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by SamB
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to leave our dentist??
Replies: 54
Views: 6702

Re: Time to leave our dentist??

It might be time to shop around, but I hate to break the news to you. Your dental health is a direct function of what you eat and when you eat it. I am speaking of the dental decay problem. Maybe you should start thinking about it, and look up Westin Price. I am not making any food recommendations,...
by SamB
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to leave our dentist??
Replies: 54
Views: 6702

Re: Time to leave our dentist??

It might be time to shop around, but I hate to break the news to you. Your dental health is a direct function of what you eat and when you eat it. I am speaking of the dental decay problem. Maybe you should start thinking about it, and look up Westin Price. I am not making any food recommendations, ...
by SamB
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?
Replies: 127
Views: 15314

Re: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?

I got bored with it about 20 years ago. It took years, reading numerous books, and thinking about it to realize what was possible. That effort was necessary because it established a working frame work, and the realization that I could not do any better. Of all things financial asset allocation is th...
by SamB
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are people aware that Verizon email is being terminated?
Replies: 55
Views: 8066

Re: Are people aware that Verizon email is being terminated?

I use Outlook so I have not decided whether I may use the Gmail account only or stick with AOL. It really bothers me that now I have to suffer the ads on the AOL interface. There are no ads on the Gmail interface, but you have to downgrade the Google security setting in order to make a connection w...
by SamB
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are people aware that Verizon email is being terminated?
Replies: 55
Views: 8066

Re: Are people aware that Verizon email is being terminated?

Maybe I missed it, but there is a simple option involving keeping your verizon email address and using a different server. Go to options, then mail settings in the AOL email interface and select forward all email to your favored address. I did this for Gmail and it worked fine, without any delay. Yo...
by SamB
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why can't I save enough to have decent vacation or restaurant meal
Replies: 125
Views: 13080

Re: Why can't I save enough to have decent vacation or restaurant meal

I am 70 years old, and I am sure glad that when I was 40 we went camping for vacation, and the restaurant meals fell into the category of almost never. In fact, since both my wife and I cook, restaurants are one perpetual disappointment. Looked at from a financial perspective, life is one big trade ...
by SamB
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Talking with parents' financial advisor
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Talking with parents' financial advisor

You are wasting your time. The whole passive/Vanguard investment idea is extremely simple and very counter intuitive; being average in the short term at the lowest possible cost will compound to make you above average in the long term. Most people will never, ever get this. For those who do and have...
by SamB
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plumbing issue - advice sought
Replies: 47
Views: 4278

Re: Plumbing issue - advice sought

You need to open up the ceiling and locate the source of the leak. I have had active leaks in copper pressure pipe (a pin hole in an elbow fitting), a joint in a PVC drainage pipe that did not get enough adhesive, and a vent pipe that actually sheared in expansion because it was constrained by a woo...
by SamB
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why go with an 80% stock / 20% bond portfolio?
Replies: 360
Views: 34147

Re: Why go with an 80% stock / 20% bond portfolio?

I stopped looking at percentages about five years ago. The risk is handled by the total bond type investment, which in this case turns out to be the TSP G fund. You step back and ask yourself what is the maximum in this fund to hold during the zombie apocalypse? That is your insurance policy. In oth...
by SamB
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Predicting future Net Worth
Replies: 31
Views: 4799

Re: Predicting future Net Worth

Maybe I missed it, but I did not see Financial Engines mentioned. That may be helpful. I used to use it, but I am passed the time when it is really relevant, and I don't need it now. My experience, dating from 1978, is that you can get long stretches (10-20 years) when the return stays low, and long...
by SamB
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outbacks - any owners here?
Replies: 36
Views: 4187

Re: Subaru Outbacks - any owners here?

I am 69 and have owned a 1995 Subaru Legacy L wagon (AWD). This car preceded the Outback. It is an AWD wagon, but has a slightly lower center of gravity, and is slightly smaller than the Outback. It is interesting that the Outback actually has a smaller hatch opening than my old Legacy L. My wagon h...
by SamB
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accident in new car - questions
Replies: 16
Views: 2379

Re: Accident in new car - questions

I would not insist that Toyota fix the car. Very often dealerships contract out a repair to a local shop depending on the make, age of the car, and type of repair. In fact, if you had a very old Toyota it might be more likely that they hired a subcontractor to fix it.
by SamB
Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?
Replies: 155
Views: 18246

Re: Monthly grocery costs? How do you keep it low?

If you are cooking most of your food, I would not be concerned about the grocery bill. Take a keen interest in nutrition, and it will pay off financially in the long run, especially for your children. In fact, I would monitor what your children eat outside of the house. It may not be as healthy as y...
by SamB
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: leaf blower, chainsaw, hedger or single tool
Replies: 26
Views: 2644

Re: leaf blower, chainsaw, hedger or single tool

I use a Stihl backpack blower and I also use a chipper/shredder to mulch the leaves. I recommend getting professional quality equipment. You will only have to buy it once and it will last twenty years. The leaf mulch is used on plant beds near the house rather than wood mulch which might draw termit...
by SamB
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tires - Anyone ever frustrated?
Replies: 86
Views: 19812

Re: Costco Tires - Anyone ever frustrated?

Costco over torqued my lug nuts and most of the stud bolts had to be replaced. I pay my local shop $20 for a rotation when they change the oil and filter. I used to do this all myself, but I figured at age 69 I would rather do something else - like wait while someone else does it. Costco is overrate...
by SamB
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems with Exterior Paint Job on Home
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: Problems with Exterior Paint Job on Home

Wood is problematic and I would spend money replacing it, not trying to redo what you already have. I used to paint my own wood trim and brick molding. I regret wasting my time even though the saved money went into index funds. Wood deteriorates over time, and the average moisture content will gradu...
by SamB
Wed May 18, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 72
Views: 6335

Re: Emergency Preparedness

I think that it is prudent to have back up food, water, medical, power, etc. in case of a disaster, natural or otherwise. I think the term "prepper," or worse yet, "survivalist" have become pejoratives and that is unfortunate in my opinion. Politics gets wrapped in the history of...
by SamB
Wed May 18, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight
Replies: 92
Views: 10686

Re: Arrgghhh !!! Windows 10 installed overnight

I have two PC's and one laptop. The only PC I have successfully installed 10 on was the oldest, running 7. I initially went through the upgrade and then decided to take the revert option because it was slower. The reversion was unsuccessful and the result was that I could not reboot in any mode. I i...
by SamB
Fri May 06, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roof (potential) issues and choices (past/present)
Replies: 29
Views: 4239

Re: Roof (potential) issues and choices (past/present)

I don't know what roof geometry you have, but I would consider the soffit vents and vent ridge. The last time I had the roof done, which involved complete shingle removal, I had the attic fan removed. It never lasted more than five years, and you could hear it when it ran. Adequate soffit vents alon...
by SamB
Wed May 04, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First time home buying, need advice!
Replies: 35
Views: 3811

Re: First time home buying, need advice!

I am not going to bother with the monthly cash flow analysis. I have been at this for 38 years and my increase in wealth over that time did not come from real estate. It came from saving and investment in the equity market, and that investment pretty much followed the approach on this forum way befo...
by SamB
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are females just not interested in investing in general or is it just the women that I date?
Replies: 89
Views: 11924

Re: Are females just not interested in investing in general or is it just the women that I date?

My experience is that it is really difficult to generalize about sex and financial interests. I have known women who had the financial responsibility in their family which was abdicated by their husbands, and vice versa. However, I will hazard to generalize about money and compatibility. It would be...
by SamB
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Credit Suisse Yearbook 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1474

Re: Credit Suisse Yearbook 2016

If you scroll down the linked page you find, "Fat: The New Health Paradigm." This is one of the most unbiased nutritional assessments I have seen. I guess it is because they don't really care how it all comes out. They are just attempting to predict public perceptions and spending patterns...
by SamB
Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weight Loss Plans?
Replies: 178
Views: 17406

Re: Weight Loss Plans?

Watch this movie, [Link removed by admin LadyGeek, see below.] , and start looking into the hormonal theory of obesity. The Germans lost the war, but they sure got this one right. Things have been down hill ever since the endocrinologists lost their minds on this one. Note that the guy in the movie ...
by SamB
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What growth rate would you use?
Replies: 75
Views: 5643

Re: What growth rate would you use?

My growth rate since 1989 has been slightly more than 8 percent. However, I am a lot more pessimistic now than I was in 1989, and I use 6% for an 80/20 portfolio. I just cannot see stocks march ahead at 8% nominal with GDP at 2% or less. There would have to be wholesale changes in the US economy, in...
by SamB
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for exercise?
Replies: 222
Views: 19179

Re: Do you pay for exercise?

I exercise every day, but not because I think it has anything to do with my BMI, or health for that matter. I like being outside, and I am a life long biker. So, every day I either walk, or bike, just because I enjoy it. The thought of going to a gym, and working some type of exercise machine, would...
by SamB
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Reviews
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Amazon Reviews

[OT comments removed by admin LadyGeek]
by SamB
Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving for the future vs you only live once
Replies: 72
Views: 10206

Re: Saving for the future vs you only live once

I am 68 and I can say without any reservation that I am thankful every day I get out of bed that I was a cheap SOB, and put every dime I ever had in the stock market beginning about 1978. The fact is your body is going to wear out on you. Eventually, you will have health problems or at least limitat...
by SamB
Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bad health news, rethinking everything
Replies: 40
Views: 8324

Re: Bad health news, rethinking everything

Apparently you are not an oncologist, but I would start with Thomas Seyfried (Boston College) and go from there. What do you have to lose? You might be able to tilt the odds in your favor over your life span. Apparently, your ancestors did just that. It could be that you really do not have all of th...
by SamB
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap source of Science Diet Optimal Care cat food?
Replies: 25
Views: 2531

Re: Cheap source of Science Diet Optimal Care cat food?

I used to drive 25 miles to our old vet to buy Science Diet until I got interested in my own nutrition and then my cat's. I read the label on the bag and could not believe what I was reading. Start doing some research. Your cat is a carnivore. The only reason farmers feed their livestock grain is to...
by SamB
Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Personal Performance?
Replies: 45
Views: 5515

Re: Vanguard Personal Performance?

1yr - .9% 3yrs - 11.6% 5yrs - 10.7% 10yrs - 7% Basically, it has been a lousy 15 years. I started in 1978 and I don't ever expect to see what happened between 1980 and 2000 in the stock market again in my lifetime. That said, the last 15 years have been a good time for young people to place their be...
by SamB
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Next year is the year for stock picking....
Replies: 26
Views: 3298

Re: Next year is the year for stock picking....

In any market, up or down, active investors (stock pickers) will collectively earn the market average return minus that group's collective expenses. If you are in the group indexing the entire market then you earn the market return with 100% certainty minus the expenses which ought to be substantial...
by SamB
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you handle auto care? (for a non-DIY'er)
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: How do you handle auto care? (for a non-DIY'er)

This is a real do-it-yourself proposition. I stumbled over a local shop about 30 years ago; they are not a chain, but a family owned business. The quality of the work I get on my car is totally a function of who they hire. Their shop works on all makes and models, trucks, RV's, even boat engines. Th...
by SamB
Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Blues
Replies: 103
Views: 16076

Re: Subaru Blues

I have a 1995 Legacy L wagon AWD with about 155kmiles on it. I can see why many people like the Subaru, but AWD is basically twice as much trouble as 2WD, and the Subaru engine is prone to engine seal leaks. So in the 20 years I have owned the car, all of the wheel bearings have been replaced and I ...
by SamB
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Monte Carlo question
Replies: 44
Views: 6242

Re: The Monte Carlo question

I have used the basic Monte Carlo simulation for the last 25 years. It is very useful for estimating future uncertainty, and doing sensitivity analysis involving time, rates of return, and variance. The worst thing you can do is type mean values in a spreadsheet and base your planning on the results...
by SamB
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What would you estimate for return?
Replies: 28
Views: 3517

Re: What would you estimate for return?

Geormetric mean since 1989 is 8% and the arithmetic mean is 8.8%. One standard deviation is about 13%. The difference in the returns reflects the risk, or about one half the variance. The last five years have are hardly been what I would consider normal, or what I would base an estimated return on. ...
by SamB
Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco auto buying service is USELESS!
Replies: 27
Views: 18915

Re: Costco auto buying service is USELESS!

I use the USAA buying service. You can see the price immediately, and you do not have to trigger the dealer notification. The real advantage of this immediate feedback is that you can track the prices throughout the year. You can also change zip codes to see the price fluctuation. Depending on inven...
by SamB
Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organic Food: Costco vs Trader Joe's vs Local Super market
Replies: 33
Views: 5551

Re: Organic Food: Costco vs Trader Joe's vs Local Super market

For me this is an apples and oranges comparison. In my area Trader Joe's is a step down in quality from Costco. Costco has reasonable prices on fairly high end items. I would put Trader Joes's in the middle as far as quality is concerned. I have yet to get a consistent definition of organic. Althoug...
by SamB
Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bavaria - Bike Touring?
Replies: 12
Views: 1422

Re: Bavaria - Bike Touring?

This is not specifically Bavaria, but there is a paved bike trail along the Danube south of Vilshofen. We did the river boat cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen and there was an option to take the bike for 20 miles on the bike trail along the shore and meet the boat at the next city, Durnstein to Melk...
by SamB
Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle commuting
Replies: 91
Views: 8466

Re: Bicycle commuting

I've done some simple math and concluded I've saved over $500 on gas alone, but that is negated by the cost to fuel the extra 600 cals a day . I would be interested to know how you came up with 600 Kcal/day. 3500 kcal/pound has never been confirmed by any starvation or overfeeding study. In fact, i...
by SamB
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reduce/Reuse, but no Recycle
Replies: 56
Views: 5405

Re: Reduce/Reuse, but no Recycle

I was driving a VW beetle when the rest of the world was blowing past me in a 4000lb, 400 HP monster averaging about 10 mpg. These people invariably bought a new car every two years. I buy a new car every 10 to 20 years, and even when I worked I never drove more than 10K miles per year, and now it i...
by SamB
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total International vs Developed Markets Index Fund
Replies: 20
Views: 3616

Re: Total International vs Developed Markets Index Fund

Whenever I am faced with a comparison like this I just go to the Vanguard website, pull up the fund, switch to "price and performance," and then look at the ten year return plot. I then superimpose the alternative fund to see what the difference amounts to. Most of the time, and this case ...
by SamB
Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: McDonald's has good coffee: McDonalds has Senior Coffee
Replies: 92
Views: 15630

Re: McDonald's has good coffee: McDonalds has Senior Coffee

I did not know this. It might be a reason to visit a McDonalds in the future. There is little else on the menu that I would eat or drink. If I bought some kind of combo meal I would have to eat the burger without the bun and throw out the fires. I keep hoping to see some fast food place that goes Pa...
by SamB
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Property Tax] To contest or not to contest
Replies: 27
Views: 2780

Re: [Property Tax] To contest or not to contest

Be sure to check the exact description of your property for tax purposes. For 15 years the county assumed I had five bedrooms instead of four. I got a refund of the assessment error for five years.
by SamB
Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please Critique CFP Recommended Portfolio
Replies: 52
Views: 3951

Re: Please Critique CFP Recommended Portfolio

You mean people get paid for this?
by SamB
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategies for RMDs [Required Minimum Distributions]
Replies: 57
Views: 9279

Re: Strategies for RMDs [Required Minimum Distributions]

I have not started RMD's yet, but I must start in 2017. The first thing I did was set up a spreadsheet to see what happens with taxes, and reinvestment relative to the balance over time. I suggest that you do this. The biggest variable is the rate of return on the remaining balance. In fact, it matt...
by SamB
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaking Dishwasher
Replies: 20
Views: 1871

Re: Leaking Dishwasher

If you fix the dishwasher, and are completely satisfied that there is no other water leak, I would suggest putting a bead of caulk on the three sides of the dishwasher where the floor intersects the cabinet wall and also the back wall. In the future when there is a leak the water will build up and f...
by SamB
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for the Bogleheads Millionaires
Replies: 372
Views: 66027

Re: Question for the Bogleheads Millionaires

I started growing up in the lower class, not the middle. Some people would consider where I was raised to be a tenement house. I would say your attitude is the most important. I have been running scared since the age of ten or whatever age it was I figured out my predicament. If you don't have fear ...
by SamB
Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Blue collar worker and millionaire dream
Replies: 32
Views: 5577

Re: Blue collar worker and millionaire dream

I made a bet on the US equity market when I was 30 years old. In other words, I bet that the average return over the next thirty years would make me above average in the long run, and it did. Of course I had to save as much as possible, which meant cutting consumption, and doing most things myself, ...
by SamB
Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proof that this summer was hotter than last summer
Replies: 11
Views: 1436

Re: Proof that this summer was hotter than last summer

My usage went down slightly. Every year it is different, sometimes up, sometimes down. In my area, the southeast, the worst weather, both heat, severe storms, and cold seemed to occur in the 80's. The last ten years have been mild. And the winter snow definitely tapered off after I bought my dual st...
by SamB
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 73
Views: 8971

Re: Ant Control

123 is right ... Borax Sugar and water is basically Terro, it works great, they take it back to their hive and it kills the queen, no more ants.. takes a while but pretty non toxic to humans Borax is safe for humans, but not for pets. It is a matter of animal size and dosage. I poisoned my cat many...