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by audioaxes
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy house without agent
Replies: 28
Views: 2323

Re: Buy house without agent

I purchased my current home with no sellers agent with a FSBO listing where the owner was a real estate agent. It was our third home purchase at the time so I had some experience to refer back to and also took a number of hours researching online to make sure everything we were doing was typical. Pr...
by audioaxes
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many of you have cut the cord?
Replies: 244
Views: 27795

Re: How many of you have cut the cord?

is there a service yet that you can pay a low monthly or on demand fee to stream sports events on national networks, espn, and local networks in full HD?
If I can do this Im cancelling my cable without hesitation.
by audioaxes
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I Risking My Life to Sell My Car?
Replies: 37
Views: 4666

Re: Am I Risking My Life to Sell My Car?

slowly drive to the nearest used tire shop and have them throw on one for under $40 out the door.
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?
Replies: 48
Views: 3223

Re: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?

my best run has been with my current 2012 Camry that I bought used at about 35K miles. Its almost pushing close to 200k miles after 5 years and had absolutely 0 repair jobs to it besides the regular maintenance stuff like oil changes and brakes. It still drives like new and worry free... I have not ...
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Additional charges for kids in Las Vegas hotels
Replies: 25
Views: 2699

Re: Additional charges for kids in Las Vegas hotels

The hotels may say this but its not really enforced at all. Just book your room with 2 adults. I have 3 kids, I take my kids right to the front counter (including vegas hotels) and all to check into my 2 adult room booking and never had a problem at all. In fact the check in rep will often try to ma...
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or Murano 2018 ..
Replies: 36
Views: 2359

Re: Highlander or Murano 2018 ..

seen too many nightmare experiences from others around me with their Nissans, most namely Altimas and Pathfinders for me to ever go near one until they prove themselves with many years of solid dependability
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas

adventure dome is at circus circus not TI you can look into myvegas for a comp night each for you and your wife at a MGM resort. Simply win enough points playing the free facebook or mobile games and redeem those points for a comp room. You can check the myvegas comp room calendars to see if any res...
by audioaxes
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on getting a cheap new flooring
Replies: 21
Views: 1924

Re: Advise on getting a cheap new flooring

if you are doing vinyl I'd consider jumping on youtube and determining if you think you can do the install yourself and save even more money. Its not too hard at all. I find floor and decor cheaper that home depot and lowes in general. Check the clearance sections of all 3. See if you are near a hom...
by audioaxes
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing machine/dryer shopping
Replies: 38
Views: 2860

Re: Washing machine/dryer shopping

get a used kenmore elite direct drive washer and dryer at a fraction of the price of those fancy pants washers and dryers that have a fraction of the durability of the old school kenmore elites
by audioaxes
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas
Replies: 32
Views: 2276

Re: Treasure Island or Bally's in Las Vegas

Ballys is a more central location to get explore the strip with walkable access to both the north and south sections of the strip. Even with a car (I always drive into Vegas) I still find it very convenient to be near center strip and now that so many places are charging to park I dont hop around by...
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sweetner for Tea
Replies: 25
Views: 1256

Re: Sweetner for Tea

I use plain sugar for iced sweet tea which is my go to drink when I want something sweet to drink. For my hot cups of tea I sip at work no sugar at all or maybe a small amount of sugar.
by audioaxes
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Shelving?
Replies: 31
Views: 3413

Re: Garage Shelving?

What I did was put on some slickdeal alerts and just wait for the right deal to come up. I got some 5 tier standing shelves and overhead shelves at dirt cheap prices doing this. You will probably get some very good deals come through around Black Friday.
by audioaxes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit
Replies: 25
Views: 2967

Re: unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit

What could the OP have done differently to have avoided the problem? I believe there are many fine such folks, by the nature of the business, that are faced with cash flow challenges. Maybe (?) the OP could have purchased the needed material, but that might only work for some kinds of supplies/mate...
by audioaxes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 138
Views: 10878

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

One option that may be worth considering is moving further inland to a lower cost area. There are some pretty nice suburbs where you get alot more bang for buck on your home and avoid much of the big city congestion during the work/school week if you can get a good job within the same vicinity. I li...
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 138
Views: 10878

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

San Diego is a good place to live, but because of that lots of people want to live there and do. It is expensive and crowded. Traffic can be really bad. Don't move unless you will be able to afford the cost of living to do all of those wonderful acitivies that San Diego offers. Otherwise, you would...
by audioaxes
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit
Replies: 25
Views: 2967

unlicensed repair guy possibly spent our material deposit

This is in California. Getting some flooring done in my house. We gave the craigslist tier repair guy $2000 for some material upfront. In hindsight yes very foolish but this guy had done several other jobs for us in the past so we let our guard down. We did make an ad hoc receipt that he signed plus...
by audioaxes
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Wifi extender thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2921

Re: Another Wifi extender thread

i used to be cheap and never wanted to spend more than 50 on a router. Took the splurge on a Orbi and love it. Only regret is not purchasing something like this sooner.
by audioaxes
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4359

Re: Ventilated car seats?

cooling seats are a god send for me. I stay hot and sweat very easily while living in a region that often gets triple digit summer days. Even with AC on max its not going to cool down the heat retained between my body and a hot car seat anytime soon. Cooling seats resolves this.
by audioaxes
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 25537

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Not the most expensive mistake but as a fresh college kid I had a flat with no spare for my 300zx. Towed to nearest tire shop who I allowed them to upsell me on new tires for all 4. Now as a pretty frugal guy who exhuastively checks that im getting a good deal I kick myself for just blindly buying t...
by audioaxes
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime - Value?
Replies: 89
Views: 7588

Re: Amazon Prime - Value?

the biggest value i see in prime is being able to buy stuff with free shipping without having to hit that ever increasing minimum spend amount. I usually dont care if something comes in 2 days vs 3-4 days and often opt for the no rush shipping.
by audioaxes
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to "waste" money on groceries?
Replies: 109
Views: 9753

Re: How to "waste" money on groceries?

snack food is a very easy way to burn through money. I can buy $100 of bulk snacks at costco such as jerky, nuts, etc and it will quickly disappear from the pantry.
by audioaxes
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - expired registration
Replies: 31
Views: 1869

Re: Selling old car - expired registration

I passed a smog test before by resetting engine codes, driving around for like a hour and then doing the test.
by audioaxes
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy white, athletic fit dress shirt?
Replies: 52
Views: 3315

Re: Where to buy white, athletic fit dress shirt?

Athletic fit? I didn't know that was a thing. Had to google it. Yup. It's a thing. But also... a humble brag? LOL. Anyway. I wouldn't know. I like to stay active but I like to eat too. To me, a six pack is something you drink. And.. I haven't worn a white dress shirt since I retired in 2007. :twist...
by audioaxes
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: San Diego - where to stay, what to do with 6 year old
Replies: 30
Views: 2221

Re: San Diego - where to stay, what to do with 6 year old

If you want to save money, skip the premium on the downtown and/or Marina hotels. Downtown San Diego is a nice but relatively small area that you can knockout exploring in a day. It is an convenient location to be in if you plan on enjoying the nightlife in downtown while still being walking distanc...
by audioaxes
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Teachers Who Have Net Worth of $1 million +
Replies: 105
Views: 13838

Re: Teachers Who Have Net Worth of $1 million +

in my kids school district in SoCal teachers make over 100K along with what looks like 25K extra when working summer school. This is in a relatively low cost area compared to OC,LA, San Diego. Add in another spouse pulling in some decent income and it would not be hard to hit 1MM.
by audioaxes
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?
Replies: 89
Views: 5923

Re: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?

We recently hired a math/stats major in our IT dept. The new hire was great at Excel/Pivot tables etc, and is learning Power BI, SQL, and some SSIS, SSAS. IMO big data is where it's at. You need excellent Excel skills, (it's use as a front end), Python is great, some R is all good. Also Power BI/Ta...
by audioaxes
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?
Replies: 89
Views: 5923

Re: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?

has he considered becoming a math teacher?
by audioaxes
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 67
Views: 6973

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

fruit of loom boxer briefs is just fine for me. Really like the cool tech ones... light weight breathable, do not ride up at all or imprint into skin. I've been tempted to try those super fancy brands just to see what the fuss is all about but the idea of paying that huge premium for just one pair s...
by audioaxes
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: withdraw home insurance claim
Replies: 3
Views: 296

withdraw home insurance claim

I did a claim on my insurance due to shower leaking which will require a complete demo. The subset of repairs and total cost of what the insurance is saying they will cover is pretty much a drop in the bucket. If I withdraw my claim will this insurance claim still count against me as far as possible...
by audioaxes
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Terminating an employee with company car
Replies: 62
Views: 6241

Re: Terminating an employee with company car

Let the employee use the car to drive home, clean out personal stuff and then arrange a convenient time to pick the car up tomorrow. Build a bridge to a good relationship for the future. seems like a perfect opportunity for that fired employee to slam the breaks hard to cause a rear ending accident...
by audioaxes
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time taking kids to airport..
Replies: 28
Views: 2446

Re: First time taking kids to airport..

groupon always has deals on airport parking atleast in LA. I always park because I hate having to wait on others to pick me up
by audioaxes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6905

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

cleaners like LA's totally awesome degresser $2 bags of avocados mushrooms packaged strawberries packages of mini peppers candy paint rollers batteries greeting cards sandwich bags paper cups/plates plastic utensils always lurking to swoop up on occasional name brand stuff at deep discount. Off the ...
by audioaxes
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gated communities pros and cons? (Atlanta or anywhere.)
Replies: 67
Views: 4561

Re: Gated communities pros and cons? (Atlanta or anywhere.)

I dont know the stats but I feel very safe in our gated community with 24/7 security patrol in cars. Even my wife who is overzealous with stuff like this has gotten laxed on making sure we always are arming our home security system since moving here. But another big reason why we feel safe is becaus...
by audioaxes
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Camrys - Hybrid vs regular?
Replies: 25
Views: 1755

Re: Older Camrys - Hybrid vs regular?

are any hybrid cars designed to simply bypass the battery once it dies?
by audioaxes
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi router
Replies: 46
Views: 4303

Re: WiFi router

I love my Orbi, I think its well worth the price compared to trying to hack up your own APs around the house with how it will seamlessly hand off your connection to a better satellite as you move about your house with your mobile device.
by audioaxes
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sams club - new member
Replies: 22
Views: 1798

sams club - new member

Got my first ever Sams Club membership the other day. Incase you havent seen theres groupon deal that makes it practically free if you factor in the value of the gift cards and free items. I planned to get my membership set up after work and take a look but wont have time to really scan through ever...
by audioaxes
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Day 2018
Replies: 88
Views: 10626

Re: Amazon Prime Day 2018

you would think Amazon's vast resources they would be much more prepared to handle the massive traffic for the deals they had planned out. So much bugginess and lame "limited quantity" deals that sold out before many had a chance to get in. You missed deals? I had to refresh a bunch and thought I m...
by audioaxes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Day 2018
Replies: 88
Views: 10626

Re: Amazon Prime Day 2018

you would think Amazon's vast resources they would be much more prepared to handle the massive traffic for the deals they had planned out. So much bugginess and lame "limited quantity" deals that sold out before many had a chance to get in.
by audioaxes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 433
Views: 57426

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2012 camry bought used from Hertz in 2013. 170K miles still going strong and I dog this car out with how hard I push it. Outside of common maintenance (oil change, brakes, tires, etc) it has not had a single repair yet.
by audioaxes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay $120 for a 5 year dishwasher warranty?
Replies: 61
Views: 3238

Re: Would you pay $120 for a 5 year dishwasher warranty?

never. Id roll the dice assuming a dishwasher can make it 5 years without a major issue. And then worst case theres solid dishwashers for around $500
by audioaxes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 10392

Re: Why own a bed?

I find the further away from the floor the better for my nasal passages. Sleeping right on the floor im guaranteed to wake up with a stuff nose. Definitely not the only reason I have a proper bed though.
by audioaxes
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on IT Certification program
Replies: 93
Views: 4629

Re: Advice on IT Certification program

*Any* Bachelor's degree, even unrelated to IT/CS, is enough to get past many/most HR screening. I'm quite cynical, but I believe undergrad degree for an IT career is worthless and obsolete and much is learned both from self-study and from on-the-job experience and training. The biggest hurdle is ge...
by audioaxes
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile
Replies: 19
Views: 2390

Re: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile

never seen tile floors where a steam mop and spot scrubbing stubborn spots with basic cleaner spray didnt do the trick. Dirty grout is beast in itself though.
by audioaxes
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: That Extravagant Thing You Do
Replies: 307
Views: 53859

Re: That Extravagant Thing You Do

my wife is obsessed with home decor.... we spent a pretty penny jazzing up our home into a modern "hollywood chic" style with mostly aesthetic stuff since we got it a year ago... wainscoting, crown molding, marble floors, glass french doors, staircase, furniture, decoration etc... totally unnecessar...
by audioaxes
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on IT Certification program
Replies: 93
Views: 4629

Re: Advice on IT Certification program

I run a large engineering team. Frankly, I don't actually think these certificates are worth very much in and of themselves. Much of IT/Computer Technology is driven from the ground up. Before you spend a lot of time on coursework have your child build a network. If they can do that I guarantee tha...
by audioaxes
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping at non sit down places
Replies: 94
Views: 8739

Re: Tipping at non sit down places

sometimes a $1 or round up, especially at a place where the person at the front counter has to do more than just throw my stuff in a bag and hand it to me. If im using a coupon/groupon I try to always tip $1. If Im ordering out at a sit down place, I'll tip about 10%. That said I hate those casual t...
by audioaxes
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on IT Certification program
Replies: 93
Views: 4629

Re: Advice on IT Certification program

From my experience in the IT field many network guys do not have CS degrees. Also at my job there have been a number of promotions from helpdesk level personnel to entry level network analyst. I do think there is a big challenge to just get your foot in the door as a entry level helpdesk tech as the...
by audioaxes
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?
Replies: 86
Views: 5054

Re: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?

Bluetooth and backup camera were "must have" features when we were shopping for a used SUV some years back.

Other features that I would look for in a new car now are:
seats with ventilated cooling
multi-zone AC
blindspot indicator
by audioaxes
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tip
Replies: 87
Views: 6017

Re: How to tip

18+% pre-tax. A pet peeve of mine is when restaurants suggested tips are calculated with post-tax amounts.
by audioaxes
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I close this Credit Card?
Replies: 17
Views: 2059

Re: Should I close this Credit Card?

not only would I not close it, I would keep it active by putting a small purchase on it atleast once a year to keep it active. Seems like that is one of your oldest cards so that card is probably have a very positive impact on your credit. Dont want to close it and have it eventually fall off. If a ...