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by TRC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?
Replies: 35
Views: 1259

Re: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?

Wow, everyone is going easy on you. I posted a thread "what to ask a puppy breeder" last Friday and got lit up for even considering buying a puppy! viewtopic.php?f=11&t=211359&p=3244016#p3244016
by TRC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of tax preparation
Replies: 43
Views: 3109

Re: Cost of tax preparation

Wow, I feel like we're getting a really good price considering what others are paying. Our return isn't very complex: - we both work - we own our primary residence and a rental property - we own a small business that produces a few thousand a year in passive income - outside of our 401ks we have a t...
by TRC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: economics of landlording
Replies: 42
Views: 3230

Re: economics of landlording

I'm in a similar situation and often ask myself the same question. Ours is a bit different though. We bought a beach condo about 2 hours from our house that we rent out in the summer. Purchase price in 2010 was $405K. It has not appreciated that much, probably worth $425K now based on the last one t...
by TRC
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tracking progress to $1M portfolio and no mortgage by 40
Replies: 26
Views: 4095

Re: Tracking progress to $1M portfolio and no mortgage by 40

Nice job! I'm also in Tech Sales, wife & I are both 39. We paid our house off by mid 30s and our portfolio is around 1.2M. We've learned to live off my base and invest the commissions & bonus checks. It's crazy how fast things can grow once you get near the 7 figure mark. Stay away from the ...
by TRC
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car for wife and what to do with old car
Replies: 48
Views: 2345

Re: New car for wife and what to do with old car

You don't gain much by going to a compact SUV over an accord for interior space. As others have said, an odyssey is the ultimate family vehicle. You really don't appreciate it though until you have kids and until you try other vehicles. The "aha" moment came for us when replaced my wife's ...
by TRC
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New cars or Pool?
Replies: 59
Views: 3215

Re: New cars or Pool?

We realize both are bad investments but torn between the two. We have 2 old, paid off cars which we are considering replacing with a new Toyota 4Runner and a Nissan Leaf for around town driving. The cars are showing their age and repairs are part of our budget around $175/mo. Our kids are 4 and 6 s...
by TRC
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you go to restaurants?
Replies: 197
Views: 12592

Re: Why do you go to restaurants?

Yesterday was my wife's birthday and we went to OUTBACK steak house with our younger son. We ordered steaks and lobsters and paid about $78. The steaks were over-cooked and were not as good as what my wife cooked at home. My wife likes to go to restaurants, mostly with her girlfriends, since I do n...
by TRC
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The russians are hacking me
Replies: 35
Views: 4890

Re: The russians are hacking me

I have a LogMeIn.com account which I do not use and in which I have no stored passwords. I got an email this morning that an attempt had been made to try to access my LogMeIn account, here's the snippet: There was a failed login attempt to your LogMeIn account. LogMeIn ID: xxx@xxx.xxx Time of Event...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

hypo allergenic dog....The haters on this forum assume things way too quickly. I've heard of hypoallergenic hand lotion and earrings but dogs? Really? What happens when the dog is out for a walk and various allergy producing critters attach themselves to its fur? . So are you suggesting a chipmunk ...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

hypo allergenic dog....The haters on this forum assume things way too quickly. I've heard of hypoallergenic hand lotion and earrings but dogs? Really? What happens when the dog is out for a walk and various allergy producing critters attach themselves to its fur? . So are you suggesting a chipmunk ...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

Creating a market demand by buying bred dogs makes them breed more. If people stopped buying dogs from breeders, people would stop breeding them. Never going to happen. Some people will always want a specific breed and a puppy. It isn't nefarious. Especially when one is in need of a small / hypo al...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

Hello Bogleheads, My DW and I will be visiting a Cavapoo Puppy Breeder tomorrow in hopes of finding a new addition for our family. These are expensive dogs and a big decision for our family to make sure it's a right fit. What questions should we ask to verify the dog's health and well being? At thi...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: What to ask puppy breeder?

This post makes me very sad. Millions of dogs die in shelters every year and yet people breed more. Yup and people will continue to breed their dogs for puppies. They need a home too. Creating a market demand by buying bred dogs makes them breed more. If people stopped buying dogs from breeders, pe...
by TRC
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to ask puppy breeder?
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

What to ask puppy breeder?

Hello Bogleheads, EDIT - I'm in the market for a small Hypo-Allergenic dog . Unfortunately these don't exist at my local animal adoption or animal rescue centers. I've searched extensively throughout New England . My DW and I will be visiting a Cavapoo Puppy Breeder tomorrow in hopes of finding a ne...
by TRC
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to fund repairs for a rental property
Replies: 7
Views: 576

Re: How to fund repairs for a rental property

I had a HELOC on a rental property once. Have you shopped around?
by TRC
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 200K cash, should I pay off rental property or open taxable account?
Replies: 13
Views: 720

Re: 200K cash, should I pay off rental property or open taxable account?

I own a rental property that I could pay off today if I want. I break even and have no intentions of paying it off early because: - It only has 9 years left on the 15 year note - It's 3% interest - It's other people's money paying off the rental - I get a tax deduction with other people's money - Ou...
by TRC
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey
Replies: 34
Views: 2048

Re: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey

We bought a new 2016 EXL w/ RES new, out the door for 34K. I would look for new for peace of mind. That being said, if you can get that one for 25K, I'd be tempted. Also, do you like / need NAV? I have the same Nav in my Acura TL and it's tedious to put an address in and does not take into considera...
by TRC
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 100k- to invest or put toward mortgage?
Replies: 20
Views: 3093

Re: 100k- to invest or put toward mortgage?

I think this depends on 2 questions: How much do you think you'll need for retirement? Are you on track to hit that mark? When do you plan to retire? I'm a fan of paying off the house (we did in our 30s), but at age 48 retirement is not too far off. If you feel your retirement nest egg is underfunde...
by TRC
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking comfortable car seat
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Seeking comfortable car seat

If you want to stick with a Sedan, I'd check out the Toyota Avalon or Lexus ES. VERY comfy seats.
by TRC
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stress & The Mind/ Brain & Sleep & Behavior Modfication
Replies: 19
Views: 1807

Re: Stress & The Mind/ Brain & Sleep & Behavior Modfication

I hope this thread doesn't get locked as I've also battle chronic insomnia for months at a time. My issue was waking in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep....literally EVERY, SINGLE, NIGHT. It was debilitating. I tried every natural thing you can think of and finally reso...
by TRC
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...
Replies: 70
Views: 6930

Re: Another can I afford this $2M house thread...

Personally I would not borrow from mom and dad. Too many potential complications to list, not to mention the fact that you are independent professionals who are more than qualified for a bank loan.
by TRC
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building Forever House - Can we afford it? Should We?
Replies: 20
Views: 1848

Re: Building Forever House - Can we afford it? Should We?

Will it be the most expensive house in the neighborhood? Will it be the most expensive house in your town? Give us an idea of surrounding values.
by TRC
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please tell me if I can afford this Porsche
Replies: 81
Views: 5162

Re: Please tell me if I can afford this Porsche

You can afford it, but you have a massive amount of debt. Why not pay off your debt and reward yourself with a Porsche? At your income level, you should be able to do it very quickly.
by TRC
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Humble brag finally got admiral shares in taxable account
Replies: 29
Views: 3820

Re: Humble brag finally got admiral shares in taxable account

Congrats! As others have said, stay the course and keep investing. It's astonishing how much our portfolio has grown in the last 9 years.
by TRC
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 plan for unborn child
Replies: 22
Views: 1693

Re: 529 plan for unborn child

We did this with our first child and had my wife as the beneficiary. After my son was born, we changed the beneficiary to him.
by TRC
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calculating Net Worth
Replies: 20
Views: 2943

Re: Calculating Net Worth

Ron Scott wrote:
Would you really list all your assets in a statement to a condo board if you had more than needed? (Why do they need to know?)



Unless they're financing your loan, this is none of their business. I would never give this to them.
by TRC
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Guy question
Replies: 61
Views: 5792

Re: Car Guy question

I had a new BMW 335XI but traded it just before the warranty was up. Since then I've only owned Acura or Lexus.
by TRC
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: where to retire?
Replies: 63
Views: 5951

Re: where to retire?

I have been searching for a mild climate to retire. I live 1/2 mile from the beach in Southern California so looking for the good lifeCriteria: Excellent weather- don't care for much rain and no snow Seattle Washington Scottsdale, AZ Austin TX Bend, OR Portland, OR Albequerque, NM Hawaii but where?...
by TRC
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Beginner with Investment Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Beginner with Investment Questions

What fund options are available in yours and hers 401k?

If it were me, I'd:

Max out both 401ks. Or at least contribute to get the maximum match.
Max out Roth IRAs
If money left over, contribute to a taxable account.
by TRC
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carribean island most like Hawaii
Replies: 63
Views: 7481

Re: Carribean island most like Hawaii

We just got back from a 2 week vacation in Maui and it's in a league of its own. Our family is also east coast and we've been to the Caribbean 10+ times. So glad we went back to Hawaii....though it was a long flight! That being said, I can't think of any Caribbean islands that stack up. I will say t...
by TRC
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Biting the bullet and getting off the roof.
Replies: 41
Views: 5628

Re: Biting the bullet and getting off the roof.

A lot of the leaf guard gimmicks can promote ice damns in the winter. Just hire someone to clean them for you.
by TRC
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Little League Slowly Dying? [Should my kids play this year?]
Replies: 38
Views: 3898

Re: Is Little League Slowly Dying?

The participation trophy, everyone is a winner zealots have tried to ruin it. LOL. Guessing you've never been a part of this process. It's a cheap plastic medal that get's tossed by the wayside in less than an hour. The fact that it's slow and at times tedious (and boring) sport that now has more c...
by TRC
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Little League Slowly Dying? [Should my kids play this year?]
Replies: 38
Views: 3898

Re: Is Little League Slowly Dying?

Definitely dying in our town. My son played coach pitch & baseball from preschool through second grade. He really didn't enjoy it either. 3rd grade he played Lacrosse instead and LOVES it.
by TRC
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hoping to retire within 20 years - advice/comments appreciated!
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

Re: Hoping to retire within 20 years - advice/comments appreciated!

How much will you need for retirement? What's your anticipated spending? Do you have kids? Do you plan to have them?
by TRC
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expense tracking app
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Expense tracking app

You need a budget (ynab)
by TRC
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roto-molded cooler suggestions, like Yeti
Replies: 20
Views: 1963

Re: Roto-molded cooler suggestions, like Yeti

We've tried a bunch of coolers an finally bit the bullet and bought a yeti. It's a beast and is amazing in terms of performance and build quality. This should last my entire adult life and then some. You get what you pay for.
by TRC
Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant Pot - your favorite uses?
Replies: 36
Views: 5030

Re: Instant Pot - your favorite uses?

They recently legalized pot here in MA. I haven't tried "instant pot" before. What's it like?
by TRC
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AA advice requested for married couple 37 yrs old
Replies: 17
Views: 1791

Re: AA advice requested for married couple 37 yrs old

I think you’re doing well, though I’m not sure your next egg is where it needs to be to retire at 55. Doing some simple math: You’re current nest egg is $116K. Future contributions of $36,500 per year for 18 years (till age 55) gives you the following: At 4% return - $1.2M, withdrawing 3% gives you ...
by TRC
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Never had a credit card, should I get one?
Replies: 71
Views: 2694

Re: Never had a credit card, should I get one?

I used to use my Debit Card for everything. I was very anti credit card. Then our debit card account # got compromised and we lost money. We eventually got it back, but it was a hassle. Now we primarily use our credit card and get 2% cash back.
by TRC
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard vs. Fidelity [Customer Service Reputation]
Replies: 73
Views: 5239

Re: Vanguard vs. Fidelity [Customer Service Reputation]

I just transferred 50% of my IRA from Vanguard to Fidelity, to take advantage of Fidelity's cash bonus offer. It's just been a few days, but already I am impressed with the increased amount of communication from Fidelity compared to what I get from Vanguard. Does Fidelity have a better reputation f...
by TRC
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off mortgage
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

Re: Paying off mortgage

Go for it! The "I need a mortgage tax deduction" is a bit of a misnomer. You’re effectively paying the bank a dollar to save a quarter.
by TRC
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bonded Leather
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Bonded Leather

We had a bonded leather ottoman that fell apart shortly after we bought it. We really liked the piece, so we had it re-upholstered.
by TRC
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downhill skiing
Replies: 32
Views: 2326

Re: downhill skiing

My mom did at 75 because she had a heart attack with me the last time she skied.
by TRC
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing an intra-family loan
Replies: 18
Views: 1036

Re: Doing an intra-family loan

The cons outweigh the pros in loaning money to family members.
by TRC
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 2731

Re: Trip to Kona, Hawaii - Suggestions

If you've got asthma, be aware of VOG: http://www.konaweb.com/vog/ It's real and forced us to end our vacation on Kona early, two years ago. I'll second this. I'm on Maui now wrapping up a 2 week vacation and my allergies (and allergy induced athsma) have never been this bad. I wasn't sure what it ...
by TRC
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Teeth whitening
Replies: 38
Views: 3583

Re: Teeth whitening

After years of drinking iron-rich well water, my teeth are kind of yellow. I am thinking about getting a teeth whitening at my dentist's office. But I have heard mixed results. So please let me know if you have done a teeth whitening, did it work and what method/brand did your dentist use? I think ...
by TRC
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura/ Honda Airbag Recall - Tired of waiting
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: Acura/ Honda Airbag Recall - Tired of waiting

Call them; they won't call you. I finally called in December and the dealer immediately said, "come on down, we have parts" That's for sure. I have a 2014 Acura TL and received a notice MONTHS ago. My wife just reminded me that we've recieved nothing further from them or my dealer, so I g...
by TRC
Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?
Replies: 106
Views: 8446

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

That is an issue that shows up in Bogleheads. Great wealth seems to still mean spending as little as possible. I don't really understand the grip some here have on their money. I don't mean one should spend wildly and out of control. But, someone with millions of dollars.... a $50k car is nothing. ...
by TRC
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any benefits to achieving "great wealth"?
Replies: 106
Views: 8446

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

OK Bogleheads, I have achieved what I consider "great wealth". I am not Donald Trump wealthy, nor CEO wealthy, nor San Francisco wealthy. But for a person who doesn't fit the previously listed criteria, I have achieved "great wealth". I'm in the 99th percentile by age, according...

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