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by Barefootgirl
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable chargers for electronic devices
Replies: 35
Views: 1787

Re: portable chargers for electronic devices

I noticed that one of the Anker power banks suggested in this thread for laptops indicates it uses a USB-C connection. My Chromebook uses USB-C connections, but my Macbook (from 2013) still uses the standard USB connection. Does anyone know if there might be any issues with using an adapter with the...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early Childhood Learning Programs for grades 1-2
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Early Childhood Learning Programs for grades 1-2

I am interested in software or reasonably priced website learning subscriptions for a 6 soon to be 7 years old who loves to learn. Math, reading and educational games are her favorites. Programs for the truly gifted are not appropriate at this point, but she is bright, testing slightly above grade l...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 166
Views: 16832

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

Coming up on three years and it's hard to think about a time when I would get up every day and go sacrifice so much of my life. Enchantment is when you're lost in your favorite non-fiction business book at your favorite cafe, glancing up every now and then to stare at the beauty of the drizzle and ...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to retire in Florida?
Replies: 165
Views: 27926

Re: Where to retire in Florida?

So any luck finding the kind of community we were communicating about a few years ago in FL, BFG? Artsy, walkable, at least somewhat affordable, at least somewhat youthful , friendly, "Bohemian"? Somewhat. I have a bunch of artsy, creative musician friends in the vicinity of Sarasota south to Ospre...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: A " Bond Tent" During the "Retirement Red Zone?"
Replies: 59
Views: 5710

Re: A " Bond Tent" During the "Retirement Red Zone?"

Of all the info in the links, this comment stands out for me: (from the Wfau and Kitces article) Accordingly, for those households looking to maximize their level of sustainable retirement income, and/or to reduce the potential magnitude of any shortfalls in adverse scenarios, portfolios that start ...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable chargers for electronic devices
Replies: 35
Views: 1787

Re: portable chargers for electronic devices

After getting caught yesterday unexpectedly out with a dead iPhone in a place where I needed to make a call, I decided I need to carry one of this. I'll admit up front this might be a stupid question - but how do you charge the charger? in other words, when the portable charge is out of juice - do y...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unusual Will/Probate Situation
Replies: 16
Views: 1312

Unusual Will/Probate Situation

My former sister-in-law's mother recently passed away. She comes from a family with colorful histories. I am still close with her. Her mother left no will. She had assets in the form of a home, some rural land that she sold timber from, some stocks, some jewelry. She also left behind some debts - cr...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online source for Eastern European/Russian Foods
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Online source for Eastern European/Russian Foods

I'm helping a friend plan a birthday party for her boyfriend. He's lived in this country for a long time, but misses certain foods he grew up with - canned cod livers, fish roe, lox, etc. He once mentioned knowing of an online store where these could be bought, but she has not found one. She doesn't...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 315
Views: 23140

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

got paid for my side gig as a restaurant reviewer - for doing something I need to do anyway: eat.

I get paid to eat food that I did not have to buy, prepare or clean up from....and I enjoyed the meal.

I call that a win, win, win.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook vs Windows 10?
Replies: 56
Views: 3887

Re: Chromebook vs Windows 10?

Chromebooks take a completely different approach. The "system" is the Internet. The apps are on the web and the storage is in the cloud. The system doesn't slow down, because all the crap you might "install" do not drag down the performance. Stuff doesn't stop working, because the "version" you run...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets after reaching retirement?
Replies: 42
Views: 4644

Re: Regrets after reaching retirement?

I watch this from time to time:

https://youtu.be/qHnIJeE3LAI
by Barefootgirl
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berkey filter systems - care of the Berkey black filter
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Berkey filter systems - care of the Berkey black filter

I'm somewhat inconsistent in my use of the Berkey since I travel, so sometimes I travel and it goes "dry". I've read you can put it in the fridge but not the freezer. Are you concerned about the black filter accumulating mold or unhealthy bacteria? I rinse it on the outside and wipe it down (as well...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2391
Views: 441557

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I've never been able to use a CC to purchase a VGC at any Walmart, but I guess you could always try. My strategy for the past few months has involved just trying to make sure I am earning max $ or points per dollar spent. Reduced card churning and MS opportunities has changed the game for me....focu...
by Barefootgirl
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?
Replies: 134
Views: 10344

Re: Bogleheads you would most like to meet and why?

I'd enjoy meeting them all, so many points for interesting and enlightening discussion.

I admit to wondering whether the guy with the Lemonhead avatar actually has an extremely pointy nose.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple Notebook/laptop
Replies: 58
Views: 3553

Re: Simple Notebook/laptop

Thank you all. Use will be limited to web surfing, email, Facebook, looking up the news... lol.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple Notebook/laptop
Replies: 58
Views: 3553

Simple Notebook/laptop

Please recommend a simple, easy to use, reliable laptop or notebook computer (with attached keyboard preferably) for my elderly Mom.

Simplest is best. Good price would be nice too. Thank you.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 20410

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

In my long-ago professional life, I felt there was a loose correlation between people who went out to eat every single day and people who turned white after the surprise appearance of the corporate overlord representative and subsequent "all hands meeting" that ended most of my high-tech jobs. I su...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 20410

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

Lots to think about here - random thoughts (1) Eating and food choices have become fetishized and consumerized to the point of ridiculousness in this culture. Seems as if every food item has it's own fans and detractors, yikes, just give it up and gravitate toward foods that come packaged as close t...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 14269

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

Do people along the coast ever "safe" rooms inside their homes?
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much sooner could you retire with NO property taxes?
Replies: 116
Views: 8123

Re: How much sooner could you retire with NO property taxes?

Absolutely true. One reason property taxes are so high in NY is that in NY (unlike other states), counties have to pay a big share of Medicaid costs. Medicaid is the biggest line item in my county's budget and that has to be taken into account in setting property taxes. In other states, the nonfede...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 11188

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

In February of 2003, I bought a treadmill for home use from a company called Pacemaster. Have used the thing every day since then unless I'm away from home (which is no more than three weeks a year), and my wife uses it four times a week. The thing is still running perfectly after 14+ years. Unfort...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 11188

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

Some already mentioned - Trader Joes Oxo Nespresso MZ Wallace Laduree La Roche Posay I would like to have shoe brands to be loyal to, but I am finding they are changing manufacturers unexpectedly and quality is slipping - fast. I just noticed about half of the brands on my list are not even American...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: long distance tutoring using technology
Replies: 11
Views: 763

long distance tutoring using technology

A young niece in the family is having a challenge in elementary school and it's related to an area I can help her with. The only technology she uses (she is 7!) is an iPad. Can anyone suggest a medium where we can share a screen together and by using a voice feature (by phone if necessary) I can tut...
by Barefootgirl
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Adjusting AA as retirement nears
Replies: 64
Views: 7477

Re: Adjusting AA as retirement nears

Thank you all so much. There is a wealth (yes, pun) of feedback here, with additional links and source information that I have begun to look into. Some of the additional details - I am eligible to receive two pensions, which together should provide about 30% of estimated retirement income needed for...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine pairing
Replies: 8
Views: 981

Wine pairing

So, for her birthday, my mom wants me to do a wine & chocolate pairing party for her. I don't know where to start. None of us are crazy about ice wines or really sweet wines, but we do enjoy big jammy juicy wines with lots of berry & cherry notes.

Any suggestions?
by Barefootgirl
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 30
Views: 3557

Re: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

A confounding factor for me is that I inherited slightly wider than average feet from my father. This means that whenever I want to buy sandals, I am more likely to find a good fit with flip flops than other sandal styles where the straps run horizontal across the mid-foot. This sometimes ends up in...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Adjusting AA as retirement nears
Replies: 64
Views: 7477

Adjusting AA as retirement nears

I'm planning to retire mid-2019, a little less than 2 years from now. I will be 58 at that time. My current AA is 50/50. I'm feeling like I need to shift my AA more conservatively - having some market fears at this point. Could be as easy as just making adjustments to go to 60/40 or 70/30...just loo...
by Barefootgirl
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail
Replies: 29
Views: 3444

Re: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail

Thanks, we eat steak probably five times or less during a year, so was looking for a few to put in the freezer for convenience. The price for quality is offset by the cheaper food we eat the rest of the time (big fans of salads and soups) That Wagyu looks amazing, I'd be afraid of cooking it the wro...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 12034

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

My grandparents retired in their 60s. My grandfather passed at age 93. My grandmother is still alive. I may be one of the few people around who's preparing for early retirement so I can spend more time with my grandmother, among other reasons. They outlived their savings about 10 years ago and began...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frozen steaks ordered through the mail
Replies: 29
Views: 3444

Frozen steaks ordered through the mail

We like the idea of individually portioned, frozen, good quality steaks. We tried Omaha Steaks, not crazy about them.

Other suggestions? appreciated.
by Barefootgirl
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chinese leather goods sold on Amazon
Replies: 0
Views: 446

Chinese leather goods sold on Amazon

I suppose it was just a matter of time. Through searching for American name brand leather purses and shoes, Amazon sends suggestions for other brands - brands I had not heard of - based on the price and description, I ordered, knowing I could return them. I have been surprised - although the fit and...
by Barefootgirl
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 12034

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

yes, my former husband - he plans to die with mouse in hand.

I suppose it's because work is his identity, he works for himself and he may not want his heirs to know about his debts.
by Barefootgirl
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One -- Again!
Replies: 59
Views: 11903

Re: Capital One -- Again!

4 words: I miss Chevy Chase SB.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creating Multiple Streams of Income
Replies: 12
Views: 2286

Re: Creating Multiple Streams of Income

this little bit of self-employed earned income allows me to deduct health insurance premiums
I've never considered this - interesting.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pay Per View Movies
Replies: 6
Views: 995

Pay Per View Movies

I do not watch enough movies at home to make a subscription service worthwhile, even at $10/month or whatever they charge. But, I would like to call a movie up from time to time. I have done that with Amazon streaming, can be pricey depending. What other pay per view services exist with a decent var...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money do you want to retire?
Replies: 276
Views: 27849

Re: A poll: How much money do you want to retire?

I have enough to meet my expenses now. I just don't have the health care piece nailed down - need 1.5 years.

Until that piece falls into the puzzle, the rest remains a puzzle.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else have trouble spending?
Replies: 91
Views: 6856

Re: Anyone else have trouble spending?

I'm guessing that you were hoping to hear that your spending anxiety is not about buying a vehicle.

If I'm right, then I agree - it has nothing to do with a vehicle purchase. It is something else.
by Barefootgirl
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire early, live abroad until 65 and come back
Replies: 72
Views: 9137

Re: Retire early, live abroad until 65 and come back

You just buy international health insurance. It doesn't cost six figures every year. It would cost $5,780 a year with a $1,000 deductible to get complete coverage.
Do you have a link for this?
by Barefootgirl
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 7126

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

the long run
lately, I find myself trying to determine how long the long run is.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retire early, live abroad until 65 and come back
Replies: 72
Views: 9137

Re: Retire early, live abroad until 65 and come back

This is not really unusual is it? In the area where I live, many people from other countries come to the U.S., obtain residency status - earn & save/accrue a boatload of $$$, then return to their home countries and live out their remaining years as kings and queens of the neighborhood. I would think...
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 7126

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

I don't know anybody who goes to a casino to lose money.
The ads on TV all show happy winners...
According to my relatives, they only win and never lose lol.

Then I ask them how those casinos manage to stay in business lol.

The conversation never gets very far, if you catch my drift.
by Barefootgirl
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000
Replies: 49
Views: 7126

Re: The Rise From 7,000 to 22,000

It doesn't seem so extreme if you think of it as 14,000-22,000 from 2007-2017.
+ 1


Measuring from a starting point of 2009 reminds me of my relatives when they return from the casino - they only talk about their winnings, never their losses
by Barefootgirl
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing Education and Mansplaining
Replies: 128
Views: 9767

Re: Investing Education and Mansplaining

If I had a dollar for every time in my life that a man has talked over me, interrupted me or assumed he knew me more than me, (this also goes for the women in my presence at the time) I'd be retired a long time ago. It's what men (generally speaking) do. It does get old. The only advice I can offer ...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside Pittsburgh short trip ideas
Replies: 36
Views: 2643

Re: Outside Pittsburgh short trip ideas

The mistake on the lake!
but the heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland.
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upcoming Marriott Stay
Replies: 13
Views: 1914

Re: Upcoming Marriott Stay

To be fair, $200/night in a nice hotel in a downtown metropolitan area seems like a pretty good rate. Plus, as a gold member I would think you should have access to whatever "executive" room they have that probably includes free breakfast and other snacks during the day which can be a pretty big mo...
by Barefootgirl
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What am I missing here? [I'm a bachelor]
Replies: 51
Views: 3913

Re: What am I missing here? [I'm a bachelor]

I'm not sure it's as much propaganda as it is the natural outcome of a capital based economy. For each single home unit sold, particularly stand alone units, the potential exists for lots of add ons - a set of dishes, furniture, lawn implements, appliances, etc. When people live in cooperative units...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upcoming Marriott Stay
Replies: 13
Views: 1914

Upcoming Marriott Stay

There's a Marriott I'd like to stay at in downtown Pittsburgh for an upcoming event - according to the site, it's about $200 per night and I am woefully short on the necessary Marriott points to book a rewards stay. Any other programs I could transfer from - or - any suggestions for getting better r...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch to federal job?
Replies: 80
Views: 8766

Re: Switch to federal job?

No, I am in a special classification where we are paid "well below market" so they keep us at our higher pay table unless the locality pay is actually above our special pay table (which only happens in San Jose and for the GS-13 and GS-14 levels). That appears to give you considerable flexibility i...
by Barefootgirl
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch to federal job?
Replies: 80
Views: 8766

Re: Switch to federal job?

Slacker,
Work from home anywhere in the CONUS
Since compensation is locality based, do they adjust your pay rate if you decide to move? I guess they know where you are by your mailing address.