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by mouses
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dry eyes- optimal laptop screen resolution to reduce eye strain
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: dry eyes- optimal laptop screen resolution to reduce eye strain

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by mouses
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Where are the Brokered CDs?
Replies: 11
Views: 910

Re: Where are the Brokered CDs?

I was just looking in the past day and there were many.
by mouses
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stressed/Job loss/Retirement possible?
Replies: 34
Views: 3941

Re: Stressed/Job loss/Retirement possible?

I haven't had time to read all the replies. That happened to me, laid off as an engineer in my fifties. I encourage you to get some sort of job, maybe even part time, as you both may have a long time to live and medical and surprisingly dental expenses can be extraordinarily high in later years. Bet...
by mouses
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental Car Damage Issue
Replies: 69
Views: 3985

Re: Rental Car Damage Issue

OP,

Which company was this?

I rent cars quite a bit, but my AMICA insurance covers rental cars, so I never have to worry.

This does make me realize I don't know how the walk arounds saying no damage wind up documented. I will ask about that next time.
by mouses
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: moving an expensive car across several states
Replies: 9
Views: 549

Re: moving an expensive car across several states

My cat has prohibited me from being away that long :-) Otherwise it would be a great trip, although maybe not this time of year.
by mouses
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: moving an expensive car across several states
Replies: 9
Views: 549

moving an expensive car across several states

I've given up my eternal search for what car to buy and am buying my brother's car. We have to get it moved from South Carolina to Rhode Island. This is an expensive car (Bro is upgrading to a Tesla) and I certainly want it to be moved safely. Any recommendations for a responsible car moving company...
by mouses
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA vs. GEICO for Roadside Assistance--Help Me Decide!
Replies: 53
Views: 7463

Re: AAA vs. GEICO for Roadside Assistance--Help Me Decide!

We are long time AAA customers. We have had to use the towing service twice and AAA was very responsive. In one instance, they towed our car over 30 miles. Also, AAA will change tires, jump a dead battery and unlock your car if you locked yourself out. My wife has used them for dead battery (twice)...
by mouses
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Executor and Will
Replies: 24
Views: 2019

Re: Executor and Will

Why is nobody suggesting that a local attorney experienced with wills should be consulted?

I am not a fan of incurring expensive legal bills, but surely this is a much more straightforward way than people guessing on the Internet.
by mouses
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap Windows laptop <$200 (NOT chromebook)
Replies: 16
Views: 902

Re: Cheap Windows laptop <$200 (NOT chromebook)

I've had good luck buying laptops on ebay from sellers with a lot of sales of electronics and nearly perfect ratings.
by mouses
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pick a wifi router to replace one we rent from Cox?
Replies: 20
Views: 1271

Re: How to pick a wifi router to replace one we rent from Cox?

You will have to call Cox for them to recognize / activate the modem. I was hoping it could all be done online. Ideally I would buy a cheap $40 router and if it doesn't work I would just revert back to the existing rental one.. Be careful. I want to replace my cable modem, but what is holding me ba...
by mouses
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pick a wifi router to replace one we rent from Cox?
Replies: 20
Views: 1271

Re: How to pick a wifi router to replace one we rent from Cox?

Buy stuff from your provider's supported list. In theory, anything should work, but if you buy one on their list, it is harder for them to blame you for problems. Nonetheless, an item from that list may not work. I bought one a year or two ago and Cox was unable to add it to their system when I cal...
by mouses
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employment for a disabled son
Replies: 29
Views: 2348

Re: Employment for a disabled son

I have seen at least one disabled person, with Down's, bagging at a local grocery store.

If you go into a "workshop" type of employment, be sure they are not taking advantage of the employees.
by mouses
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Water-Sewer line insurance
Replies: 34
Views: 1879

Re: Water-Sewer line insurance

Here in central Illinois on a mid-60's house, we have cast iron inside the house and under the slab. When it exits the house, it switches to clay tile. I don't know if that is common elsewhere or not. We had ours replaced from the house to the street with PVC a few years ago due to tree root issues...
by mouses
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Water-Sewer line insurance
Replies: 34
Views: 1879

Re: Water-Sewer line insurance

I work for the Water Dept of a major, HCOL city, diagnosing, and repairing/maintaining water and sewer mains. I can't recommend the purchase of insurance on both lines strongly enough. If you have a water leak on your service line, I will cite you with three day's notice. Then I'll be back to shut ...
by mouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why I plan on buying a life annuity - even if it is a stupid idea
Replies: 117
Views: 10734

Re: Why I plan on buying a life annuity - even if it is a stupid idea

A family member, a friend, or a neighbor is far more likely to discover an on-going scam than a single scam. Even if those people do not exist, the scammer has to be somewhat nicer to you and keep you alive to keep the scam going. Well, not really, every so often one reads of a person collecting So...
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wait, do I need a prenup?
Replies: 63
Views: 6808

Re: Wait, do I need a prenup?

I suppose everybody's different. For the past 48 years, my wife and I have viewed marriage as a 100% partnership. Two partners, each giving 100%. I'm sincerely happy for you and your wife, spectec. Like probably many others here, I had thought that my wife and I viewed marriage as a 100% partnershi...
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

If you poison mice, you are also poisoning harks, owls, etc, through secondary poisoning.
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High lumen outdoor LED bulbs
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: High lumen outdoor LED bulbs

In any case, in your personal experience, have you found a high lumen (150W - 250W equivalent with over 2,000-3,000 lumens) that works well outdoors in the conditions I've described? Thanks! 250 watts? Are you the people who live across the cove from me, who think they have to light up half the cov...
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch
Replies: 45
Views: 4715

Re: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch

Free donuts? What bank is this? I want to move my account there. :shock: My local cu has free coffee and cookies, and free lollipops at the tellers stations :-) My local CU offers some of the least rewarding rewards credit cards you can find anywhere, and pays laughable yields on savings products. ...
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wait, do I need a prenup?
Replies: 63
Views: 6808

Re: Wait, do I need a prenup?

I suppose everybody's different. For the past 48 years, my wife and I have viewed marriage as a 100% partnership. Two partners, each giving 100%. I'm sincerely happy for you and your wife, spectec. Like probably many others here, I had thought that my wife and I viewed marriage as a 100% partnershi...
by mouses
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wait, do I need a prenup?
Replies: 63
Views: 6808

Re: Wait, do I need a prenup?

Wow. I was expecting you to say one of you has millions of dollars or a start-up business. With the assets you have, and a lifetime to build together, are you that focused on money that 50/50 and 70/30 is such a cause for concern for community property? I'm a finance person, who has been divorced, ...
by mouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentists/Dental Professionals: Front Crowns?
Replies: 19
Views: 1463

Re: Dentists/Dental Professionals: Front Crowns?

I might get a second opinion, but it will be a cold day in hell that I have crowns put on basically healthy teeth. I've had a lot of dental work over decades and I have never heard of what he told you.

How is it even possible to wear the backs of the front teeth.
by mouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch
Replies: 45
Views: 4715

Re: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch

And my B&M bank still has free donuts. Free donuts? What bank is this? I want to move my account there. :shock: My local cu has free coffee and cookies, and free lollipops at the tellers stations :-) My local CU offers some of the least rewarding rewards credit cards you can find anywhere, and pays...
by mouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch
Replies: 45
Views: 4715

Re: How to deposit cash in online account with no local branch

sport wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:53 pm
radiowave wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:38 pm
And my B&M bank still has free donuts.
Free donuts? What bank is this? I want to move my account there. :shock:
My local cu has free coffee and cookies, and free lollipops at the tellers stations :-)
by mouses
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Customer Service with Vanguard
Replies: 108
Views: 8016

Re: Vanguard Customer Service

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] I've been a customer for nearly 40 years.There is no question that the quality of customer service has declined. I often say that the best proof against evolution is the transformation of Vanguard's leadership in the past 40 years. On Thursday ...
by mouses
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any space heaters that automatically maintain a temperature in a room!
Replies: 37
Views: 3233

Re: Any space heaters that automatically maintain a temperature in a room!

So I bought my roommate a space heater because I can’t sleep when the house heating is on. Only think is the space heater gets too hot at night so he turns it off. We keep the heating temp at 60, but it seems to always go offf in the middle of the night after he shuts it off I can't understand what...
by mouses
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car [pay cash?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1266

Re: new car [pay cash?]

Do you really need a new car every 5 years? Seems like a waste of money to me.

Be careful about how you deal with a large sum of money falling into your lap. It would be easy to spend it away without paying attention. At our age, a bit of caution for the future is appropriate.
by mouses
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to move out.
Replies: 25
Views: 2007

Re: Trying to move out.

You don't even know if the dogs will have a problem with each other.

Never give up a pet for a human. If need be, you can make one or more of the separation arrangements you're thinking about.
by mouses
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3391

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

Call_Me_Op wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:31 am

Hi mouses,

Which Generac model do you own - the Guardian? Are you concerned about the noise from your standpoint or more with respect to neighbors?
Both. The model number is G0070371. The label with info and perhaps the model name con only be seen if I take off the front panel...
by mouses
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Buy A New Front Door
Replies: 16
Views: 1216

Re: Help Me Buy A New Front Door

I can't speak about Home Depot, but Lowe's was a mess when I ordered a storm door. It turns out their employees do not do the installation, they hire apparently random people to do it, and if you call Lowe's and ask for the manager, you can get any one of maybe five people since they have multiple m...
by mouses
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing taxes by hand
Replies: 83
Views: 4957

Re: Doing taxes by hand

What Luddite wou,d do taxes by hand? To save $70. Meanwhile spendiing $70 worth of time and effort with their pencil. Plus the cost and hassle of finding and printing the approximate forms. I save money elsewhere in life to the extent that the $70 is not significant when compared to that saving. Le...
by mouses
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3391

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

What is the probability that this may happen? How long have you lived there and has it ever happened before? Cold can be there without the snow. Surelyi inyour time there you have had cold that your system survived? Be realistic in your concerns. In my area we have had multiday power failures about...
by mouses
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3391

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

How far north are you? We get nor’easters here around Boston but the winds don’t reach hurricane strength... maybe 50mph or so gusts in a bad one, but I’ve never seen anything close to actual sustained hurricane (75mph) wind. Temps reaching zero happen, but rarely. Sounds like you are way up there ...
by mouses
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing taxes by hand
Replies: 83
Views: 4957

Re: Doing taxes by hand

The Free Fillable Forms allow you to file electronically and most importantly do basic math calculations and validations. It makes absolutely no sense to take the unnecessary risk of filing completely manually. Do you think you will go to jail if you make a small arithmetic mistake? No, the IRS cat...
by mouses
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing taxes by hand
Replies: 83
Views: 4957

Re: Doing taxes by hand

I am attracted to the idea of doing my taxes by hand with no software. Just the forms, a pencil, and calculator. Especially since TurboTax is like $70 now. Software under $20 (FreeTaxUSA etc.) is still much easier than doing it by hand, especially when you make changes. Oops, another 1099 came in. ...
by mouses
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doing taxes by hand
Replies: 83
Views: 4957

Re: Doing taxes by hand

For folks doing paper. Do you print all forms and instructions at home? Or order them somehow? Last year I was gonna try by hand as well. our library didn’t have the forms. I already had TurboTax, and was too cheap to want to also print everything I would have needed to do by hand. I used to order ...
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite "free stuff"?
Replies: 137
Views: 10886

Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my c...
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tipping for grocery delivery
Replies: 53
Views: 4086

Re: tipping for grocery delivery

I tip $5. I'm sure these delivery people are paid dirt, and they work hard. I buy 10 pound bags of kitty litter, 12 can packs of Coca Cola, etc. and it's about fifty feet from their truck to my door. If they earned decent salaries, I would not tip. The fact is, almost anyone working low on the food ...
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight
Replies: 44
Views: 4742

Re: Think I have found my new commuter car - 2019 Honda Insight

I was all convinced that I was going to buy an Insight from web info then I went in to a Honda dealership today. The first thing is, I leaned forward and hit my head on the sun visor. I am tall, but not that tall, and adjusting the seat did not help. Then I realized my body was twisted to the right....
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need more than Original Medicare?
Replies: 110
Views: 6291

Re: Do I need more than Original Medicare?

I am not yet Medicare age but am concerned about what kind of plan I may soon sign up for. My experience with regular health insurance makes me very concerned that Medicare Advantage plans may have exclusions or in-network vs out-of-network issues similar to the issues I had with regular employer p...
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need more than Original Medicare?
Replies: 110
Views: 6291

Re: Do I need more than Original Medicare?

I am turning 65 in December 2018. Im have signed up for Medicare and I got my card. I am on the fence about signing up for a Medicare Supplement or a Medicare Advantage plan immediately. I can afford, and do not mind paying, Part A and Part B deductibles. I do not need Part D because my drugs costs...
by mouses
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Insight, MSRP vs. actual price
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Honda Insight, MSRP vs. actual price

deleted no longer relevant
by mouses
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to donate to local police and fire department?
Replies: 23
Views: 1817

Re: How much to donate to local police and fire department?

My first part of due diligence would be to call both the fire dept and police dept and ask them about the organizations soliciting my money. I have done that. In 26 years of living in my house and years of solicitations, not once has one of these places been legitimate. Same with the phone calls. T...
by mouses
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice [updated - not a mouse]
Replies: 54
Views: 4153

Re: Mice

I concur with the cat. Back in the mid 1980's my mother had a terrible problem with mice. I told her, "get a cat." So she did (it was a female as another poster recommended). The cat only caught one mouse that I can recall. The others all sensed there was a predator in the house and left of their o...
by mouses
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: organizations that help sea animals
Replies: 11
Views: 771

organizations that help sea animals

I'm looking at charities to include in my will. I'm particularly looking for organizations that help sea animals. I spoke to Ocean Conservancy, and they seem to mostly do policy work. That is important, but I also want hands on the ground so to speak. Charity Navigator gives them the highest rating ...
by mouses
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Prius or something else?
Replies: 25
Views: 1620

Re: Which Prius or something else?

I'm not sure if this is complete, but I found a $7500 federal tax credit for a Tesla up until the end of the year. That would do me almost no good as my federal tax bill last year was about $400 and will be about $1000 more this year due to the tax law changes. My state appears to have zip.
by mouses
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Prius or something else?
Replies: 25
Views: 1620

Re: Which Prius or something else?

Hmm... what about a Corolla? That should alleviate most of what's been mentioned in the thread. It's still very good MPG so check out the data (if available) on production effect of both of these on the environment. They might come up close is my guess. I looked at the Prius today and the front com...
by mouses
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Backup Your Phone Locally? How?
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: IT Help Needed: Best Way to Backup a Phone?

I believe my Nook HD+ is an Android underneath. When I plug it into my Windows laptop's USB port, it looks like an external drive and I can drag files in both directions.
by mouses
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Softest Fabric or Brand for a Lady's Nightgown?
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

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

Lanz flannel nightgowns, a classic. Very comfortable. Never scratchy assuming she cuts the tag out at the neck.

This is real flannel, not one of those wretched knits.
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https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/lan ... duct/45638
by mouses
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple newspaper and magazine subscriptions - how much do you pay to stay informed?
Replies: 51
Views: 2412

Re: Multiple newspaper and magazine subscriptions - how much do you pay to stay informed?

I get news and also interesting articles from the BBC free. There is enough other news free around the Internet to the degree I care about it. I am not aware of any major US "newspaper" that is without bias.