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by bluebolt
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jobs that pay over $100,000
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Jobs that pay over $100,000

Picking a career strictly only for the money is a recipe for a life full of misery. I would suggest your son list down his interests and you help him pick a career that fits into one of them that pays well enough. Yes, start with his interests and we can go from there. Also, what did he study and w...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

SRenaeP wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:03 pm
I wasn't aware it was no longer sold. However, when I scroll down the page you linked -

"Have you heard about our new prepaid card?

We’ve now launched our Travelex Money Card! Read more about all the great benefits and get yours now."


-Steph
5.5% foreign exchange fee. Ouch.
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

A younger relative of mine is taking an extended international trip. DW & I want to give them several hundred dollars in spending money, but don't want to give it in cash due to the impracticality of traveling with cash. I started looking for prepaid Mastercard/Visa debit cards with low/no foreign ...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

Howdy American Express Traveler's checks. Good everywhere. Free replacement if lost or stolen. Happy traveling W B I have not used a traveler's check for at least 25 years but the last I heard they are VERY difficult to cash because they are widely counterfeited. Too much work for the receiver of t...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

Have the target open a checking account with an ATM card in their own name. Do a deposit into that account. An electronic transfer of the desired amount to their account will be possible. You can accomplish this with Zelle for free if you both have accounts at a member bank, or you could do a wire ...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

TheGreyingDuke wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:25 pm
What is the "impracticality" of traveling with cash?
1. Having to exchange it multiple times for multiple currencies
2. Impractical to keep hundreds of dollars on you at all times. This relative will be in a group living situation, so it could find legs and disappear if it is not on their person.
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

A younger relative of mine is taking an extended international trip. DW & I want to give them several hundred dollars in spending money, but don't want to give it in cash due to the impracticality of traveling with cash. I started looking for prepaid Mastercard/Visa debit cards with low/no foreign t...
by bluebolt
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?
Replies: 119
Views: 5767

Re: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?

As I've said elsewhere we are doing a major home remodel, and part of that is replacing our old nasty crappy furniture in a few rooms. The person helping us with all of this is a designer and a GC. She has been great in the remodel, steering us in a direction that we really like and hiring and hand...
by bluebolt
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?
Replies: 45
Views: 4343

Re: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?

I'll attempt almost anything, I just ask myself a few questions: - How much time do I have? - What's the worst case scenario if I mess up? - When am I doing this? Is it time sensitive? (Is it the weekend?) - Does the appearance of the repair/upgrade matter? - Am I sufficiently fit to do this job? (...
by bluebolt
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to upgrade iPhones ?
Replies: 35
Views: 2885

Re: Cheapest way to upgrade iPhones ?

Cricket has new iPhone 6 32gb for $299. I think the 6s is a better phone. 7 dropped the headphone jack which is interesting. Swappa.com is a place I monitor. 229 for the SE or 299 for the 6.The virgin mobile is a better deal though by about a three hundred bucks if you compare prices including the ...
by bluebolt
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does personal wealth affect job hunting?
Replies: 57
Views: 6417

Re: How does personal wealth affect job hunting?

I find this thread fascinating because I am now in a good paying job but am looking for something more satisfying. 10 years ago I would never have considered leaving. As the the poster stating he hit his ceiling because he refused to move etc, it is refreshing to hear as that was my experience too....
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time home seller, advice on FSBO, MLS, etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: First time home seller, advice on FSBO, MLS, etc?

I did an FSBO. Posted listing on Facebook (as a regular Facebook post) and had lots of interest from friends & friends of friends. Received offers from people with and without agents. I told the folks with agents (or their agents) that I would be comparing them with offers without agents, so they sh...
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Vehicle the Old Fashioned Way
Replies: 57
Views: 5138

Re: Buying a Vehicle the Old Fashioned Way

AlwaysBeClimbing wrote:
The Dan wrote:
warner25 wrote: inhale the aromatic fumes
We chemistry nerds read this totally differently than most people.
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do not buy new cellphones on ebay
Replies: 54
Views: 5946

Re: Do not buy new cellphones on ebay

I just bought an excellent condition used unlocked Moto G4 Play on eBay for half the price of new. It arrived exactly as described and was unlocked.

The buyer had a high rating, there were actual photos and at least part of the description did not seem cookie-cutter.
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston to Maine road trip
Replies: 61
Views: 3520

Re: Boston to Maine road trip

Count on heavy traffic. Also count on paying for parking downtown. Your best bet is the large garage under the Commons. Also if you are going to stick to three nights in Boston, consider going straight to Portland the following night. Portsmouth is a good lunch stop but not big enough to warrant a ...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?

I was told by salesman at Best Buy that all Google Pixel phones sold with Verizon plans are actually unlocked phones that can be used with any carrier. I'm a longtime Verizon customer and this is the first time that I've heard of Verizon doing this. I would double check with Verizon itself. Also ma...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Replies: 37
Views: 2462

Re: Trip Cancellation Insurance.

I have used Travel Guard in the past. MedJetAsisst is interesting - you can buy just medical evacuation insurance. The difference between this and other similar insurance is that you can exercise the option to use this if you get admitted to the hospital. Other med-evac insurance typically requires ...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?

I was told by salesman at Best Buy that all Google Pixel phones sold with Verizon plans are actually unlocked phones that can be used with any carrier. I'm a longtime Verizon customer and this is the first time that I've heard of Verizon doing this. I would double check with Verizon itself. Also ma...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 5707

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

When my wife and I travel we always pack everything in one checked bag. There is no way I want TSA examining anything in my bag even through they wear gloves because those gloves are rarely changed. Just think of all those soiled items (let your mind wonder) they touch in an 8 hour shift. It's wort...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 5707

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

When my wife and I travel we always pack everything in one checked bag. There is no way I want TSA examining anything in my bag even through they wear gloves because those gloves are rarely changed. Just think of all those soiled items (let your mind wonder) they touch in an 8 hour shift. It's wort...
by bluebolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Why shouldn't I buy a Google Pixel through Verizon?

The primary reason would be your actual calling plan on Verizon will probably be double the cost of a $35 (all taxes/fees included) MVNO provider to get the same amount of calling/texts/data. The Verizon plan cost will be before taxes/fees, so add another $7-8. You "save" on the phone and then reim...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Place for Thanksgiving family reunion
Replies: 27
Views: 1943

Re: Warm Place for Thanksgiving family reunion

What do you all like to do? That will help narrow it down.

If you like golf & nature, Hilton Head might be a good choice.
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston to Maine road trip
Replies: 61
Views: 3520

Re: Boston to Maine road trip

You might want to check out Walden Pond. It's pretty and nice to walk around. If you have no specific interest in it (or Thoreau), it can be skipped.
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 5707

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

How does large bags in the overhead bin make travel painful? The extra time it takes for people to get them down has you sitting there longer? One way is when people bring on large, heavy bags that they are incapable of lifting into the bin because of their height or strength. When they try, fail, ...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Google Pixel mobile now or wait for Pixel 2
Replies: 32
Views: 2493

Re: Buy Google Pixel mobile now or wait for Pixel 2

Generally, unless there's some feature that is super-important to you in the new model, you're much better off buying the current/previous model if you're going to get a big discount. Yes, technology changes quickly, but the pace of change is slowing. I have an almost 3 year old iPhone 6 and it work...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston to Maine road trip
Replies: 61
Views: 3520

Re: Boston to Maine road trip

So any suggestions would be appreciated.Rough draft as of now. 3 nights outside Boston in Danvers...do not want to stay in city center. 1 night Portsmouth 1 night Portland ??? 3 nights Bar Harbor or 2 nights and stay 1 night between Portland and BH 1 night Bangor 1 night North Conway 1 night Manche...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Vehicle the Old Fashioned Way
Replies: 57
Views: 5138

Re: Buying a Vehicle the Old Fashioned Way

DW & I took a hybrid approach and it worked well for us. This was for a new car purchase recently. Once we knew what car/options we wanted, we went to the online forums for this manufacturer and people there readily share the discounts they are getting off of MSRP. Typical for this car was 4-7%, wit...
by bluebolt
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians
Replies: 13
Views: 1932

Re: Calling all Electricians

imsomeguy wrote:well he is coming back this afternoon so we'll see where this goes.

yes I realized I should have cut the power before removing face plate, but ... yeah no defense there i guess.
Did he come back? What happened? The suspense is killing me.
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much longer should I chase a merchant for a double charge?
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: How much longer should I chase a merchant for a double charge?

I had new tires mounted two weeks ago. The person at the counter swiped my card, said it didn't go through, swiped it again, then a receipt printed which I signed. Checked my credit card and it had two pending transactions for the same amount. Thinking it would go away on it's own, they both posted...
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new TV. What do I need to know now?
Replies: 29
Views: 2200

Re: Buying a new TV. What do I need to know now?

I'll make non-TV suggestions. If you don't have an outlet and HDMI cable in the wall where you want to mount the TV, get them installed, so you can have a clean, wireless look. Have the HDMI cable run to a closed cabinet, so you can't see any of your A/V devices. Consider whether you want an A/V rec...
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Santa Fe New Mexico - recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1732

Re: Santa Fe New Mexico - recommendations

Definitely allocate a few hours to walk down Canyon Road and spend time in the art galleries that strike your fancy. Walk around The Plaza and check out the Native American artists/vendors on the Palace of the Governors. As mentioned above, Tomasita's is an institution, but you can find better food....
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on house selling
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: Advise on house selling

And, trying to sell yourself doesn't preclude you from getting a realtor later.
I sold my last house via a single Facebook post. Had I not gotten multiple offers from friends of friends, I would have put a listing on MLS through one of the MLS listing services, but it never came to that.
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston to Maine road trip
Replies: 61
Views: 3520

Re: Boston to Maine road trip

Wells, York, Ogunquit, Kennebunk are all great. Ogunquit is my favorite, but I've only been in the summer.
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians
Replies: 13
Views: 1932

Re: Calling all Electricians

Typically ground is a bare copper wire and isn't capped. It's possible that the line or load weren't properly capped. I can't speak to whether the electrician made a mistake or not, but I do know that once you removed the faceplate and starting moving things around, you can't automatically blame the...
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LibreOffice
Replies: 18
Views: 1884

Re: LibreOffice

I would start with Google Docs rather than LibreOffice, unless your documents are too complex for Google Docs or there needs to be more strict compatibility with MS Office.

Would need to know more about what your planned usage is to give more detailed feedback.
by bluebolt
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making a Direct Offer to Purchase a Home
Replies: 28
Views: 2341

Re: Making a Direct Offer to Purchase a Home

People (and their realtors) frequently have an unrealistic view of the value of their home. I was shown a home before it was put on the market (friend-of-a-friend). The seller gave us a price and said they thought it was incredibly fair and below market. We declined because we didn't think it was a ...
by bluebolt
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Replies: 47
Views: 3103

Re: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

I recently bought the Bose Quietcomfort 20 headphones which were on sale for $179.99. I had held off on buying because I couldn't justify the price, but I had never seen them at that price before and pulled the trigger. I went with the earbuds because I like to travel light and didn't want full size...
by bluebolt
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Maine
Replies: 30
Views: 1856

Re: Trip to Maine

If you can figure out how to make Stowe, VT fit into your trip, you should definitely go to the Alchemist brewery:

https://alchemistbeer.com/
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else have trouble spending?
Replies: 91
Views: 5588

Re: Anyone else have trouble spending?

This is more of an emotional rant, but I'm curious if other people have as much trouble spending and why that is. Current example. I drive a 2012 CPO BMW 528i XDrivr. Bought in 2014 with 18k mikes. It recently had a significant issue, covered under warranty, but is at 95k miles and about to run out...
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Manufacturers repairing/replacing out of warranty products for free
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: Manufacturers repairing/replacing out of warranty products for free

I feel like I don't want to share the instances where this happened as I don't want folks to take advantage, just like some folks do with the Costco and L.L. Bean generous policies. :happy
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me pick a car
Replies: 54
Views: 4121

Re: Help me pick a car

Prius or Prius V?
by bluebolt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 5707

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

You could do what my buddy does regardless of which airline he flies. When they call (usually first boarders) for folks who need extra time [read: disabled] getting down the jetway, he saunters right up. He never pays extra for early boarding and always gets early boarding. When I asked him, "What ...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 5707

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

The only difference between Zone 1 and Zone 2 and 3 is you will for sure be able to find space for your carry on Bingo. My two most important priorities for air travel are 1. Nonstop flights. 2. No checked baggage. So I'm happy to pay an extra $10 for Zone 1 to insure the feasibility of #2. I carry...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thanks for Mobile Passport App
Replies: 20
Views: 1586

Re: Thanks for Mobile Passport App

Some articles I've read said the app gets you through immigration and customs without human interaction. Others say immigration only. At this stage it's probably a mixed bag based on the airport and the passenger volume at any given time. But I'm betting the norm is immigration only, because with t...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making a Direct Offer to Purchase a Home
Replies: 28
Views: 2341

Re: Making a Direct Offer to Purchase a Home

In many states, templated offer forms are available and can reasonably be used. However, real estate lawyers in many locations charge a flat fee for a transaction, so you might as well have them review the offer and draft the P&S. In some states, a lawyer is required at closing, others just requ...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Real Estate agent fees for purchaser
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Real Estate agent fees for purchaser

I would never use a buyer's agent that didn't give me a rebate. Some states have limitations or restrictions on it though. It's typical for buyer's agent's agreements to say that the buyer is on the hook if the seller/seller's agent doesn't offer a commission for the buyer's agent. It's not typical ...
by bluebolt
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beard trimmer: Philips vs Philips
Replies: 18
Views: 1057

Re: Beard trimmer: Philips vs Philips

But I would like to say that although you can think of clippers as a $20 item that can be tossed if it doesn't work anymore, you do have a choice of buying a well-made, quality product that will last. The $20 clippers are a well-made, quality product that will last. I've also owned Braun and Wahl i...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beard trimmer: Philips vs Philips
Replies: 18
Views: 1057

Re: Beard trimmer: Philips vs Philips

I have the Norelco Multigroom 3000. $18 and it does the job for me:

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco- ... 01K1HPA60/

4.5 stars and #1 best seller on Amazon.
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: android auto or carplay?
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: android auto or carplay?

Long time lurker. I joined just to answer this question. I've had an iphone since the iphone 2 but just switched to a droid solely because of android auto vs. apple carplay. I found android auto superior for many reasons, but primarily because google maps is better than apple maps and also because ...
by bluebolt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive Android setup to use with Android Auto?
Replies: 13
Views: 796

Re: Inexpensive Android setup to use with Android Auto?

I am an Android guy, but google search tells me there's ways to get google maps on an iphone. Others can chime in I guess to see how those fixes work. Seems less of a PITA than tethering and maintaining two devices. You can get Google Maps on an iPhone, but not on Apple CarPlay. Er, I was being slo...