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by mouses
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why does Vanguard endorse TurboTax?
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Re: Why does Vanguard endorse TurboTax?

One or more of the credit unions I have accounts at also offer TurboTax. I assume they are getting a kickback.
by mouses
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it safe to use an antique mold pan?
Replies: 10
Views: 923

Re: Is it safe to use an antique mold pan?

I think there are tests for lead that you can buy pretty cheaply over the web. I may be wrong.

How about a picture of this item?
by mouses
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: moving from landscaper/snow plower to diy in retirement
Replies: 36
Views: 1708

Re: moving from landscaper/snow plower to diy in retirement

Why are all you people hauling away the cut grass? Let it fall into the lawn. It is fertilizer, and will not be obvious within a day or two.
by mouses
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feline Achilles' tendon injury
Replies: 20
Views: 973

Re: Feline Achilles' tendon injury

I would take the records to your regular vet, assuming you trust the regular vet, and ask his or her opinion of the situation and the options. Just as with humans, some times there is a range of possible treatments and the less drastic ones may be just as good or even better. You won't know until yo...
by mouses
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?
Replies: 30
Views: 1414

Re: mom wants smart phone, are there classes on how to use?

I get too many calls on asking how to do this and that with the computer already. Some day you'd give a lot to have your Mom be around to phone you. Another vote for Consumer Cellular Doro Phone Easies. I am not thrilled that the batteries only last a few years, but I like the phones, no contract, ...
by mouses
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 1 acre, building custom home in Cedar Hills, Texas
Replies: 25
Views: 2158

Re: Purchasing 1 acre, building custom home in Cedar Hills, Texas

I can't imagine with your salary and savings buying a custom built house, unless houses are dirt cheap in that area. Maybe they are. I look at ads for Victorians in the midwest and they're giving them away compared to East coast prices. Be sure the area will have utilities. No sense buying a house i...
by mouses
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father runs an empire at age 80; not my business?
Replies: 18
Views: 3931

Re: Father runs an empire at age 80; not my business?

Random thoughts: Laws vary in different states, but I would not assume that if he dies without a will, his wife gets everything. A portion may be required to go to his children. Being an executor for an estate in good shape is a lot of work. I was an executor for an estate the previous executor made...
by mouses
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone battery
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: phone battery

Well, this 618 battery is toast. It lost a bar after being on almost completely unused for 9 hours. Consumer Cellular customer service is pretty good, but they don't know much about the battery situation. They guy even said I could swap the 618 and 626 batteries, and it turns out they aren't the sam...
by mouses
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone battery
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: phone battery

Apologies if you've already tried these, but here's a checklist for extending Doro 612 battery life that might work with your 618: http://ee.co.uk/help/phones-and-device/doro/doro-phoneeasy/doro-phoneeasy-top-tips/doro-phoneeasy-612---optimise-battery-and-performance-management Oh, thanks. I didn't...
by mouses
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethical dilemma involving birthdays and wine..
Replies: 35
Views: 3423

Re: Ethical dilemma involving birthdays and wine..

I wouldn't just send a thank you note. That might make him feel he has to continue this. I would tactfully say something like you appreciated his company's work over the years, and enjoyed the wine, but that the business relationship has been dissolved for some time, and you wish him well, etc. That...
by mouses
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone battery
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: phone battery

Thanks. I forgot about Bluetooth, since i do not use it. I just checked and it is set off. The reception is good and it shows no sign of repeatedly searching for a signal. I am doing some experimenting to see how long it does take to run the battery down. I will also call CC and see if they will tel...
by mouses
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone battery
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: phone battery

Yes, that was my concern. Some junk battery. On the topic of learning something new, I have never heard of a Doro phone. I think they are quite nifty. For someone like me, who just wants them for phone calls, they seem fine. I do like the older keypad however, as being easier to use. They also take ...
by mouses
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: phone battery
Replies: 10
Views: 676

phone battery

I have a Doro 618 phone from Consumer Cellular that I bought several years ago. I has mostly been in my pocketbook for calling AAA, etc., so not much use. A month or two ago I also bought a Doro 626 from them, and has my landline number ported to it. The 626 keypad is harder to use, so with their ok...
by mouses
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you replace your electrical switches/outlets or use an electrician?
Replies: 93
Views: 5139

Re: Do you replace your electrical switches/outlets or use an electrician?

Renovating old little houses! Mine is in a prime location where little houses like mine are being broken down and replaced by largerhomes. I guess there are pro's and cons to these older houses! I've just signed a contract to have six windows replaced and tomorrow the electrician comes to replace t...
by mouses
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?
Replies: 120
Views: 6304

Re: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?

One of each... Normally I recommend getting older pets, as they are harder to find homes for, but I have heard that if your have a home with both cats and dogs getting a puppy means the dog is less likely to see the cats as prey but rather as part of their family. As noted above, there are rescue gr...
by mouses
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?
Replies: 18
Views: 483

Re: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?

Subjecting yourself to security intrusion because there is not a driver for Windows7+ is shortsighted. I have yet to encounter a driver not provided by the manufacturer unless you are talking about Linux. I look forward to your telling me where the link is to hp's driver for the Photosmart 3210s la...
by mouses
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?
Replies: 18
Views: 483

Re: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?

A new computer is of no use to me if it doesn't support the all in ones. I have looked hard and not been able to find current ones or separate scanners printers that are as good as the ones I have, which I need for document preparation. The hp website seems to have removed even the drivers that ran...
by mouses
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?
Replies: 18
Views: 483

Re: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?

A new computer is of no use to me if it doesn't support the all in ones. I have looked hard and not been able to find current ones or separate scanners printers that are as good as the ones I have, which I need for document preparation. The hp website seems to have removed even the drivers that ran ...
by mouses
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?
Replies: 18
Views: 483

http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/?

Does anyone know anything about this site http://www.hp-drivers-download.com/ i am stuck on an old Windows operating system, since I have HP all in ones that are wonderful and HP never wrote drivers for them for later than XP SP2. I took it into my head this morning to see if there were later driver...
by mouses
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Private home sale (without agents): Where to start with price?
Replies: 34
Views: 1746

Re: Private home sale (without agents): Where to start with price?

I would get more than one appraisal, but look carefully about the reasoning in the appraisal writeup. When I sold my house some years ago, the appraiser compared it to a house that was right next to a railroad tracks with no allowance for the impact of that. I would let your potential seller's neigh...
by mouses
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do you keep your kitchen sponge?
Replies: 44
Views: 3497

Re: How long do you keep your kitchen sponge?

I use Scotch Brite, the green and yellow ones. I cut them into 1/3s or 1/2s and use the small pieces once. I only use them on tough jobs that paper towels are too effete for. Not being a meat-eater, I have fewer tough kitchen messes to clean up. By the way, for the person worried about what their cl...
by mouses
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumpsters
Replies: 15
Views: 1482

Re: Dumpsters

Fyi, as somebody who is in the commercial real estate business, try to be done quickly. Roll off dumpsters attract a lot of other people wanting to dump their trash on you. If you're slow, the neighbours will fill it up for you. This happened with the dumpster my neighbor and I rented for flood deb...
by mouses
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heated floors in kitchen and baths
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: Heated floors in kitchen and baths

I believe Eichlers had heated floors. A decade or two after construction, the pipes started leaking.
by mouses
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Faith in Vanguard shaken after seeing wrong name on my 1099 & Statements
Replies: 28
Views: 3659

Re: Faith in Vanguard shaken after seeing wrong name on my 1099 & Statements

Well, I just checked our account, and the account is titled correctly (as it always has been). However, I just downloaded our 1099 for our brokerage account, and Vanguard seems to have made two rather significant errors that unless corrected will cost me a lot of money. They show the proceeds from ...
by mouses
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car accident - at-fault driver's insurance dragging their feet
Replies: 22
Views: 1513

Re: Car accident - at-fault driver's insurance dragging their feet

I would also be sure your Mom is okay physically. Then I would leave things in the hands of her insurance company. If she has a good one, like AMICA, then they will take care of her according to the provisions of her policy. If she has some other company, things may be more difficult.
by mouses
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely
Replies: 103
Views: 10170

Re: The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely

I used to pay actual money for a subscription to a major newspaper digital edition, because I thought they did good stuff and I should support it. Then they went into the tank during the election. I couldn't believe how corrupt they were. So, no more money from me. Also no sense my reading their &qu...
by mouses
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Adult Child 18 + SSI + 529
Replies: 32
Views: 1620

Re: Adult Child 18 + SSI + 529

$2,000, wow, they don't leave people much of a cushion, do they. Since SSI is taxpayer funded (split between the state/federal) they want to ensure that the person receiving benefits really do need the benefits; not that they could pay for services on their own. - Ron Let's say the person needs the...
by mouses
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Adult Child 18 + SSI + 529
Replies: 32
Views: 1620

Re: Adult Child 18 + SSI + 529

$2,000, wow, they don't leave people much of a cushion, do they.
by mouses
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OP UPDATE:Getting Rid of Google Search Result??
Replies: 29
Views: 3890

Re: Getting Rid of Google Search Result??

I have the same unusual name as a Hollywood producer. This leads to some interesting incoming phone calls :-)

I also have the same first and last names as a deadbeat relative. That is not so interesting.
by mouses
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumpsters
Replies: 15
Views: 1482

Re: Dumpsters

When cleaning up after a flood, my neighbor and I rented a dumpster from the town landfill people. They can answer all your questions if your area does that.
by mouses
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart.com vs. Amazon.com
Replies: 41
Views: 4812

Re: Walmart.com vs. Amazon.com

I now order from Jet when the products I am looking for are available there, Their shipping is like the wind compared to amazon, which if you don't fork out for Prime takes 2-4 weeks on orders I've placed. I don't like being manipulated as amazon is apparently doing to get people to pay for prime. D...
by mouses
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: get rid of landline but keep access to 911
Replies: 38
Views: 3236

Re: get rid of landline but keep access to 911

I have an OBI as well but don't pay for the 911 service. I figure I'll use my cell phone if possible, and if I must use the "landline" I'll tell the operator where I live. I'm living on the edge, I know :shock: Good luck being able to tell anything to the operator. I have a friend who is ...
by mouses
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: get rid of landline but keep access to 911
Replies: 38
Views: 3236

Re: get rid of landline but keep access to 911

Gosh, $15/month sounds pretty expensive for "land line insurance" for an extremely rare event (widespread overloading of cell phone towers). I've had to call 911 several times on cell phones, including once during a natural disaster with power out, and never had a problem. As I noted in a...
by mouses
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: get rid of landline but keep access to 911
Replies: 38
Views: 3236

Re: get rid of landline but keep access to 911

We still have a home "landline", but Verizon forced us to go to FiOS - no more copper wire. The basic is $15.00 for dial tone, but that about triples with Voice mail and called ID. If the house electiricity goes out, FiOS depends on a battery, but that goes out after a certain number of h...
by mouses
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?
Replies: 61
Views: 4729

Re: Thanks, everybody!

Bammerman wrote:PS: remember the sound a modem made when it dialed up and went through that long noisy hand-shake protocol? Remember how cool and futuristic and advanced and plugged-in you felt? Wow, Star Trek right there in your own house!


I heard that there were people who could whistle to talk to a modem.
by mouses
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insights for Long Distance Grandparents
Replies: 23
Views: 1270

Re: Insights for Long Distance Grandparents

If they have a decent camera, they may find it will take videos. When my video camera bit the dust, I accidentally discovered that my Lumix camera, which has many features I have never investigated, will take videos. I would not stay for six months. I would visit several times a year. The post upstr...
by mouses
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?
Replies: 61
Views: 4729

Re: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?

I have two email addresses, my real one and one I use at various places on the web so that if the latter ever gets swamped with bad stuff I can throw it away. Both are from my ISP. I changed my primary email address when I moved here about a decade ago. It was not nearly as difficult as I expected: ...
by mouses
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 70% marginal tax rate !?!
Replies: 25
Views: 4064

Re: 70% marginal tax rate !?!

As part of my retirement plans, I want to reduce my concentrated position in silicon valley real estate, by selling a rental property which will generate about $400K in long-term capital gains and depreciation recapture. Plug this into turbotax, along with the various deductions for taxes, mortgage...
by mouses
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer for elder novice
Replies: 36
Views: 1211

Re: Computer for elder novice

My Mom learned to use Windows when she was in her eighties. I did a lot of initial handholding.
by mouses
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

I also give nonsense answers to common security questions. Too many people get hacked because a site uses security questions that can be answered with information that's relatively easy to obtain. However, if you do this at the USPS site and forget your answers, you will never again have access to ...
by mouses
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I say YES or NO to this new job responsibility?
Replies: 44
Views: 3637

Re: Should I say YES or NO to this new job responsibility?

You're being played for a sucker. Man fool you once, etc.

I would look for another job. In the meantime, don't stir the waters.

I had a job like yours once. Management would make promises but didn't keep them, and just worked people into the ground. I left for a much better job.
by mouses
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spendthrift Daughter
Replies: 44
Views: 3366

Re: Spendthrift Daughter

I'm kind of in the same boat, only I am single, no kids and I have a couple spend thrift sisters that I don't want to cash in on my death. I have no idea how to organize a will/trust to prevent them from blowing all the money I worked so hard for in the event I die before them. Let it to a charity ...
by mouses
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is joining a country club a character flaw?
Replies: 101
Views: 7984

Re: Is joining a country club a character flaw?

I'm a relatively new member of these fora, and am not surprised by the nastiness. While the majority here seem quite helpful and informed, there is a small, but unfortunate minority who express an undercurrent of class warfare against the wealthy and spending money on exclusive goods. One great adv...
by mouses
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fender bender...no citation, likely scam...what next?
Replies: 17
Views: 2917

Re: fender bender...no citation, likely scam...what next?

Was this road rage? If it was a scam, i would think some injury claim would have been made by now.
by mouses
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

I also give nonsense answers to common security questions. Too many people get hacked because a site uses security questions that can be answered with information that's relatively easy to obtain. However, if you do this at the USPS site and forget your answers, you will never again have access to ...
by mouses
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?
Replies: 45
Views: 2245

Re: what do you do to avoid the advertising noise?

1) Don't use Facebook. 2) Use an ad-blocker 3) Don't watch TV (I stream mostly PBS shows that are largely ad free and watch DVDs.) I use AdBlock Plus and a couple of other things that I forget that interfere with tracking. I got rid of my tv. I do use facebook. It and AdBlock Plus are in an ongoing...
by mouses
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is joining a country club a character flaw?
Replies: 101
Views: 7984

Re: Is joining a country club a character flaw?

Would consider becoming a member of Augusta National Golf Club. I cannot relate the whole story (without violating the rules here), but at the local county rec center I frequent almost every day, one of the regulars there was relating his experience of having been able to be at Augusta National on ...
by mouses
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is joining a country club a character flaw?
Replies: 101
Views: 7984

Re: Is joining a country club a character flaw?

I think this is a character flaw, especially since I have no particular affinity for rich people, just nice smart people. In my experience, most rich people are neither nice or smart. If they are self-made financially, they know a lot about that business and little about anything else, nor to they ...
by mouses
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mom wants an air fryer?
Replies: 29
Views: 2912

Re: Mom wants an air fryer?

I thought waffle makers were wedding presents that went immediately into the closet never to be seen again.
by mouses
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal finance help for those below/near poverty line
Replies: 27
Views: 3156

Re: Personal finance help for those below/near poverty line

Local community or state government resources. Food pantries. Eating vegetarian is cheaper than being a meat eater. Some churches have meal programs. In my state, utilities can't disconnect service from any elderly person in the winter, provided the person has signed the form for that program. Low c...

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