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by Pigeon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are You Dumping Netflix?
Replies: 163
Views: 8790

Re: Are You Dumping Netflix?

The price change doesn't bother me. What bothers me is the shrinking catalog. Every time I want to watch something that isn't a Netflix Original(TM), it isn't even on Netflix anymore. I used to be a big fan of Netflix because it put so much great content but they aren't focusing on expanding their ...
by Pigeon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinishing leather on Furniture
Replies: 4
Views: 495

Re: Refinishing leather on Furniture

It sounds to me like the leather on the seats at least is "bonded leather," as opposed to genuine leather. Bonded leather is a cheap material made by taking scraps of leather and grinding them up, and mixing with other material to process into sheets. It doesn't have the wear properties of genuine l...
by Pigeon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring (Affordable)
Replies: 138
Views: 7315

Re: Engagement Ring (Affordable)

I'm the opposite in this case. I think it's cooler that something came from the ground than manufactured in the lab. It is interesting to see the kind of debate the engagement ring topic creates vs any other luxury good or service posted about on Bogleheads. Diamond engagement rings and white weddi...
by Pigeon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Ideas for wife
Replies: 76
Views: 5493

Re: Gift Ideas for wife

Without knowing what she already has, how old she is, or how much you are thinking of spending, I can think of a few general ideas. A sous vide machine, subscription to something like Plated or Hello Fresh, an Aero herb garden, subscriptions to cooking magazines (I really like Eating Well and Saveu...
by Pigeon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring (Affordable)
Replies: 138
Views: 7315

Re: Engagement Ring (Affordable)

Don't buy her a fake. At some point in her life, she'll most likely need to get it resized or new prongs or something. Starting off your married life with a lie isn't a good idea. I like diamonds and like nice jewelry. I vote for estate jewelry. You can buy a nice stone and get it reset into a moder...
by Pigeon
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: University Alumni Associations—Any Value?
Replies: 19
Views: 1789

Re: University Alumni Associations—Any Value?

Make sure you talk to someone at the library who works in collection development if you are making a decision based on remote access to research databases or electronic journals. Alumni access is governed by the library's license agreement with the vendors, and overwhelmingly most vendors do not all...
by Pigeon
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 2355

Re: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses

The typical anti reflective and scratch resistant coating applied to plastic lenses is a substance that sets up and behaves like glass when it hardens and bonds to the plastic lens. As a result, if the lens experience even relatively mild thermal shock (hot or cold) the "glass" coating will crack/c...
by Pigeon
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 2355

Re: Remove damaged coating from prescription glasses

I wear progressives and normally get a new pair every year at a brick and mortar store where my insurance pays for it. I also order a back up pair and a pair of prescription sunglasses from Zenni. When my most recent Zenni pair of sunglasses came, I wore them a few times and they were great. About t...
by Pigeon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric bill with LED
Replies: 102
Views: 7095

Re: Electric bill with LED

All these posts about men turning off all the lights all the time reminds me of my late father-in-law. We used to call him The Prince of Darkness.
by Pigeon
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist
Replies: 47
Views: 3668

Re: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist

Having done both, an endodontist hands down.
by Pigeon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 55 year old may need hearing aid
Replies: 13
Views: 1618

Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

I'm in the same boat. From all the reading I've done, Costco is the way to go for getting the hearing aids. In many cases, they are much, much cheaper than the competition due to the volume they sell. Sadly, I have no Costco anywhere nearby. Costco employs some ridiculous percentage of all the audio...
by Pigeon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?
Replies: 29
Views: 1956

Re: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?

While Amazon sells new Moto G6 phones for a bit less than direct from Motorola, they will have Amazon installed bloatware. Personally, I'd rather pay the few bucks more and not have the memory chewed up. The old battery problem may not be apparent on used phones for a couple of months. That was my e...
by Pigeon
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?
Replies: 29
Views: 1956

Re: How to cheaply replace my smartphone?

You should be able to buy that phone and take it to your Verizon store. I have done that before with earlier Samsung Galaxy S models. The issue I had though is that sometimes, the batteries already have substantial use, and it's not very long before they won't hold a charge for very long. The other ...
by Pigeon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Children's Books for Gifting
Replies: 16
Views: 818

Re: Children's Books for Gifting

Our favorites for ages 5 to 7 or so were books by Cynthia Rylant. The are series about Henry and Mudge, and Mr. Putter and Tabby that are great.
by Pigeon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?
Replies: 63
Views: 6042

Re: Why is the Honda Fit so hard to find?

If the shortage is due to flooding and you aren't in a hurry, I would just wait. If you test drive the lower trim level, you'll have a pretty good idea of what the one you want will generally be like. We inherited a Fit. It is awesome for what it is. It's been super reliable, gets great gas mileage ...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?
Replies: 62
Views: 4956

Re: Robot Vacuum Cleaner?

I bought a Roomba about 4 months ago. For the first two of those months, we had a lab/greyhound mix who shed a lot. We have hardwood floors with some area rugs. The Roomba got some of the dog hair off the rugs, and helped some. It still left a decent coating of fur on the rugs even if I ran it every...
by Pigeon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10056

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

This is a tough one ... ... see music is an aspirational career and going to a cheaper public/state/community college drops your chances by a lot. This is not necessarily the case at all if you wish to be a public school music teacher. We live in one of the best public school districts in the count...
by Pigeon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to value retiree healthcare benefit
Replies: 20
Views: 1111

Re: How to value retiree healthcare benefit

In order to have any idea you will need to get specifics from the employer's HR department once you have the job offer. In my case, it's worth a great deal as I also have the situation where your unused sick leave (up to a certain amount) can be converted according to a formula depending on your sal...
by Pigeon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10056

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

I can’t imagine paying that much for a degree in music / teaching. I would not do it. Community college for 2 years then transfer to a state school. This. Where she gets her degree will make zero difference in how much she makes if she's a public school music teacher. You get paid according to scal...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite "free stuff"?
Replies: 137
Views: 10986

Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

A local HMO has a few free gyms in the area. You don't even have to be a member to join. One happens to be right down the road. It's not terribly elaborate, but it's clean and has everything I need.
by Pigeon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does the BH community do with their pets when they travel?
Replies: 78
Views: 6479

Re: What does the BH community do with their pets when they travel?

We used to have a high school friend of our daughter's take care of the pets as he seemed responsible and lived in the neighborhood. Then we went away a few days but came back one day earlier to find he'd had some friends over, they'd smoked pot in our house and drank some of our liquors. Theyd foun...
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space needed small bathroom 1st floor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: Space needed small bathroom 1st floor?

I don't think a half bath is going to be sufficient if you're really planning for aging in place. I've dealt with enough elderly relatives who have wanted to stay in their homes without a first floor bedroom and full bath to think this is practical.
by Pigeon
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat's dental work costs
Replies: 31
Views: 2283

Re: Cat's dental work costs

jadd806 wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:01 am

We've started brushing his teeth with CET enzymatic toothpaste once per day
That sounds like fun! How do you even go about it? I've got an elderly cat and we have an appointment for her to get her teeth looked at this week. I've been dreading being told something like this.
by Pigeon
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull kids from school for vacations?
Replies: 136
Views: 6140

Re: Pull kids from school for vacations?

No. I think iit sends entirely the wrong message. They have plenty of time off to plan vacation. Our school is very strict and I don't blame them. They will not send work for the kids to do. It's a lot of work for teachers to do that.
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you get up in the morning?
Replies: 160
Views: 13062

Re: What time do you get up in the morning?

During the week around 4:30. It's the only way I can fit in the gym. I go to sleep around 10. I dont nap ever as it makes me feel bad.
by Pigeon
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Couch for Big and Tall Person
Replies: 22
Views: 60976

Re: Best Couch for Big and Tall Person

Hello Everyone - I'm trying to find advice for a couch suitable for a big and tall person. My current couch is practically laying flat on the floor in the middle so I'm looking to replace it. Funny that the loveseat is just fine - same brand and the person in my family that is the larger person is ...
by Pigeon
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What the heck is growing in my yard?
Replies: 71
Views: 6044

Re: What the heck is growing in my yard?

dm200 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:31 pm
We recently had some kind of white fungus growing on leaf mulch under our maple tree. It looked like "dog vomit".
Ahh, the infamous dog vomit fungus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuligo_septica
by Pigeon
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What the heck is growing in my yard?
Replies: 71
Views: 6044

Re: What the heck is growing in my yard?

I don't know what it is. Two years ago, we took out a couple of weedy trees. Last year, almost my entire lawn was suddenly covered in fungus that looked very similar to what you have, feasting on the roots of the dead trees. If it's any consolation, it didn't come back this year.
by Pigeon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning with around 500K ( helping a friend)
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Planning with around 500K ( helping a friend)

Your friend is making $220K/year. I don't see how this is really a problem if your friend takes the appropriate steps to make saving money a priority. People who make a fraction of this manage to save enough for retirement. If your friend is unwilling to make some lifestyle changes that prioritize s...
by Pigeon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your strategies when shopping for a house?
Replies: 38
Views: 3592

Re: What are your strategies when shopping for a house?

I decide on the basics of what I need in the house, like the number of bedrooms, baths, etc. I also have a list of preferred but not required features. There are some no-go features, like a swimming pool or being on a main road that would make a house a non-starter for me. Personally, I've found the...
by Pigeon
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4043
Views: 1101306

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw A Simple Favor today. Loved it. Lots of plot twists and fun characters
by Pigeon
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)
Replies: 64
Views: 4612

Re: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)

I'm not religious and get absolutely nothing from funerals or any other ritual. I loved my parents a great deal. I drive past the cemetery where they are buried at least weekly. I have never once gone to visit their graves. I have been dragged along to visit graves with other family members and it h...
by Pigeon
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help identify vine in backyard
Replies: 26
Views: 1580

Re: Help identify vine in backyard

It looks to me like it might be stinging nettle? Does it have very fine hair like projections on the stems? Don't pull it up without gloves. If it is stinging nettle, it will inject an irritant intom your skin that is very unpleasant.
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much effort to close an estate and is it worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: How much effort to close an estate and is it worth it?

If your mother didn't want to do the work, she shouldn't have agreed to be the executor. Does the will name a successor executor? If not, she has to get the ball rolling in whatever process is necessary to do that. I assume the IRS is not going to be too happy if no one files the last year income t...
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?
Replies: 65
Views: 4015

Re: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?

WDW is expensive. You aren't going to find great deals on tickets. The discounts you can find are going to be very minimal. Personally, I wouldn't bother going for a day or two. The cost/day drops quite a bit by doing longer stays, and there is more to do there than you could see in a week. We've st...
by Pigeon
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)
Replies: 64
Views: 4612

Re: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)

It is helpful to survivors to have at least told them what you would like, preferably in writing. There can be a lot of hard feelings if people disagree about the arrangements.
by Pigeon
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)
Replies: 64
Views: 4612

Re: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)

I’m not worried. My descendants can pay for my funeral with the money in my estate. I’m not sacrificing money now so they can have more money when I croak. +1 I have paid for kids food, clothing, college... Time for someone else to pony up ;-) My feeling is that funerals are one last opportunity fo...
by Pigeon
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)
Replies: 64
Views: 4612

Re: My Experience in Buying a Burial Plot: The cost (in NJ)

I've also researched this. It is possible to do a simple, direct cremation for considerably less than this, depending on the wishes of the individual involved. In my area, it would cost about $1,500 in total to be cremated without any fuss or unnecessary expense. Obviously, keeping the ashes and put...
by Pigeon
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Student Performance Issues
Replies: 83
Views: 4720

Re: College Student Performance Issues

I'm dealing with this too. My kid is partying much more than I ever expected from her. She has made a group of less than optimal friends and is cementing the problem by joining an underground "sorority." This from a kid who always thought sororities were idiotic. I haven't seen grades yet. I will no...
by Pigeon
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does health insurance cover hearing aids
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Does health insurance cover hearing aids

Can I afford them, sure. But I don't drop $5-8K for something that will only last a few years and is often unsatisfactory fairly lightly. That's probably why I'm on bogleheads in the first place. In my personal sampling of a fair number of people who have them, who are geographically dispersed and u...
by Pigeon
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does health insurance cover hearing aids
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Does health insurance cover hearing aids

Did you know that the average person with known hearing loss waits seven years to get hearing aids? Nobody does that with eyeglasses. Sad. From the trade journal article below: "The majority of people with significant hearing loss and/or who have difficulty understanding speech in quiet or noise ap...
by Pigeon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC weekend house: your experiences?
Replies: 18
Views: 2872

Re: NYC weekend house: your experiences?

Make sure you do the drive a few times simulating the weekend trip. Having lived in NJ for a few years, there is absolutely nothing on earth that would make me think the beach traffic is worth it.
by Pigeon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation without saving adequately?
Replies: 70
Views: 5328

Re: Vacation without saving adequately?

i would pass on the expensive vacation.
by Pigeon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does health insurance cover hearing aids
Replies: 21
Views: 1547

Re: Does health insurance cover hearing aids

The only way you will know is to look at your particular policy. In general though, hearing aids aren't covered. I'm in a similar boat. My hearing is deteriorated and I am going to ask my doctor for a referral to an audiologist for hearing aids. In my case, I have excellent medical insurance but it ...
by Pigeon
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minimalist Lifestyle
Replies: 92
Views: 11847

Re: Minimalist Lifestyle

I'm in the happy medium camp. I'm in decluttering mode after having to clean out a few houses of elderly relatives who refused to do any downsizing or decluttering themselves. Not fun, and I'm not burdening my kids with that. But I have no interest in living out of a suitcase, either. I hope to get ...
by Pigeon
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of rabbits
Replies: 66
Views: 3872

Re: How to get rid of rabbits

We had a part Basset hound that kept the neighborhood rabbit free, even though we only let her out in our yard and walked her on a leash. They were bred for rabbit hunting, and the rabbits seemed to realize this. Once she passed away, they came right back.
by Pigeon
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive source for greeting cards?
Replies: 27
Views: 1696

Re: Inexpensive source for greeting cards?

I'm tired of waltzing to the local CVS and spending $5+ each time I need to send someone a greeting card. It's just a piece of paper that should not cost more than $1-2.. Any suggestions for an online source to buy them? I tend to prefer witty/ironic type of messages with a touch of dark humor.. Or...
by Pigeon
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any cello players here?
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Any cello players here?

I asked my friend who is a pretty good cello player and she agreed that the Amazon special is likely to be terrible. Her advice was to try to talk to a music teacher at a local high school with a decent music program and see what they recommend in terms of local sources for decent used instruments o...
by Pigeon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation house? Need objective third party
Replies: 67
Views: 6226

Re: Vacation house? Need objective third party

I think you can certainly afford it. I do think you should be mindful of lifestyle creep, but you could pay this and your mortgage off in short order if you put your mind to it. Personally, I had a stepmother who had a vacation house as did my inlaws. In these cases, they were a relatively short (2h...
by Pigeon
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: time for new pair of glasses
Replies: 36
Views: 2642

Re: time for new pair of glasses

I've recently switched to using Costco for my eyeglasses. Prior to that I was going to Pearle. Wow what a price difference. So after reading these posts, does anyone think I can save more by using online services (Zenni etc) rather than costco? I have progressives. I also get single vision glasses ...