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by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Black Friday iPhone Deals?
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: Any Black Friday iPhone Deals?

I've been looking too. The only deal (if you can call it that) is on eBay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-7-32GB-GSM-UNLOCKED-USA-Version-Apple-Warranty-BRAND-NEW-/152244196488?var=&hash=item2372761488:m:mlmDWlBGdGManWwd1OWbGrA. Model A1660 32GB for $619.99. If you figure in sales tax sav...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Cars
Replies: 96
Views: 7857

Re: Honda Cars

I have a 2015 CRV and just had the vibration issue "fixed". I'd say it's about 20% better but far from fixed. Honda denied that the vibration was a problem for a long time and then took quite a while to come up with a fix. Some have speculated that the vibration is a result of the offset c...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 96
Views: 11615

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

I applied a couple of days ago and my application is "under consideration". I checked Credit Karma before applying and it only showed 3 new cards in the last 2 years. My credit score is in the low 800's. Can anyone venture a guess as to whether or not I'll be approved?
by LifeIsGood
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question About Beneficiary in a Will
Replies: 9
Views: 978

Re: Question About Beneficiary in a Will

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful feedback. I like the idea of leaving grandkids " enough money that they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing." Cassie, I do believe that the quote did come from Buffett. Malbecman, I believe you said basically the same thing in diffe...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question About Beneficiary in a Will
Replies: 9
Views: 978

Question About Beneficiary in a Will

I have recently met with an estate attorney and one question he posed at the initial meeting really got me thinking. Who should receive your estate if your spouse and children predecease you? He mentioned that most people in our situation (2 kids, 4 grandkids) choose grandchildren as beneficiaries. ...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Attorney Question
Replies: 32
Views: 3464

Re: Estate Attorney Question

My thanks to all who took the time to reply. Lots of useful information and things to think about. Great info.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Attorney Question
Replies: 32
Views: 3464

Estate Attorney Question

We're meeting with an estate attorney next week to update our wills that were drawn up over 30 yrs. ago. Can someone point me to a resource that would list some potential questions that I might pose to the attorney before hiring them?
Thanks.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 147
Views: 10549

Re: Favorite Coffee

If you're REALLY into coffee, I'd highly suggest buying green beans and roasting them yourself. I never could find a coffee I liked in the super market and shipping costs made mail order too expensive. Green beans can be stored for months and still retain their freshness so I buy 10-15 lbs at a time...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Declining Service Expectations. Are there any excellent companies still out there?
Replies: 81
Views: 6216

Re: Declining Service Expectations. Are there any excellent companies still out there?

[b]American Express : American Express gets high marks from me. I find the CSRs to be top notch. They know their company's products, and go as far as necessary to satisfy an problem/issue. Broken Man 1999 I agree with your assessment of Publix but have had 2 very bad customer service experiences wi...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Easy $300 bonus- Key Bank
Replies: 23
Views: 3556

Re: Easy $300 bonus- Key Bank

Offer available in these states: AK, CO, CT, ID, IN, KY, ME, MI, NY, OH, OR, UT, VT, WA
by LifeIsGood
Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: pay1040.com
Replies: 5
Views: 1082

Re: pay1040.com

No experience on how this service works but if you have a VISA with 2% cash back, the $2.59 flat fee could be a small money maker depending on your payment amount.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AX [American Express] charge dispute
Replies: 27
Views: 1608

Re: AX [American Express] charge dispute

I used this pathway for (oddly enough) a dispute with AmEx RE: Membership Rewards bonus points. No joy via this venue. Another route might be to get the CFPB involved and submit a complaint against PenFed. http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/#credit-card OP - I believe your issue came up in ano...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question For Boglehead Coffee Roasters
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: Question For Boglehead Coffee Roasters

The Behmor roaster was on my radar. Did you get the upgraded control panel? I'm quite familiar with Sweet Marias and Burman for coffee related stuff.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question For Boglehead Coffee Roasters
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Question For Boglehead Coffee Roasters

About 8 months ago I decided I would jump into the world of DIY coffee roasters. I started cheap and simple with an unmodified West Bend Poppery II popcorn popper that I purchased on Ebay. I'm pretty sensitive to stale coffee and tend to roast every 4-5 days. It takes 3 batches in the roaster to las...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Problem setting up Quicken for Fidelity Visa Elan
Replies: 10
Views: 1440

Re: Problem setting up Quicken for Fidelity Visa Elan

I've got a different Elan problem - it connects perfectly each time but downloads each transaction TWICE. Much searching and I can't seem to fix this problem.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Those who are having Ooma
Replies: 13
Views: 2210

Re: Those who are having Ooma

I don't know how important caller ID is to you but the original Hub unit displays name & caller number whereas the Telo only displays caller number. You have to get the Premier service to get name & number.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slicer for Sweet Potato Fries
Replies: 12
Views: 1180

Re: Slicer for Sweet Potato Fries

I bought a unit nearly identical to the 2 linked above and found it wouldn't slice ANY potatoes. It's sitting in the basement waiting to go to Goodwill. $70 down the toilet.
Have you considered microwaving the sweet potatoes a bit to soften them slightly and then cut with a sharp knife?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?
Replies: 40
Views: 3274

Re: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?

Several years ago I was in the same situation and bought a Yard Machines chipper with a 10 hp Briggs engine. If you're chipping anything much bigger than 1" in diameter you should just rent a machine. A 6hp unit would fail miserably. I also noticed that mine worked much better if the branches w...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Door lock actuators: am I getting fleeced?
Replies: 23
Views: 2895

Re: Door lock actuators: am I getting fleeced?

The door lock actuator went out on my Lexus a couple of years ago. I found a Youtube video that walks you through how to replace them. They suggested using a motor sold on Ebay that costs $20 for four. Beats $1200.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duplicate Credit Card Transactions in Quicken
Replies: 0
Views: 554

Duplicate Credit Card Transactions in Quicken

I'm running Quicken Home & Business 2016 in Windows 7. I set up my Fidelity VISA card via my login credentials for Elan Financial Services. When I download my transactions, I'm getting many duplicates. When the downloaded ID for each transaction is displayed, the number is identical. I tried del...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Modem Question
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Cable Modem Question

Thanks so much for the information. That's exactly what I needed.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Modem Question
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Cable Modem Question

My old Motorola modem is acting wonky and I need to replace it. I have basic cable internet (3Mps) with Comcast. Netgear has a number of compatible modems at varying prices. The CM500 specs state 680 Mps (obviously way overkill for my present service) with 16 downstream channels and 8 upstream and a...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aprilaire Humidifier
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: Aprilaire Humidifier

I have an Aprilaire 700 and find that I can regulate the amount of water flowing through the humidifier pad just by adjusting the shutoff valve from the water supply. Very little water waste this way.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a used DSLR Suggestion
Replies: 37
Views: 2618

Re: Buying a used DSLR Suggestion

If you buy used, be sure to check the number of shutter activations on the camera. It will help confirm if the camera was truly "hardly used". Check out https://www.camerashuttercount.com
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security system ADT Cost
Replies: 26
Views: 2568

Re: Security system ADT Cost

I'd also recommend SimpliSafe. I installed a system for a family member and they were very happy with the product. Easy to install and reasonable monthly costs.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid bike/rack recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 1635

Re: Hybrid bike/rack recommendations

My last 3 bikes have been a Trek and generally I've been pretty happy with them. My dealer (and I suspect most) offers free lifetime adjustments of shifters and brakes. I purchased this rack and have been happy with it as well. I got it on sale for $119 - http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_1...
by LifeIsGood
Sat May 28, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?

jltandpct wrote:We enjoyed the ceviche at La Mar. Then grab a pisco sour at one of the bars overlooking the ocean.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... egion.html


We LOVE ceviche (and pisco sours). Will check it out.
by LifeIsGood
Sat May 28, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?

We hired a private guide and had a great day in Lima. Our guide listened to our interests and zipped us around the city - seeing way more than we could have on our own, and a few things we wouldn't have known to ask about. We used TaxiLimaPeru private tours. They have quite a few reviews on TripAdv...
by LifeIsGood
Sat May 28, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with VA Loan Experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 1439

Re: Anyone with VA Loan Experience?

Filling the floor gaps with wood putty would look terrible. If you're lucky, the floor is just snapped together and floats. If so, then the offending boards might be able to be tapped together and fill the gap.
by LifeIsGood
Fri May 27, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?

Thanks for all the info/feedback. Lima is the starting point for our tour that includes Cusco and Machu Picchu so that part is covered.
by LifeIsGood
Thu May 26, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

One Day In Lima Peru - What to Do ?

We have one full day in Lima prior to the start of a tour. Are there any "don't miss" attractions that we need to see? How safe are the streets for walking around during daylight hours?
Thanks for any tips/suggestions.
by LifeIsGood
Tue May 17, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade in BMW?
Replies: 45
Views: 4269

Re: Trade in BMW?

My son has a 3 series BMW diesel and just found out he needs $6,000 worth of repairs - leaky turbocharger and carbon buildup in the engine.
by LifeIsGood
Fri May 13, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need barest, skeleton, almost non-existent cell plan.
Replies: 22
Views: 1845

Re: Need barest, skeleton, almost non-existent cell plan.

Put $10 in a Pageplus account. Calls are billed @ $.10/min and you only have to top up your balance every 4 months. If you talk less than 25 min/month, your effective cost is $2.50/month ! The other big benefit is that you get the coverage of Verizon's network.
by LifeIsGood
Wed May 11, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Woodturners?
Replies: 8
Views: 1349

Re: Any Woodturners?

You could post your question on Sawmill Creek. They have a forum devoted to wood turners - http://www.sawmillcreek.org/forumdispla ... er-s-Forum
by LifeIsGood
Tue May 03, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine Purchase Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2495

Re: Wine Purchase Question

Pretty much anything from Chateau St. Michelle or Columbia Crest are very good and widely available.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken

prudent wrote:IIRC if you connect using "FIA Card Services" it doesn't download transactions newer than the last statement. Using "Bankcard Services" gets all transactions.


I just updated and transactions from 4/15/16 were downloaded. They must have fixed the problem.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken

Works fine for me at this time. Do you have a username and password on FIA's website ( different than fidelitys website even though fidelity can pass through to fia when you are logged in)? Quicken needs your FIA login credentials and not your fidelity one. Also, FIA is an absolutely horrible issue...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Setting Up Fidelity AmEx on Quicken

I'm trying to get Quicken to download my credit card transactions via 1 step update but have been unsuccessful. I'm using FIA Card services as the provider. When I try to connect, I'm getting an "Invalid user name or password" message. I'm able to log into FIA via Fidelity's web site with ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business

Thanks for the heads up! However, is the Home & Business version backward compatible to Deluxe or Premier? If not, could it be that the new (private equity) owners want to "lock us" into the more expensive version for all future upgrades? I upgraded from the Deluxe version and so far ...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business

Intuit is offering an upgrade to Quicken 2016 Home & Business for $10. I presently have the Deluxe version and really don't need all those features but with the latest version I won't have to upgrade for another 3 years. Supposedly the "upgrade" also works if you don't already have a v...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Health Care (Indiv. Resp)
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: H&R Block Health Care (Indiv. Resp)

I found it. Under the taxes tab it asks if you've had health insurance.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Health Care (Indiv. Resp)
Replies: 3
Views: 200

H&R Block Health Care (Indiv. Resp)

I'm a long time user of Turbo Tax with my first venture using H&R Block. I'm 68 yrs old, married and retired. When I get to line 61 of form 1040, the FULL YEAR COVERAGE box is unchecked and I'm being assessed a $1,363 tax. If I check the FULL YEAR box, it says "The program calculates this f...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using Canadian Pharmacies
Replies: 26
Views: 2752

Re: Using Canadian Pharmacies

I have been buying drugs from PlantDrugsDirect.com for the past 7 years and have been very pleased with their products and service. They are a CIPA member. The lead time between ordering and shipping can be 3 weeks some times but other than that I have no complaints.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell truck and buy SUV?
Replies: 44
Views: 3695

Re: Sell truck and buy SUV?

I had a truck for the past 25 yrs and decided I wanted an SUV. My "replacement" for the truck was a folding 4x8' trailer for $210 from Harbor Freight. I'm able to store it in my basement and it only takes about 10 mins. to set up. A bit more bother than having a truck but it works for me....
by LifeIsGood
Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx
Replies: 7
Views: 1281

Re: Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx

Is it more than 90 days old? https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/card-benefits/purchase-protection/faq.html It's less than 90 dys old but your link is for cards issued from AmEx not the FIA brand. I called about submitting a claim and they said water damage is excluded. I took the phone in t...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell truck and buy SUV?
Replies: 44
Views: 3695

Re: Sell truck and buy SUV?

I had a truck for the past 25 yrs and decided I wanted an SUV. My "replacement" for the truck was a folding 4x8' trailer for $210 from Harbor Freight. I'm able to store it in my basement and it only takes about 10 mins. to set up. A bit more bother than having a truck but it works for me.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Business Class Tickets
Replies: 37
Views: 3974

Re: Purchasing Business Class Tickets

WOW - thanks for all the replies and suggestions. With this being a once-in-a-lifetime event I think we'll stick with business class. It just means our kids will have one less business class flight equivalent that they will inherit. :happy I'm going to pursue some of the options mentioned and see if...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx
Replies: 7
Views: 1281

Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx

My wife managed to leave her brand new iPhone (No Applecare warranty) in the rain a couple of days ago. I promptly removed the sim card and placed it in rice for a couple of days. No joy. It won't power up at all. I didn't see the moisture indicator in the SIM slot turn red but it's an almost certai...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Business Class Tickets
Replies: 37
Views: 3974

Purchasing Business Class Tickets

This year is our 50th wedding anniversary and my wife and I are contemplating a trip to Spain/Portugal in May. We've used up all our reward miles and I'm feeling light headed when I get quotes ($5,500) for a Business class ticket. IFlyBusiness.com quoted $3,398 for the same ticket but I've read revi...

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