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by Limoncello402
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Funniest movies of all time? Name five of your favorites...
Replies: 220
Views: 31251

Re: Funniest movies of all time? Name five of your favorites...

Airplane
Some Like it Hot
Moonstruck
Fargo
The Entertainers
The Out of Towners
Monty Python movies
by Limoncello402
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you deep clean?
Replies: 52
Views: 2382

Re: How often do you deep clean?

I do a deep clean spring cleaning, so once a year. I can get away with that because I live alone and am quite neat and clean in general. During spring cleaning everything get emptied out of each room, ceiling and walls are wiped down, floor is washed, rugs are cleaned, wood furniture is cleaned, pai...
by Limoncello402
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HE Washer/Dryers - What do you have..are you pleased?
Replies: 33
Views: 2307

Re: HE Washer/Dryers - What do you have..are you pleased?

That could be the reason I've never had that stink that others talk about. I always use powder detergent (Tide Original) and I don't even wipe the door, just let it stand open a bit for a day.
by Limoncello402
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living Abroad - Who's done it?
Replies: 78
Views: 8484

Re: Living Abroad - Who's done it?

I taught in Europe several times, for about 5 months each time. Total time living abroad was about 2.5 years. I would recommend shorter stints. At least make sure you are familiar with the place and comfortable there before committing to a longer period. As a homeowner, I rented out my house and eac...
by Limoncello402
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HE Washer/Dryers - What do you have..are you pleased?
Replies: 33
Views: 2307

Re: HE Washer/Dryers - What do you have..are you pleased?

I have the Whirlpool Duets and love them. Front loading HEs. As I recall, but don't remember the specifics, a bunch of these names are really the same company--Kenmore, Maytag, Whirlpool, etc. Again I don't remember the specifics. SpeedQueen is revered for the old-type of top loaders that are real w...
by Limoncello402
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?

Thanks Mathwizard, but as I stated above the phone is not on Do not Disturb. It is also not on airplane mode. As mentioned, I've already gone through all the suggestions in this thread.
by Limoncello402
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?

Thanks again everyone for good advice. In scrolling the net for this issue, I happened upon a long thread about it and got some more tips. One that seems promising is that in Do Not Disturb, Allow Calls From, mine was set to Favorites. No idea why. I changed it to Everyone. There's also some suggest...
by Limoncello402
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?

Thanks everyone. I went through all your suggested steps and none apply. The silencer is not on, the do not disturb is not on. I went through each step in the attachment cyclingduo provided (very clear!) and none applied. Except of course the last step that says, well then upgrade your phone. To be ...
by Limoncello402
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Why doesn't my iphone (5c) ring when call comes in?

I'm hoping Bogleheads can help me out here since this is such a knowledge filled group. Ok, as you see from my owning a 5c, I am not up at all on the latest cell phone technology. The 5c, bought 3 years ago, serves me just fine. I almost never use the data and make relatively few calls and texts. Th...
by Limoncello402
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 5363

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

Love my Golf. Completely reliable for 12 years now. I'd buy another in a heartbeat. Perfect urban car for me.
But then again I don't drive much and I don't drive hard. It is carefully maintained and garage kept.
by Limoncello402
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Recommend a New Car for Me
Replies: 53
Views: 4473

Re: Please Recommend a New Car for Me

I'll admit that it will be very hard to give up the VW Golf if I do decide to get something different. I may well buy one again (and maybe consider snow tires). Still, I want to keep my options open initially, especially since I first need to get educated on what other possibilities there are out th...
by Limoncello402
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 2861

Re: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?

When I redid the kitchen two years ago, I got the Delta Leland. Great quality, not expensive, and an up to date look.
by Limoncello402
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Recommend a New Car for Me
Replies: 53
Views: 4473

Re: Please Recommend a New Car for Me

Thanks everyone for all these thoughtful answers. I look forward to reading this thread carefully and checking out all the recommendations. As to manual--well, yes, lots of people still drive manual. While not a deal breaker for me, it is certainly something I enjoy a lot and would prefer. If you ha...
by Limoncello402
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Recommend a New Car for Me
Replies: 53
Views: 4473

Please Recommend a New Car for Me

I will be buying a new car in the near future. I drive very little and know near to nothing about cars. Nor do I really care. I simply want something reliable, safe, up to date and good looking. My current car is 13 years old, bought new at the time, and given my pattern I'll probably keep this one ...
by Limoncello402
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Sleepwear
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Re: Warm Sleepwear

I love long underwear on cold nights, but for an older woman she would probably like either a flannel nightgown (Lanz of Salzburg is "classic") or flannel pjs. Try to find out which she prefers before buying, nightgown or pjs.
by Limoncello402
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter boot recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 3320

Re: Winter boot recommendation

MN here. We know boots. I've had very good luck with Khombu, made in Canada. Great, warm, well made boots. Sorrels are just too heavy and clunky for me.
by Limoncello402
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best city car
Replies: 20
Views: 2045

Re: Best city car

Love my VW Golf! Very zippy, very reliable, great huge hatch.
by Limoncello402
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use CenturyLink for internet service?
Replies: 25
Views: 1695

Re: Anybody use CenturyLink for internet service?

Just be very aware that any price you are quoted is most likely not the price you will be billed and, in addition, it will most likely be an initial teaser rate that will shoot up eventually. Once they get you on a contract, trying to deal with billing is an endless loop of frustrating answering mac...
by Limoncello402
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Major Medical Expenses under HDHP
Replies: 31
Views: 3169

Re: First Major Medical Expenses under HDHP

I would use the HSA. That's what it is there for. For me tapping into it is as simple as a few key strokes to withdraw that money and put it into my checking account. You just need to be signed up for this online, so do that anyway. That said, as others have stated, what you do depends on your large...
by Limoncello402
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use CenturyLink for internet service?
Replies: 25
Views: 1695

Re: Anybody use CenturyLink for internet service?

I have Centurylink for internet only. I strongly dislike the company as I experienced fraud in their sales pitch and in fact am not along--there's a big class action law suit in my state against them. They constantly do bait and switches, as I know first hand. I can't stand the fact that I still use...
by Limoncello402
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to Minnesota
Replies: 28
Views: 2955

Re: Moving to Minnesota

Some of those northern suburbs mentioned here are very livable and lots of condo/townhouse options. There are also great bike trails that connect with St. Paul and Mpls. I live in St. Paul and just love it here. If I were you I'd try to move close to work to save any commuting headache at all. I wal...
by Limoncello402
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Plan For Depleting Your Investments If No Heirs?
Replies: 39
Views: 4818

Re: Plan For Depleting Your Investments If No Heirs?

Same situation. I created a trust with my estate going to a charity at my death. But I hope to spend it down and am not sure the best way. I will look into SPIAs. I plan to retire in about 4 years. Don't interest rates have to be high to consider a SPIA? And what would be the advantage of buying one...
by Limoncello402
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple, free way to send photos to people?
Replies: 15
Views: 1067

Simple, free way to send photos to people?

Bear with me...I'm not tech savvy. I bought a scanner (thanks for your advice!) and now am happily scanning in bunches of old family photos, college photos, etc. Easy peasy! I have them loaded in "Pictures" on my laptop. The next thing to figure out is how to create an album and send photos to my fa...
by Limoncello402
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digitalizing Old Photos Help
Replies: 22
Views: 1700

Re: Digitalizing Old Photos Help

Thanks all. I decided to buy a small stand-alone scanner. It is a Canon and under $100. Now the project begins!
by Limoncello402
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digitalizing Old Photos Help
Replies: 22
Views: 1700

Digitalizing Old Photos Help

I've finally decided to start the huge project of converting a big box of old photos to digital. I haven't done this before at all. Can someone lead me to the best method of doing this, barring a professional service? Thanks!!
by Limoncello402
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Fuse Question
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Electric Fuse Question

We don't want to call an electrician for one blown fuse. We had the box completely checked when the house was bought two years ago.
by Limoncello402
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Fuse Question
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: Electric Fuse Question

It appears that only one overhead light, over a table in the kitchen, is on this fuse. So very light load. Yes, I see now that the TL has a different base and will not screw into the slot. So that narrows it down to #1 above, and my question is about whether I can put the Type S SL 15 amp Tron in. T...
by Limoncello402
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Fuse Question
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Electric Fuse Question

Our old house still has a fuse box. It will be replaced with breakers at some point down the road. In two years here we've never had to change a fuse, until today. The fuse that blew is a blue colored Buss. It says Type S, 15 amp on one side of its face, SA D on the other side of the face, and Fusta...
by Limoncello402
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you save money on groceries?
Replies: 157
Views: 10703

Re: How do you save money on groceries?

Aldi is also my recommendation. I'm amazed sometimes at how much I can save there. Eat clean and simple. I rarely if ever make fancy meals. Have a routine of, say, 3-4 breakfasts, 3-4 lunches, and 10-12 dinners that you cycle through. I probably buy the same 10-15 items per week, so shopping and pla...
by Limoncello402
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Best Mood Boosting Books (not self-help)
Replies: 29
Views: 2494

Re: Your Best Mood Boosting Books (not self-help)

I like history, and well written books about the triumph of human spirit over huge odds lift me up. Highly recommend such books as Unbroken: The Louis Zamparini Story, and The Boys in the Boat. Thrilling!
by Limoncello402
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security Box for Papers
Replies: 23
Views: 2031

Home Security Box for Papers

Any recommendations for a good quality home locked box, fire proof, that can store important papers?
What do you use?
by Limoncello402
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LTC strategy: make health your hobby
Replies: 38
Views: 3211

Re: LTC strategy: make health your hobby

Move your body--a lot! It really doesn't matter how. Biking, walking, swimming can be done until a very ripe old age. Get a fitbit and count steps. Eat well, for health and enjoyment. Achieve a manageable weight in a normal range. No smoking, no drugs, minimal alcohol. Go to regular doctor's appoint...
by Limoncello402
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Knob & Tube in an older home.
Replies: 29
Views: 2660

Re: Possible Knob & Tube in an older home.

I've lived in old houses all my life, with some knob and tube. Never had an insurance company ask about it, including when I bought this 1920 house two years ago.
by Limoncello402
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 10513

Re: Why own a bed?

If I didn't have a traditional bed, how would my cat get exercise?
by Limoncello402
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $540 a month on food for graduate student budget too much?
Replies: 81
Views: 6971

Re: $540 a month on food for graduate student budget too much?

Not a grad student, but I'm single and probably spend no more than $250-300/month for food. I eat out maybe once a month; everything else is cooked at home. I also don't like to cook, so easy meals are the key. I cook a big pot of something or grill meat on Sundays for weekly dinners. Breakfast is e...
by Limoncello402
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile
Replies: 19
Views: 2410

Re: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile

Barkeeper's Friend is an amazing and inexpensive product for this and all sorts of cleaning. It does not hurt surfaces. For tough jobs, mix a slurry paste of it and let it sit on the surface for 10 minutes, then use a stiff brush to scrub. Rinse.
by Limoncello402
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garden hose
Replies: 46
Views: 5065

Re: garden hose

I also recommend the "Never Kinks." They do kink, but not as bad as cheaper hoses and the kinks are pretty easy to get out.
Agree with others that it is best to get a good one rather than a cheap one. The cheap ones are just miserable.
by Limoncello402
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you get up in the morning?
Replies: 160
Views: 13064

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

I get up naturally between 3:30 and 4:00. It has been like this for many years, and I never set an alarm. I really wish I could sleep later but just can't do it. When I'm up, I'm up. I've learned to take advantage of these many hours before work. Read, do morning prayer, exercise, watch the sunrise,...
by Limoncello402
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about moving to Madison, WI or Minneapolis, MN..Any advice?
Replies: 96
Views: 9601

Re: Thinking about moving to Madison, WI or Minneapolis, MN..Any advice?

I've lived in both. I loved Madison, but was there for graduate school (Ph.D., many years) and would not want to live there as a career person. Everything revolves around the young college culture. Great if you're young; not so great as you mature and settle down. The Twin Cities are fabulous--lots ...
by Limoncello402
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 3155

Re: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?

Sounds like others have experienced this. I did consult widely with good quality paint stores, and I used a BM oil product that came highly recommended. I realize the only real solution to constant upkeep is to rebuild with trex or ipe. Well, it is a new deck as of three years ago, in perfect condit...
by Limoncello402
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?
Replies: 37
Views: 3155

How Not to be a Slave to my Wood Deck?

My house came with a new second floor wood deck, treated cedar. After a year of making sure the wood was completely dry, I cleaned it carefully and stained it with a good quality stain. Two coats. It peeled in places by the next year. Cleaned it again, sanded, and restained. This time I gave it 3 co...
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?]
Replies: 31
Views: 3080

Re: Are many of you??????

Your post will benefit from having a title that reflects the content. I suggest changing it if you want people to open it.
by Limoncello402
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to a house from a condo
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: Moving to a house from a condo

Since lack of space seems to be your only concern, can you move to a larger condo in the same area? I moved from a paid off condo to a single family home a couple of years ago and never looked back. Hated the condo politics and shared walls. I took a small mortgage for the home and will pay it off s...
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: long term care insurance
Replies: 113
Views: 6586

Re: long term care insurance

Remember that the buzz phrase "self insure" just means having a whole lot of money set aside to cover years in a nursing facility or home health care of the quality you desire. Few people have actually done the research to price such facilities in their area and do the calculations for this potentia...
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2628

Re: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations

I did learn the hard way that White Dove is much different than Dove White.
My house trim is all White Dove. Lovely white!
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2628

Re: Interior painting - Sherwin Williams color recommendations

Grey is a popular neutral now, although I think that trend is on the wane. Anyway, the ones you mentioned are all great choices.
I have various rooms painted with Blonde, Cardboard, Breezy, and a light blue/grey whose name I can't remember right now.
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance rates increasing?
Replies: 9
Views: 767

Re: Insurance rates increasing?

Same here. Home and umbrella increased this year. Like you said, they have no explanation except underwriting did it.
I'm shopping around this week.
by Limoncello402
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sherwin Williams paint
Replies: 52
Views: 4034

Re: Sherwin Williams paint

I've done a lot of interior painting, and the SW Cashmere is by far my favorite!
by Limoncello402
Sun May 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Genworth LTC (Again)
Replies: 19
Views: 1991

Re: Genworth LTC (Again)

Thanks RM for your reply. I am uncertain from it, however, whether you recommend LTC renewal for me or not. You do give advice on other areas such as a potential SPIA that I mentioned, but I mentioned that only in terms of my concern about renewing my Genworth policy. Whether or not I buy an SPIA or...
by Limoncello402
Sun May 27, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Genworth LTC (Again)
Replies: 19
Views: 1991

Re: Genworth LTC (Again)

Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I knew I'd get thoughtful answers on this forum, and I am reading them all carefully. To answer a few questions and add details: I will get about 2500./mo. in SS at 66.4; 3300. at 70. I plan to retire at 65-66; don't know yet whether I will delay SS to 70...