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by Grasshopper
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators
Replies: 28
Views: 1688

Re: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators

I too am a flat-footed overpronator, I have found moccasin style Bass Weejuns, and or docksider/sperry boat shoes for casual shoes for comfort.
by Grasshopper
Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 77
Views: 8234

Re: Owning a Chromebook

I use a remote Windows 10 machine to run TurboTax and Quicken on my Chromebook, sounds and keyboard all work like I am sitting in front of the W10.
by Grasshopper
Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cannot get myself to spend my savings
Replies: 75
Views: 8041

Re: Cannot get myself to spend my savings

It has always been said around this and the earlyretirement.org forum. Saving is easy...spending is hard.
by Grasshopper
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Air/ Chromebook
Replies: 37
Views: 2584

Re: MacBook Air/ Chromebook

I have never used an Apple product, I do have 2 PC laptops Win 10 and a Chromebook. I started steering away from Windows products about 5 years ago, and started using all Google apps. So I was using Gmail, docs, calendar, for a while until I bought my Chromebook this year. Seamless everything log in...
by Grasshopper
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved
Replies: 53
Views: 3474

Re: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved

I love Part"D", I pay $18.40 a month and get a tier 1 drug that I can buy at WalMart for $4, But mailorder is for free, and I should be happy because the rack price $50. You can say that you want that script filled at Wal Mart and tell them you want to pay cash and skip your prescription ...
by Grasshopper
Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved
Replies: 53
Views: 3474

Re: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved

I love Part"D", I pay $18.40 a month and get a tier 1 drug that I can buy at WalMart for $4, But mailorder is for free, and I should be happy because the rack price $50. You can say that you want that script filled at Wal Mart and tell them you want to pay cash and skip your prescription ...
by Grasshopper
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved
Replies: 53
Views: 3474

Re: A Medicare part D puzzle, finally solved

I love Part"D", I pay $18.40 a month and get a tier 1 drug that I can buy at WalMart for $4, But mailorder is for free, and I should be happy because the rack price $50.
by Grasshopper
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco Visa foreign transaction fee
Replies: 36
Views: 3412

Re: Costco Visa foreign transaction fee

I had this question when traveling to Ecuador which uses U$ as currency, answer yes foreign transactions even in dollars get charged.
by Grasshopper
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Percent back from landscaping investment
Replies: 19
Views: 2301

Re: Percent back from landscaping investment

Chuckle, chuckle, reminds me of the home I had with 6 acres in the front of the home. Looked like a park nice grass several large oaks, so I spruced it up with 2000 daffodil bulbs in the fall. Sold the home and moved in February before they flowered.
by Grasshopper
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why is Vanguard Total World Stock More Expensive Than Total US and Total International?
Replies: 14
Views: 2349

Re: Why is Vanguard Total World Stock More Expensive Than Total US and Total International?

In the old days, Vanguard charged higher fees on international because ADR's were more expensive to trade, I am not sure if that is true today. :beer
by Grasshopper
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If you own Vanguard Total Stock Market, do you re-invest dividends?
Replies: 75
Views: 9305

Re: If you own Vanguard Total Stock Market, do you re-invest dividends?

Retired here, living off my taxable dividends, reinvest everything else.
by Grasshopper
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How closely do you check your credit card statements?
Replies: 58
Views: 3017

Re: How closely do you check your credit card statements?

Quicken downloads all my CC purchases, I have it set to review everyone of them before it updates the balance.
by Grasshopper
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 91
Views: 7963

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

TJ's organic 100% pomegranate juice,
organic gala apples, just always the right size,
white modena vinegar, use to be called white balsamic vinegar
Ms. G likes some produce, but with a Sprouts just down the street, Sprouts get a lot of our fresh produce bucks.
by Grasshopper
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken download problems?
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: Quicken download problems?

Worked fine for me this morning.
by Grasshopper
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Vanguard Invite to a] "private event"
Replies: 28
Views: 3688

Re: [Vanguard Invite to a] "private event"

It sounds as if it might be similar to some of the webinars that VG has periodically except live and in person. I just wanted to be invited to the coffee truck that they were doing as a promotion some time back. :beer I wasn't invited but I received the coffee cup and a bag of coffee. Now I am the ...
by Grasshopper
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 147
Views: 10596

Re: Favorite Coffee

Seattle's Best organic #4, there are always coupons and WalMart stocks it.
by Grasshopper
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alternatives to Quicken 2016?
Replies: 44
Views: 7406

Re: Alternatives to Quicken 2016?

My name is Grasshopper and I am a Quicken user. I bought Q2016 this January knowing, but cautious about having to update from Windows 7 to 10. Well I I I finally updated to W10 and all is well, now if only I could run it on my ChromeBook. I am faced with the same thing (running Quicken on a Chromeb...
by Grasshopper
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Brokerage cost basis problems
Replies: 14
Views: 1466

Re: Vanguard Brokerage cost basis problems

I had a CB problem, with an in kind transfer, with each blaming the other I used TurboTax which had me mail a form 8453 to the IRS even though I filed electronically. I sent copies of emails blaming the other, and statements, and a spreadsheet of my sales. Both companies knew that the the 1099's wer...
by Grasshopper
Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is anyone else feeling courageous enough to buy today?
Replies: 90
Views: 6864

Re: Is anyone else feeling courageous enough to buy today?

You may have just bought a taxable dividend, I am waiting for VTI to go ex-dividend.
by Grasshopper
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirees, at what age did you "retire"? Is it working out?
Replies: 63
Views: 9904

Re: Early retirees, at what age did you "retire"? Is it working out?

We had a nice income lived a first class lifestyle but were still saving 60% of our income. Our house was paid off and we met our FI goal about 18 months before we FIRED. So on along weekend we agreed to quit the race because we had already won. Ages 54/51, no kids medium COLA, but moved to low COLA...
by Grasshopper
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: want to leave comcast but keep my email?
Replies: 17
Views: 1822

Re: want to leave comcast but keep my email?

We switched ISP's a decade ago, and were able to use the old ISP address for three bucks a year, it's been years since they billed us.
by Grasshopper
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: I think I found Rick Ferri
Replies: 53
Views: 10406

Re: I think I found Rick Ferri

Rick great news, maybe we will see you on http://www.early-retirement.org :beer
by Grasshopper
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard seeks SEC relief for US active ETFs:
Replies: 12
Views: 1269

Re: Vanguard seeks SEC relief for US active ETFs:

I would love to have ETF's for Wellington, Wellesley, something for my taxable account that doesn't throw off capital gains. As of now I only use W/W in my tax deferred/free accounts.
by Grasshopper
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on coffee/tea?
Replies: 58
Views: 2894

Re: How much do you spend on coffee/tea?

We like Seattle's Best #4 Organic @ Wally World $5.59 for 12 oz. TJ's unbleached cone filters and Melitta pour over brewer. Cost maybe $10 a week makes 50 cups a week.
by Grasshopper
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Prime Money Market (Settlement fund) - quick question
Replies: 13
Views: 2756

Re: Vanguard Prime Money Market (Settlement fund) - quick question

I just was switched to the Fed MM, I just put some funds in it to cover some ACH's Prime admiral paid .51% Fed .32% last month.
by Grasshopper
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard upgrading to Brokerage account comes with some nuisances
Replies: 72
Views: 8966

Re: Vanguard upgrading to Brokerage account comes with some nuisances

To Vanguard, The notice that my settlement account changed is unacceptable. I received a generic email confirmation of your account profile update on August 02, 2016. It seems like I get one every so often and usually has no important information, just alerting me to a change. Except this time if I ...
by Grasshopper
Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peeling small carrots
Replies: 12
Views: 1397

Re: Peeling small carrots

I use a Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad a light scrub will get the bad stuff and leave the good.
by Grasshopper
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally or Capital One 360 online savings account?
Replies: 38
Views: 3462

Re: Ally or Capital One 360 online savings account?

We have both CapOne 360 and CapOne MM, works for us, again we are easy to please. I have autopay from 360 to my CapOne CC every month flawless.
by Grasshopper
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alternatives to Quicken 2016?
Replies: 44
Views: 7406

Re: Alternatives to Quicken 2016?

My name is Grasshopper and I am a Quicken user. I bought Q2016 this January knowing, but cautious about having to update from Windows 7 to 10. Well I I I finally updated to W10 and all is well, now if only I could run it on my ChromeBook.
by Grasshopper
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Very tough career choice (ego, startup, San Francisco Bay Area)
Replies: 58
Views: 6511

Re: Very tough career choice (ego, startup, San Francisco Bay Area)

The new VP is just window dressing for the investors. Stay and wait them out.
by Grasshopper
Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Advantage free check writing
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

Re: Vanguard Advantage free check writing

I use it mostly to ACH all my bills, use their BillPay for the one place that doesn't take a CC. It seems like I have just enough money coming in to pay everything off every month. Works for me YMMV. I use the charge/debt card only for international travel ATM's.
by Grasshopper
Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving Seattle to Spokane in July
Replies: 22
Views: 1804

Re: Driving Seattle to Spokane in July

Route 2 has Leavenworth, 90 has Roslyn, ( Northern Exposure), North Bend, (Twin Peaks), both can be fun towns to exit 90 and drive through. Coeur d'Alene could be a day itself. For an Interstate 90 has some nice scenery, as does 2. If the drive is the experience I may go with 2 and a day in Leavenwo...
by Grasshopper
Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What four faces would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Investing
Replies: 49
Views: 4146

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

I would like to have "Uncle Lou" Louis Rukeyser included, Friday nights around the TV with Wall Street Week. John Bogle was included in Lou's Hall of Fame, and was on the show a couple of times.
by Grasshopper
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire before normal retirement age?
Replies: 93
Views: 13138

Re: Did you retire before normal retirement age?

#3 and #5 at age 54, work just got in the way of having fun. Been 11 years now Just got back from the Galapagos, and Machu Picchu what a blast.
by Grasshopper
Tue May 17, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying pet food online
Replies: 38
Views: 2026

Re: buying pet food online

Ms G is particular about what she feeds our 4 dogs. She uses Doctors Foster & Smith our last auto ship of high quality food 3 X 28# bags $111 includes shipping. We have paid $80 for the same order on sale from them. Cats all get wet Sheba from Wal-Mart she always has 2 for 1 coupons.
by Grasshopper
Tue May 17, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it OK to leave home wifi on?
Replies: 55
Views: 4241

Re: Is it OK to leave home wifi on?

OMG, I live in 4 people per section(640 acre) country. I let my neighbor drive to my inside gate so she and her mother can use my guest WiFi. My financial laptop is wired, so all they might see is my response on Bogleheads. :beer
by Grasshopper
Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaky Wine Bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 1805

Re: Leaky Wine Bottle

I have been on the edge of my seat. Great news, bubbly is bubbly.
by Grasshopper
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card cancelled
Replies: 71
Views: 5629

Re: Credit card cancelled

Thanks OP, a great reminder to pull out some old cards and put a couple of charges on them. $126000 in credit <1% utilization. :beer
by Grasshopper
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: what's your Withdrawal Rate for this and last year?
Replies: 79
Views: 7799

Re: Retirees: what's your Withdrawal Rate for this and last year?

Retired 10 years ago, my portfolio is 25% higher than when I retired. Anything else is too much like w**k.
by Grasshopper
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Dividend Check Bounced!
Replies: 15
Views: 5228

Re: Vanguard Dividend Check Bounced!

And all I got was a coffee mug. :beer
by Grasshopper
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise
Replies: 23
Views: 1850

Re: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise

Semi serious birder I get all 12-13 North American hummingbirds in my zip code all but 1 at my feeders(Ruby-throated). I have a Vortex Lightning 8X32 that I really like. I dropped them and had to send them to Vortex, fixed under their warranty no charge. Just to let you know they stand behind their ...
by Grasshopper
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling Deer Ticks, Opinions Sought
Replies: 66
Views: 4959

Re: Battling Deer Ticks, Opinions Sought

Guinea fowl. http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/raising-guinea-fowl-zmaz92aszshe.aspx They are noisy! Seriously we had a terrible tick problem with 4 dogs, we were finding 10-20 ticks in the house everyday. raised 4 guinea fowl and have never found a tick in 6 years. Now abou...
by Grasshopper
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 93
Views: 16923

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

Great deal I only use my 360 savings account to pay my CapOne CC once a month. :beer
by Grasshopper
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Throw away turbo tax disk?
Replies: 16
Views: 1909

Re: Throw away turbo tax disk?

This doesn't happen anymore, but 10-12 years ago you would need a TT disc just to open that years file. Now with .tax extension it is not necessary.
by Grasshopper
Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can Vanguard import cost basis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Re: Can Vanguard import cost basis?

Last year I had an in kind transfer to Vanguard, they have a cost basis solution center that can fix non covered cost basis with your supplied information.
by Grasshopper
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online Fax?
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re: Online Fax?

$15 buys you a usb modem.

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