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by go_mets
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple MacBook Pro & Camcorder help!
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Apple MacBook Pro & Camcorder help!

inbox788 wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:49 am

I would expect the firewire solution would keep things digital and give you the best videos. You'd likely encounter more degradation using the A/V outputs and multiple conversions.
Correct. The Firewire solution is best.
by go_mets
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple MacBook Pro & Camcorder help!
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Apple MacBook Pro & Camcorder help!

I had this camcorder but sold it. As I recall the only way to get video from the tape to a Windows PC is via a Firewire port aka DV In aka IEEE1394. I suspect that it will be the same for your Macbook Pro. As I recall I could not important video from the tape to my Windows PC using the USB. You'll n...
by go_mets
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to protect personal assets when freelancing?
Replies: 8
Views: 518

Re: Best way to protect personal assets when freelancing?

Talk to an insurance broker that specializes in business lines. But I would this to give you a baseline of knowledge. [read the whole thing] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_liability_insurance This is what I plan on purchasing. The only thing the insurance doesn't cover is creditors comi...
by go_mets
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Wireless gift cards do expire
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Verizon Wireless gift cards do expire

I am guessing that the card did not expire. Someone hacked card numbers, figured out the sequence, etc and USED the card before you could. This is somewhat common. According to Verizon, they do not expire. "No. Verizon Wireless gift cards don’t have an expiration date and aren’t subject to dormancy...
by go_mets
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Wireless gift cards do expire
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Verizon Wireless gift cards do expire

In Feb 2017, I purchased two $100 Verizon Wireless gift cards. These were generic gift cards that can be used not just for paying on their plans but for accessories, etc that are sold on their website and in their stores. https://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/gift-cards/ The back of the gift c...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?
Replies: 56
Views: 5051

Re: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?

And do understand that all the people encouraging you to make a change , find a lower paying job which is more satisfying etc. won’t be around to help you financially when you have a left a secure well paying job for another that does not work out. They will still keep saying all sorts of positive ...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?
Replies: 56
Views: 5051

Re: Job burnout - Keep grinding or change?

You mention that this job is less stressful but the early years took a toll.
How so?
A change from stressful to less stressful should have helped.
Do you have health issues from the early years?
Is it something else entirely that is bothering you?
by go_mets
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Windows 10

MidwestMike wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:26 pm
It seems as if every few days there is a new upgrade. I’m getting tired of it. Get it right Microsoft.
I have Windows 10 on a couple of laptops that I don't use much.
There are monthly updates.
Coming up is the major 1809 update.
by go_mets
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime - Value?
Replies: 70
Views: 5119

Re: Amazon Prime - Value?

I have never been a prime subscriber... For a while I was waiting 3-5 days to receive packages.. My last 3 orders have arrived within 2 days, and one of them came the next day. I just place my orders so I hit the amount for free standard shipping. I think their warehouse locations and shipping proc...
by go_mets
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bored
Replies: 56
Views: 9349

Re: Bored

will and living will for both you and your wife!

medical insurance and whether to use one that has a HSA?

If you get a side gig, then solo 401(k).
Also 20% pass-through tax deduction for sole proprietors.
I just learned about this today!
by go_mets
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

These two Financebuff articles ( https://thefinancebuff.com/irs-guidance-on-circular-reference-in-obamacare-premium-subsidy-and-deduction.html ) + ( https://thefinancebuff.com/circular-reference-in-self-employed-health-insurance-deduction-under-obamacare-premium-subsidy.html ) discuss it but since ...
by go_mets
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2464

Re: time for new pair of glasses

Especially as we get older, I believe it is important to get regular, medically competent full eye exams to look for things beyond just getting the correct prescription. Depending on all the facts and circumstances, this might be from an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist. I do get yearly eye exams ...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

See Rev Procs 2014-37 and 2014-41 And, curious on why you want to do this without a tax return program? Were you not self-employed or not qualifying for the premium tax credits in 2016 and 2017? I printed out 2014-1 I like to learn the how versus just having the software do the work. I misspoke. It...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!
Replies: 37
Views: 2870

Re: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!

However, call me a snob, but when I rent a car I feel completely out of place without all my tech and features. A big problem with tech and features in a rental car is that how to use them often not obvious. Even if the rental car had them you likely would not use them. I am curious what tech and f...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

munemaker wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:26 pm
go_mets wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:15 pm

I wish there are tax forms where I can change a value on a line on Form 1040 and have everything be re-calculated!
Well why didn't you say so!

This will work for you:
https://sites.google.com/site/excel1040/
wow!

thanks!

This should make the iterations a bit less painful.
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

Sorry I cannot help answer your question directly. We use tax software. You may find it a valuable and worthwhile expense. Since you are self-employed, you will need to familiarize yourself with the IRS guidance on reconciling the premium tax credit and the self-employed health insurance deduction....
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2464

Re: time for new pair of glasses

Especially as we get older, I believe it is important to get regular, medically competent full eye exams to look for things beyond just getting the correct prescription. Depending on all the facts and circumstances, this might be from an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist. I do get yearly eye exams ...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

Re: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

Do any of these threads help? https://www.google.com/search?ei=X5KSW47WLafZ5gL_z4DQBw&q=aca+tax+subsidies+iterative+site%3Abogleheads.org&oq=aca+tax+subsidies+iterative+site%3Abogleheads.org&gs_l=psy-ab.3...4267.6237..6523...0.0..0.90.767.10......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71.7fFjcymj4Zs https://www.g...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2464

Re: time for new pair of glasses

Especially as we get older, I believe it is important to get regular, medically competent full eye exams to look for things beyond just getting the correct prescription. Depending on all the facts and circumstances, this might be from an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist. I do get yearly eye exams ...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2464

Re: time for new pair of glasses

I should have stated that I have no insurance that covers eye exams for glasses.

I do have a HSA.

Glasses are expensive because of high-index lenses.
In addition, the glasses are bifocals.
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1116

forum discussion on ACA premium subsidy and filing taxes

I think I filed my taxes incorrectly for 2015 with regards to figuring out the deduction for health insurance cost for the self-employed. I have read in forum discussion on BH that it is an iterative process. I cannot find the thread that discusses how to figure the deduction when filing taxes. Can ...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2464

time for new pair of glasses

It is time for a new pair of glasses and an exam to get the prescription. I had been thinking about going to the local Walmart but the reviews aren't exactly comforting. I dislike the optician at the local Pearle Vision franchise. A jerk. Other options are a local chain of opthalmalogists/optometris...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!
Replies: 37
Views: 2870

Re: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!

However, call me a snob, but when I rent a car I feel completely out of place without all my tech and features. A big problem with tech and features in a rental car is that how to use them often not obvious. Even if the rental car had them you likely would not use them. I am curious what tech and f...
by go_mets
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!
Replies: 37
Views: 2870

Re: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!

the subject line should be Car Shopping Way too Often !


As a person with a 2004 Honda Accord with nearly 215,000 miles I totally do not understand the churn !


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by go_mets
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Leaving Negative Feedback
Replies: 27
Views: 2447

Re: eBay Leaving Negative Feedback

to me it does speak to the sellers honesty To me, as long as they do right to fix it, then I do not leave a negative feedback. If you want to question their honesty after they do refund your money, then I am not sure I would want you as a buyer either! And I would make sure to say that you were ref...
by go_mets
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Leaving Negative Feedback
Replies: 27
Views: 2447

Re: eBay Leaving Negative Feedback

I mostly buy but occasionally sell on eBay. Recently, I had two separate purchases made on eBay arrive with parts missing and the item not being in the condition described. For both of those purchases I initiated a return through eBay and received a refund. Should I leave negative feedback for those...
by go_mets
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small-wheel bicycle
Replies: 19
Views: 1234

Re: small-wheel bicycle

I am a casual biker.
Not for commuting.
Want for riding around the neighborhood or at a park.

The bicycle doesn't necessarily have to be foldable.

I just like the small wheel form factor.


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by go_mets
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small-wheel bicycle
Replies: 19
Views: 1234

small-wheel bicycle

I have been looking online at small wheel bicycles.

It looks like they are generally the foldable kinds.

Is there a good place to read up on this type of bicycle?
I am a casual rider.

Would they fit in the trunk of a Honda Accord sedan?

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by go_mets
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New microwave or seek service options?
Replies: 17
Views: 661

Re: New microwave or seek service options?

Make sure it is not a broken door switch! https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=_CtGVScF0sU I replaced a broken door switch on my built-in GE microwave oven from watching Youtube videos! $6 for the switch on eBay. The pain in the butt is waiting for the switch to arrive. We ended up buying a bran...
by go_mets
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1081

Re: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system

I have two Vimtag B3-S that I bought on Amazon. They record to internal micro SD card (not included) and also to their DVR which they call a CloudBox. Connect by wifi or Ethernet cable to your router. Powered by AC adapter (included). I have them on 24/7. I don't have the CloudBox. The video is 1080...
by go_mets
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle, online payments
Replies: 53
Views: 4349

Re: Zelle, online payments

Is there a way to confirm that a payee has received the money? With checks I could see if a check was cashed, what happens with Zelle? You only really know for sure if the payee tells you. My bank will tell me the money was "sent", but one time the payee hadn't actually received it. Something with ...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

If you just want a tick "I saw Serena play at the US Open" box, then you can do it from the cheap seats in Ashe, and depending on how quickly you can get to NYC you may or may not be able to pull the trigger at the last minute like we did in 2016. If you want to be closer to the action you'll have ...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle, online payments
Replies: 53
Views: 4349

Re: Zelle, online payments

How do you set this up like this? I have set up Zelle Pay to send with my TD Bank checking account. I log into TDBank.com to send. I think I am using my email for this but I am not not sure. you need different accounts and different access points. my cell is my main bank, my main email is my second...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle, online payments
Replies: 53
Views: 4349

Re: Zelle, online payments

I didnt see anyone comment in regards to receiving accounts. But you can have zelle payments received to two accounts. For example: My renters send me Zelle to my EMAIL that gets deposited into a Capital One 360 account that pays my mortgage. While friends can send me a Zelle to my PHONE NUMBER tha...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

Kenkat wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:24 pm
With a username of “go_mets”, how is it that you have not been to a Mets game?
Baseball is too slow.
But I root for the Mets.
LOL.
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

Here's the link to the official US Open website. Winning players tend to play every other day going forward. Might try Stubhub or Seatgeek for tix. Also, sometimes tickets are available at the ticket window on the day of matches. BTW day session matches are way better than night sessions.....more o...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart is not Amazon
Replies: 54
Views: 6695

Re: Walmart is not Amazon

I order a lot from Wal-Mart online, but they need to get rid of the 3rd party resellers. It's difficult to know who you're actually buying from and makes their platform look like a mess. It is very clear on Walmart.com which are 3rd-party sellers who are not drop ship vendors. It will say Sold & sh...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

Here's the link to the official US Open website. Winning players tend to play every other day going forward. Might try Stubhub or Seatgeek for tix. Also, sometimes tickets are available at the ticket window on the day of matches. BTW day session matches are way better than night sessions.....more o...
by go_mets
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart is not Amazon
Replies: 54
Views: 6695

Re: Walmart is not Amazon

Turns out, much of WM online is from 3rd party vendors - called, ironically, "Walmart Prime". I browse Walmart.com a lot, and there is no such thing as "Walmart Prime". LOL. If you would post a link to the item you purchased, we would know for sure exactly from whom you purchased your Mophie battery.
by go_mets
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

Re: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

Check this Web page, which is full of VERY useful tips about the US Open. Which is exactly where I'll spend my next 3 days. And I should see Serena playing on Tuesday. Excited! http://www.roadto45tennis.com/a-serious-tennis-fans-tips-for-the-us-open-tickets-more/ Wow! Thanks for the link! Even this...
by go_mets
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1514

first round ticket to US Open Tennis 2019

I have made it my goal to go see Serena Williams play in the first round of the US Open Tennis 2019.

How do I know which match she will be playing and buy the ticket for that?
What would be the price to tickets?

I have never been to a professional sporting event!
by go_mets
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New, pseudo unlocked phones on Ebay
Replies: 14
Views: 980

Re: New, pseudo unlocked phones on Ebay

jeffyscott wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:20 pm

Yes, I subsequently saw in some of the reviews on walmart that people said they bought an unlock code on Ebay for $2 or so.
That was then.

Apparently Verizon has plugged that hole.
by go_mets
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipotle question
Replies: 73
Views: 4361

Re: Chipotle question

I don't get the bowl because it is just another item for the landfill.


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by go_mets
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bone in my food
Replies: 107
Views: 4053

Re: Bone in my food

I don't eat at Chipotle more often because there isn't one close to me and surprisingly they still are popular and finding a seat at lunch inside can be a hassle.

I get the vegetarian burrito: white rice, fajita vegetables, lettuce, corn salsa, pico de gallo salsa, guacamole.
It is quite good!
by go_mets
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 102
Views: 5656

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Op here.Finishing our hotel reservations for our trip.One last question.I was thinking of visiting Princeton on our last day.Is it worth the extra time and travel?We would have to get there on a Saturday afternoon and then drive to the Marriott by the airport to stay Saturday night.We would be comi...
by go_mets
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 102
Views: 5656

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Op here.Finishing our hotel reservations for our trip.One last question.I was thinking of visiting Princeton on our last day.Is it worth the extra time and travel?We would have to get there on a Saturday afternoon and then drive to the Marriott by the airport to stay Saturday night.We would be comi...
by go_mets
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HP Instant Ink program
Replies: 1
Views: 206

HP Instant Ink program

I just bought a brand new HP printer. It is eligible for the HP Instant Ink program. Do you sign up after the ink that comes with the printer runs out? Or is the ink cartridge that comes with the printer an Instant Ink program cartridge? That seems to be the case from what I read on their website. I...
by go_mets
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I still use cash not credit cards should I reconsider?
Replies: 102
Views: 7651

Re: I still use cash not credit cards should I reconsider?

My current contract job pays me by paper check every week, so I have to go to my bank and make a deposit. It is a major pain the butt as far as I am concerned, but I do it. It would be a even more major pain in the butt if I was withdrawing money. I use: 1. Chase Freedom 5% rewards for changing cate...
by go_mets
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with web development contract
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Help with web development contract

After 2.5 years in part-time development, I'm nearing the final stages of creating a new version of my web site's front end. I will need to hire a programmer to migrate content from my old web site to the new one and make the back-end functional on the new site. He will need access to (1) my old we...
by go_mets
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers beware on eBay.
Replies: 66
Views: 6220

Re: Sellers beware on eBay.

You are selling items that cost too little. Paypal charges 0.30 plus 2.9 percent Ebay charges 10 percent That 13 percent is charged on the shipping and the price. I have not done media mail for a while but first class mails cheapest price is 2.66. My break even for fees is about $3.41. And that doe...