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by campy2010
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sibling's destination wedding?
Replies: 84
Views: 3744

Re: Sibling's destination wedding?

My sibling's wedding was a destination wedding for me. At the time I didn't have much money as a I had just graduate college but I'm glad I made the effort to attend, despite the expense. If I were in your shoes, I would make an effort to attend with the family. It would be a different story if it w...
by campy2010
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 95
Views: 6189

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

knpstr wrote:FYI: Don't watch Making a Murderer unless you feel like getting disgusted with the criminal justice system.


And you have 10 hours free because it is impossible not to binge watch.
by campy2010
Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 5158

Re: How do you have fun?

I ride bikes, hike and snowboard for fun. My friends and I go to restaurants, BBQ, or cook with each other on a regular basis. For our dinners together, we tend to attempt cuisine from different areas of the world until we get tired of the cuisine and move on. In the past year we have done Korean, T...
by campy2010
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 40k car + 110k stock purchase as an alternative to a 150k sports car purchase?
Replies: 29
Views: 1229

Re: 40k car + 110k stock purchase as an alternative to a 150k sports car purchase?

Didn't even have to read the other thread or the rest of the posts to know that this guy is a troll.

The bogleheads are very giving of their time and knowledge and give people the benefit of the doubt but they're not dumb.
by campy2010
Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift for your boss
Replies: 54
Views: 3275

Re: Gift for your boss

I'm really astonished at all this gift giving up and down the food chain. That never happened in my decade of working at various companies, and I would feel very uncomfortable about it. At one place we did have company supplied funds for a Christmas party, until a worker of another religion complai...
by campy2010
Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a major bedding issue. Yes, bedding.
Replies: 43
Views: 4351

Re: We have a major bedding issue. Yes, bedding.

I also think that 71 at night is hot - far too hot for the amount of bedding you describe. As a data point from a northerner who is also female, when the temp is above 70-75 degrees I sleep with a flat sheet and maybe an empty duvet cover, usually with my bare feet sticking out. We only use a sheet ...
by campy2010
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Employer match issues
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Employer match issues

Thanks for the input, sorry for the delay in writing back. Is an extra $6000 to my paycheck really the same as $6000 employer match? For example, if they gave me the $6000 in the 403b it would be equal to $6000, but $6000 in my paycheck would be $4,020 in the 33% tax bracket, no? Maybe I'm wrong ab...
by campy2010
Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ultimate Weird Question - seeking best "breastfeeding lamp"
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: Ultimate Weird Question - seeking best "breastfeeding lamp"

Hiking headlamp for mom. Eye mask for dad.
by campy2010
Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please recommend company for true Canadian goose down comforter.
Replies: 11
Views: 1608

Re: Please recommend company for true Canadian goose down comforter.

Cuddledown. Made in Maine of down from Europe. I have their "summer weight" (600 fill power, I think) down comforter and use it all winter with my thermostat set in the 60s. They had everything 25% off over the weekend so I would expect to see a similar sale before the holidays. http://www...
by campy2010
Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with student loan refinancing
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Help with student loan refinancing

Welcome to the forum. It wouldn't hurt to apply for re-financing with SOFI, DRB, etc but these companies tend to cherry pick the best borrowers and look carefully at the debt-income ratio. I don't think they will offer you a more competitive rate, but it doesn't hurt to try. IBR + 25 year repayment ...
by campy2010
Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: we have a [feral or stray] cat - need help
Replies: 67
Views: 4274

Re: we have a cat - need help

Take her to a no-kill shelter. They can check for a microchip and find her a good home.
by campy2010
Sun Nov 08, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is unused (cell plan) data worth to you?
Replies: 56
Views: 4116

Re: What is unused data worth to you?

Looking at it a different way, $16/month is almost $200/year. You could have 1 $200 overage/yr and still come out ahead.
by campy2010
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Mazda3 to buy? 2013 (53k miles) $12k, 2012 (27k miles) $15k, new 2015 $19k
Replies: 56
Views: 3922

Re: Which Mazda3 to buy? 2013 (53k miles) $12k, 2012 (27k miles) $15k, new 2015 $19k

thomasbayarea wrote:The 2015 looks SO MUCH better than the previous generation. That would be my choice, hands down.


Totally agree.

Also the sport model doesn't have cruise control. Annoying if you do any long-distance driving.
by campy2010
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Computershare - Better to sell or hold a single stock
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Computershare - Better to sell or hold a single stock

There is probably a non-trivial annual fee as well so I wouldn't leave the stock in that account for 10-20 years. Either sell or transfer in-kind to a low cost brokerage. But for $60 I would just sell it.
by campy2010
Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Cider & a Flick
Replies: 30
Views: 2825

Re: Hard Cider & a Flick

Many of the good hard ciders are regional and don't have national distribution. My favorite from my time in New England is Bantam hard cider. Almost like a reisling. On the expensive side but very good. Beer Advocate.com is the Bogleheads forum of the beer/cider world so check their reviews on the c...
by campy2010
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Infuse Student Loan into Mortgage?
Replies: 30
Views: 2155

Re: Infuse Student Loan into Mortgage?

I vote no. Your equity, her debt, new marriage. Too many potential issues for little benefit. Refinance the 6.8% loans at SOFI, DRB, etc and reduce the interest rate. I would not pre-pay the 1% loan and would instead focus on saving and investing.
by campy2010
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card for teenage daughter - best option?
Replies: 46
Views: 3184

Re: Credit card for teenage daughter - best option?

Thanks for all of the replies. Based on what I'm reading, I'm more convinced that my initial idea (adding her as an authorized user of my AmEx) is the right one. As I mentioned in my OP, my daughter isn't working at all yet, so aside from the money she has from past B-day and Xmas gifts, all of the...
by campy2010
Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deal with "do nothing"/double dipping coworker
Replies: 23
Views: 4989

Re: How to deal with "do nothing"/double dipping coworker

You shouldn't have to "deal with" the situation - that is your boss' responsibility. Your responsibility is to communicate to your boss what is going on. Tell your boss that people are coming to your for requests that are Bob's responsibility and while you don't mind helping out now and th...
by campy2010
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Christmas Presents for 3 and 4 year old
Replies: 24
Views: 860

Re: Good Christmas Presents for 3 and 4 year old

My mother picked up a leappad at a yard sale for a few bucks and gave it to my son. The first couple of days he had it he wouldn't put it down and became quite surly and disagreeable when I told him to put it down for dinner and to do other things. We took it away from him and he had a tantrum. We ...
by campy2010
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Christmas Presents for 3 and 4 year old
Replies: 24
Views: 860

Re: Good Christmas Presents for 3 and 4 year old

Scooters + helmets - the 3 or 4 wheeled models are made for ~4 year olds.
by campy2010
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help With Job Offer in Bay Area
Replies: 27
Views: 3167

Re: Help With Job Offer in Bay Area

Salary ranges published online on sites like Glassdoor are usually a bit dated. So this offer is at the bottom of the range. It sounds like you're early in your career, so I think you should focus on salary and not future benefits like severance. Call the hiring manager and say you're excited at the...
by campy2010
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: student loan consolidation
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: student loan consolidation

Sofi, DRB, and Commonbond are the big players in student loan refinancing, probably in that order. They look at credit score but really debt-to-income is their main criterion for setting interest rates. AFAIK, P2P lending tends to be higher interest rate loans for those who are poor credit risk. I d...
by campy2010
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: student loan consolidation
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: student loan consolidation

In your case, you don't want a loan consolidation. One of your loans is already at a great rate - keep the 2.3% interest rate, subsidized loans as-is. You could separately refinance the 5% and 6.8% loans at a lower interest rate at a private lender (Sofi, DRB, Commonbond). I wouldn't worry about the...
by campy2010
Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you recommend a bread maker?
Replies: 30
Views: 1667

Re: Do you recommend a bread maker?

Do you recommend a bread maker? If so what brand and why? My wife is often gone much of the day while I am home. I thought that baking bread would be a nice way to do something nice for her, but I have no idea how to do it. Thanks. Very sweet. I've used the nytimes "no knead" recipes many...
by campy2010
Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Corelle Dinnerware, anyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 2017

Re: Corelle Dinnerware, anyone?

New Corelle is not the same as old Corelle. The newer Corelle isn't as durable as it was in the past. It isn't your dishwasher or anything you're doing. If you want your Corelle to last then try Goodwill or a second-hand store. Or branch out to real dinnerware.
by campy2010
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Awesome 401k, should I skip ESPP
Replies: 31
Views: 2870

Re: Awesome 401k, should I skip ESPP

I don't understand the interest in your ESPP program in lieu of your awesome 401k. A $1 investment in your 401k nets $0.75 tax deferred. A $1 investment in your ESPP nets $0.15 minus income tax plus or minus fluctuations in your employers stock. Not only is the 15% discount taxable, it is taxable at...
by campy2010
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Student Loan Payoff Plan Advice
Replies: 18
Views: 1594

Re: Student Loan Payoff Plan Advice

For loan 1, I would refinance the 6.8% loans with a 5-year variable-rate loan with SOFI or one of its competitors. If you can't do that, then separate the 6.8% sub-loans from the others and direct extra principal payments toward the 6.8% sub-loans only. For loan 2, pay minimum For loan 3, refinance ...
by campy2010
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage
Replies: 113
Views: 7351

Re: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage

Do you have the name of the construction company? Was the driver cited for having an unsecured load? If so, I would sue them for the loss of your vehicle. The wife rear-ended someone. It probably doesn't matter why they stopped, she was following too closely. My understanding is that if you rear en...
by campy2010
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage
Replies: 113
Views: 7351

Re: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage

Do you have the name of the construction company? Was the driver cited for having an unsecured load? If so, I would sue them for the loss of your vehicle. ETA: If you are short on money, they I would consider a sedan like a Camry or an Accord. Safe and not as expensive as small SUVs of the same gene...
by campy2010
Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using Excel to calculate effect of lump sum and extra payments on med school loans
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Using Excel to calculate effect of lump sum and extra payments on med school loans

Thank you both. Before delving into the first suggestion I changed my search a little bit and found out that excel will do all of the work for me, pre-templated. I right clicked on the tab of sheets at the bottom (sheet 1, sheet 2, etc), then "insert", then choose "spreadsheet soluti...
by campy2010
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Family budget advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1940

Re: Family budget advice

You should add life insurance to your budget ASAP.

ETA: And you should find out the interest rates on your student loans. If they're above ~5%, then you should consider refinancing to a lower interest rate.
by campy2010
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using Excel to calculate effect of lump sum and extra payments on med school loans
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Using Excel to calculate effect of lump sum and extra payments on med school loans

I adapted one of the many Excel templates available online for tracking mortgage payments.
by campy2010
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing vs. Student Loan vs. Emergency Fund
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Investing vs. Student Loan vs. Emergency Fund

Thanks all for the suggestions! Lots of great stuff. After looking at everything, I like the idea of getting $5,000 small emergency fund in the bank, then putting EF in Roth until I have $15,000 for emergencies. Also, I'm going to go 50% student loan and 50% emergency fund each month. Any bonuses w...
by campy2010
Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Our nanny needs a student loan for PT school
Replies: 6
Views: 1713

Re: Our nanny needs a student loan for PT school

PT school is expensive for the salary upon graduation - really not a good choice from a debt:income standpoint. My guess is her school debt will be in the $90k-120k range (more at a private university) and the ultimate salary for a PT is in ~$70k range. Over 15 years, my very uneducated guess is tha...
by campy2010
Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?
Replies: 44
Views: 5264

Re: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?

You're buying newer-model used cars and driving them for about 8 years, on average. The models are slightly newer in the recent years, presumably because of safety and size for the kids/family. Seems like pretty standard Boglehead behavior to me.
by campy2010
Mon May 18, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 5780

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

The trail I use (rails to trails) is a mixed use trail, but I've never seen a speed limit sign. Most bikers I see are riding faster than me. There are also long stretches where you rarely see walkers and runners. Given that it was an old railroad track, it is very level overall. The only real probl...
by campy2010
Mon May 18, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 5780

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

As a former bicycle racer, my answer to "how fast should I ride?" Would be..."wicked fast". As a former bicycle racer, my answer is "wicked fast (but not so fast that you can't make it to your destination)". But probably not "wicked fast" every time you're ou...
by campy2010
Sun May 17, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Student Loans- Consolidate or Not?
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: Student Loans- Consolidate or Not?

For me I'd look at this as two questions : (1) consolidate or not ? and (2) are the consolidation rates better/worse than the current deal ? The first would be easy for me , consolidate ; if those variable rates are tied to an index with a cap , I'd assume the worse case scenario and run the number...
by campy2010
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freshly roasted coffee beans
Replies: 29
Views: 2343

Re: Freshly roasted coffee beans

itstoomuch wrote:heading to Seattle next week. Lots of Ethiopian/Eritrea emigrants with stores. I think I am going to buy a bag of green beans and some mrryrh.
Tkx. :happy


Get a latte at Vivace. And, I would buy their roasted beans and call it a day. Yum.
by campy2010
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to go from here with my Personal Finances?
Replies: 19
Views: 3432

Re: Where to go from here with my Personal Finances?

I would explore refinancing the higher interest student loans ( >5-6% interest rates) at commonbond, sofi, DRB, Citizens to a 5-year variable term. Others have reported rates as low as 2.75% variable, which would save you thousands in interest but would require a slightly higher monthly payment. Aft...
by campy2010
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP Worth It?
Replies: 17
Views: 1654

Re: ESPP Worth It?

I would and do jump through some hoops for extra money - credit card bonuses, opening bank accounts, etc. But investing in a single stock for a $100 upside just isn't worth the trouble. A tiny bit of volatility in the stock price and you have a loss instead of a $100 gain. You benefit from having no...
by campy2010
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: evaluating job offer - health plans
Replies: 19
Views: 1696

Re: evaluating job offer - health plans

So, some good news! It looks like i'll be okay with the tier 4 drug - if coverage exception is not approved for some reason (based on my calling around today, it should be) there are multiple "copay assistance" plans provided by the drug manufacturer that essentially pay the medication co...
by campy2010
Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: evaluating job offer - health plans
Replies: 19
Views: 1696

Re: evaluating job offer - health plans

If only one deductible and one OOP maximum are listed then both the medical and pharmacy costs should count toward that deductible and OOP maximum. If you choose the high plan and continue with similar medical and pharmacy utilization then you will be paying $2600 (deductible) +$6,000 (OOP max) = $8...
by campy2010
Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Review our Plan! (Marriage, Loans, Housing)
Replies: 5
Views: 1013

Re: Review our Plan! (Marriage, Loans, Housing)

Congrats on the "wedding"! You're in great shape for your age. Refinance the student loans, tomorrow, and get rid of those terrible interest rates. There are many threads on the refinance process with DRB, sofi, Citizens. The variable rates are around 3-4%. Then you can take your time deci...
by campy2010
Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Failed Surgery - Doctor not volunteering discount
Replies: 32
Views: 2750

Re: Failed Surgery - Doctor not volunteering discount

If you're not 100% comfortable with the way that the doctor handled your son's case then I wouldn't worry about the cost and instead would instead seek a second opinion at a different practice. A different doctor can examine your son and can provide counsel as to how he would have handled the failed...
by campy2010
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: handling debt collection agency
Replies: 24
Views: 1672

Re: handling debt collection agency

I hate to say it but much of the advice on this thread is not good. You do not need to accept that this collection will be on your credit report for 7 years. There is a simple step-wise approach to dealing with collections companies 1. Try to pay the original creditor (the hospital) and have them pu...
by campy2010
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for New Investor w/ Tons of Graduate Debt
Replies: 33
Views: 3605

Re: Advice for New Investor w/ Tons of Graduate Debt

I believe you will make too much to contribute to a traditional, (tax deductible) IRA. I think that contributions to a Roth IRA start to phase out at $114k (you should check "the google" to make sure) modified adjusted gross income for a single tax filier. Of course you can always do a &q...
by campy2010
Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone upgrade
Replies: 30
Views: 3368

Re: iPhone upgrade

Why would your monthly bill go up? You should be able to keep your old plan if you want to. I have been able to maintain a grandfathered unlimited iPhone dataplan with AT&T at the same rate even when upgrading to a new device.
by campy2010
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 174
Views: 14110

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Are you all kidding me? Only a few out there have brand loyalty going on?? Off the top of my head and in no particular order: 1) Brooks Brothers dress shirts 2) Chapstick SPF 15 moisturizing lip balm 3) Crest Pro Health Toothpaste 4) CeraVe Moisturing Lotion 5a) Ford 5b) Mercedes 5c) Ducati 6) Pils...
by campy2010
Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Navy Federal $100 IRA bonus
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Navy Federal $100 IRA bonus

Thanks! That was easy.

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