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by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

I know you said sedan, but have you considered the Lexus RX? Many falsely assume getting into a sedan is absolutely easier than all other types. My pops is 79 and drives a minivan, and it's much easier for him to get into than a sedan...sedans are too low. With the van (and many smaller SUVs), the ...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

I know you said sedan, but have you considered the Lexus RX? Many falsely assume getting into a sedan is absolutely easier than all other types. My pops is 79 and drives a minivan, and it's much easier for him to get into than a sedan...sedans are too low. With the van (and many smaller SUVs), the ...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

The IS is the entry level Lexus. Going to a Camry, Avalon, ES or LS may all feel like steps up. Best to set a price point and drive a few. New is not a requirement. You can get some very nice cars with low miles. Used cars (and new) are everywhere. Perfectly fine with used but finding one with ever...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

The poster said "I need a sedan as my elderly parents would have difficulty getting into a SUV." Our experience is the opposite.... We moved to the SUV space because they are easier to get in and out of.... Had a Chevy Equinox for 6 years and now have a Cadillac XT5.... Just my $0.02... Peace.... I...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Re: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

Thanks for all the suggestions. Yes, we are financially sound- receiving a pension, healthy 401k, no need to collect SS for a few years. Let me just say I am a nervous driver and as my night vision gets worse, anxiety gets higher. In a perfect world I would have a full time driver at my disposal or ...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty
Replies: 72
Views: 5174

Want a Safe Car, Feel Guilty

I currently have a 2007 Lexus. As I get older and more nervous about driving, especially at night, I want to get a vehicle with more safety features, e,g, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision braking, etc. I need a sedan as my elderly parents would have difficulty getting into a SUV. My dilemma is I...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "EBATES" - For real, or scam ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1437

Re: "EBATES" - For real, or scam ?

I find mrrebates usually offers higher % cash back than Ebates. I check both sites before purchasing.
by Jelloanddon
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do You Take Your Credit Card Receipts?
Replies: 85
Views: 8038

Do You Take Your Credit Card Receipts?

With some exceptions, I don't take my credit card receipts or ask for them when offered. These are typically small dollar amounts or from places like restaurants, beauty salons, etc. I use Mint and look at my transactions daily and have had no problem reconciling my expenses. Am I missing something ...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insights for Long Distance Grandparents
Replies: 23
Views: 1587

Re: Insights for Long Distance Grandparents

23snaps is an app our friends use: "23snaps is a free, private social network and photo sharing service for families that allows parents to save photos, videos, measurements and stories of their children to a digital journal and privately share those updates ..." As the baby gets older, buy duplicat...
by Jelloanddon
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coach bag for wife - how to buy
Replies: 73
Views: 6767

Re: Coach bag for wife - how to buy

The Rogue is a desirable bag and was exempt from Coach's F&F sale. You will not see this bag at their outlets for a long, long time. The big department stores, e.g. Bloomingdales, have F&F sales but usually not before Christmas. EBates is giving 8% cash back if you purchase through their site.
by Jelloanddon
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 275
Views: 43688

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

A good relationship with a loving spouse ... and a vasectomy. :moneybag LOL. Love this. I suspect most of the responses on these threads are highly sanitized. I'm still waiting for people to confess to their love for high-priced escorts, their relief at making the right decision not to have childre...
by Jelloanddon
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone has experience renting out their car(s) with Turo?
Replies: 25
Views: 4493

Re: Anyone has experience renting out their car(s) with Turo?

My husband signed up with a similar service in SF called Relay Rides. Thought he'd make some extra money renting out his truck because it was not needed regularly. Worked OK for a while until someone rented it and apparently used it to move something heavy and damaged the frame. When he reported it ...
by Jelloanddon
Sat May 21, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?
Replies: 64
Views: 8432

Re: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?

Thank you for the wonderful update! I wish we could see some "before" and "afters".
by Jelloanddon
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?
Replies: 64
Views: 8432

Re: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?

As a guy, I don't notice brands on women. I have worked with & done business with hundreds of women in professional settings all over the world, billion dollar deals with fortune 500 C-level executives on private jets, and I have zero clue what brand any of them wore. From a guy's perspective, I wo...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?
Replies: 64
Views: 8432

Re: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?

Speaking from the rank and file side, sitting in the audience of listening to Senior VP's in the conservative utility business. Disclaimer- I love shopping and fashion so it would be hard for me to be objective but here are my opinions: 1. Men can get away with being style-boring, blue suit, tie. I ...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Stay in San Francisco?
Replies: 38
Views: 4352

Re: Where to Stay in San Francisco?

I live in the South of Market area. Some parts are a little sketchy, but I rarely feel uncomfortable. The Financial District is perfectly fine as is Wharf and Mission parea. Not a fan of the Tenderloin area, a bit gritty for me. Right now things are pretty clean because of the Super Bowl but who kno...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retired - do you still save?
Replies: 38
Views: 4955

Retired - do you still save?

I recently retired with a pension and 401K. While I was working, I maxed out my 401k contributions and catch-up contributions. My pension checks net about the same now as when I was working and I'm able to live comfortably on it. I don't plan to withdraw from my 401k until 70. I still do some short ...
by Jelloanddon
Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA pre-check enrollment, is it changing? [Yes, it has changed.]
Replies: 114
Views: 15543

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

Six of us flew from California to NY on October 17. 4 of us had purchased the pre check. The other 2 didn't receive the random pre-check. But when we flew back on October 24, one of them got it and they other person didn't. Go figure. We flew on JetBlue.
by Jelloanddon
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth repairing a dishwasher?
Replies: 22
Views: 2416

Re: Worth repairing a dishwasher?

Not worth it. Buy a new Bosch (with a list price >$950). Enjoy the quiet cleaning. Enjoy the clean dishes. Do you have a good experience with a specific model? I have a 1-yr old Samsung that is broken 3x and I am sick of dealing with their repair centers. I am looking to change it and although I ha...
by Jelloanddon
Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 95-yr old MIL's new assisted living apartment
Replies: 53
Views: 5326

Re: Suggestions for 95-yr old MIL's new assisted living apartment

We found a large calendar and white board to be useful. My FIL, who was not mentally diminished, was disoriented in his new surroundings. We used masking tape and labeled all the drawers and cabinets. Also, all the residents' doors look the same. Put something on it so when she goes out she can easi...
by Jelloanddon
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Big Expenses to Plan for in Retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 3860

Re: Big Expenses to Plan for in Retirement

If you have pets, they will be aging with you and may need increased vet care. Also, since retirees have more time to travel, you may need to factor in boarding costs. I've also noticed an increase in wedding and baby gifts as my friends' kids are reaching adulthood and doing the whole circle of lif...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sacramento Real Estate Market
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Sacramento Real Estate Market

I'm a Sacramento resident (born and raised) and would recommend that you look in the Land Park area. The park is the nicest in Sacramento (very large park with many things to do (zoo, fairytail town, funderland)- great for kids). Land Park is also just minutes away from downtown. You can buy a very...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sacramento Real Estate Market
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Sacramento Real Estate Market

If you go the condo route, I would choose something in the downtown or mid-town area. That area is booming because of the new arena being built, lots of cool restaurants.
by Jelloanddon
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash in the house
Replies: 80
Views: 8720

Re: Cash in the house

I never did until my purse and wallet were stolen on a Saturday night and I was supposed to leave on a trip the following day. Talk about feeling helpless, no cash, no ATM card, unable to get to the bank. I now keep less than $1k around. I've dipped into it from time to time when I want to tip the g...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: San Francisco Bound - Need Salary Advice
Replies: 55
Views: 6867

Re: San Francisco Bound - Need Salary Advice

My husband and I live in the South of Market area. He rents out his downstairs flat, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, no parking for $3500. It's not fancy, a 1906 building, but has been updated. Walking distance to many places, including Bart. We go out to eat about 4 x a week. We don't do super expensive or tren...
by Jelloanddon
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else having major issues with Mint right now?
Replies: 6
Views: 908

Re: Anyone else having major issues with Mint right now?

It keeps crashing on my IPad. I tried deleting and reinstalling but still crashes.
by Jelloanddon
Sun May 24, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How To Answer Cancer Health Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

How To Answer Cancer Health Question

I'm thinking of purchasing a small term life insurance policy. About 11 years ago I had a hysterectomy to remove pre-cancer cells in the uterus. I am considered cancer-free and didn't require any other treatment. One of the questions the application asks is if I ever had cancer. Does pre-cancer cell...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 10269

Re: Gifts to take to Scotland.

Thank you for all your input. I guess my main concern is the weight of all the gifts we think we would like to give to the all the families. We live in SF and I'm not sure how sourdough bread would hold up. I remember my folks going to China about 25 years ago to visit their old village and brought ...
by Jelloanddon
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 10269

Gifts to take to Scotland.

We are going to Scotland to attend a wedding and need some ideas for a gift. Would like to bring something from the US and nothing bulky. Also would like to bring small gifts for the family we are visiting and staying with? Ideas?
by Jelloanddon
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How is Your Pension Counted when Calculating Net Worth.
Replies: 40
Views: 15725

How is Your Pension Counted when Calculating Net Worth.

How do you calculate your net wealth
with a pension?
by Jelloanddon
Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well made woman's shoe?
Replies: 40
Views: 5392

Re: Well made woman's shoe?

Be careful of buying used Ferragamos on eBay. Hard to believe but there knock offs out there. I didn't realize that until I bought a pair and something seemed off and then I did some research.

You may be able to get a pair on sale during Bloomingdales Friend and Family sale.
by Jelloanddon
Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 309
Views: 48319

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

My Soda Stream and iPad.
by Jelloanddon
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well made woman's shoe?
Replies: 40
Views: 5392

Re: Well made woman's shoe?

I have about 4 pairs of Ferragamo flats but can't say they are that comfortable but I have high arches. I think they run narrow. I am normally a B width but went up to a C.
by Jelloanddon
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What source do you use for nursing care feedback?
Replies: 6
Views: 967

Re: What source do you use for nursing care feedback?

Once you get your list narrowed down, take some time to visit them. Do the residents seem happy? Visit during activity time. Is the facility clean and free of smells? Speak to some of the residents alone and ask how they like it. We visited many places for my MIL. One thing that we learned was that ...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife turning 50, Ideas for gift?
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

Re: Wife turning 50, Ideas for gift?

Will the party be at your house or at a restaurant? If she's like me she will not want it at the home because that means the clean up will fall on her (no matter what the spouse says).

I vote for the trip. The other thing if would love is a day at the spa.
by Jelloanddon
Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Tile Tub Refinishing?
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Experience with Tile Tub Refinishing?

Anyone have experience with having their tile and tub refinished? I'm tired of looking at my white tile in my bathroom and kitchen and my fiberglass tub has lost its finish. Granite would be nice but I don't know how long I will stay in this home. I may move and rent it out in a few years. The tile ...
by Jelloanddon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay Off Home in SF?
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Pay Off Home in SF?

So many good questions. I will need to ask him. He says earthquake insurance in SF is over $2k a month though so that's why so many people just risk it. I think it's per YEAR. My house is just south of SF and five miles from the San Andreas Fault. My quote is about 2k/yr. We haven't purchased earth...
by Jelloanddon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay Off Home in SF?
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Pay Off Home in SF?

So many good questions. I will need to ask him. He says earthquake insurance in SF is over $2k a month though so that's why so many people just risk it.
by Jelloanddon
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay Off Home in SF?
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Pay Off Home in SF?

BF has a 2 unit flat in SF. Owes about $500k, is worth about million. His rate is about 4%. He may have the opportunity to pay off the home and we've been discussing this as we are close to retirement and it's nice to think about having no home payments. My question is that in an area that is prone ...
by Jelloanddon
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refilling SodaStream - CO2 tank or dry ice?
Replies: 16
Views: 9719

Re: Refilling SodaStream - CO2 tank or dry ice?

If you sign up for Bed Bath Beyond coupons, you regularly get sent 20% coupons and/or $5 off $15 so my tanks only cost $10.
by Jelloanddon
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Write-Offs for a Fashion Blogger
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Write-Offs for a Fashion Blogger

My daughter started a fashion blog a couple of years ago and has been slowing building up a following that has resulted in some income (click throughs to merchandise, hosting store openings). To attract new followers and retain new ones, you have to keep up with a fresh and new outfits pretty regula...
by Jelloanddon
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: QDRO vs Settlement in Divorce Decree
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

Re: QDRO vs Settlement in Divorce Decree

Thank you for your responses. No, I don't want to change anything now. I am more concerned that ex will want to. He has no benefits. Never paid child support, but that's another story.
by Jelloanddon
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: QDRO vs Settlement in Divorce Decree
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

QDRO vs Settlement in Divorce Decree

Hello, I've been divorced for almost 26 years. The divorce decree outlined child support, division of property. It stated my spouse would keep all his retirement and/or employment benefits, and I would keep mine. Now that I'm getting ready to retire, someone mentioned having a QDRO. When I called HR...
by Jelloanddon
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Drop My $1m Life Insurance?
Replies: 13
Views: 2483

Re: Drop My $1m Life Insurance?

I just did some math using the Social Security actuarial tables. A sixty year old woman has a 90.3% probability of living to age 70. Assuming you are in reasonable health, paying $8,400 for that policy is a huge bargain. Actuarially, you should be paying a lot more than that. It seems like somebody...
by Jelloanddon
Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Drop My $1m Life Insurance?
Replies: 13
Views: 2483

Drop My $1m Life Insurance?

I have a $70/month $1m life insurance policy. I took it out when the kids were minors since I was a single mom. They are now 31 and 26. The premiums stay the same until I turn 70, about 10 years away. In some ways I think it's relatively cheap, so why not keep it but then again that's another $8400 ...