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by rooms222
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get a real Chip and Pin card?
Replies: 41
Views: 3757

Re: How to get a real Chip and Pin card?

I believe Target is only issuing store cards to new applicants.

The UN Credit Union Card is the only pin priority, offline pin card that is being issued in the U.S. right now. The application process is slow and a little cumbersome, but doable.
by rooms222
Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stub Hub High Fees - WOW
Replies: 29
Views: 2874

Re: Stub Hub High Fees - WOW

News report about motivation for fee policy change.
http://time.com/money/4018864/stubhub-f ... et-prices/
by rooms222
Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?
Replies: 87
Views: 5206

Re: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?

If you go out to Northern Va., check out Winchester. It is becoming more and more a suburb of Metro DC. It is just under 1 hour from Dulles, and housing prices fit within your budget. For $249,000, you could buy two three bedroom condos and rent one out. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-det...
by rooms222
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car buying Qs
Replies: 51
Views: 3715

Re: Used car buying Qs

I agree with posters that have mentioned the 2012 onward Ford Focus five-speed and Mazda 3s. I was lucky enough to get a salvage title Ford Focus Titanium with 32k miles for $6500. If you want to go a little cheaper, the Mazda Proteges are underpriced in many places, because Mazda changed the name t...
by rooms222
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice needed: Widow selling home to daughter via rent-to-own land contract?
Replies: 18
Views: 888

Re: Advice needed: Widow selling home to daughter via rent-to-own land contract?

It might be better to have the land contract be structured with an interest rate of 2.19% or more to not run afoul of the intra-family loan rates set by the IRS ( http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20150312/FREE/150319958/intra-family-loans-not-your-ordinary-wealth-transfer-strategy) with regards...
by rooms222
Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swapping cars for a lower mileage used car--Thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 1526

Re: Swapping cars for a lower mileage used car--Thoughts?

That Honda has had a lot of problems with the Hybrid system. Even with a new battery pack, some people are needing replacements within 3 years.

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013 ... ility.html
by rooms222
Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Public Health (MPH) as a career choice...
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: Public Health (MPH) as a career choice...

There has been a boom in new MPH programs and a large increase in the number of students the last few years. The quality and reputation of the school matters a great deal. I work in the field and was talking with an administrator of one of the top programs in the country. He stated that many of the ...
by rooms222
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checking out with PayPal and accidentally signed up for PayPal Credit
Replies: 8
Views: 1060

Re: Checking out with PayPal and accidentally signed up for PayPal Credit

I personally would rather be paying with something that offers liability protection through law and not just as a matter of current company policy. Pay Pal Credit has the same billing rights as any credit card in addition to the policies that Paypal has about disputes. See them in the terms and con...
by rooms222
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]
Replies: 126
Views: 5801

Re: What kind of car do you drive?

2013 Ford Focus Titanium with a 5-speed manual.
by rooms222
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Division of assets in divorce
Replies: 28
Views: 3445

Re: Division of assets in divorce

Some of the issues that need clarification in preparing for what to do: Is this a traditional pension of a 401k/403b? If it is a traditional pension, it is very likely that nobody can get cash out of it for a decade or even two, depending on the provisions of the plan. If it is a 401k/403b, the asse...
by rooms222
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for auto insurance, Ameriprise dropped me
Replies: 17
Views: 1218

Re: Looking for auto insurance, Ameriprise dropped me

Also, this is very state-specific, and it is useful to give your state when asking auto insurance questions. For example, Erie insurance is well-regarded, usually inexpensive for perfect drivers, and little advertised. However, it is only available in a limited number of states.
by rooms222
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell Phone plan for 2 - Recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: Cell Phone plan for 2 - Recommendations?

1) Although you mentioned a preference for AT&T, with your data usage, I wanted to mention that the MetroPCS "family plan" for two users would be $55 per month, including taxes. You get the family plan just by combining two single plans on the same account. The $30 MetroPCS plan single...
by rooms222
Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: alleged pharmacist malpractice- does wife need a lawyer?
Replies: 32
Views: 2876

Re: alleged pharmacist malpractice- does wife need a lawyer?

>>> If she decides to go to the meeting without a lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you take time off and go with her to listen and take notes.

I believe this would not generally be allowed because it would waive privilege.
by rooms222
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is a Tontine?
Replies: 5
Views: 1483

Re: What is a Tontine?

The Simpsons was the first place I heard a tontine defined: https://www.simpsonsworld.com/video/320 ... 0768579741
by rooms222
Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social security restricted spousal benefits - does my husband need to know?
Replies: 35
Views: 2931

Re: Social security restricted spousal benefits - does my husband need to know?

Has your husband filed for SS benefits yet? There appears to be a two year waiting period if you file after the divorce, and he has not yet filed, but no waiting period if done while married. http://www.annuities.pacificlife.com/public/salesmaterials/salesideas/23175.pdf Getting him to comply may be...
by rooms222
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filled up brand new minivan with DIESEL?? We don't think so. Next steps, need input ASAP
Replies: 113
Views: 11208

Re: Filled up brand new minivan with DIESEL?? We don't think so. Next steps, need input ASAP

Is it cold where you live? I read that one tank of E-85 will normally be burnt by Honda engines, but E85 is more viscous than gasoline, and will become much more so if it is cold. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010APS..MAR.C1298H http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/sho ... p?t=462866
by rooms222
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opening FSA/HSA to pay for my son's medical bills/expenses?
Replies: 21
Views: 1364

Re: Opening FSA/HSA to pay for my son's medical bills/expenses?

It appears you can do an FSA if you are divorced with a child- http://myhss.org/downloads/plans/FBMC_FSA.pdf Unless you have a qualifying event, I believe you had to have signed up for an FSA by December 31st. Wrote all this assuming you were HDHP eligible: If you have an eligible HDHP, and have no ...
by rooms222
Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Limited Purpose FSA
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: Limited Purpose FSA

I believe that is correct. The main concern is that you are only taking out the total overall and not double dipping. This is also true if there was other reimbursement available outside the HSA and/or FSA. Keep copies of your reimbursements from both places to show that you only took out the total ...
by rooms222
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with my Audi A3 TDI
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: What to do with my Audi A3 TDI

When ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was mandated to be phased in around 2007, VW and Audi put a restrictor on the fuel filler hole to not allow truck sized nozzles to fit in. There have been adaptors made for those circumstances when you must (or want to) use a truck sized nozzle. http://forums.tdiclu...
by rooms222
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-employer Limited Purpose FSA -- Is it possible? Other options?
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Non-employer Limited Purpose FSA -- Is it possible? Other options?

Legally, I believe the FSA funds have to be held by the employer. This is what gives them their tax break- you can spend the entire amount at the beginning of the year, even if you quit and don't pay it back, and the employer gets to keep all lapsed funds at the end of the year. This is a very diffe...
by rooms222
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Reads the Comics?
Replies: 44
Views: 1666

Re: Who Reads the Comics?

Dick Tracy has been revitalized with a new creative team the last three years or so, and is really a fun comic to read lately.
by rooms222
Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Valor credit union changes terms of previously issued cd
Replies: 20
Views: 1677

Re: Valor credit union changes terms of previously issued cd

Scandal and management turnover at this credit union recently may have caused this policy change: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/company-car-common-among-local-banks-but-far-behind-valor-s-in-price-1.1962331 They swung to an operating loss position as well: http://thetimes-tribune.com/new...
by rooms222
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: unfair total loss car accident procedure
Replies: 56
Views: 3663

Re: unfair total loss car accident procedure

When speaking with the Mercury rep today, we had a valuation discussion involving estimates on the NADA site. Under the category clean trade in my car (2000 honda accord SE 188000 miles) is worth $2500 but under the category of clean retail the amount becomes $4000. She insisted that the trade in f...
by rooms222
Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA rules for non-dependent child covered by my insurance plan
Replies: 14
Views: 764

Re: HSA rules for non-dependent child covered by my insurance plan

Not if she has non-HDHP coverage through her employer. Just because she has access to coverage does not prevent this. She can decline coverage through her employer and her father can select a family plan thru his work. The OP should clarify the details of both of their coverages. Although, I don't ...
by rooms222
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do used cars typically last?
Replies: 53
Views: 4109

Re: How long do used cars typically last?

In rust country, I have found Toyota and Mazda to still have weaknesses in rusting out quicker than other cars. Honda is roughly comparative to most American cars which do have advantages in that area. There is some softness in the user car market if you are flexible on what you are looking for.
by rooms222
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: iPhone Purchase - I'm getting Desperate!

There is starting to be some convergence on many higher level phones, as many of those phones have the radios for both systems because the new full 4g is the same technology for all networks. The Verizon version of the Iphone is in many ways the best because it is being shipped unlocked, due to a la...
by rooms222
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Overseas Windfall Tax [Dual citizenship]
Replies: 13
Views: 1083

Re: Overseas Windfall Tax [Dual citizenship]

This is a specialized area. I studied it in law school, but do not practice in it. I found this website helpful. http://www.expatattorneycpa.com/ The head of the firm offers a 30 minute consult for $300. Perhaps you should discuss your situation with him now as well as get a feel for whether he can ...
by rooms222
Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Antonio vs. Morgantown, WV for 2 docs
Replies: 99
Views: 6536

Re: San Antonio vs. Morgantown, WV for 2 docs

Morgantown does have a very non-typical vibe. The downtown reminds me of the Big Ten cities (like Bloomington and Champaign-Urbana) in the late 70's and 80's where rents for businesses are low enough that quirky businesses and restaurants can open, and there may be enough college students and facult...
by rooms222
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: life insurance for ex-wife
Replies: 53
Views: 4923

Re: life insurance for ex-wife

Did they also show you the sections about conversion and portability? Some plans state that there is a right to convert or port (usually to whole life), and some states continue that right until notice is actually given. This is a matter of much unsettled litigation if the plan does not deal with it...
by rooms222
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: USAA vs Vanguard
Replies: 67
Views: 4346

Re: USAA vs Vanguard

In discussions about the SSA, it has been noted that certain senior NCOs are allowed to have an SSA. It is clear that many enlisted do not get the SSA. It appears that once you reach the E-5 or E-6 or E-7 level on active duty (exactly which level either has changed or remains unclear), USAA will con...
by rooms222
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Leon and RingPlus
Replies: 11
Views: 892

Re: LG Leon and RingPlus

Now that I have used RingPlus (and listened through an ad while it connects my phone call), it reminds me of a service DW and I used to use in the 20th century. Googling helped me get a link about it! :-) Did anyone here use this back then? Yes, I still remember a lot of ads for bigdog.com and the ...
by rooms222
Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 179
Views: 12651

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Another Mazda Protege 2001 with 195,000 miles. Love the stick shift, and it made a 1,000 mile trip to NYC this year. Had the most fun driving it around the Bronx. Phasing it out for a 2013 Ford Focus 5-speed that was a great salvage title car, thus far.
by rooms222
Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Satellite Radio for a Car Not Specifically Wired
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Re: Satellite Radio for a Car Not Specifically Wired

Note that if you buy a used car with Sirius installed already, you can get a 2 month trial with no credit card- https://care.siriusxm.com/preownedvehic ... iew.action

If a dealer does it (any dealer that signs up- independent or branded), they give out a 3 month trial.
by rooms222
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [How long to clear a personal check?]
Replies: 42
Views: 3250

Re: The check is in the mail -- not

Under Georgia law, you allow 3 days for mail delivery. If it was sent, the legal presumption is that the most time it would take to get somewhere in the mail is three days (for domestic mail). If someone says they mailed something a week ago; they are likely lying. Tell them to overnight the replac...
by rooms222
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (Available)Red Wine for under $15 preferrably under $10
Replies: 106
Views: 15866

Re: Best (Available)Red Wine for under $15 preferrably under $10

Just to note that Lidl is a competitor to Aldi, and plans to enter the U.S. market soon. http://supermarketnews.com/retail-finan ... -expansion
by rooms222
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What govt assistance can I sign up for? (Unemployed for 1.5 yrs)
Replies: 17
Views: 2349

Re: What govt assistance can I sign up for? (Unemployed for 1.5 yrs)

The one thing that you could get in many states without an asset test anymore is expanded Medicaid. Virginia has not expanded Medicaid, so that does not appear likely at the present time in your case.
by rooms222
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA - online bill payment issues - anyone else?
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: USAA - online bill payment issues - anyone else?

When I have done periodic payments on USAA bill pay, I also discovered from experience that you have to go in and alter the periodic payment, or it will set up a payment of a different amount as a new payment. I had three different periodic payments set up on the same bill, and found that the system...
by rooms222
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Carpet to Sell Home
Replies: 38
Views: 2883

Re: Need New Carpet to Sell Home

As someone who bought a condo with new or newer light carpeting from the previous owner, it is the thing I am most dissatisfied with about the entire purchase. I almost didn't buy because of it. It made me push harder for a lower price because I did not want it, knowing that my child and even my hab...
by rooms222
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding a low cut work shoe with a thick sole
Replies: 12
Views: 1588

Re: Finding a low cut work shoe with a thick sole

I second the Doc Martens, but also I have really been liking these Blundstones I got at Sierra Trading Post. With coupons I found from Google, I got them for about $40/pair. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/blundstone~b~2180/
by rooms222
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 5286

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

In deciding to buy one, I looked at the fixed cost vs. cost of the pods for the nespresso or the k-cup. I had a DeLonghi espresso maker that worked fine, after I was taught how to use it by my daughter that worked at Peet´s as a barista, but my use was intermittent, and no one else in the family or ...
by rooms222
Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine Recs
Replies: 67
Views: 5286

Re: Espresso Machine Recs

I bought a Krups Falcon bean to cup machine, and it has been a big success. I used Seattle Coffee Gear´s YouTube videos to assure myself I was doing the right thing in making a big purchase for me. I bought it because I did not like the taste or cost of the K-cups, and I felt the Nespresso was expen...
by rooms222
Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using US Costco cash card in Canada - Are there Foreign Transaction Fees?
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Using US Costco cash card in Canada - Are there Foreign Transaction Fees?

More people do the Cash Card in the other direction, but several threads on this Canadian deals forum (like Fatwallet or Slickdeals.net in the U.S.) indicates that the exchange rate is near the spot market price for the Canadian card. http://forums.redflagdeals.com/usa-costco-what-best-way-pay-there...
by rooms222
Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using US Costco cash card in Canada - Are there Foreign Transaction Fees?
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Using US Costco cash card in Canada - Are there Foreign Transaction Fees?

In the reviews of Costco´s Canadian Cash Card on costco.ca, it states that they are not charged any foreign transaction fees when they use it in the USA stores, so you may be onto something.
by rooms222
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) model available
Replies: 28
Views: 3753

Re: Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) model available

Google has backpedaled some and has promised four years of support for Chromebooks. This article provides more details: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/new-an ... 30455.html
by rooms222
Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to save on prescription when you have high deductible plan?
Replies: 30
Views: 1533

Re: How to save on prescription when you have high deductible plan?

Costco Canada does not take regular U.S. Debit Cards. It does take ones with the MasterCard logo by processing them as a MasterCard. Most ATMs are now charging a fee for US cards. CIBC charged me $3 CDN, and USAA did give the surcharge back.
by rooms222
Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chandelier bulbs
Replies: 23
Views: 1801

Re: Chandelier bulbs

I have been using Feit and Ikea LEDs that are supposed to be dimmer compatible. I have had quite a few that have burned out. The light quality is ok. May remove the dimmer.
by rooms222
Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wintertime Tires
Replies: 28
Views: 2905

Re: Wintertime Tires

We live in Western New York and get lots of snow. Been using Nokian WGR models on several cars and are a good compromise "all weather" (with the snowflake), not be confused with an "all season tire". They were a revelation. With that said, if the OP is talking about possibly ser...
by rooms222
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 28 Year Old Facing Career Decision
Replies: 21
Views: 2658

Re: 28 Year Old Facing Career Decision

On the virtual job from NYC, New York has had many telecommuting job court cases that may make it difficult to escape paying taxes to them. Wisconsin is going to give you a credit for the New York state taxes paid, but not for the NYC city tax. https://www.revenue.wi.gov/pubs/pb125.pdf http://www.jo...
by rooms222
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apartment security deposit problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1559

Re: Apartment security deposit problem

This situation may be worth your time. Your state has stringent requirements for security deposits to always remain your money by always being in a separate bank account. The penalty for not doing so is 3 times your security deposit. Read more here: http://www.masslegalhelp.org/chapter-3-security-de...

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