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by NOLA
Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Birthday Taylor!
Replies: 87
Views: 3641

Re: Happy Birthday Taylor!

Happy birthday! Hope it's a great one.
by NOLA
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help - want to pay "cash" for a car
Replies: 68
Views: 3589

Re: Help - want to pay "cash" for a car

Personal check here as well. And pretty sure they didn't run out credit.

Congrats on your new purchase!
by NOLA
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My mother wants me to invest $40k for her - best allocation?
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: My mother wants me to invest $40k for her - best allocation?

I can't assist you like some of the excellent posters here. Just want to say great job of helping her out, and making sure she has a brighter future. It's not easy having difficult conversations with your parents.
by NOLA
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A little about Larry S
Replies: 51
Views: 7049

Re: A little about Larry S

Great article, will make sure to share it with Friends. Also, thanks Larry for sharing your "life story".
by NOLA
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: life insurance for ex-wife
Replies: 53
Views: 4617

Re: life insurance for ex-wife

Can't give you any advice that might help you. Just wanted to say I'm sorry about the loss, even if they were no longer married.
by NOLA
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Check-In on Emerging Market Sentiment
Replies: 57
Views: 4721

Re: Check-In on Emerging Market Sentiment

I don't do "sentiment." I didn't buy into the fad for emerging markets when they were booming, and I'm neither jumping ship nor greedily snapping up bargains when they aren't. "Emerging markets" doesn't even make sense to me. It is a group of countries with nothing much in commo...
by NOLA
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!

Thanks Rongos, will definitely check it out.
by NOLA
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!

Thanks for the link and all other replies. Will look it over during lunch. Looks like it only has to be reported if it's over $100,000.

Will also look into transfer wire. Haven't used them before. When I spoke to Capital One, they said the total fee was $40 for the transaction.
by NOLA
Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!

Ok, thanks for your response. I assume there shouldn't be any taxes involved since it was taxed in Sweden. Guess I want to make sure i reported to the right agency, if it's needed.

Also, if it would be more than 14k, I guess it would make sense to send one part in 2015, and the next in early 2016?
by NOLA
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Question about sending $ to U.S. from Europe!

Would love some assistance regarding sending $ from Europe to the U.S. My parents would like to send me(and my wife) some $ as a gift. I'm not sure exactly how much it will be, but it seems like it might be over $10,000 and my dad was asking about if they, or I, have to report any of this to the IRS...
by NOLA
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 179
Views: 10860

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

185000 miles - 2003 Lexus, bought at 119k miles. Pretty beat up though, so not sure she will make 200k.

92500 miles - 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor, bought at 29k miles. Will probably trade in soon, so I will stop being a boglehead for a little while.
by NOLA
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying property tax with credit card to reach spending bonus
Replies: 19
Views: 2147

Re: Paying property tax with credit card to reach spending bonus

I agree that gift cards, gas cards etc are the way to go. Either way, it's a good problem to have.
by NOLA
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My estranged brother is dead, and I am next of kin
Replies: 72
Views: 14265

Re: My estranged brother is dead, and I am next of kin

Just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss.
by NOLA
Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heading toward divorce- what to look out for?
Replies: 51
Views: 8824

Re: Heading toward divorce- what to look out for?

No advice, but wanted to say I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully life will be better for you guys and the kids.
by NOLA
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White House tours. How to book?
Replies: 18
Views: 2150

Re: How do you get a White House tour?

I'm not the OP, but thanks for all of the answers. Will do that when we visit D.C. one day.
by NOLA
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2015 Bogleheads Conference Message from Jack Bogle
Replies: 29
Views: 4988

Re: 2015 Bogleheads Conference Message from Jack Bogle

Thank you sir! And thank you for posting.
by NOLA
Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: lost investment books [Storm damage]
Replies: 18
Views: 1492

Re: lost investment books [Storm damage]

So sorry to hear that. Been through Katrina so I sort of understand what you are going through. It is tough, but it will slowly get better even if it might not seem like that right now.
by NOLA
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A meeting with Jack Bogle
Replies: 30
Views: 3443

Re: A meeting with Jack Bogle

Thanks for sharing! Always a great read.
by NOLA
Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent vs Sell analysis
Replies: 16
Views: 1404

Re: Rent vs Sell analysis

Congrats. Enjoy fishing and and thanks for keeping us updated!
by NOLA
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stolen Checks!
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: Stolen Checks!

I do wanna mention that I have known him for 8 years and I would be very surprised if he had anything to do with it. But I guess crazier things have happened. He is pretty unorganized, actually very unorganized, but never once noticed that he has been dishonest in the past.
by NOLA
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stolen Checks!
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: Stolen Checks!

Cindy - yes, that was my first thought as well. Thanks for the link and yes, I believe it's a good idea no to get too involved. We get along well and hang out sometimes outside of work. However, he is still my boss. I'm wouldn't be surprised if there is more to the story and I know he mentioned that...
by NOLA
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stolen Checks!
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: Stolen Checks!

Good question, not 100% sure if it's business or personal checks. Will ask him.

He did fill out a police report and the cops were out there the other week. I'm still wondering what's the reason behind a signature on a check when it doesn't seem to matter anyway.
by NOLA
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stolen Checks!
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Stolen Checks!

Hi, looking for some expert advice and hopefully this situation can be solved. I work at a country club and my boss had a few of his blank checks stolen at the office. He doesn't check his financials all that often and only noticed it when a few checks, for the total amount around $8k, were cashed a...
by NOLA
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alert. Scam with callers posing as IRS agents...
Replies: 46
Views: 4378

Re: Alert. Scam with callers posing as IRS agents...

Thanks for the heads up. Not that I would actual wire money, but I did learn a thing or two today. And from the previous posters, it seems like they are calling to both landlines and cellphones nowadays.
by NOLA
Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for separate checks?
Replies: 88
Views: 7200

Re: Asking for separate checks?

I think it depends a lot on where you live. And of course your group of friends. Been living in the south for the last 15 years and we split the check most of the time, or we rotate picking up the check. Was born in Sweden, probably the most equal country in the world. There it seems like one always...
by NOLA
Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Airbnb renting
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Airbnp renting

Haven't used AirB&B. However, we rent out using VRBO and this is our 3rd year doing it. We live in town that see plenty of tourists, and we are only 5-10 minutes from downtown. It has worked very well, takes more time than you might think, but I don't mind it. I spend a decent amount of time scr...
by NOLA
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Impact on benefits if I leave the US and go to India
Replies: 11
Views: 1871

Re: Impact on benefits if I leave the US and go to India

I don't know about India, but I'm a Swedish Citizen, living in the U.S. Been here for 17 years, school and work, and can apply for citizenship within the next 2 years. We have a green card and I'm pretty sure I will lose my green card status if we lived more than 6 months/year outside of the U.S. No...
by NOLA
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Birthday to Mel [Lindauer]
Replies: 36
Views: 3250

Re: Happy Birthday to Mel [Lindauer]

Happy birthday Mel! Hope it was a great one.
by NOLA
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice; Band of Brothers trip retracing WW2 from Normandy to the Ardennes
Replies: 23
Views: 3371

Re: Bastogne, Belgium

Taylor Larimore wrote:Bruce:

If you go to Bastogne, Belgium, it is where I spent Christmas, 1944, in a snow-covered foxhole.

Enjoy your trip.

Best wishes
Taylor


Wow, Taylor, can't even imagine what you were going through.

Bruce, enjoy the historic trip.
by NOLA
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Longtime Insurance Customers Get Ripped [overcharged]
Replies: 106
Views: 15934

Re: Longtime Insurance Customers Get Ripped [overcharged]

.... was wondering if one shops 4-5 different companies, will our credit score etc drop? Just like it can if we shop for credit cards or auto loans. One agent I have been dealing with told me it was a "soft pull", not a "hard pull", when they do the credit check. Of course, that...
by NOLA
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Longtime Insurance Customers Get Ripped [overcharged]
Replies: 106
Views: 15934

Re: Longtime Insurance Customers Get Ripped [overcharged]

Switched to GEICO for both Auto & Home and saved quite a bit. We live in New Orleans, where the premiums are really high. Spoke to a client who runs a State Farm Office and from what I understand, GEICO uses the national average to give you a quote, while most companies uses the local average. N...
by NOLA
Sun May 31, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?
Replies: 93
Views: 7192

Re: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?

50% Costco & 50% at our local store 2 blocks away(Breauxmart).
by NOLA
Fri May 22, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your networth progression
Replies: 306
Views: 66082

Re: Share your story of how you got wealthy

nakedbird226 wrote:My net worth just became positive a week ago...Hopefully in 10 years or so from now I'll be able to share a story. 8-)

Edit
8/12/13 net worth = - $ 24,000
5/13/14 net worth = ~ $ 300

I am thankful it took me less than a year to get out of the red.


Awesome, keep it up!
by NOLA
Thu May 21, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whole life or term life?
Replies: 35
Views: 3319

Re: Whole life or term life?

There are people that can explain it much better than me, but term life is almost always better than whole life. However, salespeople unfortunately often steer you towards whole life. I wonder if the sales rep will actually tell you how expensive whole life really is. Good luck and you will get some...
by NOLA
Mon May 11, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally getting serious about it (33 years old)
Replies: 14
Views: 2075

Re: Finally getting serious about it (33 years old)

Timing the market just doesn't work. Or we all would be doing it. However, I must say that you are in a very good shape with your finances. There are way too many people on this forum that are smarter than me, so I will let them assist you. However, I like the fact that you don't believe you are in ...
by NOLA
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Closing out my first 'snowbirding' winter
Replies: 84
Views: 12044

Re: Closing out my first 'snowbirding' winter

We purchased a condo in Destin, FL a year ago and we rent it out through a management company. Always fun to hear about the experiences from all the "snowbirds". It's a great time to be in Florida and the beaches are beautiful.
by NOLA
Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor Larimore Honored
Replies: 59
Views: 6798

Re: Taylor Larimore Honored

Wow. Very impressive!
by NOLA
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Lessons Learned With Stocks Up 60% From the Precrash High"
Replies: 12
Views: 3771

Re: "Lessons Learned With Stocks Up 60% From the Precrash Hi

Thanks for posting Taylor. Simple yet effective article.
by NOLA
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricket Ups High Speed Data on Most Plans
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: Cricket Ups High Speed Data on Most Plans

Since switching to Aio (now Cricket) last spring, I have been quite happy with the service. I bought a basic smart phone, and after a few months on the $35 plan, the difference in cost from my previous plan recouped the phone purchase price. After that I have just the savings have been considerable...
by NOLA
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 5270

Re: Good Wines

I really like 14 Hands & Liberty School as well. Highly recommended.
Peter Lehmann, Sebastiani & Dreaming Tree are others that I like in that price range. Even though I feel Sebastiani 2009 was a better year.
by NOLA
Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying life insurance online
Replies: 21
Views: 871

Re: Buying life insurance online

Good topic and we are getting closer to buying life insurance as well. Don't mean to change the topic, but does anyone know the difference when it comes to alcohol use etc. We don't smoke, but like to have the occasional glass of wine. Will we not be considered preferred plus? Or does having a glas...
by NOLA
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying life insurance online
Replies: 21
Views: 871

Re: Buying life insurance online

Good topic and we are getting closer to buying life insurance as well. Don't mean to change the topic, but does anyone know the difference when it comes to alcohol use etc. We don't smoke, but like to have the occasional glass of wine. Will we not be considered preferred plus? Or does having a glass...
by NOLA
Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Repeat: PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble
Replies: 5
Views: 2691

Re: Repeat: PBS Frontline The Retirement Gamble

Thanks, just set the DVR. Seems like it is shown again at 2 AM CST.
by NOLA
Thu May 29, 2014 2:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Beach Condo
Replies: 26
Views: 3166

Re: Beach Condo

We've been itching to get a beach front property for a few years now. We've been looking but some of the hurricanes and the BP oil spill scared us off. We've kept an eye on the market on the west coast of FL and it seems like a decent time to jump in. Yes, the catastrophic risk will always be there...
by NOLA
Tue May 27, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to find one month rental Las Vegas
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: best way to find one month rental Las Vegas

Yes, cant go wrong with VRBO, Homeaway or Airbnb.
by NOLA
Mon May 26, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Visiting] Destin, FL
Replies: 21
Views: 2065

Re: [Visiting] Destin, FL

It's a really nice little place, and it keeps growing. We just bought a condo there earlier in the year and the summer can get really busy. Can easily get stuck in traffic. The beaches are amazing and it's a great place to just relax on the beach/pool. If you want to leave Destin for the day, you sh...
by NOLA
Sun May 25, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for renters that are happily renting..
Replies: 44
Views: 9592

Re: Question for renters that are happily renting..

Annual rent increases are the norm in many areas and they can exceed the rate of inflation. I think increases in my area have averaged 4-6% per year with recent increases being even higher. Buying a home in ten or twenty years could involve significant price appreciation relative to current prices....
by NOLA
Sat May 24, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I need some "hand-holding" right now...
Replies: 51
Views: 5952

Re: I need some "hand-holding" right now...

My IQ is below average compared to most posters here. However, i will say this, CNBC and Fox News are not your friends. They are in the entertainment industry and will do/say whatever they can to keep you glued to their show. If they said just buy and hold index funds, there would be no reason to wa...

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