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by 41Fin
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: daughter wants a college transfer?
Replies: 65
Views: 5037

Re: daughter wants a college transfer?

The reasons may be trivial to you but if they matter to her than that’s all that matters.

Her life at the end of the day.
by 41Fin
Tue May 22, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 104
Views: 5998

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

Polo and those brands usually have a friends and family sale which is 20-25% off and is a good time to purchase. Same for Bloomingdales and Nortstrom who has their semi annual sale with good prices. I usually try and get one of two pieces during those times. I also follow Frugal Male Fashion on Redd...
by 41Fin
Tue May 15, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interesting/Playful ideas for 1 year baby
Replies: 37
Views: 1625

Re: Interesting/Playful ideas for 1 year baby

My daughter is a couple months older but loves her water table https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/little-tikes-reg-spiralin-39-seas-waterpark/1060044198?skuId=60044198&mrkgcl=609&mrkgadid=3252392417&rkg_id=h-8c1d3b70786658e3764b88dbbd48bf62_t-1526402394&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_baby_on...
by 41Fin
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So many problems I can't even figure out how to prioritize them
Replies: 27
Views: 2907

Re: So many problems I can't even figure out how to prioritize them

Dottie57 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:48 pm
bh7785 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Sounds to me like the NES and SNES should be priority items.

What is an NES , SNES?
Nintendo Entertainment System & Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
by 41Fin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Dominican Republic
Replies: 17
Views: 1571

Re: Travel to Dominican Republic

SquawkIdent wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:54 pm
Bring $20 cash for your two "tourists" cards ($10 each).
Buy your tourist card online before you go to avoid waiting in line.

http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica ... fault.aspx
by 41Fin
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight to Paris etc
Replies: 33
Views: 3433

Re: Flight to Paris etc

Public transportation is great in Paris. Just remember to hang on to your ticket while you are underground. They have inspectors underground who have random checkpoints trying to catch turnstile hoppers. My father in law got caught without and had to pay a fine of 40 or 50 euro. For lodging, we used...
by 41Fin
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?
Replies: 38
Views: 4141

Re: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?

To me, the question isn't how to get the addresses as those can be obtained via google maps but how to get people to actually read my postcards.
by 41Fin
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor recently burglarized- Suggestions for home security
Replies: 101
Views: 9258

Re: Neighbor recently burgalerized - Suggestions for home security

A good lock or strong door frame doesn't matter if there is glass withing reaching distance of the lock itself. The glass can be broken and the intruder can reach around to unlock it. Cameras won't help catch a thief unless you recognize the person. But a camera in plain view with a sticker on the ...
by 41Fin
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short Commute or Nicer House?
Replies: 142
Views: 8655

Re: Short Commute or Nicer House?

I traded in living across the street from my job in an apartment to buying a house 30 minutes away (no traffic). A comparable house in my old zip code would have been 150k-200k more so it was a matter of affordability. I could have stayed by my job but I would have been in a townhome with a small ya...
by 41Fin
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sling TV experiences
Replies: 33
Views: 3111

Re: Sling TV experiences

Timely. We just switched to Sling after our cable rates got their annual raise and the cable company wouldn't budge an inch. Cheapest tv plan on top of internet was $40 for local channels only. We switched to Internet only and Sling blue and cut our bill nearly in half. Our only big loss is local c...
by 41Fin
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Embarrassment Preventing Retirement Work: A factor for you?
Replies: 133
Views: 13812

Re: Embarrassment Preventing Retirement Work: A factor for you?

I think what you are overlooking, and I'm sure I'll get grief for saying this, is that you won't necessarily be working with people who are similar to you so the social value of working as a checkout clerk might not be what you think. Of course, if you're someone who can blabber for 10 minutes whil...
by 41Fin
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Eagles-Raiders Game on Christmas Evening
Replies: 7
Views: 1186

Re: Streaming Eagles-Raiders Game on Christmas Evening

https://gamepass.nfl.com/packages?redir ... tchlive_GP

NFL gamepass has an international user option. $50 but they say that there is a free trial period.

Also, probably one of those things you need to cancel in order to avoid automatic renewal.
by 41Fin
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NBA Tickets
Replies: 24
Views: 1658

Re: NBA Tickets

If your main goal is cheap (i.e., below face value) then your best bet is to buy from a ticket scalper outside the arena *after* the game starts. I’d go stub hub over this option due to their guarantee. Even with the fees, if you buy bad tickets they will get you in with another pair at the buyers ...
by 41Fin
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Okay come clean....How man people share passwords for streaming services?
Replies: 41
Views: 1887

Re: Okay come clean....How man people share passwords for streaming services?

We share netflix with my mother but they allow multiple accounts.

I do share my log in information for WWE network.

I hope all who share are not using a password that they use for any other websites.
by 41Fin
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?
Replies: 36
Views: 3221

Re: How much do you need to drive a car to keep battery charged and everything else OK?

I have a 2002 Camry that I drive once a week on a 30 minute round trip drive. I've been doing this for about 18 months so far with no issue that I know of. This car spends its time in a garage.
by 41Fin
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Want to sell my Bitcoin, but when?
Replies: 90
Views: 9514

Re: Want to sell my Bitcoin, but when?

Since it’s play money I’d sell enough to recoup your initial investment and let the rest ride the roller coaster.
by 41Fin
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 12686

Re: Price of haircut?

Went bald at 24 and have been shaving myself since. If I have a nice event to go to I may pay $10 to have my beard done.

Full cut when I went was $25 w/tip

Shop was in Alexandria, VA
by 41Fin
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?
Replies: 156
Views: 12798

Re: After financial independence, do you lose motivation for work?

My current motivation for working is to set up the next generations of my family.

I may or may not make it to FI before I hit the boglehead forum in the sky but I want the future of my line to be in the best possible shape.
by 41Fin
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with portable basketball hoop in winter
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: What to do with portable basketball hoop in winter

We leave the water and let it ride since it gets use year round. No issues yet and the hoop has been around as long as I can remember.
by 41Fin
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for news?
Replies: 60
Views: 4640

Re: Paying for news?

I would just enjoy the free articles. For the Washington Post there is a work around where I can click Reader view(Firefox) and I can read the article for free after I have used my monthly free limit. There is a little book right next to the refresh button that I click to enter reader view. I am no...
by 41Fin
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for news?
Replies: 60
Views: 4640

Re: Paying for news?

I would just enjoy the free articles. For the Washington Post there is a work around where I can click Reader view(Firefox) and I can read the article for free after I have used my monthly free limit. There is a little book right next to the refresh button that I click to enter reader view. I am not...
by 41Fin
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you buy in Asian food stores?
Replies: 98
Views: 8345

Re: What do you buy in Asian food stores?

Thank you, all, for excellent suggestions! And thank you for mentioning H Mart. It turns out that we have several of them in this area, http://nj.hmart.com/weekly-sales-and-events/maryland-virginia/ . The large store where I found natto is Good Fortune Supermarket in the Eden Center, Seven Corners,...
by 41Fin
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling out the not so rich bogleheads
Replies: 233
Views: 29296

Re: Calling out the not so rich bogleheads

I'm in the shallow end of the pool here but the shallow end of Bogleworld is better than being in the deep end of most other places. At 31 I have $20k in cash saved up (mostly towards home DP), no debt and 75k or so in retirement. I spent most of 2015 cleaning up CC debt and 2016 prepping for a baby...
by 41Fin
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Super Nintendo Classic edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2217

Re: Super Nintendo Classic edition

Perfect storm of a couple things

High Demand
Not enough supply
Re-sellers using bots to purchase up as many units as they can.

The re-sellers use their bots to get 20 of those things in their carts before you can even get the page to load.
by 41Fin
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The true cost of Luxury
Replies: 32
Views: 4376

Re: The true cost of Luxury

Kanye West's $120 plain white t-shirt sold out almost instantaneously http://www.businessinsider.com/kanye-designed-items-sell-out-2013-7 Craziest part about the Kanye brand is that it sells out because re-sellers buy it up and put it on ebay for double the price. So if he had the shirt at $200 it ...
by 41Fin
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [ShopRunner] from AMEX
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: [ShopRunner] from AMEX

I've used it for a couple of orders and have had no issues (never tried a return).

Nice to have options from stores not named amazon and still get my items with the same frequency.
by 41Fin
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What money to store outside for disaster?
Replies: 63
Views: 6008

Re: What money to store outside for disaster?

Second, it is damp and I am afraid if I use paper money, it will get moldy and unusable. You could rotate the money every once in a while to keep it fresh. I'm guessing you are already rotating the canned goods and water so you could add this to the list as well. I'm not sure how often you would ne...
by 41Fin
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 22306

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

I did this early in my career and did feel it negatively impacted my career. Not so much in the networking sense, but I felt it hurt the team dynamic because I didn't eat with them, and it made me dislike my job more as I didn't make friends at work. The company I work for now provides free food, a...
by 41Fin
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 8520

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

munemaker wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:52 am
Is the purpose of a luxury car to make the owner more comfortable, or is it to project an image of affluence to others?
Depends on the buyer. Some buy for comfort and some but to stunt.
by 41Fin
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 44238

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

I wouldn't have had a wedding if I could have done it over again. That $18k could have been a down payment.
by 41Fin
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 8520

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

staythecourse wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:09 am

Not to steal the thread, but my wife actually wonders how so many random folks can afford a louis vuitton handbag. It is a high end bag yet EVERYBODY seems to have one. How is that possible?

Good luck.
Most are fakes.
by 41Fin
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider freezing your credit
Replies: 66
Views: 10586

Re: Consider freezing your credit

For those "belts and suspenders" types, Chexsystems, offers a security freeze: https://www.consumerdebit.com/consumerinfo/us/es/chexsystems/securityfreeze/index.htm As you probably know, many banks use ChexSystems to vet new account applications. A security freeze would (hopefully) prevent an attem...
by 41Fin
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife believes 7+% returns from stock market are guaranteed
Replies: 64
Views: 6839

Re: Wife believes 7+% returns from stock market are guaranteed

My uncle(whom has never bought an individual stock AFAIK) believes that anybody who can't get at least a 12% return in the stock market is an idiot. His friends tell their victory stories about stocks during card games(While omitting the losses) which lead him to this theory. He was ready to open an...
by 41Fin
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 12979

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

WWE - Been watching since a kid. I know it's fake but I remember the days when I didn't. I'd be in tears until Hulk Hogan managed to defy the odds every match. Allen Edmonds- Between sales and Amex credit card offers I can usually find a good deal when in need Southwest Airlines Apple Ebbets Field F...
by 41Fin
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon "subscribe and save"
Replies: 20
Views: 1865

Re: Amazon "subscribe and save"

What exactly is Amazon "subscribe and save?" Is this something you sign up? Where's the link for this? (I'm an Amazon Prime member.) Thanks. The link is around the "add to cart" button. Instead of buying one stick of deodorant for $4 you can sign up for a subscription and the deodorant is $3.50. Yo...
by 41Fin
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stay or not - natural disaster
Replies: 16
Views: 2109

Re: Stay or not - natural disaster

Just because the water is running doesn't make it drinkable.

Always leave, things can be bought again.
by 41Fin
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1018266

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Went to the theater to see Detroit this past weekend.

It is based on the Algiers Motel Incident
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algiers_Motel_incident

Certainly not a feel good movie but they did a good job at telling a piece of American history.
by 41Fin
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you watch movies? (Theater, online streaming, DVD, etc.)
Replies: 40
Views: 3979

Re: How do you watch movies? (Theater, online streaming, DVD, etc.)

Go to the movies once a year maybe.

Streaming for me. If I can't find it on Netflix/Amazon I can pull it on Kodi
by 41Fin
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 13525

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

I will retire from paper pushing one day but I will probably always work.

Plan on getting a job at a theme park or something so that the grand kids can get free tickets etc.

Got 30 years to figure out the plan though!
by 41Fin
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which Audible book for Mom to convince her to get away from Raymond James
Replies: 19
Views: 2281

Re: Which Audible book for Mom to convince her to get away from Raymond James

Not an audible book but the Freakanomics podcast recently had an episode called "The stupidest Thing You can do with Your Money" that touches on the subject.

IF she has the technology to listen it may be worthwhile.
by 41Fin
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Accountant liable for penalties?
Replies: 33
Views: 4162

Re: Accountant liable for penalties?

If he had said "I can file an extension to give you more time to file but the estimated taxes are still due on April 15", what would you have said? In fact, it is possible he said that but you didn't think about the last part very much, especially if you've never had to pay estimated taxes. I would...
by 41Fin
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you received robocalls from cruise lines
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: If you received robocalls from cruise lines

Thank you.

My number is not eligible but I checked my mothers and she is eligible for some $$.

Every bit helps!
by 41Fin
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan for making child pay for part of college
Replies: 111
Views: 7522

Re: Plan for making child pay for part of college

My mother had her schooling paid for by her parents. My schooling was paid for by my mother with the conditions that I finish in four years and that I pay for my kids schooling when the time comes. I didn't have "skin in the game" but I was motivated to finish because I didn't want to pay for a fift...
by 41Fin
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?
Replies: 44
Views: 4320

Re: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?

We do have a guy who insists on staying at Super 8's, despite the fact that our company is paying 100%, saying "he wants to be careful with company money" and that they "are as nice as his home" but he generally gets laughed at for that line of thinking. I have a cousin who does similar. He swears ...
by 41Fin
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Movie Collection?
Replies: 43
Views: 4492

Re: Your Movie Collection?

With all the streaming options there is no need for me to keep DVDs.

DVDs,CDs and books(if you e read) are becoming items that take up space until you have the "do I throw this away or bring it with me" conversation when you are moving.
by 41Fin
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)
Replies: 31
Views: 3252

Re: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)

runner3081 wrote:I know they aren't slots, but I greatly prefer video poker to slots. Money seems to go on longer and it takes more time with some thought involved.
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Best thing is, the video poker machines are usually at the bar. Making it easier to get free drinks(assuming your casino offers them).
by 41Fin
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creating Multiple Streams of Income
Replies: 12
Views: 2448

Re: Creating Multiple Streams of Income

Ticket scalping
Buying certain items from good will and selling on ebay/amazon
by 41Fin
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Golfers - need to ramp up ASAP!
Replies: 42
Views: 4509

Re: Golfers - need to ramp up ASAP!

The cheapest way to learn is through your friends. The first time I played the guys that knew what they were doing gave me pointers as the game went on and I got better. I know you say no used clubs but unless your height/arms are widely outside the normal average you should be able to find somethin...
by 41Fin
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 14063

Re: What do you splurge on?

I splurge on travel and events. A college friend and myself follow the US Men's soccer team to as many matches as we can get to. My cousin and I also go to as many big WWE wrestling shows as we can get to. We've been to the last 4 Wrestlemania's and countess other events. Work hard so I may as well ...
by 41Fin
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any way to eat healthier at Subway (or any other quick lunch ideas)
Replies: 102
Views: 6642

Re: any way to eat healthier at Subway (or any other quick lunch ideas)

Yes, totally agree. And subway is probably a "better" option than many places you can eat out for lunch. Best thing is to cook yourself but what if you don't have the time because of work demands? You could get a crockpot and let it run over night. Wake up in the am and portion it out. You can even...