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by Triple digit golfer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safe car for wife and baby
Replies: 45
Views: 2301

Safe car for wife and baby

My wife is due to have our first child in about six weeks. She drives a 2016 Honda Civic, which was highly ranked by the NHTSA and IIHS. It was a 5 star and Top Safety Pick. However, common sense (or maybe not) tells me that a larger car like an SUV or a larger sedan would probably be safer in the e...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Re: Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps

Thanks all for your responses. I bought the Amazon Fire TV box and it is MUCH better on Playstation Vue. Sports and news are smooth and not herky-jerky anymore. On Hulu they still look herky-jerky, which makes sense because I believe Hulu is all at 30 fps. Looks like it's Playstation Vue for me, eve...
by Triple digit golfer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps
Replies: 10
Views: 763

Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps

I (finally) bought an Amazon fire stick and signed up for free trials to Playstation Vue and Hulu with Live TV. Playstation Vue : the guide is very slow (2-3 second lag every time) and sports are sort of choppy. Hulu : very fast, but sports are choppy, like in Playstation Vue. I believe Playstation ...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

Re: Home security system

I am questioning whether I even want to keep this system. Don't get me wrong, it works very well as designed, to deter burglars and alert authorities, and I have zero complaints about the system, but the important thing for me is to ensure that my family is safe. I'm more concerned about a home inva...
by Triple digit golfer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

Re: Home security system

t60 wrote:Cameras seen from the street will deter low level cat burglars, but will increase your risk from the high end home invaders. Most people shouldn't worry about this, but if you're paranoid like me..
Thanks - why do you feel that cameras seen from the street will increase risk from home invaders?
by Triple digit golfer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

Home security system

Hi all, I ordered a home security system from Simplisafe this week. Along with the standard command center and keypad, it comes with 5 door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a glass break sensor, and an indoor camera. I have a few questions/areas of concerns that I was hoping to get some opinions on....
by Triple digit golfer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4187

Re: Good camera - new baby coming

All, I know it has been almost two months, but I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your suggestions and insight. We decided to go with the Panasonic Lumix FZ80. I admittedly don't know how to use it yet, but my wife has learned some things and is very happy with it. Coming from a guy who has...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4187

Re: Good camera - new baby coming

Thank you, everybody. I've read all of your replies and they are appreciated. Neither of us are professional photographers or anywhere close, so we definitely don't want a difficult to use DSLR camera or one that requires changing lenses or settings frequently. I like that the Sony RX100 lets you ch...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4187

Good camera - new baby coming

With a baby due in a few months, my wife wants to buy a good camera. I would like recommendations on what qualities I should be looking for in a "good camera." She wants to be able to take "those pictures where the baby will be clear but everything in the background is blurry." A...
by Triple digit golfer
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lithium ion yard equipment batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 1110

Re: Lithium ion yard equipment batteries

The Brand is Black & Decker. The weed wacker and blower with two batteries and charger were $100, so not a big deal if I only get a couple seasons out of them before throwing them away in frustration or the batteries just poop out.

This is the combo I bought:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-DECKER ... /204691351
by Triple digit golfer
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lithium ion yard equipment batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 1110

Lithium ion yard equipment batteries

Hi all, I just swapped my electric weed wacker for a battery-operated one (also bought a blower) because I was so tired of fighting with the extension cord and having to navigate around all my trees and bushes and running the cord into downspouts. I love the convenience of the battery-operated equip...
by Triple digit golfer
Thu May 04, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to western states
Replies: 38
Views: 2338

Road trip to western states

My wife and I would like to take a driving trip out west to see, well, whatever it is that people love out there. The Grand Canyon, national parks, Rocky Mountains, and anything and everything else there is to see. Being from the Chicago area and never going further west than Iowa, I know there is a...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is this the time to invest?
Replies: 6
Views: 1021

Re: Is this the time to invest?

onourway wrote:Think of it this way - if you had received this inheritance in the form of an investment (in a vehicle that agreed with you) would you cash it out today only to invest it all back in little by little?


That is the best argument I've heard for these situations. Well said!
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What online bank do you use?
Replies: 68
Views: 6652

Re: What online bank do you use?

I've been using solely Ally for seven years now and I am satisfied and would wholly recommend them.
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Would these two be a a good combo with a 10 mbps internet for a 2,000 square foot house with two people? Modem: m Router: m Cheap bundle. Don't know if it's any good in your situation. NETGEAR Smart WiFi Router AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit & High Speed DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Bundle $69.98 & FRE...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Small (but Significant) Milestone
Replies: 26
Views: 3098

Re: Small (but Significant) Milestone

Excellent! That makes two of us who need to change our usernames*!

*Based on double digit score for nine holes.
by Triple digit golfer
Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

I just purchased the $69.98 bundle. Thanks again, inbox788!
by Triple digit golfer
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Would these two be a a good combo with a 10 mbps internet for a 2,000 square foot house with two people? Modem: m Router: m Cheap bundle. Don't know if it's any good in your situation. NETGEAR Smart WiFi Router AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit & High Speed DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Bundle $69.98 & FRE...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you spend on food in a year?
Replies: 155
Views: 8821

Re: How much do you spend on food in a year?

Last year my wife and I spent $13,000 in a category where I lump in groceries (including non-food), restaurant meals, and entertainment (golf, movies, etc.).

If I had to guess, I'd say that food was around $8,000. Working on getting that down this year due to fewer restaurant meals.
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Would these two be a a good combo with a 10 mbps internet for a 2,000 square foot house with two people?

Modem: https://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-SURFboard- ... oard+modem

Router: https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC1750-R ... reports-20
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

One final question, hoping for some personal experiences. I read some prior threads and Googled a bit and can't seem to find a definitive answer. I want to stop renting my Comcast modem and router and buy one. Is an "N" modem adequate or is "AC" recommended? House is 2,000 square...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Great info, thanks very much!
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

That lawn looks very doable for a fall overseed. I would not change any recommendations. Just hand toss extra seed on the completely bare areas when you do. You will likely make a good deal of headway before you overseed this year with good fertilization, early and aggressive weed control, and good...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

The spot by the fence is low and a lot of water flows there. Now we're talking drainage issues. How long does the water stand in that spot? It could cause the fence to prematurely rot if water pools up there for an excessive amount of time. You're also not going to get good grass growth in a water-...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

I don't know if they had a dog. They moved out before the house went on the market. I'll ask the neighbors. The spot by the fence is low and a lot of water flows there. So what's the consensus? Use weed killer or not this year? I'm inclined to skip it and focus solely on the lawn this year. I'm lean...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Yep, that's me! Hopefully soon I'll get some replies. I have a moderate amount of weeds. Nothing crazy. I'm more concerned with getting a thick lawn. I can deal with weeds next year. I think a thick lawn will take care of some of the weeds anyway. I may just use regular fertilizer and then spray wee...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

jebmke wrote:When you go to upload there is a drop down box to resize the photo to "message board" size.


Thanks!
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

These are pics of the backyard from this morning:

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by Triple digit golfer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Edited post below.
by Triple digit golfer
Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Is overseeding going to be adequate for the bare spots or do I need extra seed on those spots? I was just outside and there are a heck of a lot of bare spots that are just mud right now.
by Triple digit golfer
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

I used to work for Scotts as a lawn tech (so I don't actually know that much, lol) but I'll toss my 2 cents in as we had a similar issue and revitalized our Midwestern backyard rather easily: 1. Wait til fall for the general overseed. You could try the EZ seed on a few bad spots now if you're atten...
by Triple digit golfer
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

I did some reading on Milorganite and also on weed and feed. I feel comfortable using EZ Seed on bare spots in April, watering well, then using Milorganite mixed with some standard seed around Memorial Day on the entire lawn. This will be six weeks after the seeding on bare spots is done so it'll be...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

OP here. I did a little research tonight. Seems this product (Scotts EZ Seed) has some great reviews. It is a seed, fertilizer, and mulch all in one. m I will probably give the EZ Seed a shot in the spring on the bare areas. Then shortly after, do the entire lawn with a starter lawn fertilizer with ...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Why do you think the spots are bare? If somebody spilled gasoline on them or dropped some weed killer there or overfertilized with "weed & feed", then unless you do some remediation, I don't think grass will grow well in those spots. I have no idea. Maybe "very thin" is the ...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

My take on fertilize (since I just fertilized today): I live in Texas. I do not use those high-octane fertilizers that have a high nitrogen content. You know, the first number in the NPK triad. I never have the Nitrogen number above 15 (NOT the 29-0-4 nor the 33-P-K). The second thing is that I alw...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Re: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

Chicago area. Livesoft - I spoke to three neighbors the other day. All of them do it themselves and have lived there 10+ years. They don't have the bare spots like I do. However, the front actually looks pretty good. It's the back that needs a bit of TLC. I think instead of spending $1,000 or $500, ...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Giving my lawn the TLC it needs
Replies: 69
Views: 4431

Giving my lawn the TLC it needs

We moved into our home in August 2016 and unfortunately inherited a lawn that could use some work. There are some bare spots where there is no grass, only dirt. Additionally, there is about a 4 foot wide diameter circle where a tree used to be that is only mulch. I figured it would be useful to have...
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Thanks all. I had already looked at recommendations from Hetflix and Hulu but I just was wondering in practice if anybody had any problems at 10 mbps. Sounds like that should be adequate.
by Triple digit golfer
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Hi again all, OP here.

Would 10 mbps internet be adequate? Our house is just my wife and me, with a baby on the way, so at any one time the most devices we'd have streaming is two.
by Triple digit golfer
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

This weekend we are going to pick up a Roku Premiere at Walmart for $79. My wife's friend has Netflix so we are going to log in to her account and give it a test drive. Assuming everything is operational and we're happy with it, bye-bye Comcast, hello AT&T $40/month internet and $12 Netflix. Hap...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Wow! What a wealth of information. THANK YOU to ALL! We have some research to do and decisions to make, but this thread gave me more information than the Googling I was doing earlier. simplesimon: My TV is dumb, but it's a flat screen. It's about four years old. Plasma, HD, 1080p. I'm sure the Roku ...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Hounding me to Purchase SUV or Minivan
Replies: 61
Views: 4678

Re: Family Hounding me to Purchase SUV or Minivan

My wife and I drive an Accord and Civic and are pregnant with our first child. No plans to change vehicles.
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Thanks to all. I am only 32 but I feel like I'm a dinosaur when it comes to some of the newer technology. So I could essentially cut my $140 a month cable bill and instead spend $60 for internet only, plus $10 or $20 for a streaming service or two, plus spend around $100 or less for a Roku or other...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

Thanks to all. I am only 32 but I feel like I'm a dinosaur when it comes to some of the newer technology. So I could essentially cut my $140 a month cable bill and instead spend $60 for internet only, plus $10 or $20 for a streaming service or two, plus spend around $100 or less for a Roku or other ...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Re: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

I am enlightened. So a Roku is a device to essentially make a dumb TV smart? From that point, I can use Hulu, Netflix etc. without having to buy a smart TV. I am just so tired of cable - cannot get rid of it soon enough. Any thoughts on ideas to still get cable channels without a cable subscription?...
by Triple digit golfer
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable
Replies: 101
Views: 8879

Tell me about Smart TVs and cutting cable

I have a dumb TV and the traditional Comcast cable and internet. I am tired of paying $140 a month and sick of fighting with Comcast all the time just to get that "discounted" rate. That, along with the fact that most of what we watch are Law & Order SVU re-runs, I decided that I am ti...
by Triple digit golfer
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Toothbrushes - again
Replies: 17
Views: 1583

Re: Electric Toothbrushes - again

I used Oral B for years until my last dentist checkup just this month. I admittedly had not been flossing the way that I should have, and my dentist said I had moderate gingivitis. He recommended flossing (obviously) and the Sonicare toothbrush. He said that the Oral B is better at polishing, but th...
by Triple digit golfer
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Different risk tolerance for different accounts
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: Different risk tolerance for different accounts

Up until very recently I was in the same mental accounting trap. Below is my non-expert story and advice: Pick a number that you want to be accessible in an emergency situation such as a job loss. Let's assume it is $75,000. You could do one of the following, or anything in between: A (Not tax-effic...
by Triple digit golfer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: You know you're a Boglehead when ...
Replies: 121
Views: 22062

Re: You know you're a Boglehead when ...

... when you quick scroll through a cluster of a thread to find the picture of the orange butterfly, because you know some reasoned sanity is about to be dropped on the audience. I do this with frequency. So much common sense and ability to step back and see the big picture. He comes up with reason...
by Triple digit golfer
Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feline Achilles' tendon injury
Replies: 20
Views: 1687

Re: Feline Achilles' tendon injury

Pets are members of the family. How would you proceed if this was your child? There's your answer.