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by NOLA
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2129
Views: 371448

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

SO was just approved for Southwest Plus and Premier today. With the bonus at 60,000 on each card, that is an easy Companion Pass for all of 2018 and 2019 :D We sent Chase a message, and confirmed that we have until 1/11/18 to meet the minimum spend. We plan to spend ~$1500 on each card between now ...
by NOLA
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Geico a bait and switcher?
Replies: 32
Views: 4252

Re: Is Geico a bait and switcher?

Live in a state with maybe the highest auto insurance premium. When i switched to GEICO a few years ago, I saved about 30-40%. It's been crawling up slowly but surely. It's still the cheapest I can find but now only by 10-20%.
by NOLA
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Great Depression Videos on You Tube
Replies: 23
Views: 2541

Re: Great Depression Videos on You Tube

Glad you stuck to your "guns". And remember, people tend to big game, but that's not always the entire truth. Happy for him, but I feel great hanging out with my Bogleheads.
by NOLA
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I did it and feel great about it (paid off mortgage)
Replies: 53
Views: 5605

Re: I did it and feel great about it (paid off mortgage)

Aweosme, congratulations. We "only" have 9.5 years left.
by NOLA
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get best deal on a rental car ?
Replies: 34
Views: 4197

Re: How to get best deal on a rental car ?

I know it's an old thread, but saved some $ thanks to finding this page. Never heard of Autoslash before and they had a better price than Costco.
by NOLA
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How useful is a home security system?
Replies: 76
Views: 6246

Re: How useful is a home security system?

I'm sorry to hear about the break in. But I'm really glad to hear that your son is ok.
by NOLA
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?
Replies: 18
Views: 1741

Re: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?

Thanks for sharing and glad y'all has a great trip!
by NOLA
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Last 80 minutes of my career
Replies: 64
Views: 10389

Re: Last 80 minutes of my career

Congrats! Well deserved!
by NOLA
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Commercial Office Building with 12 Tenants
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Commercial Office Building with 12 Tenants

Has it been closed to 100% occupied the last 10-20 years? If so, seems like a decent deal.
by NOLA
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Costco vs. Amazon - Thoughts of Prime Members?
Replies: 80
Views: 9185

Re: Costco vs. Amazon - Thoughts of Prime Members?

One of the reasons I like Costco is the wine selection. Great prices and a lot of different good wines. Plus my 1.5 year loves to sample food as well. Happy kid = happy dad
by NOLA
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State Farm to Geico
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: State Farm to Geico

I switched to GEICO thanks to this website. Not because people told me to, but didn't realized how much I could save thanks to switching company. Haven't had any really with them, thankfully, but very happy so far.
by NOLA
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?
Replies: 43
Views: 3050

Re: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?

Great thread and we are I interested in leaving Dish in January when our contract is up. Nowadays we pretty much only watch "good" TV shows that's on Showtime, HBO, Amazon etc. And access to local stations and ESPN 1&2 is a must during football season. Wife also likes to watch some CNN...
by NOLA
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 Fees
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

Re: 529 Fees

Not the Op, but great info. Love this site!
by NOLA
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying first class, business, versus economy.
Replies: 104
Views: 7897

Re: Flying first class, business, versus economy.

I'm 6'6 and still fly only economy. Yeah it gets tight and we fly 5-10 times a year. Still can't pay that extra $. We are not poor, but first/business class is just 2-3 more trips we could have taken.

Interesting topic though.
by NOLA
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial advisor in Houston
Replies: 11
Views: 1620

Re: Financial advisor in Houston

InMyDream -

I'm not the OP, but seems like a very good response and using great examples from your personal experience.

Good luck OP! This is a great site, don't be afraid to ask questions. There is no friendlier, or more knowledgeable, site out there.
by NOLA
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I spend 6.1% of my Gross income on rent
Replies: 80
Views: 11034

Re: I spend 6.1% of my Gross income on rent

We are at right around 25%. Wish it was a little lower, but glad we decided to switch to a 15-year mortgage 5 years ago. And we have been lucky so far since it has been a good "investment"
by NOLA
Wed May 03, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Milestone of many!
Replies: 11
Views: 2098

Re: First Milestone of many!

Congrats! Well done, and keep trucking and remember to enjoy the milestones.
by NOLA
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford to purchase this new house?
Replies: 13
Views: 1549

Re: Can we afford to purchase this new house?

We decided to do the same thing about 7 years ago. After looking for 1.5 year we found a little bigger house than expected, but since we had our first little one just 2 years later it worked out great. I guess if you decided to upgrade in a few years, you would have to include a real estate fee as a...
by NOLA
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Insurance Have to Pay an Out-of-Network Ambulance Bill in Full?
Replies: 46
Views: 3802

Re: Does Insurance Have to Pay an Out-of-Network Ambulance Bill in Full?

Unfortunately, reason doesn't seem to matter for the current insane billing practices that are totally legal. My last visit to my local ER, I went to my local in-network ER that is only a few miles from my house. (Fortunately, I could drive myself there.) Was seen by an ER doc there. At the 'in-net...
by NOLA
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning for family's future without me
Replies: 12
Views: 2135

Re: Planning for family's future without me

Rally sorry to hear that. Hope you will get better soon!
by NOLA
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cars - possible recession indicator?
Replies: 21
Views: 3559

Re: Cars - possible recession indicator?

Thanks for replying Iruntons. Glad to hear that you are doing well.
by NOLA
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Edward Jones Guided Solutions Fees
Replies: 46
Views: 8267

Re: Edward Jones Guided Solutions Fees

Thanks for sharing! Always good to read a story with a happy, or at least happier, ending. Question, what did he say when you decided to move your funds? Or haven't you told him yet?
by NOLA
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?
Replies: 131
Views: 14341

Re: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?

Have been with Geico for a few years and happy so far. Cheapest and has a claim (flooded car) and they gave me more than KBB said it was worth. It was an old car, but still. Price went up last year, but only because we bought new cars for the first time. Also have property insurance through them(Arr...
by NOLA
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to find the cheapest mortgage?
Replies: 30
Views: 5305

Re: Where to find the cheapest mortgage?

Also in CA. Have had good experiences with Provident Funding (m). Their rates were consistently lowest. They actually have a rate calculator on their homepage that does not require any contact information to give you a rate quote. However, be forewarned that they are the most anal retentive mortgag...
by NOLA
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 369
Views: 30515

Re: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?

I live in New Orleans, LA
by NOLA
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refusing to sign or altering hospital billing admission forms?
Replies: 79
Views: 6537

Re: Refusing to sign or altering hospital billing admission forms?

There is not a thing you can do. I have been subjected to these issues a few times. The first time I broke my arm badly way back when. This was on my big corp insurance with big deductibles and 25% co-pays. I was about 5 miles from the hospital. The firemen demanded I ride in a ambulance that cost ...
by NOLA
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR!
Replies: 199
Views: 10483

Re: HAPPY 93RD BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR!

Happy birthday sir! Appreciate all that you do!
by NOLA
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a home at 56?
Replies: 23
Views: 2145

Re: Buying a home at 56?

grandmacassie wrote:My mother bought a house on her 90th birthday -- 3 years ago.


I wish there was a like button!
by NOLA
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?
Replies: 106
Views: 9551

Re: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?

Congrats! Go on vacations to places you never thought you would be able to see.
by NOLA
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting Trees in the Back Yard
Replies: 27
Views: 2567

Re: Cutting Trees in the Back Yard

Go find a certified arborist who trims trees for the local govt people. I would not recommend this. I called the town when a low hanging branch on a sidewalk tree needed to be removed (the town owned sidewalk trees) because it was blocking passage on the sidewalk, and their people turned both sidew...
by NOLA
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV in the bedroom?
Replies: 82
Views: 6404

Re: TV in the bedroom?

We have done both. Sometimes we have ones and other times we think it's better without. Do y'all watch a lot of TV at night? Does not having a TV prevent you from going to bed at the same time?
by NOLA
Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age
Replies: 118
Views: 9143

Re: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age

Soccer? I'm 36 and still play at an above average level. Love the team work and can be done at pretty much any level. Hate running long distance, but for me this is different.
by NOLA
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm winter jacket for tall folks who are cheap?
Replies: 32
Views: 2971

Re: Warm winter jacket for tall folks who are cheap?

My older brother, who is 6'7" and live in Seattle, loves Eddie Bauer. And wear nothing but their jackets. Not sure they are always as warm as you need them, but like the fact that they one can order regular or tall version.
by NOLA
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What happens to social security benefits on death of spouse?
Replies: 24
Views: 4000

Re: What happens to social security benefits on death of spouse?

Really sorry for your loss. Hope there is a lot of support in this tough time, not just when it comes to monetary questions/advice.
by NOLA
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Twenty Ways To Tell If You're A Lousy Investor"
Replies: 57
Views: 6821

Re: "Twenty Ways To Tell If You're A Lousy Investor"

Great article Taylor. Thanks for posting!
by NOLA
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: keep rental condo?
Replies: 11
Views: 1396

Re: keep rental condo?

It sounds like you are netting $1500 per year which is less than 1% of the value of the condo. You could sell the condo and reinvest elsewhere and possibly earn a higher rate of return. I think it's a lot more complicate than that. I don't know how to exactly compute the return, but you are definit...
by NOLA
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Does Hospice Work?
Replies: 38
Views: 4280

Re: How Does Hospice Work?

Thanks for all of the responses/info even if it's sad to read.
by NOLA
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead's newest millionaire
Replies: 89
Views: 10156

Re: Boglehead's newest millionaire

Awesome, congrats well done.

Can I borrow some $?
by NOLA
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCar Quote Question
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: TrueCar Quote Question

I agree with Ken. That's. what we did in the spring when we bought a Highlander. And one place I said I wanted the true car price. They finally excepted. But then showed an offer I had from another dealership and boom, they finally beat it by about $2k. True car is a good start, but I believe you ca...
by NOLA
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net Worth now = $0!!
Replies: 30
Views: 6584

Re: Net Worth now = $0!!

Congrats. Well done!
by NOLA
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth repairing car after accident?
Replies: 16
Views: 2180

Re: Worth repairing car after accident?

I wouldn't mess with it, especially with the air bags. Us Bogleheads can be a little boring sometimes I guess, so this might be a good time treat yourself to a "new" vehicle.
by NOLA
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Accident Settlement Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2200

Re: Car Accident Settlement Help

Sorry to hear that you were in an accident. Hope you are ok! Im not an excellent negotiator, unlike some on this board. First, are you ok? Did you get hurt at all or was it just the car that was damaged? Once you sign the papers, you won't be able to get compensated if your back starts hurting in a ...
by NOLA
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a very wide range of plumbing contractor bids. Is this normal?
Replies: 19
Views: 2018

Re: Got a very wide range of plumbing contractor bids. Is this normal?

Has a similar thing when we had 2 toilets installed and had a question/needed advice regarding a leaking faucet. One complaint was almost half the price and fixed the leaking faucet with a smile. The other company wouldn't do it without compensation.
by NOLA
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I collect unemployment if I had a side-business?
Replies: 15
Views: 2179

Re: Can I collect unemployment if I had a side-business?

I'm not the OP, but thanks for posting Peter and everyone else.
by NOLA
Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hurricane Matthew
Replies: 61
Views: 7317

Re: Hurricane Matthew

Thanks for the update Mel! And good luck going forward everyone!
by NOLA
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hurricane Matthew
Replies: 61
Views: 7317

Re: Hurricane Matthew

Glad to hear you are ok Mel! Hopefully your commmunity recovers quickly. Been through Katrina and that's something you never hope to experience again.
by NOLA
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: What are your passions?
Replies: 56
Views: 7593

Re: Retirees: What are your passions?

Interested read for someone who is not close to retirement! Congrats all of y'all!
by NOLA
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Norway - Aurora vs. Fjords
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Trip to Norway - Aurora vs. Fjords

As a Swede, live in the U.S. now, I would highly recommend the summer trips. We went to Norway quite a bit when we were younger, but can't wait to go back soon now that I will really appreciate it's beauty. Just can't wait to drive and see all the beautiful places. I know I will go here next time, i...
by NOLA
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving coverage from State Farm to GEICO
Replies: 16
Views: 1996

Re: Moving coverage from State Farm to GEICO

Been very happy since I switched to GEICO a few years ago(thanks to some people on this very board). First I just switched because I was able to save some money. However, I have to say that I'm overall satisfied with them. I have both auto and property with them, no umbrella coverage though. Not sur...