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by LeviMama
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DisneyWorld-Needing specific advice
Replies: 33
Views: 1996

Re: DisneyWorld-Needing specific advice

First off, get a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disney with Kids! Good reading to prepare y’all for your trip. Therm get a subscription to Touring Plans. Actually do that first!, Like pp said, it’s the absolute best $15 spent hands down for any Disneyworld vacation. Do this early, get familiar with...
by LeviMama
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 6173

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

We have a round Dutch oven that I use for all stews, risottos, and soups, anything requiring browning of vegetables first and deglazing with stock or wine to build flavor. Works beautifully. I also have a small tea kettle, think it’s called a Demi- version. I’m the only tea drinker in my family so i...
by LeviMama
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to Brazil
Replies: 8
Views: 1376

Re: Moving to Brazil

(This is long and detailed, my apologies) Congratulations on the move! A couple years ago, my family lived in Sao Paulo for 3 months. Our son was a toddler then. But DH lived in SP for a year as a single guy a decade ago, and has worked and continues to work in the region during this time. He has be...
by LeviMama
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?
Replies: 31
Views: 3841

Re: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?

We use Costco all the time for car rental bookings. They have, hands-down, the cheapest rates out there. We’ve used them a couple times for hotels and had zero issues. And just recently, we completed a Disneyworld package purchased through them for hotel + WDW park tickets. We stayed at the Waldorf ...
by LeviMama
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to add to the baby registry?
Replies: 20
Views: 1382

Re: What to add to the baby registry?

First things first, get a copy of the most recent edition of the Baby Bargains book. Excellent resource! For $15 it breaks down all the features you didn’t know you needed ... and those you don’t need. Car seats - Britax or Chicco. Not because they are necessarily safer, but they are very simple to ...
by LeviMama
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Party for 30
Replies: 15
Views: 1821

Re: Party for 30

We just hosted a 40th Birthday celebration for DH at home, it was a weekend golf affair with his parents, godfather and college buddies traveling in to visit. The small, intimate dinner event was a steakhouse dinner for 10. The big event was a catered event at home for 24. We host a lot of events in...
by LeviMama
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best stroller+infant seat for gravel roads?
Replies: 18
Views: 1246

Re: Best stroller+infant seat for gravel roads?

Congratulations on your new baby! Strollers and car seats are definitely an area where you get what you pay for, feature wise. All car seats on the market must pass the same safety tests, regardless of $80 or $400 pricetag, but the more pricey ones may offer premium cushioning and fabrics, higher we...
by LeviMama
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2541

Re: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations

Yes, most paint retailers can color match and mix a color from another retailer. We like Sherwin Williams paint in our house, and find them to be on sale pretty much all the time (and if not wait, a week and it will be). Before, this we always used Behr paints. Both are durable in their mid-high end...
by LeviMama
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do people budget for annual car maintenance?
Replies: 39
Views: 2685

Re: How much do people budget for annual car maintenance?

Funnily enough, I’ve found the Dave Ramsey sinking fund advice on vehicle maintenance of $75/month per vehicle to be right on the money. And we have newer model Lexus vehicles that haven’t required anything more than service and brakes / tires / etc over the 7- and 3- years of ownership with <10k mi...
by LeviMama
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Thank/Reward Realtor
Replies: 28
Views: 2568

Re: How to Thank/Reward Realtor

I think the commission is monetary compensation enough. And yes, the gift from you TO the realtor will just muddle things. For superior service, I would happily sing her praises from the rooftop and openly refer her to family and friends. Ask for a stack of business cards and to be kept on her maili...
by LeviMama
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?
Replies: 111
Views: 10146

Re: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?

Some other points - 529 Plan. We seed funded it with a big chunk of bonus money when he was younger, and have only added to it with gift money he has received and an annual bonus time deposit. Some people contribute monthly, but with our monthly outlays for therapies, swimming, etc, we are sticking ...
by LeviMama
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?
Replies: 111
Views: 10146

Re: How much have kids added to your personal finance/expenses?

It’s cost us quite a bit. Our son is now 3.5. Childcare - the number listed by OP is way too low. Think probably $1k+ a month for an infant, depending on your area and quality of care / facilities. It drops a little as they get older, but doesn’t disappear completely even for two working parents wit...
by LeviMama
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Happy Consumer Story (Backpacking Tent)
Replies: 16
Views: 1737

Re: Happy Consumer Story (Backpacking Tent)

Simple Human. Happily sent replacement foot pedal mechanisms for both of my kitchen trash / recycle cans ($50 retail cans) when only one had failed. And this was about 4 years after the original date of purchase on the failed one. Works like new. Bugaboo. Generous 3 year warranty on their premium st...
by LeviMama
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV thread (with a twist)
Replies: 44
Views: 5468

Re: SUV thread (with a twist)

Please, please don't booster your 3-year old. A child that young does not have the emotional maturity to sit correctly in the seatbelt ALL the time, regardless of size. Please do some research on more appropriate booster age, probably 5 at minimum to start booster training for short distances. Just ...
by LeviMama
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 75
Views: 9963

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

What year Hilander? Do you have the motorized liftgate problems yet? It's a fine car apart from some fit/finish items. Think we will be looking at the pilot in a year after the rear liftgate issue burned us. If I had already RE I could go pick a part or bypass the wiring. Currently don't prioritize...
by LeviMama
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options
Replies: 75
Views: 9963

Re: 2018 Subaru Outback with 3 car seats vs. other car/suv options

So I can give a hearty thumbs up to the narrowing in on the Lexus RX 350. We liked our 2012 RX so much we recently traded a 2015 Highlander... meh, and it also has overlapping seat belts FYI... for a gently used 2015 RX. So we are a really boring family car wise. They are very very reliable, offer s...
by LeviMama
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor activities for a 3-year-old
Replies: 61
Views: 4505

Re: Indoor activities for a 3-year-old

Our little one just turned 3 and we have lots and lots to entertain him! Indoors - we have a great little play room set up with easily accessible baskets filled with toys organized by category - Trains and all the wooden train tracks and accessories Balls of all shapes, sizes and squooshiness (?!) C...
by LeviMama
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 14890

Re: What do you splurge on?

Quality fresh food, organic produce and sustainably sourced meat and seafood as much as possible. You are what you eat. Great kitchen appliances and equipment and tools to store, prepare and cook said food at home. E.g. Kitchenaid appliances, Nespresso machine and Weber grill. Excellent baby gear - ...
by LeviMama
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: % Net Worth Change Since New Year's 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 11049

Re: % Net Worth Change Since New Year's 2015

This is a surprising post, do participants really spend time obsessing over net worth changes? I can understand quarterly (not less often) reviews of portfolio fluctuations for rebalancing purposes but seems much more meaningful things to do than net worth calculations. Like work and family and sav...
by LeviMama
Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: master bedroom off family room - thoughts
Replies: 23
Views: 5377

Re: master bedroom off family room - thoughts

No btdt on cost or renovations but we do have a main level master that has a shared wall with the family room. I would definitely reccomend adding extra insulation to any shared walls. It's doubly important if you will have a tv, sound bar etc mounted on the family room wall or if it's your only pub...
by LeviMama
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash in the house
Replies: 80
Views: 8943

Re: Cash in the house

+1 on cash in the house. Hurricane Wilma was the one annoying storm in South Florida that put down just enough wind and water to cripple systems for days and in some cases, weeks. Cash was king for gas and groceries. Even though we don't still live in a hurricane prone area, we keep enough to be use...