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by goodlifer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BlackFriday Shopping - what do you usually buy? (other than Christmas gifts)
Replies: 29
Views: 1526

Re: BlackFriday Shopping - what do you usually buy? (other than Christmas gifts)

I had been shopping BF for about 20 years. I haven't done much the past 3 years because it is all gimmicks now. I have noticed that prices are usually cheaper the Wednesday before BF and the week before Christmas. I do the majority of my shopping for the year during the Christmas season, just not on...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting kitchen cabinet
Replies: 23
Views: 1207

Re: Painting kitchen cabinet

Slight divergence - I am wanting to paint just the shelves inside the cabinets, because they are maked up by cans, pots, etc, over many years. The oiutside is Formica after a refacing job and is OK. My concern is what paint to use to make sure that once I put stuff back in, it doesn't stick/damage ...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting kitchen cabinet
Replies: 23
Views: 1207

Re: Painting kitchen cabinet

I'm looking into painting my orangey-brown wood cabinets white or black. There are videos on the Benejamin Moore site and all over youtube on how to do it. It looks time consuming but not hard, so I think I will try it myself. Some of my neighbors posted on Nextdoor that they paid between $1,000 to ...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't trust Tripadvisor reviews
Replies: 55
Views: 4893

Re: Don't trust Tripadvisor reviews

Off the top of my head, I have between 80 to 100 reviews there and I haven't had that problem. I have at least a few 1 and 2 star reviews. I do know that they remove things that they think others would find offensive, so they may have decided that no one wants to see blood stains. I have posted pics...
by goodlifer
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle Options/Suggestions.
Replies: 95
Views: 8875

Re: Side Hustle Options/Suggestions.

I live in a HCOLA, and no one makes $20 an hour babysitting. You would be competing against teenagers that make between $5 and $10 an hour. You might get paid more to babysit during the day, but then you would be watching sick kids and bringing germs home. Surprisingly, poop scoopers make a decent a...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kitchen door rack
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: kitchen door rack

I use an over the door shoe organizer from Amazon in my pantry for spices. I think I paid $10 for it and it works well.
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet insurance
Replies: 31
Views: 2726

Re: Pet insurance

$800 - $1200 seems really high. The first thing I would do is check out a couple other vets in your area for a comparison price. What kind of surgery? I just paid $1,200 last month for teeth extraction and a tumor removal on my cat, and that was just for surgery and pain meds. She didn't even have ...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet insurance
Replies: 31
Views: 2726

Re: Pet insurance

$800 - $1200 seems really high. The first thing I would do is check out a couple other vets in your area for a comparison price. What kind of surgery? I just paid $1,200 last month for teeth extraction and a tumor removal on my cat, and that was just for surgery and pain meds. She didn't even have ...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet insurance
Replies: 31
Views: 2726

Re: Pet insurance

I put one of my dogs down last week. A middle of the night trip to the emergency vet and the associated tests ran approximately $1000. I contemplated, but ultimately declined, surgery that would have cost $5,000, but had a very low chance of survival beyond 6 months. I put her to sleep for $200 the...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet insurance
Replies: 31
Views: 2726

Re: Pet insurance

I looked into buying policies when my dog was a puppy. Between the 2 dogs and 2 cats, I would have been paying more in premiums per month than I was paying for their vaccinations every year, and vaccinations were not covered at the time. That was 8 years ago. I have spent over $10,000 this year alon...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massage Chair
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: Massage Chair

I bought an expensive one from Costco and it has been giving me problems almost since the day I bought it. To be fair, the company has sent a repair man 4 times and sent all kinds of parts. The last guy said it must be a software problem and he would recommend that they send me a new chair. We will ...
by goodlifer
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone into Essential Oils?
Replies: 40
Views: 2473

Re: Anyone into Essential Oils?

Doterra is really expensive for a tiny amount, and I don't notice any difference in quality compared to cheaper brands. I use a lot of Essential Oil Labs from Amazon. I also have NOW, Strong Oils, GuruNanda, etc. I bought Majestic Pure from Costco and can't say that I was pleased with it. Read all t...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Singing/Voice Classes
Replies: 20
Views: 1316

Re: Singing/Voice Classes

My daughter just finished a round of lessons. It is $300 per month for two weekly lessons. One lesson a week is private and the other is with a group with about 2 hours a week total. The lessons are grouped into sessions and she was only in the summer session, so I really haven't noticed any improve...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What performance to expect from central AC?
Replies: 35
Views: 2355

Re: What performance to expect from central AC?

Our problem is our thermostat. The builder put it in the worst location possible, near a large, sunny window and on the other side of the wall from the oven. It is in the least used room in the house, on the opposite side of the family room and bedrooms. The thermostat temp never reflects the temper...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Botched countertop installation - leave it as-is or risk the repair?
Replies: 78
Views: 8247

Re: Botched countertop installation - leave it as-is or risk the repair?

I would have them redo it properly and ask for some consideration for your extra time and aggravation. Things like this drive me crazy.
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6315

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

I have been taking advantage of the Penzey's give-aways lately since I need to restock a lot of our herbs. I got the Mitchell Street seasoning and no one likes it. I tried giving it away to extended family members and everyone said that the dill smell is overpowering and it tastes exactly like a che...
by goodlifer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large Family Trip - Florida or Carribean
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: Large Family Trip - Florida or Carribean

You might consider St Lucia. I haven't been there in 20 years, so I don't know how much it has changed, but I do know that the water is still warm in Feb.
by goodlifer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to "waste" money on groceries?
Replies: 109
Views: 9442

Re: How to "waste" money on groceries?

I only buy fresh seafood from a company in Alaska that processes their own catch. It is much more expensive than store-bought farm-raised fish, but everyone raves about how good it is. I have severe seafood allergies so I wouldn't know about the taste, but my aunt said it was The. Best. Crab Legs. E...
by goodlifer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1515

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

I mainly use a propane torch, but will use vinegar around the areas where we have chipmunks living and the bird feeder. I use Round Up very sparingly on problem areas away from the pets and chipmunks, otherwise I just keep pulling them out by hand.
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on kids extracurriculars?
Replies: 85
Views: 4594

Re: How much do you spend on kids extracurriculars?

Ugh. I just had to lay down the law with our 13 yr old because her $300 per month vocal lessons are not doing much good and interfering with school things now that school is back in session. And her band is much more involved than I expected. When I went to school, there was just band. Now there is ...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Fencing question
Replies: 50
Views: 3915

Re: Neighbor Fencing question

It depends on who actually owns the fence. Our city rule is that fences must be at least 6 inches inside your property line, so there are no shared fences here. I decided to keep mine 3 ft inside my property line for maintenance purposes and would have told the neighbor to remedy the tree situation ...
by goodlifer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: Credit report question - expunging invalid derogatory marks

I think the easiest way would be for her to contact whatever agency reported it to the bureaus and make them aware that she was a minor at the time. They should pull it from her record and try to contact her parents. They could wind up spouting things like, "doctrine of necessaries" and "Quantum Mer...
by goodlifer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Emergency fund size
Replies: 72
Views: 6341

Re: Emergency fund size

A really easy way to figure would be to multiply your take home pay by however months you would estimate to be out of work, plus add in the cost of COBRA or private insurance. But speaking as someone that had to live on my EF for almost 2 years, it isn't that easy. Our health insurance was sky high ...
by goodlifer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a good SOCK. Yes, I said SOCK!
Replies: 48
Views: 3938

Re: Recommend a good SOCK. Yes, I said SOCK!

If you are just looking for plain, white, just over the ankle sport socks, I bought Columbia socks for my husband and he really likes them. They have held up really well, but they are a bit thicker than normal sport socks.
by goodlifer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.
Replies: 21
Views: 965

Re: Looking for a good Moving Company. All have awful reviews.

More people tend to review when they have something to gripe about. You have to weed out the reviews from people that nit pick everything from reviews with real problems. A bad review because someone chipped a priceless ceramic 6ft urn is one thing. Someone claiming that the move was a week late and...
by goodlifer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bosch dishwasher odor
Replies: 34
Views: 2443

Re: Bosch dishwasher odor

I'm one dirty glass away from going feral on my Bosch and tear it apart with my hands. You have to clean all of the gaskets, the prefilter, the filter, and take the spray arms off and clean them. Then move the unit and look at the hose and make sure a mouse or something didn't die behind it. If your...
by goodlifer
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you order for drinks at wedding?
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: What do you order for drinks at wedding?

It depends on the wedding. There is more emphasis on quality cocktails on my side of the family, so I would order gin & tonic, amaretto, or whisky in between ginger ale in champagne flutes. My husband's side likes cheap beer and well drinks, so I usually stick to soft drinks or bring a small bottle ...
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan for family of 4.
Replies: 34
Views: 2878

Re: Minivan for family of 4.

What about a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? They are cheaper than the Pacifica and my local dealer has a $2,000 rebate on the 2018's. Not sure if it is nation wide. Plus there is the tax credit.
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan for family of 4.
Replies: 34
Views: 2878

Re: Minivan for family of 4.

I rented a Pacifica a few months ago. I couldn't easily find out if the plug in hybrid has stop and start, but I would think twice about it if it does. We wound up swapping the minivan out for another vehicle because there was a very strong vinegar/foot odor smell that was making us physically sick...
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan for family of 4.
Replies: 34
Views: 2878

Re: Minivan for family of 4.

To answer one of your questions directly, No, a minivan is not too big for a family of four. I have a Caravan with only 1 child and it still wasn't too big. You would be surprised how many times I wound up moving people and items just because they could fit in the vehicle. Once your kids get a littl...
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bone in my food
Replies: 107
Views: 4077

Re: Bone in my food

One of my first posts here was about finding a blood clot the size of half of my chicken sandwich from KFC. That was quite a long time ago, and I haven't been back there since. I get sick just thinking about it even now, and I was throwing up for a few days after it happened. I cannot begin to descr...
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wildlife Removal:
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Re: Wildlife Removal:

I thought "roof rats" meant raccoons at first. I had a raccoon invade my soffit this week. We are still trying to determine if he is still there or if I managed to scare him out. The trapper I hired guessed that he might have had distemper, which is running rampant this year in our area and my dog h...
by goodlifer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much clothing do you need to get by?
Replies: 20
Views: 2174

Re: How much clothing do you need to get by?

A cobbler might be able to shorten your belts, if your belts are worth saving. All the malls near me each have one shoe repair shop, so your mall might have one too. I do the majority of clothes shopping for my husband at the outlet mall. Sign up for their email and you get extra coupons and advance...
by goodlifer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reversing credit card charge for short-term vacation rental gone awry
Replies: 26
Views: 1613

Re: Reversing credit card charge for short-term vacation rental gone awry

I would first attempt to reverse the charge. If that didn't work, most newspapers have some sort of consumer advocate you can try to contact. Our local paper has one devoted just to travel problems. They seem to be very effective.
by goodlifer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have a 50K hospital bill reason - too much insurance
Replies: 16
Views: 2376

Re: Have a 50K hospital bill reason - too much insurance

Just ask the hospital to bill Medicare first for a denial, then bill WI with a copy of the denial. Let them know you are having this problem and ask if there can be a hold on the account until this is sorted out, or if the time left to pay your balance is reset after they bill Medicare. Your wife's ...
by goodlifer
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I own 1,387 items!
Replies: 128
Views: 10343

Re: I own 1,387 items!

I would not be surprised if I have more than 1,000 items just in my kitchen. I have large family gatherings and need several sets of silverware, serving pieces, plates, etc. I simply do not have the time needed to count my things. I think it is more important to have what you need and what you love ...
by goodlifer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?
Replies: 20
Views: 1843

Re: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?

It really depends on the comedian. I went to two shows in one week and then another one during a subsequent tour for one comedian and they were all very similar, even the one from the next tour. I went to two shows for another comedian and they were very different. The seats for the live shows affec...
by goodlifer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Birthday Gift for 50th B Day - Fine Spirits
Replies: 29
Views: 2070

Re: Boglehead Birthday Gift for 50th B Day - Fine Spirits

I bought my husband a personalized mini oak barrel for Christmas that he likes. Everyone that sees it wants it, and you can age a variety of liquors in it. Personally, I go with a good champagne for a birthday.
by goodlifer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help identifying a smell
Replies: 12
Views: 1290

Re: Need help identifying a smell

Try cleaning your light bulbs. There might be dust or a stray hair or something that is getting hot when the light is on.
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA & AARP = Travel Benefits?
Replies: 27
Views: 2564

Re: AAA & AARP = Travel Benefits?

I have noticed that I get larger discounts when booking online and choosing the pay in advance, no refund option instead of AAA or AARP. I have had AAA in the past and canceled when I realized that I could add roadside assistance and car rental to our auto insurance for about $10 a year. They would ...
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Make Sense?
Replies: 24
Views: 1864

Re: $4,400 Chimney Repair - Does This Make Sense?

I had several companies give me estimates before I had my chimney work done. In my experience, I think I trust used car salesmen more than chimney repair. I was told my house is about to go up in flames, I had already had many chimney fires, the chimney is falling down, etc. It turned out to only ne...
by goodlifer
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage doors
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: Garage doors

Our doors were 20 years old, creaky, noisy, and starting to show some rot at the bottom. We changed them recently. Went with Amarr triple-layer insulated doors, via Costco. They have nice windows, too. The difference is night and day (literally). The garage is brighter and more airy, the doors are ...
by goodlifer
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: need an outback, new, used or lease?
Replies: 29
Views: 2261

Re: need an outback, new, used or lease?

OP, did you actually go to the dealership with 2 car seats and 3 adults and make sure they fit? I have a 2015 Outback. I had 1 Britax car seat, one normal sized adult, and a purse in the back seat. I really don't see 2 car seats and an adult fitting in the back seat. As someone has already said, the...
by goodlifer
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: your advice on new oven
Replies: 22
Views: 2019

Re: your advice on new oven

I bought a Samsung gas oven with convection last year after the GE Profile broke. It also had convection. I honestly cannot tell a difference between convection and normal. I still have to rotate my chickens and fruit pies. I timed it once with roasting chickens and it still took the same amount of ...
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Guilt at buying nice things for myself
Replies: 28
Views: 3762

Re: Guilt at buying nice things for myself

I see so many people with $50,000-$80,000 cars in my neighborhood where most of the houses are $350-$450k, and I think to myself, "WHY?" Why do you need that expensive of a vehicle? Is it just to try to show others how much money you have? I can buy a brand new car for $25,000 and drive it for 10-1...
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Guilt at buying nice things for myself
Replies: 28
Views: 3762

Re: Guilt at buying nice things for myself

My family tries to get me to tell them the price of things and what justification I have for buying it. My only answers are either "Because I wanted it" or "Because I can". I have never had this angst about buying things. I see it, I like it, I buy it. The only justification for "needing" it is that...
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: indoor houseplants--your advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 1460

Re: indoor houseplants--your advice?

I feel for you. I had over 100 plants when I moved from a sunny house to this dreary black hole, and I only have 10 plants left. Extra fertilizer when they don't need it will only burn your plants. I moved my remaining plants to a spare room and swapped the light bulb with a plant bulb. I also have ...
by goodlifer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Son Hurt at Summer Camp
Replies: 65
Views: 8120

Re: Son Hurt at Summer Camp

They probably want your health insurance information so they can start subrogation. There isn't much more that you would be able to tell them since you were not there. When I went through something similar, my health insurance was billed first and then worked with the other carrier. This is similar ...
by goodlifer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Collection Reasonable or Unreasonable or Irresponsible?
Replies: 104
Views: 5285

Re: Watch Collection Reasonable or Unreasonable or Irresponsible?

My husband and I both collect things. Sometimes we each spend less than $100 a year, sometimes it is in the tens of thousands. It just depends. I don't see your collection as unreasonable. That is a separate issue from your retirement savings. Does your 10% 401k contribution equal out to $18,500? If...
by goodlifer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For those of you who handle all the finances, how do you keep your spouse "in the know"
Replies: 107
Views: 13511

Re: For those of you who handle all the finances, how do you keep your spouse "in the know"

For the people that use LastPass, Fastpass and the like, aren't you afraid of it getting hacked? That is what keeps me from using one. I write everything on paper, but in a way that is senseless to someone if stolen. My husband just isn't interested in finance and doesn't seem to think he needs to p...