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by canderson
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 103
Views: 4294

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

We pass six other grocers on our 15 mile drive to Wegmans every Friday night.

It is the best grocery store in this country.
by canderson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace my water heater?
Replies: 30
Views: 1346

Re: Should I replace my water heater?

I’m also in this boat with a 13 year and without a drain pain but mine is in a closet in the first floor living area and no drain pan.

Question: can a drain pan be installed in an interior closet on a concrete slab?
by canderson
Mon May 28, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise ships for multi-generational family
Replies: 61
Views: 3144

Re: Cruise ships for multi-generational family

Sounds to me you need to convince your parents an all-inclusive resort would be a better choice for most everyone.

If cost is no concern, I would first look at Twin Farms in Vermont.
by canderson
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 14430

Re: BH travel tips?

I’m very late to this thread but was fortunate to travel with my parents from a very early age. The biggest thing I learned and now at 36 years old swear by is:

Buy that item. Book that hotel. Arrange that car service.

Vacation time is to short to scrimp.
by canderson
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Park Resorts driveable from DC
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Water Park Resorts driveable from DC

Kalahari in the Poconos (PA) is 3.5-4 hours away.
by canderson
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car sideview mirror
Replies: 25
Views: 1298

Re: Car sideview mirror

Exact same thing happens to me in January - 2013 RAV4 Limited.

Repair at dealer was $367 total. Had to replace entire unit - but paint (red) matches exactly. The door panel had to come off to replace due to the wiring.

Dealer is a very well respected PA dealer owned by famous race car drive. :)
by canderson
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good
Replies: 34
Views: 2990

Re: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good

researcher wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:30 pm
02nz wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:18 pm
As with seemingly all these cars each generation gets bigger.
The overall length of the 2019 model actually shrinks by 2.6 inches, compared to the current generation.
And it’s a whole .4” wider and about 1.5” less tall.
by canderson
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good
Replies: 34
Views: 2990

Re: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good

We have a 2013 Rav4 Limited and next year will sell it fir a ew car, so was eager to see what the next generation would look like. It’s pretty good! We’ll buy the hybrid top of the line Rav4 or the Lexus NX hybrid - will have to drive both to decide if the Lexus IS worth the extra cash (I’m guessing...
by canderson
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin - how many days and where to stay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1865

Re: Berlin - how many days and where to stay?

We were in Berlin for eight days in November. It is one of the most densely packed historical places on earth, 3 dats you won’t even scratch the surface. We stayed at the Regent Gendarmenmarkt, a perfect hotel in a perfect location. Gendarmenmarkt Is the prettiest square in the city, perhaps the ent...
by canderson
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amtrak tickets - change in refund terms: UPDATE
Replies: 20
Views: 2107

Re: Amtrak tickets - change in refund terms

Amtrak has also devalued senior and AAA discounts.

These are purposeful changes to make it run like an airline. Seat selection coming soon (for a fee, of course).
by canderson
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: new starbucks chase visa card
Replies: 23
Views: 2351

Re: new starbucks chase visa card

I’m a massive Starbucks fan and supporter. I go nearly daily for a chai latte. I support their efforts to help employees and employeee practices.

I say that to tell you this credit card is hot garbage. It’s one of the worst cards I’ve actualy ever seen.
by canderson
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Cruise Suggestions
Replies: 36
Views: 2505

Re: Seeking Cruise Suggestions

Close to home, Holland America to Cuba.
by canderson
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA 41% More For Car Insurance
Replies: 43
Views: 2890

Re: USAA 41% More For Car Insurance

As always, a lot of very interesting, insightful responses. My biggest surprise was the comments about different rates for different military pay grades. I'm an honorably discharged E-5 that served 50 years ago and my lot in life has certainly changed considerable since then. I'm a bit surprised th...
by canderson
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best BBQ in Austin
Replies: 33
Views: 2948

Re: Best BBQ in Austin

Hnstiy it’s hard to beat Cooper’s that’s now downtown. No standing in lines, convenient, etc.
by canderson
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sally Mae money market: any experiences? (looking to store cash)
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: Sally Mae money market: any experiences? (looking to store cash)

Thank you both. Sounds like a no-brainier vs Ally then.
by canderson
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sally Mae money market: any experiences? (looking to store cash)
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Sally Mae money market: any experiences? (looking to store cash)

I am getting a 5 figure check next week from an inheritance. I have plans to use this money within the next two years to purchase a vision tool for myself (I’m legally blind) that is around $15,000. Because of this, I’m looking to put it in Sally Mae’s money market that yields 1.45%. Anyone used the...
by canderson
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London/Paris Trip Questions
Replies: 41
Views: 2045

Re: London/Paris Trip Questions

DO NOT purchase the London Pass. You will not get value out of it and it’ll make you fly site to site without actually experiencing them. ATMs there for cash withdraws, you don’t really need much cash before you arrive. That gives you a better rate than any other way to get local currency. Taking c...
by canderson
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Availability of parking at Shade Grove Metro Station (D.C) around 9am tomorrow?
Replies: 20
Views: 1558

Re: Availability of parking at Shade Grove Metro Station (D.C) around 9am tomorrow?

It’s very unlikely.

Plus tomorrow will feature a pretty nasty little ice storm for the commute home. Going to be a rough day here in the midatlantic.
by canderson
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for week long trip in July 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: Suggestions for week long trip in July 2018

How about a 7 day Alaska cruise from Seattle?
by canderson
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel $50-500/night Expectations
Replies: 44
Views: 3359

Re: Hotel $50-500/night Expectations

This is highly dependent on country/city. $500 in NYC can get you a run of the mill Marriott/Hyatt but we paid $289/night last week in Berlin for the Regent. That same Regent if in NYC would push $800+/night easy.
by canderson
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)
Replies: 33
Views: 2105

Re: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)

Kerosene heaters are illegal in many, many, many municipalities. If you are looking into one, first make sure they’re even allowed.
by canderson
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: carry on luggage, 4 wheel spinner or 2 wheel rollaboard?
Replies: 29
Views: 2102

Re: carry on luggage, 4 wheel spinner or 2 wheel rollaboard?

For a carryon: No wheels > 2 wheels > 4 wheels
by canderson
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pant Recommendations (Business Casual)
Replies: 42
Views: 3264

Re: Pant Recommendations (Business Casual)

No pleats, just no.
by canderson
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update (again): Amazon "Cyber Monday Deal": Instant Pot 6-qt $74.99 (Cyber Monday-Nov 27)
Replies: 36
Views: 4797

Re: Amazon "Deal of the Day": Instant Pot 6-qt $69.99 (Mon, Oct 2)

Heard a lot about how great these are and my rice cooker just died so perfect timing. Maybe I can dump my old crock pot too.

Thanks, OP!
by canderson
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end cruising suggestions.
Replies: 26
Views: 3341

Re: High end cruising suggestions.

Pick up the latest edition of "Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships". Every cruise line is expertly reviewed as are each individual ship within each line. While once true this is no longer the case. Berlitz is horribly off track and has many, many factual errors today. Once the originator passed away ...
by canderson
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 385
Views: 31129

Re: Iphone X is $1000

People pay $150/month to watch TV. The phone can do that plus an insane amount more.

It actually can be argued about a bargain.

Years and years of carrier-subsidized phones incorrectly shaped out view of small computer pricing.
by canderson
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief?
Replies: 42
Views: 3966

Re: Hurricane Harvey relief?

https://operationbbqrelief.org/

They are a group of competition bbq teams that head out to places in times of need. They can put out upwards of 10,000 meals a day to both workers and the victims.
by canderson
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 124
Views: 16156

Re: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?

If you own a Toyota, the original battery will most likely die 38 months in.

We had ours die on our 38 month old RAV4 last weekend and the AAA guy said he replaces about 10/week that are all the same age.
by canderson
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 13048

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

Sitting in a baseball stadium watching the game. Doesn't matter the league, stadium, team, etc.

But the most at peace I'll ever be is on a ship in the middle of the ocean watching the sun set. It is magic.
by canderson
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: September short trip ideas
Replies: 32
Views: 2801

Re: September short trip ideas

If you truly don't don't want to break the bank, you can eliminate Norway immediately. It's one of the most expensive places on earth. London would be perfect imo - shortiish flight, good exchange value at the moment, lots to do for free or very inexpensively. No language barrier and easy to do last...
by canderson
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage recommendation
Replies: 37
Views: 3882

Re: Luggage recommendation

I strongly advise against a 30" suitcase as keeping it under the weight threshold is virtually impossible.

I can travel 10 days in my eBags weekender backpack. I'd advise you to look for something 24-25" if you must go above carry-on size.
by canderson
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking help on deciding between two insurance plans
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Seeking help on deciding between two insurance plans

I currently have medical insurance through my employer. I pay $899 annually for this plan but have the opportunity to go on my wife's insurance for free (she pays a flat 2% salary fee regardless who is on her plan). Vision/dental are separate and not part of this choice. The main differences: - My ...
by canderson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking help on deciding between two insurance plans
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Seeking help on deciding between two insurance plans

I have a choice between two competing health insurance plans and, since I value the brainpower and logical viewpoint of Bogleheads more than anyone else, thought I'd get feedback on my best choice. I currently have medical insurance through my employer. I pay $899 annually for this plan but have the...
by canderson
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suits: best bang for your buck?
Replies: 64
Views: 22335

Re: Suits: best bang for your buck?

How do Suit Supply suits fit non skinny guys?

I'm not huge but am 5'10" with a 34 waist and 44 jacket. I get the impression it's for thin guys only (which I'm working on but it'll take tome).
by canderson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry closet: Can we convert to stackable washer/dryer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1441

Re: Laundry closet: Can we convert to stackable washer/dryer?

Are you planning on storing linens in the other half of the closet? I don't think that's a good idea because of the moisture/steam that can be generated. Don't you need ventilation around those appliances? What do the proposed appliance owner's manuals say about clearance all around? Probably not a...
by canderson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laundry closet: Can we convert to stackable washer/dryer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1441

Laundry closet: Can we convert to stackable washer/dryer?

Our house has no linen closet and a 2nd floor laundry closet. The closet is wide and shallow with accordion bifold doors. Is it possible and fairly affordable easy to convert a side-by-side washer and gas dryer setup to a stackable setup? We are due for new appliances sooner rather than later (12 ye...
by canderson
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Camera for Google Wifi
Replies: 2
Views: 718

Re: Wifi Camera for Google Wifi

Nest or Arlo.

I'm partial to Nest.
by canderson
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grass is always greener!
Replies: 16
Views: 3209

Re: Grass is always greener!

You'll very likely save time and in the long run money to kill what you have and resod from scratch.

More work, of course.
by canderson
Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning Scandinavia trip
Replies: 18
Views: 1719

Re: Planning Scandinavia trip

Eliminate Copenhagen - it's not worth the extra time and effort to get there given your short trip.
by canderson
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Windfall: should we pay cash for ~$1.3M home?
Replies: 96
Views: 6851

Re: Windfall: should we pay cash for ~$1.3M home?

I would personally opt to finance after a larger down payment (maybe 40%, just spitballing), because current rates are likely beatable longterm on the market.
by canderson
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?

livesoft wrote:Why not just file for an extension, then file for real in October?
I'm weird and want it just done with. :)
by canderson
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Re: Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?

TomatoTomahto wrote:Are all the shares covered (i.e., purchased 2012 or after)?
Yes, just reinvested dividends. I have sold some shares to move into a Roth if that matters.

I should add it's now a brokerage account.
by canderson
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Vanguard 1099B - when is it safe to import for taxes?

I know 1099Bs can change after reporting. My question is when is it safe to download/import them and file taxes? Now? Late March?

We are traveling early April through the end of the month and want to file before then. We always owe a bit so it'll help cash flow planning.
by canderson
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you go to restaurants?
Replies: 229
Views: 21250

Re: Why do you go to restaurants?

Pick better restaurants.

If you eat in the right restaurants the food will be better than you can make and the service is icing on the cake.
by canderson
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fire extinguishers
Replies: 45
Views: 3236

Re: Fire extinguishers

Ours are very old and probably due updating.

Any advice on which to buy? Should a kitchen one be different than one in a bedroom? I'm totally lost on fire suppression.
by canderson
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hamilton Tickets
Replies: 7
Views: 1819

Re: Hamilton Tickets

Ticketmaster has a very easy system that allows transfers or resells.

I've done both with no issues. You'll have zero issues getting rid of these.
by canderson
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are two in one Washer/Dryer combos a thing?
Replies: 17
Views: 3622

Re: Are two in one Washer/Dryer combos a thing?

As mentioned, the dryers on these has to date been subpar due to current load issues.

Whirlpool has announced a new one that should correct the dryer issue: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/whirl ... -ces-2017/
by canderson
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home heating options
Replies: 63
Views: 4252

Re: Home heating options

Some great suggestion here. I have two:

1) look into passive construction; the impact it makes on heating/cooling is astronomical
2) see about dual fireplaces that can run on the fuel source and also be used to burn real wood.
by canderson
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone has my Social Security number
Replies: 36
Views: 6070

Re: Someone has my Social Security number

Any suggestions for the most economical way to continuously check my reports now that I've exhausted the freebies?

USAA has a $12/mo option for each report once a month. I want to keep checking for activity.
by canderson
Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone has my Social Security number
Replies: 36
Views: 6070

Re: Someone has my Social Security number

Thanks, all. An update: - Freeze on all three credit reports - IRS notification form ready for mailing tomorrow - Vanguard voice activation set up - IdentityTheft.gov account created, affidavit printed - Contacted all companies to date where inquiries were showed. All reported as fraud, all said the...