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by DonM17
Thu May 04, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports
Replies: 41
Views: 4223

Re: Consumer Reports

For car reviews by actual owners ...I find these 2 sites are very helpful......best to check out the latest reviews by people who have had a particular model that is few years old to determine actual reliability

https://www.cars.com

http://www.carsurvey.org/
by DonM17
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Booze on a Cruise
Replies: 68
Views: 8977

Re: Cost of Booze on a Cruise

FYI - HAL (not sure about the other lines) usually has a "happy hour" sometime around 4:00pm or 5:00pm.....whereby wine by the glass, drinks and beer are half price....so if you are a beer drinker, it is not a bad idea to purchase 4 or 6 at a time and keep them in an ice bucket in your room.
by DonM17
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 81
Views: 9676

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

I know of 2 people who have flown to Phoenix, AZ - been picked up by driver and driven across the border into Los Algodones, Mexico to have implants done and are very happy with work that was done on them. Total cost for 7 implants for one person (titanium posts and zirconium crowns) was $7,000. Whe...
by DonM17
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wise Care 365
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Wise Care 365

There are several free programs available right now on that site....I suggest that you sign up for their emails as there are free programs available on a weekly basis...I did not have problem with nag ware in regards to this program....another good site similar to this one is giveawayoftheday.com......
by DonM17
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wise Care 365
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Wise Care 365

I have used it and it works for me......if you want a free legit copy of the Pro version (not the free version) ....it happens to be the free giveaway today at this site

https://sharewareonsale.com/
by DonM17
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?
Replies: 70
Views: 7832

Re: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?

More important than being financially secure is having good health - without that, money is secondary...look at the late Steve Jobs....having a fortune did not extend his life.
by DonM17
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gotham Steel Ceramic fry pan
Replies: 17
Views: 3728

Re: Gotham Steel Ceramic fry pan

We only use stainless steel frypans in our household....after the cooking is done, add some water and bring it to a boil for a couple of minutes and it comes out very clean.
by DonM17
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]
Replies: 126
Views: 9265

Re: What kind of car do you drive?

2007 Buick Lucerne (wife's car)

2015 Dodge Caravan Crew - great ride - needed the van because we now spend our winters in Florida and needed something capable of hauling all of our stuff plus a cat and his cage.
by DonM17
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius V totaled, regret New Honda CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 6320

Re: Prius V totaled, regret New Honda CR-V

If you loved the Prius V - have you considered taking a Hybrid Camry for a test drive - great fuel economy and probably a more comfortable ride than the Prius.
by DonM17
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are suitcase locks worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 5345

Re: Are suitcase locks worth it?

Locking a zipper type suitcase won't keep anyone from checking out its contents - all that you need is a ball point pen...check out this video link to see how it is done plus there is a tip on the type of suitcase that can be used to prevent someone from breaking into it http://www.bing.com/videos/s...
by DonM17
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thriller Novels
Replies: 27
Views: 3575

Re: Thriller Novels

The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd - an excellent read...have not yet read Mr Boyd's second offering "Agent X" yet but plan to.
by DonM17
Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much did your roof cost?
Replies: 47
Views: 10213

Re: How much did your roof cost?

To the OP....last month I had the very same IKO shingles installed and the total cost (including removal of the old ones) was $6500 Canadian...works out to about $4500 USD. Looks like the contractors in your area are really making a tidy profit for themselves. I live in the Toronto area.
by DonM17
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What about the Ford Edge? [Revised for 2015 model]
Replies: 90
Views: 15018

Re: What about the Ford Edge?

I was actually considering the purchase of a new Edge but the water pump issue turned me off......normally a water pump is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix but Ford had a better idea - to install it inside of the engine making for a very expensive repair job.....so here are a couple of links th...
by DonM17
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/Advice for Negotiating w/ Auto Dealerships
Replies: 18
Views: 3467

Re: Tips/Advice for Negotiating w/ Auto Dealerships

If you are buying privately or even from a shady used car dealer - it would be wise to check out the VIN using Carfax or Carproof......it could save you a lot of grief in the event that you do not want to buy a rebuilt wreck or a stolen re-vinned vehicle
by DonM17
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling on eBay with local pickup using PayPal - Dangerous?
Replies: 22
Views: 13735

Re: Selling on eBay with local pickup using PayPal - Dangero

If I am allowing local pick up then I specify right in the ebay ad that if local pick up is chosen by the buyer then - Cash is the only form of payment accepted.
by DonM17
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruises
Replies: 35
Views: 7943

Re: Cruises

We have been on 16 cruises over the last 8 years.....I suggest that you get on the vacationstogo.com mailing list - they usually have some great deals to offer (you would likely get an email about every 2 weeks from them). I used cruise.com once in the past and will never use them again due to a fal...
by DonM17
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise.Com Bait and Switch Tactics
Replies: 28
Views: 4318

Re: Cruise.Com Bait and Switch Tactics

Swampy - you must own a minimum of 100 shares
by DonM17
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise.Com Bait and Switch Tactics
Replies: 28
Views: 4318

Re: Cruise.Com Bait and Switch Tactics

I used cruise.com once to book a cruise and will never use them again because of a false advertising issue. When I booked a cruise through them - the ad on their website indicated that I would get a $50 shipboard credit but when i went on the cruise - that credit was not there. When I contacted them...
by DonM17
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on replacing tires?
Replies: 72
Views: 11784

Re: Thoughts on replacing tires?

Whatever you do - DO NOT buy any brand of tire that was made in China - you may save some $$ but I would be very concerned about the quality/safety issues on these discount tires.
by DonM17
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prom budget for teenage girl?
Replies: 88
Views: 9845

Re: Prom budget for teenage girl?

Our grand daughter is shopping for her prom dress and apparently this site is a good place to shop for reasonably priced dresses

http://www.lightinthebox.com/c/prom-dre ... om+dresses
by DonM17
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disputing A Fraudulent Credit Card Charge
Replies: 18
Views: 2114

Re: Disputing A Fraudulent Credit Card Charge

I think that you had better call back and ask to speak to a supervisor....if they can't figure out that this is a fraud just by the fact that it was not shipped to your home address - somebody at the credit card company is not doing their job. You may also want to file a fraud report with the local ...
by DonM17
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow blower maintenance and repair
Replies: 26
Views: 4235

Re: Snow blower maintenance and repair

If you can locate a can of "Quick Start" - or similar product (ether spray can) and spray it into the air intake - that will likely get it going again. Also I only use Shell Premium gas in my snowblower and Lawnmower.......read somewhere that this brand does not contain any ethanol.
by DonM17
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donate or Sell AV Receiver
Replies: 11
Views: 1523

Re: Donate or Sell AV Receiver

Instead of ebay - you might want to consider this site - I have sold items there myself

http://www.usaudiomart.com/
by DonM17
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "best" online booking service for hotel room?
Replies: 29
Views: 4423

Re: "best" online booking service for hotel room?

I regularly use hotels.com...the prices are pretty much the same as the other on line booking services but what I like is there are usually multiple reviews from guests who have stayed at a particular hotel that I am interested in. One other bonus is that when you book 10 nights through the site - t...
by DonM17
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or replace old Taurus?
Replies: 32
Views: 3736

Re: Repair or replace old Taurus?

You might want to do a search on kijiji and craigslist by typing in the words "estate sale".......sometimes you can find a great deal on a low mileage older vehicle.....that is how I bought my last car.
by DonM17
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for a long daily commute
Replies: 75
Views: 9297

Re: Car for a long daily commute

You may want to consider a Toyota Yaris if you leaning towards a Prius....the Yaris is similar to the Prius for mpg on the highway (Prius wins in city driving) plus you would be getting unbelievable reliability from the Yaris. Drivers are routinely racking up 400,000 miles plus with just regular mai...
by DonM17
Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Malwarebytes Anti-malware advises it will expire shortly
Replies: 22
Views: 6453

Re: Malwarebytes Anti-malware advises it will expire shortly

If you want to avoid the crapware that is bundled with programs on some sites like cnet....then you might want to use this site for your downloads.

http://www.filehippo.com/
by DonM17
Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP to Linux Question with existing HW
Replies: 61
Views: 5082

Re: Windows XP to Linux Question with existing HW

I installed Linux Mint on my older Thinkpad Z60M - works like a charm and is very windows like - probably one of the better choices for a first time Linux user.......large selection of programs and the install procedure for these programs is very easy to use - almost like installing a windows based ...
by DonM17
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on New SUV Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 2049

Re: Thoughts on New SUV Purchase

Do yourself a favor and read the reviews by actual owners at either of these 2 sites - just be sure to look at the reviews on the vehicles are at least 4 years old to in order to get some idea as to reliability.

http://www.carsurvey.org/

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/articles ... index.aspx
by DonM17
Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop Cost
Replies: 15
Views: 1561

Re: Laptop Cost

I also highly recommend a Lenovo laptop - I am on my 4th one and have never had a problem with any of them....check out the Lenovo site in this link for a great deal on a factory refurb at very reasonable prices and the best part is that you can buy one with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 - at least...
by DonM17
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music Streaming Service?
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Music Streaming Service?

You might want to take a look at the AccuRadio site - it's free and all types of music formats to choose from

http://www.accuradio.com/#!/feat/mostpopular/

One other freebie; http://www.listentooldmusic.com/
by DonM17
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Umm....anyone else notice aggressive new online ads?
Replies: 14
Views: 1505

Re: Umm....anyone else notice aggressive new online ads?

You might want to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware - that combined with Ad Block Plus might solve your problems.
by DonM17
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP users
Replies: 223
Views: 56531

Re: Windows XP users

As others here have stated - take a test drive with Linux Mint - it is very similar to Win XP but it has the benefits of continuous updates plus virtually virus and malware free.. In addition, there is a software program built into Mint called "Wine" which allows you to run some of your favorite Win...
by DonM17
Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest pay-per-use phone--rarely make calls
Replies: 64
Views: 5820

Re: Cheapest pay-per-use phone--rarely make calls

I have used the T Mobile pay as you go plan for several years BUT after you buy that first $100/1000 minutes just be sure to renew with a $10 purchase before that anniversary date - otherwise - you go right back to zero minutes....I found out the hard way ;-<.....I missed renewing by about 3 or 4 da...
by DonM17
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite Car Evaluation web site
Replies: 11
Views: 1807

Re: Your favorite Car Evaluation web site

Reviews by actual drivers

http://www.carsurvey.org/

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/articles ... index.aspx select used cars, select the make and model and then head to the review section
by DonM17
Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 119
Views: 13987

Re: [Eating] Fish

For those who love eating tilapia, it might be worthwhile to read this article: Tilapia raised on feces hits US tables

http://money.msn.com/now/post--tilapia- ... -us-tables
by DonM17
Tue May 28, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Car Purchase...Please Help
Replies: 33
Views: 3242

Re: Used Car Purchase...Please Help

The OP mentioned that his headlights were faded so here is a suggestion - try restoring them (removing the haze) using toothpaste........check out this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKAshYmrExc
by DonM17
Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Doomsday Preppers [TV show]
Replies: 15
Views: 2147

Re: Doomsday Preppers [TV show]

If armaggedon hits, I don't want to be the last man standing....I'd rather with the masses taking an extended dirt nap.
by DonM17
Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?
Replies: 51
Views: 4118

Re: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?

I believe that you can limit the risk at home by using a dedicated laptop or a desktop (netbook would suffice) for doing your on line banking and nothing else - correct me if I am wrong.
by DonM17
Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: May need new water heater
Replies: 46
Views: 5289

Re: May need new water heater

Agree with the comment re allowing the temperature in the tank to be set too low. We had a new natural gas water heater installed 2 weeks ago and it has an on/off switch so while it was being installed, I remarked to the plumber that the on/off switch was handy because I would be able turn it off wh...
by DonM17
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving a cat part III
Replies: 11
Views: 1557

Re: Moving a cat part III

If you are going to allow the cat outside for short periods of time, it would not be a bad idea to go to a pet store and purchase an engraved ID tag and collar. For less than $15.00 - you can have the pet's name and your phone number engraved on the tag - it might save you a lot of grief in the futu...
by DonM17
Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving [by] Reducing Standby Power
Replies: 36
Views: 3794

Re: Saving$ by Saving on Power Bill: Reducing Standby Power

FWIW....I live in Ontario, Canada and I have signed up for an energy saving thermostat which also included a power meter which displays exactly how much electricity is being consumed at any given time including the cost per hour. We have peak rates mid peak and off peak rates (weekends are off peak ...
by DonM17
Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car are you driving?
Replies: 368
Views: 38435

Re: What kind of car are you driving?

Wife - 2007 Buick Lucerne 25,000 miles - replaced a 2000 Buick Lesabre - both have the same engine - the 3.8 l is one of the best engines that GM ever made. We use this for extended trips. Me - 2008 Toyota Yaris 5-speed 21,000 miles - one of the most reliable vehicles on the road today with almost t...
by DonM17
Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to consider before buying a used car
Replies: 17
Views: 2484

Re: Things to consider before buying a used car

Two sites that I find useful when it comes to reseaching used vehicle purchases - both are reviews of cars by their owners

http://www.carsurvey.org/

msn auto reviews at http://editorial.autos.msn.com/articles ... index.aspx
by DonM17
Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Living In A Depreciating Housing Market
Replies: 12
Views: 1685

Re: Living In A Depreciating Housing Market

If your neighbors won't respect your request for some peace and quiet......turn the tables on them....a couple of outdoor speakers loudly playing classical music or even worse polka tunes might do the trick.
by DonM17
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diesel vs Hybrid car?
Replies: 30
Views: 2853

Re: Diesel vs Hybrid car?

Since you are considering a Prius - you might also want to look at it's baby brother - the Yaris.....the purchase price is considerably less and the mpg is in the 38 to 43 range. You would have to put a lot of miles on the Prius before you recouped the upfront purchase price difference. I own one as...
by DonM17
Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A new twist of the Nigerian scam emails
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

A new twist of the Nigerian scam emails

Now the scammers are getting patriotic - how thoughtful of them: I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU IN BEST OF HEALTH. MY NAME IS SERGEANT DANIEL HARRIS, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, SERVING IN THE MILITARY WITH THE ARMY'S 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION BASED IN IRAQ, BAGHDAD IN BAGHDAD, IRAQ, WITH A VERY DESPERATE NEED FOR ASS...
by DonM17
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scareware company nailed by the Courts
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Scareware company nailed by the Courts

It's about time that the courts caught up with this outfit - where a free scan of your computer supposedly turns up numerous problems. I'll bet a few Bogleheads have encountered something like this but were hopefully smart enough to avoid their false warnings. http://dottech.org/83430/court-orders-d...
by DonM17
Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Digital Recorder for Phone Interviews?
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Recommended Digital Recorder for Phone Interviews?

I have used an Olympus brand digital recorder for the past 3 years with good results....software is provided with the recorder that allows you to convert the recording into a .wav file, thus allowing anyone to play it if you chose to send it out to someone by email.
by DonM17
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ford Focus
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: Ford Focus

I am not a Ford fan but if you want to know what the real world gas mileage is for this car - check out this link which documents the actual mpg of the car by owners of the vehicle: http://www.fuelly.com/car/ford/focus. My preference in this size of auto would be a Toyota Yaris which actually gets b...