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by wander
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 37
Views: 1274

Re: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes

I have been filling up gas at BJs. Never had a problem.
by wander
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?
Replies: 26
Views: 1101

Re: How do you adjust side mirrors in a car?

Sitting in my driver seat, I cannot see blind spot on side mirror and I am not trying to see. I attached a 2" blind spot mirror and call it a day. Your way is fine, my way is fine too.
by wander
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How will or might nonprofits be affected by tax law changes?
Replies: 23
Views: 940

Re: How will or might nonprofits be affected by tax law changes?

I can't speak for everyone, but the change in standard deduction does not reduce the amount we give yearly.
by wander
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Take a 401k Loan?
Replies: 42
Views: 1710

Re: Take a 401k Loan?

I would not borrow money from 401k nor max out the 401k contribution. I would just contribute up to company match and no more after that then use the extra money to pay the debt.
by wander
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to overcome the fear of spending money? (Buying a car)
Replies: 38
Views: 2246

Re: How to overcome the fear of spending money? (Buying a car)

If you can afford it and pay with cash, then go ahead with the purchase.
by wander
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?
Replies: 17
Views: 686

Re: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?

emanuel_v19 wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:04 pm
wander wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:07 pm
I bought one for all of my cars at Costco. It has no problem starting up my V8.
Do you happen to know which model it was?
Yes, the model is PSX3. I've used it for about 3 years and it is still working fine.
by wander
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New HSA - GEHA Contribution Question for 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: New HSA - GEHA Contribution Question for 2018

Jb11 wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:00 pm
does that mean that this year I can deposit an extra $125 to make up for the fact that they didn’t deposit anything in January 2018,
No, they will contribute that $125 in 2019 for 2018.
by wander
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?
Replies: 17
Views: 686

Re: Car/Motorcycle Jump Starter?

I bought one for all of my cars at Costco. It has no problem starting up my V8.
by wander
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: pay off 401k loan or not?
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: pay off 401k loan or not?

Check with the firm that is taking care of your 401k. I used to borrow money from my 401k account and quit the job, I was able to readjust and instead of taking money from my paycheck, the firm takes money from my checking account. Early withdrawal issue never was a problem.
by wander
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?
Replies: 15
Views: 1161

Re: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?

gypsyman wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:32 pm
When I sell it and advertise these facts, do I let they new owner view the service copies or give the copies to them? Any potential issues by letting them have the records?
Giving car history record is a great news for the new owner.
by wander
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A "Home" cell phone?
Replies: 43
Views: 3405

Re: A "Home" cell phone?

I'd like to call home because my spouse's phone is often muted. The landline phone will ring.
by wander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Premium for $99
Replies: 33
Views: 2740

Re: Morningstar Premium for $99

G-Force wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:37 pm
Which brokerage offers it for free?
T.Rowe Price.
by wander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Small-cap Value Funds ??
Replies: 49
Views: 4017

Re: International Small-cap Value Funds ??

DDLS
DIM
DLS
PDN
IDHQ
by wander
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AA is much harder than I thought...
Replies: 32
Views: 3714

Re: AA is much harder than I thought...

Easy, just buy a target retirement or Vanguard Life Strategy fund that has the AA you want and leave it alone.
by wander
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wireless dead again - router suggestions?
Replies: 35
Views: 1681

Re: wireless dead again - router suggestions?

I used to have problem with Microsoft, Western Digital and Linksys routers. They worked for a few months and became intermittent. It worked a minute before and suddenly stopped at a minute later. Reset eventually fixed it. I replaced them with Buffalo DD-WRT routers and have been so happy. It's run ...
by wander
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a antivirus for you Android phone?
Replies: 20
Views: 1373

Re: Do you have a antivirus for you Android phone?

I wonder why one needs antivirus software on any of his/her smartphones (IOS or Android).
by wander
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?
Replies: 75
Views: 12049

Re: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?

Yes, you are rich and should stay home. :happy
by wander
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Navy Fed CU eligibility: advice
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Navy Fed CU eligibility: advice

Eligibility Immediate family members of current members and those who are eligible for membership. Immediate family includes: Grandparents Parents Spouses Siblings Children (including adopted and stepchildren) Grandchildren Household members Joining through a family member (sponsor), you’ll also ne...
by wander
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How often should my AA adjust?
Replies: 17
Views: 971

Re: How often should my AA adjust?

I adjust it annually so far. But I will definitely adjust it again when we buy a new house.
by wander
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
Replies: 44
Views: 5292

Re: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil

Leesbro63 wrote:
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:39 pm
What I wanna know is where to buy the oil the cheapest.
Costco and Walmart are the places I go for oil. Look for coupons from Autozone (on the mail) for oil sale. Cheapest place for oil change is in your car garage.
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is Vanguard switching all accounts to brokerage accounts?
Replies: 65
Views: 8926

Re: Why is Vanguard switching all accounts to brokerage accounts?

We fought hard and won - Vanguard agreed to keep our joint accounts as legacy - not brokerage - accounts since we have been with Vanguard over 30 years and have millions with them. We do not like the way Vanguard handles brokerage accounts. We had one brokerage account and every quarter the account...
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 4648

Re: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018

I’m afraid you’ll never be able to retire. If I were you I’d sell everything, buy bitcoin, move to Vietnam to lower your cost of living to about $300/yr and learn to drive a rickshaw. Where in Vietnam can you get by for $300 / yr ? In jungle? You can get a nicely upgraded tree house for $75. I trav...
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 4648

Re: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018

Jags4186 wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:41 pm
I’m afraid you’ll never be able to retire. If I were you I’d sell everything, buy bitcoin, move to Vietnam to lower your cost of living to about $300/yr and learn to drive a rickshaw.
Where in Vietnam can you get by for $300 / yr ? In jungle?
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OnePlus 5t Smartphone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1181

Re: OnePlus 5t Smartphone?

OnePlus found secretly spying on it’s users and here is how to remove the spying software
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2006 subaru timing belt replacement
Replies: 37
Views: 1156

Re: 2006 subaru timing belt replacement

I always follow the car owner manual and replace the timing belt. I drive a lot so I follow the mileage and ignore the year part. My reason are first it is interference and a broken timing belt will become a disaster; second the timing belt is the main muscle to pull everything else so it will break...
by wander
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Use HSA money or pay out of pocket?
Replies: 36
Views: 2843

Re: Use HSA money or pay out of pocket?

I use HSA money for current medical expenses.
by wander
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How often to invest; or: how to avoid commissions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1443

Re: How often to invest; or: how to avoid commissions?

I am sure Schwab has similar ETFs with similar quality. You don't need to transfer to Vanguard.
by wander
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to drop comprehensive auto coverage?
Replies: 25
Views: 2449

Re: When to drop comprehensive auto coverage?

For me, if the payout is less than ten times premium, then I will consider to drop the coverage (For example, if the payout is $3000 and I am paying more than $300 a year for insurance coverage).
by wander
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?
Replies: 72
Views: 4511

Re: New Honda CRV - first oil change full synthetic?

I change engine oil myself simply because I want to make sure that regular oil not mistakenly filled for synthetic oil. I used synthetic oil on my car from day 1.
by wander
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Talk me out of a 60/40 AA
Replies: 76
Views: 8046

Re: Talk me out of a 60/40 AA

Actually, you can have any asset allocation you want and I have no business to talk you out of it. I have a different AA that suits me.
by wander
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Premium for $99
Replies: 33
Views: 2740

Re: Morningstar Premium for $99

I've got it for free through my brokerage account.
by wander
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Downsizing to one car in retirement...
Replies: 68
Views: 3973

Re: Downsizing to one car in retirement...

If you always go together then keeping one car is a good idea. Cars are design for you to drive them daily, if you leave them alone you still have to remember to start them often to be lubricated. Cutting cost on insurance and DMV renewals too.
by wander
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is new car replacement insurance worth it?
Replies: 38
Views: 3236

Re: Is new car replacement insurance worth it?

I would never buy this new car replacement insurance.
by wander
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers

nanoanalyzer wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:46 pm
Why not get some low-voltage wall plates and run 2 wires in the wall/ceiling/crawlspace?
Sometimes, it is not possible to get access to ceiling, crawlspace and can do something with the walls. You have to run wires across the room.
by wander
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...
Replies: 240
Views: 10816

Re: Another should i buy my dream porsche thread...

Yes, the Op has the money to afford this car.
by wander
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel Additives for 2017 Toyota Camry
Replies: 50
Views: 2949

Re: Fuel Additives for 2017 Toyota Camry

Your car is too new for additive stuffs. It does not hurt but does not benefit your car either; however, it does hurt your pocket.
by wander
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Can you retire on] $5mm
Replies: 25
Views: 2738

Re: $5mm

I will answer your question when I get there.
by wander
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Repair car or time for new (used) car?
Replies: 26
Views: 1563

Re: Repair car or time for new (used) car?

If the problem is the radiator, then you want to replace the radiator.
by wander
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Repair car or time for new (used) car?
Replies: 26
Views: 1563

Re: Repair car or time for new (used) car?

Thanks for all of the responses. I will visit YouTube to review how difficult it would be to replace the radiator myself. If not too time consuming, I can fix this myself and buy a radiator off of RockAuto or a similar site. Then will re-evaluate whether to keep the jeep or buy something different....
by wander
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford it: Dodge Challenger
Replies: 122
Views: 6393

Re: Can I afford it: Dodge Challenger

At your age, I would prefer to have $400k - $500k (5 times your salary) in retirement fund than a car. I think if you do not have cash to buy it, then you cannot afford it.
by wander
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Terminology: condo vs apartment
Replies: 26
Views: 2118

Re: Terminology: condo vs apartment

We own a condo unit but when writing the address, the post office only recognizes it as apartment. So at the end of the street address, we put APT# for apartment. If we put Unit#, the post office does not have on its database.
by wander
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When to move into bonds
Replies: 53
Views: 5073

Re: When to move into bonds

Only you can change you. I am far away from retirement and my asset allocation is 80/20 (equity/bond). Nisiprius is right. I used to be like you (100% in equity), but then decided to add 1% to bond and from there increased it easily to 20%.
by wander
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Energy Usage
Replies: 86
Views: 5364

Re: Electric Energy Usage

Our peak month was 844 kWh. Actually, every month, we received email from electric company saying that I use more energy than our neighbors. We set indoor temperature to 76 for summer and 73 for winter times. All is electric, we do not have gas option.
by wander
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ROTH IRA Holders: How Many Of You Max Your Contribution On January 1st?
Replies: 41
Views: 3067

Re: ROTH IRA Holders: How Many Of You Max Your Contribution On January 1st?

No, but it is on my priority list so I DCA to fill up Roth IRA accounts quickly first few months. The benefit of getting in right on the first day is just noise to me.
by wander
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?
Replies: 155
Views: 10498

Re: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?

Self: $18k
Spouse: $18k
We are in the 40s.
by wander
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?
Replies: 20
Views: 2568

Re: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?

I rather keep the cameras hidden, so "no sign".
by wander
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best cashback credit card ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3821

Re: best cashback credit card ?

whats the best credit card with highest cashback on gas and stores etc currently. i have been using citi double cashback for everything for sometime now but have started looking for something better. i came across penfed credit card with 5% cashback only on gas and was wondering if there is any oth...
by wander
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricket Wireless: What are the gotchas?
Replies: 38
Views: 2248

Re: Cricket Wireless: What are the gotchas?

We have one line with cricketwireless and I consider to move it to totalwireless which is using Verizon network for better coverage, price and plan options.