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by blackwhisker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: looking for light weight smart phone
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: looking for light weight smart phone

I have purchased batteries on amazon with good results. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=samsung+alpha+battery&sprefix=Samsung+alpha%2Caps%2C207&crid=2OUQM2S9KK397 The battery replacement looks difficult to me (heat gun required, etc). Many of the c...
by blackwhisker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: looking for light weight smart phone
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: looking for light weight smart phone

Alexa9 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:06 pm
Galaxy A3 is <4oz
Might find a battery on eBay
A3 looks good! but not sure how easy it is to get one. thanks!
by blackwhisker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: looking for light weight smart phone
Replies: 9
Views: 349

looking for light weight smart phone

my samsung galaxy alpha is having battery issues. it only weights 4 oz. i would like to replace it with another light weight smart phone. but most phones i have seen weigh at least 5 oz. can anyone recommend a light weight smart phone? another options is to replace the battery. but samsung no longer...
by blackwhisker
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: long wait time when calling fidelity customer service
Replies: 1
Views: 205

long wait time when calling fidelity customer service

in the last couple of months, i noticed i have to wait a long time (sometimes more than 10 minutes) when calling fidelity. it didn't use to be this bad. anyone else experienced this? in contrast, i don't have this problem when calling vanguard. maybe i should consider to move money from fidelity to ...
by blackwhisker
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Statement & Receipt Clearing - Help!
Replies: 46
Views: 3271

Re: Credit Card Statement & Receipt Clearing - Help!

i once found an error. i was over-charged by a cashier at a bagel shop. once i discovered, they took my credit card again and tried to give me a refund. they told me it went through and gave me the refund receipt. when my credit card statement came 1 month later, the refund wasn't there. then i look...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: corporate tax cut and companies headquartered outside US
Replies: 0
Views: 128

corporate tax cut and companies headquartered outside US

does the new corporate tax cut benefit companies headquartered outside the U.S.? for example, companies like Novartis? if Company A and Company B both make 50% of their profit from U.S. and 50% profit from europe, but company A is headquartered in U.S. and Company B is headquartered in europe, will ...
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 25240

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

1. Starting a ROTH IRA early in my career, but had the money invested in a money market account. 2. Not fully maximizing my 401k when I could have. 3. Sitting on cash during this bull market. 4. Not discovering this site 10 years ago. +1. i really appreciate how open everyone is on this discussion ...
by blackwhisker
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IRA CDs, Ally bank?
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: IRA CDs, Ally bank?

thank you silkMcCue. the rates from achieva look good.
by blackwhisker
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IRA CDs, Ally bank?
Replies: 2
Views: 365

IRA CDs, Ally bank?

I plan to buy CDs in an IRA account. (non brokered cds). is ally bank a good option? are they easy to work with? is is easy to move money from vanguard or fidelity IRA to an Ally IRA account? more importantly, is it easy to move money from an Ally IRA back to fidelity/vanguard? does Ally make it dif...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

So funny, replacing the actuator on my car next week, going to do it myself..$16 part on amazon... https://www.diyautoworksng.com/replacement-of-driver-door-actuator-on-2003-2007-honda-accord/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FA440V0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3SWN4O9HCQG1Y&psc=1 thank you for...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

This is a common Honda issue for cars with auto lock. It is the door actuator mentioned above. Honda uses a plastic part that breaks over time. Costs about $180 to replace. At some point it will go on all your doors and hatch (for SUVs). They continue to replace with the same plastic part so over t...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

I had to replace a couple of door lock actuators on my Acura TSX (first generation, which was just a European Accord) multiple times. That's very likely one of your problems. Between $200-300 to replace it around here, and I guarantee you it'll break again after breaking once. Time to start thinkin...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

the right rear door of my 2005 Accord can only be opened from the outside. One way or the other you need to get this fixed. If you were in an accident then a passenger in the back seat could not get out. Watching a youtube video on how to do this is a good suggestion. Even if you decide not to do t...
by blackwhisker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

stl717 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:52 pm
I would start here: https://www.driveaccord.net/forums/15-7th-generation/
Thank you for the link!
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

I had the door lock actuator issue on my old 05 accord at about 7 years old, was something like 125-150 all in to replace. Never had the window or non opening door things though. That was a great car, got it to 230k miles and 12 years with nothing but the door lock thing, oil, tires, air filters an...
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

wander wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Can you open it with a key? Can you deal with not having ability to unlock door with key fob?
yes i can open it with a key. i think my most urgent issue is the driver side window.
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

Try replacing the battery in the key fob. That could work. Likely, your door lock actuators need replacing. Your right rear door handle does not work. The window motor could be worn out. Older cars require maintnece. Learn how to fix it or find a reasonably priced mechanic who can. Fix as soon as i...
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

mmmodem wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:37 pm
You should include that you already checked the child lock is released on the rear door so people like me won't ask you if you did. :P
thank you mmmodem! i just checked the child lock. it is off. i appreciate the reminder
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

thank you for the reply DorothyB! now i realize driver's side window is a deal breaker for me too...
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

Re: 2005 honda accord door problems

retiring when, thanks for the reply! i didn't realize the front window is that important! i'm going to get the front window fixed soon.
by blackwhisker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2005 honda accord door problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1046

2005 honda accord door problems

the right rear door of my 2005 Accord can only be opened from the outside. i asked a mechanic for a quote to repair. he told me he wouldn't know how much the repair cost would be until he takes it apart. ( i vaguely remember he would charge $100-$150 to takes apart the door). that was almost a year ...
by blackwhisker
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

Pigeon wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:10 am
My favorites from Penzeys are:
Sunny Paris
Sweet Curry
Tsardust
Aleppo Pepper
Mitchell Street Steak Seasoning
Dried shallots
Smoked Paprika
Thank you for sharing the information!
by blackwhisker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasuries - how to buy (not using Treasury Direct)
Replies: 20
Views: 2185

Re: Treasuries - how to buy (not using Treasury Direct)

Thank you Mnd!! This is helpful! I really appreciate the detailed information you provided
by blackwhisker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasuries - how to buy (not using Treasury Direct)
Replies: 20
Views: 2185

Re: Treasuries - how to buy (not using Treasury Direct)

Thank you for sharing your experience Dia. Inspired by your posting, I was trying to purchase one month treasury bill. But I can't figure out how to do it from Vanguard's website after I click the "auction " option. It shows 1 month treasury bill has an auction open date of August 27, 2018. The "sel...
by blackwhisker
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone battery pack, cancer warning?
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: Cell phone battery pack, cancer warning?

Thanks everyone! Yes I agree it's not easy to live in California :)
by blackwhisker
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone battery pack, cancer warning?
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Cell phone battery pack, cancer warning?

I bought a five dollar battery pack from target. I just noticed on the back of the package it says "cancer warning". And something about p65. Do most cell phone battery pack have this issue? Or just the cheap ones? A few months ago, I also got a cancer warning on the water tube (for icemaker ) that ...
by blackwhisker
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

Thank you! I just looked up it turns out korintje cinnamon is also toxic
by blackwhisker
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity eliminated $50 IRA closeout fee
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

Re: Fidelity eliminated $50 IRA closeout fee

Thank you for sharing tfb!
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: soccer practice next to highway during rush hour
Replies: 8
Views: 963

soccer practice next to highway during rush hour

my kid might join a soccer team. one of the teams practices twice a week 5pm-7pm next to a busy highway. the traffic on the highway is heavy around that time. it moves around 30mph. i think it is about 100 yards(or 150 yards) between the highway and the soccer field. we have "spare the air day" here...
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

bosocal wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:37 am

Yes I have both Fidelity and Vanguard accounts and yes some of Fidelity's managed accounts are higher, for the most part their index funds and Ishare etf(which are traded without a fee), have very low fee structures.
Best of luck!

thank you bosocal
by blackwhisker
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unclaimed property
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: Unclaimed property

thank you!
by blackwhisker
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

Fidelity also offers many zero fee ETF's if that is something that interests you. thank you. i will take another look. in general, i am not super motivated to research fidelity funds or efts. i always think i am getting a bad deal (expense ratio) at fidelity than vanguard. but it is probably my bia...
by blackwhisker
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

thank you everyone for the info!
by blackwhisker
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: Best spices

Bogle7 wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:14 am
Savory Spice Shoppe
https://www.savoryspiceshop.com
I buy and have bought all my spices from store #1 fo 10+ years.
thanks for the recommendation! i just looked at the site. can't believe they ground in weekly batches. wish there was one store in my area. i might have to order online
by blackwhisker
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

Strummer wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:37 am
I can recommend Whole Spice in Napa, Calif. They sell online as well as at a retail store there.
https://wholespice.com/
i just looked at the wholespice.com web site. the best sellers section looks so good! thanks!
by blackwhisker
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

thank you thank you everyone for all the great suggestions! i can't wait to try them all. and thanks for the explanation about mccormick stock information. rgs92, about paprika, i bought simply organic smoked paprika. it tastes okay to me. but i am not a paprika connoisseur. i only use it in my jamb...
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

btw, i bought the giant bottle of california garlic powder from costco. it is good. but my giant bottle of costco black pepper doesn't seem that good. is it because my taste buds are getting too old?
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

Dottie57,
i think i mis-understood your message. did you mean the cinnamon from costco is good? if so, i will try it
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

thanks for the suggestion Dottie57! i will definitely try it. i just bought 365 organic korintje cinnamon this week. i was not too impressed. i am sure pensey's has better cinnamon.
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

thanks daveydoo. i will try the giant cinnamon from Costco next time.
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

KlangFool,
thanks for the great suggestion! yes i will try! i read some indian people grind their own fresh spices with a coffee bean grinder. that sounds really good.
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

thank you thank you Dottie57! it looks good. there is a store about 15 minutes from me. i will go soon. thanks for the valuable info!
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6393

are mccormick gourmet spices better

hello,

are mccormick gourmet spices better than the regular mccormick spices? how about compare with simply organic? or 365 brand?

i enjoy finding good spices to cook. but i am also curious why mccormick stock has gone up so much recently.

thanks.
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

thanks for the info! i am looking forward to seeing what happens in august. it sounds like the $2/trade might only be for people with a lot of money at vanguard. but hopefully they will cut the trading cost for everyone else too.
by blackwhisker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

thank you everyone for taking the time to reply!

Jack FFR1846, it is helpful to know schwab also charges $4.95. thanks

stocknoob4111, robinhood sounds good. thanks. i just went to their web site. i got a "server error" message. not sure why...
by blackwhisker
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

stock trading fee at fidelity and vanguard

hello, i was recently surprised to find out stock trading fee is $4.95 at fidelity. i was paying $7 per trade at vanguard. before this discovery, i had planned to transfer my IRA money at fidelity to vanguard. now i am not sure. i don't place that many trades. maybe 2-3 trades/month. but it still ad...
by blackwhisker
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k rollover and backdoor roth
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: 401k rollover and backdoor roth

thanks everyone! yes it is a 401k from a previous employer.

alwaysWannaLearn,
thanks for asking and explaining. my 401k is pre-tax. this is good to know in case i make any after-tax contribution in the future.