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by Lacrocious
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block

I switched from TurboTax to HRBlock precisely because TT was being "too helpful" (in an incorrect manner) with respect to education tax benefits. TT had some sort of education benefit "optimizer" that was supposed to compute the optimal mix of education benefits. I had two part-...
by Lacrocious
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block

Ive had no problems using HRBlock for education credits, but I think everyone should read the publications because they are often better than the TurboTax interview questions. I agree, you should understand what you are filling into the interviews and reference the IRS publications as needed. Since...
by Lacrocious
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block

What version and year of H&R Block did you run into this? I wonder if other people have encountered this with different versions of the application (perhaps it's been fixed or improved)? The latest version of deluxe for tax year 2016. The chat offered no other way to accomplish the entry. Searc...
by Lacrocious
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block
Replies: 15
Views: 1291

Re: Differences between TurboTax and H&R Block

Another difference is in handling college spending. If you make too much to take the various education credits/discounts - H&R Block doesn't let you enter in educational spending - even if it would apply to 529 withdrawls. H&R Block's interview question for 529 withdrawals a single question ...
by Lacrocious
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?

For your back filling of transactions - keep in mind that if you do buy shares with a "Bought" or "BoughtX" transaction, the money needs to come from either the current account balance or another account. Do you have Quicken history going back that far? Do you have a savings/chec...
by Lacrocious
Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?

That makes sense. The Contrib you see is the other end of the SoldX transaction (combination of Sold + Transfer) Quicken doesn't know about the logic of your other Vanguard accounts - so doesn't know you transferred from one to the other. You need to provide that info. You can either do a Sold + Tra...
by Lacrocious
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: How to enter a Roth conversion into Quicken?

Yes - this is the right way. I just did a contribution to my TIRA from a Taxable account as the first step in a back-door Roth. Here is how the downloaded transactions came through from Vanguard and what I changed to make the money flow from account to account: The downloaded transaction in the Taxa...
by Lacrocious
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: To those with a pension...
Replies: 52
Views: 6485

Re: To those with a pension...

Not retired yet - <5 years to go. A) - No - Pensions and SS are a income stream that will reduce the amount I need to pull from savings. We have a hard time saying these are "Guaranteed Streams of Income". Companies can change/reduce/cut pensions and Governments can change SS payments. Whi...
by Lacrocious
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 2731

Re: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions

dumbbunny wrote:... And the Da Poke Shack on Ali'i Drive ...


YES! Da Poke Shack was great if you like Poke! Would also highly recommend "Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill" - in that same area - near Ali'i Drive and Hualalai Rd.

- L
by Lacrocious
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 2731

Re: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions

We were on the Big Island at the end of October 2016. We spent the last 4 days in Volcano. We didn't hike out to the ocean entry - ~8 miles round trip was more than we wanted to do. We were able to see eruptions in Volcano National Park - Kīlauea Volcano from the Jaggar Museum. We didn't get picture...
by Lacrocious
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken
Replies: 33
Views: 2391

Re: Quicken

Normally the next evening. Not sure why it takes a day.
- L
by Lacrocious
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Ear Buds for Running
Replies: 44
Views: 3500

Re: Best Ear Buds for Running

Another suggestion for Plantronics BackBeat Fit - they are great. Comfortable, decent sound (not great - as they don't block surrounding sounds like ear buds), they stay in and have great, 8hr battery life, simple controls for music, calls are good as well - no complaints by anybody when I use them....
by Lacrocious
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any particular oven toaster you prefer????
Replies: 23
Views: 1833

Re: Any particular oven toaster you preffer????

Those of you that have suggested specific toaster ovens (Brevel, Cuisinart, etc.) Can you tell me if they Ding real loud when you stop toasting or open the oven door? That is a pet peeve - when I shop for one. Our current toaster oven - ~20 years old - has a muted ding. Those I try in the store seem...
by Lacrocious
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage broker prohibiting me from refinancing
Replies: 18
Views: 2399

Re: Mortgage broker prohibiting me from refinancing

This is pretty common, PenFed has a similar rule which I think is for 2 years instead of 6 months. Yes - PenFed does this - but their paperwork is very clear about the claw-back of closing costs; the time frame and the monthly amount the claw-back goes down by, until it gets to 0 at 2 years. It is ...
by Lacrocious
Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect
Replies: 15
Views: 2211

Re: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect

I have been using Quicken for years w/Vanguard and no issues, currently Q2015. Do you all have brokerage accounts that you have Money Market accounts? I just have mutual funds. Currently, I have 1 Quicken account for each Vanguard account (ie: general savings, Roth, etc.). Each Vanguard account has ...
by Lacrocious
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price on 2016 QX60
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Price on 2016 QX60

I haven't used it other than for reference, but they say you can get a dealer price from them for around that amount - may be worth checking further. Maybe someone else can speak to it more.
by Lacrocious
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price on 2016 QX60
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Re: Price on 2016 QX60

TruCar.com shows approx 43K for your base and approx 45K for with the package. Obviously, price it out yourself in case I didn't choose the options you have in mind.

- L
by Lacrocious
Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Podcasts for family road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: Podcasts for family road trip

Not a podcast, but I would recommend "The Martian" book - yes the book for the recent Matt Damon movie. We listened to it on a road trip last spring and it was great!

- L
by Lacrocious
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything to look for when buying a fridge?
Replies: 38
Views: 3582

Re: Anything to look for when buying a fridge?

If you are looking at Counter-Depth - you will be constrained in size - most are around 19cu foot. Kitchenaid makes a 22cu foot, but it is taller than normal by about 2 inches. It was worth it, but not cheap. Had to raise the upper cabinet a bit to fit it in - but the extra space is nice. I would al...
by Lacrocious
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money Dance-track split expenses
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Money Dance-track split expenses

Your welcome. That comes from many years of Quicken then MS Money and then Quicken usage. The use of a cash account has been a life saver with trying to do more complicated things like mortgages with points, refinances - anything where you need to split up a pool of money into various categories. If...
by Lacrocious
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money Dance-track split expenses
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Money Dance-track split expenses

I use Quicken, but the concept is the same for MoneyDance - follow the money. As Carson wrote, there are multiple ways to look at this. This is what we have done in the past: 1) Create a "Cash" account. This account can be a clearing house for cash to/from the girls or other things. Normal...
by Lacrocious
Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Manual can opener recommendation
Replies: 45
Views: 3886

Re: Manual can opener recommendation

This EZ-DUZ-IT works great. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AWCI8M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Purchased in 2014 and is going strong.
- L
by Lacrocious
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to implement a glide path
Replies: 38
Views: 3208

Re: How to implement a glide path

We do the same thing. Every January I adjust our current allocation down by about ~1.5%. As hnzw rui stated, that is noise with respect to my current allocation. It just isn't that big of a change, so it doesn't cause me to rebalance or move funds around. I do that based on my investment plan. Since...
by Lacrocious
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home WiFi extender
Replies: 20
Views: 1729

Re: Home WiFi extender

Another vote for Powerline adapters. Used http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-Powerline-500-Wi-Fi-XWNB5221-100PAS/dp/B0111MRE68/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1453252889&sr=8-8&keywords=netgear+powerline at my daughters college house. Her room was on the opposite side of the house from the cable modem...
by Lacrocious
Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap source of Science Diet Optimal Care cat food?
Replies: 25
Views: 1917

Re: Cheap source of Science Diet Optimal Care cat food?

Ignoring the pros & cons of Science Diet cat food that others are bringing up, the cheapest place we have found it in the past is a Farm & Fleet store.

- L
by Lacrocious
Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas fireplace for heat
Replies: 26
Views: 3105

Re: Gas fireplace for heat

Definitely look at those that act as a furnace and work without power. The one we put in our basement is furnace rated, comes with a thermostat remote that uses batteries and power for the controller. It also uses a Pilot Light and has manual gas controls, so if power goes out - we can manually turn...
by Lacrocious
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beef roast
Replies: 124
Views: 10203

Re: Beef roast

I roasted one yesterday - started out at 9.3lbs before trimming. I followed info from Amazing Ribs - http://amazingribs.com/recipes/beef/prime_rib_roast.html - He explains the reverse sear method as well as how to trim. We enjoyed it greatly. If you follow his directions, you cook off the bones. I j...
by Lacrocious
Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Verizon Cell Phone Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2893

Re: Verizon Cell Phone Plans

I think your numbers for the new plan are a little off. New plan: Data: 6G = $60. Per line per month: $20 * 4 = $80. Total = $140/month + taxes and fees. It is more expensive, but not quite $30 a month. I could be wrong, but I also believe that any discount you have is applied to the data portion, ...
by Lacrocious
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on a potential refi (Penfed 5/5 ARM)
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Advice on a potential refi (Penfed 5/5 ARM)

We refi'ed with the PenFed 5/5ARM about 2 1/2 years ago. No issues with the ARM, came from a 30yr Fixed. Did the math based on how long we would stay in the house. Like you, the break-even on the closing costs over our current loan was around 12-14 months (from memory). Addionally, the break even ca...
by Lacrocious
Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Verizon Cell Phone Plans
Replies: 23
Views: 2893

Re: Verizon Cell Phone Plans

Be sure to do the math on the phone service and data costs - especially if you are on the old "More Everything" plan. The current plans are touted as having less data costs - Each level is about $10 less per month on the new plan. That sounds great, but the thing they don't tell you clearl...
by Lacrocious
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White House tours. How to book?
Replies: 18
Views: 2526

Re: How do you get a White House tour?

We did it 4-5 years ago. One big thing to remember - read what they say about security and what you can bring. When we went, there was a No Bags policy and no bag storage of any kind. If you had a bag/backpack/purse/etc. you couldn't go. There were a number of people going through security that were...
by Lacrocious
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 6775

Re: Password Management

I am an initial Roboform user, but now many year LastPass user. Have been thinking about looking at 1Password lately - to see if the UI is better. LastPass works great, but sometimes the UI leaves a bit to be desired. Anyway - since I am not a 1Password user - I can't comment on the actual product o...
by Lacrocious
Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Gets a New iPhone Every Year? Why?
Replies: 62
Views: 6816

Re: Who Gets a New iPhone Every Year? Why?

Are you sure it is $25 per line that is off contract? I called Verizon and they told me it was $15 a month that was off contract because we are trying to decide what to do with our plans right now. Yes - but I have since learned more - I think it depends on your data plan. 4GB Shared is $15 off and...
by Lacrocious
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Gets a New iPhone Every Year? Why?
Replies: 62
Views: 6816

Re: Who Gets a New iPhone Every Year? Why?

...I normally wouldn't have thought of it, but Verizon is sending me marketing touting the better new plan. This seems like such a fleecing. I called and they assured me I am grandfathered into my contract and will be offered the same deal for the foreseeable future. This was after they tried to ex...
by Lacrocious
Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Visa card problems at Walgreens
Replies: 22
Views: 2599

Re: Visa card problems at Walgreens

Only used my chip in US a few times - a Walmart in IL, and a Target in WI. Everywhere else is still swipe. Went north to Canada and there, everything was chip. No sending your card away with a waiter, even in a bar. They bring the portable, little terminal (3"x10"x2" or so) - insert y...
by Lacrocious
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan or not?
Replies: 50
Views: 5073

Re: Minivan or not?

Another vote for Mini-van. Our 100K miles 2008 Toyota Sienna is running strong. It is incredible how much you can fit in one of these things. I can haul much more than my parents Suburban and my other vehicles. We love the 3rd row seats fold flat into the floor - so they are always with you. They ar...
by Lacrocious
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini-split air conditioner
Replies: 15
Views: 2812

Re: Mini-split air conditioner

Have you looked into the Ecobee thermostat? It allows for "multiple zones", I put "multiple zones" in parentheses because it is not a true multi zone setup. The thermostat allows for multiple remote temperature sensors to be placed in the house. The thermostat then runs the HVAC...
by Lacrocious
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2014

Re: Quicken 2015

I have been using Quicken, then MS Money, then Quicken again for the past ~25 years. Earliest account entry is from 12/1990. I have also looked at MoneyDance - which is much improved sense the demise of MS Money - but I have too much time in Quicken to convert now. All of these local PC products are...
by Lacrocious
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good Mortgage Companies?
Replies: 21
Views: 2757

Re: Good Mortgage Companies?

For Wisconsin - Wisconsin Mortgage Corp - have used them for many loans/refi's over the years. PM me if you want a name. PenFed was good for the last refi (we are 2 years into a 5/5 - 30year arm @2.5% - with an estimated 2 years before we sell).

- L
by Lacrocious
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question regarding sharing an inheritance:
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

Re: Question regarding sharing an inheritance:

I am not sure about disability, but I know with people with special needs, that gifts/inheritances to people could have long-term negative impact to their assistance programs. It would be hurtful to gift someone an amount of $$ that causes them to loose all aid/support and cause them to have to re-a...
by Lacrocious
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Back-up Drive - Local or Cloud? Which?
Replies: 33
Views: 4574

Re: Back-up Drive - Local or Cloud? Which?

...I'd like everyone who thinks they have a current backup in place to go ahead and delete a file. Pick one at random, like a picture. (Make a copy just in case.) Restore from backup. How many have actually been able to restore the file?... Great Challenge LadyGeek! :thumbsup I just restored from C...
by Lacrocious
Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car and how to handle my father's trade in
Replies: 25
Views: 2560

Re: New car and how to handle my father's trade in

When we bought our last car, we did it via email, and then negotiated the trade once we got there. Prior to going to the dealer we stopped at CarMax for about 30 minutes and had them give us a quote. Took that with us. The dealer low-balled us until we pulled out the CarMax quote. Eventually, they m...
by Lacrocious
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Different email everywhere
Replies: 5
Views: 1250

Re: Different email everywhere

We registered our domain with Namecheap - [url]http:\\www.namecheap.com[/url]. Registration is ~$10.50 per year, depending the last extension (.com, .net, etc.). They have free email forwarding - so you can set it up and just point the emails so they are forwarded to another account, like a GMAIL, Y...
by Lacrocious
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 59
Views: 10228

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

I have to put my vote to Simplicity. While I don't have a huge lawn, I was given my grandparents Simplicity tractor. It is going on about 34 years old. It has had the occasional tune up and new blades. Other than that - it just works. I am sure the bigger ones will work well for your size yard. My o...
by Lacrocious
Wed May 21, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC
Replies: 32
Views: 2843

Re: Hotel suggestions Washington,DC

sarahjane wrote:Check out the Hampton Inn near Chinatown. See it on Tripadvisor.

We stayed at the Hampton Inn just on the far side of Chinatown from the Mall area. It is about a block off the trolley that takes you to the mall area for (at that time $1). Very convenient and a very nice hotel.
- L
by Lacrocious
Thu May 08, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What it’s like be 100 years old
Replies: 50
Views: 6779

Re: What it’s like be 100 years old

My grandma passed away last February (2013) at 105. She was an amazing woman. Legally blind with Macro Degeneration for the past 20+ years, although she could see enough to get around and read some things with a 10x magnifier glass (pretty strong!). She lived alone in a retirement community until th...
by Lacrocious
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ugh, Another Mortgage Question - Help Me Decide
Replies: 10
Views: 1376

Re: Ugh, Another Mortgage Question - Help Me Decide

We had similar questions last year around the mortgage. The one difference is we plan on staying in the house the ~3 years until our son is out of high school. We may move at that point to be closer to work. That and the 2.5% PenFed, no closing cost 5/5 ARM made it an easier choice. If we decide to ...
by Lacrocious
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hand held illuminated magnifying glass
Replies: 13
Views: 1243

Re: Hand held illuminated magnifying glass

Paper200 - I would also add that as the MD progresses, my Grandma found the Bump-On tactile markers (http://www.lssproducts.com/product/bump-dot-tactile-markers-white-medium/label-identification) were a lifesaver. She loved to cook, but couldn't read the stove - so she had one or two of the bumps at...
by Lacrocious
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hand held illuminated magnifying glass
Replies: 13
Views: 1243

Re: Hand held illuminated magnifying glass

We are looking for a 6X or higher magnification with diameter more than 2 inches good quality hand held magnifying glass for my Father-in-law. We have looked into Schweizer and Eschenbach. Any recommendation will be helpful. Googled a lot but still not comfortable. Thanks My grandmother also had ma...
by Lacrocious
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED bulb prices
Replies: 124
Views: 20506

Re: LED bulb prices

The best I've come across in the northeast has been a costco in the new haven area. A few weeks ago, they were carrying a 3 pack of 40 watter's for $9.99. I do not have any feedback of the brand; we haven't bought any of these yet. (not sure how to post the picture I took; zooming in it appears to ...

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