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by Go Blue 99
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 68
Views: 5415

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

I've been very impressed with Trader Joe's spices, especially the crushed red pepper. It is actually very spicy.
by Go Blue 99
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6423

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

Greeting cards. I hate paying $5-$6 for a card at Target.
by Go Blue 99
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Volvo XC90
Replies: 17
Views: 1549

Re: 2016 Volvo XC90

Spend some time on the Swedespeed forums. The '16 edition had a lot of problems (though some '16 owners have had nothing major).

https://forums.swedespeed.com/forumdisp ... SPA-2016-)

Owners of the '17 and '18 have reported much improved quality.
by Go Blue 99
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question about new construction basement houses
Replies: 19
Views: 1385

Re: Question about new construction basement houses

We have a new construction unfinished walk-out basement. Even in the Atlanta heat, it stays about 73 degrees down there (we have the temp set to 79). The builder had told us the energy costs would be minimal for the space. Of course, that changes if someone is living down there in the winter and you...
by Go Blue 99
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relocation to Atlanta
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: Relocation to Atlanta

I like the Peachtree City idea. It's an amazing area for families and has easy access to the airport. I have close friends that live there and and they really like it. Yes, you do have to drive a bit to get to city entertainment but not a big deal on most weekends. Like another poster said, Smyrna i...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?
Replies: 31
Views: 3689

Re: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?

We recently booked a Disney Cruise with Costco Travel. They came in at the same pricing as the official Disney booking site, but Costco throws in a $500 Costco cash card, so that made the decision easy. They also had great customer service.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander
Replies: 69
Views: 4686

Re: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander

I like the XC90's looks, but the reliability reports are not good. I don't always agree with Consumer Reports' assessments of cars, but their reliability surveys are the most comprehensive in the business. They've ranked the XC90 among the least reliable SUVs. If you dig into the reliability data, ...
by Go Blue 99
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?
Replies: 161
Views: 15238

Re: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?

I told my wife when we hit the number. She basically just said "that's pretty cool". We definitely didn't celebrate, but I will admit it feels nice personally. It did change my money philosophy some, as I don't stress as much over spending.
by Go Blue 99
Sat May 26, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 104
Views: 6419

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

I like higher quality clothing but only purchase them during big sales. Slickdeals will give you alerts when places like Brooks Brothers are having huge discounts. For the biggest deals though, you have to be comfortable shopping online.
by Go Blue 99
Thu May 17, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 9617

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60

What do you guys think about Volvo's lifetime parts and labor warranty? I didn't know they offered a warrant like this, seems too good to be true. This is how they describe it. It's just a way to increase work done by the Volvo service shop: As of June 1, 2015, Volvo launched the Lifetime Parts & L...
by Go Blue 99
Thu May 17, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 9617

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60

All three of those are truly nice cars, and it's hard to go wrong with any of them. It really comes down to doing test drives and determining which one wows you the most. I would also look at the new '19 Acura RDX. It will be cheaper than Lexus & the German brands: https://www.acura.com/future-vehic...
by Go Blue 99
Tue May 15, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T tv and internet bondle
Replies: 8
Views: 849

Re: AT&T tv and internet bondle

We have an AT&T bundle (Directv + Uverse internet). The main thing to remember is that Directv is excellent about giving huge discounts if you call in and threaten to cancel. There is a long thread on SlickDeals.net discussing this. You basically get 50% (or more) off your DirecTv bill.
by Go Blue 99
Sun May 06, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers
Replies: 72
Views: 5654

Re: Home Theater Stereo/Speakers

We have open floor plan in our new house so my wife was against visible mounted speakers. I knew I definitely wanted 5.1 because I had that in our old house and I loved it. Soundbars simply can't do a great job of creating rear surround sound. Our builder's low voltage guy highly recommended doing i...
by Go Blue 99
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of ownership for midsize SUV/wagon
Replies: 27
Views: 2193

Re: Cost of ownership for midsize SUV/wagon

Another vote for the V60 or V90. Volvo has done some amazing things with their recent model redesigns.
by Go Blue 99
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 8497

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

We've always bought new Asian cars and kept for 10+ years. We also buy fully loaded as I like the tech features and having all of the safety options.

With our next car, we are (gasp) actually considering leasing a European car. We'll see if I actually go through with it.
by Go Blue 99
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House
Replies: 47
Views: 9302

Re: Recommendation of Security Cameras for Exterior of House

After doing a bunch of research, I'm likely getting the Nest Outdoor cam. I originally was going to do the Arlo Pro 2, but I like that you have access to 24/7 video on the Nest. Also, reviews seem to say the new Nest doorbell is slightly better than the Ring, so it would be convenient to be in the N...
by Go Blue 99
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Rating sites for TVs
Replies: 22
Views: 1737

Re: Best Rating sites for TVs

CNET, if I don't have a lot of time. They do a quick summary.

AVSforums, if I have time to do a lot of reading or want very detailed feedback.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you replace your office shoes?
Replies: 58
Views: 4176

Re: How often do you replace your office shoes?

About every 2-3 years. I buy slip-on office shoes from Ecco, Clarks, Bostonian, and Rockport.
by Go Blue 99
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace
Replies: 35
Views: 2722

Re: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace

I've always disliked TVs over fireplaces, as I have no interest in looking up at a screen. The screen should always be eye level. This was a problem when we were house hunting last year, as every new house design has the set up of TV over fireplace. Fortunately, I saw this product called MantleMount...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's Cologne
Replies: 66
Views: 5935

Re: Men's Cologne

I hate colognes and the person that wears it at work is a rarity. I find the following paradoxical: “if you can smell it, you’re wearing too much!!” Then what is the point of wearing it? There is science behind this. Nose receptors eventually turn off after smelling something. So that's the point o...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports Auto Issue Out now
Replies: 48
Views: 5123

Re: Consumer Reports Auto Issue Out now

It's a common theme on this board (and others) that German brands are unreliable. But now CR has Audi at #2 and BMW at #3? I've stayed away from German brands in the past, but I'll definitely look at them if quality is that high now.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite socks?
Replies: 83
Views: 6033

Re: Favorite socks?

My favorite are from a brand called Green Treat. They are made of a bamboo blend and are super soft. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a web presence so I can only find them here and there at TJ Maxx or Marshall's.
by Go Blue 99
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What UN-frugal thing do you do? What do you splurge on?]
Replies: 567
Views: 40235

Re: What UN-frugal thing do you do?

Comfortable clothing. It doesn't have to be a name brand, but I pay more for soft and comfy clothing.

Artisan bars of soap. There are tons of small brands out there and I enjoy trying them for variety.
by Go Blue 99
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Defining "House Poor"
Replies: 299
Views: 18303

Re: Defining "House Poor"

I would consider you house poor if you find your mortgage payment prevents you from saving at a healthy clip, or prevents you from spending in other areas you want to (whether it be travel, eating out, etc).
by Go Blue 99
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What has been your most important skill in achieving financial independence?
Replies: 164
Views: 12389

Re: What has been your most important skill in achieving financial independence?

Not surprisingly, I’d say learning to LBYM is the most important one. Behind that, I would say advancing in your career and maximizing income. It’s much easier to LBYM if your income is high and you don’t need to make a lot of sacrifices. I used to think this was more important than LBYM, but as oth...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving HCOL state for financial reasons
Replies: 48
Views: 5466

Re: Leaving HCOL state for financial reasons

I grew up in HCOL northeastern city and while I loved it there, the high cost of housing was a big turn-off. It bothered me that a hypothetical college-educated couple couldn't afford a decent single family house in a good school district unless they were rainmakers. So when I applied to grad school...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?
Replies: 46
Views: 3226

Re: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?

We had a bad ant issue at our new house. Terro baits seemed to be the best solution.
by Go Blue 99
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]
Replies: 280
Views: 20135

Re: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I'm a big car person (read car magazines and visit car message boards), but I haven't been able to convince myself to spend on a luxury car.
by Go Blue 99
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you go to work?
Replies: 72
Views: 5947

Re: What time do you go to work?

Most people on our floor do 8-5, but our group has always done 9-6. It works out nicely due to our kids' schedule. 9-6 also seems to have easier traffic.
by Go Blue 99
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor recently burglarized- Suggestions for home security
Replies: 101
Views: 9826

Re: Neighbor recently burglarized- Suggestions for home security

Check out the Nest Doorbell, which is coming out next month: https://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/ Unlike Ring, Nest doorbell will offer 24x7 streaming. One complaint some people have about Ring is that it doesn't capture motion quickly. I had planned on buying the Ring doorbell, but am now...
by Go Blue 99
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 10187

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

My iPhone 6 is 3.5 years old. The battery life is terrible, and I opted for the $29 battery replacement. They told me it would be in stock in two weeks though. Ignoring battery life, the phone performance is noticeably slow. Opening apps and trying to compose a text message are both slow. My wife ju...
by Go Blue 99
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?

I love Slickdeals, but I stay away from the Front Page deals. As you said, there is a lot of sponsoring that goes on there. The best place to find true deals is their Hot Deals forum. If you get lucky, you'll get in on great deals before they hit the front page.
by Go Blue 99
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car people: 2014 E63 AMG or 2018 E400 wagon??
Replies: 69
Views: 4820

Re: Car people: 2014 E63 AMG or 2018 E400 wagon??

I love the look of luxury station wagons (Benz, Audi, Volvo). There is a guy at work who drives an E63 AMG wagon and that car is great looking. Of course, the wife laughs at me any time I bring up a station wagon :wink:
by Go Blue 99
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to browse specifically for homes with "mother-in-law suite"?
Replies: 29
Views: 2205

Re: How to browse specifically for homes with "mother-in-law suite"?

malabargold wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:29 pm
Can’t imagine that would be a popular search
It's very popular lately, mainly driven by Asian families. New builders in my area actively market multi-generational floor plans.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much are you putting in a 529?
Replies: 111
Views: 9982

Re: How much are you putting in a 529?

We are aiming to put in $4k a year for each kid (that's the state deduction amount for us). We also put any cash gifts into the plans. My parents will probably help fund the accounts also.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 747
Views: 210613

Re: Share your net worth progression

slalom wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:20 am
Hoping to hit $1m this year, a bit late at age 38 but I’m single (well, unmarried) which doesn’t help. Potential wife is kind of spendy.
You know you're on Bogleheads when 38 is considered late to hit 2 comma status ;-)
by Go Blue 99
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers

In our last home, the Rocketfish system worked great for us. The first one crapped out after about 6 years, but I bought another one after that. We had it connected it to Orb Audio speakers. I was happy with the performance, especially since I didn’t want to limit myself to a soundbar, or (gasp) usi...
by Go Blue 99
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 747
Views: 210613

Re: Share your net worth progression

We only started tracking net worth a few years ago (we are now 41 and 36). Year end figures: 2014: $463k 2015: $553k 2016: $796k 2017: $1M Our breakdown of the $1M: 78% in investable assets, 13% in house equity, 7% in restaurant investments, 2% in cars. I never dreamed we would be a millionaire hous...
by Go Blue 99
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai quality and reliability
Replies: 41
Views: 4231

Re: Hyundai quality and reliability

We have a ‘14 Santa Fe sport and love it. We originally were looking at Infiniti and Acura but the hyundai offered great value, features, and technology.
by Go Blue 99
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you include your house in your net worth if you own it outright?
Replies: 89
Views: 7500

Re: Do you include your house in your net worth if you own it outright?

Yes we do include house value, and use county appraised value to set that. We also include the values of our two cars (though it's small). As a side note, Money Magazine recently did a feature on reaching millionaire status, and their definition of millionaire was $1m+ in investable assets. I assume...
by Go Blue 99
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: anyone been able to connect Wells Fargo Mortgage to Mint.com?
Replies: 8
Views: 5235

Re: anyone been able to connect Wells Fargo Mortgage to Mint.com?

Thanks for the input all. I'll try turning MFA on and see if that fixes it.
by Go Blue 99
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: anyone been able to connect Wells Fargo Mortgage to Mint.com?
Replies: 8
Views: 5235

anyone been able to connect Wells Fargo Mortgage to Mint.com?

Has anyone here successfully connected a Wells Fargo home mortgage with mint.com? I’ve tried adding my new mortgage acct to Mint. It appears to log in successfully, but it asks for a multi-factor authorization code. I’ve confirmed with WF that I don’t have MFA on my account. I asked about the error,...
by Go Blue 99
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY vs work extra and pay a pro
Replies: 37
Views: 3466

Re: DIY vs work extra and pay a pro

We outsource pretty much everything, especially with having two small kids at home. The only items I do myself are changing hvac filters and filling up air in tires. I don’t have any DIY skill or interest.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation
Replies: 30
Views: 4741

Re: Home automation

We just moved into a new house and I’m starting to get into home automation. Front door: we have a Schlage touchscreen lock. It connects to zwave but I haven’t bought a hub yet. Alarm: our alarm company has an app that allows you to remotely control it. It also sends me pictures when there is motion...
by Go Blue 99
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 22989

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

I brown bag 4 days a week and eat out once. We have a gym at work so this gives me the chance to work out, and then eat lunch at my desk. I admit I do love the one day I go out to lunch, as we have a lot of great food options near the office. I go with coworkers about 25% of the time. My wife pretty...
by Go Blue 99
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [ShopRunner] from AMEX
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: [ShopRunner] from AMEX

I've used Shoprunner for years. It's solid, but not as good as it used to be. Companies started cutting back or putting in minimum purchases once they figured out they were losing money on the arrangement.
by Go Blue 99
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 15330

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

No amount of money is worth letting others raise your children One does not have to be a stay at home parent to "raise their children." Being a stay at home parent is a fine choice, but to imply that a parent who decides to (or has to) work is not raising his or her child is ignorant, offensive, an...
by Go Blue 99
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jobs that pay over $100,000
Replies: 157
Views: 19708

Re: Jobs that pay over $100,000

Sales or Human Resources. I doubt many HR jobs pay 100k+, at least not at the start. HR is also usually the first department to experience downsizing when companies need to reduce expenses. That's what I was thinking. It has always been known as one of the lower paying departments at places I've wo...
by Go Blue 99
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA Pre-check for free
Replies: 75
Views: 7617

Re: TSA Pre-check for free

What type of friend likes to constantly tease you about a purchase? :|