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by stan_the_man
Fri May 19, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Funny Letter [Canceling Escrow Account]
Replies: 39
Views: 4998

Re: Funny Letter [Canceling Escrow Account]

Judging from my own experience of legal writing correspondence and media releases, the boring letter was drafted by their legal team.
by stan_the_man
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: map frustration
Replies: 76
Views: 5135

Re: map frustration

First, answering OP's question. You can expand the collapsed directions by clicking on the print icon. (Below are directions for a real place I've been from a city I've never lived in.) https://i.imgur.com/ivcC2S3.png Second, the Waze app is much better than the default iPhone maps and Google maps.
by stan_the_man
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Suze Orman Show Summary
Replies: 55
Views: 9285

Re: Suze Orman Show Summary

My wife and I would treat the How Am I Doing? and Can I Afford It? segments as a game and try to predict Suze Orman's response.

That made the show much more entertaining.
by stan_the_man
Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Learning More About 403(b)s
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Learning More About 403(b)s

What can one read to learn more about 403(b) plans than is currently in our Wiki?
by stan_the_man
Fri May 10, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to lower condo regime fee?
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: When to lower condo regime fee?

I know this sounds more complicated, but I would keep the dues the same and try to rebate the excess dues on a regular basis (maybe once a year).

If you lower the dues, it may make people budget to that new lower amount and cause issues when you need to raise them again in the future.
by stan_the_man
Wed May 01, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Points Guy
Replies: 37
Views: 4802

Re: The Points Guy

gerrym51 wrote:i go to disney world every year(own disney vacation club). i have disney visa card that gives me disney dollars based on purchases . i buy park passes with this money

That card is simply a1% card -- which are a dime a dozen. Even worse, you're restricted in just using your points on Disney stuff.
by stan_the_man
Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for advice on Wine.
Replies: 33
Views: 2823

Re: Looking for advice on Wine.

The PLCB state store system for the most part provides a pretty poor selection when it comes to wine. If you have a Premium Collection or Outlet store nearby, you might have more options in terms of price, range and quality. http://www.finewineandgoodspirits.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FindStoreVi...
by stan_the_man
Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting Fidelity Brokerage Acct & Fidelity Amex CC
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Starting Fidelity Brokerage Acct & Fidelity Amex CC

I have a Cash Management Card with $1 in it for use with the Fidelity Amex.
by stan_the_man
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Does Vanguard pull credit
Replies: 11
Views: 4007

Re: Does Vanguard pull credit

PenFed pulls credit (Equifax, I think) to join, but then they don't pull credit again when you apply for a credit card, etc., unless you then start applying for everything they've got, and they're starting to get a bit uneasy about you. A credit pull only affects your FICO scores for a year, althou...
by stan_the_man
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One Fraud Dept called me. Closed cc account
Replies: 24
Views: 5965

Re: Capital One Fraud Dept called me. Closed cc account

Does the simultaneous closing and opening of an old CC and new CC number oo the same account have any effect on credit score? When this happened to me, it did not seem to have an effect. They kept the same account age and credit limit on the new number. When I pulled credit reports in later years, ...
by stan_the_man
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First time investing in IRA account with Vanguard. Need help
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: First time investing in IRA account with Vanguard. Need

1. You should review the Vanguard site for instructions. You will need to open an IRA account if you don't have one. 2. The IRA should work in concert with the rest of your investments. 3. Most likely, a solo 401(k) would be the best approach. However, you have provided little in the way of details...
by stan_the_man
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Credit Card with High Limit (Work Reimbursement)
Replies: 23
Views: 3189

Re: Best Credit Card with High Limit (Work Reimbursement)

I would get a Chase Business card that uses UltimateRewards points -- maybe all of them do now? They are very valuable when flying and when redeeming for cash/giftcards are 1:1. As a backup I would carry an Amex card. These two companies also have something in common besides rewards: the ability to...
by stan_the_man
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Credit Card with High Limit (Work Reimbursement)
Replies: 23
Views: 3189

Re: Best Credit Card with High Limit (Work Reimbursement)

Another kink, I'm about two years out from getting a mortgage How much would this affect my credit score? I wouldn't feel completely comfortable giving you a FIRM answer, so take this with a grain of salt. I started whoring credit cards about a year ago. My credit score went from a 798 two years ag...
by stan_the_man
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Terminate Whole Life Policies?
Replies: 26
Views: 2806

Re: Should I Terminate Whole Life Policies?

First, can you afford to keep up with the premiums? If you can't, get replacement insurance ASAP and cash out. Second, get an updated set of illustrations. After you own a whole life policy long enough, Sometimes the IRR is high enough to make it a worthwhile fixed-income investment going forward. T...
by stan_the_man
Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare closing for 1 day (no power) Claim credit?
Replies: 35
Views: 2300

Re: Daycare closing for 1 day (no power) Claim credit?

wilked wrote:If I paid $150 a week I would be doing backflips, not writing notes :o


Ditto!
by stan_the_man
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: We Need A Hide Post Option
Replies: 2
Views: 1161

We Need A Hide Post Option

That would make browsing the boards so much more efficient.
by stan_the_man
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401(k) - What does the ideal match and vesting look like?
Replies: 11
Views: 2835

Re: 401(k) - What does the ideal match and vesting look like

FWIW -- Low plan expenses are more important to me than if there is a match at all. Why? Nearly any match would offset nearly any of the higher fund expenses. My wife just got out of a plan with an average ER of over 3% -- with no match too boot. Matches change more often than bad plans do: ING Ind...
by stan_the_man
Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401(k) - What does the ideal match and vesting look like?
Replies: 11
Views: 2835

Re: 401(k) - What does the ideal match and vesting look like

As an employee, immediate vesting of matches is the only thing I want to see. If I was an employer, I might want to use the longest vesting schedule to reduce plan costs and employee turnover. As far as matches go, the standard 100% to 3% and 50% for the next 2% is okay but I'd prefer to see a great...
by stan_the_man
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity 401K options - 0% Expense Ratio?
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: Fidelity 401K options - 0% Expense Ratio?

Another possibility for very low expenses is forfeited employer matches. If the vesting schedule is long, and the company has robust turnover, there could be a lot of money in the plan that is no longer tied to its original participant.
by stan_the_man
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is $2M umbrella enough for $200K income + no assets?
Replies: 31
Views: 4115

Re: Is $2M umbrella enough for $200K income + no assets?

OP should take into account their relatively young ages; you don't need assets to be on the losing end, they can go after your future wages. Depending on your occupation and what you do for "fun", I'd be hesistant to recommend anything less than $1MM in umbrella plus a healthy amount of l...
by stan_the_man
Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are you investing your tax refund?
Replies: 51
Views: 3608

Re: How are you investing your tax refund?

I always have too much withheld. I look forward to getting big refunds every year. It is a forced savings. If I don't see the money throughout the year, I don't spend it. You can do the same by creating a new direct deposit instruction for your employer -- most company payroll processors allow you ...
by stan_the_man
Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speeding ticket out of state
Replies: 59
Views: 6474

Re: Speeding ticket out of state

It's not worth paying an attorney here.

If it's worth your time, appear and ask the officer for a plea bargain for a violation of statute 3111(a) -- Obedience to traffic-control devices -- this ticket is a minor ticket in Pennsylvania, carries no points, and would cost you $110+trial fee.
by stan_the_man
Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Needed to Get Free HD Channels on TV?
Replies: 23
Views: 1964

Re: What is Needed to Get Free HD Channels on TV?

I don't have one and mine works just fine. It's necessary to have the TV scan for the available channels. Did you do that? Yes, I did the channel scan from the TV set-up menu and of course, 0 stations were found. I live in Washington, DC. I looked on Wikepedia under the acronym for the converter th...
by stan_the_man
Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: propane vs kerosene heater
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: propane vs kerosene heater

I believe propane heaters run much cleaner. I'd pair one of these with a CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector .
by stan_the_man
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $400k "Lasered Employee" on our Group Health Plan -
Replies: 27
Views: 3544

Re: $400k "Lasered Employee" on our Group Health Plan -

I don't know the answer, so I will ask what others may be thinking as well: Does the insurer tell the employer which employee is "lasered"? Or is it left to the employer to figure this out based on employee communication with supervisor, vacation/sick leave patterns, or water cooler gossi...
by stan_the_man
Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: SEP-IRA Indirect Rollover
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: SEP-IRA Indirect Rollover

In the event Ally requires the Medallian, you can order the distribution and roll it over within 60 days - as long as you have not done another indirect rollover from the SEP IRA within the last 12 months. There is only one rollover allowed within a 12 month period per IRA account, and that include...
by stan_the_man
Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: robbed by strong arm and pickpockets in Rome and Venice
Replies: 63
Views: 10835

Re: robbed by strong arm and pickpockets in Rome and Venice

Several years ago, my wife had her purse grabbed in just a few seconds in a restaurant in Italy. She had it on the back of her chair. She got a shrug from the waiter. My wife thought he was more concerned about how she would pay the bill. In Chile we've seen chairs in some restaurants with anti-the...
by stan_the_man
Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Do you know your Klout score?
Replies: 13
Views: 1801

Re: Do you know your Klout score?

Klout scores are more or less a measure of your influence and network strength in social media. It's by no means a perfect measurement, but it's a used and well talked about measurement.
by stan_the_man
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch to my wife's health insurance?
Replies: 25
Views: 2264

Re: Switch to my wife's health insurance?

Just remember, that you have a very small window each year to make the change (called an "open enrollment period") without having a qualifying life event (generally a birth, death, or marriage), or loss of coverage.
by stan_the_man
Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wedding photos and hi-res digital images
Replies: 53
Views: 4090

Re: wedding photos and hi-res digital images

it's uncommon for good, established wedding photographers to give you the the raw files or even full-resolution files, for the same reason that most of the good ones in the past didn't give you the negatives. I appreciate this (and am encountering it!) But shouldn't the market produce some establis...
by stan_the_man
Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wedding photos and hi-res digital images
Replies: 53
Views: 4090

Re: wedding photos and hi-res digital images

[...] technically the photographer has intellectual property rights to the photographs he or she takes. Is this somehow not negotiable? Ex-post, sure, I'm toast. That's why I am thinking about this now. Work for hire -- that's the technical term for what you are asking for. One important thing to r...
by stan_the_man
Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wacky FICO scores
Replies: 30
Views: 2820

Re: Wacky FICO scores

Let's clear up some misconceptions: 1) You currently have a really good score -- which should qualify for the best rates. 2) You went from an exceptional score to a really good score. 3) Everything that happened to your score is within the expected for the report changes. 4) Scorewatch (SW) is a gre...
by stan_the_man
Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: So much for the 2% Cash Back Sallie Mae Visa card
Replies: 45
Views: 6773

Re: So much for the 2% Cash Back Sallie Mae Visa card

I better redeem soon then. Actually, the way I read the new terms, bonus points earned before the transition will get transferred to the new Barclays MasterCard and can then be redeemed for statement credit at a rate of $0.01/point (with a minimum redemption of 2,500 points) . That's a better rate ...
by stan_the_man
Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Confused about HSAs and High Deductible Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 1291

Re: Confused about HSAs and High Deductible Plans

My wife and I are contemplating switching from her traditional gold plated and expensive plan to a high deductible plan offered by my employer. I've been doing lot of reading and research but there are a couple of points that I am not 100% clear about. 1. My employer offers a reasonably good high d...
by stan_the_man
Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chip & PIN credit cards in France?
Replies: 17
Views: 2482

Re: Chip & PIN credit cards in France?

Timely post. I just got back from France last week. I would STRONGLY recommend you get a chip card! I wish we had one. Yes, restaurants and humans will take the US cards, but many of the machines won't. I had booked our TGV tickets online, and if I'd had a chip card I could have popped out the tick...
by stan_the_man
Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: possible 30 yr fixed Mortgage, not repackaged as MBS?
Replies: 11
Views: 2854

Re: possible 30 yr fixed Mortgage, not repackaged as MBS?

Try very small banks and S&Ls.

A local savings and loan association near my parents holds on to most of their mortgages. They will tell you their plans during the application process, but I believe you end up paying a slight premium for them to hold the note over what you could get from a broker.
by stan_the_man
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Efficient SEO
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Efficient SEO

Buy links. Don't buy links. Only links from topical, high-quality sources will (greatly) improve your search engine rankings. For example, lets say you have a poker blog. If you want to improve your search results, you want to get linked to from poker sites, and news, social media and blog posts ab...
by stan_the_man
Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank Deposits--typical account balances for individuals?
Replies: 40
Views: 4446

Re: Bank Deposits--typical account balances for individuals?

Here's what I see as a potential problem with some of this data -- if you find it. I just checked Mint, and DW and I have 6 checking accounts total. 3 - Less than $10 1 - $100 to $200 1 - $1,000 to $2,000 1 - $20K+ (it's a rewards checking account with a decent interest rate) Our mean is $3K+, our m...
by stan_the_man
Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Save $2K On 2012 Certified Used Car, worth it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1904

Re: Save $2K On 2012 Certified Used Car, worth it?

Even for the GTIs, I think you should be getting a bigger discount on the used one. If I were you, I'd find the best deal I could get on a new one and then set a goal price on the used one to try to reach -- if you can get it below that price, then buy it. BTW -- Short term owners of performance car...
by stan_the_man
Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Save $2K On 2012 Certified Used Car, worth it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1904

Re: Save $2K On 2012 Certified Used Car, worth it?

What car model is this? Why is this low mileage care for sale?

Also, are you financing or paying cash? If financing, what is your interest rate and term on both?
by stan_the_man
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible upcoming layoff- reveal reason for interviewing?
Replies: 22
Views: 3662

Re: Possible upcoming layoff- reveal reason for interviewing

WatchinU came up with some good reasons, but you need to practice whatever spin you are going to give to the situation and be convincing for why you are looking for a new job less than 4 months since starting your last one.
by stan_the_man
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Report Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Credit Report Issues

It's my understanding that cable/phone/utility bills don't get reported until they are either sent off to collections (usually a minimum of three months not paid) or charged off (six months not paid). Was the account sold/transferred to a collection agency, or is Verizon the one reporting. If it's i...
by stan_the_man
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AmEx Blue Cash Sneaky Business
Replies: 20
Views: 2719

Re: AmEx Blue Cash Sneaky Business

I believe the original Blue Cash card is now: First $6,500 in annual spending (based upon anniversary date): -0.5% Everyday Purchases -1.25% Gas/Groceries/Drug Stores Above $6500 -1% Everyday Purchases -5% Gas/Groceries/Drug Stores When I used that card, I averaged between 1.98% and 2.25% cash back ...
by stan_the_man
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scuba diving - to do or not to do
Replies: 41
Views: 4653

Re: Scuba diving - to do or not to do

don't practice in a quarry. There was an article in our paper just today about a gentleman who died scuba diving in a local quarry. http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/698004_In-dark-quarry--death-lurks.html Quarries in and of themselves are NOT an issue. It's actually in a quarry lake that ma...
by stan_the_man
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting and Purchasing a Part-time Rental--Bad Idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 873

Re: Renting and Purchasing a Part-time Rental--Bad Idea?

I think that you're over estimating how much usage you personally are going to get out of the lake house. 300+ miles away means at least a 5 hour drive, which precludes weekend visits -- since that's too much of a drive to actually enjoy the weekend. It seems like the optimum drive time to a lake/mo...
by stan_the_man
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting the keys for the first time
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Visiting the keys for the first time

If you are learning to dive, you definitely want to stay on or very near to Key Largo, which is the island you access John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The coral reefs provide good shallow-water (~30 feet) dives for noobs to the sport. My recommendation is to search out a property that caters to...
by stan_the_man
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Washington DC
Replies: 30
Views: 2788

Re: Things to do in Washington DC

To the OP, since you'll be there on the weekend, you might want to see what other large events will be happening that weekend. I had the misfortune of being in D.C. during a large political rally on the mall and a major sporting event. The Metro was essentially unusable on Saturday morning due to t...
by stan_the_man
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Washington DC
Replies: 30
Views: 2788

Re: Things to do in Washington DC

On the Mall, my favorite spot is the botanical gardens (which are directly in front but to the right when facing the White House). It's been a while since I went to D.C., but aren't the botanical gardens to the south of the Capitol Building, not the White House? Doh! You're right. Fixed in the orig...
by stan_the_man
Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did anyone else get a Vanguard survey request?
Replies: 15
Views: 2134

Re: Did anyone else get a Vanguard survey request?

bengal22 wrote:
Johm221122 wrote:Has anyone received there gift card yet? I have not


just got it


So did I.
by stan_the_man
Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Washington DC
Replies: 30
Views: 2788

Re: Things to do in Washington DC

If you like a good burger, there are about a dozen really good burger restaurants that have opened up over the last several years in DC and Arlington. The FBI tour appears to be close: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/fbi-headquarters/fbi-tour A West Wing tour of the White House is really cool, but you...

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