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by brandy
Mon May 11, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scams that make me laugh -- what are you favorites?
Replies: 105
Views: 13870

Re:

Biggest rip offs: chiropractors, acupuncturists, and any other sort of naturopathic "doctor." I've had spine problems most of my life--I'm in the high risk group now... Out of line spine causes numerous problems. For me, that often meant problems with breathing. Having my spine pushed back into pla...
by brandy
Sun May 10, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scams that make me laugh -- what are you favorites?
Replies: 105
Views: 13870

Re:

:D[/quote] DO WHAT YOUR TOLD PLEBEIAN < .GOV IS ONLY HERE TO HELP! ....Hide your dog. :lol: Yeah, OT again, Scams......that car over there sir is mine. Im out of gas, could you lend me a 20.00? ( car the huckster is pointing at is yours) So you play,.....Of course "sir". Walk to the car, get in and ...
by brandy
Sun May 10, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hospice care - room and board
Replies: 33
Views: 2589

Re: Hospice care - room and board

Dottie,
My sympathy for you in this time of loss.
((((((gentle hugs))))))
by brandy
Sat May 09, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.
Replies: 80
Views: 5330

Re: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.

State and local governments and charity/volunteer programs, may offer free or low cost help for some things such as Adult day care Adult health care Home delivered meals Meals at a senior center A home health aide Housekeeping Personal care Respite care Transportation A visiting nurse There is possi...
by brandy
Sat May 09, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.
Replies: 80
Views: 5330

Re: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.

"...In home care has a lot of other expenses: getting to and from medical facilities, cleaning, property maintenance, food. Surprisingly to me, the post office now takes their mail to the front door even though we have our mailboxes on the street." If someone is disabled and can't get to the mailbox...
by brandy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [recommend a basic] refrigerator
Replies: 22
Views: 1719

Re: [recommend a basic] refrigerator

I am a costco member, NO LG was the first note I wrote because of what I had learned here--maybe that thread. My height space is limited to 67.5" tall... I'm still looking. My present machine is an Amana, and I wish I could get the same model, I do like this one. Good to know about the Frigidaire an...
by brandy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.
Replies: 80
Views: 5330

Re: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.

I think I've read governments etc are more open to and advocating, home care. They offer help from local government via various programs and information resources. Today I got an email from a previous county rep with info: Initiatives to be operated by the AAA/ADRCs thru this grant opportunity inclu...
by brandy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.
Replies: 80
Views: 5330

Re: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.

One woman I knew had a bedridden parent in Ohio--2000 miles away. She removed all items of value from the house, had a company set up a surveillance system to moniter the parent and activities in the house, and hired a company to provide care. It started as four hour care, then was adjusted as neede...
by brandy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.
Replies: 80
Views: 5330

Re: COVID-19 has revealed the stark deficiencies in long-term care facilities regardless of ratings.

My own health situation---totally, permanently disabled by fumes, gases, smokes from chemicals including personal care and household---puts long term care facilities off limits for me. Even a hospital stay with pinesol etc is impossible. Any one or all body systems can be/are affected by chemicals--...
by brandy
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [recommend a basic] refrigerator
Replies: 22
Views: 1719

[recommend a basic] refrigerator

It appears I may have to replace my old amana refrigerator/freezer. I want a simple machine: no icemaker, no coldwater faucet, nothing through the door, etc, Not connected to the internet, don't want it to talk to me or light up when someone's in the room... One refrigerator door, one freezer door. ...
by brandy
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scented Candle recommendations?
Replies: 14
Views: 728

Re: Scented Candle recommendations?

google toxins in candles for some interesting reading...

and this: https://ourlittleplace.com/multiple-che ... -your-life
by brandy
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

A different kind of mask: I have severe COPD. I cannot breathe with a regular mask, even a scarf tied loosely covering nose and mouth quickly just about cuts off my ability to breathe. I need to see the doc, still need to have my swamp cooler turned on, and still need to pick up groceries, just to a...
by brandy
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier
Replies: 23
Views: 1232

Re: Air Purifier

The IQ air health pro plus is the best portable unit, I used to be a dealer/ installer for their whole house air cleaner ( the Perfect 16) and I had to buy a particle counter to verify that the system was making the air 10 times cleaner which it always did. When I would test the health pro plus the...
by brandy
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it cheaper to ship to/from a UPS/Fedex access point?
Replies: 9
Views: 717

Re: Is it cheaper to ship to/from a UPS/Fedex access point?

Not sure if this is appropriate here: Several years ago I had a mailing tube to send from here to Aus. Upon advise I took it to the UPS store that I had been doing business with for a while. The Charge would be (IIRC) about $90. The owner suggested I go to the USPS, she thought it might be a bit les...
by brandy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT High Risk and medical appointments
Replies: 13
Views: 722

AT High Risk and medical appointments

What are you folks who are in the high risk groups doing re medicals? I am, and need (really should have hands on med help 1-3 times a month). Haven't seen the doc since just before this all started, and my body is in need. Not yet life/death, but problems arise and get more severe. What are you doi...
by brandy
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida HOA complaining of Weeds in Lawn
Replies: 101
Views: 8744

Re: Florida HOA complaining of Weeds in Lawn

Re dandelions: Make dandelion wine. If there's not enough flowers, water them and hope for more! :beer I think last Monday I decided to buy wildflower seed for part of my gravel covered front and side areas. Keeping it weed free, or even "not too bad" is really difficult, and I can't afford a servic...
by brandy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal quarantine habits to keep
Replies: 87
Views: 8242

Re: Frugal quarantine habits to keep

I've always lived pretty frugally (and isolated due to MCS/EI) , but still made this little change: Got the cloth kitchen towels from storage to use instead of so many paper towels--started the paper towels when I joined Costco several years ago. I managed to reduce (a little) TP and kleenex use. On...
by brandy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal quarantine habits to keep
Replies: 87
Views: 8242

Re: Frugal quarantine habits to keep

Rob54keep wrote:
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:33 am
Also now doing the post office online and having them pickup packages from my front door. No need to go to the post office.
How do you pay for it? Where do you get the postage? Do you attach a check?
by brandy
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home
Replies: 30
Views: 2543

Re: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home

jabberwockOG has a good suggestion. Here's some reading for you, too, maybe esp the second link: http://www.builderswebsource.com/techbriefs/drainage.htm http://www.easydigging.com/Drainage/foundation_downspout.html Previous owner of my home added dirt around the perimeter of the yard, essentially p...
by brandy
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: spin mops
Replies: 4
Views: 433

spin mops

I'm thinking of buying a spin mop. :happy
Does anyone here have one? Use would be ceramic tile floors and concrete floors.
Apparently (one brand) can be used for windows, tubs, and vehicles, too.
It's just time for a new mop.

Do you like yours? Do you use it? How long have you had it?
Thanks.
by brandy
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15591

Re: So what are you cooking

I think I have what I need to make 2 casseroles (except maybe mushrooms): zucchini lasagna, and pizza toppings. (If not, I'll cook the meat and freeze it for when I do. That's what I hope to do today and tomorrow. When cooled, they get portioned and frozen, giving enough meals for a few weeks. May a...
by brandy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55588

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

A toilet clogging story: Several days ago at the hospital where my wife is an ER nurse, some imbecile flushed wipes down the toilet in a regular patient room... even though toilet paper was available. ... .. but, they're not flushable and a lot of people are unaware of that. Even though they say "f...
by brandy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I suppose this is still "preparing": Last week I put together an ~60 item list ($235) and picked it up today. I did not get everything,only ~ $185 Due to my very high risk situation, my last two orders were large, hoping to get SOME items. And, again due to my situation (of course :oops: )I decided ...
by brandy
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

saw this this morning: Wash Post: By Abha Bhattarai April 6, 2020 at 1:06 p.m. MDT Major supermarket chains are beginning to report their first coronavirus-related employee deaths, leading to store closures and increasing anxiety among grocery workers as the pandemic intensifies across the country. ...
by brandy
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: viability of activated charcoal?
Replies: 1
Views: 349

viability of activated charcoal?

My air cleaner has a recommended filter replacement time of 5 years. It is an activated charcoal filter. The air cleaner had very little use in that 5 years, is the filter likely to be deteriorated to a great degree? (NOW, 2020, it is 8 years beyond it’s birth date) Does it lose it’s efficacy from j...
by brandy
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I've recently purchased canned foods- items I used to eat years ago. Canned veggies and beans, soups, fruit etc, since fresh is not easily available (last time I ordered), and even dry stuff rice, etc flies off the shelves. I have to use pick-up or delivery. Because of my situation, I realized from ...
by brandy
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GOOD RX...What Is It?
Replies: 37
Views: 2848

Re: GOOD RX...What Is It?

Does using these coupons affect your health insurance? Will my ability to use my insurance to get drugs be compromised or eliminated?
by brandy
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 328
Views: 23647

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

Instacart IS expensive. For Costco, my experience was an added about $3 per item. Then they want a tip ($10 plus) onto the bill. I didn't add a tip to the bill, I did tip the driver. I won't use instacart again unless necessary. A friend dropped a few things yesterday (mon 30) to my porch. I'm in hi...
by brandy
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: stove with timed turn-off?
Replies: 13
Views: 829

Re: stove with timed turn-off?

I use a microwave to heat things, including water for beverages, soups, left-overs, etc. I looked into an induction hotplate a couple of years ago, but apparently it makes a LOT of noise, so didn't get one. Is that true? Even on the video, it sounds noisy then they turned it off... ARE they noisy? I...
by brandy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: stove with timed turn-off?
Replies: 13
Views: 829

stove with timed turn-off?

Kitchen fires are a major cause of house destruction.
Are there any stoves that have a timer on at least one burner--preferably a small one--so it can be set to either minutes or even hours an then turns itself off?
by brandy
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?
Replies: 56
Views: 3744

Re: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?

Tucson AZ I’m in the very high risk group: ...I will put this order in again and hope, but I also can't/don't want to drive to the store every day...Take care everyone. I understand your concerns. I am high risk myself, and am the sole caregiver for another high risk person. We will continue to nee...
by brandy
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1474
Views: 169689

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Went to pick-up another order, this one from walmart because I didn't get meat Monday from Kroger's. Didn't get meat this time either, but did get the rest of the vegetables, and I changed my mind and now can make vegetable soup, instead of the meatball soup I had planned to make...I did get about e...
by brandy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: CD to savings account?
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: CD to savings account?

If this is the wrong place to ask, I trust it will be moved to the correct forum. Based on my not knowing, not understanding money and supply chains, and recent news reports, can we expect that grocery prices will go up sky high? Grocers here, as in other places, have low inventory, and they are ge...
by brandy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: CD to savings account?
Replies: 4
Views: 383

CD to savings account?

If this is the wrong place to ask, I trust it will be moved to the correct forum. Based on my not knowing, not understanding money and supply chains, and recent news reports, can we expect that grocery prices will go up sky high? I have a CD maturing soon, and was planning to roll it over, but would...
by brandy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it time to get rid of my 16 year old car?
Replies: 28
Views: 2162

Re: Is it time to get rid of my 16 year old car?

I'm still driving my 29 year old car (1991 Honda Civic) as my daily driver. A 2004 Acura would be a spaceship to me Had to laugh! My Chevy Astrovan is 1995, with about 75K on it. You have me beat, except probably in miles. It still runs very well, I've kept it in as good shape as I can, regular mai...
by brandy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?
Replies: 56
Views: 3744

Re: Have you been personally affected by supply chain problems?

Tucson AZ I’m in the very high risk group: old, immune system compromised, severe COPD, with multiple chemical sensitivity, injured spine. I haven’t been able to go into stores since last fall. For the last few years I have tried to keep an emergency supply of basics, because getting out was/is diff...
by brandy
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Resources for kids
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: Learning Resources for kids

If you can get either book, Math, a way of thinking, or, MATH THEIR WAY, for yourself to work with your children, I strongly recommend whichever is for your kids' age group. I think Math their way is for K-2, and Math, a way of thinking for is for 3-6. These books are for the adult to use, not the c...
by brandy
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle no longer supported?
Replies: 10
Views: 1258

Re: Kindle no longer supported?

A few days ago I got 2 books from the local library, had them delivered to my paperwhite. My first Kindle --I don't know how long I've had it--maybe 10-12 years. I've kept it plugged in, and just now opened it, and downloaded those two books onto it. So mine works, as the other poster suggested, may...
by brandy
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

In my area we have peapod. It is very convenient. Drive up to a peapod parking place, phone the store, someone loads groceries into your back seat in 5-10 minutes. Or they will deliver to your house. There's a four hour wait between placing an order online and pickup time. Instacart here works with...
by brandy
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads Equivalent for Legal Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: Bogleheads Equivalent for Legal Advice

https://www.expertlaw.com/forums/forum.php

I haven't been there for a while, I see it's still active. A few of the responders were on another law forum years ago until it was closed.

If your question has to do anything with real estate, check out BIGGERPOCKETS.COM
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: coronavirus vs air filter
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: coronavirus vs air filter

My understanding is that unless someone coughs on you, the spread is by physical contact, with the person, or with something that they coughed on. Sadly, an air filter isn’t much help for that. Thanks for the reminder. Yes, that's what I've heard/read, too. I just forgot. :oops: I self isolate, due...
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: coronavirus vs air filter
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: coronavirus vs air filter

If the virus is in your home, you're likely infected irrespective of if your filter does remove the airborne contaminant. There IS that. I planned to get a new filter for it in the fall--Oct or Nov, but thought if it would help, I'd get it now, instead. From the link above: “The filter itself is .3...
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Agree, but also hope they got your notes: I think It's a federal offence to put anything in a mailbox. Learn something new every day. Thanks for letting me know! In our neighborhood the mail often gets misdelivered because of similar street names. We all have an agreement to just put the mail in th...
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: coronavirus vs air filter
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: coronavirus vs air filter

:happy :oops: :P :happy :wink: :oops:
Thanks!
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please
Replies: 104
Views: 7146

Re: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please

Re Green Valley: There are open pit mines nearby: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/42555/open-pit-mines-southern-arizona https://www.gvnews.com/news/the-case-is-closed-but-residents-still-smell-stench-near/article_79c05572-bf29-11e6-afc4-3b41febc0005.html from that article: Though the mine h...
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: coronavirus vs air filter
Replies: 10
Views: 803

coronavirus vs air filter

The manufacturer of my air filter says it “Removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.” Wikipedia article authors say “The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses”. Wi...
by brandy
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 129032

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Agree, but also hope they got your notes: I think It's a federal offence to put anything in a mailbox.
by brandy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to just find a house online and buy it directly from the listing realtor?
Replies: 33
Views: 3032

Re: How to just find a house online and buy it directly from the listing realtor?

Consider going to biggerpockets.com and spending a few days reading there. It's a dedicated real estate site and by just reading, you'll learn a lot. The members discuss many aspects of buying/selling/renting, what to look for, everything you could want to know. And if you don't see YOUR answers, si...
by brandy
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?
Replies: 102
Views: 7582

Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

Keeping my brain active. :happy About 50 years ago I was given a pretty complete art outfit: wood floor easel, oil paints, acrylics, brushes, canvases, oil pastels, charcoal, papers, etc. I still have a lot of them. I've used the supplies off and on over the years, and out of pocket added to them. I...
by brandy
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: posture corrector/brace
Replies: 8
Views: 892

posture corrector/brace

Anybody have any experience with the Back And Shoulder Brace (as seen on tv) or elsewhere? I'm considering getting one. No, I don't expect miracles, but my back could use some help. The posture corrector--it has to be adjustable, of course. What make and model, pros and cons, please.