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by BashDash
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worx 20v battery leaf blower
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Worx 20v battery leaf blower

Thanks for the replies! I'm just looking to blow grass clippings off of the road and patio when I am done mowing. Would these be sufficient for that? Not looking to blow leaves...
by BashDash
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worx 20v battery leaf blower
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Worx 20v battery leaf blower

Hi all BH! I am looking to buy this for some light leaf work on patio and grass clippings after mowing. I have been happy with my worx weed wacker but just like running this by the very trusted bogleheads :). I understand I need to buy new batteries over the course of time. Pretty good deal with a 2...
by BashDash
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition

Cylingduo, Thank you so much for the detailed reply!! I really appreciate it! I like the temporary idea of not overpaying the mortgage. For some reason I think too long term at times....I honestly don't know if doing an addition is the right idea for our family but we do like our neighborhood and to...
by BashDash
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition

Bloom thanks for the reply! I am bucketing part of the CD because I would like a largish emergency fund to help us sleep. Plus like you said I thought it would be good as a indexer to get out of the individual stocks anyway. I think our AGI should be ok for awhile for the Roths if we both max the 45...
by BashDash
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Re: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition

Op here. Forgot to mention purchase price was 350k and mortgage payment is 1400 while I have been paying 1900 to pay it off quicker. I could stop that extra payment to increase cash flow.
by BashDash
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition
Replies: 5
Views: 481

Help with strategy for $ for a possible house upgrade or addition

Thanks all BH in advance!! Question: In 2-3 years, we are wanting to potentially have the option of upgrading house or putting on a 75-110k addition to our house for our family. We could stay, move , or put on the addition. We want to have the money ready now rather than save for it being that we ha...
by BashDash
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Master bathroom addition question
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Re: Master bathroom addition question

OP here. Old thread I am revisiting and thank you for all replies. So if there was no foundation in area addition is necessary then that makes this more expensive? Currently bedroom is above our one car garage. It is a split level ranch. Furnished basement with laundry room/one bathroom and living r...
by BashDash
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 984
Views: 105879

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Hi all, need a Hulu or sling tv blue recommendation for my wife and I. Funny would be great. We like modern family, superstore, Brooklyn 99, the good place. Thanks!!!
by BashDash
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NY 457/Settlement Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1421

Re: NY 457/Settlement Advice

Thanks Krow36! Overall i think the NY 457 is a superb plan and I am lucky to have it.
by BashDash
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NY 457/Settlement Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1421

Re: NY 457/Settlement Advice

Hi all,
I am a ny 457 contributor too but am only charged 20 annually. Is this because my account is small ( 35k)? It seems retire2022 is being charged 100$? Is this due to the size of the account? I don't see 100$ mentioned in the paperwork at all and I have read it many times.
by BashDash
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 403b has been sorted out. Now an HSA?
Replies: 10
Views: 1620

Re: 403b has been sorted out. Now an HSA?

OP here. Yes this thread is 1.5 years old. I am still somewhat paralyzed by making a change for some reason. The math seems clear especially from Grabiner's post. Current worries are the record keeping that is involved. Also, even though I can do some research on the network of doctors I am nervous ...
by BashDash
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many of you have cut the cord?
Replies: 244
Views: 28381

Re: How many of you have cut the cord?

Legio xx:
In Manhattan instead of an antenna check out locast.org.

It has an app on roku and is coming out with one for Apple TV.

All local channels without an antenna. Free too. Not available in all cities but it is in ny
by BashDash
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I wish the wyZe had an outdoor camera. I bought a few indoor ones and pointed them out a window to no avail.
by BashDash
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Just purchased a video doorbell 2 from lowes.com. Used a 10% coupon purchased off of ebay and then used topcashback.com portal to get another 4% off. I had been really struggling with using RING or simplisafe but figured this would be a good starting point. Think I might add a floodlight camera for ...
by BashDash
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1353
Views: 229403

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

"1) I spend a few hours per month browsing through offers, opening accounts, transferring funds, maintaining a spreadsheet, ensuring that I've met all the requirements for the bonus, etc. 2) Yes. I have three sections on the spreadsheet. They are for 1) credit cards, 2) checking/savings accounts, an...
by BashDash
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1353
Views: 229403

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

I love this thread. It motivated me to get a opening bonus for my smallish Merril Edge taxable account and then two retention bonuses. A couple Quick questions: For those who take advantage of brokerage/ bank account bonuses 1) how much time do you find it taking to do so per month? 2) Do you have a...
by BashDash
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I think I am going to go with Ring. Price seems significantly more reasonable with little change in the result. I'm sure they will be adding on other items that are missing too.
by BashDash
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I thought I read that Ring was 100$ for the year including monitoring. I need to check out website again I guess
by BashDash
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Wow that was quick :).

What do you think of the pricing?

Camera recording is available on a subscription-based plan for $5 a month for a single camera or $10 a month for unlimited cameras.
by BashDash
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Makes sense.

I'm thinking then that RING still has the advantage withe cameras and the price. I have to imagine that they might come out with a panic button or glass break sensors eventually. Just as I would imagine that SS will eventually come out with a video doorbell?
by BashDash
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Thanks for all the updates to this thread. I'm heavily leaning towards RING now. What do you think would be better for a homeowner that is not necessarily that concerned in protecting house when one is NOT home but more concerned with when we ARE home. I'm securing all the important things in a hous...
by BashDash
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any benefit to a 403b with a 1.25% wrap fee vs a Taxable with zero Fees
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: Any benefit to a 403b with a 1.25% wrap fee vs a Taxable with zero Fees

Keep calling. Be relentless. It's possible the person you were taking to is benefiting from you paying high fees. I jumped thru a billion hoops to get thru a self directed plan. Huge sense of accomplishment and like getting a raise for life.
by BashDash
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any benefit to a 403b with a 1.25% wrap fee vs a Taxable with zero Fees
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: Any benefit to a 403b with a 1.25% wrap fee vs a Taxable with zero Fees

I think there might be a self directed Lincoln plan. What state are you in? Check out the search box for Lincoln self direct in the search box.
by BashDash
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe Home Security System
Replies: 55
Views: 8624

Re: Simplisafe Home Security System

Yes I am leaning towards ring now too for same reasons. I'm thinking I'm fine with entry sensors and some cameras. Ring does have a panic button on the keypad but not a seperate one right? I'm also trying to focus on things I can do to prevent entry rather than the alarm system. My law enforcement f...
by BashDash
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

Were your false alarms from entry sensors? I plan on avoiding the motion sensors because I feel they would lead to the most false alarms. I'm stuck deciding between ring and simplisafe. Pros for ring would be that it is cheaper for the year and has cameras accessible to wifi. Pros for simplisafe wou...
by BashDash
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe Home Security System
Replies: 55
Views: 8624

Re: Simplisafe Home Security System

Thanks for the info on ring. It doesn’t seem ring has a panic button but everything else seems basically the same. No glass break sensor either I guess. I have a couple windows I am concerned about but I guess the entry sensor should work. I guess I am down to just researching Simplisafe and Ring at...
by BashDash
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe Home Security System
Replies: 55
Views: 8624

Re: Simplisafe Home Security System

Thank you so much for the replies! I honestly will probably just go with entry sensors, one glass sensor, and an extra siren on an accessible window to outside for a child. I just don't want any headaches with false alarms and I don't want anything complicated when we are in "home mode". I am going ...
by BashDash
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe Home Security System
Replies: 55
Views: 8624

Re: Simplisafe Home Security System

Hi all,
Just reviving this thread to see if there are any updates. Considering this as a simple way to keep my smallish home secure. Mostly just a few entry sensors. A little nervous about false alarms.

Thanks!
by BashDash
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 66
Views: 8144

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I've seen some mention of WYZE cameras so I bought a couple. I have it looking outside a window at the front door however I am having trouble with it reflecting off of the window. Is there any way to fix this? It was super easy to set up and the app as well. I feel like this would be a cheaper way t...
by BashDash
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

OP here. Bought the first one mentioned on my thread for 22$. Works like a charm.
by BashDash
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I sell or rent my house?
Replies: 22
Views: 1927

Re: Should I sell or rent my house?

This forum helped me come to terms with selling our condo.

I forget who posted it but it was something to the effect of "an index fund never called at 3 in the morning to complain that the toilet is clogged".

Being a landlord just wasn't worth the aggravation anymore.
by BashDash
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

OP here. Does anyone who has posted here have one "pod" of Google wifi and it has done the job for a small two story house? 99$ might be worth it. So I just connect it to my current modem and do a few steps to set up.
by BashDash
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

Gr82boutdoors: easy to install? Do you put it near router or in the dead zone room?
by BashDash
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

Randomizer: I like how you think. Would that be a quick fix? Would I need only one for my smallish split level home? If I put one downstairs corner of house would it most likely be good for the whole house? Do I hook it up to existing router modem? 99$ on Amazon more than I want to spend if 30$ gets...
by BashDash
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

Op here. Thanks for all replies! The reason I need is we recently cut the cable cord so we are switching out our tv stand that held cable box, vcr, modem, and router to put in an electric fireplace mantel with no storage space. The tv is being mounted and we will put Apple TV on top of mantel but do...
by BashDash
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2934

Another Wifi extender thread

Hi BH, As usual I have used the search box but I get overwhelmed with the info and with the Amazon options out there. I have small two level house that I get wifi upstairs and downstairs but just have a problem with one bedroom. It's not like I need it to reach to a guest house or something. Can any...
by BashDash
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to watch baseball playoffs without cable
Replies: 36
Views: 2382

Re: How to watch baseball playoffs without cable

Are some on local channels? Antenna? Locast.org depending on the city you are in?
by BashDash
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sling TV experiences
Replies: 38
Views: 4191

Re: Sling TV experiences

Have been pretty happy with sling although it has not been reliable lately for some reason. I restart Apple TV and it is fine. This is rare. Found out about something interesting today on cordcuttersnews.com which is a great site. locast.org Free locals! I had trouble getting good antenna even thoug...
by BashDash
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ok reasons for a 37 year old to have a 60/40 mix?
Replies: 66
Views: 11430

Re: Ok reasons for a 37 year old to have a 60/40 mix?

OP here. Oh no! I just read an age in bonds thread and am getting the urge to tinker. Figure we will both have two pensions (NYSTRS well funded). Has anyone ever been in this situation and resisted the urge. Or maybe it is a good thing to make this change?
by BashDash
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1353
Views: 229403

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Thanks for the reply. It is only a six month holding period. They will give bonus within two weeks of this ending.
by BashDash
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1353
Views: 229403

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Hi all, Many thanks for this thread. How often does one apply for a retention bonus? Currently, I don't have the time/energy to transfer from custodians so in March I asked for an received a retention bonus. I was required to keep my funds until September at which time I would receive the bonus. Whe...
by BashDash
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paint shutters or remove
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Re: Paint shutters or remove

OP here :). So I just finally got a chance to remove the shutters to put up new ones that are different color. My wife likes the look with no shutter at all. The only problem is the holes that are there from the prior plastic screws. Caulking in the same tan color as the vinyl siding seems to be a p...
by BashDash
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Master bathroom addition question
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Re: Master bathroom addition question

I didn't mean the slide door was literally behind the bed. Sorry.... I meant there was a private bathroom located behind the bed that you enter thru a slide door.

Sorry for not making any sense
by BashDash
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Master bathroom addition question
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Master bathroom addition question

Hi BH, Thanks in advance to probably a silly question. Pondering a master bathroom addition in 2-3 years. Does a master bathroom addition need to be next to/near existing bathroom for use of plumbing. We stayed in a hotel recently that had the bathroom in a thin little hallway with a slide door that...
by BashDash
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plan us a trip !
Replies: 17
Views: 2154

Re: Plan us a trip !

Op here. Thanks for the suggestions! I didn’t mean to sound like I was using the forum as a travel agent. I just value the BH ideas and mindset when I read here
by BashDash
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plan us a trip !
Replies: 17
Views: 2154

Plan us a trip !

Hi BH, info: Home airport: NYC Likes: nature, ocean, national parks, hiking, relaxing 130,000 Ihg rewards points. 130,000 United points 100,000 ultimate reward points 160,000 Hilton points Dates: feb 15-23 or April 19-27 or the summer with two small children that will be 2 and 4. Other: Any miles an...
by BashDash
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you pay this mortgage off?
Replies: 51
Views: 4466

Re: Would you pay this mortgage off?

OP here. Thanks for all the detailed replies. Even after 500 posts here I am still learning a ton. I do get the impression that our 60/40 allocation is too conservative given our jobs and stable pension. To be honest, our 60/40 allocating is probably not even 60/40. That is just our retirement accou...
by BashDash
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you pay this mortgage off?
Replies: 51
Views: 4466

Re: Would you pay this mortgage off?

Op here. Delamer: I'm not exactly sure how much additional taxes I would owe. I have been trying to understand this area more. JoeRetire: that makes sense. I know 4% is a good rate and I'm not positive why I am putting 500$ extra each month. Part of the reason is sometimes I'm not sure what to do so...
by BashDash
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you pay this mortgage off?
Replies: 51
Views: 4466

Re: Would you pay this mortgage off?

Last year we received 10k back. It was a bit of an unusual tax year though as wife only worked half year due to maternity leave. Plus I was maxing 403b and 457 to lower emergency fund.
by BashDash
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Would you pay this mortgage off?
Replies: 51
Views: 4466

Re: Would you pay this mortgage off?

Op here. Thanks for all replies! To answer a few questions. It is a 30 year mortgage opened in 2009. The monthly payment is 1400$ but I typically send in 1900$ as my payment. A lot of the Merril edge money would be long term capital gains. The index funds are newer investments as I transitioned from...