etc.??

My sisters love crystal type/fake diamond jewelry. I would like to buy them some pieces for the upcoming holidays.

Any suggestions for mid range pieces? not cheap or junky but certain not formal or theft-worthy.

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]
Replies: 244
Views: 27644

Re: TLH for absolute dummies [Tax Loss Harvesting]

shheeewww this is confusing...maybe one day :oops:


Yes, could be me but I am looking for the real absolute dummies version....
by Barefootgirl
Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I - Bonds - converting
Replies: 13
Views: 1150

Re: I - Bonds - converting

Thank you for the comments, based on my own particular situation, it helps me to see the situation more clearly.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish again
Replies: 17
Views: 2742

Re: Fish again

I'll concede that it's tongue in cheek sarcsam to suggest that bigger fish are hungry. Nevertheless, if you search "forage fish depletion" - you will find numerous articles/studies on the topic. So that begs the question of what happens to the bigger fish up the chain, when their food supp...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Air/ Chromebook
Replies: 37
Views: 2588

Re: MacBook Air/ Chromebook

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by Barefootgirl
Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish again
Replies: 17
Views: 2742

Re: Fish again

In what I've seen in just one generation, it is not inconceivable to me that the time will come in the not distant future, that seafood will either be unavailable or unfit for human consumption. Hence, trying to get while the getting is still ok. Taste and health benefits... so yes, I am on the sard...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Copies of Vital Records?
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Free Copies of Vital Records?

I do some volunteering with people who are working their way back from financial dire straits. Today, I was helping a woman that we recently learned is entitled to a pension from a job she held a long time ago. The company is requiring a copy of her divorce decree from 1987. There is a fee (not inco...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish again
Replies: 17
Views: 2742

Fish again

I try to have a couple servings of fish each week for variety and health reasons. I don't eat farmed fish (reasons too detailed to go into). Mostly frozen wild salmon filets. I miss the swordfish that has basically disappeared from many restaurant menus in less then 25 years. I like sushi, mostly tu...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honey
Replies: 27
Views: 3029

Honey

It's been years since I've eaten honey and mostly I like it on a bowl of oatmeal, but I've recently been convinced to bring it back into my life. All the jars I've bought are rather tasteless, not like I how I recall the taste of honey. I suppose that means I need to search out honey that comes from...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Question for the Retired
Replies: 27
Views: 3248

Re: Personal Finance Question for the Retired

When you retire from your main job, it sounds like you will have an extra 30 hours to 50 hours per week to devote whatever you would like to do. If a "paying" side job opportunity makes your life better or more satisfying, why not do it? If there are aspects of doing a particular side job...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computing Device - Laptop or Table - for an Elderly Person
Replies: 35
Views: 1869

Computing Device - Laptop or Table - for an Elderly Person

My 80 something uncle wants to join the rest of us. He has never had a computer before and wants one that is very easy to use. I was going to suggest an iPad - icon driven - and less need to mess with viruses/freezing up/less overall maintenance? He mainly will use to surf the internet, check news, ...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Finance Question for the Retired
Replies: 27
Views: 3248

Personal Finance Question for the Retired

It often occurs to me that there's a certain amount of money that I fail to save or earn just due to the sheer fact that I am still working an often demanding full time job and have to carefully consider the value of my time in picking up any "side hustles" or how much time I want to devot...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I - Bonds - converting
Replies: 13
Views: 1150

I - Bonds - converting

Depending on how long they've been held and the spread in the composite rates, does it make sense to sell or "convert" an older, lower earning I-Bond for a newer one?

Maybe this is common and I've just never come across the idea of it before.

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you make your Martini?
Replies: 63
Views: 3412

Re: How do you make your Martini?

3 oz gin
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

twist of lemon
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance rates went up
Replies: 155
Views: 11862

Re: Health Insurance rates went up

I've been paying automobile insurance for 30 years without 1 claim, so I'm pretty sure some of my funds went toward paying the claims of people who don't drive as cautiously as I do or have worse luck than I do....that's why it's called pooling. Applies to healthcare insurance as well. But I still t...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance rates went up
Replies: 155
Views: 11862

Re: Health Insurance rates went up

So maybe you should count your blessings and stop whining about trivia. ...but it's not trivial. It's not just the lower than market value of salaries above a certain grade level and nil cost of living increases, but also the calculated impact to the benefits that are based on the salary number. I'...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance rates went up
Replies: 155
Views: 11862

Re: Health Insurance rates went up

I've been reading about Americans who manage their health care expenses by only obtaining emergency or catastrophic care here in the US and for routine, predictable expenses, they travel out of the US and obtain quality care, on a cash basis - *at steep discounts when compared to US prices*. I suppo...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Credit Card Cashback Question
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Fidelity Credit Card Cashback Question

I use the Fidelity Visa that earns 2% cashback, in purchase categories where I can't do any better. I just got the card so looks like I need to set up an account to roll the money into - but here's the question - they mention the "points" can also be redeemed for travel, gifts, etc. Have a...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2089
Views: 512916

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Everybody Wants Some" from Richard Linklater. I'll watch anything he produces.

This was not my favorite, but definitely a period piece for 80s nostalgia fans.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronics Recycling
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Electronics Recycling

Next week, the county I live in is having an electronics recycling event. People who reside in the county can bring their unwanted electronics to a certain location where they can be turned in, no fees unless a person wants to get rid of old TVs or monitors. I have a couple old laptops (they weigh a...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 193
Views: 17537

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses


Brokerage bonus program use is the second greatest thing that I have read on this forum.


Wow, no one took you up on this statement.

And the first greatest thing you have read on this forum is...?

Thanks
by Barefootgirl
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Count pension as a form of retirement savings.
Replies: 56
Views: 5306

Re: Count pension as a form of retirement savings.

In 2.5 years, I'll be entitled to begin taking an immediate & reduced pension from federal employment, as I'll meet the age and time in service (10 years) requirements at that time. Barring any unforseen circumstances, this is my plan. I don't expect that pension to be eliminated or reduced. I e...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chocolate Recommendations
Replies: 64
Views: 3569

Re: Chocolate Recommendations

Some of the beans are ok to chew on. Actually, there are several proven benefits attributed to cocoa flavonols, but good luck finding a processed chocolate product (powder or bar) that hasn't lost most of the flavonols via the processing effect. The Kuna were consuming raw cacao beans pounded into a...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chocolate Recommendations
Replies: 64
Views: 3569

Re: Chocolate Recommendations

I prefer cocoa beans to processed chocolate, actually. They're great ground and brewed like coffee - more intense chocolate flavor than hot chocolate, IMO - and I even add a bit of cream. yummy. I think the reason I like it so much is because I love the flavor of chocolate but with cocoa beans I can...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many have moved from California due to Cost of Living?
Replies: 108
Views: 11002

Re: How many have moved from California due to Cost of Living?

For all those saying that individual compensation in SF Bay / SV is no higher than lower cost-of-living areas, I genuinely ask, then how are home prices so extraordinarily high? Maybe my mental model is broken, but I assumed that home prices in any area were mostly driven by prevailing household in...

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