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by magazinewriter
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to watch baseball playoffs without cable
Replies: 31
Views: 1851

Re: How to watch baseball playoffs without cable

blevine wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:07 am
I use hulu live and plan to watch baseball playoffs.
Another vote for Hulu Live. I used the service this past February to watch the Winter Olympics on NBCSN and cancelled it when they were over.
by magazinewriter
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short Term Health Insurance regulation changes - good for age 62 retirement?
Replies: 82
Views: 4139

Re: Short Term Health Insurance regulation changes - good for age 62 retirement?

Good luck if you go that route. I’d be afraid that my policy would not be renewed if I got sick.

If you feel that you can’t afford the ACA premiums, maybe take another look at whether you are ready to retire. Might be better to stick with your company policy.
by magazinewriter
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions and experiences with Verizon Prepaid?
Replies: 14
Views: 1052

Re: Opinions and experiences with Verizon Prepaid?

I switched a month ago to the $40 plan and so far, so good. My main reason for switching was to get a plan I could use while traveling internationally. It is $10/day for each day you use it so to me not cheap but worth a try. A friend who just returned from the UK, however, said data was super slow ...
by magazinewriter
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7610

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

It’s been years, but I was charged with reckless driving in Northern Virginia for backing up the shoulder lane on I-66. Yes, I was young and stupid. I went to court and there were public defenders wandering around advising people. He told me to plead “guilty with an explanation” and I did. Judge red...
by magazinewriter
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soap for hand washing dishes
Replies: 40
Views: 2224

Re: Soap for hand washing dishes

I use Dawn. Original formula. If it works for animals covered in oil from oil spills, it is fine for me. Totally agree. Our local seabird rescue uses it and I think it works well for my dishes. Last year I got a bottle of “upscale” dish liquid made by Caldrea with a lovely scent. But I didn’t like ...
by magazinewriter
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel
Replies: 56
Views: 3817

Re: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel

Luggage choices really depend on how/where/how-often you travel. A good upgrade choice IMO is Eagle Creek over the budget offerings. Several of their lines have the "No Matter What Warranty", read more here - https://www.eaglecreek.com/warranty I've had to use the warranty only once - on stitching ...
by magazinewriter
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?
Replies: 32
Views: 2704

Re: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?

OK good. $20 saved. Thanks all.
by magazinewriter
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?
Replies: 32
Views: 2704

Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?

I haven’t traveled internationally in years. But I’m going to England in a few weeks. Is it best to lock checked luggage or leave it unlocked? A good friend who flies internationally several times a year said leave suitcases unlocked. But I saw a mention of TSA approved locks and found these on Amaz...
by magazinewriter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites
Replies: 84
Views: 6746

Re: "Dollar Tree Store" favorites

Gift bags and greeting cards.

Don’t buy batteries at Dollar Tree.
by magazinewriter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 weeks in Australia
Replies: 21
Views: 1267

Re: 3 weeks in Australia

Since you are into hiking and the Great Ocean Road, here’s a three-day guided Great Ocean Road hiking tour. My friends, a couple in their mid-60s recently did this as part of their three-week Australia trip. They are both very fit but it was strenuous for them. It sounded like it was gorgeous. https...
by magazinewriter
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold in caulk of shower
Replies: 21
Views: 2223

Re: Mold in caulk of shower

Pick up a set of inexpensive caulk removal and spread tools. Remove caulk, clean area good, then wipe with rubbing alcohol. After that dries, place painters tape about 3/16 away on each side of joint. Caulk and spread with tool or wet finger. After 5 min, peel tape away. Let dry 24hrs. Use a kitche...
by magazinewriter
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A few MOOC gripes
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

Re: A few MOOC gripes

I took some classes on Coursera a few years ago when it was totally free and loved them. Then I audited a Coursera class and was so disappointed that the answers to the quizzes were only available to paid participants. Mostly now I use FutureLearn which is a UK-based MOOC. I’ve found the classes the...
by magazinewriter
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS publishes draft 2018 1040 - Huge changes made
Replies: 156
Views: 17174

Re: IRS publishes draft 2018 1040 - Huge changes made

Glockenspiel wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:29 pm
Such a PR stunt. There's no reason to truly try to fit it on a postcard-sized sheet of paper. "Look! We made taxes far more simple!" In reality, taxes are still just as complicated as they were before.
+1
by magazinewriter
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 345
Views: 34817

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

Journalist. Sadly I must say stay away. I loved it, getting paid to learn something new every day. Mostly I worked in business journalism, interviewing CEOs, reading 10Ks and learning about various industries. But print is almost dead and digital pays nothing. Plus, of course, journalists now rank b...
by magazinewriter
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 345
Views: 34817

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

I am just a grunt worker in a warehouse, driving a forklift. aka an averagedude. Averagedude. There is no such thing as being "just a grunt worker". Our good world would not exist without "grunts". You are our muscle, blood and backbone and brains who has served. Congratulations for being here and ...
by magazinewriter
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much (green) cash at home for emergency ?
Replies: 169
Views: 15385

Re: How much (green) cash at home for emergency ?

In Florida, it's best to have 8 or 10 red (or yellow) five-gallon containers of fuel for your car at home. When times get tough, merely having lots of cash won't help in this department... The other thing I learned last year during Irma is that it is good to have a number of $1 and $5 bills for the...
by magazinewriter
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance
Replies: 79
Views: 6221

Re: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance

I inherited my mother’s house (value $250k at most) six months ago and have slowly been decluttering/cleaning it. I was HAPPY to pay the $1,600 insurance cost (Florida a few miles from the Gulf) just for the liability and peace of mind. I have my own paid-for house and pay a similar insurance cost. ...
by magazinewriter
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 6 hour layover on Heathrow
Replies: 54
Views: 5244

Re: 6 hour layover on Heathrow

livesoft wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Speed things up by having a car service pick you up at the airport and take you directly to Windsor Castle.
+1 Windsor is right next door to Heathrow.
by magazinewriter
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Report(mini) - Barge and Bike trip - Middle Rhine - Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Trip Report(mini) - Barge and Bike trip - Middle Rhine - Germany

This sounds like fun. Do you have a link to the barge company?
by magazinewriter
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Edge versus Chrome
Replies: 27
Views: 1892

Re: Microsoft Edge versus Chrome

Personally I don’t like Microsoft Edge. I downloaded Chrome when I bought my most recent laptop, about two years ago, and I never use Edge.
by magazinewriter
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Changing Address in Social Security
Replies: 21
Views: 2432

Re: Changing Address in Social Security

Can she speak on the telephone? Years ago my mom in Florida was handling my Nevada uncle’s money for him. (He was a compulsive gambler.) She was not his guardian, just did this informally. Somehow his SS address got switched to Florida and the only way we could get it changed back was to have him c...
by magazinewriter
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Changing Address in Social Security
Replies: 21
Views: 2432

Re: Changing Address in Social Security

Can she speak on the telephone? Years ago my mom in Florida was handling my Nevada uncle’s money for him. (He was a compulsive gambler.) She was not his guardian, just did this informally. Somehow his SS address got switched to Florida and the only way we could get it changed back was to have him ca...
by magazinewriter
Mon May 28, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial plan review for a widowed mother
Replies: 18
Views: 1966

Re: Financial plan review for a widowed mother

I don’t think you need to plan for a new or leased car every 2-3 years. I’d say more like every 6-7 years since she drives so little. Maybe when she gets the settlement money buy a new Honda Accord Toyota Camry or something similar. What kind of car does she drive now? I’m 63 and have similar drivin...
by magazinewriter
Sun May 20, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birmingham AL and Gainesville FL (?)
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: Birmingham AL and Gainesville FL (?)

I’ve also lived in Gainesville (UF undergrad and grad) and love it. BUT summers are brutal, much worse than the Florida coastal area where I live now.
by magazinewriter
Sun May 13, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

BigFoot48 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 8:16 am
Just finished the 8-part "Safe" UK series. Well acted, interesting missing person/crime drama.
I just watched the first episode last night. Looks good.
by magazinewriter
Tue May 08, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

bubbadog wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 8:02 pm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was really good!
Loved it. It’s on Amazon Prime. We should have season 2 soon.
by magazinewriter
Tue May 08, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Occupied - Love it. I hope we’ll have a season 3 at some point.

Collateral - BBC/Netflix timely political drama with Carey Mulligan. Only 4 episodes.
by magazinewriter
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to subscribe to the NY Times
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: Cheapest way to subscribe to the NY Times

The NYT frequently offers 1/2 price for digital for a year, $7.50/month. Follow them on Twitter and you'll probably see it. Or just call and ask.
by magazinewriter
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CDs & Early Withdrawal Penalties
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: CDs & Early Withdrawal Penalties

I recently inherited my mom’s CDs. I was already a joint owner on most of them. One bank charges a 5% withdrawal penalty even though the interest rate is only 1%. To me this is highway robbery. It’s not so much the money and I don’t need to break the CD, it’s the principle. Luckily she only had one ...
by magazinewriter
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 7441

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

Any musical talent? A friend’s husband was laid off in his late 50s from a stressful sales job. He started a one-man musical performance business (not sure what to call it). He plays guitar and sings. He came up with a catchy name and printed business cards. At first he tried to get jobs at the bars...
by magazinewriter
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Hulu, Your Current Favorite Show

Any comments on The Looming Towers. Thinking of starting it since I finished The Wrong Mans. I'm really enjoying The Looming Towers. I watched episode 6 last night (bombing of the Cole) and episode 7 will be released tomorrow. I like how they intersperse real news clips with the story. Jeff Daniels...
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?

Thinking mostly of a POA to handle money. But the POA for medical directives is probably more important and I need to consider that, too. Three realms to handle, in order of importance: your healthcare when you are not conscious, your money when you can't manage it yourself, and where your accumula...
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate
Replies: 16
Views: 3606

Re: How to Endorse a Check Made out to an Estate

I recently ran into this problem with my mom’s estate. I did as Chip suggested and got the issuer to reissue the check in my mom’s name, deceased. This only happened once but it was a pretty big check ($1,400) for homeowner’s Insurance that mom paid shortly before her death. It was a pain and they p...
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?

Pajamas wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:39 am
Would it be possible to appoint one as primary and then the other as secondary in case of the primary one's death or incapacitation? Might save you trouble later, might not.
Yes, that’s what I’m planning and have now. One primary and then a secondary (that I call “backup”).
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?

Flobes wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:35 am
Are you asking about a POA for your medical directives? Or POA to handle your money?
Thinking mostly of a POA to handle money. But the POA for medical directives is probably more important and I need to consider that, too.
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?

cheese_breath wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:28 am
This is a question to ask the lawyer when you see him or her.
Yes, just trying to get a variety of experiences here.
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anxious about age, career, and housing costs
Replies: 60
Views: 5913

Re: Anxious about age, career, and housing costs

How about buying a small vacation property that you could make your own, maybe a cottage.
by magazinewriter
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should a Power of Attorney be Local?
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Should a Power of Attorney be Local?

Next week, I have an appointment with a lawyer to draft new legal documents. My question is should a power of attorney be local? My closest relative, my mom, passed away late last year. I’m not married and have no children or siblings. I’m planning to have a very good trusted friend as my power of a...
by magazinewriter
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to get spare car keys
Replies: 32
Views: 4614

Re: Cheapest way to get spare car keys

Keys have become a lot more complicated and expensive in current cars. This thread is mind-blowing. My wife and I each carry a copy of a key to both of our cars. If one got lost, I'd just take the other one to Home Depot and have them make me another for a few bucks. You better also have access to ...
by magazinewriter
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Hulu, Your Current Favorite Show

I signed up for a free one-week trial of Hulu Live in order to watch the Olympic figure skating content on NBCsn. I didn’t want to continue with that ($39.99) so when the trial ended yesterday switched to basic Hulu. I have Netflix and Prime but the previews for The Looming Towers look good. (Love J...
by magazinewriter
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Someone Needs To Pay For What They Did (Advice sought)
Replies: 44
Views: 8087

Re: Someone Needs To Pay For What They Did (Advice sought)

Well done.

To many the extra $264 might not seem worth the effort. But I can definitely remember a time that such an amount would hit my monthly budget hard. I would have tried to get some relief from the landlord, too.
by magazinewriter
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance in excess of federal plan
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: Flood Insurance in excess of federal plan

This has been more than 10 years so I’m not sure it is still an option. But a co-worker bought a waterfront home here in Florida worth about $1 million and got his flood insurance through Lloyds of London. It was expensive even back then at $600/month.
by magazinewriter
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to financially assist DD to help continue her Obamacare
Replies: 54
Views: 4449

Re: How to financially assist DD to help continue her Obamacare

1.) I’m pretty confident there is no minimum amount of income to qualify for Obamacare. In other words, you can make $1 and still get Medicaid. 2.) Pre-existing conditions are covered by every insurance company in the U.S. now, Obamacare or not. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Neither of these two...
by magazinewriter
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 825
Views: 89635

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Occupied - A Norwegian show (mostly subtitles) set in the future. A Green Party candidate becomes prime minister of Norway and decides to stop oil production to focus on clean energy. The EU is furious and enlists the help of Russia. Russia moves into Norway (no guns, just threats) and restarts oil ...
by magazinewriter
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After Irma in need of............
Replies: 25
Views: 2733

Re: After Irma in need of............

Using a hand crank/solar device sounds wonderful in theory, but it relies on the rechargeable battery inside being viable. If you stick your device into a closet for several years, it might not work when you need it. You might instead want something that uses regular alkaline batteries, and just be...
by magazinewriter
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After Irma in need of............
Replies: 25
Views: 2733

Re: After Irma in need of............

Using a hand crank/solar device sounds wonderful in theory, but it relies on the rechargeable battery inside being viable. If you stick your device into a closet for several years, it might not work when you need it. You might instead want something that uses regular alkaline batteries, and just be...
by magazinewriter
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After Irma in need of............
Replies: 25
Views: 2733

Re: After Irma in need of............

Using a hand crank/solar device sounds wonderful in theory, but it relies on the rechargeable battery inside being viable. If you stick your device into a closet for several years, it might not work when you need it. You might instead want something that uses regular alkaline batteries, and just be...
by magazinewriter
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3692
Views: 1058095

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Ninnie wrote:Their Finest. A different kind of story about Dunkirk. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed the series Foyle's War, you would like this.
+1

I really enjoyed this, too.
by magazinewriter
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Medicaid eligibility based only on income or are assets included too?
Replies: 21
Views: 2837

Re: Is Medicaid eligibility based only on income or are assets included too?

I believe that in the states that expanded Medicaid, only income is looked at to obtain healthcare. BUT, I've read that the state can come after assets in the estate after death. Not sure if that is correct but it is something for your friends to explore.