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by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs
Replies: 50
Views: 1958

Re: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs

bumblebh wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:24 pm
I had more green tomatoes at the end of the season that I harvested.
Good for relish type things.
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs
Replies: 50
Views: 1958

Re: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs

I've usually gone to farmers market for summer vegetables. This year I plan to purchase vegetables through a local CSA (1/2share) I will get what is in season and try eating this way. I plan on a herb garden at my mom's - 2 miles away. I've looked at CSAs, but for a single person they are unbelieva...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

bottlecap wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:16 pm
My sister loves her Prius. Don’t lose the key.
Don't lose the key? I think I heard somewhere that modern car keys cost $$$? (Do they give you a spare key(s) when you buy the car?)
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs
Replies: 50
Views: 1958

Re: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs

I've usually gone to farmers market for summer vegetables. This year I plan to purchase vegetables through a local CSA (1/2share) I will get what is in season and try eating this way. I plan on a herb garden at my mom's - 2 miles away. I've looked at CSAs, but for a single person they are unbelieva...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?

I believe this article is out of date, since teleflip is apparently something that no longer exists, but the list down the bottom of via ISPs is, my guess, correct. I have the dim recollection of getting an email on my laptop from my brother that was from something like his phone number at his phone...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recurring charges after compromised card
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Recurring charges after compromised card

When this happens I update everything. Occasionally I miss something and the charger sends me an email saying a charge failed. I don't think an automatic charge to the old number has ever been honored. However, the post above has reminded me that the last time this happened, a refund to the old numb...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs
Replies: 50
Views: 1958

Re: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs

Two years ago when I bought tomato plants they only had six-packs. My well-amended front garden with the fence and netting really only holds four plants. The other two I just stuck in the backyard at the sunniest places I could find. They grew much smaller than their favored siblings, produced few ...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

onourway wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:27 am
What kind of price range are you looking in?
Trying for under $12,000. Realize I may not be able to make it.
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs
Replies: 50
Views: 1958

Re: Best plants to grow to save money for food costs

If you pay attention to what you are spending, you can minimize costs. For example, I have been growing vegetables for many years and have never done a soil test. I have a compost pile (leaves, kitchen waste), so no need to buy additional fertilizer. Potatoes love growing in the compost pile, so sta...
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: used Prius

TallBoy29er wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Most times I get behind a Prius on the interstate my commute extends by 5 minutes. Get one that moves faster.
Five minutes. Oh, the humanity.
by mouses
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: used Prius

Thanks a lot, folks.

I had to look up ESC. What happens if you are skidding on ice? I do not brake in those circumstances, just take my foot off the accelerator and hope :-) but it sounds like the ESC stuff would do some braking? Does that not make things worse?
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

I'm thinking of finally getting a "new" car, that is one newer than my 25 year old one. I am thinking of a Prius, as several people in my family have them and like them, environmental concerns, etc. I'm wondering if there is anything drastic that has happened in the design over the years that would ...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical records - saved me money, time, trouble and XRay exposure :)
Replies: 11
Views: 1013

Re: Medical records - saved me money, time, trouble and XRay exposure :)

I scan in copies of all test reports and get images if I can.
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transition from house to apartment
Replies: 16
Views: 1306

Re: Transition from house to apartment

The economics of it. I figure the rent we will pay - about 4K for a 3 bedroom apartment - will be equal to what we pay for what I call maintaining a house which is fully paid for: property tax, insurance; utilities including water, septic tank; lawn, yard, and snow service; cleaning; maintenance an...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Farm - Letter Received today
Replies: 15
Views: 3331

Re: State Farm - Letter Received today

Like most policy holders, I too was curious as to why the need for the "new" policy. I just received an "Important Notice Regarding Your New Homeowners Policy" and, given the number of changes cited in this book of a disclosure, it's evident that there was a need to rewrite the whole policy. Here's...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rant about relocation mortgage assistance, and a question
Replies: 54
Views: 2797

Re: Rant about relocation mortgage assistance, and a question

p.s. Any house where you can have chickens is a good house :-) Be sure you have them well protected against predators. If you don't know already, read up on how vulnerable they can be to determined wildlife.
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rant about relocation mortgage assistance, and a question
Replies: 54
Views: 2797

Re: Rant about relocation mortgage assistance, and a question

Re the mortgage. The mortgage companies are just crazy funny about requiring steady monthly income STREAMS. They just do not care if you have the cash in the bank. This was my experience also some years ago when I retired. I could have owned both houses at once, but only by taking money out of IRAs...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good brands for Kitchenware?
Replies: 23
Views: 1340

Re: Good brands for Kitchenware?

I like all my NordicWare stuff. Besides regular cookware, you can go crazy with their baking items and microwave items. Also, made in the US.

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by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone service
Replies: 35
Views: 1895

Re: Cell phone service

Consumer Cellular. They use either AT&T or TMobile, you get to pick. Buy a phone from them or bring your own. I have them with AT&T and drive around in New England and have never had a problem getting a signal.

https://www.consumercellular.com/Plans
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking
Replies: 96
Views: 5639

Re: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking

Having had Vamguard mess up a transfer for months, I am very fond of places I can walk into and talk to a human.
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopefully SImple Question on Real Estate Taxation
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: Hopefully SImple Question on Real Estate Taxation

Can they take some sort of a tax loss on this? (I am clueless, just asking because it occurred to me.)
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking
Replies: 96
Views: 5639

Re: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking

But local CUs have terrible rates to. What does your local CU offer to get you choose them? Most of my local CUs offer rates on CDs that are 4 or 5 times the rates local banks offer. Also a cu has never tried to rip me off or do me in in other ways, as b of a and another big bank did. Local bank CD...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking
Replies: 96
Views: 5639

Re: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking

But local CUs have terrible rates to. What does your local CU offer to get you choose them? Most of my local CUs offer rates on CDs that are 4 or 5 times the rates local banks offer. Also a cu has never tried to rip me off or do me in in other ways, as b of a and another big bank did. Local bank CD...
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking
Replies: 96
Views: 5639

Re: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking

ThriftyPhD wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:42 pm
But local CUs have terrible rates to. What does your local CU offer to get you choose them?
Most of my local CUs offer rates on CDs that are 4 or 5 times the rates local banks offer. Also a cu has never tried to rip me off or do me in in other ways, as b of a and another big bank did.
by mouses
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off ...next steps
Replies: 21
Views: 3057

Re: Laid off ...next steps

I'm sorry that this has happened. You probably know that many very highly qualified, hard working people get laid off nowadays, so this is no reflection on your worth as an employee. You sound well prepared financially, so congratulations on that. Do continue with the unemployment payments process e...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?
Replies: 35
Views: 1996

Re: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?

At our major teaching hospital, at NO clinic (primary care or any specialties) does the physician regularly take BP measures. It's someone else, but these days, it's sometimes difficult to tell quickly if it's a nurse, a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or...? ... And as for "non-physicians...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?
Replies: 35
Views: 1996

Re: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?

Or waiting to take the bp until the doctor has told you the test result is fine. For women, waiting until the obgyn exam is over.
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking
Replies: 96
Views: 5639

Re: PSA: Bank of America now charges $12/month for checking

B of A, always looking for a way to do in their customers.

I have checking accounts at two credit unions, no fees, no minimum balance.
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?
Replies: 35
Views: 1996

Re: How do docs treat "white coat hypertension"?

I'm sure the mods will be along any minute :-) With your general state of good health and good readings otherwise, how about a chat with your doctor about how concerned you should be about this. I'll bet he or she will say daily measurements are way over doing it. My bp is normally fine. If I am rea...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is This Action by Megacorp Legal?
Replies: 64
Views: 3556

Re: Is This Action by Megacorp Legal?

I think this qualifies as a tempest in a teapot. I Googled and found notice for the changes to the 401k, which was contained in a PDF with a vague title that would be easily discounted and assigned to the round file. The title didn't mention a change to the 401k. It's likely that my friend and curr...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is This Action by Megacorp Legal?
Replies: 64
Views: 3556

Re: Is This Action by Megacorp Legal?

Your post is way too long to fully read. JT Then I suggest you don't read it. I'm trying to help you. And also notify you as it relates the remainder of my previous post. Many people wonder why they don't get enough responses or accurate responses, but others do. Long posts with extraneous informat...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Friend with extremely high interest credit card debt
Replies: 20
Views: 1447

Re: Friend with extremely high interest credit card debt

I would first of all try to balance transfer to cards with lower interest rates. I checked the interest rates on my cards and they are Chase promotion of 0% until March of next year, and Digital Federal Credit Union at 12.5%. I don't know if they would accept her as a customer. But getting rid of th...
by mouses
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can someone help me explain to my wife...?
Replies: 65
Views: 6225

Re: Can someone help me explain to my wife...?

Let her manage her half. No reason you get to run everything.
by mouses
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Over $300K Vanguard Balance Disappeared?
Replies: 62
Views: 9571

Re: My Over $300K Vanguard Balance Disappeared?

I exchanged one fund for another in my account at Vanguard recently. The proceeds were $X. Overnight Vanguard was reporting I had $2X in my account. It was back to $X by morning. I resisted the brief temptation to transfer it out and take off to some country with no extradition treaty :-) I know thi...
by mouses
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Suggestions for Reasonably Safe Funds
Replies: 27
Views: 1744

Re: Suggestions for Reasonably Safe Funds

123 wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:25 pm
If you're so adverse to risk perhaps just a ladder of CDs would work. There is not much return but there is not much risk. There is no free lunch.
In my area you can get five year CDs at 2.3%.
by mouses
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping Mom with Taxes
Replies: 40
Views: 1816

Re: Helping Mom with Taxes

So, my mom is now in her 80's, widowed, and sharp. We were talking tonight about the new tax laws, and she said she had yet to make her appointment with her accountant to do her taxes. When she called to make the appointment, she was told the firm had assigned all of "Patty's clients" to Jennifer -...
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I claim chapter 7 bankruptcy? debt 110k
Replies: 64
Views: 6158

Re: Should I claim chapter 7 bankruptcy? debt 110k

You need some help presumably from a therapist to get your life in order, as someone noted with the link to the other thread. You're living with your parents when you're in your thirties, and trying to make money gambling instead of actually, you know, working. Go ahead and declare bankruptcy, but d...
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?
Replies: 38
Views: 3699

Re: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?

This thread is making me remember something that happened to me - you are not supposed to put anything in someone else's mailbox. I was helping a friend distribute a flier for her business and she was putting them in mailboxes. A postman saw her and read her the riot act for violating federal law. ...
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spouse and "Spousal Refusal" in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2607

Re: Spouse and "Spousal Refusal" in New York

I'm not sure if this is an allowed comment, but note that medical deductions were planning to be done away with in the new tax law, and just got put back in by the skin of their teeth. If in the future, they are done away with, it will be catastrophic for this type of planning.
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going Paperless Issues
Replies: 68
Views: 3741

Re: Going Paperless Issues

ElwoodBlues wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:04 am

As for closing an account and expecting to retain online access, that seems unrealistic.
I would say that half the credit unions I have accounts at retain a closed account's online records for a year or two. The rest vanish instantaneously.
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job is starting to suck the life out of me.
Replies: 73
Views: 7936

Re: Job is starting to suck the life out of me.

I've been lucky enough to have some jobs I really loved, and two that were terrible. Then there are jobs where you're just marking time and no one gives a %$##@. Try to find a job in the first category. Life is short.
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appliance repair: manufacturer authorized tech vs generic repairman?
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: Appliance repair: manufacturer authorized tech vs generic repairman?

GE techs provided the worst service I can ever remember having the last time I dealt with them. Too long a mess, multiple visits, machine still not working when I gave up, aaghh. Now I have a highly recommended private company do appliance work.
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Co-investment with parents and sibling jealosy [Home construction]
Replies: 22
Views: 2150

Re: Co-investment with parents and sibling jealosy

My parents and grandparents had an arrangement like this. My parents needed more room, and the grandparents were starting to get old enough so that they might need help. My recollection is that the grandparents left their portion of the ownership to all their kids, and my parents bought the others o...
by mouses
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going Paperless Issues
Replies: 68
Views: 3741

Re: Going Paperless Issues

I have two problems with depending on email. First, my ISP wrecked its email system some months ago. It is quote common for people to tell me they sent me email and I've never received it or it has bounced back to them as no such user. Second, I added a gmail account as my primary account because of...
by mouses
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going Paperless Issues
Replies: 68
Views: 3741

Re: Going Paperless Issues

My main concern is having my CC compromised and having bank shut down the account and reissue new card. Then I have to set-up all the accounts with a new CC number. (hassle) It takes less than a minute to log into an account and change the credit card number and/or expiration date, certainly no lon...
by mouses
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Network for Good
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Network for Good

A charity I donate to uses an intermediary business. The intermediary sends me detailed email receipts.
by mouses
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Flat Rate Boxes - How do they work?
Replies: 27
Views: 2060

Re: USPS Flat Rate Boxes - How do they work?

Bring the stuff you're going to ship with you and pack it up then and there, save driving back. I usually pack in my car unless it's just one item, etc.

Or if you don't mind cluttering up your house, pick up several boxes and use as needed.
by mouses
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me
Replies: 28
Views: 3196

Re: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me

If your parents lived in a community property state at the time she put these in a joint account with her sister, there may be a legal issue, since the money may be half your dad's. Wow, are you saying that in a community property state, if a person accumulates money through their own efforts and a...
by mouses
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to approach previous company for a job you are interested in
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: How to approach previous company for a job you are interested in

I worked for the same company three times in my career. Circumstances change, available jobs change.
by mouses
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: free dinner investing seminar
Replies: 218
Views: 13174

Re: free dinner investing seminar

I was talking to CapitalOne about something or other to do with my credit card, and the phone person mentioned she worked in the Heavy Spender group. They seriously call it that. I asked why, and she said, do you know most people don't charge nearly as much as you do? I had no idea. I probably char...