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by Bob Sacamano
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV vs Competitors
Replies: 31
Views: 2457

Re: Apple TV vs Competitors

i just bought the most recent 65" TCL ROKU TV. it's flawless.
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?
Replies: 26
Views: 2752

Re: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?

Interesting Stowe came up. We where just there this past weekend. I wouldn't stay at the Ski Resort proper unless its Ski season. Off season like this past weekend the place is a ghost town. Another nice place to stay in town if you like historic Inn's is the Green Mountain Inn. Just pay extra for ...
by Bob Sacamano
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?
Replies: 26
Views: 2752

Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?

any advice for a really enjoyable long winter weekend? thinking a nice cozy atmosphere (rustic, fireplace, scenic) 3-6 hours from NYC for a long weekend.

thanks!
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Fantasy Kitchen (Cookware-wise)
Replies: 57
Views: 4117

Re: Your Fantasy Kitchen (Cookware-wise)

big fan of hitting up kitchen supply stores. they sell a lot of stuff made for heavy duty use and i am a fan of a brand called Vollrath found at such stores.
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is there any worth to an HSA if you have very strong health insurance?
Replies: 7
Views: 998

Is there any worth to an HSA if you have very strong health insurance?

i am on my wife's plan. the cost is relatively affordable (~3,500 for both of us annually). there's $0 deductible and $30 co-pays for typical visits. other coverage is solid as well. to me, it makes less sense in this instance to have an HSA and instead i should focus on other means of investment (4...
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you ever find decent flight deals during peak seasons (Christmas, Spring Break, etc.)?
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Can you ever find decent flight deals during peak seasons (Christmas, Spring Break, etc.)?

wife is a teacher which is nice as it affords her a good amount of time off. however, her time off obviously coincides with major holidays. sure, in the dead of summer you can sometimes find deals, but what about around Christmas, Winter and Spring Break? i also have off the week between Christmas a...
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?
Replies: 127
Views: 11341

Re: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?

hi all, OP here just following up on an incredibly helpful thread. signs point to my wife now being pregnant with potential due date in early June. our first doctor's appointment is next week. life insurance is squared away. $1.5MM for each, about ~$650 annually for each. she is getting information ...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 3598

Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

i've read, similarly to Pyrex, that Corelle is supposedly buy-it-for-life. however, when we first took shipment of the plates one of the dinner plates had a piece cleaved off and now i notice one of the salad plates has the same thing. they're great with replacements and all (just contact customer s...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy eyeglass frames online?
Replies: 16
Views: 1321

Re: Where do you buy eyeglass frames online?

nalor511 wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:29 pm
If you don't need them name brand (and are ok with something that looks the same), I've had pretty good luck with eyebuydirect.com , they have 2 week no questions asked returns, and 365 day warranty
yep. eyebuydirect is great.
by Bob Sacamano
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?
Replies: 35
Views: 1818

Re: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?

my question: how accurate are the quotes on Term4Sale and should i expect my premium to match closer than it currently does or are these discrepancies acceptable/typical? The quotes on term4sale.com should be accurate. That is, the term4sale quote from company X for a $1.5 million 20 year term poli...
by Bob Sacamano
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?
Replies: 35
Views: 1818

Re: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?

so i guess what's confusing, and maybe i am not being clear, is that the quote on Term4Sale is ~$6/mo. cheaper for my wife and ~$7/mo. cheaper for me vs. our actual premiums. my question: how accurate are the quotes on Term4Sale and should i expect my premium to match closer than it currently does o...
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?
Replies: 35
Views: 1818

Re: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?

hi all, just following up here to confirm my quote sounds fair: 20 year term. $1.5MM. $57.43/mo. for me (33 year old healthy male) $48.29/mo. for wife (33 year old healthy female) sound about right? i'm told these are the lowest rates and level premiums. thanks. Did you qualify for select preferred...
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?
Replies: 35
Views: 1818

Re: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?

hi all, just following up here to confirm my quote sounds fair: 20 year term. $1.5MM. $57.43/mo. for me (33 year old healthy male) $48.29/mo. for wife (33 year old healthy female) sound about right? i'm told these are the lowest rates and level premiums. thanks. Did you qualify for select preferred...
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?
Replies: 35
Views: 1818

Re: Should a Life Insurance producer fill out the paperwork or should I?

hi all, just following up here to confirm my quote sounds fair:

20 year term. $1.5MM.

$57.43/mo. for me (33 year old healthy male)
$48.29/mo. for wife (33 year old healthy female)


sound about right? i'm told these are the lowest rates and level premiums.

thanks.
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3827

I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?

one of our Pyrex pieces chipped tonight, sending small slivers of glass across the sink and into my wife's finger. a little concerning as we use these daily to store food, bring our lunches to work, etc. i had thought they were quite a bit more durable than this. i have already contacted Pyrex to al...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 4609

Re: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?

Utah is terrible. Expensive, awful inversions, mean locals, bad food, lousy accomodations, no snow, bitterly cold temperatures, lifts that break down all the time, expensive, inconvenient parking, too many snowboarders, and yetis. Stay away. I've heard that. :evil: Utah is convenient direct from th...
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

OP - less than 36k miles? https://www.subaru.com/owners/vehicle-warranty/warranties-2017.html Wear Item Limited Warranty WEAR ITEM COVERAGE is 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Items covered are brake pad/shoe linings, clutch linings, and wiper blades. Also, do you drive with hard/fas...
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

I didn't see where you mentioned the mileage on your Forester but I assume it is under 36K/3yr being you are looking at the warranty on wear items. Your Subaru Warranty definetly covers wear items in that period and they specifically state that in your warranty. Push back. Call SOA again quoting th...
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

hey all, going to sift through some of the latest responses but figured i'd make mention of another strange snafu (fellow Subaru owners can help me out here). after some investigating, according to the Subaru website, it would appears at least the pads would be covered under warranty: https://www.su...
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

Seems a little high, but there's always a parts markup (which is fair, shop has to get parts ASAP while I can order online and wait). Last month we had rear rotors and pads replaced on DW's 2013 Impreza. Good quality (Centric) rear rotors & pads kit was $100 shipped from RockAuto. Shop charged one ...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

in regards to it being early for this type of work. i agree.
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

The work you described isn't body work, it's mechanical. (Body work is repairing dents and damage due to auto accidents, rust etc.) For reference, I paid about that much for pads and rotors to a dealer in Connecticut (Honda), so the price sounds right. You can probably get the work done for less if...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4480

$575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

i have no idea what fair prices are when it comes to auto body work. this is in NY if it matters.
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4093

Re: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

i HATE having to sell/show things in my own place but it's a large piece and i don't really have any other way of doing so. Sure you do. Meet the person at a Craigslist Safe Zone, i.e. a local police department, in the lobby. If they seem questionable, go to the desk and talk to the desk officer. S...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4093

Re: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

i HATE having to sell/show things in my own place but it's a large piece and i don't really have any other way of doing so. Sure you do. Meet the person at a Craigslist Safe Zone, i.e. a local police department, in the lobby. If they seem questionable, go to the desk and talk to the desk officer. S...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4093

Re: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

so i think the main issue is i am very squeamish about meeting folks AT MY HOME. i know this is a big no-no, but how else are you going to sell larger items such as furniture? that said, is there ever a time where you would have someone come to your house? if so, what measures can you take to protec...
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4093

Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

not sure if there are any scams for sellers other than the typical folks pretending to be buyers and asking for your Paypal info, etc. this individual messaged me (via Google Voice, not my real number) with interest about something i was selling (included a screenshot, which was odd) and then asked ...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 4609

Re: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?

i have been a couple times. it is incredibly convenient. been to Colorado as well. not nearly as convenient. at any rate, just want confirmation as well as recommendations of mountains. been to Park City/The Canyons, Snowbird and Brighton. would love to hit Powder Mountain but that seems far (about...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non stick pan preference?
Replies: 46
Views: 3552

Re: Non stick pan preference?

i used to use nothing but T-FAL, but a couple years ago bought a Vollrath that has held up really quite well.
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the styles or genres of home interior design?
Replies: 5
Views: 743

What are the styles or genres of home interior design?

specifically, the timeless ones. feel free to help me add to the list below. thank you!
  • Mid Century Modern
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to live in NYC?[Updated with more details]
Replies: 17
Views: 1741

Re: Where to live in NYC?

as someone who lives in the region, be prepared to be very underwhelmed by what $2000/mo. gets you - especially in a good school district.

your QOL will be much lower here on that income. just being realistic.
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4116
Views: 1174694

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

hi all, hopefully i can request recommendations here.

looking for a non-fiction book that deals with the NYC scene of the 60's, 70's and/or 80's. perhaps having to deal with the punk scene, musicians, artists, Andy Warhol, the Hotel Chelsea, Basquiat, Haring, street art, etc.

thanks!
by Bob Sacamano
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 4609

Re: Is Utah the most convenient destination for East Coast skiiers?

i have been a couple times. it is incredibly convenient. been to Colorado as well. not nearly as convenient. at any rate, just want confirmation as well as recommendations of mountains. been to Park City/The Canyons, Snowbird and Brighton. would love to hit Powder Mountain but that seems far (about...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 4609

Re: Is Utah the most convenient destination for East Coast skiiers?

lthenderson wrote:
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:26 am
I can take the Amtrak train all the way to Winter Park ski resort in Colorado with a connection in Denver. No driving or flying. I call that pretty convenient.
that's amazing but last i checked Iowa wasn't on the East Coast. :P
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?
Replies: 42
Views: 4609

Is Utah the most convenient "Out West" destination for East Coast skiers?

i have been a couple times. it is incredibly convenient. been to Colorado as well. not nearly as convenient. at any rate, just want confirmation as well as recommendations of mountains. been to Park City/The Canyons, Snowbird and Brighton. would love to hit Powder Mountain but that seems far (about ...
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation ideas for February
Replies: 48
Views: 3945

Re: Vacation ideas for February

Average temperatures in Jamaica in February: high of 82, low of 73. It's about a two to two-and-a-half hour flight from Atlanta or Charlotte, I think there are also some flights from Miami. as a counter to this, i really disliked Jamaica. i will definitely second the Aruba and PR recommendations th...
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?

thanks for both the Ikea suggestions. those look good.

don't want to go through the hassle of wall mounting in a rental apt.
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?

psteinx wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:51 pm
Keep in mind that TVs are typically measured diagonally. With the thin bezels that modern TVs have, a 65" is likely well under 65" wide.
right, it's closer to 59. still a good 14" wider than my current stand.
by Bob Sacamano
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Can anyone recommend an affordable TV stand wide enough for a 65" TV?

about to buy the new TCL ROKU 65" and, unfortunately, the stand is placed at the very end of each side of the TV. appears to be a distance of 56.9" wide.

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my current stand is way too small to accommodate.

any recommendations appreciated!

thanks.
by Bob Sacamano
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the rules around signing up for a business credit card?
Replies: 35
Views: 2821

Re: What are the rules around signing up for a business credit card?

I'm not sure I'd even use ethical in the same line as credit card. I go one step further. Not only do I not have ethical qualms about exploiting the credit card companies, I actually take great pleasure and satisfaction from it. In fact, my wife and I almost never actually pay for air travel, relyi...
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the rules around signing up for a business credit card?
Replies: 35
Views: 2821

What are the rules around signing up for a business credit card?

i've read in many places folks signing up that certainly do not own their own business. is this a legal/ethical issue? your insights appreciated.
by Bob Sacamano
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville travel advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1437

Re: Asheville over Columbus Day Weekend?

hm, this might be over before it starts. airfare is astronomical. $500+ RT/ea. for the days/times that work for us. wow. Not sure where you are flying from but $500 RT domestic is pretty typical for me. I got a real bargain for my next flight at $270 but have averaged $400-ish for the same destinat...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

Re: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?

i will be going on Columbus Day Weekend; i'm sure that will be a zoo as well. think i am sold on Ithaca. i am a big fan of their wines, though not sure how many of the wineries are close to Ithaca. one of my favorites, Dr. Konstantin Frank is pretty far. You may want to look into doing a wine tour....
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

Re: The Berkshires or Finger Lakes?

i will be going on Columbus Day Weekend; i'm sure that will be a zoo as well.

think i am sold on Ithaca. i am a big fan of their wines, though not sure how many of the wineries are close to Ithaca. one of my favorites, Dr. Konstantin Frank is pretty far.
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville travel advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1437

Re: Asheville over Columbus Day Weekend?

bengal22 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:03 pm
We stayed at a bed and breakfast. Hope it works out for you.
did you enjoy it?
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville travel advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1437

Re: Asheville over Columbus Day Weekend?

hm, this might be over before it starts. airfare is astronomical. $500+ RT/ea. for the days/times that work for us. wow.
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville travel advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1437

Asheville travel advice

updated: Asheville flights ridiculous for Columbus Day. sorry. wish i could delete. at any rate, we'll plan on going in the future so advice still appreciated.
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House centipedes in an apartment
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: House centipedes in an apartment

House centipedes are predators. If you have them, there are probably other bugs in the environment that they're feeding on. They don't reproduce that fast, so if you get rid of them, you might develop other infestation problems. They need moisture to survive. Get rid of all water leaks. Use a dehum...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House centipedes in an apartment
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: House centipedes in an apartment

Are you on the first floor? Go buy some insect-barrier spray at Home Depot or Lowe's and spray all along the edges of the exterior of your unit AND the interior floors of your unit. (If you have a pet, make sure its pet friendly.) This will definitely help. If it doesn't help and you want to spend ...
by Bob Sacamano
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House centipedes in an apartment
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: House centipedes in an apartment

With a couple a week, I would just figure out how to scoop it into a box, take it outside, and toss it in the grass. Birds like to eat them. Be careful not to get bitten. My cat catches a mouse about once a year, and I use the top of a shoe box to scoop the mouse into the shoe box, put the cover on...