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by dia
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]
Replies: 71
Views: 8645

Re: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]

I am in the market for a fridge and recently went shopping. Wow. Sticker shock. I would like to pay no more than $1000. What a joke. It needs to keep my food cold. That’s it. No fancy lighting—I don’t live in there. I don’t even need a water or ice dispenser since I have a faucet and a recipe for ic...
by dia
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?
Replies: 18
Views: 2084

Re: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?

I am a premium member for access to the training videos offered. The training is well done and has been very helpful! Other than that, I wouldn't bother with Premium. I received just as many pings from recruiters without it. The advantage of being able to send Inmail hasn't been necessary--I usually...
by dia
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance Experts--Prudential Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Insurance Experts--Prudential Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance

One of the big problems with multi-decade policies is that the original death benefit is overwhelmed by inflation. My parents bought me one of these policies with a $3000 death benefit when I was a kid. I have not cashed it out yet but I intend to in our first year of retirement when our tax rate w...
by dia
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance Experts--Prudential Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Insurance Experts--Prudential Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance

Please HELP me Insurance Experts. I don't understand Life Insurance policies at all . My husband has a Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance policy from Prudential (parents did this way back when). All premiums have been paid. Every year we get a 1099INT for interest income on the accumulated dividends (...
by dia
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 9665

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

DanMahowny wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:01 pm
Just yesterday, I replaced my 5+ year old Samsung Galaxy S3.

Upgraded to a Google Pixel 2 XL, and the Google Fi network.
Tell me your thoughts on the Pixel, good and bad. That may be my next phone, although I would be coming from Apple so will have more of a learning curve.
by dia
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 9665

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

I have a 3.5 year old iPhone 6. The battery life is horrible. It drops from 50% to 35% immediately and completely shuts off when it hits 30%. I called the repair number to get an appt for the $29 replacement. I asked if they would change the Battery at that appt and was told YES. Well, arrived at th...
by dia
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying This Week: IPhone X or IPhone 8 Plus
Replies: 35
Views: 3388

Re: Buying This Week: IPhone X or IPhone 8 Plus

I have a 3.5 year old iPhone 6. The battery life is horrible. It completely shuts off when it hits 30%. I called the repair number to get an appt for the $29 replacement. I asked if they would change the Battery at that appt and was told yes. Well, got to the appt, they ran diagnostics and said yep ...
by dia
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb - Guide a beginner
Replies: 28
Views: 3069

Re: Airbnb - Guide a beginner

I used Airbnb once (S California) and it was an OK experience. Here's a tip: Read ALL the reviews, and also, check WHO writes them. The place I stayed at had many STELLAR reviews that made the place sound so perfect and amazingly good in every respect. It wasn't an awful place, but afterward when I ...
by dia
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 103
Views: 12490

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

I used mine to make corned beef. It was absolutely the best I have ever made.
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

Spirit Rider: thanks for posting 10 USC 771. I confess I'm flabbergasted. The DoD itself sells surplus, new in the wrapper, clothing; I know because I've bought a lot of it over the years! I wonder what they think is going to happen to all that? I took a short look through that section of the USC l...
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

Wricha wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:40 pm
Vet here (which means absolutely nothing).
Means something. Absolutely. Thank you.
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

bottlecap wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:18 am
It’s very unlikely that someone will mistake you for a 1950’s veteran for wearing just the jacket.

I’m not sure in what context you can wear it in public, however, if you are over 30, and not look at least a little weird.
I won't look weird. Promise.
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

I was able to wear my Father's late 1950's jacket with Second Army patch and his nametag in the 80's while he was alive. He gave it to me and was happy that I wore it. Wearing one piece of a uniform is not trying to pass yourself off as a member of the military, unless you make statements to the co...
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

I am a vet 4 years USMC, 6 years Army, but have not heard a shot fired in anger. I would support you wearing the jacket, and would strongly recommend you do not remove the patches. The pins are one thing, the patches a whole different story. Stolen Valor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor_A...
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

Re: My dad's army jacket

I am currently serving. I would not wear this in public with patches and insignia on, or even taken off. I would keep it intact, and only wear it in your private home if you wanted. Quick google search brought this up, I am sure there are many more like it with laws and regulations... https://www.t...
by dia
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6919

My dad's army jacket

My father passed away and he treasured his Army belongings. He served in the early 1950s. I have his short wool green military jacket. I had it cleaned, the sleeves shortened and would like to wear it occasionally. I am wearing it for no other reason than it was his, held importance for him and it's...
by dia
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

Bogleheads....Not sure how this got named 'Swedish Death Cleaning', but I think it fits. I second this advise. I wish I could have done this while my mother was alive. I found pictures with people I did not know, some from before I was born. Same with letters. There are items, some old and probably...
by dia
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]

I'm going through the process and have been for months and will for months more. I've got three generations of stuff. It's emotionally draining. It's also a bit of a shock when you learn how hard it is to get rid of some things, or that they have no value or no one wants them even for free. Example...
by dia
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]

Thanks to this discussion, I learned about freecycle.org. What a great site! You can list your items to give and it also lists items others are looking for! Give it a whirl: https://www.freecycle.org I think it would be a great way to off load larger items.
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

Gnirk wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:14 pm

Now if I could just get my husband to do the same thing. :shock:
I can relate. Just today, I'm upstairs digging around and my husband asks me what I'm doing. "I started Swedish Death Cleaning," I replied. He says, "Good, don't touch any of my stuff."
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

The truth of the matter is that once you die no one cares about your stuff. Your relatives may go through it, they may save it. But, no one will really look at it too much, if ever, after the initial assessment. Pictures seem to be at the forefront of saving. No one cares. You can see that easily b...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 10990

Re: Thouhgts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

As a tech CFO in the upper Midwest, I simplified my work wardrobe, Jobs-style, five years ago and couldn't be happier. For me, it is jeans with a black, long sleeve shirt Oct-Mar and a short sleeved polo Apr-Sept. About once a month I'll have a client meeting or a Board meeting that I wear dress pa...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

Clothes I will never wear again but in okay shape. These I donate, but to places that actually use them, not rackets like Goodwill https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-hrabe/the-worst-corporation-in-_b_1876905.html A local church runs a free clothes closet giveaway. I am amazed at some of the things...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

You all have inspired me. This really isn't as difficult as I am perceiving it. I have a busy day ahead of me. Thank you.
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 10990

Re: Thouhgts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

1. Your professors were expressing their unique tastes. They would cringe if their attire were called "uniform." I know generalizations like the one I'm about to make are dangerous, but I think that's a very female way of looking at things. I, and most guys I've discussed this with, have no interes...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 10990

Re: Thouhgts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

Your clothing is your personal brand. Something to be said for consistency (marketing person here). As a female, this feels wrong. But males have it a bit less intense in the wardrobe department. I would change it up a bit. You don't need to go beyond the basics, but show a touch of creativity. Be i...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

I like the name. I am currently learning Swedish. Take a digital photo of sentimental items. Make a garbage pile. Make a thrift store pile. Repeat with things you keep 6 months later. It's the garbage pile that I struggle to compose... maybe I just donate everything and let someone else figure it o...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Re: Swedish Death Cleaning

Yes, this describes me to a T. A few years ago I decided to become much more non-materialistic and drastically reduced the things I own. Along the lines of worrying about what others would have to deal with if I "went", I organized my stuff. Of course, wills and Pay On Death considerations everybod...
by dia
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]
Replies: 63
Views: 7834

Swedish Death Cleaning [De-clutter your home]

I had never heard of Swedish Death Cleaning before, however, in the past few months it has become a popular trend. If you never heard of it before it's this: http://people.com/home/swedish-death-cleaning-home-organization-trend-to-try/ Essentially, you go through all your belongings and get rid of a...
by dia
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.
Replies: 64
Views: 5801

Re: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.

I have a variety of coffee makers, my challenge is my wife likes dark roast and I don't, so it is two separate processes each moring, although we each drink only one cup. I though that the Aeropress was the ideal situation, buy two of them and the rest of the gear can go into storage. But the idea ...
by dia
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.
Replies: 64
Views: 5801

Re: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.

Ill take my bunn coffee maker over just about anything ive ever tried. https://www.amazon.com/BUNN-33200-0015-Pourover-Commercial-Decanters/dp/B0037XIP22/ref=sr_1_8?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1510083012&sr=1-8&keywords=bunn+coffee+maker Its bulky but man does it make a good cup of coffee. I have the sta...
by dia
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.
Replies: 64
Views: 5801

Re: Coffee makers: Moka, French Press, etc.

Resurrection of an old thread but I have converted to a new to me method of coffee making and it's wonderful. The "clever dripper" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014JVOWB8/ref=sxts_hf_cd_wol_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3311817862&pd_rd_wg=2Jpax&pf_rd_r=8KA6P00K4VTP3HXYEANA&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-top-sl...
by dia
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got an iPhoneX
Replies: 157
Views: 13428

Re: Got an iPhoneX

I ordered the glorious iPhoneX on the pre-order date and it was scheduled to arrive next week. After reading through all the posts of this thread--I cancelled the order. WHAT WAS I THINKING? Thank you. I'm not sure what it was about this thread, but I am now keeping my non-plus iPhone 6. (I guess th...
by dia
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online
Replies: 35
Views: 5935

Re: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online

I was told via email (and it took a week to even get a reply to an email): " In this case I can confirm that Equifax will provide the confirmation and the pin number to your Security Freeze, by mail, within the next 7 to 10 business days." That came on Sept 19th and I have not received anything in ...
by dia
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online
Replies: 35
Views: 5935

Re: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online

A week ago I posted that, after several earlier attempts at an Equifax freeze where their website froze or returned an error, on 9/15 my freeze attempt offered only the option to lift a freeze. That implied that I had a freeze in place, even though their site never confirmed the initial freeze or o...
by dia
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 326
Views: 56839

Re:

Health: Neanderthin Primal Blueprint Never Gymless Food inc. (Movie) Personal Finance: Total Money Makeover Richest Man in Babalon Automatic Millionaire Your Money of Your Life Bogleheads' Guide to Investing Personal Development: How to Win friends and influence people and his Public Speaking book ...
by dia
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 326
Views: 56839

Re:

The Caine Mutiny is probably one of the few books I could put in this category. It's easy to see the world in black & white, but geez this book shakes things up quite a bit. This book was fantastic-- bit pretty much all I read is WWII-oriented books, mostly fact, but plenty of fiction as well. It's...
by dia
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Memory Foam Mattress Recomendations
Replies: 63
Views: 7274

Re: Memory Foam Mattress Recomendations

Serta iComfort. I've never slept better and it's not warm like the Tempurpedics tend to be. At least 2 friends have bought iComfort mattresses based on my experience and both very very happy with their purchases. Best of luck to you--finding the right mattress is critical.
by dia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online
Replies: 35
Views: 5935

Re: Equifax Credit Freeze 100% online

Took a couple of attempts, but i froze credit for myself, my wife, and our college age son with all 5 agencies, completely online last night. The only hiccup was that at Equifax when I did my wife's and my son's they generate a PIN and show you a page with the PIN on it. When i did mine, i got a me...
by dia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads T-Shirt Possible Design(s)
Replies: 108
Views: 10233

Re: Bogleheads T-Shirt Possible Design(s)

gkaplan wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:16 pm
I think any kind of "message" on the shirt is sort of tacky. Why not just the Bogleheads logo shown in the upper right-hand corner of this forum? Or a picture of Jack Bogle?
Yes this ^

Keep it simple and classy, just like the 3 fund portfolio.
by dia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads T-Shirt Possible Design(s)
Replies: 108
Views: 10233

Re: Bogleheads T-Shirt Possible Design(s)

Whatever happened to the Bogleheads merchandise idea... ? I have seen a few old threads about it and didn't want to start a new one. Is there anything available?
by dia
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering this HSA strategy
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: Considering this HSA strategy

Just started an HSA through my husband's employer and letting it build. What you ask here is the part I really dread. Where to put all this stuff in case you want to be reimbursed at a later date? Every year I may be dumping it in an envelope and into a safe deposit box...This record keeping is a f...
by dia
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Safe Deposit Box Fee (Bank of America)
Replies: 35
Views: 22792

Re: Safe Deposit Box Fee (Bank of America)

My safe deposit box fee was always free but that changed last year. Okay I paid the fee since I'm not fond of change. Went to my safe deposit box at BOA to look for my birth certificate since it's time to get a new driver's license. Checked in and there was a note on my box saying to "drill". Of co...
by dia
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider freezing your credit
Replies: 66
Views: 10591

Re: Consider freezing your credit

I decided to freeze my credit with all 3 agencies. Be CAREFUL when doing this online with Equifax, I wished I would have done it by phone if that was an option. Here's what happened: I completed all the web pages without an issue but then the last page gives you a PIN number which you need from that...
by dia
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering this HSA strategy
Replies: 17
Views: 3089

Re: Considering this HSA strategy

Thanks! Any suggestions on how to keep receipts over the long haul, if I decide to reimburse myself? Just started an HSA through my husband's employer and letting it build. What you ask here is the part I really dread. Where to put all this stuff in case you want to be reimbursed at a later date? E...
by dia
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 44354

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

Front-load clothes washer: too much bending and socks like to sit in the rubber seal that fills with water. Then I have to wring them out so they can go in the dryer. When done washing, I have to sop up the water that sits in the seal so mold doesn't form and then keep the door open at all times so...
by dia
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 13005

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

Dansko shoes Red Oxx Manufacturing: made in USA travel bags, etc Apple Folgers brand coffee Bunn Coffee Makers Dawn Dish Soap (great for so many things) Jeep Arbys Clinique Ivory Soap Nivea Fitbit Amazon Etsy Shinola Wrigley's Extra chewing gum (flavor lasts and sugarless) Crest toothpaste (the plai...
by dia
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 44354

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

Front-load clothes washer: too much bending and socks like to sit in the rubber seal that fills with water. Then I have to wring them out so they can go in the dryer. When done washing, I have to sop up the water that sits in the seal so mold doesn't form and then keep the door open at all times so ...
by dia
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How useful is a home security system?
Replies: 82
Views: 9102

Re: How useful is a home security system?

I think a home security system is completely useless for warding off burglars, but very useful in giving people peace of mind. A few years ago, a friend's house was burglarized, and they did not have any alarm system. So after they were victimized, they put a system in. Nothing had changed. They st...
by dia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security System with/without monitoring
Replies: 40
Views: 5169

Re: Home Security System with/without monitoring

Not sure if you meant in general or for a specific company. But, Abode actually allows you to just do that -- turn on or off monitoring with your phone or web app whenever you want. I've used this feature for a while now. Sounds exactly like what I'm looking for and I didn't think it existed. Thank...