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by NOLA
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top Shelf Liquor Overrated?
Replies: 185
Views: 15319

Re: Top Shelf Liquor Overrated?

I think the other posters have hit on the key points. Vodka, which I drink more than any other liquor, is pretty standard. Though I would disagree with those that say the cheapest is the same as anything better. I buy the Costco brands (they have 2) and they are perfectly adequate. Just don't but t...
by NOLA
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning for long-term care of a brother with Autism? (Financial aspect)
Replies: 23
Views: 1271

Re: Planning for long-term care of a brother with Autism? (Financial aspect)

What a great brother you are! Keep up the hard work and he is very lucky to have you.
by NOLA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Northern Bank Direct MM - 2.26% APY
Replies: 14
Views: 2117

Re: Northern Bank Direct MM - 2.26% APY

Thank you for the heads up! Will have to check it out.
by NOLA
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (May 2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: madsinger monthly report (May 2018)

Thank you sir!
by NOLA
Tue May 08, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Cars:National, Budget, Alamo or Thrifty
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: Rental Cars:National, Budget, Alamo or Thrifty

Thanks to this great site I found the Autoslash website. Gave me a great deal when we went to LA last year.
by NOLA
Tue May 08, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Happy 89th birthday to [Jack] Bogle
Replies: 44
Views: 2670

Re: Happy 89th birthday to [Jack] Bogle

Happy Birthday Sir! Hope it was a great one!
by NOLA
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 59
Views: 4739

Re: Tequila and Magaritas

I highly recommend serving a tequila that's 100% agave. Jose Cuervo reminds me of TAAKA vodka. Sure it's alcohol, but there are a lot of options that are a lot better. I find Espolon to be way better, and it's about the same price as Cuervo. Try sipping on a good bottle of Clase Azul and one finally...
by NOLA
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor
Replies: 58
Views: 6286

Re: Costco Kirkland Brand Liquor

When I drink Vodka, I only use it for mixed drinks. So I might not be all that great at judging the different vodkas. However, I have heard numerous time since that both Grey Goose and Patron are slightly above average liquors, that are branded as top shelf. Great marketing schemes. I do enjoy sippi...
by NOLA
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite Florida beach??
Replies: 52
Views: 5136

Re: Your favorite Florida beach??

IMHO, the most beautiful beaches are in the Destin-Seaside area. Incredible how white the sand is and the water is great. If you stay in that area, I would recommend renting a condo (VRBO etc).

Have a great time no matter where you go!
by NOLA
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Widowhood, Budgets and tIRA to ROTH IRA Conversion ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1762

Re: Widowhood, Budgets and tIRA to ROTH IRA Conversion ?

Really sorry for your loss and I'm sure you will get some sound advice from many of the great members here.
by NOLA
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Jack Bogle changed his life (mine too)
Replies: 8
Views: 1696

Re: How Jack Bogle changed his life (mine too)

Thank you sir! Jack is a great guy and his character is second to none. And I think a lot people at this forum relate to that. That helping people are just as important as the results.
by NOLA
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When the rubber hits the road [Progressive Dementia thread with merged updates]
Replies: 106
Views: 8574

Re: My dementia - some answers

Thank you for sharing your story!
by NOLA
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When the rubber hits the road [Progressive Dementia thread with merged updates]
Replies: 106
Views: 8574

Re: The reality hits - my dementia update

Thank you for sharing! You seem like a very brave man and I hope to become as brave as you one day.
by NOLA
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Livesoft at 58,000 posts!
Replies: 36
Views: 3554

Re: Livesoft at 58,000 posts!

Well done Livesoft. One of many outstanding posters on the best board in the world.
by NOLA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Motivational stories
Replies: 5
Views: 900

Re: Motivational stories

Congrats and keep up the great job. These strories can be worth a lot more than finding out what year a poster hit the $1M benchmark.
by NOLA
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: @@Happy Holidays Bogleheads. How others here helped you?
Replies: 49
Views: 4624

Re: Holiday thanks to Bogleheads. How have they helped you?

I’m thankful for being part of a forum that enjoys helping each other. And not constantly critizing posters, which is so common on the internet.
by NOLA
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Coworker asked me about a adviser
Replies: 24
Views: 3679

Re: Coworker asked me about a adviser

Agree. Give him a copy of a the book. Then after he read him, mention Bogleheads. Org
by NOLA
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2692
Views: 519911

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: 7693

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: 2966

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: 66
Views: 10375

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: 4583

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: 82
Views: 9111

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: 2031

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: 11821

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: 2421

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: 11782

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: 1972

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: 4074

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. So if I need...
by NOLA
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 Fees
Replies: 8
Views: 2083

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: 184
Views: 19211

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: 2028

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: 12430

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: 2340

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: 1785

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: 47
Views: 6245

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: 2284

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: 3929

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: 47
Views: 15114

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: 174
Views: 27935

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: 5872

Re: Where to find the cheapest mortgage?

Also in CA. Have had good experiences with Provident Funding (http://www.provident.com). 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...
by NOLA
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 408
Views: 43780

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: 7389

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: 12927

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: 2310

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: 10491

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: 2963

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: 7472

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: 9773

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: 3367

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.