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by Pigeon
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person
Replies: 33
Views: 2285

Re: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person

Virtual, it's not the better educational experience, but it's better than spreading this deadly disease.
by Pigeon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what is best decision financially regarding 2 used cars?
Replies: 23
Views: 1542

Re: what is best decision financially regarding 2 used cars?

You have gotten your money's worth out of the Sonata and it needs some work. It's probably not much of an upgrade for your father and unless you really think he'd want it, he's probably at a point where your parents don't need 2 cars. No point in wasting money keeping it. Enjoy your Camry.
by Pigeon
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feminine Beauty Products - best bang for your buck?
Replies: 35
Views: 3357

Re: Feminine Beauty Products - best bang for your buck?

I'd second the Aveeno recommendation for facial cleanser and a dermatologist for acne. For wrinkles, the most important thing is sunscreen, either alone or in your foundation.
by Pigeon
Sat May 30, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple
Replies: 88
Views: 5671

Re: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple

I bought a 2019 Forester and also looked at the RAV4. Both are great choices. The visibility was considerably better for me in the Subaru. I do love Toyotas. But I couldn't be happier with the Subaru. I turn the stop start thing off. You get used to doing it routinely when you start the car. Having ...
by Pigeon
Thu May 07, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones
Replies: 34
Views: 1621

Re: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones

Another vote for the Moto G series, we have 4 of them in my family.
by Pigeon
Wed May 06, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Membership Question [Considering to drop membership]
Replies: 136
Views: 9459

Re: Amazon Prime Membership Question

The delays I've have been on things that are either third party or give an "in stock" future date that I haven't paid enough attention to. But during this crisis with businesses and employees suffering, I am not going to get my knickers in a twist over something so minor. I stream a lot of video and...
by Pigeon
Tue May 05, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: terro ant treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1832

Re: terro ant treatment

We've always had good luck with Terro for sweet eating ants. Last year we had an invasion of ants that went after wet cat food and as we had a sick, very elderly cat, the food needed to be down all the time. The ants didn't look terribly different from the sweet eating ants, but they wouldn't go nea...
by Pigeon
Mon May 04, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?

I lived for seven years in Cranford and Edison, NJ and have a sibling who lives near Morristown. I live in the Capital District. It's a little colder in Upstate NY, but not much. My sibling loves NJ, and told me before we moved about how much milder the winters were and how lovely the spring season ...
by Pigeon
Sun May 03, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All gift cards orders on cardcash.com declined?
Replies: 14
Views: 1279

Re: All gift cards orders on cardcash.com declined?

Call your credit card company. There is one gas station near me that invariably triggers a fraud alert on one of my credit cards. The credit card company would remove the block, but for some reason no one can explain it will happen again the next time.
by Pigeon
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 707
Views: 37893

Re: What are you listening to now

iceport wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:45 am
A wonderful John Prine tribute. Two hours of music from John himself plus lots of tasteful covers.

See complete setlist here: https://archive.org/details/ootw-2020-04-25
I've been playing John Prine all day.
by Pigeon
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homemade Salad Dressing
Replies: 51
Views: 3188

Re: Homemade Salad Dressing

Plum sauce and hoisin are different things.

I make my own sometimes, the typical vinaigrette. If I am making an Asian inspired salad, I add soy sauce, ginger and a touch of sugar.

Mostly I use Newman's Own dressings.
by Pigeon
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand Mixer
Replies: 59
Views: 2909

Re: Stand Mixer

I'll bump a question I threw out a few posts ago. Has anyone purchased a stand mixer attachment they thought was worth it? I would imagine that depends largely on what you want to make. We had a sausage grinder and a pasta extruder. Dh bought the mixer and attachments but doesn't cook all that much...
by Pigeon
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 297
Views: 18509

Re: So what are you cooking

Tonight was roasted salmon, cauliflower and baked potatoes.
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 297
Views: 18509

Re: So what are you cooking

German night. Sauerbraten, Spätzle, red cabbage, carrots. The sauerbraten takes three days to marinate, so it's a project.
by Pigeon
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 282
Views: 33229

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made a pan of overnight cinnamon rolls that's sitting in the fridge for tomorrow.

I'm not much on name brands, but KAF is worth spending more money for.
by Pigeon
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand Mixer
Replies: 59
Views: 2909

Re: Stand Mixer

I can't imagine not having a Kitchen Aid. I originally was given a bunch of accessories too, but don't use them. I've had to replace the paddle beater and dough hook because the coating was peeling off after 20 years. Mine is a lift model. Love it.
by Pigeon
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 24455

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

I went yesterday during early morning 60+/medical condition hour. Some of the local stores that did curbside have suspended it because their staff are so slammed or have dates that are weeks out. No paper products, almost no chicken (other than huge 15 lb sacks of fresh chicken tenders that I have n...
by Pigeon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Incoming College Freshmen 2020 - New Reality
Replies: 24
Views: 1946

Re: Incoming College Freshmen 2020 - New Reality

It's too early to predict what the fall might bring. As the parent of a couple of college kids and someone who works at a university, there are a few things I'd think about. Health services on college campuses tend to be less than optimal. I wouldn't want my kid in a college that is too far away fro...
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 297
Views: 18509

Re: So what are you cooking

My college aged daughters are home and one of them bakes with me. We've baked English muffins, oatmeal bread, the world's best brownies and an a raspberry almond Bundt cake. Since the lockdown I've made grilled pork tenderloin, spaghetti and meat sauce, lasagna with some of the extra sauce, Canal Ho...
by Pigeon
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Master of biology degree
Replies: 40
Views: 2014

Re: Master of biology degree

Get a BS in Biology. Then get a Masters Degree in a PA/Physicians Assistant program. Same 6 years but an interesting occupation with starting salary about $75,000 to $80,000 and median national salary $108,000. Plus a very health job market To get into PA school you need excellent grades, and the r...
by Pigeon
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/Advice with Decluttering
Replies: 37
Views: 2772

Re: Help/Advice with Decluttering

I would focus on considering myself fortunate to have found an interested buyer for these. Collecting stuff is much less appealing to younger people, and many "collectible" things have declined significantly in value. I try to keep in mind some examples from my own life. My parents were pretty good ...
by Pigeon
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How big of a car do you need for a kid and his/her stuff?
Replies: 66
Views: 3564

Re: How big of a car do you need for a kid and his/her stuff?

I raised 2 kids with a Corolla and a Camry. We had a fairly large dog as well. It was fine. We did veto the cello or the tuba because the school district wouldn't let the kids take them on the bus, but my kid's bet friend was a cellist and we managed to give her a ride to orchestra practice fairly o...
by Pigeon
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended biology/life science related majors and careers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3451

Re: Recommended biology/life science related majors and careers?

Medical illustrator, given her interests. RIT, for example, has a program. My sister has her own business contracting mostly with pharmaceutical/biotech companies and has more business than she can handle.
by Pigeon
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?
Replies: 128
Views: 14122

Re: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?

I don't think anyone can answer that except you. If I were you I would absolutely not quit. I've been happily married for decades, but I would never be dependent on a spouse for support, and I wouldn't take myself out of the workplace barring winning the lottery for several million. I've seen too ma...
by Pigeon
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outback engine stop/start
Replies: 94
Views: 6258

Re: Subaru Outback engine stop/start

I have it in my 2019 Forester. It's a simple press of a button to turn it off, and I usually do. If you forget to do it when you start the car, you can still hit the button at any time to disable it. The amount of gasoline it saves in incredibly tiny, and it's quite jarring when the car starts back ...
by Pigeon
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Biggest Investment Mistake
Replies: 248
Views: 24966

Re: Biggest Investment Mistake

I had a choice of a defined benefit or defined contribution retirement system. I picked the wrong choice and stayed with the same employer for a long time. I've done fine with the defined contribution, but would have had a much nicer pension.
by Pigeon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to get a bearded dragon?!
Replies: 57
Views: 4623

Re: Time to get a bearded dragon?!

I don't have experience with bearded dragons, but I have one kid who likes obscure pets. We had a corn snake she wanted. It was fine and a good "beginner" snake. It was quiet, didn't bite much and didn't need to be taken for walks several times a day. It didn't mind too much being taken out and hand...
by Pigeon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with old engineering text books
Replies: 72
Views: 5565

Re: what to do with old engineering text books

For textbooks, there is another factor that comes into play, especially in the sciences and social sciences. Many faculty will require students to purchase textbooks with an access code. You can buy the code alone, but it is priced as essentially costing the same as if you get it bundled with the t...
by Pigeon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with old engineering text books
Replies: 72
Views: 5565

Re: what to do with old engineering text books

Your library doesn't want your old textbooks. They may take them to be polite but they will just recycle/discard them because very few people bother purchasing textbooks. <-library director who deals with this all of the time Not only that. Most academic libraries have collection policies written o...
by Pigeon
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 707
Views: 37893

Re: What are you listening to now

Keb' Mo' Oklahoma.
by Pigeon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Counseling Services Plan through union
Replies: 13
Views: 543

Re: Financial Counseling Services Plan through union

A note on terminology. I think what you are looking for is "advice only," not "fee only." Fee only advisors include not just those who review your finances and offer planning and suggestions, but also those who manage your money for a fee. The reason for the term fee only is to specify that it is n...
by Pigeon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Counseling Services Plan through union
Replies: 13
Views: 543

Re: Financial Counseling Services Plan through union

The firm they use is Stacey Braun Associates. I don't find any kind of online reviews. I plugged that into Google and got a whole bunch of information, but little ratings. They seem to focus on unions as their top priority. Shocking how there are no reviews. Stacey Braun offers two types of Financi...
by Pigeon
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Counseling Services Plan through union
Replies: 13
Views: 543

Financial Counseling Services Plan through union

Dh and I are within a year or two of retiring. We have enough saved for a comfortable retirement, plus dh gets a small pension and we will both be eligible for SS and have nearly free health coverage through my employer. The house is paid off and we have no debt. Dh has zero interest or aptitude in ...
by Pigeon
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with old engineering text books
Replies: 72
Views: 5565

Re: what to do with old engineering text books

Your library doesn't want your old textbooks. They may take them to be polite but they will just recycle/discard them because very few people bother purchasing textbooks. <-library director who deals with this all of the time Seconded by this academic library collections administrator. Gift books a...
by Pigeon
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RTA Kitchen Cabinets
Replies: 17
Views: 1875

Re: RTA Kitchen Cabinets

I would ask on the kitchen forum on Houzz. Generally speaking, Ikea cabinets get surprising good reviews, but I have no personal experience.
by Pigeon
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College
Replies: 99
Views: 6126

Re: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College

A good overview of the cosmetology field can be found here, including average pay, job outlook, etc. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/mobile/barbers-hairstylists-and-cosmetologists.htm I think the OP's child should not be pressured to attend college at this point in her life. She is...
by Pigeon
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Places to Go Out When You Don't Want to Spend Much or Any Money
Replies: 129
Views: 11178

Re: Places to Go Out When You Don't Want to Spend Much or Any Money

To expand a bit on the library, many have a lot of programming for adults. They may have book clubs, craft clubs, musical performances, talks by local authors or scholars, film showings and discussions, classes on various topics, etc. Read the newsletters of the libraries in your area as to attend s...
by Pigeon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charity vs. Scrooge- how do you think of things?
Replies: 85
Views: 5863

Re: Charity vs. Scrooge- how do you think of things?

I give with a cheerful heart, and try not to be judgmental about how people use charity. One seldom knows anyone's full story and a gift with strings attached isn't much of a gift at all. I'd also consider the reasons why friends or relatives are reluctant to visit, if I were funding that. Obviously...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nursing home <$10K in NJ/PA
Replies: 21
Views: 3116

Re: Nursing home <$10K in NJ/PA

^^^ Good points. Yes, you will find both good and bad reviews of the same nursing home. I've had some recent discussions about nursing homes from someone "in the business".* One other point is that you need to be aware that certain websites, such as A Place for Mom , get their revenue from referral...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morality, kids, tuition etc
Replies: 68
Views: 4538

Re: morality, kids, tuition etc

I don't have a problem with giving the kids a choice about this, and I don't think picking the community college route is necessarily a bad thing, depending on the situation. At the end of the day, your diploma lists the institution you graduate from. However, I do think you should be consistent wit...
by Pigeon
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Undergrad major psychology
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: Undergrad major psychology

What does this young person want to do career-wise?
by Pigeon
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate
Replies: 84
Views: 13864

Re: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate

Having had a number of relatives and in-laws live well into their 90s, I worry far more about living too long than dying too young. Two spent a couple of years in nursing homes and I agree with the sentiment that the price of the nursing home doesn't necessarily correlate to the quality of care give...
by Pigeon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing Aid Question
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Hearing Aid Question

I would ask this at the forums at hearingtracker.com. As the previous poster said, what you were told doesn't make a great deal of sense given how old your pair is. I have heard that Costco doesn't carry the absolute top end models, but those tend to have features that aren't necessary for most peop...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy the family cottage?
Replies: 99
Views: 9342

Re: Should I buy the family cottage?

I would not buy it. We faced similar situations with both my parents and my in-laws, with vacation homes on both sides. It will create friction with your siblings that will never go away. There's no way that you getting an extra $300K inheritance is going to not cause resentment. You say that you "w...
by Pigeon
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone service
Replies: 21
Views: 1869

Re: Cell phone service

I have never looked at their higher end plans before, but it looks like the $30 per month one does give 3 GB of LTE on Verizon network (CDMA). But is there really much difference in coverage between Verizon, ATT, and T-Mobile anymore? It depends on where you are. Where I live, there is still a very...
by Pigeon
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 10451

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

I sincerely hope those who are contributing zero dollars also expect to have zero input on any and all of the wedding plans and guest list.
by Pigeon
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 10451

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

We plan to have gift each daughter the same amount, probably around $15,000. They can do with it what they will, whether it's applying it to a wedding or a down payment on a house, etc. We paid for their college educations. We have a very large extended family, and these people are important to my d...
by Pigeon
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?
Replies: 27
Views: 1709

Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Maybe $20 to $30 a year to get a winter coat and the occasional blazer cleaned.
by Pigeon
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 3915

Re: Consumer Reports

I think they are one of the few sources for good, independent reviews of products. I think it's a lesser publication than it used to be, which is true of just about every popular press publication I can think of. I consult our public library's subscription with some frequency. I use the public libra...
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two doctor / healthcare questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Re: Two doctor / healthcare questions

When I've switch PCPs, they may bill my insurance more for a new patient consultation, but they've never made the physical a separate appointment. The doc may spend an additional minute or two going over my medical history, but they do it as part of the initial appointment. That would annoy me a gre...