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by Blues
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bengal22 wrote:Beloved by Toni Morrison. First book I have read by her and I plan on reading more.


I read that some years ago and overall thought it a pretty good read...but then I have some issues with the "magical realism" style regardless of author.
by Blues
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Due to popular demand...I started "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman late last night.

It's been entertaining thus far...early into the read. :beer
by Blues
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Thanks for the link, d.r. I used it to log in and it shows "low price locked in" as of today's date and time.

(This in addition to the undisclosed low price locked in promise from May.)

Now we'll see whether they honor the zero federal, zero state price in the ad.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"News Of The World" by Paulette Jiles
by Blues
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

The best deal I could get from Taxact for the Plus edition is $10.50 for Federal (30% off with early lock-in) plus an extra $25 for a state. Did I miss something? Seems like the price has gone up substantially compared to last year. Please read the posts above. The matter has been addressed by many...
by Blues
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder

They are calling it a cybermonday sale but it's on now. You can lock in a low price. I don't work for them, but I like the product. It also has a nice planning tool. $10.50 for Plus (for investors) Just bear in mind that if you use TaxAct to file a state return as well, they will charge an addition...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Don't get me wrong, Ethelred, I don't have an ax to grind, I've been very happy with TaxAct for over ten years up until now. (Like I once was with Intuit's Quicken before their corporate antics pushed me away from their products, including TurboTax.) I'm not suggesting that any of the alternatives I...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes... What are the "competing products" that are cheaper? And are they downloads or...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 66
Views: 7031

Re: Owning a Chromebook

I have an Acer C720P with touch screen. Great little machine I've been using for the past couple of years. I only use my old Windows XP Pro machine when I need to print something as I have my laser printer hooked up to it. I don't envision ever going back to a "regular" computer at this po...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Mike, it looks like your OLT is even cheaper than FreeTaxUSA. Free federal for everyone and very low state charges.

Looks like the market is providing quite a few choices though I haven't read reviews of that service as yet.
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

On another note, is there any way to see what price you have locked in already? All I see when I login and go to "my return details" is "low price locked in". I don't want to lock in something higher than that, since I think whatever I did before was lower than $46 for online pr...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: Cyber monday hit -- $35.50 fed + state for Plus

Dunno if it's such a great deal now, but the cyber monday sales are on. If you don't have a better price and want to keep options open, go grab it now. Plus is $10.50 and Premium is $21 -- along with a $25 state filing fee . That state filing fee is outrageous, and I will be telling them that, but ...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one.
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Maybe they figure that if they double their prices and lose 30% of their customers, then they come out ahead. As of this morning when I logged in on the site there's still no indication of just what the "low price" I "locked in" last May actually is for the online version (feder...
by Blues
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

So nice, he's reading it twice! :wink:
by Blues
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Preview version is still not out. Being able to do an early run and fine tune things before year end was a good feature. I hope that's not going away. As it is, it's later than usual. FWIW, I was told by one of their phone reps that there would be no preview version until December. Did they say whe...
by Blues
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

*3!4!/5! wrote:Preview version is still not out. Being able to do an early run and fine tune things before year end was a good feature. I hope that's not going away. As it is, it's later than usual.


FWIW, I was told by one of their phone reps that there would be no preview version until December.
by Blues
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Bungo wrote:Current reading: I'm about halfway through Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner


An excellent work of literature.
by Blues
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Blue Cross - Good Value?
Replies: 27
Views: 1237

Re: Federal Blue Cross - Good Value?

FWIW, I had BCBS for most of my 27 year federal career and several years into retirement but I switched to GEHA a few years ago and have saved a bundle in recent years (on premiums) and neither my wife nor I have had any issues with GEHA. We are both healthy (knock wood) and are not on any medicatio...
by Blues
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I think your supposition is correct regarding the "My Taxes" button only being available when logged into a TaxAct Online account. (I used to use the desktop version for many years but that login is no longer active since switching over to the online product a few years back.) The button i...
by Blues
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

maxq wrote:For those who state their accounts show a locked in price for 2016, where on the account page(s) do you see that? :?:


If you click the Taxes or My Taxes button, (I'm not logged in to the site), you'll see a list of your tax returns. Look at the entry for 2016 (assuming there is one).
by Blues
Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I searched my emails but no email from TaxAct as I have received in prior years. I went in to my account and I see that I "locked in" the low price for 2016. If my memory serves me correct I was offered the low price after completing 2105 taxes :happy Any idea if the price you received is...
by Blues
Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 100
Views: 7779

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I locked in the low price guarantee for 2016 returns via the TaxAct website in May. I'll be very interested to see what exactly that means for pricing of the 2016 federal / state online product commensurate with the one used to prepare 2015's returns via TaxAct online. I believe I paid $13.99 for TY...
by Blues
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sawzall and Batt Operated tools questions?
Replies: 25
Views: 1268

Re: Sawzall and Batt Opertated tools questions?

I have had excellent results using the Black & Decker 20v Max Reciprocating Saw for removing limbs and small (under 3") growth from our heavily wooded property. I have a number of the batteries from a variety of their tools using the same power source. In the one instance where one of their...
by Blues
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just started reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, the first book by this author I'm reading. About a young woman who goes to work at a software company that sounds a lot like Google, except creepier. I've tried to get into a couple of Eggers' earlier books but something about his style puts me off. (...
by Blues
Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor by Clinton Romesha.
by Blues
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners should consider flood insurance
Replies: 78
Views: 6907

Re: Homeowners should consider flood insurance

catch-22
noun
a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

by Blues
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners should consider flood insurance
Replies: 78
Views: 6907

Re: Homeowners should consider flood insurance

We're not in the flood plain and our home is at about 2500'. That said, it rains a lot here and there are creeks and drainage ditches. Looked into flood insurance, (we had it in South FL), but there were too many insurance clause "gotchas" weasel worded into the policy that made me leery. ...
by Blues
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank Website Inaccessible all Week
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Ally Bank Website Inaccessible all Week

FYI, try logging in via the app on your phone. Thanks - phone app works! I never used it before so did have to install it, but worked fine. Still no web access. Maybe it's a regional thing. I'm in North Carolina. I'm able to log in from NC. You might want to clear your cache and delete any cookies ...
by Blues
Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Samaritan by Richard Price. Once again Price demonstrates his, (dare I say unique?), ear for language and dialogue as well as the rhythm of the street.
by Blues
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2085
Views: 509337

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Spotlight: As others have stated, excellent. Well cast, well directed and kept you engaged.

Room: Good, important theme, but a bit laborious. (Though I don't know that it was the kind of film where the pace could properly have been quickened.)
by Blues
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?
Replies: 145
Views: 12262

Re: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?

What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?


Nothing. I took no action and made no changes to our portfolio or investment plan.
by Blues
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dracula is very well written and, as you say, quite evocative. The descriptions of his crawling out the castle window and down the wall is permanently etched in my mind along with some of the orgies of ecstatic "feeding". Like you, something I was hesitant to read at the time thinking I wo...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sea of Glory , by Nathaniel Philbrick. This is biography of Charles Wilkes and a history of the 6 ship scientific and survey expedition which he led to Antarctica, the South Pacific islands and the Pacific Northwest in 1838-42. Wilkes was a horrible sailor and a miserable leader, the voyage ended i...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

VT, I am simply cautioning him on making a comment about how far we've come if he hasn't reached the end of the book which I assume you are familiar with. It may change his opinion on that matter. I, like you, also enjoyed the Wolfe book. In fact all three in that series depicting his early to adult...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What four faces would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Investing
Replies: 49
Views: 4130

Re: What four faces would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Investing

I'm going to make my Mt. Rushmore a personal homage to those gentlemen who have most positively influenced my own investing perspective and consequent results...

Bogle
Swedroe
Bernstein
Larrimore


YMMV...there are many roads to South Dakota. :wink:

:sharebeer
by Blues
Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Houellebecq is an interesting writer. I've read "Particles" as well as a few additional titles. Some more engaging than others but always provocative.
by Blues
Tue May 31, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 5604

Re: What was your first investment?

Mutual Shares run by Michael Price back in 1985.

(Prior to 1985, (outside of passbook savings and the like), I dabbled in occasional stock picking and found it wasn't my cup of tea.)
by Blues
Mon May 30, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 515922

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Valiant Amibition by Nathaniel Philbrick. (A wonderful writer worth looking into for those who haven't picked up any of his fine histories.)
by Blues
Wed May 25, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 40555

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Ice-9, If your credit is already frozen, there is nothing a credit monitoring company can monitor except for non-credit related items such as sex offenders in your neighborhood. That's my understanding. I believe one had the opportunity to temporarily suspend the freeze to allow them access after w...
by Blues
Wed May 25, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 40555

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Like you, the only alert I've received from them thus far was in regard to a sex offender somewhere in the general vicinity.

Also, like you, I believe that freezing my credit was the best option.

And so it goes... (To throw in a little nod to Vonnegut.)
by Blues
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 8425

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

bottlecap wrote:I like both, but tend to prefer Bourbon of late. I like a good Rye as well.

Elijah Craig is a good relatively inexpensive recommendation for bourbon.
JT


I strongly second that recommendation.
by Blues
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 8425

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

I don't drink either one often but when I do...it's (nowadays) a nice single malt. For years before that I always preferred good bourbon.

Since I've acquired the taste for single malt I now often find bourbon to be too sweet.

:beer

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