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by G12
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best thing you have ever bought?
Replies: 151
Views: 12907

Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

3 Doberman Pinschers and 2 Bully mixes, all rescues, all 5 have been outstanding, 2 have traveled with me over 70K miles 10 years of super high quality craft beer Primo Oval XL bought new in 2007, still going strong 3-season deck added to the house 10+ years ago was definitely worth the cost Some pr...
by G12
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone had their house repiped?
Replies: 32
Views: 3476

Re: Anyone had their house repiped?

Copper can be susceptible to pinhole leaks due to water chemistry. Yes, we had to replace roughly a 10 foot span leading from the hot water heater about a year ago. House was built in 1986, all copper, but this span was put in place 10 years ago during a remodel. The plumber said they had seen a ve...
by G12
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Refrigerator/Freezer lack of service saga
Replies: 39
Views: 2835

Re: LG Refrigerator/Freezer lack of service saga

Things have likely changed, but I bought an LG french door/bottom freezer with ice maker and LG high efficiency dishwasher 9+ years ago and have only had to have the ice maker repaired once about a year ago?? I do have a surge protector for the fridge, as we experience frequent power spikes and shor...
by G12
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 142
Views: 11449

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Jags4186 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:45 pm
https://www.talentigelato.com/

You’ll never go back.
I'll be real, when this company started up near me the product was out of this world, then private equity, etc. It is still good, but not what it was originally.
by G12
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: retiring abroad with savings worth 200k...
Replies: 101
Views: 15438

Re: retiring abroad with savings worth 200k...

and spend your evenings drinking beer with friends in a bars instead of wasting away in rural america We don't have bars or friends or beer in "rural america"? :) And I'd rather be watching the sunset over a lake with my beer and my friends instead of stuck inside some smoke-filled dark European ba...
by G12
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying expensive TVs online
Replies: 54
Views: 4131

Re: Buying expensive TVs online

What are others experience or thoughts with buying an expensive TV online? Of course I could wait until Black Friday sales in 2 months but I doubt they will be as good as this price. Thanks for your responses. Since you are a Costco member I suggest checking online with them as sometimes they will ...
by G12
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Verge of Retiring, Portfolio Analysis Help
Replies: 46
Views: 4564

Re: Verge of Retiring, Portfolio Analysis Help

Feeling pretty stupid, but, just one question about the income of $300k from selling the rental property: are those proceeds added to income taxes or separate under capital gains taxes, or isn't there a difference? (Trying to decide if we should push for a sale this year, 2019, or next year, 2020 t...
by G12
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Dog Car?
Replies: 70
Views: 4733

Re: Best Dog Car?

OP, not sure what your "large" dogs scale is, when I think large it is over 65 lbs. Being that you are mentioning the Alltrack, and had a Subaru, you may not be wanting a F-150 crew cab, nor have room in your garage. Take a look at the Honda Passport, it is a replacement for the Element, and comes i...
by G12
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $2k repairs on $12K car
Replies: 81
Views: 5386

Re: $2k repairs on $12K car

Brake fluid definitely needs replacing if it has never been changed/flushed. Like most have said it looks like deferred maintenance and well worth doing if you are keeping the vehicle a few or more years.
by G12
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much house can we afford?
Replies: 15
Views: 1245

Re: How much house can we afford?

Good point about the home equity line. I hadn't thought of that as an option. I am actually a bit unfamiliar with it. Is it basically the same thing as the option to take out a mortgage but with lower/no closing costs but higher interest rates? It would be an open credit line up to "X" % of the equ...
by G12
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much house can we afford?
Replies: 15
Views: 1245

Re: How much house can we afford?

My thoughts are similar to Watty's. You can swing it. Might want to consider selling some of your taxable total stock market this year, and some next year to hopefully minimize tax impact when your wife is off work. If you put more cash down upfront you can always get a home equity line and have a s...
by G12
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone on sale for $599.99
Replies: 52
Views: 4198

Re: New iPhone on sale for $599.99

Not very exciting. Die-hard Apple fans will buy it no matter what just because it's new, however. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apples-new-iphones-are-overpriced-and-behind-the-times-2019-09-13 The long wait is over. Apple introduced its 2019 line of smartphones Tuesday, and pre-orders have now...
by G12
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?
Replies: 39
Views: 2122

Re: Mustang...GT or Ecoboost?

I'm strongly leaning towards buying my wife a Mustang for Christmas. She had a beat up 80s Mustang when we first met, and it's still the only model of car she's every mentioned. I'm going to buy a lightly used version ('17-'19 model year). The question is, GT or not? On one hand, I say "why wouldn'...
by G12
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Things you should know about minimum volatility investing
Replies: 68
Views: 7446

Re: Things you should know about minimum volatility investing

Thanks for your comments. We are looking at the same thing from different angles. I am not saying Low Volatility is a bad strategy, just saying the timing isn't the best right now. My expectation is that the premium will persist over very long time periods. Markets are dynamic, it could be that thi...
by G12
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HDHP Dropped by Health Care Organization
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: HDHP Dropped by Health Care Organization

Again, it is all about the organizations objectives and ultimate plan design. In our case, the actuarial value of the HDHP is actually higher than the old traditional plan which means the new HDHP plan will actually pay more of the total plan costs than the old plan. With our company's plan design,...
by G12
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX) - should I continue to hold or sell it?
Replies: 18
Views: 1512

Re: Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX) - should I continue to hold or sell it?

With my luck, the moment I sell, the stock will come roaring back. Look at the headwinds the global O&G industry has faced back to 2014, and the poor sector return vs the broad market, maybe it's time to invest more?? I still own multiple O&G holdings, all but one are well in the green/black and th...
by G12
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are pet-proof carpets worth the extra $$ ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1024

Re: Are pet-proof carpets worth the extra $$ ?

We expect to be in the house permanently. Or at LEAST for as long as the next batch of carpeting is going to last. As for what percentage of the price is the pet proofing? It's impossible to really figure out. Perhaps 10%? The pet proof feature is really only on the higher priced line to begin with...
by G12
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX) - should I continue to hold or sell it?
Replies: 18
Views: 1512

Re: Vanguard Energy Fund (VGENX) - should I continue to hold or sell it?

Why did you buy VGENX at that time? The energy sector is very volatile, that may or may not change in the future, but I doubt it will. 2008, a barrel of oil was close to $190, what is it now? This is one sector I would never espouse the commonly heard mantra "invest when you have cash available". I ...
by G12
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HDHP Dropped by Health Care Organization
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: HDHP Dropped by Health Care Organization

I work for a large health care organization that went through a merger. One of the changes that occurred to the benefits was that the High Deductible Health Plan was dropped. Executive leaders used the explanation that the amount of the deductible was too high and was deterring employees from getti...
by G12
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Pre Retirement Portfolio Review
Replies: 25
Views: 3291

Re: Pre Retirement Portfolio Review

no one posts chuck akre's actual results and two decade plus history of management , fbr focus/akrex, before they all rush to say sell his fund? Above average returns with less than average volatility while tax efficient. Portfolio Initial Balance Final Balance CAGR Stdev Best Year Worst Year Max. ...
by G12
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I and EE bonds
Replies: 17
Views: 2270

Re: I and EE bonds

From direct experience, especially if one has then current income or income producing assets at the time EE's mature, my advice is to pay the accrued interest on the bonds annually or you will end up with potential high tax cost when the bonds mature or you liquidate them at the 20-year mark. They m...
by G12
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aliens have captured my husband [wants to buy a Porsche]
Replies: 138
Views: 11369

Re: Aliens have captured my husband [wants to buy a Porsche]

For goodness’s sake he’s 74. If the check won’t bounce and your expenses are covered, let him do what he wants. Same goes for you. Yeah, I agree. My dad got a new V8 Mustang convertible when he was in his late 50's early 60's and enjoyed it. More recently he had bought a 300 series BMW hardtop conv...
by G12
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue to maintain older car or buy something newer?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: Continue to maintain older car or buy something newer?

My 2004 C230 Mercedes is currently due for break pads and rotors replacement, there is also a small oil leak. Total cost to replace breaks and fix the leak is $1100. The car has 120K miles on it and I can't decide if I should put that money into it at this point or look for something newer, maybe a...
by G12
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Qualcomm Quick Charger,
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Qualcomm Quick Charger,

I have had great experiences with Anker products, just make sure what you choose has the QualCom spec. Had no problem with the 6' cords, some are very heavy duty. One of the 3.0 wall chargers is smaller design with "foldable" electrical prongs so they aren't sticking out in your travel bag, have use...
by G12
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Single Greatest Predictor of Future Stock Market Returns
Replies: 84
Views: 17912

Re: The Single Greatest Predictor of Future Stock Market Returns

However, we do know that the U.S. stock market has enjoyed a 6.6% real return (8.0% nominal) during the last 200-years However, as you often remind us, past performance is not indicative of future performance, right? Nor can we buy past returns...I don't need a written beat down yet higher yielding...
by G12
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles
Replies: 40
Views: 3227

Re: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles

I almost never use the buttons and was surprised yesterday when neither key would open the trunk or lock the doors. What kind of battery life would you expect when not even using the electronic features? I replace ours about every 18 months, but they get a good deal of use and don't want to have an...
by G12
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dogs and homeowners insurance company
Replies: 86
Views: 5677

Re: Dogs and homeowners insurance company

Even well trained dogs bite. People make mistakes, and dogs make mistakes. Any time one reduces bite inhibition through genetics or training, one increases the possibility of bites. A chihuahua bite is nasty, but a Rottweiler bite could be fatal. The stats on dog bites are grim. Here is a website w...
by G12
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dogs and homeowners insurance company
Replies: 86
Views: 5677

Re: Dogs and homeowners insurance company

So we had our insurance agent out to the house to look over coverages and be sure we are all on the same place with rising costs, ect. Really had not done this in a few years. Our agent remarked that insurance companies are getting very wary of dogs on the property. Certain breeds will either raise...
by G12
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me live off my retirement funds
Replies: 24
Views: 4486

Re: Help me live off my retirement funds

azanon wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:16 pm

By far, the biggest enemy of the 3-fund, is the 1 fund. Justifying the complexity is pretty hard to do.
I Lol'd :shock: :mrgreen: :beer

OP, part of it is do you intend to keep each slice 33.33% or let them fluctuate. Others have already given you input on withdrawals.
by G12
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: No A/C in Office [not a safe work environment]
Replies: 86
Views: 8600

Re: No A/C in Office [not a safe work environment]

So, assuming your boss is a semi-reasonable human: "We have some really important deadlines to hit, and the lack of A/C makes it hard to get work done due to a health condition. Would it be alright if I worked from home for a couple of days, to make sure we hit our deadlines? I'll be available via ...
by G12
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Using Site From Smartphone Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: Using Site From Smartphone Question

dm200 wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:06 pm
For this, turning phone to landscape did nothing.

Some apps change wieh the phone is turned and some do not.
Check your phone settings to see whether the feature is on or off, just like on a tablet. Mine is "enabled" and is a significant difference in displayed area.
by G12
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Using Site From Smartphone Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: Using Site From Smartphone Question

If you are looking at your phone in "portrait" position try turning it to horizontal "landscape" position, should be able to see it. Or you may have font size enlarged crowding the screen, etc. I use Opera and Chrome with no issues on Galaxy S8, much better display in landscape mode.
by G12
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???
Replies: 86
Views: 6254

Re: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???

How about a used 2016-18 Acura RDX? It's last gen with a 6 cyl engine that doesn't suffer from the oil dilution issues of the newer 4 cyl direct-injection RDX and CRV. The Advanced trim has similar safety features (BSM, rear cross traffic, auto cruise, lane keeping, CMBS) of the current Honda CRV. ...
by G12
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 8241

Re: Buying a Smoker

Have used a Primo XL ceramic grill/smoker since July 2007 and it is still producing superior smoked meat. It has been extremely durable, has a firebox divider where one can easily keep the lump coals/wood for indirect smoking, etc. Anything from fish to pizza. I have cooked a tremendous amount of fo...
by G12
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling a rental property - taxes
Replies: 41
Views: 2487

Re: Selling a rental property - taxes

Maybe you should have the prior 2 years of personal tax filings recast to take the depreciation. Also, ask CPA or whomever, as you might be able to deduct the full $14.8k of repairs, but don't know if painting will qualify. I knew for sure about the depreciation recapture coming up. It would be wort...
by G12
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Americans believe they need $1.7 million, on average, to retire
Replies: 284
Views: 30899

Re: Americans believe they need $1.7 million, on average, to retire

The survey scale is whacked, jumps from 250k increments to 1 - 3M in one step, quite a leap. I turned 56 last month and my wife will be 55 in November. She works 4 days a week and is considered full time, and I "retired" just before hitting 48. I think "X" number is going to be different for many, s...
by G12
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is anyone else worried about tech becoming too big/overvalued?
Replies: 54
Views: 4900

Re: Is anyone else worried about tech becoming too big/overvalued?

You won't find me disagreeing that the top 5, 10, 25, 50 companies in terms of market cap rotate, come and go, etc... over the years. I was just pointing out how profitable the top 25 companies are, and how much free cash flow those particular 6 companies ( Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Googl...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019
Replies: 84
Views: 6147

Re: Single cup coffee/espresso options, 2019

I have the right answer to this :happy We bought the Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker 2 years ago for $159. Makes really good cappucino/lattes and expressos and has been fool proof. We use it on a daily basis. We considered all the fancy Italian-style/named brands that were much more expens...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4897
Views: 1266817

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

John Wick 3, thought it was the worst of the 3. Well, other than the Malinois and JW's Pittie. Rocketman - saw this with my wife. I enjoy most of EJ's music, have seen him in concert 2x, yet I didn't really enjoy the "fantasy" aspects of the movie. My wife liked it much more than me. As a comparison...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Good times: 2008 vs Now
Replies: 145
Views: 15899

Re: Good times: 2008 vs Now

I find myself being skeptical and cynical but I have to remind myself that I'm basing that on a limited past experience that was an extreme. Someone who's 29 isn't that much younger than me but we've already had very different experiences growing up from 2009-2014 vs. 2014-now. Especially, when I h...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing in Multiple Streams of Income? (NOT get rich quick)
Replies: 129
Views: 13027

Re: Investing in Multiple Streams of Income? (NOT get rich quick)

Thanks for all the replies! Just to be clear... It seems like most people here do NOT invest money into developing extra streams of income. And I'm not referring to savings/investments for retirement. I'm talking about now, during your working years, having income from a source other than your sala...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: PIMIX, income, cash, interest rates?
Replies: 65
Views: 9098

Re: PIMIX, income, cash, interest rates?

I wish PIMIX had closed to new investors instead of raising the fees. It's only 15% of my fixed income which is more heavily geared to investment grade T's, TIPS, CD's, and some cash. And a long term holding in BCOIX. If I had a very high equity allocation and a significant portfolio don't know that...
by G12
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta
Replies: 82
Views: 7398

Re: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta

Georgia. Very easy decision. Much higher quality life there. Opposite thought here. Atlanta has become gridlocked and stifling. Vancouver WA sounds terrific. Different strokes. Yeah, my wife and I have lived in ATL since 1989 and we are bolting in April or May, 2020. No viable medium to longer term...
by G12
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Utilities - worth another look?
Replies: 113
Views: 10546

Re: Utilities - worth another look?

OP, I have almost 5x the utility sector exposure to the US market of 3%. Very long term holder of VPU, have huge (for a utility) embedded LT gain in WEC, plus D and DUK. I owned SO for a long time but their ineptitude with the new nuke build out got old quickly with me so sold while I still had sign...
by G12
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to avoid high vet bills?
Replies: 110
Views: 7583

Re: How to avoid high vet bills?

Quit taking the dog to the vet. I wish. He has to stay up to date with rabies in order to keep his dog license. And this visit was follow up from his Lyme disease. Spacing out our trips after this Isn't rabies every 3 years? And a follow up for lyme? Was the dog sick? First rabies shot is good for ...
by G12
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?
Replies: 71
Views: 6562

Re: Are you a member of nextdoor.com? Any concerns registering your info?

I don't visit it daily, but last week alone local law enforcement posted of a multi-car fiery crash with fatality blocking a 4-lane heavily trafficked road just before afternoon heavy traffic ensued, and posted when it had cleared. Also saw a city-wide water disruption with boil advisory first on ne...
by G12
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for light beer.
Replies: 41
Views: 3241

Re: Recommendation for light beer.

I am trying to keep carbs low in my diet due to slightly elevated blood sugar at last physical. Unfortunately this means avoiding beer which I really enjoy. I’ve tried a few light beers and its feels like I’m drinking seltzer water. Not much into wines. Does anyone here have a brand that has a full...
by G12
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 40+% increase in auto policy (GEICO) - normal?
Replies: 74
Views: 5287

Re: 40+% increase in auto policy (GEICO) - normal?

This is year 5 with Encompass and we have had very minor increases for combined house/2 autos/umbrella. No accidents, we have two dogs, and high coverage limits with $1k deductibles, no accidents/speeding tix, living in GA. There are odd little blips that can occur on one's insurance score or credit...
by G12
Thu May 30, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Splitting fence cost with neighbor
Replies: 53
Views: 5175

Re: Splitting fence cost with neighbor

This is an interesting post as our neighbor, who we share a common fence line on the long part of each of our yards, sold her house 3-weeks ago and that run should be replaced. I'm betting the newcomers when asked would like me to pay for it, but it was initially neighbor's fence that the prior owne...