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by Mrs.Feeley
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

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: 67
Views: 15282

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: 4136

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: 69
Views: 3564

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: 71
Views: 9482

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: 69
Views: 3564

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: 4259

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: 15765

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: 130
Views: 6605

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: 2575

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: 2338

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: 760

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: 4126

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: 398

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: 593

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: 593

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: 4845

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: 2792

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: 4908

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: 5090

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: 67
Views: 15282

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: 4392

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: 67
Views: 15282

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: 7630

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: 2124

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: 2124

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...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental Insurance
Replies: 53
Views: 4590

Re: Dental Insurance

This is a post from a dentist that I think gives an accurate description of how dental "insurance" really works. http://meadfamilydental.com/2011/12/like-a-gift-card-from-a-control-freak/ My husband's employer offers several different types of dental coverage and some of the programs defi...
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental Insurance
Replies: 53
Views: 4590

Re: Dental Insurance

We have Delta Dental through my husband's employer. We pay the full cost of the premiums and I believe it's $16/month for the two of us. Delta Dental covers only X-rays, exams, cleanings and fillings at 100 percent up to $1K/year per patient but nothing else. Wish we got reduced rates on root canals...
by Mrs.Feeley
Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too many trips to Goodwill this year
Replies: 51
Views: 6175

Re: Too many trips to Goodwill this year

Years ago I knew a fellow who served as an IRS judge and who liked to make jokes about people who took thousands of dollars in deductions for a box of old, out-of-date suits dropped off at the Goodwill and who would come before him to argue that the donated suits were indeed worth that. Jes sayin'.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Halloween Candy
Replies: 45
Views: 3500

Re: Halloween Candy

We always decorate with purple and orange lights in the bushes, pumpkins, skeletons and bats swinging in the wind, plastic witches, etc. Some years we've gotten 0 kids at the door, and the next year we'll be mobbed. This year we had maybe 20 kids show up, all little ones with their parents, some com...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Don't forget today's meeting of the Madison Bogleheads! Noon at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Join us for the fall meeting of the Madison, Wi Bogleheads this Saturday, October 10, noon at Sprecher's Pub on John Q. Hammond Dr. on the far west side. The topic of discussion will be tax-loss harvesting. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inherited hoarder's house. Now what?
Replies: 36
Views: 5219

Re: Inherited hoarder's house. Now what?

Re: the junked cars. There are people that will tow them off and pay a set salvage fee. Problems can arise in obtaining and transferring the titles though. A friend helped clean out a hoarder relative's house with a lot full of junked cars. Since they were unable to find the car registration papers ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I less protected with chip-and-signature?
Replies: 58
Views: 3942

Re: Am I less protected with chip-and-signature?

My local grocery store has had chip + PIN readers for quite a while now, months actually, but they have yet to set them up to work. They only take swipes. Otherwise I haven't seen chip readers in any other stores.
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dear In-Laws: Less toys, more 529
Replies: 70
Views: 7080

Re: Dear In-Laws: Less toys, more 529

I'm from an older generation so the social context might be different. My parents told my grandparents bluntly that toys were plentiful and no more were needed, but any money they sent would be gratefully added to the college fund. They said something similar to aunts and uncles but even more forcef...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 71
Views: 7743

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

The book "Mama's Bank Account" by Kathyrn Forbes which was the basis for the movie and play "I Remember Mama" was chockfull of wonderful financial lessons. Don't remember if the subsequent movie was. In the book there was the memorably cheap Norwegian uncle who after he died was ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 71
Views: 7743

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). Really? It's been a long time since I read the book--I'm not sure I've ever seen the movie--I remember loving it, but not much about it--"there is a tree that grows in Brooklyn which some people call the Tree of Heaven..." What's the money lesson? Maybe th...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Johns Hopkins and Baltimore
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: Johns Hopkins and Baltimore

Public transportation around JHU is pretty good. Haven't been there in years but the city buses were frequent and regular and you could take them down Charles St/St. Paul and down to Harbor Place, the aquarium, downtown and some of the sites, as well as north to Townson and Roland Park. JHU used to ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 70 year old boiler for radiant heating. Upgrade or keep it running?
Replies: 14
Views: 1005

Re: 70 year old boiler for radiant heating. Upgrade or keep it running?

My mom had an old boiler like that powering the radiant heating in her old house. Similar situation to yours. Concrete slab floors, circa 1954 boiler. She was able to keep it going for years, although the repairs grew more frequent. There were also gas leaks in the old pipes going to the boiler and ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fabric protection (for armchairs)
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Fabric protection (for armchairs)

We have ordered two new armchairs for the living room. We turned down the fabric protection that includes in-home stain removal at $90 per chair for a couple of years. Opinions? In my previous experience, even a can or two of ScotchGard was expensive and ineffective. Our most likely stains are coff...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

A reminder that the Madison Bogleheads will be meeting this Thursday evening, August 13, at 7 pm at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Dr. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inherited jewelry and have no clue how to liquidate
Replies: 27
Views: 3164

Re: Inherited jewelry and have no clue how to liquidate

I've heard of folks having good luck selling jewelry to Circa: http://www.circajewels.com/
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Hey, folks. Results of the Doodle Poll are in. This month's meeting will be on:

Thursday, August 13th at 7 PM at Sprecher's on John Q. Hammond Drive.

Join us then for a terrific talk by Larry about his adventures in investing through the years. See you there!
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

Madison Members... If you haven't yet voted for the day you'd like to attend our upcoming Incredible August Meeting featuring the investing adventures of Larry, please head to the Doodle poll now! See you there! At our last meeting we decided to hold an evening meeting in August since so many of us ...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 14923

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

This is a beater: http://drivenautos.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/beater2.jpg Omigosh! It's my last car! I recognize the duct tape! Man, the good times we shared together... Gosh, how I miss that car. <sniff> This was our theme song: Da Yoopers' "Rusty Chevrolet": https://www.youtube.co...
by Mrs.Feeley
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 14923

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

A friend recently was at an interview for an IT job as a programmer. After a day of interviews her potential future boss walked her out to the parking lot and then proceeded to inspect her car. It was nothing special, a 6-year-old mid-range car. But the guy walked around it, peered through the wind...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 196
Views: 14923

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

A friend recently was at an interview for an IT job as a programmer. After a day of interviews her potential future boss walked her out to the parking lot and then proceeded to inspect her car. It was nothing special, a 6-year-old mid-range car. But the guy walked around it, peered through the windo...
by Mrs.Feeley
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:44 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 15282

Re: Wisconsin - Madison Meetings - Master Thread

At our last meeting we decided to hold an evening meeting in August since so many of us are busy on Saturdays in the summer. I've posted a Doodle poll to determine what night would be best. I've chosen two evenings in mid-August, kind of at random, Thursday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 18. Please...
by Mrs.Feeley
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arranging for Death Notifications?
Replies: 20
Views: 2471

Re: Arranging for Death Notifications?

Googling elderly daily check in service turns up a bunch of services. No idea how reliable/honest they are. The police dept. in the city where my mom lives has a free daily check-in service for the elderly. Someone from the police dept. calls registered elderly residents every morning and if there'...

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