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by LifeIsGood
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Business Class Tickets
Replies: 33
Views: 2349

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: 3
Views: 455

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: 33
Views: 2349

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: 2632

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: 2061

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: 1808

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: 1472

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: 2268

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: 123
Views: 7525

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: 2052

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: 776

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: 3684

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: 776

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: 3684

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: 3684

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.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time Share Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Time Share Question

Probably too late but he or she should have refused the inheritance.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car safety features
Replies: 29
Views: 1547

Re: New car safety features

I have a 2015 CRV with all those features except the Road Departure Mitigation System. Like you, I love the right side view camera and had a lot to do with my purchasing the vehicle. The lane departure warning quickly became annoying and I turned it off. The Forward Collision Warning is useful and s...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?
Replies: 319
Views: 30034

Re: Vanguard TurboTax - Not Available 2015?

Fidelity deal ($2,500 for keeping a million in your brokerage account there for 9 months) kind of pales next to Merrill Edge (which gives you $1,000 for keeping $200K there for just 3 months.) Somebody who was really interested in churning their Vanguard ETFs could definitely clean up by strategic ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What To Do In Santiago Chile Jan 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: What To Do In Santiago Chile Jan 2016

WOW! Bogleheads never fail to come through. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I am definitely interested in wine but was a bit dismayed to see that Uncorked cheapest tours are $195 per person. I'd rather not drive and do it myself so if anyone has any other wine tasting suggestions, I'd love to ...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What To Do In Santiago Chile Jan 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

What To Do In Santiago Chile Jan 2016

We've got 3 days in Santiago before the start of a tour early next and wondered if anyone can suggest some activities to fill the time.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Brokerage Transfer Inducements
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Brokerage Transfer Inducements

I've been doing this for the past couple of years. As you pointed out, easy money. Last year, after moving money from Brokerage A to Brokerage B, I get a call from Brokerage A offering me MORE than the bonus from Brokerage B to stay with them. Too late - the wheels were already in motion.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Termite treatment
Replies: 31
Views: 4199

Re: Termite treatment

Ordered Termidor and treated exterior of 2800sf home and detached stroage garrage 5 years ago...Lots cheaper do it your self if your up to the task. Not impressed with Companies selling services...contracts, reinspect, bait stations...Lots of info on DIY sites. Leaving aside other issues, it's a vi...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans

scotthal wrote:If you're a newbie to home roasting, I'd recommend that you check out homeroasters.org - it's a very good resource for advice & roaster info.

Funny you mention that site. I stumbled upon it by accident yesterday. Lots of great info - almost to the point of overwhelming.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans

Thanks everyone for the feedback and advice. As a newbie in the roasting arena, I've ordered a West Bend Poppery 2 Hot Air Popcorn Popper off Ebay, If I like the end product and this doesn't end up being a passing impulse, I may decide to upgrade to the Behmor. I ended up ordering from Burman's but ...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Source For Unroasted Coffee Beans

I think I'm going to take the plunge and try roasting my own coffee beans. Is anyone aware of a source that sells what amounts to a "sampler pack" - ie maybe 4-5 different beans in small quantities I could try before committing to a "go to" beans I really like?
Thanks.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Platinum $450/yr annual fee but 100,000 points
Replies: 53
Views: 7402

Re: Amex Platinum $450/yr annual fee but 100,000 points

Unfortunately this appears to be a targeted offer. I tried a couple of times in Incognito mode and was only offered 40K points.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Doctors without borders ..........
Replies: 43
Views: 4266

Re: Doctors without borders ..........

Worthwhile organization but don't give them your phone number. They'll start calling you too. No good deed goes unpunished.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [All weather car mats]
Replies: 59
Views: 3352

Re: All weather car mats

I purchased a new Honda CRV earlier this year and decided to go with the Husky WeatherBeater mats. I've been disappointed in the fit. There are gaps between the edge of the mat and the side of the floor panel which collects dirt. I called Husky and they sent a new set of mats but they have the same ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Business buyout
Replies: 7
Views: 907

Re: Business buyout

I didn't see any mention of a Non-Compete Covenant. A must for a transaction of this size.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OOMA Changes Caller ID?
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: OOMA Changes Caller ID?

I tried that but only the number shows on caller ID. If you're not an OOMA premier customer and you want caller ID with names, you can log into your "my OOMA" account and create/update an address book, associating names with numbers. If you have a smartphone, the easiest way to get your co...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you recommend a bread maker?
Replies: 30
Views: 1667

Re: Do you recommend a bread maker?

Yet another No Knead fan. The bread is so much better than what I got out of my macine. I started out at http://breadtopia.com/. Great videos to walk you through. Eric also sells some of the basic supplies at reasonable prices.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OOMA Changes Caller ID?
Replies: 5
Views: 941

OOMA Changes Caller ID?

I've been an OOMA customer for many years. I have it paired up with a Panasonic cordless phone system that announces the caller's name. I've noticed lately that OOMA only displays the caller's number and not their name. I looked at OOMA's web site and it appears that only Premier subscribers will se...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express joins Schwab to introduce new credit cards
Replies: 12
Views: 2989

Re: American Express joins Schwab to introduce new credit cards

Ofcmetz, would you care to elaborate on how you're using this card to obtain 1st class travel?
Thanks.

ofcmetz wrote:[quote="MnD"}

I'm pretty hooked on the Chase Sapphire for everything however - leisure travel is a lot more fun now when the tickets are first class and "free".


Right now I use the Sapphire and Fidelity AmEx for everything. This Schwab card would need to be at least as good as the Fidelity to be worth my time.[/quote]
by LifeIsGood
Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wells Fargo Propel World 400 Bonus
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: Wells Fargo Propel World 400 Bonus

I opened this card earlier this year. It took 133 days (4 months, 10 days) between qualifying purchase and points being credited. So much for "1-2 billing cycles".
by LifeIsGood
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike Repair Forum
Replies: 13
Views: 1250

Re: Bike Repair Forum

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. It looks like Sheldon Brown and Bikeforums are the consensus. I appreciate the advice.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike Repair Forum
Replies: 13
Views: 1250

Bike Repair Forum

Do any BH cyclists have a favorite bicycle repair forum that they use? I need some basic advice on changing out a rear derailleur Thanks.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is NAPFA.org the place to look for fee-only financial planner?
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: Is NAPFA.org the place to look for fee-only financial planner?

Another fee only option is the Garrett Network - http://www.garrettplanningnetwork.com/
I have no personal experience but people I respect recommend them.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Data Plan For An iPad
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Re: Data Plan For An iPad

Thanks for all the good feedback. My iPad is a 3Rd generation and tied to the Verizon network. Unfortunately that rules out the free T-Mobile option. I also noticed that T-Mobile is selling SIM cards this weekend for $.99 (normally $15) using code SIM99 in case anyone is interested - http://prepaid-...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal iMac upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Frugal iMac upgrade

I have a 2011 iMac and also looked at upgrades to speed the machine up. I considered Thunderbolt but rejected it due to cost. I Ultimately I ended up installing an internal SSD. Not for the faint of heart but the machine really flies now.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Data Plan For An iPad
Replies: 13
Views: 872

Data Plan For An iPad

We use our iPad almost exclusively at home on our wifi network but occasionally travel for a week every now and then and would enjoy cellular coverage. Our cell phone plans are prepaid so there's no way to add a tablet. I've been looking for an inexpensive prepaid plan that would give me a modest am...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get best deal when ordering a vehicle
Replies: 18
Views: 2658

Re: How to get best deal when ordering a vehicle

That's exactly how I purchased my last 2 cars. Be sure you specify that you want a DRIVE OUT price. Then it's easy to pick out the best deal.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: loan for a dental practice
Replies: 17
Views: 1732

Re: loan for a dental practice

I would suggest writing a business plan. If you've never done one before, there are numerous web sites to help you. There's a bit more "red tape" but SBA.gov can sometimes be useful when looking for a business loan. I financed the purchase of 2 practices via SBA. Take your written business...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifting Apple products, product upgrade cycles
Replies: 13
Views: 1225

Re: Gifting Apple products, product upgrade cycles

Apple has a 30 day return policy.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on Brooks Saddle
Replies: 3
Views: 783

Re: Update on Brooks Saddle

I'm sorry to hear that. My brooks saddle was a complete game changer. I've never been as comfortable on a bike as I am now. I'm glad you've gotten your comfort back though. It's paramount when riding. Which brooks did you have? Where did you purchase it? Some stores have return policies of up to a ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on Brooks Saddle
Replies: 3
Views: 783

Update on Brooks Saddle

Earlier this year I posted about how uncomfortable my new Brooks bike seat (saddle) was. Many encouraged me to "give it time" to break it in. Others cautioned that it may never feel good. After 700 miles, it appears the only thing that is broken is my derriere. I tried multiple treatments ...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing broken furniture drawer hardware.
Replies: 11
Views: 1071

Re: Replacing broken furniture drawer hardware.

I've had good luck with Whitechapel - http://www.whitechapel-ltd.com

Also have you considered contacting Drexel?
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast & X1
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Comcast & X1

Right now I have an HD DVR box. If I forego the X1 option, is the free replacement DVR pretty similar in function to the older box being replaced?
Thanks for the feedback.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast & X1
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Comcast & X1

I just received a notification from Comcast that I will need an upgraded my HD cable box. I can replace the one I have now for free or I can get the X1 Entertainment Operating System (free for 6 mos) for an additional fee.
I'm interested in whether you feel the X1 is worth any premium.
by LifeIsGood
Mon May 18, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 2019

Trip Insurance

We looking into a Tauck tour in Patagonia. They offer trip insurance that consists of 2 parts. Tauck self insures for canceling the trip and refunding the cost of the tour. The second part provided by Trasamerica covers the refund of air fares and travel delays, lost baggage and medical coverage inc...

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