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by atlanta_dad
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thermostat a/c setting
Replies: 17
Views: 979

thermostat a/c setting

I have a question about using a/c. On a normal day in June/July when temp is in mid 80s, is it ok to switch off the thermostat and leave to work to save cooling bill? Or should i be setting it to about 82 cool and leave so that the a/c does not have to work hard when I come back from work? I was tol...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 129
Views: 7445

gray hair

What's Bogleheads perspective on gray hair? Do you care to hide it by coloring or don't bother? I am in the mid-40s, ignored it for the past 2,3 years for the additional work every month and also feared it might cause bald head. Now gray hair is spreading more rapidly, wife and kids are stressing to...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio high back chair cushions
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Patio high back chair cushions

Need to replace these and looking for 5 of these cushions at various stores like Amazon, Lowes, home depot etc, cannot find anywhere less than 35$ - 40$ each and think it's too expensive. Is this the usual price? I know I can find these cheaper end of the season in Sep /Oct, but need them right away...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good family portrait place
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Good family portrait place

Have been using JCPenny and target portrait service through Groupon. But felt the session is rushed through and the quality of the portrait is mediocre at the best. Would like to go to a better place next time wouldn't mind paying more, would like your suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: reverse phone look up - free service
Replies: 4
Views: 536

reverse phone look up - free service

Are there any free websites to find person details using their phone number? If not, what is a best paid service that you know of.

TIA
by atlanta_dad
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for good charging station to charge phones, tablets
Replies: 11
Views: 671

Recommendation for good charging station to charge phones, tablets

Looking for a good charging station to better organize and charge all the iphones, android phone and a tablet together at one place instead of having each at different outlets with long wires. Please let me know if you have one and if you can recommend it. Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good place to buy kids bedroom furniture
Replies: 15
Views: 701

good place to buy kids bedroom furniture

Looking for furniture for kids bedroom and guest bedroom. We have beds for the rooms already but looking for night stands, chests, computer desk etc. So far we have been buying most of our furniture from Costco and found them to be of great quality and expensive. This time we would like to try somew...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good place to buy window curtains
Replies: 9
Views: 807

good place to buy window curtains

We have been buying curtains from Bed Bath and Beyond in the past, but found there is no much quality and they are expensive. Bought a few at Tuesday Morning few years ago and found the quality to be good. But near by store closed recently so did not get a chance to check how it is recently. We woul...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2280

Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations

As a family we have spent good amount of time deciding on the colors for our single family house. We used brochures from the store, online suggestions, Sherwin Williams ColorSnap visualizer tool to upload the room photos and applied various paints etc. We wanted to go with the gray family and at the...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sherwin Williams paint
Replies: 52
Views: 3530

Re: Sherwin Williams paint

Thanks so much for all the great information. We are still deciding on the colors that we want to go for. I will start another thread for color recommendations, thanks a lot!!
by atlanta_dad
Thu May 31, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sherwin Williams paint
Replies: 52
Views: 3530

Sherwin Williams paint

Doing interior painting for our single family home starting next week, yet to buy the paint. Decided to go with Sherwin Williams brand. Just checked the website and found there is a 30% sale going on, I need to stop by at the store tomorrow and check. Do they have usually all colors available in the...
by atlanta_dad
Thu May 31, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats in bulk
Replies: 50
Views: 4105

Re: steel cut oats in bulk

barnaclebob wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 1:45 pm
a google search indicates that costco might have 7lb bags of red mill steel cut oats for less than $10
Only once it was sold at our Costco store, now it is not available even on Costco online.
by atlanta_dad
Thu May 31, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats in bulk
Replies: 50
Views: 4105

steel cut oats in bulk

Where do you buy Bob's red mill steel cut oats in larger quantities like 5 lbs or more. On Amazon.com I found 25 lbs bag, which is too much for me and all others are 24 oz or less,

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Thu May 24, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40
Replies: 118
Views: 10673

Re: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40

I have been working in Java, web development old technologies for the last 18+ years and I'm at about 45 years age. As everyone thinks, I too feel changing to next job is going to be difficult with the technologies I am working now. It will take atleast 1+ years of training for me to update to the l...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best online resume builder website
Replies: 0
Views: 473

best online resume builder website

Please suggest a good online resume builder website that you have used recently. This is for building an Information Technology (IT) career resume. Thank you!!
by atlanta_dad
Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home energy efficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 991

Home energy efficiency

My electric company says the following on their website and gave a list of contractor details. One of the contractors called me today and offered a 3 hour check up on the appliance efficiency, home air quality and bunch of other things for $100 charge. Seems like there is a $4300 rebate from the ele...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sienna van keys
Replies: 6
Views: 1387

Sienna van keys

I have only one key left for my 2006 Sienna xle, sometimes the key is stuck in the ignition and cannot turn to start the van. The mechanic put some graphite, said the key is worn out and referred me to a local locksmith to get a new key by giving them the VIN number. I asked if getting a key from eB...
by atlanta_dad
Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ITunes app for kids gadget time limits
Replies: 9
Views: 895

ITunes app for kids gadget time limits

Looking for an app for apple ios to set time limits on kids gadgets. Kids are spending too much time on gadgets in these summer holidays and need a way to cut it down. I heard the kindle fire feature to set the usage limits, looking for a similar reliable one for apple gadgets

Thanks
by atlanta_dad
Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busch gardens & Water Country, Williamsburg - Suggetions
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Re: Busch gardens & Water Country, Williamsburg - Suggetions

NoVa Lurker wrote:Are you going in the next few weeks? How old are your kids?
Planning to go on Aug 19th week end. Kids ages 12 and 6.
by atlanta_dad
Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busch gardens & Water Country, Williamsburg - Suggetions
Replies: 19
Views: 1317

Busch gardens & Water Country, Williamsburg - Suggetions

We are planning a 3 night stay in Williamsburg,VA to visit Busch gardens & Water Country USA with 2 kids. Please advise on some good places to stay and must dos in the area.

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Sat May 07, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids gadget usage restrictions
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Kids gadget usage restrictions

Hi, I would like to start restricting the gadget usage for my 11 year old daughter and 5 year old son. I would like to see what others are doing and also get some input on what I want to do. Daughter does not have a phone yet, she has an ipod, most of the time watching shows on nickelodeon app and p...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: foreign currency for travel
Replies: 18
Views: 1814

foreign currency for travel

What is a good place (which bank, foreign exchange place etc) that charges low fee and gives a good conversion rate?

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise trip - Money saving tips
Replies: 32
Views: 3738

Cruise trip - Money saving tips

We are taking our first cruise, a 7 night Carribean Disney cruise in few weeks. From your experiences, please post some of the money saving tips on cruise, shore excursions, shopping to get ready for the trip.

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to spend one evening in Orlando
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

Best way to spend one evening in Orlando

We are taking a 7 night cruise from Port Canaveral on a Sunday afternoon with 5 and 11 year old kids. We will reach Orlando at 3pm the day before. What is a good place to go with kids for those few hours that afternoon / evening? I think few hours is not enough for any disney Park. We are not stayin...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ideas to make a milestone wedding annivarsary memorable
Replies: 4
Views: 653

ideas to make a milestone wedding annivarsary memorable

Have booked our first cruise, a 7 night disney cruise with kids 5 and 11 that falls in the week of annivarsary. I appreciate ideas to make it great memorable one while on cruise.

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace auto wiper blades vs inserts
Replies: 31
Views: 5237

Replace auto wiper blades vs inserts

What do you normally do, replace blades or inserts? My mechanic says he doesn't carry inserts so replaces with blades usually beginning of every winter, charges about $30. Would like to do it my self from now on, which is less time consuming, installing blades or inserts? I know inserts are cheaper....
by atlanta_dad
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watching Oscars with kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3873

Re: Watching Oscars with kids

Against my better judgment, I let mine watch, but I had to step in and turn off the TV when this actress went off on a monologue (forgot who it was, but as you watched, I am sure you know who I am talking about) - was that supposed to be something funny?!! :oops: That's the exact lady my complaint ...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watching Oscars with kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3873

Watching Oscars with kids

I did not want to watch the Oscars with my family expecting that the language will not be appropriate for my 11 year old daughter. But she insisted to watch saying that everyone in the school tomorrow would be talking about it and she would be left out if she didn't watch. So we had watched for hour...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home WiFi extender
Replies: 20
Views: 2027

Re: Home WiFi extender

I recently upgraded to Google On hub, that solved my problems. Now I have very good signal through out my single family house. I strongly recommend it though it is a little bit expensive, about $200.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 6th grade science book/resources
Replies: 1
Views: 322

6th grade science book/resources

My daughter needs help with her 6th grade science. I've tried it with her teacher for a good book, but I found the online book she recommended is not so good. I am looking for something that is easy to read to grasp the concepts, it is ok if it is a single book that can be used for the whole middle ...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: auto insurance coverage - please suggest
Replies: 4
Views: 677

auto insurance coverage - please suggest

I have had this auto insurance for years and I am thinking I am carrying too much insurance thus paying high on the insurance. Which one of the following coverage do you think I am carrying much higher than the most people and can be reduced. Thanks in advance. I also carry $1M umbrella insurance. v...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seniors must have items
Replies: 17
Views: 2822

Seniors must have items

Planning a trip to my country and thinking of taking few useful items for my 72 year old dad. He is reasonably healthy. Trying to search on amazon but thought it may be easier to ask people on this forum. No diabetic or blood pressure measuring instruments, he already have them. What are some items ...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to introduce legos to my almost 5 year old boy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1709

How to introduce legos to my almost 5 year old boy?

My son (almost 5 year old) loves building blocks, but not played much with Legos before. What are some good building sets to order to introduce him to legos? If the lego set says it is for 5 year old, will it be suitable for my child with out prior experience with legos?

Thanks in advance
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which is a best place to start learning yoga?
Replies: 31
Views: 4253

Which is a best place to start learning yoga?

I have been interested in learning Yoga from quite some time, but not able to decide where to learn from. I am located in Washington DC metro area. There are 2 or 3 yoga classes a week in the gym(LA Fitness), but is gym a right place to learn? I hear one should not learn from DVD or similar because ...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you do to relax just after returning from work
Replies: 59
Views: 8772

What do you do to relax just after returning from work

Just wanted to see what Bogleheads are doing to relax just after returning from work. I am an IT professional, usually I spend total 10 to 11hrs in commute and work. I myself am not consistent on any, sometimes I take shower, sometimes go sleep for 20+ minutes, sometimes play with kids, sometimes ju...
by atlanta_dad
Tue May 26, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load Washing machine does not lock
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Front load Washing machine does not lock

I have bought this 3.7 cu ft SAMSUNG (Model# WF330ANB) front load washing machine little more than 3 years ago from Lowes for about $775. Since last week, the door does not lock (door stays lose), so it does not start. All the signals on the panel lit and seems to be fine. I have not contacted eithe...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain

My android phone came with an "Alarm/Clock" app. It has a timer. Set it for 40 minutes. Press "Start." When alarm sounds press "Stop." Walk for a few minutes. Sit Down. Press "Start." Rinse and repeat. :idea: :sharebeer I use it a lot while cooking. I use the phone alarm all the time, thought may b...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain

Hi, My job is in IT field, so I spend almost 9 hrs in front of the computer every day. In addition, I sit one and half hours in the commuter train to the work. I have developed severe lower back pain recently which I strongly believe is due to my sitting job. As a remedy, I would like to remind myse...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 6711

Re: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

wilked wrote:Are you in Atlanta?
Recently moved to Maryland
by atlanta_dad
Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 6711

Re: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

Thanks all so much for the great advice. Seems like the latest trend is quartz. I would like to enquire the prices before jumping on to quartz. Should I be shopping in the same granite counter top stores for quartz too? The store where I shopped for Granite said Quartz is almost 3 times expensive th...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 6711

Re: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

Ruby wrote:Did you check with your other better half ( Since you mentioned we)

Me and my wife were not able to agree on the color of granite to go on our kitchen, hence still looking for 3 years. :D
Same here, but it is only 1 year :happy
by atlanta_dad
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 6711

Re: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

TheGreyingDuke wrote:Would you consider using the same granite for the backsplash, eliminating oe potential for a mismatch?
Using the same granite for back splash seems to be not very common, also that will make my project very expensive beyond my budget as it adds 40 more sq ft of granite at $35 per sq ft.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 6711

Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

We have Brazilian cherry hardwood floors on entire first level and maple cabinets in the kitchen. We are planning to upgrade our kitchen with granite counter tops and tile back splash. It is becoming a nightmare to select the right granite (color) that goes well with the floor and cabinets. I am wor...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does any one own "one plus one Cyanogenmod" Mobile phone?
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Does any one own "one plus one Cyanogenmod" Mobile phone?

This phone seems to be the cheapest alternative of the latest phablet phones for just $300. It looks pretty impressive with very good ratings. I wanted to see if any of the bogleheads own it and like to hear their feed back. Here is the amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Oneplus-One-Snapdragon-Androi...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What services like Amazon Prime do you share to save?
Replies: 17
Views: 3054

Re: What services like Amazon Prime do you share to save?

ATT Mobile Share Data Plan: All have to be in the same area code?
No need, all will be under one account.
by atlanta_dad
Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What services like Amazon Prime do you share to save?
Replies: 17
Views: 3054

What services like Amazon Prime do you share to save?

These are few services that I share with friends and relatives to save some money. Just curious to see what else I am missing.
- Amazon Prime
- ATT Mobile Share Data Plan (30GB data for $130 shared by 10 people)
- Costco membership
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kids during summer holidays
Replies: 5
Views: 769

kids during summer holidays

Wanted go get some ideas what generally kids are doing in summer holidays.
Do you sign them up for a summer camp?
If they are at home are they glued to TV (like my 10 year old girl), or doing something.

Thanks for the input.
by atlanta_dad
Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birthday gift for a 10 year old girl
Replies: 28
Views: 2980

Birthday gift for a 10 year old girl

She wants either a xbox or ipod and open to any other interesting gifts instead of these. I am thinking xbox may be better because the exposer to internet is lesser. We are not much familiar with these gaming consoles, we owned wii earlier but not used it much before it was broken. Could you please ...
by atlanta_dad
Tue May 20, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trex deck pressure washing - questions
Replies: 9
Views: 3960

Trex deck pressure washing - questions

Got a 1700 psi simpson pressure washer from Costco on the week end and planning to pressure wash my 15' X 35' Trex deck and deck side of the house vinyl siding. Deck looks bad with lot of mildew. Pressure washer came with 15 and 25 degrees nozzles. Which nozzle should I be using for the deck and sid...