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by mancich
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ameriprise Recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Ameriprise Recommendations

Just one more reason to stay away from Ameriprise (and many other financial advisers). Keep things simple and avoid trying to be too clever.
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office 2007 end of life
Replies: 27
Views: 1644

Re: Office 2007 end of life

I have a spreadsheet I use for tracking investments and doing rebalancing analysis. No VBA, but some formulas for doing the computations. For some reason, LibreOffice can't open it successfully. Some of the formulas come up with an error code that I can't figure out. However, OpenOffice has no prob...
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office 2007 end of life
Replies: 27
Views: 1644

Re: Office 2007 end of life

Thanks again everyone. I think I'm just going to stay with 2007 for now. I will also look into Google Docs and LibreOffice to see if they can be a good alternative.
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Carpet in Gameroom and Bedrooms
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: Replacing Carpet in Gameroom and Bedrooms

I personally would go with a mid-range hardwood. We have hardwood downstairs, and carpet upstairs, and no matter how often we vacuum and dust, it seems like the bedrooms upstairs are always dusty. This is not an issue downstairs where we have hardwood and a few small area rugs. Plus I just like the ...
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1400
Views: 246908

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

7% in 401k. 53/47 stocks to bonds
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office 2007 end of life
Replies: 27
Views: 1644

Re: Office 2007 end of life

Thanks for the replies everyone. :beer
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office 2007 end of life
Replies: 27
Views: 1644

Re: Office 2007 end of life

George RR Martian writes Game of Thrones and everything else using WordStar 4.0 which dates back from the 1980s. First, does it suit what you need to do? Are their functions, macros, and VBA that you are currently using that are causing errors? Second, are you concerned about security? That is are ...
by mancich
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office 2007 end of life
Replies: 27
Views: 1644

Office 2007 end of life

Hello all, I just read that Office 2007 end of life date is 10/10/17. I currently run Office 2007 on my Windows 10 desktop with no issues. I am a very light user of Word and PowerPoint, don't use Outlook at all for home use (use Gmail), and really only use Excel to a large degree. Excel 2007 does wh...
by mancich
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you consider business travel to be a perk or a burden?
Replies: 117
Views: 6669

Re: Do you consider business travel to be a perk or a burden?

More burden than perk. If I was single and young I wouldn't care as much. But I'm married and have kids. Plus, driving back and forth to LGA is a pain (1 hour away and the only airport that flies direct on Delta to all the places I need to go), flight delays, traffic around NYC, etc, etc. It gets to...
by mancich
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donation to Church for wedding?
Replies: 28
Views: 1959

Re: Donation to Church for wedding?

thanks everyone!
by mancich
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 10839

Re: What do you splurge on?

magazinewriter wrote:Good garden tools. I like Felco pruners and lopping tools and Silky saws.


+1 Good quality tools make yard work a lot easier and more enjoyable.
by mancich
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donation to Church for wedding?
Replies: 28
Views: 1959

Re: Donation to Church for wedding?

Thanks all. I am thinking a $100 gift to the priest would be appropriate, especially since the ceremony will be very quick.
by mancich
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donation to Church for wedding?
Replies: 28
Views: 1959

Re: Donation to Church for wedding?

Thanks for the replies
by mancich
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donation to Church for wedding?
Replies: 28
Views: 1959

Donation to Church for wedding?

Hello all, My wife and I are regular parishioners at our Catholic church. We donate weekly, and I also give a larger donation 1x per year out of my March bonus. We want to get our civil marriage blessed in the church. Our priest has not mentioned anything about any kind of donation to the church or ...
by mancich
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2470
Views: 766672

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis. Free on Prime reading. I like the way he writes and find the book to be informative and entertaining.
by mancich
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to destroy hard disk with personal info
Replies: 99
Views: 7174

Re: how to destroy hard disk with personal info

I douse it in gasoline, put it in a deserted field, then call in an airstrike. Then I drill holes in what is left, run rare earth magnets over it, and then run over it with my wife's SUV.... :D :beer
by mancich
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Last 80 minutes of my career
Replies: 64
Views: 10057

Re: Last 80 minutes of my career

Congratulations bikechuck! It sounds like you have earned a well-deserved retirement. Enjoy it to the fullest :beer
by mancich
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone bought a Pixel?
Replies: 46
Views: 4087

Re: Anyone bought a Pixel?

We are not a hardcore "Apple" family by any means, using both Windows PCs, iPads, and iPhones. But when it comes to phones, I can't convince DW and DD to try any different kind of phone. And I have to say, the iPhones we use (6, 6S, and 7) work perfectly. Not sure what switching to a Pixel...
by mancich
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?
Replies: 149
Views: 13131

Re: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?

Certainly Amazon is not always the lowest price on a given item, but their Prime benefits are outstanding IMO. And their selection on just about anything you can think of is incredible. As another poster said, I'm not going to spend time trying to save a few dollars when I know Amazon Prime just.......
by mancich
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: A Fourth of July Message [Independence Day]
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: A Fourth of July Message [Independence Day]

Bogleheads: I hope you enjoy this short video on this special day: God Bless the U.S.A. Best wishes. Taylor Thank you Taylor. This is an incredible video. Regardless of all we see in the news these days, I am sure that every era in American history had its own share of controversy, political "...
by mancich
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a dishwasher
Replies: 46
Views: 2442

Re: Buying a dishwasher

Bosch Ascenta. Purchased at Lowes 3 years ago for $550 on sale. Very quiet and cleans very well. Plus they installed it and hauled away the old one.
by mancich
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken central air
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Broken central air

Might just be the capacitor, a less than $30 part. Same thing just happened to me last weekend. Took the technician 10 minutes to change it out. Charged me $130 but it fixed the problem. Google it and check out YouTube as well. It looked like a very simple fix if you're relatively handy
by mancich
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worthwhile TV programming?
Replies: 55
Views: 3596

Re: Worthwhile TV programming?

I've been watching "Catastrophe" on Amazon Prime and find it entertaining. Well-written and humorous, but definitely not something you want to watch when the kids are around, given the language and adult situations. The run time on each episode is about 25 minutes.
by mancich
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 2996

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

+1 for a whole house SP. We have an Intermatic model installed right next to the main panel. I think it was $60, and my brother-in-law, who is an electrician, put it in for us. Cheap insurance. I still think it can't hurt, though, to use surge protectors inside on select appliances and electronics.
by mancich
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Re: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

As an update, it was very hot and humid here yesterday, and DW didn't want to wait until the new part arrived from Amazon, especially since we're leaving for vacation soon and have a very hectic few weeks coming up in general; not a lot of time to tinker. She also didn't have quite the confidence le...
by mancich
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Re: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

Thanks again everyone!
by mancich
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Re: Worth it to attemp repair on A/C condenser?

Hello all, I have 2 zones of central air in my home. Each has an air handler and an outside condenser. The upstairs zone was changed out completely about 2 years ago. I have both zones serviced every year religiously. The most recent servicing of the downstairs unit was about a month ago. My heatin...
by mancich
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Re: Worth it to attemp repair on A/C condenser?

Thanks everyone for the thoughtful responses. I did do quite a bit of research on the capacitor, and especially the safety precautions regarding it's discharge. I'm going to open up the unit today and have a look (breaker is pulled), taking extra care with the capacitor. We keep a separate "hou...
by mancich
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Re: Worth it to attemp repair on A/C condenser?

sport wrote:I would try replacing the capacitor. It is not expensive and it is easy to replace. If that is not the problem, you have lost little. Be sure the power is off when you replace it.


Thanks. I was kind of leaning that way too
by mancich
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2094

Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

Hello all, I have 2 zones of central air in my home. Each has an air handler and an outside condenser. The upstairs zone was changed out completely about 2 years ago. I have both zones serviced every year religiously. The most recent servicing of the downstairs unit was about a month ago. My heating...
by mancich
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck stain
Replies: 9
Views: 933

Re: Deck stain

I use a brush to cut in where it meets the siding and where the posts of the deck meet the deck flooring, then use a staining pad screwed onto the end of a painting pole. The actual cutting in and staining only takes a couple of hours. This is, of course, after thorough prep work. But in the next co...
by mancich
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideal basement humidity %
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Ideal basement humidity %

Personally, I consider Bogleheads to be one of the best sources of information on just about any consumer issue and any issue for that matter. Bogleheads seem to engage in the same discipline that lead them here for personal finance and investing. They investigate, determine and trade off quality a...
by mancich
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College admissions question - she got a "C"
Replies: 100
Views: 8267

Re: College admissions question - she got a "C"

Best thing for the kid, her mental health, and her future, is not to fixate on a grade. As most of us on this board realize from our own lives, one doesn't have to get all A's and go to Yale to be "successful," that comes from one's own effort regardless of school attended. Would strongly...
by mancich
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got a parking ticket - what to do?
Replies: 44
Views: 3158

Re: Got a parking ticket - what to do?

If you were parked legally, and they recorded your license plate incorrectly on top of that, I would ignore it.
by mancich
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4684

Re: Dehumidifier woes

thanks for all the replies. I did review the recall site and it appears my Danby model is not on it, thankfully.
https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier
by mancich
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4684

Dehumidifier woes

Has anyone else had to frequently replace (every 2-3 years) their dehumidifier? Mine is in the basement (which is not overly humid). I run it between mid June and September. I shut it off by late September when it starts to get cool. I'm on my third dehumidier in 6 years. Tried Several well known br...
by mancich
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I drink or sell my Pappy 12 year?
Replies: 65
Views: 7259

Re: Should I drink or sell my Pappy 12 year?

Enjoy it, life is short :beer
by mancich
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA Cost
Replies: 85
Views: 6589

Re: AAA Cost

$78 for wife and I
by mancich
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deal with a personal finance cynic
Replies: 109
Views: 6117

Re: How to deal with a personal finance cynic

As others have mentioned, a ton of great information and advice on BH, from some very bright people, regardless of your friend's income level. There is still a lot of useful information, even if he is making well under $100k a year. Who cares? What is the alternative? Do nothing and ignore all the g...
by mancich
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2790
Views: 803880

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

hmw wrote:Watched "Wonder Woman" yesterday with DW. Enjoyed it. Would recommend.


+1. The family and I just saw it today and I thought it was very well done, but I am a superhero movie geek :D
by mancich
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting
Replies: 47
Views: 3337

Re: Budgeting

Excel and Quicken. Quicken for transaction purposes. Excel for our cash flow model, retirement projections, etc, all in one workbook. DW and I don't do a "budget" in the traditional sense. We set up the Excel spreadsheet so that each column represents a two week pay period. Categories go d...
by mancich
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 506
Views: 200421

Re: TV show recommendations?

fsrph wrote:Season 5 of House of Cards just recently added to Netflix.

Francis


+1. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are ruthless as the President and First Lady. A very well-done show.
by mancich
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?
Replies: 54
Views: 7245

Re: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?

This is a highly personal issue. A lot of it depends on a person's personality and their priorities. My wife and I personally take a lot of pride in keeping the interior and exterior of the house looking nice, and have an ongoing "home to-do list" of small and large things that need to be ...
by mancich
Sun May 28, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private Pension Cuts
Replies: 30
Views: 4060

Re: Private Pension Cuts

Assuming KO is going to cut their pension, this is exactly why I will take the lump sum option at 55 (rollover to IRA) and manage the money myself. I work for a very large beverage and food manufacturer, and I simply don't trust them to pay me the amount I have coming to me for the next 30-40 years....
by mancich
Sun May 28, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic Pumping - Did I get ripped off?
Replies: 45
Views: 4071

Re: Septic Pumping - Did I get ripped off?

This seems reasonable to me. We pay $300 for one 1,250 gallon tank.
by mancich
Sat May 27, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for moisturizing lotions that don't feel greasy
Replies: 37
Views: 3007

Re: Recommendations for moisturizing lotions that don't feel greasy

Regular Aveeno works great. And even the Equate brand (Walmart generic) works really well and costs a lot less.
by mancich
Fri May 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity portfolio advisory services
Replies: 25
Views: 2436

Re: Fidelity portfolio advisory services

Nope, no need. It is not that difficult, and there are a ton of smart people on this board who will help you for free.
by mancich
Thu May 11, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey's ELP's pay him to not understand investment fees
Replies: 24
Views: 2636

Re: Dave Ramsey's ELP's pay him to not understand investment fees

I guess Dave thinks he is a smarter investor than Jack Bogle and Warren Buffett, both of whom strongly endorse index funds for the average investor. I'd love to hear someone get through to him on his show and call him out on that.
by mancich
Wed May 10, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with older laptop?
Replies: 32
Views: 3572

Re: What to do with older laptop?

Linux is a good idea if you want to keep it. Keep it as an extra device just to surf the web, or for a younger child or grandchild to do so.

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