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by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question For Boglehead Coffee Roasters
Replies: 8
Views: 564

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: 564

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: 804

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: 1974

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: 1101

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: 2936

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: 2770

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: 223

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: 624

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: 624

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: 395

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: 2497

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: 2408

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: 1570

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: 878

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: 878

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: 1347

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: 878

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: 878

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: 4129

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: 1776

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: 1316

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: 2408

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: 558

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: 558

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: 558

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 189

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: 189

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: 2620

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: 3603

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: 1263

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: 3603

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: 3853

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: 1263

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: 3853

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...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Manual can opener recommendation
Replies: 45
Views: 3459

Re: Manual can opener recommendation

Wirecutter Reviews recommends the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener with Lid Catch as their top pick - http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-can-opener/
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gmail Spam Explosion
Replies: 22
Views: 2466

Gmail Spam Explosion

I've had a Gmail account for about 4 years and really like it because I rarely got any messages in my spam folder. About 2 weeks ago, the onslaught started and now I'm getting 25-30 per week. Unless something has changed at Google, I suspect that my email address must have been discovered by some sp...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card $50 statement credit .... FYI
Replies: 15
Views: 2008

Re: Credit Card $50 statement credit .... FYI

If you cancel your AmEx card, don't forget to cash out any Membership Rewards points you have accumulated. Otherwise you will lose them.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or Lightly Used Honda CRV?
Replies: 16
Views: 1781

Re: New or Lightly Used Honda CRV?

Look up crv vibration issues, crvs from those years can have issues. Honda has a video explaining the problem, only effects the last 2 model years or so. Some people don't care, but you should know Honda has finally issued a fix for this problem. I'm taking my '15 in next week to be "upgraded&...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ooma Phone Service - I Do NOT Recommend
Replies: 34
Views: 3270

Re: Ooma Phone Service - I Do NOT Recommend

I was a long time happy OOMA customer but when they stopped providing caller ID with the basic service I changed my tune. I would have to pay $10/month for their premium service in order to get this benefit back. I may consider switching too. Has anyone ported their number OUT of OOMA? How did it go?
by LifeIsGood
Fri Dec 25, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beef roast
Replies: 124
Views: 9651

Re: Beef roast

After many years of Prime Rib at Christmas I decided to take a different tack last year and made Beef Wellington, If you're not familiar, it's a tenderloin that has a 1/4" thick layer of mushroom/shallot mixture applied around the whole piece and then wrapped in puff pastry. I followed this rec...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Christmas goose?
Replies: 23
Views: 2284

Re: Christmas goose?

I'll be curious how yours turns out. I blew $60 at Whole Foods a couple of years ago for a goose and no one (including me) liked it.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Use Citi® / AAdvantage Points For Something Besides Travel?
Replies: 14
Views: 964

Re: Use Citi® / AAdvantage Points For Something Besides Travel?

I have just over 57K points and the card has a $95 annual fee that I want to avoid. Will I keep those points if I close the Citi card? I assume they are in my Am. Airlines account and not tied to the credit card after they were earned.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!

Boost Mobile 6S 16GB for $450: https://www.boostmobile.com/#!/shop/phones/apple-iphone-6s?CID=cj_datafeed Use code B6677847 to bring to $450. You can then unlock it for about $5. Code B6677847 is invalid. I was following a threat on Slickdeals regarding this phone. Many people ran into unlock probl...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Use Citi® / AAdvantage Points For Something Besides Travel?
Replies: 14
Views: 964

Use Citi® / AAdvantage Points For Something Besides Travel?

I have some AAdvantage (American Airlines) points that I need to use but don't have any trips scheduled. Is there any other use of these points besides travel? I scoured the AA web site but couldn't find anything.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

Re: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!

I used Citibank's credit card offer to get a $650 credit towards the purchase of a new phone. https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/credit-card-details/citi.action?ID=citi-att-access-more-credit-card This offer is very tempting. The phone will ultimately be used on Verizon and I'm not very well versed ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!
Replies: 34
Views: 4234

iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!

I'm wanting to buy an iPhone 6 for a Christmas gift but can't seem to find them on sale any where. I want to purchase it outright, not tied to a contract. If anyone knows of a deal, I'd be eternally grateful.

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