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by meebers
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?
Replies: 27
Views: 2127

Re: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?

Just get the free one year Sprint deal. I have that for wife and me. No issues. Is there a monthly fee (tax's etc). What happens after the one year is up. I keep looking at MintMobile.com Not saying this is the same but, bought a new car some time ago and part of being a member of the "team", they ...
by meebers
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle recall notice - no action
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Vehicle recall notice - no action

Received a recall letter (May 2016) from GMC Trucks about the Takata airbags replacement. My dealer says they have not received any direction yet?? Checked on the status via NHTSA website and it read "Recall Status: Recall Incomplete, remedy not yet available. May 27,2016 . GM has submitted to NHTSA...
by meebers
Wed May 30, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?
Replies: 162
Views: 26749

Re: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?

What is the approximate "discount" if you insure (bundle) home/auto/umbrella with the same company vrs many posters here going with different companies for each?
by meebers
Wed May 30, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?
Replies: 162
Views: 26749

Re: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?

Was comparison shopping yesterday for home/auto since I am coming up for renewal next month. I remarked that my 2007 GMC truck rate was only $300 less than my whole house? He replied in a most professional & kind manner and said "clients that are below age 25 or over 75 pay a higher rate". Yepp, I a...
by meebers
Sat May 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: central extractor fan instead of A/C?
Replies: 15
Views: 1351

Re: central extractor fan instead of A/C?

We once lived in Albuquerque and "swamp" (evaporative) coolers were pretty much standard. If you wanted your house cooler, you opened the windows more (causes more circulation). But, this worked so well because of the low humidity of the area. The higher the humidity, the less they work.
by meebers
Sat May 19, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone to continue T-mobile legacy prepaid plan
Replies: 14
Views: 1319

Re: New phone to continue T-mobile legacy prepaid plan

I am on T-mobile legacy prepaid plan also for the past several years. I have changed phones three times so far on mine. All my phones used the same size sim. The wife is on her third one also, but had to buy a nano sim for her new phone. That was before I knew about sim cutters. If I move to a newer...
by meebers
Thu May 17, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn

Have you been to mytractorforum.com ? I subscribe to their newsletter (free) and enjoy the many stories from users of tractors. Many take pride in keeping really old equipment going. I have a JD L110 that I use for lawn cutting, hauling mulch etc, it is 15+ years old, normal maintenance only so far....
by meebers
Mon May 14, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?
Replies: 15
Views: 2083

Re: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?

RetiredAL wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 2:57 pm
Update:


So to recap, the VA notification letter appears to have prevented a loss. All is well pending the receipt of his next pay.
Thanks for the notification, will keep my guard up as well. RetAF.
by meebers
Mon May 07, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation to underlying funds
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: Allocation to underlying funds

OK and thanks for the feedback. I think I have a better understanding of it now from your comments. :)
by meebers
Mon May 07, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation to underlying funds
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Allocation to underlying funds

Researching some funds, i.e.VFORX and noticed the allocation to underlying funds for one called " Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investors Shares*" I can not find the "..II.." type, so was wondering what that means.
by meebers
Fri May 04, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803
Replies: 91
Views: 9550

Re: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803

Anytime a windows thread starts you can count on the Mac fans to jump in given the need to justify why they are spending twice the price for the same performance. :) True, have not see Linux folks jump in....yet. Just finished my 3rd computer to 1803 without any issues at all. Last one being a very...
by meebers
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Trade-In Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2095

Re: Car Trade-In Question

Is there insurance involved?
by meebers
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Incorrect medical report
Replies: 31
Views: 2206

Re: Incorrect medical report

I had my left knee replaced and afterwards, they took an x-ray. Looking at the x-ray and the radiologist report, I (and only me) noticed that it was referring to my right knee. During pre-op, the surgeon drew a cut line on my left knee with magic marker, I had to sign my knee. The x-ray had a big le...
by meebers
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Storm damage How to proceed
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Storm damage How to proceed

I would get reputable assessments first. Is this company even one you want to work with? You're locked in with them. I have never heard of an ironclad contract for doing an inspection/estimate. To me that would disqualify them immediately. Yes I agree, but remember, this is an insurance claim where...
by meebers
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Storm damage How to proceed
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Storm damage How to proceed

Cheers for that insurance company lady. I don't like the commitment required to get the roofers onto the roof. That just sounds unreasonable. When I had my roof replaced several years ago, there were town code requirements about the shingles in terms of wind resistance and how they were nailed. I r...
by meebers
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Storm damage How to proceed
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Re: Storm damage How to proceed

Its now the day after my neighbor had his roof completed. In regards to his Insurance company, the day after the roofer notified his insurance company of a claim, a representative placed a call to his house. She noted that the policy owner was 88 yrs old and was wondering if he was ok with this. To ...
by meebers
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BH's that are retired & mortgage free
Replies: 21
Views: 3135

Re: BH's that are retired & mortgage free

Not too exciting for us. Retired @ 55, wife @58 did odd jobs and finally retired @ 62. Used the cash from previous house to buy outright the present house about 18 years ago. We have always lived below our means so full retirement was not a shock financial wise. Retired military, SS and some investm...
by meebers
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Storm damage How to proceed
Replies: 12
Views: 1286

Storm damage How to proceed

I live is a small Florida neighborhood, about 56 homes, that were all built in about a 1-2 year period. These homes are now 17-19 years old and we share a common problem, the roofing needs to be replaced. We had two hurricanes this past year and on my property, I noticed several pieces of shingles i...
by meebers
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military FIRE; 7 years to go & losing motivation--HELP!
Replies: 36
Views: 3606

Re: Military FIRE; 7 years to go & losing motivation--HELP!

Hang in there no matter what, you will continue to appreciate it afterwards. I retired in 1979, not one accompanied tour. 1st one was to Tripoli Libia for 18 months. Only thing after a shift was the club or movie theater, went every night even thought they changed pictures every 3 days. Remember thi...
by meebers
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap cell phone plans
Replies: 60
Views: 5632

Re: Cheap cell phone plans

I am considering these folks. www.mintsim.com/plans/
by meebers
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sally Mae money market: any experiences? (looking to store cash)
Replies: 6
Views: 629

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

Have been with Sally Mae MM for about 10 years now. Have several CD's with them also. No problems
by meebers
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Alarm Systems
Replies: 16
Views: 1645

Re: Home Alarm Systems

"..but I think the cell phone service is overkill. " What would you use if not cell phone? (cable(voip) and telephone wires are easily cut) :happy Alarm is only a deterrent. If I was going to rob your house and new about the internet setup, I probably would know also about the cell phone setup and ...
by meebers
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new car buying experience.
Replies: 40
Views: 6819

Re: My new car buying experience.

Nice review Watty. :happy
by meebers
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Alarm Systems
Replies: 16
Views: 1645

Re: Home Alarm Systems

macheta wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:45 pm
"..but I think the cell phone service is overkill. "
What would you use if not cell phone? (cable(voip) and telephone wires are easily cut) :happy
by meebers
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV watching with headphones
Replies: 16
Views: 1328

Re: TV watching with headphones

The wife can hear normal and so as not to "blast" her out, I connected a pair of Sennheiser wireless headphones for me. I can adjust the volume on the side of the earphones to my level. What a difference it makes to watch TV again. Sounds on the right or left and common sounds in the middle are just...
by meebers
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone here purchased a home for cash (no mortgages)?
Replies: 39
Views: 4262

Re: Has anyone here purchased a home for cash (no mortgages)?

My new built home was ready for occupancy before I put my old house up for sale. Luckily it sold in a week and buyers wanted to close immediately. Instead of a mortgage, did a bridge loan for 3 weeks, "paid cash" for new home. I did not have a mortgage on the old home and at closing, the bridge loan...
by meebers
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is my package stuck in limbo?
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Is my package stuck in limbo?

I have a package now that has been stuck in the port of San Francisco since Dec 5th. :beer
by meebers
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 Recent Updates
Replies: 22
Views: 3759

Re: Windows 10 Recent Updates

I constantly monitor/read www.tenforums.com. There are some really smart people there that can help/suggest what to do. Just about every thing that can happen to Windows 10 has happened to 1 or more of the people in that thread. :P
by meebers
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Navy Federal CU, 15mo 2.25% CD
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: Navy Federal CU, 15mo 2.25% CD

https://www.navyfederal.org/products-services/checking-savings/certificates-rates.php Special 15-Month Certificate (Share Only),$50 minimum, 15-month term, 2.25% APY "Limit one Special 15-Month Share Certificate per member. This offer, including the stated Annual Percentage Yield (APY), is effectiv...
by meebers
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What MPG App Do You Use To Track Fuel Usage ?
Replies: 61
Views: 3075

Re: What MPG App Do You Use To Track Fuel Usage ?

I made a simple spread sheet. Tabs are for present and previous cars. I take the receipt from the gas pump and enter it. Date, #gal, present mileage & cost. Graphs show average mpg since the beginning, total cost, cost per mile. Another graph shows time since last oil change in miles and days. Once ...
by meebers
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those retired at least 10 years, what about the money?
Replies: 47
Views: 7669

Re: For those retired at least 10 years, what about the money?

Retired when I was 55. Only withdraw from our savings has been the RMD's. Otherwise, self sufficient as is.
by meebers
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Software
Replies: 132
Views: 13437

Re: H&R Block Software

...ah, it was Controlled Folder Access hanging up install. It worked after I turned that off. Now, for the updates... :wink: Maybe the problem with mine. Found a good tutorial "https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10s-controlled-folder-access-anti-ransomware-feature-is-now-live/"...
by meebers
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 293
Views: 23869

Re: Do people still use AAA?

I subscribe to AAA, but have never used it in 6 years. It does give me a great discount on AAA homeowners and auto insurance though.
by meebers
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?
Replies: 95
Views: 6895

Re: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?

We subscribe to our local paper. (Orlando) They offered us Sunday & Thursday for $12 year. (Wife wants the coupons) Digital edition is included for all days. In the digital edition, there is a county edition and several surrounding counties as well.
by meebers
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 5883

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

Had my moto G5+ now for about a week. One problem, on my previous phone, you could check how many minutes you have remaining (prepay for me) however with this new one I get an error "MMI code" not running. Manual dialing #999# or #BAL# (T-Mobil) gives same error. T-M guy said that these multiple car...
by meebers
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: quiet natural gas generators
Replies: 38
Views: 2578

Re: quiet natural gas generators

I have NG at my house now. Having used a gasoline generator during the last few hurricanes, it is dooable but slight PITA. . From past experience, gas stations were closed due to no power and/or no fuel in the tanks. I have a neighbor that his house is an assisted living center, and the state has ma...
by meebers
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Software
Replies: 132
Views: 13437

Re: H&R Block Software

Seen on Amazon this afternoon @$13.99. H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe 2017 + Refund Bonus Offer [PC Download] . Installed but having issues with it. By default saves the file in your documents, error could not make or save to this folder?? Finally made a folder on C: and it now writes there just fine...
by meebers
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles
Replies: 112
Views: 9678

Re: Growing Number of Electric Vehicles

There must be an easy way of charging at the appropriate time that is the most economical and without compromising the vehicle wiring etc. If it has not been made yet, plug your car into a timer box, (a simple mechanical type) that would come on at 1am and shut off at 6 am, or the time you need. Plu...
by meebers
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?
Replies: 90
Views: 5888

Re: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?

I am just looking at my NG bill. Only device using NG is the water heater, my bill says, 33 days, "Therms Used" = 12.57, "Cost per Therm" = .77000 and the charge is = $9.68. another line below that says "Therms used" - 12.57 and "Cost per Therm" - .33500 and the charge is $4.21. Total for the month ...
by meebers
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook vs Windows 10?
Replies: 56
Views: 4557

Re: Chromebook vs Windows 10?

There is always an option to install Chromium OS on a USB stick and run it off of the USB to test it or go ahead and permanently install it on the HDD/SSD https://9to5google.com/2016/02/17/neverware-chrome-os-pc-macs/. I used an older computer and the install was uneventful. It remains the only syst...
by meebers
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 2501

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

I have had various manufactures cars over the years, the last being a Toyoto Highlander. Nothing wrong about it, but when it came time to trade we usually visit all the dealers in town and make a decision. This takes a week or two. Last time we got a new 2013 Kia Sorento V6, it has been a wonderful ...
by meebers
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?
Replies: 90
Views: 5888

Re: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?

I always thought that local code dictates what size of Water Heater. I have 4BR, 3 bath house, 2500 sft, calls for a 55 Gal. Luckily we have natural gas, 2 of us at the moment, Water heater and Fireplace uses NG. Our monthly bill is usually between $25-30 with half of the cost tied up in local fees/...
by meebers
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard and restriction to unrecognized computer
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Vanguard and restriction to unrecognized computer

To satisfy my own need to keep things "cleaned up", once per week I clean out my browsers, mainly cookies etc. This upsets vanguard log in as well as other financial institutions and I get the unrecognized computer notice. Sometimes it still logs in without issue but sends an email about an unrecogn...
by meebers
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using recent Quicken versions standalone
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Using recent Quicken versions standalone

I would do a backup of your quicken file, save it on a flash drive away from the computer. Update with quicken and if you don't like the results, delete/uninstall your current version of Quicken and reinstall Q15 again. Point to your data file that you just saved and move on. If you got the machine ...
by meebers
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Equifax - credit freeze is now free?
Replies: 64
Views: 9496

Re: Equifax - credit freeze is now free?

It's been almost a month since I used ChexSystems freeze. The confirmation said I would receive a pin and instructions within 3 business days. That has not happened. Anybody else not get theirs yet? A lot of people have been experiencing a delay for their ChexSystems PIN. See this thread for more i...
by meebers
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Equifax - credit freeze is now free?
Replies: 64
Views: 9496

Re: Equifax - credit freeze is now free?

It's been almost a month since I used ChexSystems freeze. The confirmation said I would receive a pin and instructions within 3 business days. That has not happened. Anybody else not get theirs yet?
by meebers
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dish network
Replies: 21
Views: 1700

Re: Dish network

I had Direct TV for a while, moved and now on cable. The differences if any are minor in picture quality in my case. I also have an antenna on a different hdmi port on the tv and switching between OTA and my cable feed (same channel) see no difference. Does not mean some cable companys dont have a p...
by meebers
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door opener on last leg
Replies: 32
Views: 3548

Re: Garage door opener on last leg

I have 2 Chamberlain GDO's, both belt units. The single door one stripped a belt about 6 months ago and so I called Chamberlain to get a price on one. To my amazement, after I told him the model and S/N, the CS guy told me that I am one of the few who bought this model and that everything on it is g...
by meebers
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FYI- Security issue at PenFed
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: FYI- Security issue at PenFed

I had a CD that matured and requested it to be sent to another financial institution. They would only transfer $5000.00 a day until it eventually reached zero. I have my last CD expiring in Nov 17 and plan to close the whole account.