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by EagertoLearnMore
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vacuum cleaner hose kinks
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: vacuum cleaner hose kinks

I have purchased parts from evacuumstore. They carry replacement hoses for Eureka Mighty Mite:

https://evacuumstore.com/p-7063-sanitai ... 289-6.aspx

$24.95

It not the correct one, perhaps another one would work.
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Box 5 Section 199A dividends on Form 1099-DIV
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Box 5 Section 199A dividends on Form 1099-DIV

Can someone please provide a simple description of this new information that is provided in Box 5? I see it for Wellington fund. I googled it, but it was not very definitive. Thanks.
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Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Polish/Oil/Cream for Amish Wood Furniture
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Polish/Oil/Cream for Amish Wood Furniture

I have used Guardsman cream furniture cleaner and polish, BUT I dilute it 1:1 with water and shake vigorously. Guardsman used to sell a concentrate version of its cream cleaner, but no longer does. I called and they told me to do the above dilution to make it easier to spread and that the addition o...
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Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested
Replies: 50
Views: 2386

Re: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested

We just did the trip to Europe in August. Specifically, took plane to Frankfurt and then got the train to Cologne (Koln). Two types of tickets available for the train; cheaper, 2 hours from Frankfurt to Cologne and scenic (you can see castles) or faster , 1 hour train trip. The two hour trip was fin...
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Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Musical Instrument Insurance
Replies: 22
Views: 949

Re: Musical Instrument Insurance

Having been in the position of a parent attending honor band concerts, I will tell you that you absolutely need to consider damage to an instrument that is not in your daughter's sight at all times. Fortunately, we never had any problems, but the instrument was small enough to put in its carrying ca...
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Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)
Replies: 66
Views: 5971

Re: Stinky Front Loader (Washer)

I use the same cycle as mentioned above TUBCLEAN. I run that every few months and no smell. After I run TUBCLEAN, I remove the entire detergent drawer and clean it in the sink, clean the filter at the bottom, and before putting the drawer back I clean in that space. As others have mentioned, I belie...
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options for travel emergencies - AAA, Amex, travel agencies, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: Options for travel emergencies - AAA, Amex, travel agencies, etc.

I agree about copying info into the cloud to access. Some credit cards are discontinuing the travel insurance. See below: Citi benefits cuts coming as of September 22, 2019 For purchases as of September 22, 2019, Citi will be discontinuing the following on cards that currently offer these perks: Wor...
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Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas oven and the smell of gas each time first turned on
Replies: 19
Views: 1091

Re: Gas oven and the smell of gas each time first turned on

Have you ever turned on and used the broiler feature in the oven? I had a GE stove/oven and when it was new I was having the same issue. I called for service because I was concerned about the odor. It was very obvious. The service person asked me about the broiler and no it had never been used. Afte...
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: **Most Cost, Time Effective Way to Repair Yard after Septic Repair? (with pictures)
Replies: 27
Views: 1817

Re: **Most Cost, Time Effective Way to Repair Yard after Septic Repair? (with pictures)

Mushroom compost holds water better than soil. So put in seed, sprinkle on mushroom compost, water well. Perhaps you could do that once a week. Better than dirt, and may work.
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Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mel Lindauer is my next guest on the “Bogleheads on Investing” podcast
Replies: 11
Views: 1892

Re: Mel Lindauer is my next guest on the “Bogleheads on Investing” podcast

Thanks Mel for the information about I-bonds in the past.
If we plan on keeping them for 30 years what should we be doing about estate planning with bonds? At some point do they need to be put in joint names with the beneficiary?

What do you suggest doing?
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Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has a "green" roof? Sedum or other vegetation?
Replies: 17
Views: 1131

Re: Who has a "green" roof? Sedum or other vegetation?

I can tell you that deer love sedum as a snack, meal, or just eat all of it. Sedum grows with green leaves and tops. As the weather turns cooler, the tops turn an attractive mauve color. It is a very pleasing plant, especially in the Fall. After the mauve bloom you need to cut the stalks down to the...
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photos cheap
Replies: 55
Views: 3536

Re: Passport photos cheap

Have you tried epassportphoto.com? Free to use. Just take your own photo, size and get the correct dimensions on the website. Either print at home or send to an online print shop. Costco.com does photos and sends to you in the mail. Our family has used this many times and absolutely no rejections.
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Tue May 28, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bored Eleven Year Old Patient in Walking Cast
Replies: 26
Views: 1823

Re: Bored Eleven Year Old Patient in Walking Cast

You mentioned she liked to read. Is she a Nancy Drew fan? If so, they have PC software games to purchase that are challenging.
herinteractive.com
There are many to chose from so she could pick something that interests her. They take days to finish.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sat May 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to kill poison ivy
Replies: 43
Views: 2498

Re: Best way to kill poison ivy

I had a tree expert in to do tree work and asked him. He said 2-4D herbicide. Ortho makes it, but do not get the version that also kills broadleaf weeds. It worked fine. The tree expert said to do a second treatment if any remained or were difficult to get rid of. That also was successful. Finding t...
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Thu May 09, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 76
Views: 5124

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

I try to recycle as much as I can. However, the new slogan in many towns is "When in doubt, Throw it out." Some towns will not accept plastic egg containers and other plastics even though the number in the triangle indicates it should be recycled.
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Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS In transit Arriving Late
Replies: 37
Views: 17027

Re: USPS In transit Arriving Late

I ordered something, tracked it via USPS, it said delivered, but I did not receive it. I filed a claim with USPS and they found it delivered to a completely different street, but same house number. I asked how they found it and was told they used the GPS tracking from the driver's delivery route and...
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: .
Replies: 73
Views: 4956

Re: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water

The LG front loader I am using has a button on right side for extra water. I use that when washing clothes from gardening covered in dirt. It works well.
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Brick
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Cleaning Brick

Brick is porous. Be gentle with scrubbing. They make brick sealers for when you have completed your cleaning. You spray it on and it is very effective at sealing the brick from rain.
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Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Return rejected by IRS (anyone seen "processing issues" from HR Block?)
Replies: 22
Views: 3905

Re: Return rejected by IRS (anyone seen "processing issues" from HR Block?)

Federal return accepted, but State return rejected. I got a code. Checked out code, and couldn't find anything wrong. They said update coming. Waited and resubmitted for state again, but rejected again with a different code. HR Block said I had to print and mail it ---- no more updates and they coul...
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Montessori Preschool: Good or Bad
Replies: 23
Views: 2616

Re: Montessori Preschool: Good or Bad

As others have said, it depends on the particular Montessori school. Back in the day we used one for a year and we were very pleased with the staff, methods, and happiness of the kids. Then we moved and when I sat in on another school the difference was very apparent. Larger classes, fewer staff mem...
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Warranty
Replies: 27
Views: 1662

Re: Home Warranty

We were given one some time ago when we bought a house. Seller paid for it and it was worthless. Every time we needed a repair we had to call and ask for it and give them $75 just for the privilege. Yes, $75 each time before anyone enters your house. Then the contractors they select are not the shar...
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please Help Me Find a Travel Group for My 70-Year-Old Mom
Replies: 43
Views: 3692

Re: Please Help Me Find a Travel Group for My 70-Year-Old Mom

Some college alumni organizations offer group tours. We receive brochures from the local county adult education and they offer entertainment type courses and also include some opportunities for local or distant travel. European River cruises might also work.
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mags for Miles Auto Renewal
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Re: Mags for Miles Auto Renewal

I agree with suggestion of using Eno - works well, no problem.
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Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 4445

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I realize money is tight and things are really upsetting now, but listen to the wise folks recommending COSTCO. Their technical expertise is FREE and you can reach out to them with any problems. Plus, Costco will double the warranty. If you have a printer to connect, their Concierge service with hel...
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?
Replies: 155
Views: 12291

Re: Letting Dog out everyday for lunch... the roundtrip drive is killing me.. ideas?

Don't get rid of dog or put the dog outside for extended periods of time in all types of weather. I had the same problem, not knowing when I would be home after work. Decided to leave the basement door open and put down lots of newspapers. I left the basement lights on all day and took the dog downs...
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Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for discounts at the orthodontist
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Ideas for discounts at the orthodontist

Look for discount coupons for the initial consultation and films, what they refer to as "records." Some orthodontists have coupons in those packages that are mailed to consumers and they are good for a free consultation and all the films taken that day - sometimes worth hundreds of dollars. Used thi...
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Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: River Cruise
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: River Cruise

There are European river cruises and American river cruises. We have been on the Rhine, Danube, and Main Rivers. Enjoyed the itinerary, food, and amenities. Sailed with Uniworld. As others have mentioned, go to Cruisecritic to get specifics about cruise lines, ships, food, and sights to visit. You c...
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Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New dishwasher recommendations?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Re: New dishwasher recommendations?

We had an LG that worked perfectly for 11 years and was still working when we sold the house. New LG cleans fine, but the lower level rack keeps coming off the track when you pull it out. Something not quite right with the design. If you pull it perfectly straight by holding in the middle it works, ...
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recent Engineering College Graduate can’t get job interviews, needs advice
Replies: 149
Views: 13914

Re: Recent Engineering College Graduate can’t get job interviews, needs advice

Find a recruiter in his field and get the recruiter's advice. Plus, the recruiter may have inside connections to jobs never posted on the web.
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 314
Views: 29879

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

I got an email, but my offer was $34.95 so you have a better deal. I used H&R Block last year as well so that's why I got the email, but no clue why your offer was better.

I'm going to wait to see if Amazon has a Black Friday deal or maybe Cyber Monday.
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Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to sell a nice professional office desk?
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: How to sell a nice professional office desk?

Have you tried Vietnam Veterans of America? Pickupplease.org

I don't know if they are national or only certain parts of the US.

They do pick up and they are extremely efficient, professional, and punctual.
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 7364

Re: I think my father has a gambling problem

I've seen this happen with seniors that are bored and are looking for something different to do. They are offered all types of "comps" and think they are getting a lot for free. Free meals, shows, drinks to lure them in more frequently. It would be good if you could find something to keep your fathe...
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Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate Deed Question for Experts
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Real Estate Deed Question for Experts

Usually we hear about deeds listing married couples as joint tenants with right of survivorship, but lately we have heard a lot about tenants in the entirety. Is this something new and better? Should people have a deed changed to this from joint tenants with right of survivorship?
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Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace a central vac?
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Replace a central vac?

Check diameter of PVC pipes as different central vac units take different sizes. Also, some are bagless vs. others use disposable bags. I have had both and prefer the central vac units with bags as less mess and easier to dump out. Plus it prolongs the life of the vacuum by keeping dust and dirt out...
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Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Time required for outgoing wires from Ally Bank
Replies: 19
Views: 6560

Re: Time required for outgoing wires from Ally Bank

Ally is very efficient and good at wire transfers. Usually if you wire in more than needed at closing they will rebate the difference to you either by check or ACH.
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Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Fencing question
Replies: 50
Views: 4396

Re: Neighbor Fencing question

Think of it this way. The neighbor came to talk to you and give you an option. Most neighbors aren't that pleasant. At least you are willing to get the estimate and listen to his plans. Perhaps the two of you can work out a solution that works for both of you and helps improve both properties. Worth...
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Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wildlife Removal:
Replies: 16
Views: 1817

Re: Wildlife Removal:

If you have "interesting" snakes, herpetologists will trap them and take them for free because they either keep them or sell them. I did this in the past and the herpetologist was always willing to bag the snakes and take them away free of charge. As for the rats in the attic I would hire someone to...
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Paying Prop Taxes - No mortgage
Replies: 20
Views: 2625

Re: Paying Prop Taxes - No mortgage

Some places give you a small discount if you pay early, regular amount on time, penalty if late. Check to see if you could save some money by paying early.
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Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help identifying a smell
Replies: 12
Views: 1461

Re: Need help identifying a smell

What type of light bulbs are you using in the lamps? Since you said the living room, is that a room you use frequently or infrequently? Perhaps the light bulb is going bad or the wattage is too high for that particular lamp. Maybe you could try each lamp, but look at bulb before turning on.
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Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Informed Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 3681

USPS Informed Delivery

I have read about the USPS Informed Delivery available from the post office on this forum so I decided to sign up. I got to the security questions and answered them truthfully and I was informed the answers were wrong. I have to wait at least 72 hours to try again, otherwise I need to drive to the p...
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crabgrass weed killer
Replies: 16
Views: 1554

Re: Crabgrass weed killer

Weed b gone with crabgrass killer. There are 2 formulations of weed b gone, one with crabgrass killer and one without. It kills the crabgrass, but not the lawn. Be careful when hiring services. We hired a service several years ago and they killed the entire lawn. Said it wasn't their fault and very ...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wire transfers from internet banks (CapOne 360)
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Re: Wire transfers from internet banks (CapOne 360)

ALLY Bank does an excellent job with wire transfers. In fact, you can set it up online. I have used them and no problems. They will call for verification information so good with security.
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Tip and Ideas?
Replies: 23
Views: 1925

Re: Moving Tip and Ideas?

You can buy large quantities of newsprint paper without any black ink from Amazon. It is so much better than using newspapers and ending up with black smudges everywhere. Heavy duty packing tape and dispenser. Costco sells these and the dispenser is much easier than ripping off pieces. Buy heavy dut...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon won't sell this book to me.
Replies: 68
Views: 9351

Re: Amazon won't sell this book to me.

Sad to say that Amazon customer service is going downhill quickly and prices going up. I ordered an item and tracking it they sent the item to the other side of the country. In my account it said "delivered to door." Just not my door. When I complained to Amazon they did credit my account after a fe...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $50+ gas bill for $4 in gas?
Replies: 16
Views: 3328

Re: $50+ gas bill for $4 in gas?

Not just gas, but all utilities. Water bills are packed with all types of customer services fees. If you go away and use zero water and therefore zero sewage, the bill is still high for customer connection for both utilities.
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?
Replies: 43
Views: 6949

Re: Anyone Tried Costco Travel Packages?

We have used Costco travel for European river cruises. They provide a few extra perks such as a stateroom credit you can use for on board purchases. They also have discounts and if you are an executive member you get 2% back (this is new, before you didn't get it on travel). . We had a friend who pr...
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Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries
Replies: 85
Views: 10082

Re: Surprise - Costco sells - but does not install vehicle batteries

Unfortunately not installed at Costco.

Sam's Club does install and sell batteries.
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Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College: extraneous expenses
Replies: 32
Views: 3377

Re: College: extraneous expenses

Hardcover books, ebooks, and subscriptions to specific textbook websites are expensive. Some textbooks have websites associated with them that provide practice questions and answers, but you have to pay an additional fee to access it. Often it is a requirement to have access to do the assignments. I...
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Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renter's Insurance for College Dorm
Replies: 32
Views: 2795

Re: Renter's Insurance for College Dorm

Check with your homeowner's insurance as well. Back in the day I called and asked about coverage for a musical instrument while student lived in a dorm and it was covered. I also got a discount on the auto insurance as the student only used the family car when home on breaks. Everything changes, but...