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by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to italy.........
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: Traveling to italy.........

Get out to travel as early in the day as possible and be prepared for overwhelming hordes of tourists in and around both Rome and Cinque Terre.
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 88
Views: 4493

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

In most cases buying a car comes down to time and effort versus cost equation. The highest effort least cost deal is to sell your old car privately and then find and buy a reliable gently used car to replace it. The easiest buy (and the very most costly option) is to go down to the new car dealer, ...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 88
Views: 4493

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

Buying a new car is almost always significantly more expensive than buying the same model used car 2-3 years old. Toyota and Honda are no different than any other used car except they are usually more popular and in demand used cars so it usually takes more patience and work to find and buy a used T...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New retirees: so whatdayathink ?
Replies: 67
Views: 6342

Re: New retirees: so whatdayathink ?

Retired 26 months ago, so far, so good. First year it was a little tough to slow down enough to thoughtfully focus on building a new life but I spent a lot of it getting back into much better physical condition, losing 25lbs in the process. Some realizations - - I was initially afraid I'd be bored i...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Los Angeles a good place long term to live financially?
Replies: 166
Views: 10678

Re: Is Los Angeles a good place long term to live financially?

I’m thinking of moving to LA and spending the rest of my life there, but I’m concerned about the cost. Is LA expensive? And would pursuing my goals be worth the cost of living there and are the costs worth the quality of life I would have there? Some of my goals are: 1. Get an MBA at a good busines...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car at 80
Replies: 59
Views: 4180

Re: car at 80

I suggest you get a new Subaru sedan or SUV. All Subaru models have four wheel drive, even the sedans, and they all have a lot of latest safety features. If I was forced to live in a snow belt climate, there is no way I'd spend winter driving any thing but a four wheel drive vehicle.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 5616

Re: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

I actually have a clause in my employment contract that prohibits my employer from requiring me to fly discount airlines, domestic or abroad. No way am I getting on an Allegiant, Spirit, et al flight. 100% agree. Years ago I worked for an employer for a short time that required all employees fly th...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5412

Re: Costco gas

No, I usually never get Costco gas. 1. No love for AMEX anymore and that means no 5% CB for me. 2. The lines are usually long (3-4 cars just waiting to fill up) 3. The price is within a nickel of Sam's and other gas competitors around my Costco location. 9 times out of 10, Sam's matches the Costco ...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5412

Re: Costco gas

Costco gas price is a great deal - usually .25-30 less expensive per gallon for high quality gas so we are saving several dollars not pennies. We shop Costco every 2 weeks and always get gas there for the car. What makes Costco gasoline higher quality than other gasoline? Retailers like Costco that...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5412

Re: Costco gas

Almost never any lines for gas at the local Costco where I live. Wait averages 5 minutes when there is a line but apparently some Costcos are much busier especially on weekends at 1 PM or other silly times to shop. Costco gas price is a great deal - usually .25-30 less expensive per gallon for high ...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Far is too Far, Commuting?
Replies: 209
Views: 11089

Re: How Far is too Far, Commuting?

Most of the driving commute times being posted on this thread are insane. I honestly feel bad those who think that spending 1-2 hr plus in a car each day in rush hour traffic driving back and forth to work is an acceptable way to live. Those hours add up to steal away the life you are living...make ...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 199
Views: 22307

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Tacked on another 50 miles and now the level has risen to at least 10 mm above the top (overfill) mark, which translates into about 15% dilution according to the chart. The driving was mostly freeway driving at 65-70 mph and not short trips, and it's been 90+ degrees in Phoenix so the short trip/co...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 199
Views: 22307

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I would actually trust the Honda techs to collect the sample. The dealer has no reason to cheat you on a manufacturer warranty claim. They actually make money repairing manufacturer issues. The dealer is also a customer of Honda Corp (wholesale instead of retail) so they are typically not going to c...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 199
Views: 22307

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

If I had this model and had this issue, in addition to filing a formal complaint with Honda, I'd document the problem by sending 3 consecutive engine oil samples right before each scheduled oil change, to an independent lab like Blackstone labs for formal analysis.

https://www.blackstone-labs.com/
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Farewell gift for office when quitting job?
Replies: 19
Views: 2424

Re: Farewell gift for office when quitting job?

Take the folks you liked and respected at work out for a nice lunch. That is very appropriate and more than enough. No need for farewell memorial gifts to the office.

Then embrace your retirement and move on, time for a brand new chapter in your life.
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?
Replies: 24
Views: 1514

Re: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?

Buy warranty from square deal if available (usually is within 30 days). Much better pricing and coverage. A low cost warranty 2-3% of total can be a reasonable bet but higher cost warranty usually is bad value. If a TV doesn't have a repair issue in first 90 days its unlikely to break until its more...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relocation to Atlanta
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Relocation to Atlanta

Vinings, Smyrna and in general West Cobb county area has lots of nice neighborhoods and easy Westward access to I-20. Getting to the airport in Atlanta can be a pita from almost anywhere. Atlanta traffic (except maybe 12 midnight to 5AM) is either bad or a complete disaster depending on which genius...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2594

Re: Gardening 2018

Gardening in the South is nonstop. We almost always have a crop of something good to eat. Winter broccoli and cabbage is done but tomatoes and eggplants blooming with some smallish tomatoes already on the vines. Started picking crop of sugar snaps last week and starting today lots of bush beans with...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?
Replies: 24
Views: 1736

Re: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?

1. Thank you for your service. 2. Buy a used bike - they are abundant and cheap. Buy a smaller bike that what you think you "need" and learn to ride and get experienced on that. Even as an ultimate bike for an experienced rider no one needs more than 750-1000cc on any style bike these days unless th...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [When is going out to a restaurant worth it to you?]
Replies: 71
Views: 5155

Re: [When is going out to a restaurant worth it to you?]

We go to high end places socially with friends a few times a year but mostly do our own cooking. Fortunately we both love to cook and we like shopping for quality foods so for us most regular restaurant food is a terrible value. Also absolutely no chains or fast food places are patronized - that foo...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replace 2004 Honda Accord ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1315

Re: replace 2004 Honda Accord ?

If the Accord is your primary car, I'd fix/maintain only the low cost items, and I'd start looking for a newer used car - something apprx 3 years old (maybe fresh off lease) with relatively low miles. Be patient and take the time required to find a great replacement for your Accord. When you do get ...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?
Replies: 66
Views: 5752

Re: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?

You don't have to talk the salesman out of the doc fee. The key is to not talk about the doc fee (or any dealer imposed fee) at all. Do not discuss them. Instead let the salesperson know that they can make the doc fee (or other BS fees) anything they want $100, 499, 700, or 10,000. It absolutely do...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?
Replies: 66
Views: 5752

Re: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?

Never negotiate anything but bottom line total drive out cost plus tax, tag and title fees. Tax,tag,and title are State mandated and are standard costs that dealer must charge and these three specific fees cannot be different from any other dealer in that area. Tag, tax, and title costs cannot be n...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?
Replies: 35
Views: 5341

Re: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?

Just bad tires. Flat spots in tires from sitting too long. That's the only problem I can see. They'll say they move the cars around to avoid that. They don't. It might be hard to detect on a test drive, but it happened to me with a pickup once (probably sat a lot longer than 102 days). A careful dr...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?
Replies: 35
Views: 5341

Re: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?

The reality is that many car dealers and salespeople hate email and phone only buyers because those types of buyers are much harder to rip off with high pressure sales tactics. And of course traditional salespeople succeed in selling more cars to folks dumb enough to come in and play the loser's ga...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?
Replies: 66
Views: 5752

Re: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?

I once complained about the documentation fee. I said I did not want to pay it. The dealer said he could not remove it. However, he lowered the price by about half of the fee. Don't accept a "no" without arguing a little. So that was another interesting point I had. When I gave the salesperson the ...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?
Replies: 66
Views: 5752

Re: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?

If you signed a contract with a non refundable deposit you have already purchased the car. Sorry you were dealt with in this sleazy manner but it's too late for you to do anything but accept whatever car they give you or lose $500 (which may be preferable). Make sure you carefully inspect the car th...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?
Replies: 35
Views: 5341

Re: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?

Your dealer and friend don't sound like they put that much effort into internet sales, which probably explains why they aren't very successful at them. You can usually tell which dealerships have a major internet/email presence simply by visiting their websites. Some dealerships have large teams ju...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?
Replies: 35
Views: 5341

Re: New car on lot for 102 days. Concerns?

Dealer should be more willing to negotiate on any car that has sat on the lot for over 90 days. They have also been paying interest on the "floor plan" loan for that car every month. Sometimes the car sits because dealer has excess inventory but other times it is because the car has unpopular exteri...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low cost repair of CD players in older Camrys?
Replies: 27
Views: 1558

Re: Low cost repair of CD players in older Camrys?

Forget CDs and the obsolete audio in your car. Go to local best buy or similar and have them install a new midlevel priced head unit that can play USB media and also can stream music direct from your phone. If you have an iphone find a head unit that is apple airplay capable so it can duplicate your...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the value of my home matter?
Replies: 21
Views: 2739

Re: Does the value of my home matter?

If you truly like and enjoy 1) the specific house/yard, 2) the neighborhood 3) the town/region, 4) climate that it is in; then the home has great subjective, emotional, as well as monetary value in multiple ways including ones most folks have already mentioned. A great home can be worth a lot more t...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We made the right decision to not purchase a home now, right?
Replies: 47
Views: 3971

Re: We made the right decision to not purchase a home now, right?

Save enough for 20% down plus have 6 months minimum full living expenses in cash emergency fund first before buying any house.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying vs renting - really tough decision to make
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: Buying vs renting - really tough decision to make

OP -- Almost every single financial argument and fact presented in the OP logically points towards renting being the better option. Yet you claim to be emotionally torn. Why? Because, yet again... the goal is which option results in the highest net worth. I realize my mistake in including any detai...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to respond to internship offer?
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: How to respond to internship offer?

I'm a college career advisor, working with engineers. I would not recommend naming another company in a decline letter. I usually suggest something like: "Thank you for the internship offer. Although it was a difficult decision I have accepted another position for the summer. However I hope I will ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to respond to internship offer?
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: How to respond to internship offer?

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:37 pm
I like mouse's letter aside from starting a sentence with the word "But". :greedy
Yep almost perfect. 100% agree.
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying vs renting - really tough decision to make
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: Buying vs renting - really tough decision to make

Buying a first house these days for anywhere close to $1 million is absolutely insane.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?
Replies: 44
Views: 2739

Re: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?

Many people spend way too much on a new bike and then after a year or less, never ride it again. Buy a good quality used bike on Craigs list or facebook market....much better value. Unless you plan to use dedicated bike paths in local parks and away from streets, I suggest you strongly consider walk...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those with high savings rate: why?
Replies: 187
Views: 18710

Re: Those with high savings rate: why?

I grew up in small rented apartments with parents who were living mostly paycheck to paycheck. Security was nonexistent. Early on in life I was lucky enough to become aware that I valued financial security and peace of mind way more than having "stuff". Was also lucky to be taught that pursuing high...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Factory reset - Apps now incompatible
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Factory reset - Apps now incompatible

Seen this with IOS and Android OS. Basically the app gets updated on the App Store to a version that will not run on your device. Your previous app was an older version that would run. Sometimes you can locate the older app and force a download of it... Other times you are out of luck... 100% corre...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a recent college grad look for a job in the Bay Area or Texas?
Replies: 39
Views: 2671

Re: Should a recent college grad look for a job in the Bay Area or Texas?

Between Texas and California, climate, culture, and politics are night and day different in most urban areas. These are way more important factors in achieving a happy fulfilling professional and social life than income and cost of living. While still working, we spent 10 years in Texas and made it ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsamic vinegar?
Replies: 31
Views: 3657

Re: Balsamic vinegar?

I find Costco Kirkland brand to be excellent. Their olive oil is also great. For the amount we use (every day), you can't go wrong with it. Sometimes the fancier ones are fun to try, but I don't find it to be worth it. 100% agree. I use Costco balsamic and their olive oil almost every day to make v...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsamic vinegar?
Replies: 31
Views: 3657

Re: Balsamic vinegar?

I find Costco Kirkland brand to be excellent. Their olive oil is also great. For the amount we use (every day), you can't go wrong with it. Sometimes the fancier ones are fun to try, but I don't find it to be worth it. 100% agree. I use Costco balsamic and their olive oil almost every day to make v...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsamic vinegar?
Replies: 31
Views: 3657

Re: Balsamic vinegar?

I find Costco Kirkland brand to be excellent. Their olive oil is also great. For the amount we use (every day), you can't go wrong with it. Sometimes the fancier ones are fun to try, but I don't find it to be worth it. 100% agree. I use Costco balsamic and their olive oil almost every day to make v...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's Cologne
Replies: 59
Views: 4406

Re: Men's Cologne

The vast majority of perfume smells on either a man or a woman are disgusting, and more importantly more than a few folks are allergic to many of the chemicals in perfumes. Want to impress most folks, or a date, in any public setting (including at work)?...don't smell of anything at all except being...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice re: Flat Fee Real Estate Brokers.
Replies: 54
Views: 2929

Re: Advice re: Flat Fee Real Estate Brokers.

We did not show our own house. Using a flat fee listing agent does not mean you show your own house. The buyer's agent shows the house, getting access via the lock box on the door, and at a pre-approved confirmed scheduled showing time. And in the case where folks without a buyer's agent wanted to s...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice re: Flat Fee Real Estate Brokers.
Replies: 54
Views: 2929

Re: Advice re: Flat Fee Real Estate Brokers.

We used a flat fee broker ($1000) very successfully to list and sell our house 2 years ago. Paid 3% to the buyers agent. Saved approximately $15,300 in commission. 1. What company did you work with, and why? - we used a local flat fee broker that had very good reviews and references 2. Were you plea...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to get spare car keys
Replies: 32
Views: 3992

Re: Cheapest way to get spare car keys

Keys have become a lot more complicated and expensive in current cars. This thread is mind-blowing. My wife and I each carry a copy of a key to both of our cars. If one got lost, I'd just take the other one to Home Depot and have them make me another for a few bucks. You better also have access to ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painter did a sloppy job -- seeking advice on next steps
Replies: 28
Views: 2874

Re: Painter did a sloppy job -- seeking advice on next steps

Don't stop the check - you paid the guy and you can't undo that after the fact. I'd give him another chance to make it right with $0 additional payment. If he refuses so be it water under the bridge and lesson learned. A pro would have made it clear that a perfect color match was going to be unlikel...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pickleball versus Tennis
Replies: 27
Views: 2636

Re: Pickleball versus Tennis

A combo multi sport court would be best for a home.

PB is a great sport for both young and old, and while hard to master, PB is much easier to start playing and having fun almost immediately as compared to tennis, even for folks that aren't all that fit (or have some infirmary).