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by goodlifer
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy CR2032 batteries?
Replies: 38
Views: 2191

Re: Where to buy CR2032 batteries?

I bought them from Walmart the last time I needed them.
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Taking expensive DSLR on kayak?
Replies: 41
Views: 2041

Re: Taking expensive DSLR on kayak?

I take my cell phone in a ziploc bag to take pics on the kayak because even though I have not flipped a kayak yet, it just means that I'm due for a flipping. I lean towards the "if it can happen, it will even it if has never happened before" . I even fill my bag up with air and put my husband's phon...
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EBay Auction with Best Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: EBay Auction with Best Offer

It depends on what it is, how much you want it, and what the last 10 or so sale prices were. If you would like to have it but your world wouldn't end, just bid the opening bid. I am two for two winning auctions like that, but they were obscure things like a coffee cup and an old pencil. If you reall...
by goodlifer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling
Replies: 78
Views: 3734

Re: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling

We use a wheeled duffel while traveling as a family. I roll my clothes and use a space bag, and they don't seem to get wrinkled. I also carry a travel bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser just in case. You can always wet the wrinkles and use the hair dryer to pull them out if the room doesn't have an ir...
by goodlifer
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon
Replies: 48
Views: 2607

Re: 5 days. What to do in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Although it is too late to change the OP's reservations, I would like to chime in. As others have said, 5 days probably isn't enough time to see all that you want, unless you are like my husband and just want to march around nonstop just to say that you have been there and seen that. You could easil...
by goodlifer
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Serovital- ????
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: Serovital- ????

The last time I looked into Serovital, I realized that I could buy the ingredients individually cheaper than Serovital. I tried some of the ingredients on their own. Meh.
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree
Replies: 66
Views: 2766

Re: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree

They are refunding our money. The representative stated in an email: I apologize that FedEx attempted to deliver to the sidewalk—the are supposed to deliver to the door for our customers and I will pass this information on to our logistics team. With that said, if you do opt for a replacement tree,...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals
Replies: 136
Views: 10543

Re: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals

To both Klangfool and onourway, I do see your points, but those are long term goals that they will both agree on later. Who knows if they will have kids 10 years from now or tomorrow? Maybe they decide that they will save all possible cash and then use the savings to live off of for a few years and...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals
Replies: 136
Views: 10543

Re: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals

To both Klangfool and onourway, I do see your points, but those are long term goals that they will both agree on later. Who knows if they will have kids 10 years from now or tomorrow? Maybe they decide that they will save all possible cash and then use the savings to live off of for a few years and ...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals
Replies: 136
Views: 10543

Re: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals

So here is my take on this, just for laughs. From where I sit, it looks like she has all of her ducks in a row and has her half of the money for your (as in both of you and not her ) wedding, and she has the means for her half of the house both of you plan to buy. You have $18,000 in an emergency f...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals
Replies: 136
Views: 10543

Re: Fiance Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals

To most a 10K wedding sounds like a country bumpkin hee-haw wedding, and could be considered low-brow..... You made me choke on my coffee. That's almost word for word what I told my then fiance when his family was jabbering about the cost of our "lavish" wedding and expected us to have our receptio...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals
Replies: 136
Views: 10543

Re: Fiancée Thinks I'm Putting Too Much Towards Retirement/ Not Enough Towards Short-Term Goals

So here is my take on this, just for laughs. From where I sit, it looks like she has all of her ducks in a row and has her half of the money for your (as in both of you and not her ) wedding, and she has the means for her half of the house both of you plan to buy. You have $18,000 in an emergency fu...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12650

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

Depending on where you live, you might need to get a license before you go to the range. Then, it depends on which one feels good in your hand. I like the Glock, but I have a Springfield XDm that I like. You may think you like the look of something until you shoot it, and then you don't.
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree
Replies: 66
Views: 2766

Re: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree

I don't think that some posters realize how expensive BH trees are, so I would't just toss it and buy another one if it happened to me. OP, if they are saying that it is up to FedEx to redeliver the tree, who has the tree right now? If BH has it, I would politely ask them when they will reship the r...
by goodlifer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good kitchen mixing bowls
Replies: 17
Views: 1037

Re: Good kitchen mixing bowls

Tramontina is taking a turn for the worse now that more and more of their products are made in China. I have their mixing bowl set that is about 2 years old that is made in Brazil, and I just bought a set from Costco as a gift and it is made in China. Noticeable difference in quality and almost ever...
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6410

Re: Large SUV

If towing capacity is a concern, the Pilot is out. I read that it can only tow 1,500. Most minivans can tow between 3,000 to 3,500 lbs. I'm eyeballing the Mercedes Benz Metris since I need a minivan and decent towing. The Metris can tow 5,000 lbs. I would rather have an SUV, but I drive our elderly...
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6410

Re: Large SUV

If towing capacity is a concern, the Pilot is out. I read that it can only tow 1,500. Most minivans can tow between 3,000 to 3,500 lbs. I'm eyeballing the Mercedes Benz Metris since I need a minivan and decent towing. The Metris can tow 5,000 lbs. I would rather have an SUV, but I drive our elderly ...
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bedding (sheets) recommendations - having terrible experience finding quality sheets
Replies: 35
Views: 2309

Re: Bedding (sheets) recommendations - having terrible experience finding quality sheets

I recently had to buy new sheets because our daughter switched from a twin to a queen bed. I'm shocked at what passes for quality sheets now, or even "100% cotton". Some are advertised as 100% cotton, only to find that it is "100% cotton face", which means only the part you sleep on is cotton and th...
by goodlifer
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?
Replies: 63
Views: 2597

Re: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?

... or sit in the laundry area .... I have either had a washer/dryer in my room or down the hall. I go back to my room if the area is down the hall. But if you have your family with you, why don't you make them do the laundry for you? It's a perfect teaching opportunity as well. I've never stayed a...
by goodlifer
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?
Replies: 63
Views: 2597

Re: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?

but I need clean clothes I would argue that by packing light, my clothes are much cleaner than yours. I pack 3-4 shirts, regardless of the length of the trip, and I wash whatever I was wearing that day (with the exception of jeans) every single evening, so at no point do I ever carry around dirty c...
by goodlifer
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $40,000 in debt, bankruptcy seems to be the best option right now
Replies: 258
Views: 20273

Re: $40,000 in debt, bankruptcy seems to be the best option right now

I have been in your shoes. I managed to pay off over $60,000 in debt between credit cards and the IRS. Not because of overspending, but my husband chose to work for a start up company for almost 2 years without pay, and he was stupid about our situation. Rule #1, listen, but do not act on advice fro...
by goodlifer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?
Replies: 63
Views: 2597

Re: Carryon for 7-day FL vacation?

I once flew to Seattle for 7 days(Feb) with nothing but the clothes on my back and what I could carry in my pockets. If I tried that, my pockets would be stuffed with clean underwear and I would be subjected to additional TSA questions. Here I was all proud of myself for flying to New Orleans for 4...
by goodlifer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Buyer ever Lose on eBay?
Replies: 36
Views: 2232

Re: Does Buyer ever Lose on eBay?

Have any of you taken a risk with a 95% or 96% positive feedback score seller and offered a low best offer with a message such as "Perhaps your item is taking a long time to sell, due to your low feedback score compared to most sellers. I will be taking a risk on you, hence my low best offer, but i...
by goodlifer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Buyer ever Lose on eBay?
Replies: 36
Views: 2232

Re: Does Buyer ever Lose on eBay?

If a seller after 3 business days does not communicate any shipping information, would you ask him/her for it or just wait and then file a case if the item does not arrive? In another instance in the past six months, I purchased an item described as being in mint condition from a 100% positive feed...
by goodlifer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: master suite features for addition
Replies: 66
Views: 3388

Re: master suite features for addition

A lot depends on where you house is located and how it is configured plus your desires. A massive walk-in closet accessed from inside the bathroom is good. Laundry nearby also good. Jetted tub. Lots of natural and un-natural dimmable light. Privacy. Two-person shower with lots of nozzles. Humidity-...
by goodlifer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floor lamp for reading
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Floor lamp for reading

I have been having a hard time finding a floor lamp that fits my decor, too. I already have 2 floor lamps in other rooms but they are not bright enough and normal bulbs do not fit because of the lampshades. That's what I get for buying pretty slag glass lamps, I guess. I have been getting by with a ...
by goodlifer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Sudden Needs of Cash Do You Prepare For?
Replies: 64
Views: 3601

Re: What Sudden Needs of Cash Do You Prepare For?

Our most common sudden need of cash is, " THE ICE CREAM TRUCK IS COMING!!!!" . Seriously. I had to start putting cash aside specifically for it because we normally don't carry a lot of cash in our wallets. The other sudden expense is our daughter's mouth. We were told a few years ago that she would ...
by goodlifer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: master suite features for addition
Replies: 66
Views: 3388

Re: master suite features for addition

The thing I miss most with our current house is the lack of a "throne room". We had to choose between getting a house that we would have to walk through the bathroom to get to the closet or one that didn't have a walled off toilet, so we went without our throne room. It does have a large linen close...
by goodlifer
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual coffee/espresso makers
Replies: 17
Views: 1369

Re: Dual coffee/espresso makers

I bought a Saeco superautomatic machine a few years ago because it was supposed to make espresso and coffee. It is sitting in the basement because the Americano it makes is gross. There is too much water and no one liked it. It is also very loud and needs a lot more attention than a coffee pot. It h...
by goodlifer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: That Extravagant Thing You Do
Replies: 407
Views: 58179

Re: What NON frugal thing did you do today?

Spent $200 on a choice standing rib roast for xmas dinner. omg.... :happy Our was $100 on a prime standing rib roast, small but it’s the last course of a 9-course meal. Our daughter said it’s like going to Lawry’s steak place around here, she went there for a friend’s pre-weddding party. I bought i...
by goodlifer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to Save without hassle
Replies: 32
Views: 2246

Re: Tips to Save without hassle

Bogleheads, Recently I was shocked when I saw my annual expenses. I thought I was spending only 60% fo what I actually was. Although I have 401K Maxed, enough cash, 529s full, HSA full still I feel spending was way to high. If you have your savings maxed, why do you feel your spending is too high? ...
by goodlifer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Etiquette of selling used items
Replies: 20
Views: 1677

Re: Etiquette of selling used items

I had to stop selling my junk for a while because I just can't tolerate the people. Some people seem to believe that posting "Interested" means that they get first dibs. It means nothing to me and I don't respond to them. My ads have evolved to specifically state exactly where and when I will meet p...
by goodlifer
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving at Costco
Replies: 109
Views: 8113

Re: Saving at Costco

Well, I go there to save money on the expensive junk I was going to buy anyway. I bought an expensive massage chair through Costco. It wasn't an impulse purchase and we did a lot of research on it, but no one is going to say, "I saved a lot of money by buying this massage chair". It looks like I spe...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership
Replies: 107
Views: 7299

Re: Nice jeans for work with lowest average cost of ownership

My husband used to wear khakis and Kohls button downs when he was just an engineer, but he is a manager now and oddly enough, has to wear stylish jeans and shirts. The Kirkland brand was fine but not for flat bottomed men because the back pockets were big. They seem to have stopped carrying them and...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 2358

Re: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses

I also need coated progressive bifocals and I thought I was paying a lot at $500 per pair. i would suggest that you shop around.
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?
Replies: 152
Views: 9310

Re: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?

These examples are all nuts. The whole reason to make money is to avoid having to deal with these types of problems. You know what I intentionally suffered today? I made the horseradish sauce for our prime rib roast with yogurt instead of sour cream because I didn't want to send my husband out to th...
by goodlifer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 19510

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

It is a 3 way tie for me. My favorite most useful purchase was USB powered fans. I use the bigger ones for camping and the handheld ones for everything else, especially while walking in the summer. I still carry one in my purse for places that blast the heat in winter. I get stopped all of the time ...
by goodlifer
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Ideas for wife
Replies: 76
Views: 5495

Re: Gift Ideas for wife

Without knowing what she already has, how old she is, or how much you are thinking of spending, I can think of a few general ideas. A sous vide machine, subscription to something like Plated or Hello Fresh, an Aero herb garden, subscriptions to cooking magazines (I really like Eating Well and Saveur...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 with a Windfall
Replies: 22
Views: 1712

Re: 529 with a Windfall

If you are worried about having too much in college savings, you can look into funding IRA's for you and your spouse and use that money penalty free for higher learning expenses. You pay income tax on the withdrawals but don't pay any penalties. Don't forget that you can use 529's to pay for element...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it a Five-Twenty-Nine or a Five-Two-Nine Plan
Replies: 29
Views: 1487

Re: Is it a Five-Twenty-Nine or a Five-Two-Nine Plan

I have always said and hear it as "five twenty nine". But it might be regional. Everyone around here except my husband says "111th St" as 'hundred and eleventh. My husband and his parents say, "one eleventh", which to me is 1 11th and not 111th. I think it has to do with them being from a different ...
by goodlifer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

I received a form included with our 2019 dues asking for a lot of personal information, and no letter stating why they need it or what they will do with it. I have tried calling the management company and it rings until it goes to a mailbox that is full, so I don't know if they are already gone for...
by goodlifer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GE Washing Machine Screeching Sound
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: GE Washing Machine Screeching Sound

Our last LG washer and dryer set started screeching at the same time. The pump needed to be replaced on the washer and the rollers on the dryer. You might need to replace the drive belt if you have one, too. Lucky for you, replacement parts for GE products are a lot cheaper and readily available com...
by goodlifer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

I received a form included with our 2019 dues asking for a lot of personal information, and no letter stating why they need it or what they will do with it. I have tried calling the management company and it rings until it goes to a mailbox that is full, so I don't know if they are already gone for...
by goodlifer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable jump starters
Replies: 58
Views: 4158

Re: portable jump starters

My husband has a tendency to leave the lights on in cars. If the headlights shut off automatically, he will somehow leave the dome lights on. I used to buy the Peak jump starters every other Black Friday because I used them enough to justify the price, and they went bad after about 18 to 24 months. ...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

<snip> The only state laws I could find regarding personal information say that in 2017, a law passed that required the HOA to show a voter's name, address, email, and how we voted, if asked. I would think this would be an invasion of privacy but it is required, so there isn't much I can do. We hav...
by goodlifer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

Thank you all for the advice. Just to clarify some things: there are no condos or town homes in our HOA. There is no assigned parking. I would guess that 90% of the homes have at least 3 car garages. There are very few that have 2 car spots. I would also guess that I have the junkiest car in the sub...
by goodlifer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

Does the HOA agreement you signed mention any of this? No. From what papers I have from when we moved in 10 years ago, it doesn't seem that anything other than the 3 pages of covenants were agreed to. They basically say no RV parking, keep the property up to standards, and you have to pay your dues...
by goodlifer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8883

Is this normal for an HOA?

I received a form included with our 2019 dues asking for a lot of personal information, and no letter stating why they need it or what they will do with it. I have tried calling the management company and it rings until it goes to a mailbox that is full, so I don't know if they are already gone for ...
by goodlifer
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Homeowner in Retirement/Travel Concerns
Replies: 16
Views: 2157

Re: New Homeowner in Retirement/Travel Concerns

Since the area is a tourist destination, you might want to consider house swapping. Personally, I would buy a home and place a carefully worded ad such as: 1 bedroom available in a quiet SFH. Preferably non-smoking, non-drinking, and responsible for some light maintenance. I would hope that somethin...
by goodlifer
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...
Replies: 188
Views: 21009

Re: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...

I used the mortgage rates available to Costco members to bargain a better deal with my mortgage broker this year. I had a lot of problems with a massage chair that I ordered through Costco and as soon as I said, "That's it. I'm returning this to Costco", the company suddenly had a technician schedul...