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by Flashes1
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ordering a Weber grill this week
Replies: 149
Views: 10487

Re: Ordering a Weber grill this week

I'm probably asking on the wrong board, but is a Weber Genesis worth the extra $1,000? We don't do anything fancy on our grill....but assuming I have the means, I wonder if it's worth it. Does it look noticeably nicer (I know that's a subjective assessment, but just curious).
by Flashes1
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Income earners, whats your Tax Strategy?
Replies: 113
Views: 10204

Re: High Income earners, whats your Tax Strategy?

The AMT costs us an additional $4k/per annum in taxes every 4/15----and I really don't like writing that check.

The inability to write-off my relatively high property taxes hurts me.
by Flashes1
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying expensive car, how to keep payments low?
Replies: 149
Views: 8398

Re: Buying expensive car, how to keep payments low?

Boy did you pick the wrong forum to ask your question. I bet half a dozen people tell you to buy a Honda Fit instead. That's what I was thinking when I read the OP. There's a lot of millionaires driving Corollas on this board, but I say, if you got the money, go ahead and splurge. :beer I got the &...
by Flashes1
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spring Break Trip to Disney World
Replies: 67
Views: 4129

Re: Spring Break Trip to Disney World

I agree every parent HAS to take the kiddos to Disney at least once----heck, I almost consider it Un-American not to. :D My wife and I are NOT Disney people, but we enjoyed our 1 trip to the park. The best things we did: 1) stay at one of the Disney hotels so you can come and go very easily via the ...
by Flashes1
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much life insurance?
Replies: 18
Views: 1359

Re: How much life insurance?

Has anyone ever factored any "fun" money into their Life Insurance. Say you want some extra money after a long disease takes your spouse....I thought a nice car might cheer me up so I got some extra coverage for my wife, but I'm not sure how widespread that is.
by Flashes1
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do about a bad neighbor in same unit -- both renters of same landlord.
Replies: 43
Views: 5108

Re: What to do about a bad neighbor in same unit -- both renters of same landlord.

One of the main benefits of renting is freedom to move. I think I would exercise this benefit and move...immediately. And I wouldn't care what the lease said. I'd just up and move if I felt my landlord wasn't helping me in a potentially dangerous situation.
by Flashes1
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much in Your Emergency Fund And Is It Used?
Replies: 176
Views: 15316

Re: How Much in Your Emergency Fund And Is It Used?

I don't have an emergency fund, but I do have a large enough HELOC from a very strong bank on a house with 60% loan/value.

I never understand why I would keep funds yielding 1% for something that I'll unlikely ever need, and if I did, I could use my HELOC.
by Flashes1
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Hounding me to Purchase SUV or Minivan
Replies: 61
Views: 4135

Re: Family Hounding me to Purchase SUV or Minivan

My wife and I are not "minivan" people, so we bought a new Explorer which has treated our family well. If the inlaws are concerned that the high mileage car is not safe, then I can understand their point of view. If it's just they look down on Japanese cars, then that's their business and ...
by Flashes1
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mom & Pop investors piling in. Bad Sign/Good sign?
Replies: 36
Views: 6983

Re: Mom & Pop investors piling in. Bad Sign/Good sign?

The economy is doing fine. I'm curious to hear more details about plans to loosen regulations and decrease taxes. That has the ability to move markets up/down. I'm long-term bullish on American economy, but I'm waiting for a 10% correction to move approx. 1% of bonds to equities in a Roth. Otherwise...
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Boglehead Millionaire
Replies: 65
Views: 7996

Re: New Boglehead Millionaire

I completely understand how you can't tell anyone but this message board about your achievement. I can't even tell my wife because if she knew our net worth, she'd want to go part time! :happy

Congrats. Very impressive milestone at your age.
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can we afford home thread!
Replies: 50
Views: 3344

Re: Another can we afford home thread!

I'm not one to judge anyone either. But, folks should just call their choices what they are and not look for a work around to justify what they want. If one wants something and they can afford it, go for it! So why can't we just let people say they "need" something? If they feel they need...
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can we afford home thread!
Replies: 50
Views: 3344

Re: Another can we afford home thread!

But everyone's different. I have a +5,000 sq. foot house (including finished basement), and it feels small. I would feel like a financial loser if I lived in a 2,400 sq. foot house, but that's me.....again, everyone is different. I agree. Same issue as car threads where everyone should be purchasin...
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for suggestions for a Wine Cooler
Replies: 28
Views: 955

Re: Looking for suggestions for a Wine Cooler

I just bought an Electrolux wine chiller a couple days ago on Amazon, but I was drooling over the Wolf wine fridge, but I couldn't pull the trigger on the extra cost (but that's me).

On another note, we just bought a Bosch built-in coffee maker, too. That should be a fun toy.
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can we afford home thread!
Replies: 50
Views: 3344

Re: Another can we afford home thread!

2400 sq ft is twice the size of our 2/2 How is that not enough room? Do you want a house with rooms that are never used and only house furniture? If your current house feels "cramped" - time to downsize your stuff. Keep what you actually NEED and use. Much better plan, IMO. I kept trying ...
by Flashes1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can we afford home thread!
Replies: 50
Views: 3344

Re: Another can we afford home thread!

My 2 cents: - I think this is more of a quality of life question than anything else because with a paid-off house, because you can afford the new one. - How happy are you in the new house? Is it something you're proud of, or do you feel kind of "blah" about it? - Would changing school dist...
by Flashes1
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best fencing for a dog
Replies: 35
Views: 1890

Best fencing for a dog

Seems like everyone's getting a dog these days! We're looking for the best way to contain our yet to be acquired dog, and here's our scenario: - Golden doodle puppy to be received in late March. - We have a 9 and 11 year old who should hopefully be playing outside a lot with the dog. - We live in th...
by Flashes1
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pension options vs Term-Life policy
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Pension options vs Term-Life policy

You should thank Chris Christie for strengthening your pension plan. Very few (if any) private pensions offer COLA and free retirement health care. Welcome to the real world. I agree with other recommendations to leave high cost of living state like NJ for a lower tax rate state in the South.
by Flashes1
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: It is snowing again.
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: It is snowing again.

WeatherBug shows a lot of precipitation today (Thursday) in the Seattle/Portland and Nor Cal and Las Vegas areas. I hope it's helping with the drought.
by Flashes1
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Projector
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: Home Theater Projector

I have a dedicated HT in my basement---and I love escaping down there most nights. As others have said, it's important to keep out BOTH exterior light and interior light. If you have friends over to watch the big game, you probably want the lights on. This favors a TV vs. a HT....but if you're going...
by Flashes1
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Financial Moves You've Made
Replies: 141
Views: 17347

Re: Best Financial Moves You've Made

* Got married to a good earner who is responsible with money.
by Flashes1
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Bad was 2008, really?
Replies: 224
Views: 18792

Re: How Bad was 2008, really?

It was very bad. The financial system was close to collapse. I'm in corporate banking, and saw many of the world's largest financial institutions drop like flies....institutions that survived Great Depression, didn't survive this one. There were a couple days when my institution (probably the strong...
by Flashes1
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Whats your number to walk away?
Replies: 245
Views: 29354

Re: Whats your number to walk away?

$3 million in investments - need $1.7 million more - age 47 with smaller pension and large house to be paid off in 5 years. My NW has been increasing approx. $150k per annum the last 6 years.
by Flashes1
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What do you think is in more of a bubble right now?
Replies: 57
Views: 6971

Re: What do you think is in more of a bubble right now?

I think European stocks are the most overvalued right now despite being in the pits for 10 years: I) US dollar will continue to outgain Euro, II) demographic changes work against Europe, III) political risk of EU breaking-up, and IV) unfriendly business environment compared to US and China.
by Flashes1
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What % of your net income do you save (not including 401k/IRA)
Replies: 59
Views: 5095

Re: What % of your net income do you save (not including 401k/IRA)

We're probably saving 25% of net income with approx. 60% going to extra mortgage principal and 40% to TSM.
by Flashes1
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What percentage of international do you hold?
Replies: 127
Views: 6987

Re: What percentage of international do you hold?

Currently: 26% of equities, but changing to ~12% tonight. I found I could no longer make the argument that I) the US dollar will materially weaken vs. the Euro for quite awhile--namely due to higher interest rates in the U.S., ii) demographic changes working against Europe, iii) decreased corporate ...
by Flashes1
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying Across Atlantic with 98th Percentile 18-Month Child
Replies: 114
Views: 7564

Re: Flying Across Atlantic with 98th Percentile 18-Month Child

I can't think of any scenario where I would willingly fly +5 hours with any kid, let alone an 18 month old. We put our kids in the back of the SUV and drive over night so we bother no one but ourselves.
by Flashes1
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Double Check Figures: Affording $1M Home
Replies: 81
Views: 7355

Re: Double Check Figures: Affording $1M Home

I'll throw this out there since you said there's potential your income could rise to $300k/year in the next 10 years. Assuming you feel really good about that.....I'd recommend stretching on a house right now because you mentioned a "forever house." Most people move up in house price as t...
by Flashes1
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Double Check Figures: Affording $1M Home
Replies: 81
Views: 7355

Re: Double Check Figures: Affording $1M Home

I'll throw this out there since you said there's potential your income could rise to $300k/year in the next 10 years. Assuming you feel really good about that.....I'd recommend stretching on a house right now because you mentioned a "forever house." Most people move up in house price as th...
by Flashes1
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 495
Views: 120537

Re: Share your net worth progression

Equity in Primary Residence: 24% of NW, been aggressively paying down mortgage last 3 yrs...hindsight says I should have put this $ in equities, but what can you do? I have to say, I enjoy the peace of mind of having little mortgage debt. Stocks: approx. 60% of NW. Bonds: approx. 16% of NW One of th...
by Flashes1
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 495
Views: 120537

Re: Share your net worth progression

Year Net Worth 2004: $215,000 - got married, I'd been working for 13 yrs., wife just got out of medical training. 2005: $312,000 2006: $450,000 - Baby 1 born 2007: $522,000 - Baby 2 born. 2008: $441,000 - one of the toughest Christmas's thinking of the beautiful Ferrari I could have bought with my l...
by Flashes1
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aldi doesn't accept phone calls
Replies: 36
Views: 4662

Re: Aldi doesn't accept phone calls

Their employees work very hard...on a slow day there can be 1 employee in the store.....no time to answer phones. Shop their for cheap prices but don't fool yourself into thinking it's a full service grocery store.
by Flashes1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?
Replies: 92
Views: 7971

Re: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?

Neither I nor my wife care for the "status" aspect of driving a luxury car. I just wanted to see if they offered additional comforts and driving pleasure (apart from better safety features, if any). I actually find it kind of embarasing to have a luxury brand car sometimes. I never drive ...
by Flashes1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?
Replies: 92
Views: 7971

Re: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?

OP here. After reading all the replies, I have decided to go ahead and test drive one (Probably Acura) sometime next year. Neither I nor my wife care for the "status" aspect of driving a luxury car. I just wanted to see if they offered additional comforts and driving pleasure (apart from ...
by Flashes1
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?
Replies: 92
Views: 7971

Re: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?

pascal wrote:I am curious about the creature comforts.

How do you spend the remaining 15 hours - do you have similar comfort?


Yes. We built our dream house for maximum effect, and we still save +30% of gross income.
by Flashes1
Sat Oct 08, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?
Replies: 92
Views: 7971

Re: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?

Here's some of my favorite features on my ultra-luxury sedan: - Twin turbo V-8 is fun as heck. - Sun Shades shield me from prying eyes. - Door lock senses the key so I don't need to push the remote. - Interior LED lighting looks cool at night. - Air conditioned seats. - Dual sun roofs. - Seat massag...
by Flashes1
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nanny in Boston
Replies: 44
Views: 3559

Re: Nanny in Boston

We deliberately "overpaid" our nanny/babysitters to retain them and also help find the best ones. We found there's no set type of person who tends to be the best....it's all case-by-case. I found that the one's who were friendly, punctual, and shared a lot of our belief and religious views...
by Flashes1
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What you guys do with the bonus
Replies: 59
Views: 5624

Re: What you guys do with the bonus

I usually greatly increase my 401k contribution on the pay period when the bonus is paid then decrease the % for the rest of the year.
by Flashes1
Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Disappointing News Wells Fargo
Replies: 111
Views: 10428

Re: Disappointing News Wells Fargo

I'm disappointed that any company would pressure their employees to this degree, but especially pressure low paid folks like retail bank branches. Those people have tough enough jobs dealing with the public without being pressured to open up a bunch of cruddy accounts that existing customers don't n...
by Flashes1
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Self-made Millionaires: how did hitting 7 figures change you?
Replies: 304
Views: 45906

Re: Self-made Millionaires: how did hitting 7 figures change you?

I think it's made me aware of my unique standing in the world. An American millionaire is something special, and it makes me feel part of the elite of the elite. It allows me to look at other peoples of the world and realize I am different. I have a particular level of discipline, intelligence, work...
by Flashes1
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell individual corporate bonds to pay off mortgage?
Replies: 27
Views: 1567

Re: Sell individual corporate bonds to pay off mortgage?

I'd just use excess cash flow to pay off your mortgage and leave the bonds alone. Sounds like you can pay-off your mortgage this way in two years, and you don't have to go thru the hassle of selling the bonds. KISS
by Flashes1
Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit work and become SAHM - advice? regrets?
Replies: 58
Views: 6880

Re: Quit work and become SAHM - advice? regrets?

I think the OP presents a good case to stay-at-home. The one piece of advise I would provide, is find an organization or cause to throw yourself into to not only use your mind, but it's get you out of the house a few times a week. A parent needs a little separation from their family. Do something li...
by Flashes1
Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BigLaw compensation portrayed accurately by media?
Replies: 43
Views: 5164

Re: BigLaw compensation portrayed accurately by media?

As a client of big law firms, the thing I like the most about working for them is their flexibility and near 24/7 availability which I don't have with in-house counsel. I can call my guy at big law on a Friday night with a 100 page document and tell him I need comments by noon on Monday---and he'll ...
by Flashes1
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?
Replies: 193
Views: 18590

Re: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?

I can speak to this personally. My father chose to split the inheritance unequally. I was the youngest of my siblings (two much older brothers) and the only daughter. My parents had marital difficulties and separated (never divorced) when I was 11 and I was left to live with my mother, rarely seein...
by Flashes1
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?
Replies: 193
Views: 18590

Re: How many folks choose to give inheritance to their children in unequal portions?

My wife's situation is interesting: * Oldest Brother - named officer in Fortune 50 company---income in the .01% of all Americans. * Middle Sister - widowed with minimal life insurance and has lived the past 10 years off the three girls' SSI.....which is coming to end in five years when the youngest ...
by Flashes1
Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis
Replies: 119
Views: 10098

Re: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis

Flashes - Excellent insight into the liquidity issues of that time. I remember many corporations fully drawing down revolving lines, some did so because they wanted the liquidity in case banks began failing or began to not honor lending commitments. Institutional money market funds were a day from ...
by Flashes1
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis
Replies: 119
Views: 10098

Re: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis

I remember just being scared....and paralyzed. I couldn't look at my account balances; it hurt just too much to see the losses. I kept maxing out our 401k's---but I never had the guts to sell bonds and buy equities. I'll never forget seeing my bank's stock plummet below $10/share---and just effing a...
by Flashes1
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis
Replies: 119
Views: 10098

Re: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis

I'll never forget how it seemed like every morning waking up to hear about another large financial institution going under or about to: Lehman Brothers, Wachovia, National City, AIG, Citibank, Countrywide. Many of them were old enough to survive the Great Depression but couldn't survive the Great R...
by Flashes1
Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis
Replies: 119
Views: 10098

Re: Reliving the Nightmare of the Crisis

I'll never forget how it seemed like every morning waking up to hear about another large financial institution going under or about to: Lehman Brothers, Wachovia, National City, AIG, Citibank, Countrywide. Many of them were old enough to survive the Great Depression but couldn't survive the Great Re...
by Flashes1
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Too-Much-House Thread....
Replies: 72
Views: 7652

Re: Another Too-Much-House Thread....

We've yet to comes across anyone that has anything positive to say about the house size. We must have rose colored goggles on. Probably should have noted this previously but the community requires a minimum 4,000 sqr ft house. Where is this? I've never heard of such a large minimum, but I do hear t...

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