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by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Desk
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Treadmill Desk

I'm intrigued by your suggestion Jim - but having trouble visualizing one aspect - drilling holes through pool noodles, which are at least a few inches thicK?
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Desk
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Treadmill Desk

I've had a laminated board cut to fit the dimensions of my treadmill, including rectangular holes on each side in order to attach it to the arms of my treadmill. I will use this at a slow speed while staring at a laptop screen during incredibly long and boring work related meetings. All I need now a...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?
Replies: 72
Views: 3020

Re: How much electricity are you using and how expensive it is?

Northern VA, can't recall how many kw used by month, but usage is even year round - use electricity for everything - no gas here.

1200 square feet - $55 - $65/month year round.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Re: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"

Property taxes and heating bill in upstate ny let alone the weekend traffic can be brutal. There's a reason big houses are often so cheap. They cost a lot to look after. Appreciate the feedback. I would be using this more as a seasonal home, than a weekend home. Property taxes are an issue, apparen...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig vs coffeemaker - and the Keurig won
Replies: 53
Views: 3448

Re: Keurig vs coffeemaker - and the Keurig won

I haven't drank a great cup of Keurig yet - maybe it's still out there. I note with interest however, that the aisles in the local groceries no longer say "coffee", they say "coffee pods".

That said, I don't think I can ever give up my Nespresso. LOVE IT.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Re: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"

If you are just looking for a place to live then all you care about, perhaps, is that you aren't too late. This is my primary concern. I am watching prices and so far, so good...but my target area is just beyond the bulls eye of the trendy activity - imagine that - it all surrounds a couple restaur...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Re: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"

I can see that - but I think more for liquid assets than real assets?, more complicated, barriers to entry, etc.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Property in Rural Area that is going "chic"

For awhile now, I've had my eye on purchasing & upgrading a summer home in upstate NY. Now I'm hearing that the area I've been looking at is going "upscale" - currently, it's rural, with small towns and run down farms. Apparently, because land and property prices are depressed, it's be...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank accounts in another state
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Bank accounts in another state

Actually, I am not changing or getting rid of my current address - just using a second one.

Maybe I am answering my own question as it just occurs to me there are people with seasonal homes who likely already do this.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank accounts in another state
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Bank accounts in another state

Life has changed and I'll be spending quite a bit more time at my mother's house, in a different state. It's a very rural area, no national banks, only local banks and CUs. I'm thinking of opening a bank account in my mom's area at one of these locations. I bank online, but am thinking of using my m...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to communicate with a young nephew using iPad
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Trying to communicate with a young nephew using iPad

I have a seven year old nephew who lives across the country and this summer he has come up to speed quickly on using technology to connect with long distance family. In the past couple weeks he has been calling me on my phone and we've been chatting using Facetime - he's using his iPad for Facetime ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Sous Vide Recipes/Foods?
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Favorite Sous Vide Recipes/Foods?

I purchased a new gen Anova last week during Prime Day...my first ever sous vide device.

What are your favorite applications? looking forward to trying steaks and seafood....

Tips are much appreciated!
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch to federal job?
Replies: 80
Views: 7294

Re: Switch to federal job?

Seems the OP no longer poses the question, but this topic comes up often enough for others that it might be worthwhile to hear from someone who's had considerable amount of experience on both sides of the fence. I've been with the feds for several years after many years in the IT industry. I left be...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Re: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan

I can see how those comments could have been misleading - but my chosen words were only intended to convey complexity. Like many families, ours is cloaked in layers of emotional complexity which complicate financial issues. We are grateful for the role our brother plays and he in turn is also gratef...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tracking towards a million and retiring at 55.
Replies: 38
Views: 5596

Re: Tracking towards a million and retiring at 55.

Currently, I make around $124,000 salary not including other benefits which amount to a total compensation package of $171,000


As a fellow federal employee, can you let me know where you obtained the dollar value estimate of your non-salary compensation?

thanks
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Re: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan

I have to chuckle at those posters who have cherry-picked certain parts of certain posts and clarifications in the thread as they wish and use those incomplete bits to jump to amazing conclusions. All you know about our family is what I have written here - nothing more. If you want to project your o...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Re: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan

Our brother is married and has a child. There has been a history in their marriage of them both providing a lot of care to our mother and his wife's mother. For my mom, especially since our stepfather passed. I think my mother hates to be left alone, even if she's ok, so she might invent reasons for...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Amazon
Replies: 76
Views: 5402

Re: Alternatives to Amazon

It appears to me all kinds of things are happening and changing rapidly in online retail. Amazon is the star for keeping the consumer updated all in one easy to ready and organized layout. At the very least, they communicate with the seller through the interface. Customer service after the sale can ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Re: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan

At the family meeting, I will suggest an elder care attorney, thank you. I just thought of something else - setting $ aside now for funeral expenses - although not probable, she could live another 20 years and then I'd hate to see us squabbling over how to split funeral expenses - a couple of us are...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan
Replies: 30
Views: 2508

Widowed mother - siblings try to make a plan

I am one of five siblings. Our stepfather passed away several months ago. I cannot understand this, but for some reason, when he retired, they chose the option (I forget the name of it) where his pension payments ceased upon his death. Our mother is now living on Social Security only and withdrawals...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun May 07, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expat Retirement Location with Health Care Eligibility
Replies: 30
Views: 3086

Re: Expat Retirement Location with Health Care Eligibility

There are a whole bunch of expat groups on Facebook that discuss this issue nearly every day, with respect to Mexico. Lots of retired Americans and Canadians living the good life there and they answer this question every day - there are public and private options and I believe the public program is ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun May 07, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long distance move, issues/costs
Replies: 11
Views: 1091

Re: Long distance move, issues/costs

no packing services required - all is packed -just need loading, transport, unload services...

Would the POD require a driveway for it to sit in while loading?
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun May 07, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long distance move, issues/costs
Replies: 11
Views: 1091

Long distance move, issues/costs

My widowed aunt has retired, sold her home in Massachusetts and downsized her household possessions. Altogether, her possessions are estimated to fit into at most, a 10X10 space. She has only kept a few pieces of furniture and plans to purchase new furniture when she buys her retirement home in Flor...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Favorite Financial Indulgences
Replies: 78
Views: 7967

Re: Favorite Financial Indulgences

My food bill went way up and my weight went way down. But my grocery bill is atrocious.


well, now you know we need to know what you were eating that was more expensive and caused your weight to drop?

Could you also define "atrocious"? (just curious!)
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?
Replies: 68
Views: 7404

Re: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?

I don't see it as a sadness, more as an antsy-ness....like clock watching, which can become inevitable in many cases. Bully for those who are still changing jobs & careers and bouncing happily off the walls after 20 to 30+ years in the workforce, but I would bet that is the exception and not the...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?
Replies: 68
Views: 7404

Re: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?

I share your dilemma (except for the pay - I get paid well). I deal with it by telling myself it's stealing if I don't perform to my abilities. But it's getting more difficult by the hour and I'm counting the days. You may have hit the nail on the head. i've gone from a live in the present mindset,...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping habits and timing of purchase
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Shopping habits and timing of purchase

Yesterday, I purchased 5 pairs of shoes. I don't need any shoes, but I can't wait until the time when I need shoes, to buy them. I have to buy them when I stumble across the type I need, serendipitously. I have an unusual shaped foot (not big or small, just no arch and wide)...so when I see a shoe i...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?
Replies: 68
Views: 7404

Does Retirement Planning impact your job performance?

Once I had a rough timeline in sight for retirement, there was an irony. What I had long worked to achieve was coming into focus, but I have become lost in a way - overwhelmed with planning for the transition while still working and in the transition. I have some of the classic signs of burnout - I ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare
Replies: 51
Views: 3341

Re: Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare

PS I don't understand what you mean by "How does one fare?" I mean that it has been strongly recommended here on the forum that I continue working, even if I don't need the extra money... just to be eligible for federal retiree health care coverage. At that time, there will be approximate...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal retirees with accrued annual and sick leave?
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Re: Federal retirees with accrued annual and sick leave?

Maybe the better question with all of this, is there a rule of thumb in terms of how far in advance a person usually files for their retirement benefits?

I am not worried about a cash lag so much, more concerned with accuracy and optimization of benefits.


thanks
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare
Replies: 51
Views: 3341

Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare

Although I could retire now, I have been convinced by several that I should stick it out for the time when I am eligible to take my federal retiree health care with me. So, I'll pay the premium when I retire and one day, I will reach the age for Medicare eligibility. How do federal employees with th...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal retirees with accrued annual and sick leave?
Replies: 5
Views: 818

Federal retirees with accrued annual and sick leave?

I am planning to retire from the govt next year. I am not a long time employee, so my leave balances are not as staggering as most that I work with. That said, I know the govt uses unused sick leave to tack some additional benefit onto the pension formula. Since I will not have a whopping monthly pe...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Living
Replies: 20
Views: 3417

Re: Hotel Living

Are you looking at a short term (< 1 year) stay or are you planning to check in and out depending on whether you are in town or not. Probably a combination of the both, depending on work schedule & vacation weekends and weeks. There may be periods where I want or need an extended stay - of a fe...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Living
Replies: 20
Views: 3417

Hotel Living

I plan to retire early next year. I am downsizing even further and will leave the local area (Washington DC) permanently. I am looking at my current apartment lease terms and my retirement date... to make a long story short, the apartment management only offers limited flexibility in length of lease...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: health insurance & sorta early retirement, should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 19
Views: 2454

Re: health insurance & sorta early retirement, should I stay or should I go?

OP will lose employer heathcare for the rest of his life if he leaves now. Hopefully that is 30+ Years.


I have not fully yet looked into it, but I thought that once I reached age 65, my current plan would force to me to pick up Medicare, in order to transfer their obligations.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mom wants an air fryer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3335

Mom wants an air fryer?

My mother's birthday is coming up and I asked her what I could get for her and she mentioned an air fryer, no brands or specs. Anybody use one of these? any brand recs? looks like you can slice up chicken and vegetables and with minimal added oil, get the texture of fried food. One site mentioned th...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: health insurance & sorta early retirement, should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 19
Views: 2454

health insurance & sorta early retirement, should I stay or should I go?

I could afford to retire now, coming up on age 57, given that my nest egg would produce enough income to fund my lifestyle, but I've been planning to hold out since in 2 years, I'll be eligible to retire from the federal government and take my healthcare with me. So that would be retirement at age 5...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extensive Travel & Mobile Lifestyle in Retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1307

Extensive Travel & Mobile Lifestyle in Retirement

I am planning to retire sometime within the next 2 years and I'll be in my late 50s. I am in good health so far and I'd like to spend as much time as reasonably possible in the first few years of retirement, traveling to places I've wanted to see for quite some time, domestic and international. I am...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement: Where $200K Will Last 30 Years
Replies: 113
Views: 20431

Re: Retirement: Where $200K Will Last 30 Years

Go to Central NY, where the bottom fell out of the realty market. Lots of NYC folks have headed there to scoop up fantastic bargains, turning sagging Victorians and Greek Revivals into show pieces. Others are running hobby farms for cheap. Many local farms supply Michelin rated restaurants in NYC wi...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would appreciate a book recommendation.
Replies: 24
Views: 2070

Would appreciate a book recommendation.

I have a 20 year old nephew who is razor sharp, a college sophomore majoring in information tech, but his main interests are current events, sociopolitics and the like. I would love to get him a book for Christmas, but I'm at a loss as to what he might enjoy along the lines of current events, emergi...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: the economics of Spinn coffee making
Replies: 29
Views: 4497

Re: the economics of Spinn coffee making

Starbucks is the McDonalds of espresso. They are recognizable, ubiquitous and when you order an espresso, you know more or less, what you are going to get. No so with other places, at least outside of my native Italy. I would love to find a home based system for producing a near Starbucks quality es...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare?
Replies: 22
Views: 2441

Re: AppleCare?

Thank you for the link. I entered my unit serial number and it shows that the additional coverage is available. I couldn't find any information on how long I have to sign up for it or how they will verify when I purchased this laptop. I suppose they will go by my sales receipt. I purchased my last A...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FLA Tour: St. Pete/Tampa/Sarasota/Cape Coral
Replies: 9
Views: 939

FLA Tour: St. Pete/Tampa/Sarasota/Cape Coral

In a few weeks, we'll be on a two week tour of SW Florida, a combination of scouting trip and vacation. Seeking a possible snowbird home, or year round home, depending on how it all works out. This is the initial trip to get a lay of the land and a feel for prices and locations. Round trip tour from...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare?
Replies: 22
Views: 2441

Re: AppleCare?

Thanks.

Appears legit. Highly rated seller. We'll see. For some reason, I trust Amazon sellers more than eBay. Again, we'll see - I guess when I go to register the unit with Apple.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare?
Replies: 22
Views: 2441

AppleCare?

I ended up buying a new Apple laptop on a Black Friday deal on eBay, saving $200 on the Apple price. I hope that will prove to be a good decision. I did not get the add in 2 year warranty since I had not heard of the company before - FourSquare. Does anyone know if I can purchase AppleCare directly ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retire considering Self-Insurance for healthcare
Replies: 83
Views: 7077

Re: Early retire considering Self-Insurance for healthcare

Why not move to Costa Rica part of the year and become a citizen? They have a better health care system anyway. Much more beautiful and lower crime too. Are there any countries with good healthcare services where we can obtain healthcare services on a cash basis, without insurance, if we are a lega...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liver
Replies: 43
Views: 5319

Re: Liver

Not seeking health info, just explained my rationale for trying to incorporate into my diet and seeking new ways. I think the chopped chicken liver might be good. I have had this in NYC and it was good....NYC best meats, along with Montreal.
by LuigiLikesPizza
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liver
Replies: 43
Views: 5319

Re: Liver

They're not suggesting that liver has magical properties. Only that it is nutrient dense (similar to egg yolks) and a amall amount per week would supply the same key nutrients found in a much larger portion of other foods - or without resorting to a host of supplements. It's pretty much take it or l...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liver
Replies: 43
Views: 5319

Re: Liver

Is there some other reason you are trying to figure out a way to make liver palatable? Yes, liver (for choline and other important nutrients hard to find in concentrated amounts in other foods) comes highly recommended by a couple of PhD-in-nutrition researchers that I follow. To say any more will ...
by LuigiLikesPizza
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liver
Replies: 43
Views: 5319

Liver

I know lots of people who recommend eating liver for health, but I have trouble with it - can't get past the flavor & texture, although we can do mild pates. Any other mild livers? That said, wanted to pass along a new discovery - cod liver, packed in it's own oil - very mild. we spread it on pu...

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