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by JupiterJones
Tue May 26, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: investmenting books
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: investmenting books

Investing-ok. Investments-got it. Investmenting?... I kinda like it! Reminds me of this website where someone trained an AI on some dictionaries and had it come up with new words. They sound like they should exist, but they don't. https://www.thisworddoesnotexist.com/ A few I just pulled from it ju...
by JupiterJones
Fri May 22, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: investmenting books
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: investmenting books

You've received a number of good suggestions in the responses above. Perhaps my favorite for someone such as your niece is Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson. You might also look at some of Tyson's other books. Agreed. Of the ones mentioned, you can't go wrong with: Any of the Tyson "Dummie...
by JupiterJones
Fri May 01, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music experts - troubleshoot a microphone
Replies: 10
Views: 535

Re: Music experts - troubleshoot a microphone

As an aside, vocals through an electric instrument combo amplifier will not sound particularly good True, and I was about to mention the same thing. But I don't think the OP specified what type of "Fender amp" he/she had. I considered the possibility that might be one of the little portable PA syst...
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music experts - troubleshoot a microphone
Replies: 10
Views: 535

Re: Music experts - troubleshoot a microphone

A little bit of in/out play wouldn't be too unusual. But more than a little, or a lot of side-to-side play, would. Yeah, the first thing I'd do is buy a new cable. If the mic is an SM-58, those things can take a real beating, so any intermittent cutting out is probably the cable. And if not... well ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My theory about FIRE
Replies: 419
Views: 30597

Re: My theory about FIRE

Maybe it needs to be FIFE (Financial Independence, Freedom Early). Regardless, a worthy goal. I think Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) should be renamed to Financial Independence, Pursue Alternatives (FIPA). I've always thought it should be FIRO. Financially Independent. Retirement Optio...
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget Coffee
Replies: 107
Views: 8428

Re: Budget Coffee

I went through the "semi-fancy whole bean coffee" phase for awhile. Thought Aldi was good for the price, and can second 8 O'Clock.

But nowadays? Kroger Breakfast Blend, ground, in a big ol' can. I save money and time, and to my untrained palate, it's actually quite good.
by JupiterJones
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries?
Replies: 14
Views: 1330

Re: Documentaries?

Not really any of the topics you asked for, but if I were a 3rd or 5th grader, I'd probably get a kick out of either of these two very entertaining documentaries: Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) Spellbound (2002) Both follow a group of kids as they prepare for and compete in a competition (a dance competiti...
by JupiterJones
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online piano sheet music resources
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Online piano sheet music resources

I was wondering if anyone knew a good source for the piano music for the song, "Everybody's Gonna Have a Wonderful Time Up There."? I wouldn't mind paying for the song if I knew the website was legit. https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/a-wonderful-time-up-there-everybody-s-gonna-have-a-wonderful-...
by JupiterJones
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Amazon order & delivery processes?
Replies: 30
Views: 3142

Re: New Amazon order & delivery processes?

I've found that it depends on what you're getting. HDMI cables aren't coming in until next month, pretty much no matter what brand. Same for a couple of books I looked at. But batteries were next-day/two-day still. I figured it was a combination of their prioritizing certain "essential" items and th...
by JupiterJones
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online piano sheet music resources
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Online piano sheet music resources

The above-mentioned IMSLP is the gold standard. If it's classical (and public domain), they'll have it--and probably in several editions. This includes etude/exercise books like Hanon/Czerny/Beringer/etc. For modern sheet music, you're probably going to have to (and, let's face it, should) pay somet...
by JupiterJones
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55566

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

rich126 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:59 am
Someone on another thread actually thought bitcoin would be a safe haven investment, now we know it isn't bitcoin or gold, it is toilet paper. :D
I guess you could call it "buttcoin"?

Anyhoo... I've read, but cannot vouch for the fact, that rolls of those blue shop towels work very well as TP.
by JupiterJones
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey Reacts to Stock Market Crash
Replies: 93
Views: 15096

Re: Dave Ramsey Reacts to Stock Market Crash

It seems that before Dave sent out this video, he read up on the bogleheads wiki, read a bunch of threads on this website, and viewed a boatload of You Tube videos of Jack Bogle. This advice seems fantastic. Yeah, it probably surprised a lot of people to hear him in this video, but it's not really ...
by JupiterJones
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions
Replies: 104
Views: 6997

Re: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions

Cheez-It Guy wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:02 am
Pluto9th wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:09 am
1. The Day After
2. Life After People
I also recommend The Day After. Very upbeat!
I remember when that first aired. Pretty much everyone in the country watched it.

And it freaked us all out. :shock:
by JupiterJones
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions
Replies: 104
Views: 6997

Re: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions

Thought of another. A not-great-but-still-pretty-good film in which the bubonic plague plays a significant role:

Restoration

It's not within the OP's "produced within the last decade or so" requirement, but since everyone else seems to be ignoring that, I will too. :D
by JupiterJones
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The end of cruise ships [cruise line stock prices]
Replies: 246
Views: 26093

Re: The end of cruise ships

Subject: The end of cruise ships You know, there's a special term for the end of cruise ships: "stern" :D Anyhoo, as someone previously mentioned, while it has become the industry norm, not all cruise ships are 5,000-passenger behemoths. (It's a bit shocking to recall that the original Pacific Prin...
by JupiterJones
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions
Replies: 104
Views: 6997

Re: Coronavirus Movie Suggestions

Not about a virus (and a miniseries rather than a movie), but still along the lines of "seemingly unstoppable force of nature that's going around killing people"...

Chernobyl

It's very, very good.
by JupiterJones
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/Advice with Decluttering
Replies: 37
Views: 2752

Re: Help/Advice with Decluttering

Decluttering and downsizing is very liberating. Plus the knowledge that at the time of my death, no one needs to deal with my unwanted stuff! Reminds me of something the Swedes call "döstädning" or "death cleaning": https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/what-is-swedish-death-cleaning
by JupiterJones
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/Advice with Decluttering
Replies: 37
Views: 2752

Re: Help/Advice with Decluttering

I was taken aback that someone wanted them and immediately had some regret/sadness that I would be getting rid of these things (even though they hold no sentimental value) I would mentally frame it as 'passing it on to someone new who can enjoy it' rather than 'losing something of value'. Yup. The ...
by JupiterJones
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Visa Credit Card
Replies: 24
Views: 1863

Re: Best Visa Credit Card

Do you have Amazon Prime and/or shop at Whole Foods on occasion?

Maybe take a look at the Amazon Prime credit card if so.
by JupiterJones
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?

crockpotinvesting wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:08 pm
I would take the air train to Jamaica Station then the E subway train into the city ( its old but is very efficient).
Me too. That's the big selling point for flying into JFK rather than LGA or Newark--easy rail connection into town.
by JupiterJones
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Out of State Colleges - Good Computer Science Bargains?
Replies: 65
Views: 4548

Re: Out of State Colleges - Good Computer Science Bargains?

One more thing to add... If the OP's daughter is not already coding , and has not already discovered that A) she enjoys it and B) she has a bit of a knack for it, then I would not recommend that she enter a CS program. Going to get a CS degree simply because, for example, you like video games and it...
by JupiterJones
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?
Replies: 102
Views: 7580

Re: What are your not free but still frugal hobbies?

retire57 wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:50 pm
New York Times crossword puzzle annual subscription- $45.
I think I'm paying less than that, but I don't remember what sort of deal I wound up getting.

At any rate, I'm averaging about 100 minutes a week of solving, or over 85 hours a year. So not a bad per-hour cost, even at $45/yr!
by JupiterJones
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does this math makes sense?
Replies: 12
Views: 1414

Re: How does this math makes sense?

The math makes some sense, but the assumptions are a bit shaky. As mentioned, you're comparing risk-free "earnings" (100% certain reduction in interest with every extra dollar of down payment) to a non-risk-free investment (maybe you'll get 5%, maybe not). Assuming you do have an adequately-funded e...
by JupiterJones
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Out of State Colleges - Good Computer Science Bargains?
Replies: 65
Views: 4548

Re: Out of State Colleges - Good Computer Science Bargains?

If you and your kid do decide to go "general CS" (which wouldn't be a terrible idea, actually), the best deal out there is WGU:

https://www.wgu.edu/online-it-degrees/c ... ience.html

Especially if he or she buckles down like a maniac and knocks out the courses quickly.
by JupiterJones
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I have a wild [asset allocation] theory. Poke some holes in it.
Replies: 39
Views: 6556

Re: I have a wild theory. Poke some holes in it.

So you want to miss out on stock growth during the very early period while you're building up your bond allocation? Then you want to slowly drift into a sensible stock/bond ratio over the next several years? At which point you begin overweighting stocks, and thus exposing yourself to more risk than ...
by JupiterJones
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Portfolio Suggestions]
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: Suggestions

Mario2222 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:58 am
I invested my Roth IRA in vanguard target date fund 2045. I'm 39 years old. Any suggestions?
About what?

While we could (and probably will!) argue the fine points here on the forum, that's a perfectly good fund that you pretty much can't go wrong with.

:sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Savannah, GA

If you can get reservations, here's another vote for https://thegreyrestaurant.com/ (Shoot for lunch in the front "diner" area at least if you can't get in for dinner... the building alone makes it worth a visit even if the food were terrible, which it isn't.) We also enjoyed: http://www.cha-bella.c...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Piano & college admissions
Replies: 101
Views: 6966

Re: Piano & college admissions

whaler08 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:04 am
Do you know how to get a music major off your front steps ? Pay for the pizza !
And how can you tell when the music major at your door is a vocalist?

They can't find the key and don't know when to come in.

:D
by JupiterJones
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Piano & college admissions
Replies: 101
Views: 6966

Re: Piano & college admissions

What does stand out in applicants are those with community service; you are actually giving back to the community (and actually improving someone’s life if only for a moment) vs. knowing how to play an instrument. Maybe the OP's son could combine the two things? Volunteer teaching beginning piano. ...
by JupiterJones
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Toilet Flapper?
Replies: 30
Views: 2427

Re: Which Toilet Flapper?

The best flapper? Louise Brooks.
by JupiterJones
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Now is a good time to start tracking your net worth.
Replies: 123
Views: 11363

Re: Now is a good time to start tracking your net worth.

Barefoot wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:40 pm
Why do I need to know my net worth?

Why should I care?
It's a mighty good indicator of overall financial health and outlook.

If it's negative, that's bad.

If it's positive, the value itself isn't as interesting as the change from year-to-year.
by JupiterJones
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any audiophiles on this forum?
Replies: 120
Views: 9324

Re: Any audiophiles on this forum?

I tried expensive HDMI cables versus monoprice cheapies. No difference- beautiful picture and good sound for both. I will never have audiophile equipment or ears so plain cables for me. To be fair, you're talking about a cable that's carrying a digital signal. Quality doesn't really make too much o...
by JupiterJones
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Should I pay off mortgage or invest?
Replies: 25
Views: 1871

Re: Should I pay off mortgage or invest?

The standard "thought experiment" in cases like this is: Imagine your home were already paid off . Would you take out a mortgage against it for $65,200, invest the proceeds from that loan somewhere, then be okay with having a monthly mortgage payment for the next couple of decades? If your answer is...
by JupiterJones
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested
Replies: 50
Views: 2491

Re: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:45 pm
One recommendations is to avoid Frankfurt airport.
Good point. If they handle people there they way they handle packages, the OP may never be heard from again! :shock:
by JupiterJones
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 88442

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

gips wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:07 am
For some reason he neglected to include the cost of a 3D printer in his total cost. I’m thinking worst case outcome for this whole exercise is that I convince my wife we need a 3D printer 8-)
Or there might be some "maker spaces" in your area that have a printer you could use.
by JupiterJones
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Commuter Car
Replies: 46
Views: 1358

Re: Used Commuter Car

My company is moving in 2020 which will increase my commute to about 100 miles round trip a day. I do agree that, if you are going to destroy a car's value by putting all those miles on it, you should get a value-priced, reliable, used car. (Honda Accord, maybe?) Whether you still keep your fancy c...
by JupiterJones
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested
Replies: 50
Views: 2491

Re: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested

If our clothes are really ripe and washing in the sink isn't cutting it, the hotel offers dry cleaning services (not sure about laundry services). But I think we will be fine. There's also the option of visiting a laundromat. Yeah, yeah, I know... who wants to spend a couple hours doing laundry whe...
by JupiterJones
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: should I pay off my car?
Replies: 35
Views: 2278

Re: should I pay off my car?

alan85 wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:30 pm
Should I pay off my car
Yes
by JupiterJones
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested
Replies: 50
Views: 2491

Re: Summer trip to Germany ideas requested

The typical trip to Germany (like most European destinations) means trains, subways, and lots of great "old town" areas to visit. All of it wonderful... but requiring a lot of mobility. Yes, definitely pick up the latest edition of the Rick Steves guidebook for Germany. Well worth the twenty bucks. ...
by JupiterJones
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How should I buy my aunts house?
Replies: 39
Views: 3156

Re: How should I buy my aunts house?

I think this topic has veered off course I didn’t intend for this to be About if I should buy my aunts house, I am buying it my question is about the best way to do that. Ha! Yeah, welcome to Bogleheads. We can usually be relied on to answer the "question behind the question" rather than the one th...
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone [need a new one]
Replies: 23
Views: 2945

Re: Iphone [need a new one]

birdog wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:12 pm
Where can you get a new iphone 11 for $699?
The Apple Store: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-11

(If you go with the 64GB configuration.)
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 88442

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

dm200 wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:52 pm
There are TV episodes and shows where the "plot" involves booby-trapping a safe - so that an attempt to get in causes sever harm or death - from things like poisoned needles.
Pshaw. If it were dangerous, why would they call it a "safe"? :D
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 88442

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

gips wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:35 pm
after lending the book to one of my nerdy, nerdy friends, he used Feynman's methods to marry a model...but that's a story for another day
It's bad enough you've got us all on the edge of our seats with the safe saga, now you're giving us another cliffhanger???
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3371

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

You can buy an upright bike trainer / adapter for indoor use. They range from $50 to $300. That way you can use the trainer in the winter and the bike outside in the summer. This ^^^. If you're going to get a pedaling device, you might as well get one that can actually go places. (And you can bike ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cheapest talk and text only
Replies: 7
Views: 898

Re: Cheapest talk and text only

Don't know if it's the cheapest, but maybe take a look at Ting? It's a just-pay-for-what-you-use model. If you don't use any data for a month, you don't pay for any data. But if there's a month where you wind up needing to use data (vacation, your home internet goes out, etc.), you just get charged ...
by JupiterJones
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Year in Europe (location advice)
Replies: 34
Views: 2555

Re: Year in Europe (location advice)

Wow, so many good responses and great advice. Have discussed with my wife just now and the opinions expressed are leaning us towards multiple “home bases” maybe taking a month at a time at each location before moving to the next country, stay north during the late spring/summer and in southern clin...
by JupiterJones
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fort Lauderdale Area vacation
Replies: 12
Views: 1183

Re: Fort Lauderdale Area vacation

I would consider https://www.maikai.com/ a must-visit when in the Ft. Lauderdale area. :beer