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by FB01
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap notebook for surfing/watching videos
Replies: 18
Views: 1562

Cheap notebook for surfing/watching videos

Hi, I need to buy a notebook for my uncle who is 70 years old. He just surfs the web - limited websites and watches Youtube videos. He does not want to spend much and would like to get the cheap notebook that can do the above function. Any idea which is the cheapest notebook I should be getting for ...
by FB01
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372707

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I just had an interesting experience with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. I needed to book a specific hotel for specific days in October. Booking through the Sheraton website offered a pre-paid, nonrefundable standard room rate of $164/night, or a refundable standard room rate for $184/ni...
by FB01
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Software : Making b/w photograph color in certain areas
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Software : Making b/w photograph color in certain areas

Hi, I am interested in making a black and white photograph colored in certain places only..like only one person or some specific area..Which is the best free software I can do this. Adobe photoshop can do this but it is kind of costly? Does anyone know of any Free Software on iOS or on Mac which I d...
by FB01
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Jose and San Francisco Trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1846

Re: San Jose and San Francisco Trip

Hi, I stay near San Jose and I would suggest stay in SF only. There is nothing much to see in San Jose. Being parent of elementary kids, I would suggest do rent a car as there is lot to see in SF itself. I am not sure how many days you are planning but below are key things I believe your kids would ...
by FB01
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car - Which Credit Card to be used
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Rental Car - Which Credit Card to be used

Hi, I have booked Thrifty Rental car using some Ultimate Rewards points. However, Thrifty has policy that it will charge around $9 a day to add wife as additional driver. My whole trip is booked via UR points. However, in order to get the better insurance coverage which Credit card should I be charg...
by FB01
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2941
Views: 865104

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hi,

Does Lion movie has any sex scene? I am planning to watch it my 7 year old kid. I read that there is some profanity but just want to confirm if there are some scenes, will avoid watching..

Any comment from who has seen?
by FB01
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UberX or UberXL??
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

Re: UberX or UberXL??

Usually XL is somewhat more expensive than X, but not that much more expensive. You can get fare estimates at either uber.com (scroll down until you get to the fare estimate), or from uberestimate.com. While the estimate will be as of now rather than as of when you go, it will give you some idea of...
by FB01
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UberX or UberXL??
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

Re: UberX or UberXL??

Yes, it will show the car type. If its too small, cancel quickly to avoid a charge. Can you explain what do you mean by cancelling quickly? I see there is $5 cancellation charge. So I book and see that car type is Prius...i can cancel immediately and won't be charged the $5 cancellation fee? Is tha...
by FB01
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UberX or UberXL??
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

Re: UberX or UberXL??

mmarreco wrote:You can't pick what car will take you so with that much luggage you need an UberXL. With UberX you can end up with a Prius or a Corolla which will not fit all your bags. It would not be a problem for the booster seats though.
Thanks..but does it show what is the car type when I book a ride?
by FB01
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UberX or UberXL??
Replies: 15
Views: 1523

UberX or UberXL??

Hi, I have never ordered Uber and will be doing so for the first time. I will be going to airport with 2 kids (age 7) so 2 booster seats. Plus will have 2 carry-on and 3/4 check-in luggage. UberX has Camry, Accord as car types and Prius as well. Not sure we will fit if we get Prius with all the lugg...
by FB01
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry [Brokerage Services]
Replies: 159
Views: 19483

Re: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry

Unfortunately, yes. They accidentally upgraded one of our accounts about a year ago, but the rest are still on the old platform. To exchange between that upgraded account and any other, we have to call them up each time. We have Inherited IRAs and one day they admitted they have to stay on the old ...
by FB01
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...
Replies: 20
Views: 1306

Re: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...

Hi, I have 2 days to spend in Vancouver as will be driving from Seattle with kids. On the 1st day morning, I am planning to go to Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge and not sure what to after that. 2nd day, I am planning to spend time at Stanley Park and not sure how long it is going to take. I was planning t...
by FB01
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...
Replies: 20
Views: 1306

Re: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...

jebmke wrote:The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is not to be missed.
Will a 8 year old kid enjoy this Museum?

-FB
by FB01
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...
Replies: 20
Views: 1306

Re: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...

NotWhoYouThink wrote:Just got back today from a trip to Vancouver/Whistler/Victoria.

Loved Stanley Park. It's pricey, but whale watching tours around Vancouver could be fun in good weather.

Can you let me know what all you did in Stanley Park or in Vancouver particular?

-FB
by FB01
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...
Replies: 20
Views: 1306

Two days in Vancouver - Suggestion...

Hi, I have 2 days to spend in Vancouver as will be driving from Seattle with kids. On the 1st day morning, I am planning to go to Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge and not sure what to after that. 2nd day, I am planning to spend time at Stanley Park and not sure how long it is going to take. I was planning to...
by FB01
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to stay/what to do in Seattle
Replies: 18
Views: 1535

Re: Where to stay/what to do in Seattle

We just got back from Seattle in April. We stayed at the StayPinapple Hotel, and it was within walking distance of everything we wanted to see, except the Fremont Troll and Gas Works Park. StayPinapple was one of the only affordable hotels we found downtown, and it has great service. We saw the Gre...
by FB01
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area housing
Replies: 69
Views: 6319

Re: Bay Area housing

Unfortunately, I don't agree.

I am also in Bay area and we pressed the button a year ago. We were also thinking the same way and prices kept on increasing. You can never time the market. If you have money and like the house..go for it..don't wait
by FB01
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with Medicare Part B and Extra help
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Anyone with Medicare Part B and Extra help

dbr wrote:What is "Extra"?


Extra help is for people above 65 and not meeting the income limit so wanted to check if someone is having it. The medicare website does not clearly states the exact benefit of availing Extra help.
by FB01
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with Medicare Part B and Extra help
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Anyone with Medicare Part B and Extra help

Hi,

Is anyone having Medicare Part B and Extra help? If yes, do you guys have to pay any monthly premiums/co-pays for the getting the medical help?

-FB
by FB01
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: help with IRS letter charging for taxes on 2015 backdoor roth
Replies: 28
Views: 2601

Re: help with IRS letter charging for taxes on 2015 backdoor roth

Were you able to figure out what incorrect line item you filled or missed when you filled in Turbotax?
by FB01
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone enrolled in Part B of Medicare?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Anyone enrolled in Part B of Medicare?

jebmke wrote:I'd suggest looking at the Medicare site

http://www.medicare.gov

This is a pretty good resource



I have looked but there are certain things which are not clear, hence asking. Let me know if you are enrolled.

-FB
by FB01
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone enrolled in Part B of Medicare?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Anyone enrolled in Part B of Medicare?

Hi,

Is anyone enrolled in Part B of Medicare (for above 65)?

If yes, you just pay monthly premium and everything else is covered? Can anyone who has Part B of Medicare explain how it works?

-FB
by FB01
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting House loan when I am still paying my car loan
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Getting House loan when I am still paying my car loan

Hi, I bought the house and got the loan. Next I bought the car on loan. Paying both regularly. Now, if I need to sell my house for which I am still paying the loan and would like to buy a different house. Because of the existing car loan, is it difficult to get the house loan for 2nd house or it jus...
by FB01
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estimated Expense while Selling home
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Estimated Expense while Selling home

Hi, For e.g. I bought the house for 1 Million. I paid 200K as down payment and took loan for rest of 800K. Out of the loan I took, I have paid 50K (40K Principal and 10K Interest). Now, I am selling the house for 1.1 Million. (Increase of 100K in price value) Can anyone tell me how much money I will...
by FB01
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medi-Cal (for CA) equivalent in Texas
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: Medi-Cal (for CA) equivalent in Texas

toofache32 wrote:
FB01 wrote:Hi,

California has Medi-Cal which provides free Medical to Senior Citizens with GC and low income. Does Texas has similar thing?

-FB


What's GC?


GC = Green Card
by FB01
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372707

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Date point: Just got another Barclay Arrival Plus card to use for Italy trip. Canceled my first BC A+ on 2/25/17 after having it for 9 months. I was not sure I was going to be approved after only having it closed for 3+ months. Have opened 14 cards in 15 months. But will Barclays award you the sign...
by FB01
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions

Yes, math looks correct to me. Another fun point to add: if your wife has any unused SW points, she can book a ticket in your name, and then you can go to your account and add her as the companion. You can also change your companion 3x per calendar year, in case you want to make your kid your compa...
by FB01
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medi-Cal (for CA) equivalent in Texas
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Medi-Cal (for CA) equivalent in Texas

Hi,

California has Medi-Cal which provides free Medical to Senior Citizens with GC and low income. Does Texas has similar thing?

-FB
by FB01
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions

Yes, math looks correct to me. Another fun point to add: if your wife has any unused SW points, she can book a ticket in your name, and then you can go to your account and add her as the companion. You can also change your companion 3x per calendar year, in case you want to make your kid your compa...
by FB01
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions

My understanding is you need to spend 110k in a calendar year on the card to get companion. I don't think sign up points count towards that. This is wrong--credit card sign up bonuses DO count towards the 110k points needed in a calendar year to get the pass. FB01 -- With the 60k point offer, eithe...
by FB01
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Novice for Southwest Companion Pass - Questions

Hi all, My wife already has Chase Southwest card which se got couple of months ago and got 50K points. I got the Southwest Premier card yesterday for 60K points. Now me and my wife are on 4/24 for Chase card. For getting Companion pass, what is the best way? Should I apply for Plus card and get 60K ...
by FB01
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time
Replies: 45
Views: 2725

Re: Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time

Hi, We do not drive much so yearly our car puts around 6K. We have Honda Odyssey and Camry. Car experts - do you guys recommend to change the Cabin Air Filter yearly even though I have no driven that much? Or should I wait till it reaches 10K. Any suggestions would be helpful? Thanks, Fb For the Ho...
by FB01
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time
Replies: 45
Views: 2725

Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time

Hi,

We do not drive much so yearly our car puts around 6K. We have Honda Odyssey and Camry.

Car experts - do you guys recommend to change the Cabin Air Filter yearly even though I have no driven that much? Or should I wait till it reaches 10K.

Any suggestions would be helpful?

Thanks,
Fb
by FB01
Tue May 30, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372707

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Hi, Do you guys cancel Chase credit after sometime to get the new one as I believe Chase gives credit of $50K combined for all the credit cards. I have Chase Freedom, Chase United Mileage plus, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sappire Preferred. I had Chase Southwest but cancelled 3 years back. Now ...
by FB01
Wed May 17, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regarding Chase Ultimate Rewards Accounts
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Regarding Chase Ultimate Rewards Accounts

Hi, I just had a chat with my friend and he said that I need to have have Chase Reserve Card for transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Is it true? I have Chase Sapphire Reserve card currently for me any wife and planning to close after one year. So if I close, will I lose transferring points f...
by FB01
Wed May 10, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 372707

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

For anyone interested in Alaska cards , my recent experience: Had one personal (10/3/16) and one business (1/17/17) card. Canceled my personal on 4/10/17. Had not read the new churning rules and did not lower my CL on the personal. However last week I did lower the business CL to $1k. Applied last ...
by FB01
Mon May 08, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Re: Seattle and Vancouver with kids

For Vancouver, I'd say yes to staying downtown-- not too far from Stanley Park. Walk the Stanley Park sea wall-- you can easily rent bikes too. There's a great playground and outdoor pool at Second Beach. Take your kids to the aquarium (also in Stanley Park). My kids liked the science museum when t...
by FB01
Sun May 07, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Re: Seattle and Vancouver with kids

Thank so far for the replies. This is what I am planning based on reading from google. Not sure...if I will be to do with kids but below is the plan Seattle : Space Needle/chihuly glass Ferris Wheel on Seattle Waterfront First Starbucks on Pike Ave Pacific Science Center and the Aquarium Downton Van...
by FB01
Sun May 07, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1414

Seattle and Vancouver with kids

Hi, I will be flying to Seattle and then staying there for 2 days, 3rd day driving to Vancouver and then staying 2 days in Vancouver with 5 and 7 year old kids. 6th day will be driving back to Seattle. My question, what are things I can do in Seattle (apart from Space Needle) and Vancouver in 2 days...
by FB01
Mon May 01, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Six Flags or Gilroy Garden for 4 and 7 year old
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Six Flags or Gilroy Garden for 4 and 7 year old

Hi, I am in Bay area and went to Six Flags a decade ago.I do not remember if they have good kids rides for a 4 and 7 year to enjoy. On the other hand, we have Gilroy Garden where I heard there are good amounts of rides for kids..however it is a bit more pricey than Six Flags Can someone shares their...
by FB01
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 216
Views: 31920

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

I was planning on using the 100000 points and then cancelling next year after getting my $300 free travel credit. However, the more I look at the benefits, the more I really like this card. I woke up this morning and saw my car had a flat tire. Free roadside assistance with the card! So did they co...
by FB01
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Stress Chess board game for 7 year old
Replies: 13
Views: 1341

No Stress Chess board game for 7 year old

Hi,

I am planning to teach my 7 seven year chess. Is "No Stress Chess" good game to start teaching chess to kid or is there anything better?

Thanks,
FB
by FB01
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Ideas - San Francisco & Northern CA
Replies: 31
Views: 2574

Re: Trip Ideas - San Francisco & Northern CA

Lake Tahoe is also pretty awesome place in Summer.....
by FB01
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regarding Wells Fargo $250 promo
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Regarding Wells Fargo $250 promo

FYI.. This is what the email said. I applied last week only. ---- Status: Your application has been approved, and your new account is eligible to receive a bonus offer. For more details, see the Bonus Offer Disclosure and Additional Requirements. Next Steps: Please sign, date and return the Consumer...
by FB01
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regarding Wells Fargo $250 promo
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Regarding Wells Fargo $250 promo

Hi, I filled in the WF online application and it got approved. However, I have 2 questions? 1) They have sent me a Consumer Application form where I need to again fill the SSN details and mail it to them? Is it required even though my application is approved and I gave all the required details onlin...
by FB01
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Re: Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids

https://www.walkietalkiecentral.com/walkie-talkie-privacy-codes/ Explains privacy codes. I'm a bit confused though, you mentioned "good range" and "talk from where ever they are in the house". If they're only using them in the house (i.e. basement to upstairs) then anything will...
by FB01
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Re: Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids

Hi, I am planning to get Walkie-Talkie for my 8 years old kids. I got one Walkie Talkie but it was having lot of channels and were able to hear other people voices which I do not prefer. I just want good Walkie-Talkie with good amount of range where my 2 kids can talk from where ever they are in th...
by FB01
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrying case of Bose Sound Link Mini II
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Carrying case of Bose Sound Link Mini II

Hi,

I have the Bose Sound Link Mini II. The carrying case which Bose sells is $44.95. Is this worth it or if anyone of you have other reliable carrying case which I can buy

https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/spe ... g_acc_gray

-FB
by FB01
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Walkie-Talkie for 8-9 year old kids

Hi, I am planning to get Walkie-Talkie for my 8 years old kids. I got one Walkie Talkie but it was having lot of channels and were able to hear other people voices which I do not prefer. I just want good Walkie-Talkie with good amount of range where my 2 kids can talk from where ever they are in the...
by FB01
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car experts - Honda Odyssey question
Replies: 22
Views: 2124

Any Car experts - Honda Odyssey question

Hi,

I bought a new Honda Odyssey a year back and I have kind of driven 4000 miles. The oil change indicator says 50% to go.

What an car expert recommends? Should I go ahead and change the oil or go for yearly service even though it is not 5K miles?

Thanks,
FB