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by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?
Replies: 59
Views: 4438

Re: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?

I used to be a bit too practical for my own good and viewed travel as a bit of a waste. Luckily my wife convinced me otherwise and we started going on annual vacations after we got married. Not only are those some of the best memories we had during our childless years, but looking through the photo ...
by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lights or bulbs
Replies: 21
Views: 2089

Re: LED lights or bulbs

I like the FEIT ones that costco sells and if they burn out, then I just take them back there for a refund.
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)
Replies: 48
Views: 2899

Re: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)

I use Lastpass and I use their Chrome extension for desktop, so I just need to login to the chrome extension everytime I use the browser. Once I do that, it will autofill all the passwords as I visit the sites. For mobile, I pay for the premium membership so I use the Lastpass app. In order for it t...
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: paint exterior of house white?
Replies: 55
Views: 3093

Re: paint exterior of house white?

I wouldn't paint the house white. I really like the look of a dark grey house with white trim.
by davebo
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many activities for your kids?
Replies: 70
Views: 5046

Re: How many activities for your kids?

With my oldest, we were starting to overdo it a bit with activities but have scaled back. Last spring my 6 year old was in t-ball (2 days a week), soccer (2 days per week), swimming (1 day per week), and our church club (awana). This year we cut out baseball and that freed up enough time for us. I t...
by davebo
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 6904

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

Not sure if I totally followed everything, but I'd probably get a fence and call it a day. I also would get annoyed that they were asking me to move my car so they could park their camper. It's one thing to use your drive if it's clear, but asking you to move the car seems like a little much. Aren't...
by davebo
Tue May 31, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "starter" vs "regular" home
Replies: 47
Views: 3555

Re: "starter" vs "regular" home

I think whether or not it's a"starter" home or a "regular" home it's going to be difficult to get it right on your first try. We're on our 3rd home (condo, house, house) and I thought for sure this would be our forever home but still not entirely sure.
by davebo
Sun May 22, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4650

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

I'm kind of the same way, although I definitely check around because with all of the 3rd party sellers on Amazon, the pricing is more fluid and based on supply. I sell on Amazon and can attest that the marketplace is incredibly lucrative and companies are launching products just to sell on Amazon. H...
by davebo
Thu May 19, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making an Outdoor Grill Last
Replies: 39
Views: 3310

Re: Making an Outdoor Grill Last

I had my old cheapo grill for 8 years and only kept it covered towards the end because of the birds that were able to get inside. I have had my Weber grill for 5 years and probably keep it covered most of the winter, but not the summer. The grills are $400-$500 or so and if I can get 10-15 years out...
by davebo
Wed May 18, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Major - Accounting or Finance
Replies: 41
Views: 186

Re: Major - Accounting or Finance

Accounting, no question about it. Seems that you have endless options available if you are a CPA, at least in my company.
by davebo
Sat May 14, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in
Replies: 31
Views: 5366

Re: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in

"The top 10 places to grow old (you won't believe number 7)
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Re: Radon Mitigation System

It's basically just drilling into the floor of the basement, putting a PVC pipe with a fan on the inside, and then venting the air from under the slab to the outside. I'm not an expert, but I believe best-practices now say the fan should be in the attic or be outside. Never in the basement. The pro...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Re: Radon Mitigation System

The risk to non-smokers at 4 is negligible...you're done. I can't argue too strongly against this, especially since the risk data is pretty fuzzy and the OP's levels are already pretty low. Just to be clear, I am not saying he is done at 4, I am saying he is done b/c he is <1 in the finished parts ...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Re: Radon Mitigation System

In Tahoe every one has radon in their basements and puts in plastic of some sort to cover the ground. They never put in pumps. That seems to fix the problem. I suggest you ask your contractor about some other abatement methods that are simpler. And look on You Tube for some solutions. Good Luck. Th...
by davebo
Thu May 12, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Radon Mitigation System

So I moved into my house and needed to get a radon mitigation system installed. I spoke with 2 contractors and got estimates and their opinion. My house is a ranch with a full basement but it also has a sunroom addition on a slab. So when they tested the house, they put the tester in the basement AN...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!
Replies: 46
Views: 4404

Re: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!

Here's what I would do: 1) If the drain pipe is perforated, then you should have the builder put in some solid pipes that will drain it however far you want it from the house. 2) You might not have the stomach for this and you probably want to make sure that you can see the water level, but when I h...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Car Rental-Any Experience
Replies: 25
Views: 3031

Costco Car Rental-Any Experience

I'm looking at a car rental with the pickup/dropoff at LAX (L.A). The prices at Costco seem to be lower than what I'm seeing when I look direct at some of the big places. For instance, Avis (when booked through Costco) is $310.52 and says it includes all taxes and fee. If I look at Avis direct, it s...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4318

Re: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

OP Here...thanks for the responses. From what I've heard, twins are (by default) separated at school unless you request otherwise. Both of them are a little shy initially and somewhat apprehensive, but settle in pretty quickly each day. They go to a preschool together now and the teacher says that t...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4318

Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

I know this is kind of a judgement call, but wondering if anyone has experience. We are torn between keeping our boy/girl twins together for kindergarten or if we should separate them. Initially, the plan was to separate but now we are 2nd guessing ourselves. Even though they don't play with the sam...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?
Replies: 26
Views: 3698

Re: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?

I would also use Redfin. I don't see many FSBO with much success and Redfin is a good middle ground.
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifted math program for 1st grade
Replies: 66
Views: 6835

Re: Gifted math program for 1st grade

I'm surprised they would start that so early. My wife teaches at a top district in the state and they don't start "Advanced Math" until 5th grade. I see the upside, but I'd be a little concerned that my kid would be left behind if he didn't understand something in the class. Also, are they...
by davebo
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup

I'd opt for just saving a little extra in case you need the repair at some point instead of seeking out some insurance policy. If the sewer line has been ok for 100 years, it probably will be ok for another 5 until you have time to save some money. For all you know, the people that lived there befor...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet

I have comcast and my download speed is 30 mbps and my upload speed is 6 mbps. I'm not really sure if that is considered good or not, but it seems to get the job done and I don't have any issues. Around me, it seems that people leave comcast because they hate them as a company but are dismayed when ...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing up your home - or just selling it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1664

Re: Fixing up your home - or just selling it?

Are you looking to move to an entirely different area or are you going to move to another house around you? I have a house built in the 1950's and while it's not really in bad shape, I just look around and see a lot of expenses that I'm going to have over the next 15 years. Still though, if I sold m...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 3953

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

I've only owned 2 houses, but I handled both of them the same way. I had a landscape company basically draw the plan and do the plantings. After that, as far as plants go, I just leave them be. The only thing I do to save money during this process is to resist the urge to plant too much at once beca...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Is this a neighborhood issue or a town issue? If it's just a neighborhood issue would probably stay put, for all you know houses could start flipping to young family's in the next few years. But if the entire town is quiet, with little sense of community, I would consider moving, if there isn't a t...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

How big is your house lot. I used to live in a neighborhood with quarter acre lots (100ft x 100ft). Home prices were a lot lower. There were many families with small kids. It was a very social neighborhood. I moved to a town that required a minimum house lot of 2 acres. I have a 250ft driveway. The...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Davebo, your neighborhood may be too expensive for families with young kids. Have you considered a downgrade to something cheaper? Out of all the areas that feed into our school district, our area is the most affordable. The problem is that the houses are too small....1950's ranches with no basemen...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Sounds like you moved into an area designed to minimize social interaction. There's nothing wrong with areas with big wooded lots if that's your thing. But it's likely most of your neighbors chose the area because they don't want to interact with you or the other neighbors. I'm betting there's no s...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Most neighborhoods go through cycles of young families with small children, then older children, then the children move away and you have just older folks. Then as those older folks move away or retire to other locations and you have young families moving back into the neighborhoods as the next gen...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Every year as the weather gets nicer, I start to question whether or not we should stick around our neighborhood or not. When we moved here, there were certain things that I loved about the area. The upside to the neighborhood is that we’re very close to everything, but we’re unincorporated so our p...
by davebo
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone own DVC?
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: Anyone own DVC?

It seems like DVC seems to be one of those types of timeshares that has a pretty good reputation. However, I have heard from at least a few people that it has become increasingly difficult to book the resort of your choice. I heard from one guy that, in order to get a week long stay, he had to move ...
by davebo
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.
Replies: 33
Views: 5226

Re: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.

I'm still able to sort by distance to me, but the default is "coupons first". Angies list isn't perfect by any means. One of my biggest gripes is that you can't search reviews. It would be acceptable if you could search reviews by company, but much nicer if you could search ALL reviews in ...
by davebo
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: housing: am I just being too picky?
Replies: 60
Views: 6839

Re: housing: am I just being too picky?

That would be hard to find in the area I live, but something that you could easily build if you were willing to go towards the outskirts.
by davebo
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is an interior designer worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 3353

Re: Is an interior designer worth it?

I used to think it was a waste to hire a designer, but if I bought my house today I would do it. I usually just resort to the same colors/style and waste a lot of time trying to figure out if something looks good. I spent a couple weeks getting paint samples and trying them out before choosing 3 dif...
by davebo
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Care Extended Warranty experience?
Replies: 24
Views: 2203

Re: Honda Care Extended Warranty experience?

I didn't buy an extended Hondacare warranty for my 2007 Accord and came out ahead because nothing ever came up. I did buy a Hondacare warranty from my 2008 Hondacare warranty and nothing ever came up, so I was behind on that one. I have a 2011 Honda Oddessey that is under extended warranty for anoth...
by davebo
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Any risk in] Paying cash for services [when offered a discount]
Replies: 61
Views: 5576

Re: Paying cash for services

I just had a guy quote me 450 dollars if I paid by check and 400 if I paid cash. I took him up with it because I knew the guy. Not sure if I would do it with a company I didn't know as well.
by davebo
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Working from Home the New Normal?
Replies: 57
Views: 5934

Re: Is Working from Home the New Normal?

My work allows telecommuting maybe once per week and it seems to be a pretty formal arrangement. I think my company thinks that if people aren't going to do any work at home and will instead just login and answer pressing emails while watching soap operas. I'm not sure if that's all that far off the...
by davebo
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for book(s) on Business Process Improvement
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Looking for book(s) on Business Process Improvement

I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but books about business process in general that I've come across: 1) Lean Startup-Most recent and most applicable to tech. 2) The E Myth Revisited-Michael Gerber 3) The Goal: Little dated and uses a fictional story to get the message across, but I found...
by davebo
Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone bought a new bed recently? [Mattress]
Replies: 59
Views: 7118

Re: Anyone bought a new bed recently? [Mattress]

This thread is really eye opening to me. We've only had 1 mattress for 13 years and I haven't really considered replacing it unless we were to upgrade to king sized bed. It seems that mattresses are only good for 8-10 years? I was looking around though and I actually have a pretty highly rated (per ...
by davebo
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age for video games?
Replies: 29
Views: 2195

Re: At what age for video games?

I played a TON of video games growing up. It was definitely my main activity from 3rd-10th grade, year-round. Hours a day, every day. It's hard for me to criticize it in retrospect, as I have no deficits I can attribute to it, and only lots and lots of good memories and times with friends playing t...
by davebo
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age for video games?
Replies: 29
Views: 2195

At what age for video games?

I had a friend tell me a number of years ago that, if he had to do it all over again, he would delay getting a video game system for his kid as long as possible. My son is 7.5 years old and I thought that this would be fairly easy for me since I would just not buy him one until he asked for one (whi...
by davebo
Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 178
Views: 14374

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

Recently spotted on a wall at a CrossFit gym: By entering here, you agree to give 100% of what you have. There are no excuses or second chances. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to excel, to be more, to achieve your best. Do not squander your time by going through the motions. Train hard a...
by davebo
Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car for Family of 5?
Replies: 71
Views: 5204

Re: Best Car for Family of 5?

We have a 2011 Honda Odyssey and it's worked out pretty well so far. We have a 7 year old and twin 5 year olds.
by davebo
Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any audible users out there? Worth it?
Replies: 21
Views: 1304

Re: Any audible users out there? Worth it?

With my kids being young, I found I didn't have too much time to read so I tried out audible. I do the annual thing and love the service when I can find a book that is interesting. I'm just now getting into more fiction books so that should open up my world a little bit. It's also kind of nice becau...
by davebo
Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a High-Value Wedding Regardless of Cost
Replies: 55
Views: 3504

Re: Planning a High-Value Wedding Regardless of Cost

The biggest thing we did is get married young. We hadn't been to that many weddings up until that point so we didn't know what we were doing wrong :) In our case though, we chose to get married at a nice venue that was further out from the city (probably 45 minutes outside Chicago). I still found th...
by davebo
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?
Replies: 46
Views: 3900

Re: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?

We're in the early stages of doing a full-scale remodel. In fact, I have a $3000 architect bill due and we're barely done 50% of the plan. A little advice: 1. Do not try to live through the renovation. It will be too disruptive with three kids and end up costing more since they're working around yo...
by davebo
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I Over Insuring My House?
Replies: 17
Views: 2035

Re: Am I Over Insuring My House?

I'm with Allstate and my purchase price was $500K. Allstate has a final page of my policy which tells me the cost to replace and it states they will not insure my home for less than that. It seems expensive to rebuild my house since I've heard you can re-build a house for $150/SF, which would be my ...
by davebo
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?
Replies: 46
Views: 3900

Re: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?

I am currently in a ranch with the master off the back of the house and a tiny bathroom. We went through the same debate for quite awhile and finally decided that the main reason we wanted to do the addition was that the bathroom was small. Eventually we hit upon ways to make the bathroom feel bigg...
by davebo
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?
Replies: 46
Views: 3900

Re: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?

We did a new master suite/addition last winter. We loved our house and were in a good location: Ageing parents in same subdivision, Primary, Middle, and High School all within 2 miles for our 2 kids. We converted our original master bath and half of our original bedroom to a big full sized laundry ...

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