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by Cash
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Law School Advice
Replies: 88
Views: 6659

Re: Law School Advice

It's finals time so dad will update... While the discssion has continued, she has also been accepted to Georgetown. Re: the Ole Miss alumi in Fl, she has tried that route and found few. This contributed in part to the theory on change of school and higher school rank- better network potential where...
by Cash
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Law School Advice
Replies: 88
Views: 6659

Re: Law School Advice

It's finals time so dad will update... While the discssion has continued, she has also been accepted to Georgetown. Re: the Ole Miss alumi in Fl, she has tried that route and found few. This contributed in part to the theory on change of school and higher school rank- better network potential where...
by Cash
Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Law School Advice
Replies: 88
Views: 6659

Re: Law School Advice

Since I don't plan to practice where I currently attend school, and my school's reach is largely a very small region of MS and AL, I'm wondering if a transfer (to FSU or Vandy) would serve my interests better. Yes. If you want to practice in Florida, transfer to FSU. I currently practice in Florida...
by Cash
Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Law School Advice
Replies: 88
Views: 6659

Re: Law School Advice

Maybe it would be helpful to the original poster if you all can post about what type of law you practice? My practice area is Labor and Employment with a fair amount of M&A work. It is a stressful job but relatively financially rewarding. I started at BigLaw for 3 years, moved to another firm t...
by Cash
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in/near New Haven CT
Replies: 21
Views: 1516

Re: Living in/near New Haven CT

If your daughter's job is downtown, she should just live downtown. The areas around Yale and the New Haven Green are as nice as what you will find in any urban area, and she can walk to the most popular restaurants, shops, nightlife, and cultural offerings. There are nice towns around New Haven, but...
by Cash
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to convince high NW father to dump his financial advisor?
Replies: 69
Views: 6429

Re: How to convince high NW father to dump his financial advisor?

Your parents have enough money that wasting a few thousand on a financial advisor that they like isn't going to hurt them. It hasn't so far. I agree with the others that you should let it go.
by Cash
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car in Italy
Replies: 31
Views: 2708

Re: Rental car in Italy

When we were in Italy last summer, I easily rented an automatic, with insurance, directly through Avis. No problems at pickup in Milan. We also didn't have any issues finding places with our GPS, even in the center of Florence (though word to the wise: avoid driving through the center of Florence......
by Cash
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: End of debit cards for me
Replies: 128
Views: 10002

Re: End of debit cards for me

I do use a mix of Debit and Credit cards but I don't keep much cash in the Checking account tied to the Debit card - I use it for small petty purchases. You don't have to use a single Checking account either - I use another Checking account that's not tied to a debit card used for retail transactio...
by Cash
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try Off Lease Only in FL before?
Replies: 6
Views: 1069

Re: Anyone try Off Lease Only in FL before?

I've never used them, but I've taken a look at their online inventory a few times and have done a bit of research. I think they're similar to CarMax in that they don't bargain. Most of their cars are from auctions and have been in previous accidents (which is why they're so cheap), so check the free...
by Cash
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What online Email do you use
Replies: 59
Views: 5192

Re: What online Email do you use

Mick wrote:Neighborhood email list shows one aol.


Is that person a boomer? :) Note that I said most AOL users are boomers, not that most boomers are AOL users.
by Cash
Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What online Email do you use
Replies: 59
Views: 5192

Re: What online Email do you use

AOL - Good God, I'm old!! Nah. What’s old is still having the same gmail account that I had to request from a co-worker. You see, back in the day when gmail was piloted you needed a referral. Um, AOL was around way before Gmail (1990s v. 2004).... I've found that current e-mail usage generally brea...
by Cash
Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Has anyone else tried Blue Apron Wine? At $10/bottle for six 500 mL bottles, I can undoubtedly do better on my own, but the selection has been pretty good so far, including some lesser-known wines (e.g., a Vermentino in the next shipment)...and there is the convenience factor.
by Cash
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any Biglaw attorneys on the board?
Replies: 53
Views: 8429

Re: Any Biglaw attorneys on the board?

Spent 6 years at a top firm in a major, HCOL city, but moved last year to work for the feds in a MCOL city in a location where it doesn't snow. Not a single regret (well, maybe a small one come bonus time). Fortunately, I saved a lot and should be on track to hit my retirement goal on time even thou...
by Cash
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Employees: BCBS Basic or GEHA HDHP Health Insurance?
Replies: 50
Views: 8930

Re: Federal Employees: BCBS Basic or GEHA HDHP Health Insurance?

I also decided to switch from BCBS Basic to GEHA HDHP this open season. No kids and wife has her own health insurance. Not sure why I didn't do it last year (my first year as a federal employee). Make sure your wife's insurance is a HDHP as well. I don't think she is allowed to have a traditional p...
by Cash
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PhD Mechanical Engineer --> Law School?
Replies: 47
Views: 4371

Re: PhD Mechanical Engineer --> Law School?

I am a lawyer. You don't seem to want to be a lawyer, and I don't really see what law school will get you besides tons of debt. I agree with others that selecting the proper work environment and/or exploring alternative careers that would utilize your PhD will likely be more fruitful than going to l...
by Cash
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Carpet to Sell Home
Replies: 38
Views: 2871

Re: Need New Carpet to Sell Home

I'm on the credit side. We are those people who would rip out carpet regardless (pet + wife's dust mite allergy), so we discount for that regardless of whether the carpet is new or old.
by Cash
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Employees: BCBS Basic or GEHA HDHP Health Insurance?
Replies: 50
Views: 8930

Re: Federal Employees: BCBS Basic or GEHA HDHP Health Insurance?

I also decided to switch from BCBS Basic to GEHA HDHP this open season. No kids and wife has her own health insurance. Not sure why I didn't do it last year (my first year as a federal employee).
by Cash
Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA pre-check enrollment, is it changing? [Yes, it has changed.]
Replies: 114
Views: 11930

Re: TSA pre-check enrollment, is it changing? [Yes, it has changed.]

Amusingly, I was just informed by Southwest that I'm "eligible" for pre-check when I fly with them (even though I have already separately enrolled). So I guess the partnership with airlines continues. I don't mind that as much as the random diversion of people from the regular line.
by Cash
Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whisky Recommendations
Replies: 109
Views: 9608

Re: Whisky Recommendations

apex84 wrote:Weller 12 (a nice aged wheater)


Can't believe it took this long for a bourbon drinker to mention Weller! I like the rest of your list as well.
by Cash
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA pre-check enrollment, is it changing? [Yes, it has changed.]
Replies: 114
Views: 11930

Re: TSA pre-check enrollment, is it changing? [Yes, it has changed.]

The TSA has simply discontinued Pre-Check for those who don't apply and pay the $85 five-year fee. That's perfectly reasonable. Why should I pay $85 for the service when others get free access and clog up the lines. It's unfair to those of us who pay. Agreed. And it was always incredibly annoying w...
by Cash
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity 2% Amex: Security Annoyances
Replies: 92
Views: 8663

Re: Fidelity 2% Amex: Security Annoyances

Yep it's a running joke between my wife and myself (and another friend who has one). We no longer put autopay items on the card because we seem to get a new one every six months. Got one last week, in fact. We were anxious about using it at a recent French Laundry dinner, but decided to risk it for ...
by Cash
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Interesting. I assumed it was pretty easy to recycle cardboard, aluminum, and plastic in most places these days except rural areas. Yes, I was shocked when I moved there. And really the only reason most people recycled paper/cardboard was to support the schools their children went to. Not a rural a...
by Cash
Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 12764

Re: New iPhone

I an not anti-Apple and have an ipad and a Mac and would replace with another, but I just can't stomach switching to an iPhone (I have a Samsung GS5). The main reason is I use a lot of Google apps, and I find that Apple and Google (especially gmail) do not really get along all that well compared wi...
by Cash
Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 12764

Re: New iPhone

I know what apps take up the most data, it's the ones I use all the time, social media apps like Twitter and Facebook. I reset my data usage every month on the billing date. Currently with about a week to go in the month, I've used 5.7 GB: Twitter 1.9 GB Facebook 1.6 GB App Store updates 0.9 GB Web...
by Cash
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 12764

Re: New iPhone

I say something like - now that my contract is up, and you have recovered the cost of the phone, how about reducing my contract cost. I think they were shocked at such a suggestion. . . . I think those that don't need a new phone every 2 years have caught on. So now contracts are not so common. Yea...
by Cash
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 12764

Re: New iPhone

The only reason I am still clinging to my android phone is google maps. There's a Google Maps app for the iPhone. Indeed, it was the native map app until a couple of years ago. I still use it 99% of the time. That said, Apple Maps has seen drastic improvements since its introduction, and I do like ...
by Cash
Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

That depends where you are. Here I can recycle the cardboard, but no plastic. Agreed. Last place I lived, you could recycle paper/cardboard and aluminum cans. And neither of those were particularly easy. Interesting. I assumed it was pretty easy to recycle cardboard, aluminum, and plastic in most p...
by Cash
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 12764

Re: New iPhone

I have an iPhone 4. Sure its stuck on iOS 7 (iOS 9 about to be released). Sure its slow. Sure the home button is worn out and may fail completely soon. What doesn't it do that an iPhone 6S will? I don't even know where to start, especially since you're not really using a smart phone as intended. Bu...
by Cash
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

My wife made an interesting observation. The recipes are interesting, but the choice of main course can become pedestrian. For example, "catfish" for foodies on the left coast? As she noted, eliminate the main course, substitute a local favorite, and there you go. Have you tried their new...
by Cash
Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

I've posted this before, but I will do so again after reading the last few comments. Everything in the Blue Apron box except the frozen gel is recyclable:

http://blog.blueapron.com/how-to-recycl ... apron-box/
by Cash
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Three-Fund Portfolio
Replies: 1418
Views: 732582

Re: Why not Total World + Total Bond Market?

Cash: You may be surprised to learn that you asked this same question three years ago on page 1. This was my reply (figures updated): Fortunately, my memory hasn't failed me yet, and yours obviously hasn't failed you either! :D I did not ask the question again, but it looks like someone quoted my p...
by Cash
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Both meals we have tried so far had a lot of bread and tasteless protein (salmon and meatballs). In our nearly year of cooking with Blue Apron, last week was the first one that included two baguettes. Usually there is no bread aside from the occasional bun. I do think people need to try out multipl...
by Cash
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Ours arrives every Wednesday without fail. Do you live somewhere rural?
by Cash
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Major home renovation your thoughts
Replies: 39
Views: 4297

Re: Major home renovation your thoughts

and at that price we should just find a lot with a tear down, and build from scratch a smaller home built to purpose for our modern family. He, too, thought that would be a better idea. We thought the same thing until we discovered that tear-downs on "a large lot but in the city, right schools...
by Cash
Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Major home renovation your thoughts
Replies: 39
Views: 4297

Re: Major home renovation your thoughts

Make sure you research your cabinetry. If it's just going to be standard veneers, laminates, or thermofoil with an MDF core, IMO you'd be better off valuewise going with IKEA cabinet boxes and hardware + a company that manufactures facing for IKEA cabinet boxes, like Semihandmade.
by Cash
Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for separate checks?
Replies: 88
Views: 7620

Re: Asking for separate checks?

I'm shocked by some of the responses. There must be regional/age differences. In my neck of the woods (mid-atlantic), separate checks are the norm. Weird: I've spent most of my adult life living in New York City and in Washington, DC, and I rarely see restaurants offering to split checks. Many will...
by Cash
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we fix a car scrape before getting Carmax quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: Should we fix a car scrape before getting Carmax quote?

Agreed with the consensus: don't fix. I traded in a car a few months ago that needed a new oxygen sensor. Carmax said it didn't affect their offer.
by Cash
Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: VG policy, wires, slow money
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: VG policy, wires, slow money

I also determined that it's too onerous to use VG for wire transfers. I just pay my credit union (Alliant) $25 to do an outgoing one same day (no charge for incoming).
by Cash
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?
Replies: 119
Views: 12344

Re: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?

FireProof wrote:Astrid y Gaston in Lima, Peru.


We ate there a couple of years ago. I agree that it was excellent.
by Cash
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?
Replies: 119
Views: 12344

Re: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?

I've eaten at lots of great restaurants, so it's hard to pick a best meal. A dinner I had at CityZen (now closed) continues to stand out in my head. But the best all around experience: staying and eating at The Inn at Little Washington. I have reservations at The French Laundry in September. Really ...
by Cash
Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 11232

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

Update: Went with a Dell Laptop. Got 17" 1080p display, 4 USB ports, Bluetooth, 16 gigs of ram, etc. for half the price of an equivalent Mac. And more over there is no equivalent Mac laptop in their current lineup. Apple no longer makes 17" laptops. Nor should they. Too big to carry aroun...
by Cash
Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Company Advice - Jumbo Loan
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Mortgage Company Advice - Jumbo Loan

I got good rates and service from First Savings Mortgage Corporation when we were in the DC area.
by Cash
Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4th of July in Washington, DC
Replies: 12
Views: 1404

Re: 4th of July in Washington, DC

We went to the Mall to view the fireworks once. Fortunately, it had just rained, so we were able to walk down from the Foggy Bottom Metro station to the Lincoln Memorial and get a prime viewing spot. Another year, we watched from the Rosslyn side. One of the best viewing spots is Cardozo High School...
by Cash
Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Blue Apron will probably have little appeal to people already inclined to cook, and especially to those who already have a system of cooking that they like. Prior to Blue Apron, we ate out most nights. Now we cook at home 3 nights. Overall, a net benefit in our minds! Blue Apron will also not appeal...
by Cash
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

Their service is really good. If you ever need to suspend the subscription (traveling out of town?), they are very good to work with you if you miss their deadline. No penalty to suspend, etc. If you happen to get something that is not up to par (I believe this happened once to us) they may offer t...
by Cash
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

I think this is a fascinating concept, but I find the packaging situation less than ideal. I'm imagining receiving a sturdy styrofoam box every week. Is that a good guess? No, most of the packaging is recyclable. The outer box is cardboard. Inside is a foil-like bag (think the liner of the bags tha...
by Cash
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 123
Views: 14217

Re: Blue Apron

We've used Blue Apron regularly for about 9 months now. We don't like to shop for produce, and prior to using Blue Apron, we rarely cooked. Blue Apron sends fresh produce and meat right to our door and includes instructions for cooking. Prep can be tedious, but my wife has gotten garlic and ginger m...
by Cash
Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 290
Views: 34999

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

I got the email from OPM yesterday, and I am so dismayed that they chose to put the CSID offer in an email with a link to a site that then asks for all that very important personal information. How are we supposed to distinguish that from a phishing attack? I looked online and found that it came fr...
by Cash
Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 290
Views: 34999

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

The wife and I own two-fers in the "victims of hackery" department. SHE was a victim of the OPM breach. We were BOTH victims of the Anthem (Health Insurance Company) breach. The result? We had some unkonwn entity e-file for a federal income tax refund using my Social Security Number. The ...
by Cash
Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep underground storm cellar (in Florida)?
Replies: 48
Views: 3968

Re: Keep underground storm cellar (in Florida)?

Well I think you guys are right: nuclear fallout shelter that had most of the cool stuff removed at some point. They were putting electricity in the shelters even back then, so the nonfunctioning lights might be original to it (though that orange fan is connected to a three-prong plug...not sure if ...

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