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by Ninnie
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Movie Forums
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: Movie Forums

Not exactly equivalent, but Reddit generally has decent conversations about movies.
by Ninnie
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4385

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

We test drove the 2018 Forester and have decided to wait for the 2019 model. It depends on if the new model improvements matter to you. To us, they do.

Specifically 2019 is supposed to be quieter and has CarPlay, both were sticking points for us.
by Ninnie
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 89
Views: 15206

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

I'm a Millennial and have never used Consumer Reports. The few times I would have, I ran into a paywall and went elsewhere. In the zeitgeist, it's like Reader's Digest or Life magazine. This. I'm Gen X and agree 100%. I actually have free access through work and on the occasions that I've thought t...
by Ninnie
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I own 1,387 items!
Replies: 128
Views: 10631

Re: I own 1,387 items!

My actionable item is to re-watch Fight Club.
by Ninnie
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your opinion on online courses?
Replies: 26
Views: 2330

Re: Your opinion on online courses?

The top indicator for a well rated online course is instructor engagement. It's that simple.
by Ninnie
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weekender bag?
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: weekender bag?

That's because good quality at a $50 price point does not compute. :D
by Ninnie
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weekender bag?
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: weekender bag?

I discovered Floto Imports for nice made in Italy leather weekend bags. I've been very happy with my weekend duffle with a more retro feel. Also have a Dakine for banging about, which has been awesome.
by Ninnie
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I dont know how to spend money
Replies: 39
Views: 5327

Re: I dont know how to spend money

Are you happy with your job and career? Do you have friends and enjoy yourself with them?

I don't think skipping lunch is such a good idea. It's great that you pack your lunch, but give yourself a break if you forget it and be kind to your stomach.
by Ninnie
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Day 2018
Replies: 88
Views: 10626

Re: Amazon Prime Day 2018

A few movies I had my eye on were actually priced higher. So much for that.
by Ninnie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 10401

Re: Why own a bed?

For real.There is nothing we don't talk about on this site. :)
by Ninnie
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is expensive olive oil worth it?
Replies: 59
Views: 6056

Re: Is expensive olive oil worth it?

I have a very sensitive soy allergy. Therefore I can detect if an olive oil was diluted with soybean oil or (more common) simply transported before packaging in shared containers. It's very common.

I use olive oil that's canned in the country of origin.
by Ninnie
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone is using my cellphone number
Replies: 21
Views: 2997

Re: Someone is using my cellphone number

There is a scam where hackers will steal your cell phone number. That way they can use it to unlock your email and other accounts if you use two-step verification. In your case, how did you call Best Buy? Hopefully you looked up their number and didn't call the number in the text. That's the only po...
by Ninnie
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay for home services?
Replies: 55
Views: 3670

Re: What do you pay for home services?

I rent, clean my apartment myself, and don't have any landscaping. I wonder why these $500 monthly non-deductible costs are never mentioned in Bogleheads comparisons of renting with buying. Victoria Because they are a want not a need. I think my cleaning service will go away next year. Yes. And if ...
by Ninnie
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Women Lifting Weights
Replies: 87
Views: 7038

Re: Older Women Lifting Weights

I am in my forties and haven't lifted weights in 20 years, although I have kept lightly active with sports, yoga, and elliptical. I have always had very weak upper body strength. I recently bought a few pairs of dumbbell and in three months have gone from 5 to 7 to 9 lb, planning to move soon to 12 ...
by Ninnie
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon Prime worth it?
Replies: 146
Views: 15530

Re: Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Yes. Ymmv
by Ninnie
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade-up my $89 Walmart bike
Replies: 44
Views: 2969

Re: Trade-up my $89 Walmart bike

The Trek is a good choice. If you have an REI near you, look at their their bikes too.
by Ninnie
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk Repellent?
Replies: 36
Views: 3000

Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

We have the same problem. Killing them is illegal where we live. Will cayenne pepper kill or just deter them? Will it harm other wildlife like birds and rabbits?
by Ninnie
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good place to buy window curtains
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: good place to buy window curtains

+1 for Country Curtains. Also happy with our more inexpensive IKEA curtains.
by Ninnie
Sun May 27, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Near commercial level treadmill
Replies: 36
Views: 3214

Re: Near commercial level treadmill

Another vote for True.
by Ninnie
Thu May 17, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage decision killing me
Replies: 52
Views: 7310

Re: Mortgage decision killing me

30 year. Better to be conservative about this and pay extra as you go. The difference in rates is not enough to sacrifice that extra cushion and peace of mind.
by Ninnie
Mon May 14, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive and comfortable outdoor patio furniture
Replies: 9
Views: 1334

Re: Inexpensive and comfortable outdoor patio furniture

We had good luck at Ace Hardware. The store gave us a great discount over the listed price. Basic black grated metal table and chairs. Light enough to move around and still comfortable. Six years old and still in good condition. If you spend on high end outdoor furniture the elements still take a to...
by Ninnie
Wed May 09, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 6373

Re: How to handle problem employee

That wouldn't be a TPS form, would it? :wink:

She sounds like she might have Aspergian tendencies. Although that doesn't really change things for you other than to understand it.
by Ninnie
Tue May 08, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you know anyone unhappy in a CCRC?
Replies: 41
Views: 5156

Re: Do you know anyone unhappy in a CCRC?

What is a CCRC?
by Ninnie
Wed May 02, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!
Replies: 129
Views: 12053

Re: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!

Given how much you've cut out in other areas along with your hashimotos, the cravings could be your body's way of telling you that it needs more energy and you may have a nutritional deficiency/thyroid imbalance/autoimmune issue to address. I would not dismiss this as a simple sweet tooth.I'll pm yo...
by Ninnie
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 12403

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

I found that Amazon now has a big problem with counterfeit merchandise that I simply don't have to worry about when I shop with their competitors. It would be interesting to know how much of a problem this really is. I recently read a bunch of articles on this subject with plenty of anecdotal examp...
by Ninnie
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire at age 40?
Replies: 158
Views: 19228

Re: Can I retire at age 40?

This thread is hilarious. Make sure to save enough for the divorce that will come when your wife works as a teacher while you sit at home. Not to mention the work ethic that you'll be instilling in your children. Find a different job. The beauty of your position is that it can pay less, so you have ...
by Ninnie
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone tried a sunrise alarm clock?
Replies: 42
Views: 3941

Re: Anyone tried a sunrise alarm clock?

I can sleep in a fully lit room. After all my eyes are closed while I'm sleeping. In fact, I never bother fully closing the curtains since it makes no difference to me. I suspect the sunrise alarm only works for a certain type of person. We heavy sleepers need something a little more jarring.
by Ninnie
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it very hard to learn Spanish?
Replies: 65
Views: 5129

Re: Is it very hard to learn Spanish?

LOL about the trimador. The extent to which Spanglish is invading the language is stratospheric and quite entertaining, even in Spain where it's been less prevalent than in Latin America. A few years ago my young cousin from Spain kept "flipando" about things. I instinctively understood her, but whe...
by Ninnie
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 18446

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

CULater wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:53 pm
Pretty soon, your next car will be an Uber. Really makes no sense to sink so much money into owning a car and maintaining it when it spends about 90% of it's time sitting around parked somewhere. Expensive decoration.
Uh no. I'll be keeping my own car. Somehow I don't think I'm the only one.
by Ninnie
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 18446

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

The 2019 Forester will have new front seats so that's something to look forward to testing. I don't love the current seats. It will be a bit larger and more powerful. No more turbo option. CarPlay included. The new facial recognition concerns me. Are there potential privacy implications? Can it be s...
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car?
Replies: 46
Views: 3907

Re: New car?

I vote for new car. With the details you've given us (150,000 miles, other minor issues, wife who wants Pilot, children - safety features, AC - Texas) I think this is pretty much a no-brainer. The AC repair is not a cheap one. With the mileage on your car, I wouldn't put a lot of money into it. This...
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 4100

Re: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?

A great glass tea kettle is https://store.moma.org/kitchen-dining/coffee-tea/glass-water-kettle/113197-113197.html?cgid=kitchen-coffee-tea#start=22 The one caution - it is GLASS - so follow the directions and don't, when hot, put it on a cold surface, etc. You do have to watch this tea kettle (no w...
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 4100

Re: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?

Thanks for all the good ideas. The discoloration is annoying but has been there all along. The urgent problem is that it is malfunctioning and not shutting off or allowing itself to be shut off. If we stay with electric, I guess I will need to reset my expectations on how long such an appliance shou...
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?
Replies: 44
Views: 3370

Re: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?

+1 hybrid. If you have an REI near you, they have good starter options. As do many other good bike shops. Used may not be the best option for you since you don't know what you are looking for. You could get a good bike for about $500.
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 4100

Re: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?

But is there one that will last without malfunctioning or rusting? Even the glass ones have metal bottoms that rust. The ceramic ones chip and crack. And the electronics are cheap and not built to last. Our Cuisinart was top rated and we went through two of them (first replaced by the store for free...
by Ninnie
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 4100

Re: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?

Our Creuset kettle rusted through last year. We found ourselves in a similar position - the search was far more complicated than expected. In the end we gave up and decided to give an electric kettle a try. We got the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Electric Kettle. Couldn't be happier with it. It has optimal...
by Ninnie
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 18446

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

On paper, the CR-V. If you test drive it and enjoy it, it provides the best combination of quality, reliability, and features. Has CarPlay. In practice, I prefer the seats and handling of the Forester but will not buy it until they add CarPlay, hopefully in 2019. I'm not big on technology in cars, b...
by Ninnie
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Help Solving A House Smell Mystery
Replies: 46
Views: 4829

Re: Need Help Solving A House Smell Mystery

Our first house had an unusual smell. Turned out to be the DIY refinishing job the previous owners did on the hardwood flooring. Went away once we had the floors professionally redone.
by Ninnie
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AmEx Delta Gold is now Honoring Bonus
Replies: 87
Views: 10529

Re: AmEx Delta Gold Not Honoring Bonus

I'm not a fan of AMEX if it involves bonuses. A couple of years ago, we applied for one of their bonus cards that would supposedly give us 6% cash back on grocery purchases. Before we took out the card, we specifically asked one of their reps if our local grocery store would qualify for this, and t...
by Ninnie
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom remodel decision
Replies: 41
Views: 2596

Re: Bathroom remodel decision

If you have a clear preference, you should get what you like. If you're on the fence, a double sink is a great selling feature. We added one to our master bathroom in our first home in a neighborhood where they are not common. We kept the shower size as it was. The bathroom was a huge success when w...
by Ninnie
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods
Replies: 30
Views: 3210

Re: Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods

In our case we reach the $6k Amx BCP cap in 6-7 months.

Assume another $5k spend at WF for the rest of the year. Just the 2% difference over the 3% back the basic Amazon card gives pays for the Prime fee. Then we get all other benefits of Prime on top of that.
by Ninnie
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods
Replies: 30
Views: 3210

Re: Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods

I'm not suggesting anyone change their shopping habits. But for those of us who already shop at WF, it's great.
by Ninnie
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods
Replies: 30
Views: 3210

Amazon Prime Visa now 5% back at Whole Foods

I've been waiting for something like this since Amazon bought Whole Foods. We do most of our grocery shopping at WF and already have the Amazon Visa (non-Prime). This is now the tipping point that makes it worthwhile for us to pay for Prime. Now the question is, do we keep our Amex Blue Cash Preferr...
by Ninnie
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation in May. Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Ogunquit (cancelled Bar Harbor)
Replies: 35
Views: 3169

Re: Vacation in May. Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbor

May/June in Maine is black fly season. Consider yourself warned. There were a few threads last year on the drive from Boston to Bar Harbor. A quick search should give you lots of useful advice.
by Ninnie
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?
Replies: 103
Views: 8909

Re: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?

Cars are necessary for most people, but they destroy wealth so it's good to estimate total cost of ownership. How long are you going to keep that 2015 car, for example, and what do you expect to get when you sell? The maintenance costs will be higher also. How does that compare to the new car? Used...
by Ninnie
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?
Replies: 103
Views: 8909

Re: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?

The new Honda Accords look head-turningly good. I say that as someone who doesn't like the look of sedans as a general rule.
by Ninnie
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 2532

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

I just bought a pair of dark Levi's a couple of months ago - no issues whatsoever with chemical odor. I do always wash new clothes anyway by itself before I wear it. Not sure if it makes a difference, but I buy their higher priced jeans directly from their website (around $80 at full price, but neve...
by Ninnie
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life Balance of spending and saving
Replies: 54
Views: 5702

Re: Life Balance of spending and saving

I vote for trying out the closer community pool for a year and then see how you feel. .25 miles is practically in your backyard, and more social.
by Ninnie
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life Balance of spending and saving
Replies: 54
Views: 5702

Re: Life Balance of spending and saving

What part of the country are you in? If this is a northern state, don't do it and join the neighborhood pool instead. Only consider it if you live in a climate where you can use the pool virtually year round and it won't decrease property value.