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by gretah
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3184
Views: 968555

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The President is Missing" by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.

A page-turner thriller.

Probably the best of the James Patterson collaborations.

Intelligent, fun read.
by gretah
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6466

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

Reading glasses Toilet paper Baby shampoo (I used it as laundry soap) Alcohol gel (like Purell) Paper towels (all 2 - 3 rolls used a year) Phone charger cords and plugs Shower liner Q tips Unscented candles for when power goes out in winter Small plastic kitchen bags. Earlier poster was right about ...
by gretah
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 5994

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

I've kept the Dutch Oven but donated the rest of the heavy pans. Too much weight with loading and unloading from dishwasher.

Cuisinart pans are my favorite.
by gretah
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care
Replies: 214
Views: 10430

Re: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care

I've just started looking into a Life Insurance Retirement Plan.

It seems to be life insurance with a named beneficiary with a rider that allows me to draw funds if needed for long term care.

Anyone have any knowledge or experience with this?
by gretah
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care
Replies: 214
Views: 10430

Re: An argument against self-insuring for long-term care

smitcat wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:51 am
One source that may shed some light....
https://www.morningstar.com/articles/82 ... -care.html
This article is terrific!

Thank you, SmitCat
by gretah
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Service that reviews CCRC financials? [Continuing Care Retirement Community]
Replies: 12
Views: 1144

Re: Service that reviews CCRC financials? [Continuing Care Retirement Community]

Thank you for your post! Very helpful!

I found an accounting firm that includes Forensic Accounting as a specialty area. Perhaps they can help me - after I read the CARF document.

Someone starting a CCRC financial evaluation service could do well, I think.
by gretah
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Service that reviews CCRC financials? [Continuing Care Retirement Community]
Replies: 12
Views: 1144

Service that reviews CCRC financials? [Continuing Care Retirement Community]

I'm helping a friend look for a CCRC and I want to move into a CCRC sometime in the future. Do you know of a good service that can evaluate a CCRC's finances so we can be better assured there is enough capital so a CCRC is highly unlikely to go out of business when we really need it later? Thanks fo...
by gretah
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crock Pot Recipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: Crock Pot Recipes

Lamb stew, Persian 1 lamb shoulder (4 to 5 pounds) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 large carrots, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried dill 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled 3 thyme sprigs...
by gretah
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crock Pot Recipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: Crock Pot Recipes

My tastiest slow cooker recipe - Beef stew with cognac, roasted vegetables, and creme fraiche This is a rewrite of an Emeril recipe, which came out bland and overcooked. Cooking a portion of the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker creates a complex base for the stew. Adding freshly roasted meat a...
by gretah
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crock Pot Recipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: Crock Pot Recipes

Pork & sage slow cooker 1 tsp rosemary 2 t sage 1/2 t thyme 5 Tbsp oil 6 lb boneless pork shoulder w/ fat cap 1/2 c dry white wine 1/2 t allspice 4 lg carrots, cut into 1” chunks 4 celery, cut into 2” long pieces 1 lg onion, cut into 8 pieces. Left intact at root end 2 bay leaves 1 c broth 3 t corns...
by gretah
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crock Pot Recipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: Crock Pot Recipes

Using a slow cooker in the summer is a great idea because you can put it outdoors on a table under a roof and have no cooking heat inside.

One nice summer dish is roast beef. You can find several recipes online. After the beef is cooked, cool it and make sandwiches to stay cool.
by gretah
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Party for 30
Replies: 15
Views: 1746

Re: Party for 30

A Honey Baked brand spiral-cut ham has been a hit at several of my parties.

Later, I make a large pot of split pea soup with the ham bone and leftover meat. I split the soup into containers and freeze them. You'll love finding them in the freezer this fall when the weather gets chilly.
by gretah
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: legal document with hyphen/non hyphen middle name
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: legal document with hyphen/non hyphen middle name

A notary can only notarize your name and signature if the name on the document matches or is a subset of the name on the ID. Your passport cover documents with your middle name and the hyphen. Make certain to keep it renewed. If a document has your middle name on it, you can't use your DL as ID for ...
by gretah
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for ice machine
Replies: 22
Views: 1749

Re: Recommendations for ice machine

OP - you have my sympathy. I LOVE ice! And I live near the Canadian border. An iced drink at 4pm helps keep me awake without caffeine. An idea about your iced tea - How about keeping a gallon or two of water in the frig (not freezer)? You could make very concentrated tea in a pyrex measuring cup in ...
by gretah
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre nups.
Replies: 54
Views: 5590

Re: Pre nups.

Putting assets in a Trust before marriage could be a useful tool. There are many types of Trusts so it is important to consult an attorney and financial planner to choose the right type. Buying Life Insurance with a retirement plan clause could be another way to secure finances for long term care. I...
by gretah
Wed May 30, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3184
Views: 968555

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols From Publisher's Weekly "The crux of the book's argument is that people-specifically in the American public-have grown increasingly hostile to expertise. Nichols explores the sources of this hostilit...
by gretah
Wed May 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Planning roadblocks - ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 1965

Re: Estate Planning roadblocks - ideas?

OP - I'm moving to a new state soon and facing similar decisions. I'll look at freelance paralegals who specialize in estate / probate work. (There's one in my current county who is terrific. Hopefully I'll find similar in the new place.) You might want to go to your local hospital's hospice office ...
by gretah
Wed May 30, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making collegebound Kid Financially Savvy Questions..
Replies: 54
Views: 4401

Re: Making collegebound Kid Financially Savvy Questions..

When my nephew was a senior in high school, I hired a smart college girl to go over financial basics with him and answer his questions. He wasn't interested in listening to me or his mum. He definitely wasn't interested in books we recommended. But he was very interested in learning from a girl deal...
by gretah
Wed May 30, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 299
Views: 30866

Re: The Side Hustle

I write "how to" books and self publish them. They sell on the major online book stores' websites.

After the initial work is over, the income is passive.
by gretah
Fri May 18, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: somebody is using our address
Replies: 45
Views: 4910

Re: somebody is using our address

When my friend (MF) was living temporarily in a boarding house, he noticed one of the other tenants going down the street every day to get mail from the box at someone else's house. Then MF noticed he couldn't access CraigsList. He contacted the company and learned the building ISP was labeled as a ...
by gretah
Fri May 18, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Planning Basics
Replies: 23
Views: 2289

Re: Estate Planning Basics

I am preparing to make changes to my Will and Trust so I've been educating myself about them to be better prepared to talk with an attorney about options and specifics.

www.Nolo.com publishes self-help legal books.
I've learned a lot reading them.
by gretah
Mon May 14, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California folks - Will/trust still needed with POD & TOD?
Replies: 12
Views: 1308

Re: California folks - Will/trust still needed with POD & TOD?

I agree: have a professional create the documents.

Before that, I suggest you read two books to educate yourself on the issues so you can work with the attorney:
Make Your Own Living Trust
8 Ways to Avoid Probate

Both by Nolo Press www.Nolo.com
by gretah
Fri May 11, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find reputable person for Will/Trust?
Replies: 45
Views: 3940

Re: How to find reputable person for Will/Trust?

I would ask my tax accountant to recommend an attorney who's work she has seen. Lots of smart things can be done to avoid probate, lower taxes, and other things. Accountants see some of these documents and tools in use. In my area, the most popular estate attorney / firm does crappy work. I've seen ...
by gretah
Fri May 04, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to babymoon?
Replies: 38
Views: 3957

Re: Where to babymoon?

Summers are glorious in the Pacific Northwest. Sun sets around 9:30pm. Sunrise is around 5am.

How about Seattle for a few days then take the catamaran to Victoria, BC, for a few more?

The 3-hour trip through Puget Sound is lovely and beautiful.
https://www.clippervacations.com/vessel-information/
by gretah
Fri May 04, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Permanent Address for banking
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: Permanent Address for banking

I'm planning to do a lot of traveling soon and also looking for mail solutions. It will be awhile before I have a new permanent address as I'll just be storing stuff at first. I don't want a mail service wherein workers making at or near minimum wage looking at my financial papers with account numbe...
by gretah
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: Lawyer - how to outsource / offload grunt work for biz dev

OP - I agree with others who state your relative needs someone with education/training in marketing to do this work. The chores you describe are not "grunt" chores you pay a college student to do unless the student is getting an MBA in marketing. Do an internet search for local independent people of...
by gretah
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12847

Re: What have you baked recently?

I recently made a chocolate almond flourless cake with Grand Marnier icing served with Mandarin orange segments. Lemon ideas: Lemon season here is short, so I juice a bunch at a time and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Once frozen, I remove to small baggies and thaw cubes as needed. Hollandaise ...
by gretah
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Breaking a monthly lease before tenant moves in.
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Breaking a monthly lease before tenant moves in.

Check your state's landlord / tenant laws. By renting property, you are a businessperson. Know the laws, regulations, business practices, taxes, and other issues. Follow the rules, be thoughtful and courteous. Tenant would probably like to know sooner rather than later the new home will not work out...
by gretah
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will question
Replies: 28
Views: 2791

Re: Will question

I agree with others: you need a better attorney. I would look for a tax attorney who also does estate work. Ask your accountant for referrals. Be certain the acct has seen the work of the attorney - not just a lawyer met at a business networking event. I suggest you read 2 Nolo Press books before co...
by gretah
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Account for Adult Children Allowing Parent Some Control
Replies: 31
Views: 3764

Re: Account for Adult Children Allowing Parent Some Control

You might consider setting up a secondary Revocable Living Trust with you as Grantor and Trustee and your adult children as Beneficiaries. This tool could be used in the event you suddenly pass away. (Stuff happens.) Beneficiaries don't need to know or be involved. I'm currently reading a Nolo Press...
by gretah
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy rental property out of state !
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Buy rental property out of state !

Go to the huge BiggerPockets website.

Tons of info on real estate investing there.
by gretah
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe- Zurich<->Paris- 10 days
Replies: 34
Views: 2474

Re: Europe- Zurich<->Paris- 10 days

Zurich is beautiful but there's not much to do there. Paris has lots of fabulous attractions for all ages. So I would suggest spending most of your time in Paris. Zurich is also small, so you can walk to most attractions. Skip the car and take the train to Paris. Get the Paris travel guide book by E...
by gretah
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Account benificiary vs will beneficiary....
Replies: 18
Views: 1455

Re: Account benificiary vs will beneficiary....

Read the book "8 Ways to Avoid Probate" published by Nolo press. www.Nolo.com

Many libraries have it.

Read it before writing the new will. It's well-written and a quick read.

Transfer on Death (TOD) and lots of other tools are discussed.
by gretah
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any advice for 1st time landlord
Replies: 42
Views: 3696

Re: Any advice for 1st time landlord

+1 on www.BiggerPockets.com Treat your tenants like clients (which they are) and the best ones will stay as long as they can. There are examples on BP. Here's one: Every spring and fall, make an appt to change the batteries in the smoke alarms. Bring a pot of flowers in spring, a pumpkin pie in fall...
by gretah
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most efficient way to find an apartment rental in Washington DC
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Re: Most efficient way to find an apartment rental in Washington DC

www.apartments.com is a good way to learn what is available and what places cost. CraigsList has scammers. I would steer clear. When I moved to a city in a new state, I contacted my alma mater and asked for emails addresses for other alumnae. I wrote to a few and one gal took me up on an offer to ta...
by gretah
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets of the frugal and dying?
Replies: 62
Views: 9345

Re: Regrets of the frugal and dying?

No related to dying but related to aging - Travel Many older people wish they had traveled more when they were young / middle age. When older, their knees, hearts, etc, can't take the hiking or climbing. The saying "everything interesting is upstairs or uphill" is often true. A relative of mine died...
by gretah
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 81
Views: 9541

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

Hello -- I'm a general dentist in NJ -- PLEASE don't go to another country to have this done. I have seen too many cases of failing, poorly done dentistry done in other countries. The patients come back to the US and now have to pay to have things redone. It's awful. Oral surgeons in the Mexican ci...
by gretah
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 7258

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

I second the recommendation for www.SideHustleSchool.com Chris Guillebeau's daily podcast is less than 10 minutes. He tells about a different idea someone developed into a side hustle. That's over 300 ideas a year. His books: The $100 Start Up and Side Hustle are good. I found them at the library. w...
by gretah
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find a quality Estate Planning Attorney?
Replies: 13
Views: 1286

Re: How to find a quality Estate Planning Attorney?

I would ask a tax attorney or CPA for a referral to an estate attorney. Ascertain that the tax atty or CPA has actually seen the person's work, not just met them at a Bar cocktail party. In my large county, everyone considers Mr X to be the expert. He is - he's an expert at marketing. I've seen his ...
by gretah
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: No will. What happens to my accounts if I die?
Replies: 34
Views: 3563

Re: No will. What happens to my accounts if I die?

OP

I agree with the others on getting a will and other essential documents in place and in using Transfer on Death for real estate and Payment on Death for bank accounts.

Take a look at the book "10 Ways to Avoid Probate" published by Nolo.com These tools make things much easier for your parents.
by gretah
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Healthy eaters -- is this grocery budget normal to you?
Replies: 247
Views: 14970

Re: Healthy eaters -- is this grocery budget normal to you?

OP - See if there is a CSA in your area. Community Supported Agriculture. The ones I've participated in have customers "subscribe" and pay dues every spring. Garden organizers use this money for seedlings, water, etc, to grow food. Once harvest season starts, subscribers get food once a week or so, ...
by gretah
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: adding adult child to Homeowners deed
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Re: adding adult child to Homeowners deed

You may wish to discuss "Transfer on Death" with your accountant and lawyer.

Investopedia page on TOD:
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/tr ... ndeath.asp
by gretah
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $35/month for washer dryer rental?
Replies: 37
Views: 3231

Re: $35/month for washer dryer rental?

I've owned w/d, rented units with w/d, and used laundry services. In your situation, I would go the "wash and fold service" route. But I would only use it for linens, socks, and sturdy clothes. Wash and fold is tough on clothes. I hate hanging out at laundromats. But I endure when washing large item...
by gretah
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Contribute more than $55K/year as self-employed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1434

Re: Contribute more than $55K/year as self-employed?

Ask your tax accountant to recommend a bookkeeper and hire her for a few months. Ask her to comb through your Quickbooks and personal bookkeeping and maximize your tax deduction strategy. Lots of small business owners miss out on lots of legitimate deductions. (Subscriptions, gifts to referrers, Lyf...
by gretah
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Entrepreneurs - Self Made Success Stories & Book Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 827

Re: Entrepreneurs - Self Made Success Stories & Book Recommendations

Chris Guillebeau's
The $100 Startup
It is a short, concise introduction to being an entrepreneur.

He reviews all the basics and tells you how to get started.
by gretah
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight to Paris etc
Replies: 33
Views: 3647

Re: Flight to Paris etc

If you like museums, gardens, and architecture, get the Eyewitness guide to Paris. Rick Steves doesn't talk much about cultural things.

I agree: pickpockets are everywhere and the metro is very easy to use.

Drop any diet: the food is fabulous!
by gretah
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to start a website?
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: How to start a website?

OP - I've been researching how to monetize my website and blog, too. You can find lots of info if do an internet search using the words monetize blog Also search your local library's catalog using the same words. Then search Amazon. www.SmartPassiveIncome.com has good advice. We need to learn how to...
by gretah
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?
Replies: 61
Views: 5238

Re: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?

Stretching my feet and legs several times a day and wearing Skechers Go Walk 4 saved me when I was fighting PF for 3 years. I didn't know shoes could be so cushy! https://www.skechers.com/en-us/style/14921/skechers-gowalk-4-interact/bbk You might be able to get a discount if you buy them through you...
by gretah
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation
Replies: 54
Views: 3531

Re: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation

OP - you are all going to have a great time! Such beautiful cities. I've spent at least a week in three of them. The Eyewitness travel guides are the absolute best. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=eyewitness+travel+books For each city, put the "must se...
by gretah
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Secure Is Your Apartment
Replies: 42
Views: 4419

Re: How Secure Is Your Apartment

Thanks for the tips about scanned docs!