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by squirm
Wed May 23, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car in Denver, CO
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: Rental car in Denver, CO

Try Turo.
by squirm
Mon May 21, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 4764

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

Bay Area Bogleheads in the market for a new EV, I just got an insane deal on the new 2018 Nissan Leaf. 2018 Nissan Leaf SV w/ Tech Package (midrange model) 36,000 MSRP - 3,000 PG&E discount - 2,500 Vehicle Purchase Program (technically not allowed to stack with PG&E discount but I drove a hard barg...
by squirm
Sun May 20, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Door Dash: Has anyone used?
Replies: 14
Views: 1750

Re: Door Dash: Has anyone used?

I have some family members that get meals delivered to them. They enjoy it, however I think in reality they just like packages showing up on their doorsteps. As my friend says, it's like Santa comes and makes good delivery.

I agree it's glorified, but I've never used that particular service.
by squirm
Sun May 20, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Autopilot, worth it?
Replies: 32
Views: 2149

Tesla Autopilot, worth it?

Wife and I have been considering a model 3. One reason I'd go for the Tesla is the supercharger network. However when considering the options, I'm not sure if the autopilot is worth it. I'm very particular about driving, in that I always want to be in full control, so I'm not sure how autopilot will...
by squirm
Sat May 19, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase CS playing games w/me
Replies: 28
Views: 2722

Re: Chase CS playing games w/me

Interest accumulates daily. All payments pay off accumulated interest first, then principal. So, when was your last regular payment and how many days have elapsed? Only way to apply entire extra amount to principal reduction is to add it on top of a regular payment. Sounds like their CS person was ...
by squirm
Sat May 19, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Micromanaging myself to help with completing tasks
Replies: 15
Views: 1347

Re: Micromanaging myself to help with completing tasks

My wife and I are always incredibly busy. I try and see if I can be more productive anywhere from making lunches, emptying the dishwasher, making dinner, mowing the fields, cutting firewood, etc etc. We work full time, and have kids so every minute counts outside of that. We were just talking tonigh...
by squirm
Thu May 17, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4315

Re: New motorcycle rider

https://s31.postimg.cc/rtu36jdgr/dangerdoom.jpg It's an interesting phenomenon that older people tend to perceive the world as much more dangerous than in the past. But in many cases, it's just not true. If you'd like to bowl for confirmation bias, here's the source I used. http://www.iihs.org/iihs...
by squirm
Wed May 16, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car from MDW
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Rental car from MDW

Looks like the week we want to go to MDW the rental car agencies are charging $400 for a week. I can rent the same type of car away from the airport (Ridge) for about half the price. I was thinking about an Uber to the car rental agency from the airport...Funny enough I can drop it off at MDW for no...
by squirm
Wed May 16, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4315

Re: New motorcycle rider

The bike riders on our commute are on a suicide mission through four lanes of traffic. Although I've yet to see one ride responsible. Usually they weave in and out at high rates of speed, split lanes doing 85, I had some idiot blow by me doing about 110 and try to get as close as possible to my side...
by squirm
Mon May 07, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way
Replies: 78
Views: 5949

Re: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way

Our newborns and toddlers ended up thrashing our cars to some degree. I'd rather not get a new car, unless it's like a two door.
by squirm
Sun May 06, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?
Replies: 61
Views: 4378

Re: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?

We rarely go. Generally we'll rent a PPV. Much easier and would rather just watch from our living room. Screen size doesn't impress me, esp with decent size tv's now.
by squirm
Sun May 06, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-mobile military deal for families
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: T-mobile military deal for families

I think Sprint still has their free promo offer. I have spent $0 on cell for wife and I since late last year.
by squirm
Sat May 05, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803
Replies: 91
Views: 8931

Re: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803

Apple has total control of the hardware and of course their operating system...and everything in between. I have a Surface, no problem with the update. I think one issue with Windows side of things is the huge variety of computer makers, boards etc. Although I have used Macs in the past, I'd never g...
by squirm
Fri May 04, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1079

Re: Used car suggestions

you can get a nice Accord or Camry or Civic. They have proven track records. You'll get a 150 responses, but a used Accord or a Camry or Civic sell at a premium for a reason...why complicate things. I like the Hondo Civic hybrid. He likes my Cmax because it sits up higher than a sedan. How old of a...
by squirm
Fri May 04, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1079

Re: Used car suggestions

you can get a nice Accord or Camry or Civic. They have proven track records. You'll get a 150 responses, but a used Accord or a Camry or Civic sell at a premium for a reason...why complicate things.
by squirm
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Android browser do you use?
Replies: 44
Views: 2559

What Android browser do you use?

I said bye bye to Chrome since Google put the address bar at the top and then just recently removed the "Chrome Home" function in the experimental functions. Not sure why anyone would like the address bat at top, makes using one hand much more difficult. Anyways, I resorted to Yandex, so far so good...
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family vacationing
Replies: 40
Views: 3718

Re: Family vacationing

Looking for any advice from anyone who has been or is in a similar situation. Tight budget, a couple kids, 8 and 5, and we have never been on a major vacation. We live off mainly 1 income, wife works part time, kids aren't into Disney and traveling. We usually do day trips or 1-2 overnights out of ...
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a passport?
Replies: 64
Views: 5751

Re: How can I get a passport?

We got the passport awhile ago. What a pain, hate the post office, never want to deal with a postal employee again....at least it's done. I didn’t deal with PO for passport. But for mailing options I have mostly experienced cheerful, helpful people. The guy who delivers our mail is great...have a f...
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5025

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

I can see not liking surround if you had a crappy setup. It really shouldn't be obvious and distracting and doesn't take a lot of money to get right. I think the problem for us was when I turn on the TV I'm not looking to be dazzled with sound, I really don't care what the newscasters sound like an...
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a passport?
Replies: 64
Views: 5751

Re: How can I get a passport?

We got the passport awhile ago. What a pain, hate the post office, never want to deal with a postal employee again....at least it's done.
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 10779

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

I'll try and offset the $20 by cutting elsewhere...or maybe just drop prime...we'll see. I like Amazon, wish I purchased the stock even when Henry said to buy at $400.
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5025

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

We got the big old system and NEVER use it. Watch TV too much but never use the surround sound. Wouldn't bother with it when we move. Waste of money to us. I remember when I bought the surround speakers for a big CRT I had...that was when surround was all the rave...never enjoyed it....didn't seem ...
by squirm
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5025

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

I've never liked separate speakers for the TV, we just use the built in ones...However for speakers, I like Sonos.
by squirm
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long have you been unemployed?
Replies: 60
Views: 5506

Re: How long have you been unemployed?

My friend is unemployed, got laid off a few years ago. complains there's no work but doesn't even look...he'd would rather stay at home and play around...fortunately I've always been employed...
by squirm
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?
Replies: 87
Views: 5031

Re: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?

I keep the cars going too. My wife calls me if she breaks down which thankfully isn't often. But I've told her to call the insurance if I can't come out to help her. Last time she broke down was a dead battery in the Wally world parking lot. she called me and I came over and I jumped it and then rep...
by squirm
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap cell phone plans
Replies: 60
Views: 5298

Re: Cheap cell phone plans

theplayer11 wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:55 pm
cricket 5 lines for $100, 5gb/line is tough to beat
Sprint has a year free. tough to beat that.
by squirm
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5860

Re: Costco gas

Our Honda runs fine on just about any gas I buy. I've seen very long lines at Costco. We are members at Sam's, we've never had to wait in line. I've noticed that too. Wonder why. They always have the same price and is the lowest in the area. I think the simple explanation is that Costco has more sh...
by squirm
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco gas
Replies: 67
Views: 5860

Re: Costco gas

Our Honda runs fine on just about any gas I buy. I've seen very long lines at Costco. We are members at Sam's, we've never had to wait in line.
by squirm
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 52 oz, the new orange juice size?
Replies: 21
Views: 1684

52 oz, the new orange juice size?

I'm seeing more and more 52oz sizes, simply orange is the new perp using this on us victims.
by squirm
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with poorly assigned hotel rooms?
Replies: 41
Views: 3309

Re: Dealing with poorly assigned hotel rooms?

This is why we stay at a single family house whenever we go somewhere thru VRBO. I gave up with hotels. Once I had to go outside and physically threaten the piece of garbage that was making noises. Another time the couple next door decided to have super loud indoor sport noises. We've found that at ...
by squirm
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?
Replies: 49
Views: 3570

Re: What percentage of you 2017 income can you account for?

We don't track anything, really. We put away plenty of money before our paychecks even hit our account and then spend what's left. I could look back at credit card receipts, but there's really no reason to at this point until we need to increase our cash flow. So, zero percent i suppose. Neither do...
by squirm
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?
Replies: 24
Views: 1612

Re: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?

It seems like most things I'm buying at home Depot now popup during the checkout so the clerk can ask if I want to buy some stupid extended warranty for it.
by squirm
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a passport?
Replies: 64
Views: 5751

Re: How can I get a passport?

I don't know why the OP is dissing the post office. It was a piece of cake dealing with them to get my passport. Perhaps he just went to one that was overworked, and he should try another one. FedEx and UPS in my area make the post office look like it is run by angels. The post office does not heav...
by squirm
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Safe vs Safety Deposit Box
Replies: 84
Views: 17109

Re: Home Safe vs Safety Deposit Box

I discontinued my safe deposit box years ago. I found it inconvenient and costly. I went with a basic 2' x 2' home safe which is anchored to the concrete slab in an inconspicuous corner of the garage with a cardboard box covering it. It is mostly for fire protection but unless a thief is planning t...
by squirm
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [When is going out to a restaurant worth it to you?]
Replies: 71
Views: 5440

Re: [When is going out to a restaurant worth it to you?]

We don't really enjoy eating out. My wife is allergic to msg and restaurants love that stuff. We generally eat next to our wood burning stove in comfort or looking out our acreage of wooded property instead of eating out. I hate being packed into a room having to watch other people eat. I tell my wi...
by squirm
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new bedroom furniture
Replies: 23
Views: 1282

Re: Need new bedroom furniture

We buy good quality furniture, unless I know it will get beaten up. I like the distressed furniture look that way when it gets scratched it's not noticable. We went to a couple of furniture stores, I was very surprised by the crap quality. I even had one salesmen confess they sell garbage. I general...
by squirm
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is saving 0.5% worth paying in cash?
Replies: 11
Views: 1484

Re: Is saving 0.5% worth paying in cash?

I pay almost everything with credit card, why not? If there's an issue I've got some protection at least and get a little reward for it.
by squirm
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health club memberships
Replies: 34
Views: 2963

Re: Health club memberships

I'd rather go to a more expensive one. Tried the ten buck one years ago, way way too crowded at prime times. Made for terrible workouts.
by squirm
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health club memberships
Replies: 34
Views: 2963

Re: Health club memberships

Try your health insurance, see if they have incentives.
by squirm
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big time home inspection issues
Replies: 44
Views: 5230

Re: Big time home inspection issues

Stuff that you can't see can be a huge issue, esp knob and tube wiring.... Plumbing....
Good call on your home inspector. I agree that agents are nothing but a con artist.

You should gift your inspector some $$$for saving you a huge headache and refer to your friends.
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?
Replies: 39
Views: 4387

Re: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?

The only thing greatly concerns me is when something doesn't seem right with Lastpass.
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?
Replies: 39
Views: 4387

Re: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?

Last week a red screen popped up on my laptop saying I had a virus and should call Microsoft Windows Tech Support. Clearly a scam and I didn't call the number, but the full-page pop-up locked my browser and I couldn't close it. Then the scammers downloaded an audio file telling me I had a virus, my...
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?
Replies: 39
Views: 4387

Re: Microsoft tech support scam - how to recover?

I'm still waiting for someone to call me so I can play along for a while and have a little fun.
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?

Read your card benefit terms carefully. Some issuers provide full coverage even if only a part of the purchase is paid for with their card; some exclude coverage altogether; others provide coverage only up to the amount you paid with that card. This. Always confirm by checking the written benefits....
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Re: Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?

Hi all just called Chase. They said as as some of it is purchased on the credit card, all perks stay the same.
by squirm
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Buying laptop with half gift cards and half credit card, what are my card perks?

I have a bunch of best buy gift cards I can use to buy a laptop, the remaining balance (about 50 percent) I would use my Chase Sapphire. The Sapphire doubles your warranty, how does that work if it did in this situation?
by squirm
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Furniture into a Basement
Replies: 39
Views: 2748

Re: Getting Furniture into a Basement

Enlarge the door, it's not that big of a deal even if it's load bearing. Pay someone to do it. 28 inches is ridiculously small.
by squirm
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oak Tree Roots Heaving Up Driveway
Replies: 5
Views: 1033

Re: Oak Tree Roots Heaving Up Driveway

I did it, someone told me the tree would die, it lived. You can put in a root barrier.
by squirm
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online meals, anyone do these?
Replies: 28
Views: 3216

Online meals, anyone do these?

Some family members swear by these, they send you a package with a complete uncooked meal, usually packaged with ice. Some are about ten bucks per serving. Seems excessive, but perhaps the convenience is worth it? I usually do all the cooking and shopping and pretty picky what we eat. However we're ...
by squirm
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting car when you lose your D/L out of state
Replies: 30
Views: 2281

Re: Renting car when you lose your D/L out of state

Not having the document with you is not a big issue. The big issue is not actually having a valid license. I was once stopped for allegedly running a red light. I didn't have any wallet or anything but I knew my D/L number so I got off with a verbal warning. Some jurisdictions may write you a ticke...