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by LifeIsGood
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Re: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?

The 2 choices are somewhat of an apples/oranges situation. I've been to both locations and would have to favor the northern-most option. I'd also add that if there's any way to include Glacier National Park in the trip, it's well worth the effort. Happy Anniversary !
by LifeIsGood
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable photo printer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: Durable photo printer ?

The best deal on photo paper is from Canon when they have their sales. Typically it's buy 1 get 8-9 free. If you're using EOM ink, the paper and the ink are matched via ICC color profiles .
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099-SSA and 1099-R reporting for deceased taxpayers
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: 1099-SSA and 1099-R reporting for deceased taxpayers

Your mother in law can also file a married filing jointly for 2 years after her husbands death.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ACA penalty affordability?
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: ACA penalty affordability?

Here's a pretty good affordability calculator once you get your 1095-C. - https://cotaxaide.org/tools/ACA%20Affor ... lator.html
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable photo printer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: Durable photo printer ?

I put the last Pro-100 I bought into service for my own use. I had no luck trying to sell "bare" printers without print heads and ink and finally gave them away on Craigslist. The old unit was working fine but since I had 4 unused printers I was giving away, I decided to give away the one ...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volunteering Ideas
Replies: 87
Views: 6172

Re: Volunteering Ideas

I've been a Habitat volunteer for the past 6 yrs and thoroughly enjoy it. We have a group of retired guys that get together most Thursdays and help get the house ready for when church groups come in on the weekends. Very laid back - if you can make, great. If not, no problem. Wonderful group of peop...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable photo printer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: Durable photo printer ?

Over the years I have bought 6 of these printers. I wait for them to go on sale and then resell the print head on eBay. Quite often I'm able to get it for $25-50 after rebate. Netting out the resale of the print head, I end up with free ink. Now - what to do with all that 13 x 19 paper ??? Print a c...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable photo printer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: Durable photo printer ?

It will print 4x6 up to 13x19.

sunny_socal wrote:Can that Pixma print post card size as well?

My wife has a selphy and is looking to upgrade. The selphy has a weird user interface and she must print many test pictures - the paper/film is expensive.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable photo printer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2039

Re: Durable photo printer ?

I've been using a Canon Pixma Pro-100 for the past 5 years and love. it. Canon phone support has been top notch too. I tend to print pictures infrequently and always had problems with the ink clogging the print head with Epson printers. Never happens with this one. The big problem is that it's a bea...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are $50 drugstore and supermarket "drones" any fun?
Replies: 18
Views: 2181

Re: Are $50 drugstore and supermarket "drones" any fun?

I bought this one several months ago and it's lots of fun - https://www.amazon.com/Syma-X5SC-Explorers-Headless-Quadcopter/dp/B00WJOLJW8/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1484139988&sr=1-1&keywords=syma+x5c+headless Pretty easy to set up and learn to fly. Video and still images are ok b...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: File taxes with $0 income with a dependent?
Replies: 29
Views: 2097

Re: File taxes with $0 income with a dependent?

Without any earned income, she's not eligible for any refundable credits like Earned income Tax Credit so I don't see any reason to file. The only other reason to file would be to decrease the likelihood of tax fraud (ie someone filing a fraudulent return using her SSN).
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase

Thanks student. I'll look into the CapitalOne card.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase

Thanks for mentioning this. Coincidentally, the travel is for a European cruise from a US based company. I'll call to confirm,. Is the contemplated travel domestic or international? Some credit cards charge a surcharge for foreign transactions. Fidelity, for example, has a 2% Rewards Visa, but they ...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Credit Card Advice for Large Purchase

I have a large purchase coming up (~$20K) and have always been a big fan of getting credit card bonuses associated with opening new accounts. It seems like Chase has a lot of the good bonuses but I have run up against their 5/24 rule. I have also taken advantage of most of AmEx's bonuses. Can anyone...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless
Replies: 26
Views: 1894

Re: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless

My main electrical panel has absolutely no room for adding breakers. I even had to add some half height "cheater" breakers to accommodate some circuits I added in my shop. I suspect that when you calculate the cost of adding a sub-panel, this will be a NO GO proposition. Thanks for all the...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless
Replies: 26
Views: 1894

Re: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless

When all the junk charges are factored in I'm paying $.75/therm for gas and $.11/KWH for electricity. My gas bill runs roughly $40 per month in the summer (ie no heat). I also have a gas range so lets assume 80% of the bill is for hot water.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless
Replies: 26
Views: 1894

Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless

I noticed that Home Depot has 4.6 GPM electric tankless water heaters on sale today for $299. I've been thinking about replacing my 12 yr old gas heater and wondered if there would be any significant savings in going to an "on demand" system vs my gas one? I would have to have an electric ...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards
Replies: 203
Views: 33030

Re: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards

As an aside on this thread, I called last week regarding the $1,000 bonus for $200K transfer and was told that unless I had attended a seminar in Las Vegas in Oct, the present bonus is $600.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wells Fargo Mobile Check Deposit
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: Wells Fargo Mobile Check Deposit

Timely for me. Yesterday I finally gave up after 4 tries to make a mobile deposit with my iPhone. No matter what I did, it kept rejecting the images of my check.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2129
Views: 578023

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight. It's the story of how he and his U. of Oregon coach started Nike. Very interesting, well written read.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door gets stuck when opening/closing
Replies: 34
Views: 2052

Re: Garage door gets stuck when opening/closing

Some openers have a clutch adjustment. Check your manual and see if it's mentioned. I had a problem like you described (happened during cold weather) and adjusting the clutch solved the problem.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VoIP 'Oma' vs 'Vonage' phone
Replies: 39
Views: 2791

Re: VoIP 'Oma' vs 'Vonage' phone

Does Google Voice include caller ID? I've been a long time OOMA customer but was prerry upset when they made caller ID a Premium service that I would have to extra for. Omma is much cheaper than Vonage. Omma also has decent customer support. So between these two - I would choose Omma. However - a th...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone's Take on Blue Dolphin Magazines?
Replies: 7
Views: 1309

Re: Anyone's Take on Blue Dolphin Magazines?

What's so ironic about this thread and Rewardsurvey is that after you redeem your points, a screen appears offering $2 magazine subscriptions from Blue Dolphin !! I haven't paid for a magazine in years. https://www.rewardsurvey.com/ If you spend 5 minutes answering some (20?) dumb repetitive multipl...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Karma offers Free Tax filing for 2017 regardless of income
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

Re: Credit Karma offers Free Tax filing for 2017 regardless of income

Unless I missed it on their web page, I didn't see any mention of which software they are using (TurboTax, H&R Block, etc) or are they re-inventing the wheel and doing their own?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recs for blood pressure monitor for home use please
Replies: 13
Views: 1314

Re: Recs for blood pressure monitor for home use please

I bought this one from Costco a couple of months ago and am happy with it. It stores 2 sets of values in memory.
http://www.costco.com/Microlife-Premium ... 92022.html
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "New" or Refurb Rechargeables for Old Tools
Replies: 36
Views: 1915

Re: "New" or Refurb Rechargeables for Old Tools

If you have a Batteries Plus near you, they can rebuild old battery packs. If they are that old there's a chance the batteries are nicad and definitely old technology. Lithium batteries are much better but would require a different charger. I love cordless tools and have bought Rigid at Home Depot f...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2017 with Crossover
Replies: 1
Views: 397

Re: Quicken 2017 with Crossover

No experience with Crossover but I've used Parallels and VMware Fusion with no problems.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kitchen Cabinet Info
Replies: 10
Views: 1562

Re: Kitchen Cabinet Info

by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Black Friday iPhone Deals?
Replies: 13
Views: 2140

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: 9173

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: 199
Views: 24012

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: 1115

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: 1115

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: 3640

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: 3640

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: 11532

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: 6710

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: 28
Views: 4556

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: 1126

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: 1760

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: 718

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: 718

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: 2293

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: 2401

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: 1266

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: 3747

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: 31
Views: 4320

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: 798

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...

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