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by squirm
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 3048

Re: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

After reading everyone's input, I've concluded a cheap Lumia phone will do for now and get the job done. Which phone did you get? Starting lower end is a good choice so you can upgrade to a mid-tier phone if needed without going towards the pricey top tier. The Cricket 2.5GB plan is probably a bit ...
by squirm
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?
Replies: 263
Views: 24661

Re: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?

I noticed that the driver's side mirror on the Acura has the outer edge angled out differently from the rest of the mirror. The idea is to provide a wider field of vision outward. However, I found this to be quite distracting and didn't like it a bit when test driving the vehicle. None of the other...
by squirm
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Web filter for children
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Web filter for children

Our daughter will be 8 soon. Currently I have Firefox on her Surface, with a plug in that let's me white list. So everytime she wants to go to a different website, it ask for a password, which I will enter, if I approve it. Just wondering what everyone else does for their kids, as far as protecting ...
by squirm
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 3048

Re: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

Hi everyone,I really appreciate all the replies. I've decided to just get another Windows phone for her. The reasons are many. However, my wife knows how to use my Windows phone already. There's good integration with hotmail and outlook. I've read others day get Gmail, but that doesn't make since. W...
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 3048

Re: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

My wife/me both have Windows Phone (8.1) and have been WP users for years without any problem related to what you are reporting. Are you sure your phone has the latest updates? Anyway, there are alternatives to the WP IE if you're interested in exploring: http://www.wpxbox.com/6-best-web-browser-wi...
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 3048

Re: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

This doesn't sound good if you Are saying there's no integration with hotmail and outlook? She isn't going to care about the look of the home screen.
There's no way she'll change email addresses after having hotmail for 15 years.
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?
Replies: 263
Views: 24661

Re: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?

Anything that can protect me or my wife on the road is good. I see to many close calls from drivers that are texting.
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ subscription, any deals?
Replies: 15
Views: 1750

WSJ subscription, any deals?


After reading about the paywall barrier for the WSJ, it reminded me I have to renew my subscription. I can't find any legit deals for a year. Anyone know where to get a legitimate year long deal?
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?
Replies: 49
Views: 3048

wife needs phone. Android, iPhone or Windows phone?

My wife will be upgrading her cellphone from the old style clamshell. This proves peak phone has been reached :) My question, which of the three types should she get? My Windows phone browser constantly crashes, but I like the integration with hotmail, outlook, and I love the WordFlow keyboard. The ...
by squirm
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't read WSJ articles through Google anymore. Paywall change?
Replies: 15
Views: 1645

Re: Can't read WSJ articles through Google anymore. Paywall change?

I've noticed that too. But I've been stonewalled after clicking on a WSJ link from google news. I wish they would just remove the links that require a subscription.
by squirm
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New neighbor turning their house into vacation rental
Replies: 41
Views: 4561

New neighbor turning their house into vacation rental

Basically the title says it all. Old neighbors of 25 years, moved out. New neighbors bought the house with cash (Bay Area). Now they want to turn it into a vacation rental. Everyone on the block is upset, we are in a small semi-rural area, people coming and going doesn't fit with the characteristics...
by squirm
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy
Replies: 36
Views: 3695

Re: Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy

dmbfan4life20,
Sounds like you made out very good. It sounds like this was a new car?
Bluebook list the car at about $20k, I doubt I can get it down $3k, in fact I believe margins are higher on new vs used. Thanks for the info.
by squirm
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy
Replies: 36
Views: 3695

Re: Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy

Thanks for that info....So how do you negotiate with a predetermined amount on a cashiers check? I guess have it made in a specific lower amount and then have some cash?
by squirm
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy
Replies: 36
Views: 3695

Buying used car from dealer, tell me your strategy

Considering purchase of a 2013 car from a dealer. Haven't bought a used car in 20 years. Usually buy new and keep them for 15 years, but can't justify a new car as a commuter. This car will replace a 15 year old car. What is the strategy for a used car? it's $20k. Bluebook says that's about right, w...
by squirm
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet

Do you guys think this coupon will work at Staples?
http://m.staples.com/skmobreswidget/coupons
by squirm
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet

I like to buy from Bestbuy as they will match online prices.
by squirm
Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1
Replies: 26
Views: 2581

Re: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1

I have the Sonos 1. I have 6 of them. I also bought the Sonos 3's, brought both home to compare, frankly couldn't tell the difference so brought the 3's back. Plus the 1's are easier to tuck out of the way. Sonos has apps for smartphones and there's 3rd party apps for Windows phones. I'm happy with ...
by squirm
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet

I'm still not seeing it
by squirm
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Surface 3 tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Where to buy Surface 3 tablet

Looking to buy the Surface 3 tablet with 128gb. Bestbuy had a sale for $500, but missed it. Trying to scour the net to find it less than the current price of $585-$599, so far not much luck. Someone know where it's priced less?
by squirm
Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card offer from Hawaiin Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Credit card offer from Hawaiin Airlines

Just got back from Hawaii, wife and I always have a great time. Used my Chase Saphire points. Flight cost us a whole $23 for 3 of us. Hawaiian Airlines passed out credit card apps with 50,000 miles, instead of the usual 35,000. They also offer one time 50% off companion. $89 per year. Don't care abo...
by squirm
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: airline seating arrangement
Replies: 32
Views: 2604

Re: airline seating arrangement

Using letters makes sense :happy
I thought of that seat going unassigned too, but the way planes run full, I thought it'd probably get taken.... The flight is still a month away and is getting full according to the seat map.
by squirm
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: airline seating arrangement
Replies: 32
Views: 2604

Re: airline seating arrangement

Thanks guys,I changed from being in the 4 column to the 2 and 4.... As someone said, 2 aisles and a window vs 1 aisle.
The son gets the window and I'll sit next to him while the wife can get the fourer....lol
by squirm
Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: airline seating arrangement
Replies: 32
Views: 2604

airline seating arrangement

Will be taking a 5 hour flight with family of three. It's 2-4-2 configuration. Would you rather seat two in "2" and one in the "4", or three in the "4".
Hope this makes sense.
by squirm
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 126
Views: 11871

Re: What do you guys do on the side?

My wife and I have great paying jobs, no debt, and are always looking for ways to build more wealth. We are working towards the 2 comma club, but would like to get there a lot faster than our current projections. So... how many of you have a "side hustle"? How much has it contributed to y...
by squirm
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too many credit cards, what to do?
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Too many credit cards, what to do?

I have gone for the credit card signup bonuses. Overall they have worked out pretty good. My question is, now between my wife and I we have about six credit cards. Two are sock drawered, the other four we use. Is it best to cancel the sock drawered cards? We haven't used them in years. We already to...
by squirm
Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real estate agent responsibilities
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Real estate agent responsibilities

Hi folks, I have a rental house that I am preparing to sell that is two hours away. Every weekend for the past few months I have been driving there to fix things, let in contractors, pay contractors, etc etc. Needless to say, it's a pain trying to coordinate with contractors esp if they don't work o...
by squirm
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rent up fee from property management
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Rent up fee from property management

I'm terminating my agreement with my property management company. They are charging me a rent up fee for a tenant that was going to be moving in, in about 3 weeks. The property management said the tenant signed a consideration agreement/fee to justify the rent up fee, which is being refunded. I am u...
by squirm
Sat May 30, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 760
Views: 114388

Re: Tesla S

Etm, I like the volt too because of the range issue, I'm thinking about getting a 2016.
by squirm
Sat May 30, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 760
Views: 114388

Re: Tesla S

If you have the money and buying a Tesla won't put you in financial dire, go for it. We all only live once. Didn't read the entire thread, if you bought the Tesla hope you're enjoying it. Try out a super charging station, if you can.
by squirm
Sat May 30, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sending in laptop for repairs, what about sensitive software?
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Sending in laptop for repairs, what about sensitive software?

I'm having multiple issues with it, webcam light stays on (checked numerous times for viruses with different checkers, none found), touchpad sticks on pressed positions, locks up once a week. I was into computers 10 years ago, but sorta lost interest, and fell behind in knowledge. First time I ever ...
by squirm
Sat May 30, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sending in laptop for repairs, what about sensitive software?
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Sending in laptop for repairs, what about sensitive software?

My laptop is under warranty and is giving me issues. I will be sending it in for repairs. However I have sensitive data on it, such as my taxes, pictures etc. I also have installed software on it. What should I do before shipping it out? I'd like to wipe it clean then restore all my software when it...
by squirm
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hate where we live, do we make major changes?
Replies: 132
Views: 14272

Re: Hate where we live, do we make major changes?

I was in the same position a few years ago. I had moved from CA to NV to be near family when I was 54. I was saving a ton of money because it was so incredibly cheap to live there. But I was bored out of my mind and I hated the cold winters. Ironically, I was diagnosed with breast cancer two months...
by squirm
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you watch commercials?
Replies: 42
Views: 2697

Re: Do you watch commercials?

I watch live sports so I see plenty of commercials. I DVR my tv shows and start watching them 10 minutes after they start so i can FF commercials. When I watch sports I have my laptop with me, so I just surf the internet during the commercials. I am happy with the system I have. I used to have a me...
by squirm
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you watch commercials?
Replies: 42
Views: 2697

Re: Do you watch commercials?

I have such a negative visceral reaction to advertising and marketing that it's bordering on irrational. I at least mute advertisements on TV or switch the channel. I try to ignore the big sign trucks that drive by. I ignore gas station TV. I don't look at billboards. I turn off the radio in betwee...
by squirm
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you watch commercials?
Replies: 42
Views: 2697

Re: Halfway

Watch, but do not listen. The gods invented the mute button for a reason. Their some drugs that I have seen commercials for and still have no idea what the drug is for. We also have XM and at times listen to CNBC in the car, obviously we can't avoid commercials there. The stupidest ad my wife and I...
by squirm
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you watch commercials?
Replies: 42
Views: 2697

Re: Do you watch commercials?

Only during the NFL season when my team is playing. I've been thinking about rigging up a home DVR solution (easy enough) so I can cut that out too. I DVR my NFL team too. It took a little getting used to, but now I can't watch football live anymore. I still watch the whole game but can blow by the...
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 4817

Re: help me speed up my computer

Add some more memory that will help. If you really want to speed it up, add an SSD drive. Some people really hate Windows 8, but I like it, I have no problems with it and it's very fast. Or wait and get a free Windows 10 update later this year. Click Run, type msconfig and see which programs start w...
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on replacing tires?
Replies: 72
Views: 6640

Re: Thoughts on replacing tires?

Don't go cheap with tires! Put some decent tires on you car from a tire shop. I generally negotiate 5-10 bucks off a tire. They generally bite.
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you watch commercials?
Replies: 42
Views: 2697

Do you watch commercials?

Tonight on the evening news, there was a segment regarding how some cable channels are speeding up shows in order to insert another commercial or two. I turned to my wife and asked, when was the last time we watched a commercial? for the past ten years, we DVR everything, including sports. Unless we...
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 52
Views: 15658

Re: $400 reward to open Chase accounts

I did this with them a couple of years ago for something like a $200 bonus and it went OK. I got a 1099 form then the next year showing that as interest income so you should expect that. In my case though I did not get the 1099 until March after I already filed my taxes so I had to file an amended ...
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 52
Views: 15658

Re: $400 reward to open Chase accounts

JGoneRiding wrote:Do u have to get an offer in the mail? Or can u go in and just ask for it? Guess I.need to read my junk mail more closely!

Targeted mailing. I had like 4 offers in the mail.
by squirm
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension vs 401K
Replies: 8
Views: 674

Pension vs 401K

There has been a debate within a few friends regarding which retirement scheme they'd rather be receiving at retirement. The way I see it, Benefit of a pension: Worry free investment. You just receive the monthly income Some pension plans have COLA's and survivor benefits In general the longer you l...
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400 reward to open Chase accounts
Replies: 52
Views: 15658

Re: $400 reward to open Chase accounts

Wife and I did the same thing. Easiest $800 ever made.
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your dumbest financial decision?
Replies: 172
Views: 17555

Re: What was your dumbest financial decision?

Keeping upwards of 30k in a normal savings account for the past 3 years. Could have made an additional 15k if I had just stuck it in a total market or S&P fund. But that's backwards looking. Nobody has a crystal ball. I keep money in a CD as a cash cushion. Could have made more in the stock mar...
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the median 401K worth?
Replies: 8
Views: 2437

What is the median 401K worth?

Last night on CBS nightly news, the anchor said the median net worth of a 401k was $59k. I found this odd. I'm assuming their using the median age of an account too, perhaps someone in their 40's, so they would have another 20 years to add to it. However, if I remember correctly, Fidelity indicated ...
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended car warranty - worth it?
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: Extended car warranty - worth it?

KyleAAA wrote:My understanding is that extended warranties not backed by the manufacturer often have so many loopholes as to be useless.


I have heard the same thing. If I did a warranty it would only be a factory one.
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Buying the Boglehead Way (1st Time Buyer)
Replies: 46
Views: 6324

Re: Home Buying the Boglehead Way (1st Time Buyer)

I have bought a few homes in the past. Understand the best way to go about it is assume nobody will be watching your back. I did all researching myself. Usually the agents know nothing, but they can unlock the doors. I asked my agents to sit down and let me look around and not to try and sell me the...
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Test drive new vehicle without sales pressure?
Replies: 60
Views: 5958

Re: Test drive new vehicle without sales pressure?

I just go into the dealer and tell them I'm only there for a test drive and have other unrelated appointments in 90 minutes.
by squirm
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended car warranty - worth it?
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: Extended car warranty - worth it?

Some factory extended warranties you can buy from another dealer outside of your state for lower prices.
It just depends on the individual. If you get a decent deal on a warranty and like a piece of mind, then perhaps it's worth it.
by squirm
Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming music on demand
Replies: 16
Views: 910

Re: Streaming music on demand

Hi guys,
We do have our own music, but it's all 80's pop stuff...Most of the time, we'd rather listen to new age, etc.
We do have an Amazon prime account, as a rewards perk from a opened CC account, however we have a Sonos system, which doesn't include a Amazon Prime app.

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