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by Hexdump
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lights or bulbs
Replies: 21
Views: 2194

LED lights or bulbs

I need to replace the front porch lamp which was heavily damaged in a nasty wind. The lamp has receptacles for 5 bulbs and I had been putting LED, candelabra style bulbs in it. However every time we have an outage, at least 1 or sometimes 4, of the LED bulbs will get blown out. I asked my electricia...
by Hexdump
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aetna Home Medical Assessment
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Aetna Home Medical Assessment

My wife just recently enrolled in a private medical insurance plan with Aetna and she had a strange call today. Aetna wants to come to our house and do a health assessment of her for some reason and along with this they will give her a $100.00 Amazon gift card. Has anyone experienced anything like t...
by Hexdump
Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap plan F hi-ded ?
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Medigap plan F hi-ded ?

I have plan G now and have just gotten 2 rate increases within 6 months. I am consideing going to plan F hi deductable but I am unclear what the charges would be that I would have to pay. From my last medigap notice, these are the numbers shown. Submitted expenses : 191.03 Eligible expenses : 106.80...
by Hexdump
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low-cost and low-maintenance hobbies?
Replies: 69
Views: 8116

Re: Low-cost and low-maintenance hobbies?

Pick up a musical instrument. A three hundred dollar guitar and the Internet can keep you busy for decades. I did something similar by buying an inexpensive keyboard for less that $100.00 and I think a book called a fake book. The name might be wrong but anyway, it has the melody so you have to lea...
by Hexdump
Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental savings discount plans for implants?
Replies: 16
Views: 1447

Re: Dental savings discount plans for implants?

I just finished having one done at mu regular dentist and it was about $6,500.00 and took about 9 months. Before I had it done I talked to my sister-in-law who had retired frem a dentist office. She told me that for all of the implants that their office had to repair or that were troublesome, they w...
by Hexdump
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooling pillow ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: Cooling pillow ?

Toons wrote:FYI
Cooling Pillow :happy
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S8OUCVW?psc=1


I actually bought this and it is in the mail. The buckwheat pillow sounds good and I will wait and see how the pad works.
by Hexdump
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooling pillow ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Cooling pillow ?

Has anyone bought a cooling pillow that will last the night ?
I need 2 of them and most reviews saw that they warm up pretty fast.
Back sleepers here.

Thanks
by Hexdump
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?
Replies: 42
Views: 4391

Re: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?

I did 4 devices about a week ago. IPhone 5s Iphone 6s+ Ipad Air IPad II All have been well except the IPad II The IPad II has been locking up and crashing a lot. By a lot, I mean about 6 times in a week. Always seems to be one app, the Magic Puzzles JigSaw app. I thought that it was a space used iss...
by Hexdump
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius owners and rest of Bogleheads
Replies: 44
Views: 4600

Re: Prius owners and rest of Bogleheads

Hybrids are a great solution if you drive a lot of city miles. Not true. Despite the EPA estimates, hwy driving delivers better MPG. In the real world we get better mpg on the highway in our Prius than in the city. Agree. Very interesting as we are shopping for a super economical city driving car. ...
by Hexdump
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Features for a new toilet
Replies: 33
Views: 3449

Re: Features for a new toilet

I agree with the others, get a Toto Ditto+++ I just put one in about a month ago and it is a blessing. I got the ADA compliant version as it makes it easier to get up when your knees begin to go bad. Additionally, I used to regularly plug the old one up but this one has yet to have that problem. El...
by Hexdump
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 286
Views: 42319

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Hey,no business is perfect and sometimes there are problems.I will just leave it at when you consider everything Costco offers from food to electronics,there is no other store that is their equal.I have some bad produce as well and I returned it as well as many other things....they have the best re...
by Hexdump
Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for steam mop
Replies: 18
Views: 2352

Re: Recommendations for steam mop

For those with engineered or laminate floors, do you use these type of steamers on the floor ?
I was always reluctant to do it as it just seems that wood and water dont mix.
by Hexdump
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "A different kind of retirement calculator"
Replies: 32
Views: 5146

Re: "A different kind of retirement calculator"

Postby Taylor Larimore So what happened? We simply withdrew what we needed and kept an eye on our portfolio balance. Most years our balance went up and we spent the money on vacations, luxuries and charity. When our balance went down we tightened our belt and economized. This is what most people do...
by Hexdump
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad - usefulness?
Replies: 53
Views: 4802

Re: iPad - usefulness?

Mostly the Kindle reading app. Plus email and web braowsing. It was given to me 5 years ago and I love it though it has space li itations. I have recently gotten to like audio books and pod casts and they take a ton of space. Whenspace starts getting cramped, the IPad really slows down. Another thin...
by Hexdump
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?
Replies: 201
Views: 17252

Re: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?

Sounds high to me. We are a retired couple living in Houston and budget $500.00 per month which we rarely exceed. We do not buy organics as they are a lot more expensive. The grocery spending also includes anything that can be bought from a supermarket, like cosmetics, paper products, cat food, etc....
by Hexdump
Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives
Replies: 49
Views: 4948

Re: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives

We switched about 8 months ago from Windows 7 and Vista to Linux. With it came Libre office and I have not had to worry about incompatibilities. I have had no problems at all opening or saving-as any file. Admittedly, I am not a power user and the most stress that I have put on the xcel equivalent w...
by Hexdump
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seniors must have items
Replies: 17
Views: 2633

Re: Seniors must have items

The best and most useful gift I got at 70 was an IPad, principally used as a Kindle book reader. One thing that I bought for myself that my wife also uses is an extra, extra, long shoe-putting-on-thing. I dont know what it is called but its the thing that goes in the back of your shoe and allows you...
by Hexdump
Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device
Replies: 7
Views: 1283

Re: Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device

Well, I talked to the Leef people to see what they recommend and they basically said to either delete some files , go ICloud, or get a new device. The IPad2 connector is the problem. 3n pins or somesuch. They have nothing that can connect to it, have no plans to make one, nor know of anyone that has...
by Hexdump
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device
Replies: 7
Views: 1283

Re: Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device

Thank you freeman that looks like it and I also found this.
http://www.leefco.com/ibridge

More study needed.
by Hexdump
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device
Replies: 7
Views: 1283

Any IPad users, I am looking for a new IPad device

or IPhone device. I saw this on the Bing News home page about 3 days ago and it fascinated me and I had thought that I would be able to find it later. Well, nuts, I cannot find it. It was on either the Products or Science/Technology section. It looked to be about 4" long and looked like a cable...
by Hexdump
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical insurance policies ? ACA or the market ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2327

Medical insurance policies ? ACA or the market ?

My wife and I were having this discussion and I am a bit confused myself. She is 60 and her COBRA plan is about to expire so we are shopping for a replacement. She said that she could buy an "Obamacare policy". What I said was that the policy that she would buy under the ACA would be the s...
by Hexdump
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity vs ATT
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Re: Xfinity vs ATT

The biggest thorn is the blasted email abcdef@att.net. I'm amazed you're still using email tied to an ISP. Switch and be done with it. We have switched to a .com email however there are a few sites that use the .att email as a signon id. The worst example is the Apple store for IPad and IPhone purc...
by Hexdump
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity vs ATT
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Xfinity vs ATT

We have ATT now and our discounts just expired. Our plan is the 18gb, and the list price is about $62.00, Max Plus. We had been getting it for $31.00 but I dont think that I will get those discounts again. I think that I can talk them down to about $40.00. Xfinity has a 25GB plan for $61.00 discount...
by Hexdump
Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Spanish
Replies: 62
Views: 6941

Re: Learning Spanish

Aprender español es fácil. Good conversation, good recommendations. Aqui estan mis dos centavos (here are my two cents). My recommendation is to practice, practice, practice at home, at work, and start "thinking" in Spanish. Oh by the way, don't be ashamed to ask the Spanish speaking pers...
by Hexdump
Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Spanish
Replies: 62
Views: 6941

Re: Learning Spanish

I am in somewhat the same spot. I have been looking around for conversational Spanish courses and bought and am stydying this one. http://www.spanish-is-easy.com/?inf_contact_key=5f081bb447766db464068df5c867e7c7f7d2db69e8372dcd19b79ee26ba9b12a His download course is the best one that I have found so...
by Hexdump
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Cell Plan?
Replies: 45
Views: 7237

Re: Best Cell Plan?

WhyNotUs wrote:Have a BBQ and invite a variety of friends over. ask them if you can use their phone and call your phone to leave a message with some blah blah and the name of their service, number of bars, level of data. That should give you site specific info for a variety of providers.


What a great idea !
by Hexdump
Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve
Replies: 72
Views: 10020

Re: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve

I usually start with " How do we fit this into the budget ? IE, where do we get this money ? If she insists that we not worry about it, I point out that, me being 17 years older, she is the one that will have to back to work when she turns 80. If she still insists, I can still say no. I like th...
by Hexdump
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 1215

Re: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?

We replaced our side by side about 6 months ago with a Samsung french door style. The side by side, though it seemed to be efficient, was not. The french door (Sliding freezer drawer at the bottom) is really great. It's a Samsung and, after much agonizing we bought it online. The process was effortl...
by Hexdump
Sun May 17, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cellular/wifi traveling to Scotland
Replies: 14
Views: 1841

Re: Cellular/wifi traveling to Scotland

Along these same lines, DW is heading to So. Korea for a few weeks and was asking the same question. I had, as a 1st thought, that it would be possible to buy a throw-away phone at or near the Seoul airport for use in country. Do you see anything seriously wrong with this approach and at the time I ...
by Hexdump
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1080
Views: 178979

Re: What are you up YTD?

1st quarter return was 1.44%

100 % Wellesley
by Hexdump
Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Deluxe
Replies: 20
Views: 2337

Re: TurboTax Deluxe

I too bought the "free" version through Vanguard then was surprised to see that they charge a fee for electronic filing. I am a bit late in the game with our taxes but I will certainly look elsewhere next year. I hate their games. Was it the Fed or state it wanted you to pay for? I filed ...
by Hexdump
Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling WiFi
Replies: 17
Views: 2558

Re: Traveling WiFi

It's possible that your cable or phone supplier has hot spots around the country. For example, my phone provider (AT&T) and my cable supplier (Bright House Network) both have hundreds of thousands of free access sites around the country. That's interesting Mel and was something that I vaguely k...
by Hexdump
Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Deluxe
Replies: 20
Views: 2337

Re: TurboTax Deluxe

I too bought the "free" version through Vanguard then was surprised to see that they charge a fee for electronic filing. I am a bit late in the game with our taxes but I will certainly look elsewhere next year. I hate their games. Was it the Fed or state it wanted you to pay for? I filed ...
by Hexdump
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling WiFi
Replies: 17
Views: 2558

Traveling WiFi

We will be on vacation for about 6 weeks and might not be at a spot that has Wifi access. We have ATT as our provider and I see that they have mobile devices named Velocity, Unite, Unite Pro. They sell for $50.00-150.00 or 0.99 with a 2 year contract. I have also used my IPhone 5 as a tethering devi...
by Hexdump
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Deluxe
Replies: 20
Views: 2337

Re: TurboTax Deluxe

I too bought the "free" version through Vanguard then was surprised to see that they charge a fee for electronic filing.
I am a bit late in the game with our taxes but I will certainly look elsewhere next year. I hate their games.
by Hexdump
Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a good Pistol to buy?
Replies: 112
Views: 11982

Re: Whats a good Pistol to buy?

Nothing fancy. But a good brand. Something to carry in my Motorhome when I travel. Like a 38 or 40 cal. A revolver/ double action/ external hammer.... for example. I know nothing about guns. I am in CA. Any recommendations/ comments. Thanks. Not trying to be a smart a$$. Pistols are semi-automatics...
by Hexdump
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Another SSA question.
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: Another SSA question.

As an item of information from a reliable source (thank you SS), the divorced wives can also claim widow benefits.
by Hexdump
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Another SSA question.
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Another SSA question.

I am asking for a friend with this situation. Lets call her wife 2 (W2) She is married to a man (age 62) who is some 20 years older than she. He had been married before and his ex-wife (W1, age 65) is claiming that she can claim SSA benefits because she was married to him for at least 10 years and s...
by Hexdump
Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution

Well, after some more research it looks like I need to do this. My wife is 58 but I am hoping that won't matter. The $6,500 was sort of a gift from me and I got the $6,500 as a normal distribution from my traditional IRA. So, what I need to do is convince PenFed that the IRA account in her name shou...
by Hexdump
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution

Thank you Epsilon. Color me educated in that I did no know about the limits also applying to a Roth. As the investment is a 5 year CD, I will need to see what kind of penalty I will incur if I cash it in early. I really don't want to do that, so maybe PenFed can magically re categorize the account a...
by Hexdump
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution

Yes, she only earned $1800 and I only have Social Security, an annuity, and investment sales.
by Hexdump
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I made a mistake with an IRA contribution
Replies: 7
Views: 974

I made a mistake with an IRA contribution

and just realized it while doing our taxes. During the furor over the PenFed 5 year CD at 3%, I jumped all over it and contributed the IRA max of $6500. OOPS !! I had forgotten that my wife would be retiring in 2014 and was limited on how much she could contribute. Yikes !! So, to avoid whatever pen...
by Hexdump
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1859
Views: 453805

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I got notice of this author through my Goodreads account, which I discovered based upon a recommendation here. The book is a Kindle version, free from Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Gauguin-Connection-Book-Genevieve-Lenard-ebook/dp/B008X3NCRE/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=142633694...
by Hexdump
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Asus computer to buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2846

Re: Which Asus computer to buy?

Interesting discussion as I am also shopping for a new desktop. For my benefit, would your recommendations change if I were going to run Linux rather than Windows ? thanks for the sidetrack I run a dual boot Linux Mint/Windows 7 on my home PC. For most of the time I'm using Linux. The only reason I...
by Hexdump
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Asus computer to buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2846

Re: Which Asus computer to buy?

Interesting discussion as I am also shopping for a new desktop.
For my benefit, would your recommendations change if I were going to run Linux rather than Windows ?

thanks for the sidetrack
by Hexdump
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX
Replies: 18
Views: 2427

Re: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX

Re the expiration date of the RXes. I had asked the Dr. to write 2 scripts which she did. Both were dated the same date-written (3/10/2015), but they have different earliest fill dates of 3/24/2015 and 4/23/2015. The 3/24/2015 Rx is the one I will try and have my friend pick up. The 4/23/2015 I will...
by Hexdump
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare - already covered but turning 65 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1386

Re: Medicare - already covered but turning 65 ?

It is usually not necessary to sign up for Part B if your (your spouse's) employer has more than 20 employees. Premium for Part B is currently at $104.90 per month (higher for higher income families) There is NO penalty for late enrollment into Part B if you are covered with current employment as y...
by Hexdump
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare - already covered but turning 65 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1386

Re: Medicare - already covered but turning 65 ?

I can't remember exactly why I did it but I did both A&B at 65. My circumstances were that I was retired but covered under my wifes policy. I actually started using part B at about age 70. There were some considerations that made it important to enroll in B at 65 even though I didn't use it. I s...
by Hexdump
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX
Replies: 18
Views: 2427

Re: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX

I think the order it in state and have it picked up and mailed by a friend seems like the best solution. Similar to Dolphins, I have had similar experiences with pharmacists (sobs), to the point we almost came to blows. My blood pressure still rises as I think of it. They seem to have their own lit...
by Hexdump
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX
Replies: 18
Views: 2427

Re: Does anyone have experience with filling an RX

I think the order it in state and have it picked up and mailed by a friend seems like the best solution. Similar to Dolphins, I have had similar experiences with pharmacists (sobs), to the point we almost came to blows. My blood pressure still rises as I think of it. They seem to have their own litt...

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