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by FlyAF
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations

Diy. We got non motorised cellular blinds, and was shocked at the cost of the install. Like 4 holes per window - 6 for the big ones, and they just clip in place. Started looking in late winter, and settled on select blinds when they had a good discount. Ultimately paid half of the next lowest bid. ...
by FlyAF
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting from Turo Vs big companies
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: Renting from Turo Vs big companies

I rent from Turo all the time when on travel. That being said, I rent exotics and unique cars that I'd like to drive (McLarens, Telsa, Ferraris, etc...) that no rental car companies are going to have. For a minivan, I'd probably just use the standard companies, I doubt you save much with Turo and pi...
by FlyAF
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations

I don't have any experience with this place, but I recently had the same thing installed for a 10' window/door from a local guy. He could've used them, I don't know, he obviously didn't manufacture it himself. Wireless, battery operated, remote controlled, 10' x 8', grand total was $2,500. He didn't...
by FlyAF
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Wants to Build ATV Trail Through Our Property - How to say no while preserving the peace.
Replies: 29
Views: 1892

Re: Neighbor Wants to Build ATV Trail Through Our Property - How to say no while preserving the peace.

You'll need a bigger lot if u want to live in silence, or move somewhere where cars are banned... But even then you'll be forced to hear children laughing in the street I am a little surprised the neighbor even asked, and seeing as they did it by text, they probably understood it was not a good ide...
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Layoff: Need Assurance That We Will Be Okay
Replies: 153
Views: 12441

Re: Possible Layoff: Need Assurance That We Will Be Okay

You have 4 million dollars and want to know if you'll be ok if you get laid off?
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?
Replies: 32
Views: 1754

Re: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?

Out of curiosity, is the dealer aware that they're "on the clock?" Also note that the 30 days is 30 business days, not just days. It varies drastically by state, but I'd be surprised if simply 30 days in the shop is enough to satisfy all lemon law requirements in your state for full replacement/ref...
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?
Replies: 32
Views: 1754

Re: Ford Expedition - possible lemon claim and what to do?

Out of curiosity, is the dealer aware that they're "on the clock?" Also note that the 30 days is 30 business days, not just days. It varies drastically by state, but I'd be surprised if simply 30 days in the shop is enough to satisfy all lemon law requirements in your state for full replacement/refu...
by FlyAF
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gated Community--Balancing Security/Access
Replies: 20
Views: 1343

Re: Gated Community--Balancing Security/Access

Lived in the same type of place and when riff raff couldn't get a code or tailgating to work, they'd just plow through the VERY expensive gates that would then render them useless for months while everyone complained about how to pay for them to be fixed. I actually found the gates made the hood a t...
by FlyAF
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it normal for a contractor to require 50% payment up front?
Replies: 52
Views: 3696

Re: Is it normal for a contractor to require 50% payment up front?

50% up front is normal right now in my area. I've done it 4-5 times this year alone. Put it on a card and move on. I don't understand why everyone here thinks everyone else is out to screw them over. Glad I don't have that attitude about everyone I come into contact with. Some of the recommendations...
by FlyAF
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring an Interior Decorator
Replies: 25
Views: 2221

Re: Hiring an Interior Decorator

This is common. Our decorator offered to bill or use our cc. Since we're talking 50+k, I gave her my cc so I could get the points. She never used the card before sending me quotes and explicitly getting my approval for every single purchase and we're talking hundreds of them. It also allowed me to ...
by FlyAF
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring an Interior Decorator
Replies: 25
Views: 2221

Re: Hiring an Interior Decorator

This is common. Our decorator offered to bill or use our cc. Since we're talking 50+k, I gave her my cc so I could get the points. She never used the card before sending me quotes and explicitly getting my approval for every single purchase and we're talking hundreds of them. It also allowed me to m...
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I take the job in OKC or Orlando?
Replies: 98
Views: 5557

Re: Should I take the job in OKC or Orlando?

Both options are bad IMO.
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good camera system to watch the nanny
Replies: 70
Views: 4418

Re: Good camera system to watch the babysitter

Beyond creepy
by FlyAF
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Frustrated with dentist fees
Replies: 82
Views: 6190

Re: Frustrated with dentist fees

You've literally started the exact same thread before on this website, the only thing different being the dollar amounts. Did you read the responses in your original thread? Did you read your dental insurance policy documents after the last "incident" and this new one? If I was the dentist, I'd clea...
by FlyAF
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Frustrated with dentist fees
Replies: 82
Views: 6190

Re: Frustrated with dentist fees

You're confused with how health insurance works. Before complaining to anyone, I would suggest reading your policy documents so that you're clear on what is and isn't covered going forward. And yes, you owe the dentist the money. The time to figure out if it was or wasn't covered was before you reta...
by FlyAF
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on clothing?
Replies: 38
Views: 2608

Re: How much do you spend on clothing?

An amount that would that would scramble the brains of those that have already commented in this thread I imagine. But we like to look fresh.
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor filming a TV Show
Replies: 71
Views: 3844

Re: Neighbor filming a TV Show

also not that it impacts me, but the neighbor to his right, is an old lady and her grown son, he has had issues with drinking since his father died, but worked on a film crew when he was employed full time, he could at least ask them if they can use him in a capacity to help him out. So now the nei...
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working in a different city
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Working in a different city

We don't have kids, but my spouse works M-F in a city 1500 miles away, commuting via air 3 weeks out of the month (home on weekends). Make no mistake about it, the time away from your family will suck for your entire family and yourself. While an extra 100k sounds like a lot, after taxes and expense...
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?
Replies: 101
Views: 8045

Re: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?

Since we're talking about a 13 y/o car, have it sent to a body shop of your choice and have them pick up the tab. Accidents happen. Love the classy advice to sue. I didn’t say just go and sue them, I said propose a *reasonable* compensation, such as purchasing the car for the pre damaged price, and...
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?
Replies: 101
Views: 8045

Re: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?

Since we're talking about a 13 y/o car, have it sent to a body shop of your choice and have them pick up the tab. Accidents happen.

Love the classy advice to sue.
by FlyAF
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dilemma buying a new house
Replies: 31
Views: 2642

Re: Dilemma buying a new house

I recently bought a new construction and sold the old house after moving. That is the ideal situation IMO if you can afford it as it gives you huge flexibility with when to actually move. Our closing date got pushed 3 times on the new place. That said, there were some givens that made us comfortable...
by FlyAF
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a job offer include details about relocation package?
Replies: 20
Views: 2035

Re: Should a job offer include details about relocation package?

Doesn't sound like you're being offered a relo package.
by FlyAF
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: relocating across country
Replies: 47
Views: 3307

Re: relocating across country

220k is not a typo it is the package. I don't have the details but the language says "intended that you don't make or lose money in the relocation" I live in a HCOL, have a 4700 sq foot house (including my mom's apartment) and we have 3 cars including her car. Well that's awesome. As someone who kn...
by FlyAF
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: relocating across country
Replies: 47
Views: 3307

Re: relocating across country

220k relocation package? We relocate every couple of years all around the country. Even on the company's dime, it's never cost us more than 50k and that is even shipping a couple of collector cars via an expensive private carrier. Does that include your real estate costs including commission paid t...
by FlyAF
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: relocating across country
Replies: 47
Views: 3307

Re: relocating across country

220k relocation package? We relocate every couple of years all around the country. Even on the company's dime, it's never cost us more than 50k and that is even shipping a couple of collector cars via an expensive private carrier.
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying and living in a multi family unit
Replies: 24
Views: 1229

Re: Buying and living in a multi family unit

Thanks everyone for your replies. To give more information about our financial situation: - my income: $70,000/yr (possibility of 15-20k bonus) - wife income $45,000/yr Investments: - across all investment accounts (401k's, Roth IRA's, HSA) we have ~$30,000 Debt: - car loan of ~$10,000 Our annual e...
by FlyAF
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying and living in a multi family unit
Replies: 24
Views: 1229

Re: Buying and living in a multi family unit

With only having 25k for a down payment, you can't afford this house so it is irrelevant if it is a good deal or not.
by FlyAF
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mid-Century Sofa - Quality of Online Brands / Midrange Chains
Replies: 33
Views: 3064

Re: Mid-Century Sofa - Quality of Online Brands / Midrange Chains

Recently bought a sofa from Arhaus which we love if you have one local.
by FlyAF
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reasonable Accommodation Requests?
Replies: 48
Views: 3299

Re: Reasonable Accommodation Requests?

Welcome to the real world that the rest of us live in. :sharebeer
by FlyAF
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home rebuild finance advice
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Home rebuild finance advice

Terrible terrible idea, for reasons already mentioned. OK, got it. Any input on my two questions, maybe less the first one and more the second? 1.5 M on top of what you've already got will make for a great retirement in the time frame that you're looking at. It will not however support the purchase...
by FlyAF
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home rebuild finance advice
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Home rebuild finance advice

Terrible terrible idea, for reasons already mentioned.
by FlyAF
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I see a fee-only financial advisor or keep DIY?
Replies: 20
Views: 1264

Re: Should I see a fee-based financial advisor or keep DIY?

dbr wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:57 pm
This is an area fraught with danger where you should see yourself as a sheep ready for fleecing.
Yep
by FlyAF
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 weeks notice or No Notice ? save 3.5K or Reputation ?
Replies: 135
Views: 11210

Re: 2 weeks notice or No Notice ? save 3.5K or Reputation ?

Networking. I might have only worked directly with say 100 people over 10 years. But all those people have also worked with 100 people. And they are friends with another 100. Pretty easy to say "Hi Bill can you ask your friend Bob what it was like to work with Biff at company Z"? Maybe if you work ...
by FlyAF
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 weeks notice or No Notice ? save 3.5K or Reputation ?
Replies: 135
Views: 11210

Re: 2 weeks notice or No Notice ? save 3.5K or Reputation ?

In the case of the OP (job being outsourced, no notice, no severance), I'd just decide when my last day of work was, walk out, and not return. I wouldn't even tell anybody I wasn't coming back, much less give 2 weeks notice. Eff em, who cares? I mean, look how they're treating you. "Thanks for your ...
by FlyAF
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron for a sick friend?
Replies: 41
Views: 2417

Re: Blue Apron for a sick friend?

We found a personal chef locally for my wife's parents. Her cost was very reasonable. She asked questions about food preferences/restrictions, did all the shopping, showed up once a week, cooked up a storm for 2-3 hours and made tupperware meal buckets for the freezer along with some fresh options ...
by FlyAF
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?
Replies: 39
Views: 2023

Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

The answer to this question is another question. Will you ever be driving it?
by FlyAF
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Tires on BMW X3
Replies: 31
Views: 13260

Re: Replacing Tires on BMW X3

Replacing the horrid runflats was literally the first thing I did, about a month after buying my (demo) 2011 335d. Didn't even consider runflats for the replacement, and run 17" Blizzaks on the stock wheels, and 18" Pilot Super Sport on a set of aftermarket wheels. If I ever have a tire that's so b...
by FlyAF
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bicycles
Replies: 116
Views: 9274

Re: Electric Bicycles

For those with the Juiced CCS, how does this thing come shipped exactly?
by FlyAF
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best drywall Anchors for hanging curtains
Replies: 30
Views: 1991

Re: Best drywall Anchors for hanging curtains

I've found the snap-toggle style drywall anchors to be the strongest for that sort of thing. But you would need to use the bolts that come with them rather than screws so it may not work for your specific application. They are easy to find at Home Depot and Lowes but here they are on Amazon. https:...
by FlyAF
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?
Replies: 99
Views: 11263

Re: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?

I worked at a super duper fancy, chic, trendy restaurant in my early 20's. The type where your local pro sports team athletes take people that they're trying to impress by blowing all of their $$$. Bottles of wine started in the hundreds and went into the tens of thousands. When spending that kind o...
by FlyAF
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?
Replies: 99
Views: 11263

Re: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?

I tip each in the crew $100 up front and ask them to please be careful.
by FlyAF
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?
Replies: 180
Views: 7638

Re: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?

THIS! To go by the quote you seem to live by: At 20: I cared what everyone thought about me | At 40: I didn't give a damn what anyone thought of me | Now that I'm 60: I realize that no one was really thinking about me at all | Winston Churchill That said, as I've mentioned before being rude to othe...
by FlyAF
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?
Replies: 180
Views: 7638

Re: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?

Please don't be the person asking people who paid for their seat assignment to switch when your family all gets center seats.

There are many reasons that I quit flying coach, but this one is definitely pretty high up the list.
by FlyAF
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle idle stop-start when parking
Replies: 54
Views: 3900

Re: Vehicle idle stop-start when parking

Is it possible to shut the car off and then shift it into park or that when you shut it down it will automatically go into park? If you do that it doesn't restart, but goes into ACC mode. So then you have to press the button again to again to have it be off. That was the first alternative I tried. ...
by FlyAF
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diesel Chevy Equinox a good idea?
Replies: 36
Views: 1601

Re: Diesel Chevy Equinox a good idea?

I would test, test and test the seats to save her back. That’s a lot of time in the same position. That would be my suggestion as well. All else would fall well under this one in the list of a priorities. Spending that much time in a car, I want one that is comfortable and fits my body shape, not t...
by FlyAF
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle idle stop-start when parking
Replies: 54
Views: 3900

Re: Vehicle idle stop-start when parking

It's a feature not a bug. Now you get the opportunity to sharpen your reflexes by trying to get it into park before the engine shuts down once stopped. ETA: I hate these systems. My spouses isn't quite that buggy, but I still don't like it and turn it off. Fortunately my car doesn't have this "featu...
by FlyAF
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What makes your dream house so special?
Replies: 41
Views: 3245

Re: What makes your dream house so special?

JoeRetire wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:17 pm
Location.
Yup
by FlyAF
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comcast Grievance - How to get their attention?!
Replies: 43
Views: 3298

Re: Comcast Grievance - How to get their attention?!

Are there any Comcast customers out there that don't have a grievance? :oops:
by FlyAF
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skunks keep coming in our yard!
Replies: 44
Views: 3197

Re: Skunks keep coming in our yard!

I've trapped lots of mammals, including skunks. Here's what I would do. Trap the skunk in the correct size Havahart. Put an old sheet or tarp over the trap before you pick it up. It won't spray once covered, if you treat it gently. Drive at least 10 miles with covered trap, then release skunk. (Rel...