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by pennstater2005
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [ShopRunner] from AMEX
Replies: 12
Views: 722

Re: [ShopRunner] from AMEX

We've had it through AMEX, free, for years. Stuff actually arrives in 2 days or so via FedEx. It also includes free returns via UPS. Great service. Plus after we signed up via our AMEX card it seems that you can then use any card, e.g., Fido Visa, and it still works. We recently ordered something f...
by pennstater2005
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail
Replies: 29
Views: 3074

Re: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail

I remember when I was little a guy was selling steaks out of his car trunk. I don't think my dad bought any. Definitely don't buy steaks out of anyone's car trunk.
by pennstater2005
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Home Page Updated
Replies: 81
Views: 5272

Re: Home Page Updated

I like it :sharebeer
by pennstater2005
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?
Replies: 84
Views: 7066

Re: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?

I always try to go Japanese with my small equipment needs. Kawasaki engine on the riding mower and Honda on the push. Weedeater is Echo, also Japanese owned.
by pennstater2005
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your monthly expenses?
Replies: 59
Views: 6088

Re: What are your monthly expenses?

ponyboy wrote:my expenses are less than my take home pay...thats all.
Same here.
by pennstater2005
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 42
Views: 3399

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

Unfortunately, I tried this yesterday. I went to the link, entered the IMEI # from the unwrapped box, and submitted the request. I received the email to confirm the request which I did. I checked the status link today and received the message at the top that the phone has not be active for 6 month....
by pennstater2005
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 202
Views: 23971

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

For something a bit different, here are two animated series which are entertaining and smartly written: 1. Archer 2. Bob's Burgers Agree with this. However, the same voice actor does the lead character for each show. I watched Bob's Burgers first and it took me something like 2 seasons to finally g...
by pennstater2005
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your health insurance stats?
Replies: 89
Views: 5535

Re: What are your health insurance stats?

$192 premium for myself with a $1500 deductible. To add my family to the plan (5 total) would be nearly $2k per month. Fortunately, my family has other options.
by pennstater2005
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone bought a Pixel?
Replies: 46
Views: 4416

Re: Anyone bought a Pixel?

... I do take photos with my phone though so the camera is important. I've tried a dedicated camera but it is never convenient enough. I've not taken a pic with a regular camera for over five years and likely never will* again. *The exception is for underwater pics where I do use a camera + housing...
by pennstater2005
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 62
Views: 3642

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

Just bought two new iPhone SE's (AT&T Gophone) through Best Buy for $199 each. Normal $399. I've already put the IMEI number in th AT&T unlock non customer website. If they unlock I can use it on any carrier. If they don't, big deal because I can just use ATT or any ATT MVNO, like Cricket w...
by pennstater2005
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...
Replies: 62
Views: 3642

Re: Do you buy phone outright or pay it off monthly...

Just bought two new iPhone SE's (AT&T Gophone) through Best Buy for $199 each. Normal $399. I've already put the IMEI number in th AT&T unlock non customer website. If they unlock I can use it on any carrier. If they don't, big deal because I can just use ATT or any ATT MVNO, like Cricket wh...
by pennstater2005
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1023
Views: 247668

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Good timing for thread revival as Rico Petrocelli turned 74 today :D
by pennstater2005
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Parking Aid
Replies: 28
Views: 2372

Re: Garage Parking Aid

I pull ahead very slowly until I feel a slight bump. I then reverse just slightly off the wall. My kids get a kick out of it every time.
by pennstater2005
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone have a habit of checking the market all day?
Replies: 38
Views: 2765

Re: Anyone have a habit of checking the market all day?

Occasionally I google DJIA just to get a basic idea of where the market is. This is probably a couple of times a week. Maybe more if I have patient cancellations at work :happy
by pennstater2005
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4463

Re: Good camera - new baby coming

My iPhone is good for still pictures in daylight. I have a 5, 3, and 1 year old. Any picture I take where the kids are moving, which is every picture, is blurry with the iPhone because it doesn't stop/capture motion well at all as there is no shutter priority mode. So, I end up with a blurry arm or ...
by pennstater2005
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera - new baby coming
Replies: 64
Views: 4463

Re: Good camera - new baby coming

If you aren't looking for a DSLR with interchangeable lenses I agree with the Sony RX100 V. It's the latest version out. If I hadn't gotten a Nikon D7000 I would've bought the Sony. As a matter of fact, sometimes I wish I did buy the Sony for the portability factor which definitely does not exist wi...
by pennstater2005
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 5229

Re: Dehumidifier woes

mouses wrote:Where are you people living that you need these?


Western PA. Checked humidity in basement and it was at 84%. Turned on the dehumidifier and set it for 55%. I do it a few times a day. I don't leave it on all the time although I could and it would probably run continuously.
by pennstater2005
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Favorite Feature of Vanguard Website?
Replies: 67
Views: 5942

Re: Favorite Feature of Vanguard Website?

Fortunately for me I just login to purchase funds and a quick peek at current assets. Then I logout. So, no favorite feature unless you count it lets me buy funds/check assests.
by pennstater2005
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many tech devices do you have?
Replies: 74
Views: 3986

Re: How many tech devices do you have?

1. Two tv's, one smart 2. Two iPhones 3. One Macbook air 4. One Apple tv box 5. One Kindle fire for kids 6. One Bose Bluetooth speaker 7. One Bluetooth wireless FM transmitter for car (no aux input for iPhone) and don't have this yet but will for Fathers day 8. I'm missing something.....that can't b...
by pennstater2005
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 5229

Re: Dehumidifier woes

Second season for a small Danny unit. I usually don't buy extended warranties but after reading about all the failures I did on this from Home Depot. Was only an extra $19 and gave me four years of coverage.
by pennstater2005
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Wife is having our 5th child. What is an appropriately extravagant push gift?
Replies: 90
Views: 7815

Re: My Wife is having our 5th child. What is an appropriately extravagant push gift?

Somehow this reminds me of the "tip" jars I see just about everywhere now. That said, I had never heard of a push gift either but agree with Grt2bOutdoors that your beautiful child is the gift. Taking time off work and helping out around the house and with all the kids, and then continuing...
by pennstater2005
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Making an app for Bogleheads, need advice
Replies: 46
Views: 6134

Re: Making an app for Bogleheads, need advice

I downloaded it. Put in my fund. Is that all I need to do?
by pennstater2005
Thu May 25, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally Self-Directed Trading
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Re: Ally Self-Directed Trading

lazyday wrote:They've become a good and competitive online bank, so I wouldn't be too surprised if someday they have a good online brokerage.


That's what I was thinking. Although, I would still purchase directly through Vanguard unless Ally had some type of incentive to make it worthwhile to change.
by pennstater2005
Wed May 24, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ally Self-Directed Trading
Replies: 11
Views: 1538

Ally Self-Directed Trading

Just got this email today. Ally is in the game.

https://www.ally.com/invest/self-direct ... L400000656
by pennstater2005
Wed May 24, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone ever live/living on a boat?
Replies: 46
Views: 6148

Re: anyone ever live/living on a boat?

I had a co worker a few years back who lived on a boat.....for a few weeks at a time. And when he got a little tired of it he went to his house for a night or two. I think he was 35 or so at the time. I have no personal experience though. I also have an aunt and uncle who have a gulfront residence i...
by pennstater2005
Fri May 19, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2117
Views: 368482

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I need to start keeping better track of which cards I've had, and my wife, and when. I had to use live chat with AMEX to see if I had applied for a card before. I hadn't and got the AMEX gold premiere rewards. My wife was the one that had it prior I've started a list on the "notes" app on ...
by pennstater2005
Fri May 19, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

It's a beautiful picture. The thing I've run into is I don't have fast enough internet to actually view true 4k although the upscaling does a fine job.
by pennstater2005
Fri May 19, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

tennisplyr wrote:Well, I just bought my tv and it was a Samsung...actually I bought 2, one a 40" and one a 50". Both are great.


Did you go 4k or HDR?
by pennstater2005
Wed May 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2117
Views: 368482

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Card bonuses are not taxable (same as rewards), correct? Correct. I've never received any forms for income. I will say that Wells Fargo has some nice offers as well. We just signed my wife up for a $200 reward for 1k spend. They have 2 more cards with the same offer and another with a 3K spend requ...
by pennstater2005
Wed May 17, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 50
Views: 6913

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

I have a contoured pillow made of memory foam with divots for the shoulder. It has greatly improved the quality of my sleep and reduced pain and soreness that I used to wake up with because I had neck surgery years ago. I sleep on my side and need a significant amount of support for my head to take...
by pennstater2005
Tue May 16, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doctor wants Social Security number
Replies: 48
Views: 5414

Re: Doctor wants Social Security number

Frankly, I would just supply it. [My opinion for myself] If you're talking about the Theraband we did. But with six different colors at approximately five foot lengths it was becoming quite costly. There are other ways to do the exercises without bands as well. And no one ever gets nasty about the ...
by pennstater2005
Tue May 16, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doctor wants Social Security number
Replies: 48
Views: 5414

Re: Doctor wants Social Security number

I still see the request for SS on most forms when filling out paperwork at a new Doctor. I always leave it blank (have twice experienced this in the last year). I'm guessing they'd like to have it if they can as it might help them collect payment if there is a problem. It shouldn't be required and ...
by pennstater2005
Mon May 15, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doctor wants Social Security number
Replies: 48
Views: 5414

Re: Doctor wants Social Security number

I had a dentists office try to get my SSN recently but I declined and left. They didn't back down. I was a little surprised. I also leave it blank now as well at other offices and have not had any issues.
by pennstater2005
Sat May 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads® Wiki 2017 annual report
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Re: Bogleheads® Wiki 2017 annual report

Lots of hard work that is highly appreciated!
by pennstater2005
Fri May 12, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

Not sure where you are seeing these tv's at since as of March 1 2007 all tvs were required by law to have a digital tuner built in. DTV tuner enforcement The Commission's digital tuner rule specifies that as of March 1, 2007 all new television receivers must include digital tuners. This rule prohib...
by pennstater2005
Fri May 12, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

3) Some models do not have a built in TV tuner now so be sure to check that if you want to use over the air broadcasts. Not sure where you are seeing these tv's at since as of March 1 2007 all tvs were required by law to have a digital tuner built in. DTV tuner enforcement The Commission's digital ...
by pennstater2005
Thu May 11, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

3) Some models do not have a built in TV tuner now so be sure to check that if you want to use over the air broadcasts. Not sure where you are seeing these tv's at since as of March 1 2007 all tvs were required by law to have a digital tuner built in. DTV tuner enforcement The Commission's digital ...
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1462
Views: 259802

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

7% per the monthly madsinger report.
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My old fashioned wristwatch - update
Replies: 27
Views: 2787

Re: My old fashioned wristwatch - update

Not a bad idea. I have two watches I wear mostly with dress clothes but so rarely when I take them out of the drawer they're always dead. Decoration piece I guess Pull out the stem when storing them, so that the battery doesn't continue to run. Lasts longer that way (but not forever). I almost forg...
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My old fashioned wristwatch - update
Replies: 27
Views: 2787

Re: My old fashioned wristwatch - update

Here is an "upgrade" idea: m This is my current and previous watch. They last about 5 years before the band wears out. Good value. And beautiful/stylish. All those things. I checked out your link although the thing that caught my eye was below where it notes what "customers also boug...
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My old fashioned wristwatch - update
Replies: 27
Views: 2787

Re: My old fashioned wristwatch - update

Not a bad idea. I have two watches I wear mostly with dress clothes but so rarely when I take them out of the drawer they're always dead. Decoration piece I guess :D
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

I have a ten year old Panasonic plasma. I'm going to cry when it dies.
by pennstater2005
Wed May 10, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung or LG tv?
Replies: 49
Views: 3507

Re: Samsung or LG tv?

Bought a 55" Samsung 4k last year and it's been perfect so far. I can even download an app to control it with my phone. This strikes me as the Nikon versus Canon debate....both great cameras.

Currently $759 although I got it on sale last year for cheaper.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-55- ... Id=5147600
by pennstater2005
Tue May 09, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: good book to recommend
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: good book to recommend

"The Investor's Manifesto" by William Bernstein. I had other books and read parts of them but this book was an extremely easy and fluid read. I won't need to read another book and don't plan on it.
by pennstater2005
Mon May 08, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: madsinger monthly report (April 2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: madsinger monthly report (April 2017)

Appreciate the work madsinger. Thanks as always!
by pennstater2005
Mon May 08, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2117
Views: 368482

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Guys - I need some advice on how to most efficiently accumulate airline/hotel points for a trip later this year. I currently have Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclays Arrival +. Both of which I have already spent the initial spend bonus points. What is next? All the links I have found on Reddit sh...
by pennstater2005
Sat May 06, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2117
Views: 368482

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Card bonuses are not taxable (same as rewards), correct? Correct. I've never received any forms for income. I will say that Wells Fargo has some nice offers as well. We just signed my wife up for a $200 reward for 1k spend. They have 2 more cards with the same offer and another with a 3K spend requ...