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by EagertoLearnMore
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photos cheap
Replies: 55
Views: 3003

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: 1721

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.
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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: 2265

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: 63
Views: 3359

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: 5974

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: Washing Machine that uses a LOT of Water
Replies: 73
Views: 4323

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: 420

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: 3251

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: 2204

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: 1415

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: 30
Views: 1999

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: 957

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: 3844

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: 11001

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: 803

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: 739

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: 14
Views: 1027

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: 145
Views: 11553

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: 309
Views: 26055

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: 1138

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.
by EagertoLearnMore
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 6999

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: 366

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: 343

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: 17
Views: 3450

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: 4175

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: 1735

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: 2575

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: 1391

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: 3458

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: 1489

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: 1737

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: 1752

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: 8978

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: 3277

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: 31
Views: 4205

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: 7736

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: 3228

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: 2618

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...
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Mon May 28, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG washer and dryer "NFC tag on" feature
Replies: 36
Views: 21857

Re: LG washer and dryer "NFC tag on" feature

I bought an LG French door refrigerator and it came with the feature that you hold your mobile phone to a speaker and it will tell you what is wrong with the fridge. Icemaker did not make ice. Checked water, solenoid, and tubing. Everything turned on, OK. Obviously it was the icemaker unit. Tried us...
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Wed May 23, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: quality exterior stain?
Replies: 14
Views: 1155

Re: quality exterior stain?

I have used Behr (from Home Depot) for an opaque stain. It worked very well and has held up.
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Tue May 15, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Killing mold and mildew outdoors
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: Killing mold and mildew outdoors

Wet and Forget is a great product. Works on stones, roof, walks, moss.

As mentioned already, available in 2-pack at Costco. On sale now for $19.99, $5 off.
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Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bee in the house - what to do???
Replies: 27
Views: 2020

Re: Bee in the house - what to do???

If's it only one or two I use the vacuum cleaner with long extension hose to grab the bee(s). But, look around for their source if you believe a hive or nest exists. Sometimes they are outside by the gables, often in the attic, but you could be swatting or vacuuming a lot until you find the source. ...
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Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deer Garden Damage Prevention
Replies: 36
Views: 2901

Re: Deer Garden Damage Prevention

We tried the various sprays, bags of human hair, moth balls, pie tins, and motion sensor lighting. Nothing worked, but this all took a lot of effort with no success. The only thing that did work was fencing that was high enough and strong enough to keep out the deer. If the fencing is flexible the d...
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Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Warranty Paid by the Seller
Replies: 17
Views: 1618

Re: Home Warranty Paid by the Seller

I agree to take a cash credit. Usually you have to pay a $75 fee to even file a claim to get a technician to look at the problem. Then they want to patch the problem, not correct it. I was not satisfied with any of the guarantees that came with various houses. Realtors push it on sellers suggesting ...
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Setting for Vacation
Replies: 23
Views: 2037

Re: Furnace Setting for Vacation

As another person indicated the high-efficiency furnaces should not be set below 60 degrees. I checked the owner's manual and it actually prefers 62 degrees. Paying for a little heat is a lot cheaper than a visit from HVAC technician.
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Children extracurricular activities
Replies: 10
Views: 1734

Re: Children extracurricular activities

Usually the preferred instructors do not offer discounts. One thing we found out with advanced instrument lessons - the importance of changing instructors after you child has advanced so they may learn different techniques and be exposed to other styles. The more advanced the instructor, the more ex...
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Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Personal Savings CD Withdrawal policy changing as of April 1
Replies: 1
Views: 633

Amex Personal Savings CD Withdrawal policy changing as of April 1

Just noticed that American Express Personal Savings is changing their withdrawal penalties for CDs issued as if April 1,2018. American Express Bank, FSB (“FSB”) will undergo a legal entity change and will be known as American Express National Bank (“AENB”) as of April 1, 2018. On and after that date...
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Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon: basement stair and basement gym considerations
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Re: Radon: basement stair and basement gym considerations

Radon remediation suggested when level 4.0 or higher so you should definitely remediate.

Hot air rises so it is possible for the air to move upstairs, but why wouldn't you remediate if you are going to use the basement?
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Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost about $100 due to shipping issue?
Replies: 24
Views: 2274

Re: Lost about $100 due to shipping issue?

I had a package mailed to me using UPS/USPS and it disappeared for 10 days over the holidays. I followed the tracking and it never moved. Finally, it showed out for delivery and I received it that day. No one could explain where it had been waiting all that time. UPS claims they handed it over to US...