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by LifeIsGood
Tue May 03, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine Purchase Question
Replies: 32
Views: 1887

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: 429

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: 429

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: 429

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: 1094

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: 1094

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: 157

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: 157

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: 2278

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: 3158

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: 1149

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: 3158

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: 3524

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: 1149

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: 3524

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: 2981

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: 2297

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: 1883

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: 1604

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: 2597

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: 8687

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: 2148

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: 842

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: 3932

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: 842

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: 3932

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: 3932

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: 1315

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: 31
Views: 2172

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: 327
Views: 38597

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: 1121

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: 1121

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: 384

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: 4685

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: 1222

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: 1222

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: 1222

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: 7899

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: 4473

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: 3589

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: 930

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: 1058

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: 1812

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: 1058

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: 3069

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: 1051

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: 1311

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: 1311

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: 963

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.

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