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by goodlifer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home sale etiquette: wall repair
Replies: 33
Views: 941

Re: Home sale etiquette: wall repair

Ask your Realtor what is common practice in your area. I always patch and repaint holes before putting it on the market. We take our art down prior to market so people don't ask for something to be included in the sale.
by goodlifer
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on (2) jackets.
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Need advice on (2) jackets.

If I had to choose one, I would pick the 2nd one. The color and buttons on the brown one give it a gingerbread man effect, and the pockets look awkward. It seems like they should be farther down and more to the front. The color is better on the second one, but I also hate Velcro. But to be really ho...
by goodlifer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb question about bedding and comforters
Replies: 20
Views: 1615

Re: Dumb question about bedding and comforters

Cheap comforters are meant to be used as is. Use it, wash as necessary, replace when it wears out. I had one for years. It was indestructible. Maybe a little too indestructible. It went out of style before it wore out. I still have a comforter my mother bought me when I was a preteen from Venture. ...
by goodlifer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High-end Christmas decorations
Replies: 41
Views: 3925

Re: High-end Christmas decorations

I forgot to say that a lot of people on a shopping forum say that the Home Depot tree they have for $79 or so every Black Friday is great. You can google "Black Friday sale ads" and see if anything in your price range will be on sale. The Home Depot ad isn't out yet but should be soon.
by goodlifer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting to move my family but where to begin?
Replies: 21
Views: 2347

Re: Wanting to move my family but where to begin?

I'm in the same position (western suburbs) and my husband's company was just bought out so I am hoping for a transfer. We already have a cottage in Indiana, but will not live there full time. I don't see any comparable jobs open in that area for him and the schools are awful. Our daughter is 13 and ...
by goodlifer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to move out.
Replies: 25
Views: 1949

Re: Trying to move out.

Well, the good news is that males are less likely to try to kill each other than females, so you may be able to train them to get along. Just be sure to introduce them in neutral territory far from their homes or walking area. If they truly will not get along, I cannot recommend the alternating crat...
by goodlifer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: aerobic exercise: rower vs. treadmill and elliptical
Replies: 44
Views: 3626

Re: aerobic exercise: rower vs. treadmill and elliptical

I bought a Concept2 rower a year ago and put my elliptical machine and upright bike in storage. I could never bring myself to get a treadmill as my dogs give me looks making me feel guilty for not taking them for a walk/run. Put your dogs on the treadmill. That's the main reason why I chose a tread...
by goodlifer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite "free stuff"?
Replies: 131
Views: 9687

Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

I love it when people give my daughter things for free when they see how much she loves something or just wants to get a kid involved in their hobby. We were at the coin shop not too long ago and they gave her a foreign coin for free even though she was going to pay for it with her own money. Anothe...
by goodlifer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High-end Christmas decorations
Replies: 41
Views: 3925

Re: High-end Christmas decorations

I second Bronner's, but I have in inspect everything before I buy there. I'm not sure if online ordering is the same, but the store merchandise is man handled by thousands of people, and some of the boxed items are "made in China" quality with splotches and scratches. An associate and I had to go th...
by goodlifer
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3277

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

Are your power lines buried or do you have utility poles? Our are buried, so I don't worry too much about losing power in the winter, but I am concerned about brown-outs in the summer. If your main concern is powering the heating system, you should be able to get a smaller stand-by generator for muc...
by goodlifer
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need ideas for unusual gifts for preteen boy
Replies: 27
Views: 1675

Re: Need ideas for unusual gifts for preteen boy

My youngest nephew just turned 13 this year. I gave him incense made from a meteorite, which was a hit. A surprising amount of kids are into incense around here. Other hits were a gift certificate to iFly, tickets to a Polar Express train ride, collectible coins, model Army figurines, a train set, a...
by goodlifer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Softest Fabric or Brand for a Lady's Nightgown?
Replies: 10
Views: 997

Re: Softest Fabric or Brand for a Lady's Nightgown?

You probably want long fiber cotton. Look for Supima, Pima, or Egyptian cotton on the label (although most Egyptian cotton really isn't, it is still soft). I have seen Supima nightgowns online at Lands End before. You might want to check out bamboo fabric if she is sweats in her sleep. It is chemica...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing machine/dryer shopping
Replies: 38
Views: 2855

Re: Washing machine/dryer shopping

If you are going to buy new, Black Friday usually has great deals on washer/dryers, but many are not in stock. It could take several weeks for your order to be delivered. I bought an LG set last BF and I didn't get it until February. Next time, I will only buy in stock sets. Speaking of LG, I'm not ...
by goodlifer
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insignia TV Has Black Screen
Replies: 32
Views: 1653

Re: Insignia TV Has Black Screen

My tube TV had 20 years of use without a problem before I threw it out. I'm starting the ninth year on my Panasonic plasma TV, still as good as new. I really wish Panasonic hadn't stopped making consumer televisions. I'm on year 8 with my two Panasonic TVs (one LCD, one plasma). A total of four Pan...
by goodlifer
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor Play toys for toddler
Replies: 31
Views: 1801

Re: Indoor Play toys for toddler

Whoever designed the first Fisher Price Laugh and Learn house deserves a special place in heaven. They are a little pricey but totally worth it. I don't have experience with the new smart home version, but the original stood up against my daughter (who is now a teen), 2 nieces, a nephew, a neighbor,...
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 25632

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

While we're griping about houses, let me add that I hate the space wasted by the jetted bath tub in our master bath. What a useless item that is annoying to clean. We're currently using it to some cleaning supplies. :annoyed Ohhhhhh, don't get me started on the jetted tub built for giants. I stoppe...
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental Mishap
Replies: 46
Views: 4814

Re: Dental Mishap

You could report him to your state's dental association. They might have more complaints on him and take action. Who knows if this is an isolated incident or something else. Are there online reviews stating that he messed up before?
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)
Replies: 32
Views: 2463

Re: Vehicle to vacation w/dogs (staying in hotels/VRBOs)

On the rare occasion where I have to travel and can't get a house sitter, I bring my dog's cage and leave her in the hotel room or rental. I haven't had a problem, but my dog is older and just goes to sleep. I limit my time away to a few hours. I have read that some pet-friendly hotels will walk you...
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Block fireplace draft
Replies: 19
Views: 1228

Re: Block fireplace draft

We block our chimney with a piece of old foam cooler when not in use. We have a note on the mantle just in case our house sitters decide that they want a cozy fire while we are gone.
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental Mishap
Replies: 46
Views: 4814

Re: Dental Mishap

Something similar happened to my daughter this year. She had surgery that involved drilling a hole and pulling a chain through the roof of her mouth, and the first thing the Orthodontist said when he checked her was, "The wrong surgery was done, so we are going to have to do another one." Long story...
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat's dental work costs
Replies: 31
Views: 2241

Re: Cat's dental work costs

These charges are not for a dental cleaning. This is a surgery. A dental cleaning in my area can cost between $100 and $300, depending on what labs are done and if they are having their dental cleaning special twice a year. Speaking of lab work, I don't see any on your bill. I checked around the fir...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 25632

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

Anyone figure out how to change the tall smoke alarms without buying a taller ladder? We have one on a perhaps 12 foor ceiling. My 14' orchard ladder is too tall to set up; the regular 6' ladder isn't tall enough. I have the light bulb changing stick which works well, and all our other ceilings are...
by goodlifer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace roof or wait .... and
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Re: Replace roof or wait .... and

It's a big, expensive job. Which is exactly why a lot of buyers would not want your house with an old roof. Think of what your competition will be when you list. I would guess that we live in similar neighborhoods. Our buyers expect move in ready condition. We had our house on the market before, an...
by goodlifer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High End Wrist Watches (Gone Crazy)
Replies: 254
Views: 30197

Re: IWC Watch, any thoughts?

You assume I bought an expensive watch to impress others. I did not. No one ever noticed when I was wearing a $40,000 watch. 99.9999% of the population wouldn't know the difference between an A. Lange Sohne and a Vin Diesel watch. Not saying there aren't posers out there, but I'm not one of them. F...
by goodlifer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical high-quality car wash
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

Re: Most economical high-quality car wash

I second the mobile car wash. If you live in a metro area, there is probably more than one to choose from. If you have a NextDoor group for your area, you can post an ad for someone to come to your home on a monthly basis to wash your car to your specifications if you don't have a mobile car wash op...
by goodlifer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace roof or wait .... and
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Re: Replace roof or wait .... and

I would see that you delayed maintenance on an important feature of your home and wonder what other things have been put off, if I was in the market. And offering a credit will probably not go as planned because the buyers will want more money to compensate for needing to get it done themselves. I w...
by goodlifer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8062

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

We have been going on the Polar Express on BF for the past few years so I would have to buy online if I needed anything. We want a few big ticket items this year like a tv, laptop, and a sound bar, but I'm not buying stripped down Black Friday versions. FYI, the ads are starting to come out. Harbor ...
by goodlifer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5912

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

Just a note: The Subaru Outback (and probably the Crosstek) does NOT have those parking assist sensors on the front bumper. That is, you will not get any beeps as you get too close to the car/wall/structure close to the front of the car. My other thought is just go test drive the cars yourself and ...
by goodlifer
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping
Replies: 55
Views: 3998

Re: Tipping

I would try to casually bring it up in conversation while you are getting your nails done. I have also read that you don't tip the owner, but more than one kind of made it clear to me that tips were expected.
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can old perfumes/cologne be used?
Replies: 15
Views: 1359

Re: Can old perfumes/cologne be used?

That's interesting. I had not expected it was OK to still use them. Wouldn't there be potential bacterial/mold growth in the perfumes after so long? Or is that the alcohol content makes it safe even after all this time? You are right about the price. I checked ebay and some of the bottles are going...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1420

Re: Car rebates/incentives

And gm has not have record sales, their sales last month were worse than 2017. Just read an article on it. They specifically cited that lack of incentives, and high prices are causing sales to plummet. Google it. If that was meant for me, I posted that 2016 or 2017 had record breaking earnings . I ...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal? Employer changing employees to new health insurance plan before currrnt health plan contract expires
Replies: 24
Views: 1926

Re: Legal? Employer changing employees to new health insurance plan before currrnt health plan contract expires

Do you know if Oct 1st is your company's Q1? Different companies have different earnings quarters and it might be considered the first of the year for your company, or they are preparing next year's budget and there is a huge whole that needs to be plugged without layoffs. That might explain the odd...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rebates/incentives
Replies: 21
Views: 1420

Re: Car rebates/incentives

All in all, the rebates have been terrible. I’m in no rush to buy. I’m just curious, with the prices so high, and interest rates rising, I just don’t know how long they can persist like this. Interest rates are still at historical lows. and GM has had strong earnings for years. I think 2016 or 2017...
by goodlifer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can old perfumes/cologne be used?
Replies: 15
Views: 1359

Re: Can old perfumes/cologne be used?

I sold a lot of old perfume for my MIL not too long ago. You would be surprised at what people will pay for a crusty bottle of Avon body spray if they want it bad enough. If you want to use them, go right ahead. As someone else has said, it just evaporates and it should be fine if it was stored in t...
by goodlifer
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Troubleshooting black specs in tub
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Troubleshooting black specs in tub

My sister's renter kept complaining about black specs, and after inspecting everything and flushing, we found out that she never thought to clean under the spout. She was there 2 years and never wiped the aerator, so black gunk was piled up so much that it was just falling out every time they washed...
by goodlifer
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cleaning lady stealing
Replies: 49
Views: 7486

Re: cleaning lady stealing

A few years ago a guy I knew had a cleaning lady (I don't think she was associated with a company but I'm not sure). She worked for a while and he even recommended her to someone else. One day he stopped at an ATM and thought his account was low so he went inside and spoke with someone. Turns out t...
by goodlifer
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Out of warranty repair for a Braun toothbrush?
Replies: 17
Views: 656

Re: Out of warranty repair for a Braun toothbrush?

The Braun warranty is for two years. If I was in this position, I would call the company, explain the situation, ask for a coupon if they didn't offer anything, and wait for Black Friday when the good models go on sale and usually have a mail in rebate. Make sure you can stack your coupon. Use a man...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ripped off by a locksmith
Replies: 75
Views: 5767

Re: Ripped off by a locksmith

I got ripped off by a locksmith, too. My house sitter locked herself out on a weekend, so we gave the go-ahead to put the charge on our credit card. We were told it would be around $250, which we thought was a rip off to begin with. We were charged $450, $50 of it was for a new doorknob that was $9....
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minimalist Lifestyle
Replies: 92
Views: 11667

Re: Minimalist Lifestyle

Spending should be a little painful. Punch yourself every time you spend money. Remember how much time/energy it took you to make that money. This is the type of mindset that I will never understand. Money is simply a tool. To say that spending should be painful would be like saying, "Using a chain...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping Fresh Fruit - Packaging Materials
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Shipping Fresh Fruit - Packaging Materials

I haven't shipped fruit, but I have shipped fine china before. I lined with box with bubble wrap, wrapped each item with tissue individually, put each one in a ziploc bag and filled it with packing material, then surrounded the bag with more packing material. You have to fill the box tight enough so...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dark stain wood floors
Replies: 27
Views: 2455

Re: Dark stain wood floors

It only took a few days for scratches to show up when we refinished with a darker stain. I can run the vacuum 23.45 hours a day and those 15 minutes not running will show a shocking amount of dust and pet fur. If I had to do it over (which I probably will sooner rather than later), I would go with a...
by goodlifer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minimalist Lifestyle
Replies: 92
Views: 11667

Re: Minimalist Lifestyle

I feel like as an average materialistic American, I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years and am now trying to declutter and keep only the essentials. I read a story about a couple that sold everything except a few suitcases and lived for extended periods around the world. It sounded frigh...
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: 36
Views: 2592

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: 1388

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: 1388

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: 64
Views: 7024

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: 99
Views: 10315

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: 508

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: 2831

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: 2831

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 ...