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by rotorhead
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is there a point when a used car is too used to be worth buying?
Replies: 43
Views: 3111

Re: Is there a point when a used car is too used to be worth buying?

Not trying to be "snarky" toward the OP; but can't help wondering what sort of job one could have had at a "car company" for 25 years, where this sort of information would not have been learned via osmosis.

My apologies if any offense.
by rotorhead
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other
Replies: 22
Views: 1489

Re: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other

OP, I can't offer any advice as to what the problem might be with your unit; but you might want to take at look at http://www.appliancepartspros.com/ . Lots of troubleshooting information, with repair videos; and wide supply of parts as well. I have found this site extremely helpful - replaced the w...
by rotorhead
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJwine coupon, good deal or not
Replies: 13
Views: 874

Re: WSJwine coupon, good deal or not

This subject came up a couple of years ago. Here is link to the discussion. My response is next to last. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=123922 As others have noted this is really not that good a deal. Plenty of other ways to buy good wines at reasonable prices without bein...
by rotorhead
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Have a Fidelity account, should I open one at Vanguard too?
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: Have a Fidelity account, should I open one at Vanguard too?

fordp, both Fidelity and Vanguard are very good investment houses, with low cost index funds - the ER's are almost identical. If you need other than index funds, both have a wide variety to choose from. I've been a Fidelity customer for over 30 years, first through my company 401k which Fidelity man...
by rotorhead
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Door lock actuators: am I getting fleeced?
Replies: 23
Views: 2766

Re: Door lock actuators: am I getting fleeced?

coalcracker, these door locks are a common problem on Toyota and Lexus autos. They are the same parts on both cars. We had two failures on our RX-300, driver's side front; and passenger side rear, which the dealer quoted about $700 each to repair. The problem is usually failure of a very small elect...
by rotorhead
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners should consider flood insurance
Replies: 78
Views: 6558

Re: Homeowners should consider flood insurance

True story. In 1995, we had been in our newly built home in Palm Beach County, FL, for 3 months. Hurricane Roxanne was going round in circles in the Gulf of Mexico at the time, and feeding moisture into a low pressure trough across South Florida that centered over our area. We received 27 inches of ...
by rotorhead
Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace my Samsung Galaxy S4?
Replies: 43
Views: 2370

Re: Should I replace my Samsung Galaxy S4?

OP, I was facing similar dilemma; when my Samsung Galaxy S2 starting behaving badly. Phone itself is fine, but on/off switch starting activating on its own at random. Did some research; and could have repaired it myself by replacing the switch; but decided due to age of phone to replace it. I was ve...
by rotorhead
Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help me pick one Fidelity fund that will be all I need
Replies: 19
Views: 2343

Re: Help me pick one Fidelity fund that will be all I need

Re: Help me pick one Fidelity fund that will be all I need Post by rgs92 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:54 pm Why do you want a set and forget fund? I actually posted a question sometime back about why Fidelity had no equivalent to VBINX (vang. bal. index), or the advantaged version either. It's 3rd grade a...
by rotorhead
Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Identity theft protection
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Identity theft protection

Targeting American tourists for wallet/purse theft, especially older people, is a well developed "cottage industry" in the larger European cities. I strongly encourage anyone planning to travel there to take extra precautions.
by rotorhead
Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of buying a house while active duty
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Thinking of buying a house while active duty

Don't do it, RainyZ! You won't come out ahead, believe me. I spent 6 years in military, lived abroad as civilian for nearly 14 years + traveled in my job 30-40% of the time when I wasn't living overseas. So my "life experience" could be compared to life in the military I suppose. When my f...
by rotorhead
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Bond Funds, the Dog's Breakfast and FGNMX
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: Fidelity Bond Funds, the [Cat's Breakfast] and FGNMX

What is a cats breakfast :confused


Never heard of a "cat's breakfast" either. Where I come from, a dog's breakfast is a drink of water and a look around. Not sure how that fits this circumstance.
by rotorhead
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How is "in-state" determined?
Replies: 12
Views: 841

Re: How is "in-state" determined?

Just went through this with our student in Florida. She is qualified. State law is usually very specific about who qualifies for in-state tuition rates or not. It's a big difference. Try this web link for starters and do the research. https://www.google.com/search?trackid=sp-004-752&q=missouri+r...
by rotorhead
Sat May 14, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "Life Alert" type device for 98 year old grandparents
Replies: 16
Views: 1436

Re: Best "Life Alert" type device for 98 year old grandparents

Re: Best "Life Alert" type device for 98 year old grandparents Postby clip651 » Fri May 13, 2016 9:43 pm Check out Phillips Lifeline with the fall alert option. It does best with a landline, and has a base unit. You can get additional base units if the house or area covered are bigger tha...
by rotorhead
Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does home office deduction increase risk of audit?
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Does home office deduction increase risk of audit?

For the last 3 years of my working life, I worked out of home office. I claimed every relevant, legitimate deduction available; and never had a question by the IRS. My experience over the years has been that if the math is correct, the penmanship is good (solved with Tax software), and the deduction...
by rotorhead
Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cellphone (US) for an 85-year-old newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: Cellphone (US) for an 85-year-old newbie

For this particular person, Consumer Cellular no doubt about it. Their service and phone selection is tailored precisely to such a customer. Check them out. https://www.consumercellular.com/ They are MVNO, using AT&T & T-Mobile networks; if service coverage in his area is good, should be fin...
by rotorhead
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try Off Lease Only in FL before?
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Re: Anyone try Off Lease Only in FL before?

MikeZ, there was a question about Off Lease a couple years ago, and here is link to that thread. You can see my post second down. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=131050 I have no experience with them since then; but I would imagine not much different now. If you are an astu...
by rotorhead
Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mailing a US Passport in for Renewal
Replies: 19
Views: 2557

Re: Mailing a US Passport in for Renewal

I just renewed my passport for the umpteenth time. Mailed the application + expiring passport via Certified mail to the U. S. Passport Center in Philadelphia, which was a post office box by the way. Received my new passport 15 days later. Luck? Maybe. Sometimes the government agencies do perform well.
by rotorhead
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Longtime AT&T customer looking for MVNO cell provider
Replies: 23
Views: 2298

Re: Longtime AT&T customer looking for MVNO cell provider

IF you have been satisfied with the area of coverage with AT&T, you might take a look at Consumer Cellular first. They are MVNO who use the AT&T network. They also use T Mobile's network as well. We were long term customers of AT&T, and made the change to CC more than 3 years ago; and ha...
by rotorhead
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Plan Update
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Plan Update

Post by Retired ST » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:00 pm Thanks for input. VTINX Vanguard Target Retirement Income Fund looks good, but putting everything in one fund makes me nervous. I know - it's psychological. I originally told my wife to invest it all in an S & P 500 index fund, take half of the ear...
by rotorhead
Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Suggestion for updating "Asking Portfolio Questions" thread
Replies: 95
Views: 10965

Re: "Asking portfolio questions"

Re: "Asking portfolio questions" Postby sawhorse » Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:45 am Phineas J. Whoopee wrote: With a general range of portfolio size I personally think the percentages work very well. Others, including you, may differ, but if I had a vote, which I don't, I'd say no to this proposa...
by rotorhead
Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Your 2016 Financial To-Do List: Month by Month"
Replies: 5
Views: 1568

Re: "Your 2016 Financial To-Do List: Month by Month"

I saw that too, Taylor. Very good reminder summary. I bookmarked it.
by rotorhead
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather alerts
Replies: 11
Views: 1070

Re: weather alerts

Just tune in your car radio on the hour or half-hour to whichever "local" am radio station you can receive as you transit a particular area. Also, Weatherbug is a great app for your smart phone. It will track your progress, and provides up-to-date info. I use it all the time. When you get ...
by rotorhead
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ship car from overseas or sell it?
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Ship car from overseas or sell it?

Sell it there for all the reasons stated by other posters. If you purchased the car in Germany, it likely will not pass emissions standards testing here. You will incur additional costs to comply. Some lighting standards are different as well. Many years ago I shipped a car to Europe and back again ...
by rotorhead
Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?
Replies: 89
Views: 8727

Re: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?

BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another? Report this post Quote Postby ThankYouJack » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:30 pm I'm considering buying a used high mileage BMW but don't want to be a huge money pit. It's fine if it's more expensive than a Civic but I don't wan...
by rotorhead
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mailboxes freezing shut?
Replies: 31
Views: 2214

Re: mailboxes freezing shut?

Not a big problem here in South Florida. 8-)
by rotorhead
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading BH Posts on an iPhone 6S Plus
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: Reading BH Posts on an iPhone 6S Plus

I read the forum on my android, in "desk top" mode and see everything same as normal. I have read somewhere; but can't remember for sure that Apple ios does not support "desktop" mode. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can comment whether that's correct or not.
by rotorhead
Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"
Replies: 46
Views: 7133

Re: Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"

I read the article yesterday the old fashioned way - stood at the mag rack at Barnes & Noble; and read it there. 8-) Didn't take long. Excellent piece.
by rotorhead
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor gas grill recommendation
Replies: 58
Views: 3907

Re: Outdoor gas grill recommendation

A few months ago replaced a very well used 20-year old Modern Home Products (MHP) WNK model gas grill with a Weber Spirit E310. Both natural gas grills. Replaced the MHP burner and grates several times over its life; the case was built like a nuclear submarine. Looked pretty bad; and was really beat...
by rotorhead
Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: USAA vs Vanguard
Replies: 67
Views: 5266

Re: USAA vs Vanguard

Excellent point, dbr. Thanks for pointing that out. We sometimes overlook the obvious when caught up in such discussions.
by rotorhead
Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: USAA vs Vanguard
Replies: 67
Views: 5266

Re: USAA vs Vanguard

Scottactual, you didn't say whether you are currently an active service member; only that you are USAA member. If you are active service, there could be advantages to keeping insurance, banking, investments, etc. with USAA as a matter of convenience; albeit at slightly higher ER's for investment fun...
by rotorhead
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Cell Plan
Replies: 21
Views: 2472

Re: New Cell Plan

Re: New Cell Plan Post by P&C actuary » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:27 pm I use consumer cellular. Sim card is free. No contract, pay monthly. So you could try it for a month and cancel if it didn't work out. And if you are over 50, there is a 5% for AARP members. https://www.consumercellular.com/ I too...
by rotorhead
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saddleback Leather [briefcase] - Alternatives ??
Replies: 13
Views: 3077

Re: Saddleback Leather [briefcase] - Alternatives ??

Take a look at the Hartman Heritage Slim Brief, if you like a traditional look case. http://shop.hartmann.com/business I liked this particular model, because it "stands up", allowing easy access to files, note pads, computer, etc. They are made from "belting leather"; same as sad...
by rotorhead
Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired 10+ years
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Re: Retired 10+ years

Been retired 12+ years now; and enjoying it very much. I traveled internationally a lot in my working life; and I do miss that aspect, but life is probably better now than it's ever been. We live in a very nice area, and it's most enjoyable. Find out what you really enjoy doing, and then do it! Abov...
by rotorhead
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Total Wine Store
Replies: 27
Views: 1974

Re: Total Wine Store

We've had a Total Wine in our town here in FL for several years now. The location is such that it's extremely convenient for me to stop by there - perhaps too convenient. Their inventory of beer, wine and liquor is second to none, the staff is extremely knowledgeable; and it's a great place to find ...
by rotorhead
Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth repairing a dishwasher?
Replies: 22
Views: 1790

Re: Worth repairing a dishwasher?

Check out the website, appliancepartspro.com. Best place on the internet for trouble shooting and repairing home appliances. I've used their help to repair clothes dryer, fridge ice maker; and dishwasher. Dish washer is 20 years old and working better than ever. One question I didn't see asked. Have...
by rotorhead
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 65284

Re: upgrade to Windows 10?

Re: upgrade to Windows 10? Report this post Quote Unread postby jchef » Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:20 pm rotorhead wrote: I will stick to Win 7 until I need a new computer; may be a while. Windows 7 support ends in January 2020. When the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends in July of next year, end of suppo...
by rotorhead
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 65284

Re: upgrade to Windows 10?

Re: upgrade to Windows 10? Quote texasdiver Post by texasdiver » Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:06 pm What is it that you think Windows 10 will do for you that Windows 7 won't do? Frankly it is really all about the applications not the operating system. If it isn't broke I wouldn't fix it. I have various PCs a...
by rotorhead
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Big Expenses to Plan for in Retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 3582

Re: Big Expenses to Plan for in Retirement

Maintenance of your home will no doubt be the largest one, unless you have kids in college. Consider the age of your home, and its condition prior to retirement. How long do you expect to continue living in it; and what maintenance items can you expect to encounter? Plan for it. I've been retired fo...
by rotorhead
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is stock market so reactionary to news on daily basis?
Replies: 46
Views: 3437

Re: Why is stock market so reactionary to news on daily basis?

I always loved this old cartoon from The New Yorker. It comes from long before CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg; or any of the other 24-hour news channels. I think of it every time I watch one of those channels for more than a few minutes. http://imgc-cn.artprintimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/61/6147/U...
by rotorhead
Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator repair issue
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Refrigerator repair issue

While waiting for your ace repair team to show up, take a look at http://www.appliancepartspros.com/ Lots of good information and help there. Click on the "Get Repair Help" tab, and follow the leads. I have found it immensely helpful.
by rotorhead
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to purchase a summer hat
Replies: 26
Views: 3288

Re: Best place to purchase a summer hat

Your local golf shop should have a reasonable selection of hats.
by rotorhead
Mon May 11, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dishwasher service plan
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: dishwasher service plan

Re: dishwasher service plan Report this post Quote Unread postby Pajamas » Fri May 08, 2015 6:31 pm The advice you are being given is good. Some appliance companies derive their entire profit from selling the service or warranty plans. Years ago, I was with a friend buying a television at one of th...
by rotorhead
Mon May 11, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Homeowners Insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 2589

Re: Florida Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance in Florida is a hotly debated, and contentious issue; with politics playing a significant role. We have been here 20 years; and our hazard insurance is with USAA, and windstorm coverage is with Citizens. Flood insurance is administered by USAA, but is underwritten via the Nation...
by rotorhead
Mon May 11, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International - Who really is at 40%
Replies: 93
Views: 9244

Re: International - Who really is at 40%

Int'l allocation plan is 27%, currently sitting at 24.5%. No changes foreseen.
by rotorhead
Mon May 11, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Company Do You Have Auto Insurance With?
Replies: 105
Views: 8742

Re: Which Company Do You Have Auto Insurance With?

USAA for auto and home. 49 year member.
by rotorhead
Tue May 05, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French press recommendation?
Replies: 32
Views: 3495

Re: French press recommendation?

Don't know if they are still made or not, but we've had a Bodum for long time. Don't use it that much anymore, but it makes good coffee.
by rotorhead
Tue May 05, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do you keep track of your investments?
Replies: 48
Views: 4160

Re: How do you keep track of your investments?

Postby tractorguy » Mon May 04, 2015 4:56 pm I use Quicken Premier on a Windows computer. Cost at Amazon (don't buy direct from Quicken) is $69.00 for Quicken Premier 2015 (which is the version you would need to buy). This will give you automatic downloads of all transactions from your Vanguard &am...
by rotorhead
Tue May 05, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal car maintenance - Lexus serviced by Toyota
Replies: 49
Views: 8026

Re: Frugal car maintenance - Lexus serviced by Toyota

Re: Frugal car maintenance - Lexus serviced by Toyota Post by livesoft » Tue May 05, 2015 5:02 pm If I could piggyback, how about collision damage and body work? Do folks get collision damage on a Lexus repaired at Toyota, Lexus, DIY, or elsewhere? What has been your experience? We have personal ex...
by rotorhead
Sun May 03, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Polls Disabled
Replies: 60
Views: 8037

Re: Polls Disabled

I am glad to see the polls disappear. I thought they were a distraction at best, and at worst a nuisance. Bogleheads Forum is a terrific resource, which I personally find enormously informative and helpful. And we all enjoy it for free. It surely consumes a lot of Alex's and the mod's time; and if t...
by rotorhead
Sun May 03, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telemarketing by Cell /Increase with Consumer Cellular
Replies: 32
Views: 2905

Re: Telemarketing by Cell /Increase with Consumer Cellular

We are Consumer Cellular customer for nearly 3 years now, ported 2 numbers over from AT&T; and have never received spam call nor text on either phone. Added a 3rd phone, with new CC assigned number about 10 months ago; and no spam calls on that one either. Maybe we're just lucky. Will post a fol...

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