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by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a Japanese bath in your house?
Replies: 27
Views: 3694

Re: Do you have a Japanese bath in your house?

If I were going to soak, I would want to stretch out, not squinch up like it looks like you have to do with these tubs. Where I lived before I could do that with my regular bathtub. I assumed I could do that in my present house since it has a full tub, but both ends are against tile, so there is not...
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transition from house to apartment
Replies: 24
Views: 2137

Re: Transition from house to apartment

gretah wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:51 pm

For photos and sentimental objects, I asked myself if needed more than a few pics / items of/from someone to remind me of her/him.
Scan in most of the photos. Then you can print them later if you want to, and anyway you have them to look at in digital form.
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transition from house to apartment
Replies: 24
Views: 2137

Re: Transition from house to apartment

To get $4k a month out of a $580,000 investment would require about 8.5% before taxes. That is a tall order to ask. A 4% return would get you about half of your desired funds. I'm assuming they will be eating into principle. Even so, it would be tight. I am not sure why the house profit has to supp...
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: condo rental and emotional support animals issues
Replies: 12
Views: 1303

Re: condo rental and emotional support animals issues

A hotel where I go to ride out hurricanes permits pets, but charges $100 a day more for them. I would imagine that means it is legal to have an increased rent for a pet. I would also guess that you could require a larger cleaning deposit as long as it is for any pet not just esa animals. The cleanin...
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 86
Views: 6810

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

Yes men are going to be sexually assulted a lot less (no different than in US) but as I recall those issues in Egypt happened to locals participating in protests. I am in no way defending what happened but i am not sure those events represent the risk a western female tourist would face. You're mis...
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 86
Views: 6810

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

Also, single older men can do things single older women can't, like travel to areas where the latter are not safe. I would think there are only a very few places that would be safe for an older man but not an older woman. Many places in the Middle East. I am curious which countries in particular? O...
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 86
Views: 6810

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

tibbitts wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:51 pm
mouses wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:46 pm
Also, single older men can do things single older women can't, like travel to areas where the latter are not safe.
I would think there are only a very few places that would be safe for an older man but not an older woman.
Many places in the Middle East.
by mouses
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 399
Views: 38281

Re: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?

My family history in the past century is fleeing oppression. My grandparents fled Russia in 1917 during the revolution and ended up in China. My parents fled China during the Chinese revolution in 1949 and eventually ended up in Canada. We left Quebec when the separatists came to power in 1976 and ...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 11
Views: 657

Re: Good store for roller shades?

If you are remembering the roller shade product your grandparents might have had in their home (like mine did) -- I don't think it exists any more. Wrong, fortunately. http://www.thehandwerkshop.com/ Also. http://www.annwallace.com/roller-shades/ I see Ann's redone her website, so you have to rumma...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 114
Views: 5875

Re: Do you wear a wedding band?

Flobes wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:41 pm
I am an unmarried woman.

I often wear a wedding ring when I travel.
Brilliant. That never occurred to me.
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 114
Views: 5875

Re: Do you wear a wedding band?

In my experience married men who don't wear wedding rings don't want women to know they're married.
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to turn off Vanguard texting security feature
Replies: 19
Views: 5559

Re: How to turn off Vanguard texting security feature

Another vote for email. I dislike the phone ringing in the middle of the night.
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 86
Views: 6810

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

Also, single older men can do things single older women can't, like travel to areas where the latter are not safe.
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]
Replies: 40
Views: 3788

Re: $12,000 Refrigerator?

One of the main issues I had in outfitting our kitchen was the range. I wanted 6 burners, minimum. The interesting thing is that going from 30" to 36" is an eye opener. That 20% increase in size is generally a minimum of 300% increase in price (high end 30" can be had for $1,200, whereas the entry ...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 29
Views: 1739

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

I just read up on the federal tax credits. https://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/the-ins-and-outs-of-electric-vehicle-tax-credits.html They really don't matter to me, because I only owe about $1000 in federal taxes a year, so that's the max I could get. (Sched. A dwarfs my taxable income.) I do want ...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 86
Views: 6810

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

I've spent many years coming to Sun City, AZ as a snowbird and have seriously looked into full-time living here. But, I've found senior retirement communities like this to be enormously vacuous for someone like me. Most of the population seems to be attracted to the American lifestyle of material, ...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good brands for Kitchenware?
Replies: 32
Views: 2178

Re: Good brands for Kitchenware?

Revere Ware. We were given a 5 pc set 27 years ago as a wedding gift & I swear by them. I've since bought (eBay & thrift store) 2 more of the 8 qt pots so I have 3 of those now. I will only get the copper bottom that are made in the USA! I have read/heard others say the newer Revere Ware is cheap m...
by mouses
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: To buy or not to buy in Boston for Investment
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: To buy or not to buy in Boston for Investment

Did part of your post get omitted? You have half of a sentence in there.

I can't speak to Boston real estate, since it has been many years since I lived there, now I only visit, but the universities, the major excellent hospitals, the arts, you couldn't find a better place to live in that regard.
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: 92
Views: 4610

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: 92
Views: 4610

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: 29
Views: 1739

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: 92
Views: 4610

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: 24
Views: 2375

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: 479

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: 92
Views: 4610

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: 29
Views: 1739

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: 92
Views: 4610

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: 29
Views: 1739

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: 29
Views: 1739

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: 29
Views: 1739

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: 12
Views: 1212

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: 24
Views: 2137

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: 3377

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: 2945

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: 2945

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: 32
Views: 2178

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: 38
Views: 2430

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: 103
Views: 6466

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: 474

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: 103
Views: 6466

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: 103
Views: 6466

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: 103
Views: 6466

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: 27
Views: 4119

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: 2046

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: 2046

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: 103
Views: 6466

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: 2046

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: 3623

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: 3623

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: 1479

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...