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by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1911

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

Maybe I should just get a wok! LOL Good heavens, no! Have you any idea what a fire hazard those can be! A little sesame oil and some bok choy and the whole thing can go up in flames! I am joking, just joking people. :beer Boglehead wok: old cast iron frying pan with badly warped bottom. That is som...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1911

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I don't think warnings about using prudence when cooking under a broiler are overly dramatic. When I was a kid my mom regularly put out grease fires when broiling chops. Which is why I rarely use our oven's broiler and certainly not for anything greasy. :D
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?
Replies: 32
Views: 1911

Re: Cooking Meat/Fish/Poultry Indoors?

I only use the broiler for browning fish after I've baked it. And I keep the broiler pan far from the heating coil. Otherwise microwaving fish works really well. I lost an oven to a catastrophic fire while baking chicken. The chicken pieces were uncovered on a lower rack but somehow grease spattered...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 6697

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

I've used my large cast iron frying pan for baking deep dish pizza and it works very well. Inspired by this thread and the pizza-making one, I recently bought a Lodge cast iron pizza pan ($35 from Walmart.com). Oh my! The pizza crust crisps nicely on it. Better than on a pizza stone. And using it is...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt
Replies: 16
Views: 1972

Re: Trying to get a copy of a $20 receipt

I've had insurance companies refuse to speak with me about billing matters pertaining to my husband's doctor visits. I've also had go-arounds on the phone with employees of the company that manages our healthcare Flexible Spending Account who have refused to tell me why a reimbursement claim for my ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Don't forget to join the Madison Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting, this Saturday, April 9, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q Hammond Drive on the far west side. Fun, great conversation and burgers. See you there! If you'd like to join our Google Mail group to learn more about out get-togethers, ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets
Replies: 20
Views: 1980

Re: phone gizmos plugged into electrical outlets

Do those actually work? I seem to recall seeing years ago dubious ads for extensions via regular phone service that were supposed to work that way but didn't. My husband bought one of those gadgets from a late-night TV ad. That was 25 years ago. He claimed the principle was that the household elect...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for yardwork?
Replies: 61
Views: 5346

Re: Do you pay for yardwork?

Although I do the yard work myself when I got bids last summer they ranged from $40-$45 for mowing and trimming. We have a third of an acre which is very hilly.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question: Should we sue the cable company?
Replies: 26
Views: 3690

Re: Question: Should we sue the cable company?

In general home owner's insurance doesn't usually cover sewage backup damage unless you have a special rider. Even then the riders are usually quite limited. Ours covers only $25K in damage. Sewage backups can cause a lot more damage than that.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent
Replies: 45
Views: 3270

Re: Unwanted cold call from Mass Mutual agent

Information on the names, jobs, and even salaries of government employees including teachers is usually freely available through publicly accessible government databases. It's part of the public record. My husband gets these sales calls all the time. Usually at work. He also gets a lot of junk throu...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hello- First post here. I would like to be included on the email notifications for upcoming meetings in Madison.... Who and how do I email..? Thank you! You can join our group by sending an e-mail to Madison-wi-bogleheads@googlegroups.com Or you can send me an e-mail via Private mail and include yo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

I just found this message board can somebody tell me when and where the next meeting is in Madison Hi, Mary! Our next meeting is Saturday, April 9, at noon at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive, on the far west side. Drop me a private e-mail if you'd like to be added to our Gmail list and kept inf...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 3016

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

Not a good idea to mow over poison ivy even if it's dead. The sap will become airborne and can burn your lungs. I keep hitting it with Roundup until it reaches the stage of advanced obliteration. I keep a bar of Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap by the sink in the summer. If you can wash your skin with it...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?
Replies: 14
Views: 1471

Re: Bad service - Dispute transaction with credit card company?

I suspect that botched hair-coloring jobs are a common occurrence in the salon business as it seems everyone has a horror story about coming home from a salon with a hairdo straight from Monsters Inc. You said your wife got a cut/color job. Was the haircut she ended up with acceptable? That would me...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?
Replies: 78
Views: 4987

Re: Should I have my kids participate in school fundraisers?

My parents refused to allow me to sell stuff for fundraisers when I was a kid. I was faintly annoyed by not being allowed to go door-to-door selling stuff with my friends, but not terribly annoyed because I usually went with them anyway. I remember one time asking my friend, who was older and wiser ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing dahlias
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Growing dahlias

I live just north of you and find growing dahlias very easy. I would say my overall gardening skills are poor to average. :D In the fall you need to dig them up, separate the tubers and store them in the garage wrapped in plastic for the winter so they don't dry out. I bought one potted plant from a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2240

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

Forgot to add that when we want to kill off grass or weeds we rake leaves over the area and leave it ideally for a year, even two, but sometimes just a few months helps. Otherwise the easiest way to get rid of vegetation is to pull it up with a pitch fork. That way you can dig up the soil underneath...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?
Replies: 35
Views: 2240

Re: Making new mulch bed yourself - what do I need?

A prior owner of our house used some super heavy-duty landscape fabric around some of the bushes and walkway edges and twenty years later it still seems to be working pretty well. We dump new wood chips on top of it every few years and rake away the old stuff and haven't had any problems with weeds ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duct cleaning
Replies: 36
Views: 2809

Re: Duct cleaning

I have posted this photo here before, I think. This was before we moved into our present home- the smell when we took possession was "wet dog" and I had to have the ducts cleaned before I could sleep here even one night. Very much worth it. And yes, I viewed the filter before they began a...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dogs & my mailbox
Replies: 37
Views: 2386

Re: Dogs & my mailbox

It appears as though my mailbox and nicely landscaped area has become the public bathroom for all of my neighborhood dogs. I work from home and watch various owners walk their dogs past my driveway and every single one of them stops to do their business. I'm guessing it's a scent / territory thing ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2242

Re: Ever successfully appealed a property tax asssement?

I've filed appeals four times and each time the assessor's office lowered the assessment to the home value I suggested. This includes appeals I've filed for relatives' homes in other cities. I start by finding similar homes that have sold in the past year within roughly six blocks of the residence. ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 6697

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

Here's a video showing how Lodge cast iron skillets are made. Really interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cqmsaf ... e=youtu.be
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread - The Cost and Convenience
Replies: 94
Views: 8734

Re: Bread - The Cost and Convenience

I use one of the no-knead Bread in a Pot recipes that are popular these days. I bake the bread in a $35 cast-iron Dutch oven from Walmart.com. So much better than any bread from the store, no matter how artisanal. And it takes only minutes. I usually bake about one loaf a week. Sometimes more for gi...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Freezing Credit at TransUnion
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Freezing Credit at TransUnion

I had a similar experience as you did Likegarden at Transunion. I've also had problems getting a free credit report from them. Like HueyLD I get the impression that Transunion does not want to deal with free credit reports or people who want to freeze their credit.
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you're in southern Wisconsin join us tomorrow (Sat., February 13) for the Madison Bogleheads meeting at noon on at Sprecher's Pub, 1262 John Q. Hammond, Dr., on Madison's far west side. See ya there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

If you happen to be in southern Wisconsin consider joining the Madison-area Bogleheads for our bi-monthly meeting. Noon on Saturday, February 13, at Sprecher's Pub on John Q. Hammond Drive on the far west side near Costco's. See you there and stay warm!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife just got a VM from a debt collector [Voice Mail]
Replies: 44
Views: 4382

Re: Wife just got a VM from a debt collector

We often get calls from debt collectors searching for people who lived in our house years ago. I used to get calls from debt collectors searching for a long-gone renter neighbor. Your caller might be looking for someone else. If they do claim that you have a debt be sure to ask for proof of the debt...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....
Replies: 72
Views: 4942

Re: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....

Retail vendors (Target, etc.) are even more breach prone than I had thought. I recently listened to a webcast about protection of identities. A security firm has surveyed a large number of U.S. retailers and discovered that most of them didn't have unique identities for their users. At the lowest l...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banned from Home Depot Returns
Replies: 100
Views: 16742

Re: Banned from Home Depot Returns

FYI :happy Home Depot Return Declined: http://consumerist.com/2015/07/20/home-depot-declined-my-return-but-ive-only-returned-one-thing-there/ It would appear from Toons' post that returns made of items purchased with store credits may trigger some sort of blacklisting in the big retail return datab...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....
Replies: 72
Views: 4942

Re: Plan on your Credit Card Getting Hacked once a year....Some Tips....

1.) Have a separate Credit Card for stored payments on-line and don't use it for anything else. This makes it unlikely that this number will be Breached and so you won't have to change cards when your other one for daily use gets hacked. I have a card with a low credit limit that I use exclusively ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save
Replies: 44
Views: 4465

Re: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save

Interesting thread. I recently signed up for Amazon Subscribe & Save and after the first month found that the prices on most of the items shot up significantly. Most notably almost $10 on a bag of dog food. I ended up cancelling several items. Time to investigate chewy.com.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law
Replies: 186
Views: 16818

Re: Unwinding day old terrible car deal for mother-in-law

A few years back in our community a local car dealership sold a pricey mini-van to a developmentally disabled woman with no down payment and a loan based upon income that did not exist. She took the sales contract home to show her dad with whom she lived. He called the GM immediately and explained h...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: perfectly happy with cable
Replies: 131
Views: 7770

Re: perfectly happy with cable

When my husband and I were first married cable was $28/month. That was 25 years ago. At the time we thought that was a lot but cheaper than going out to the movies once a week. Slowly the cost increased until ten years later it was about $70/month for basic cable, no HBO or special channels. We cut ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nutritional supplements - beware
Replies: 38
Views: 2663

Re: Nutritional supplements - beware

I recently watched a special on PBS featuring Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. I found it on-demand... maybe it is still out there. He has good advice about how to eat healthy. I think of his advice when I am grocery shopping & I'm spending a lot more time in the produce aisle! I also watch...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do retirees care about their credit score?
Replies: 35
Views: 2466

Re: Do retirees care about their credit score?

Our insurance company (Amica) pulls our credit reports once a year. When I asked an Amica rep whether they use credit scores to determine insurance rates like many other insurance companies do, the rep hemmed and said are were not allowed to reveal how insurance rates are set or what factors they us...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Free Investments for the Disabled?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Tax Free Investments for the Disabled?

Tax-free ABLE accounts for the disabled are coming down the pike. Here is the entry from the Bogleheads Wiki: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/529-ABLE_plan And here's an article from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/your-money/tax-free-savings-accounts-for-disabled-are-expected-in-201...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice
Replies: 58
Views: 4437

Re: Pizza Stone / Homemade Pizza Advice

I have this one:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products ... DUCTSEARCH

Pre=heat at 400F for about a half hour. Some say an hour. I leave it in the oven all the time.
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get patio/deck awning cleaned
Replies: 4
Views: 438

Re: Where to get patio/deck awning cleaned

I would attack it with a scrub brush and a bucket of hot soapy water with a light detergent. Then hose it down. Go over it twice in this fashion. If you can't reach it all on a ladder take it down and scrub it and dry it on the lawn. Why pay someone hundreds of dollars to do this when it's probably ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?

I always cooked the brew on the back porch and then fermented in the basement. I had to lug it back up to the kitchen to bottle it. I don't brew any more because my basement in present home is too warm for a proper ferment. And lugging 40# of brew up and down stairs isn't fun. The main reason I gav...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Brewers: Where do you brew?
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Home Brewers: Where do you brew?

Years ago I gave my husband a home-brewing starter kit for a gift and he loved it. For many years he brewed his own beer. Then we moved into a new house where the layout in the basement is cramped, there isn't much room beside the basement sink where he liked to place his brew bucket/gear for easy b...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: My Christmas Gift to You
Replies: 60
Views: 5232

Re: My Christmas Gift to You

Thank you, Taylor! Thank you for your service, for our freedom, and all the years of advice! Merry Christmas! :beer
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Probably A Dumb Question [Put tennis shoes in dryer?]
Replies: 35
Views: 3005

Re: Probably A Dumb Question

We regularly dry sneakers in the dryer, putting in towels or other items in the dryer so they don't bang around too much. It doesn't get them completely dry, but it helps remove some of the moisture so they don't mildew sitting on the basement floor. Synthetic fibers usually don't shrink in a hot dr...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True cost of a [dental] implant
Replies: 36
Views: 5316

Re: True cost of a [dental] implant

I had two implants several years for $5000, half of which was covered by dental insurance. That used up my lifetime allowance. My dentist is eying other potential implants but at age 79 I will put up with extractions and gaps. Most of the food I eat now is soft and I stay away from meat that is tou...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Selling Engagement Ring
Replies: 73
Views: 5355

Re: Advice on Selling Engagement Ring

I just searched for " Tiffany's 1.13ct H VS1" in Google and up came this auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tiffany-Co-Platinum-1-13ct-H-VS1-Round-Diamond-Solitaire-Engagement-Ring-/281848834180 Was this you? :) The username looks oddly familar If this is your listing on ebay OP you might c...
by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hey guys & gals, just saying 'hello', new to the site. I'm down here in Walworth County and have been a Vanguard fan going back a good ways, over 20. Not sure if I'll ever make a meeting, but never know. We'd love to have you join us! We have a really good group with lots of knowledgeable and i...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a major bedding issue. Yes, bedding.
Replies: 43
Views: 4699

Re: We have a major bedding issue. Yes, bedding.

Get rid of the plastic mattress protector and stay away from memory foam which holds heat. Try one or two cotton quilted mattress protectors instead, maybe with multiple sheets between. As others have said, 100 percent cotton or percale sheets are your best bet. For a blanket try a very light polyes...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 16368

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Our next meeting is this coming Saturday, December 12, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q. Hammond Drive on Madison's far west side. Bring your friends and see you all there! :beer
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Holiday tipping: letter carriers
Replies: 120
Views: 8500

Re: Holiday tipping: letter carriers

In the past mail carriers were not permitted to accept any sort of tips or gifts since they're federal employees. This I heard years ago from a friend who worked as a mail carrier. However, these days, in our neck of the woods, most of the long-time postal employees have been forced into early retir...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T changed me to Uverse without my consent
Replies: 18
Views: 2285

Re: AT&T changed me to Uverse without my consent

I've had my own battles with AT&T and it doesn't surprise me that they did this to you LadyIJ or that they are putting you through so much grief and hassle to try to straighten it out. AT&T...<sigh>... I have no good words for them. Here's one thing you should be aware of: when they disconn...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T changed me to Uverse without my consent
Replies: 18
Views: 2285

Re: AT&T changed me to Uverse without my consent

I've had my own battles with AT&T and it doesn't surprise me that they did this to you LadyIJ or that they are putting you through so much grief and hassle to try to straighten it out. AT&T...<sigh>... I have no good words for them. Here's one thing you should be aware of: when they disconne...

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