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by p14175
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?
Replies: 21
Views: 902

Re: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?

I have been a cash paying customer for several years. I see the doctor 2x year for blood pressure and pain issues. If something comes up, I make an appointment. The visits cost me less than $100 each. I don't take any prescription drugs. I acknowledge that anything can happen. If something happens I...
by p14175
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Install $1,800!
Replies: 67
Views: 8473

Re: Water Heater Install $1,800!

My DH noticed a puddle under the electric hot water heater when he was showing the buyer where the tank was located. We spent $1100 on a 40 gal water heater that the buyer didn't want but the mortgage company demanded as a condition of sale.
by p14175
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to sell house contents
Replies: 19
Views: 2536

Re: Best way to sell house contents

We recently downsized, but not by much 1600 sq ft plus a packed workshop to 1200 sq ft and a slightly smaller pole barn. We moved from the Phoenix AZ area to southeast AZ, about 200 miles one way. My husband, being an Army and Air Force brat needed to take almost every he acquired since childhood (y...
by p14175
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check
Replies: 26
Views: 2055

Re: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check

We had a GE Americana range in our old house. An avocado one just like in the ad below. The oven was over the range. Ours didn't have the bottom oven. The model in the picture is probably 5'10" (or taller) w/heels so she makes it look like the top oven is okay. The Americana had a built in exhaust u...
by p14175
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Shirt for Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 4114

Re: Warm Shirt for Winter

You might also consider flannel lined pants to keep the rest of you warm.
by p14175
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic tank - deal killer?
Replies: 47
Views: 4006

Re: Septic tank - deal killer?

In a house sale, the seller usually pays for septic inspection, pumping, and any necessary repairs unless otherwise specified. The house we just sold has a septic tank. We lived in the house for 33 years and never got around to pumping. There was only the two of us living in the house so we weren't ...
by p14175
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: Can a judgement against me keep me from finding a job?

I would suggest you research the judgement (find out the jurisdiction, etc.) and be up front in any job search that your name has a claim against it, but it is not you (and be prepared with the documentation you have to demonstrate that). Getting those details will likely require a good well done b...
by p14175
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Vague Small Claims Court Judgement Issues

We are in the process of selling our house. The title company called and said there was a judgement against me and stopped the sale of the house. The judgement is for someone with the same first and last name as mine, no middle initial. It also contains no clues as to what it is about. I can't find ...
by p14175
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obtaining a mortgage in retirement
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: Obtaining a mortgage in retirement

My DH and I just sold the house we owned for 33 years. The buyers were a retired couple. They chose to get a loan. The real estate purchase agreement had us and them jumping through hoops, but we made it to the finish line and closed today. I don't know what the buyers went through to get their loan...
by p14175
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?
Replies: 130
Views: 7260

Re: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?

1994 Dodge 2500 diesel 4x4 conventional cab truck. 270k miles on it now. I just replaced the TPS and now it acts like it's brand new.
I would buy another one in a heartbeat, but I expect this truck to last at least another 300k miles.
by p14175
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you outfit your feet?
Replies: 27
Views: 2544

Re: How do you outfit your feet?

I just moved to a different part of Arizona. My new home is surrounded by spiky plants, sharp rocks, and snakes. At my old home I could wear minimalist footwear and sandals year round. While packing for the move I inadvertently tossed out too many of the types of shoes that I could have used at my n...
by p14175
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 37
Views: 3330

Re: New mattress

A couple of years ago we purchased a hotel firm innerspring mattress then topped it with 2" memory foam and then a 1.5" fiber topper on top of that. The two different densities work really well together. In fact, we did the same thing to the mattress in our RV.
by p14175
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Pillows
Replies: 15
Views: 1908

Re: Bed Pillows

I found that a pillow with polyester cluster fiber worked best for me. I bought mine from a Little Pillow Shop.
by p14175
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit
Replies: 24
Views: 1484

Re: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit

Thanks for all the great info, folks. This has really been a help, and I will check this all out and buy one very soon! With respect to the solar cooker, p14175, my understanding is that it takes many hours to cook food this way. Have you used it? If so, for what, and how long did it take? Thanks a...
by p14175
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit
Replies: 24
Views: 1484

Re: Propane Stove For Earthquake Kit

A solar oven is a good alternative to a propane stove. You don't have to stockpile fuel. Include a WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicator) in your kit so you can pasteurize water.
by p14175
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifestyle Creep
Replies: 142
Views: 12143

Re: Lifestyle Creep

We recently sold our house in the city (lived in that house for 33 years) and moved to a smaller house in a rural area. All of our previous moves were DIY. This time we splurged and hired a mover to move the heavy stuff. What a treat!
by p14175
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 55
Views: 4226

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I wear Walmart water shoes. They cost around $5-$10 a pair. I don't run. Arthritis. I do use them for walking. A pair lasts me about 6 months. :D
by p14175
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?
Replies: 70
Views: 6528

Re: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?

For the last solar eclipse I watched (it wasn't a total eclipse) I put a pin hole in a aluminum pie plate and observed it on a piece of white paper.
The coolest part about a solar eclipse is the uniform dimming of light.
by p14175
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!
Replies: 18
Views: 2506

Re: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!

Harbor Freight sells a folding director-style chair with a side table and pockets that would probably meet your needs.
https://www.harborfreight.com/foldable- ... 62314.html
by p14175
Sun May 21, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chandler, AZ
Replies: 35
Views: 3361

Re: Chandler, AZ

If you want grass and big trees, buy a house in an area that has flood irrigation. Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa are good for that.
If you want a desert landscape go to Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, or Apache Junction.
by p14175
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Versatile economical RV recommendations for a frugal retiree?
Replies: 59
Views: 5468

Re: Versatile economical RV recommendations for a frugal retiree?

How about a Casita fiberglass trailer? They make 13, 16, and 17 ft models. New ones are pretty pricey, but used ones can be found. The 17ft DH and I own has been taken on mild 4x4 trails without any problems.
by p14175
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car
Replies: 51
Views: 6427

Re: Rule of Thumb for Getting Rid of Car

Do the repairs that will make it attractive to potential buyers then take it to a detailer. In selling or even trading in a used vehicle, the better it looks the higher the price. Perception is everything.
by p14175
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?
Replies: 29
Views: 3064

Re: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?

I have been square foot gardening for several years and have about 200 sq ft in beds. You need about 100 sq ft per person. My garden feeds me and my husband with some left over for the neighbors. I followed Mel B's instructions for the first season but quickly discovered some of his gardening advice...
by p14175
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a company for first time at age 50
Replies: 14
Views: 1673

Re: Starting a company for first time at age 50

You might see if there are some entrepreneurial or small business meet-ups in your area. Some community colleges and universities have startup programs that help people find the resources they need. 'Startup Weeks' are starting to become popular for aspiring small business owners.
ref: https://startupweek.co
by p14175
Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organic Alternatives for Lawn and Garden Care
Replies: 35
Views: 2825

Re: Organic Alternatives for Lawn and Garden Care

If you have big swatches of weeds you might consider laying down plastic over the area and "cooking them" for a few months.
by p14175
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal fulfillment in retirement
Replies: 37
Views: 5909

Re: Personal fulfillment in retirement

I was forced into retirement in 2012 at 52. Health issues. But it has turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. After a couple of years of trying to figure out what I could do with reduced mobility I decided to start a solo software company. I utilize meetups to communicate with peop...
by p14175
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC replacement time
Replies: 30
Views: 3309

Re: PC replacement time

The only thing I can add is to save the hard drive so when you get your new computer you can recover your data. If you have another computer, you can just plug in the disk drive as secondary and check it out. If the hard drive is still good, you can mount it as the primary in your new computer and b...
by p14175
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 21882

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Dust to Glory (2005) - A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386423/
by p14175
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 3337

Re: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?

Uhm.. I'd give yourself more like 2 hrs to get to go from Florence to Glendale. On Super Bowl day you might want to give yourself even more time to get there. I hear that the NFL experience is in downtown Phoenix this year. If you go you might want to take the light rail into the city instead of dri...
by p14175
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen "Backsplash" question
Replies: 14
Views: 2435

Re: Kitchen "Backsplash" question

We used a custom made brushed stainless sheet steel panel when we replaced our range.
I think this was the place we used https://www.stainlesssupply.com
by p14175
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: medical insurance as contract employee
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: medical insurance as contract employee

It's up to you whether you want to buy health insurance through Aerotek. I know a lot of contractors who purchase their own insurance in order to cover down times between jobs and to keep the payments consistent.
by p14175
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.
Replies: 16
Views: 2821

Re: Driving from Rockford, il to Mesa AZ....best route.

If your destination in Mesa is east of Power Rd or Usery Pass Rd (Ellsworth Rd) and you are taking 87 into Mesa instead of I-17, take the Saquaro Lake turn-off (Bush Highway) and get off the Beeline (87) early.

Google Map "Bush Highway, Maricopa County, AZ"
by p14175
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water bottles and road trip
Replies: 32
Views: 2726

Re: water bottles and road trip

Buy a 5-gal water cooler (for example: http://www.igloocoolers.com/Coolers/Ind ... Industrial ), pack it with block ice, and drink it as it melts.
by p14175
Fri May 16, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 5720

Re: Garden 2014

Here in AZ I have summer squash, melons, okra, and marigolds started. As soon as the garlic and onions are harvested I'll be planting tepary beans.

Daytime temps have finally made it into the 100s. Pretty soon it will be just plain hot.
by p14175
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Partials vs implants
Replies: 29
Views: 4136

Re: Partials vs implants

I just got 2 implants. The cost was about $3000 each and I don't have insurance.
by p14175
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations
Replies: 23
Views: 2730

Re: Wanted: Travel Trailer Recommenations

We are on our 4th TT. The first was a stick-built Nomad. I think it was 20ft. It was a really uncomfortable trailer and it didn't hold up well. When we sold it, the door frames had skewed so badly you could see daylight around the doors. That's not to say all Nomad TTs are like this, but we have bee...
by p14175
Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1470018

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
by p14175
Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan??
Replies: 35
Views: 3995

Re: Shutdown is affecting my Grand Canyon trip! Backup plan?

You might check out sections of the Arizona Trail located outside the national parks and monuments in AZ or maybe some of the hikes highlighted in AZ Highways magazine http://www.arizonahighways.com/
by p14175
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat Pump
Replies: 19
Views: 2701

Re: Heat Pump

Ductless mini split heat pump systems are a great way to retrofit an older building. Maybe that's what they used.
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/ ... heat-pumps
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value
Replies: 27
Views: 4919

Re: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value

In 1999 I bought a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for $13,500. I drove it pretty heavily, and took it from 60,000 miles to about 225,000, when I finally sold it in 2007 for $1,500. I had a lot of very expensive repairs that started to hit my jeep at about the 150,000 mile marker on a regular basis...
by p14175
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 178
Views: 17426

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

Any Bogleheads out there try the weight loss plans of Medifast or Nutrisystems? Non-insulin dependent diabetic lost 40 lbs on Medifast (Take Shape for Life) diet. Got A1C down to a good level then started to go off the diet a little and experienced "weight creep". Thinking of going on Nut...
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Object oriented programming for a high school junior
Replies: 84
Views: 8470

Re: Object oriented programming for a high school junior

I just purchased the Arduino starter kit and we hope to work on that in the fall. Has anyone had any experience with Arduino? I scanned through one of their books yesterday and the language they use is C and it seems to be similar to Python, but I have zero programming knowledge so I could be way o...
by p14175
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math degrees
Replies: 70
Views: 6984

Re: Math degrees

From experience, I usually tell kids who are considering majoring in mathematics not to bother unless they plan on getting an advanced degree in some other subject. My BS Math (Computational option) never helped me find work.
by p14175
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Round-up and mulching.
Replies: 22
Views: 8927

Re: Round-up and mulching.

I looked up Bishop's Weed. They say it's edible with the leaves and stems tasting like a mild, tangy melding of cilantro, parsley, celery and carrot. It sounds like a great thing to have in the garden .

If you don't like it you could try solarizing the area.
by p14175
Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants
Replies: 79
Views: 12225

Re: A Dilemma About Waist Sizes For Pants

I don't know if it was mentioned but zappos.com is a great place to shop online for clothes, shoes, etc. if you can't find the brand locally. They have free shipping and returns. So if you don't know exactly what size will fit you can order a few different sizes and send back the ones that don't fit...
by p14175
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen faucets
Replies: 25
Views: 3481

Re: kitchen faucets

We currently have this one m but it has problems. 1) The main post rusted and doesn't swivel anymore and 2) one of the stream/shower buttons broke and Delta quit stocking replacement buttons. I think we installed it 6-7 years ago. The Amazon review for it isn't much better. I would like one like thi...
by p14175
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Minimalists on here?
Replies: 93
Views: 11486

Re: Any Minimalists on here?

I was looking to buy a pair of minimalist shoes, but they cost too much. I settled for a pair of generic (very inexpensive) water shoes from a well-known big box retailer instead. They are exactly what I wanted.
by p14175
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.
Replies: 110
Views: 9179

Re: Never Want To Take Out A Loan Again.

My sister and her husband were (are) in a similar situation. A few years ago I fully expected them to be permanently living in an RV somewhere out in the desert. Anyway, my sister moved all their loans and credit cards to a local credit union to reduce the rates. They are living off her husband's in...
by p14175
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 2651

Re: Women's Work Clothing Recommendations

Try http://corporette.com/ Most of the stuff is pretty pricey, but they regularly post discount codes and information on sales.