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by GDBryan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Podcast [Looking for suggestions]
Replies: 29
Views: 2361

Re: Podcast

I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore. Here are some of my favorites, no particular order, (I use Podcast Addict on my phone): Dan Carlin's Hard Core History - very long (3-4 hrs each) but interesting. Crimetown - series about the gangster Prince of Providence, Buddy Cianci Criminal Freakonmics ...
by GDBryan
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Financial Adviser Free !
Replies: 14
Views: 2028

Re: Financial Adviser Free !

You can do it! Shortly before I retired I paid an adviser to come up with a plan. He included some mutual funds, a stock picking plan and a single private REIT. Sounded good to me. He was only going to charge me 1-1/2% (on top of the hidden fees I now know are there). Luckily I had a few months and ...
by GDBryan
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching to t-mobile from at&t...maybe
Replies: 16
Views: 1810

Re: Switching to t-mobile from at&t...maybe

One more reason to switch: t-mobile works well in 140 countries with free texting and data, and 20 cents per minute calls. Data is supposed to be 2g but we're getting 3g.

(Currently on vacation in 3rd Eastern European country.)
by GDBryan
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camry Redesign
Replies: 61
Views: 7068

Re: Camry Redesign

If you like your Camry, don't buy the Rav4. I have an older Camry and my wife has a newer Rav4. The Camry is much smoother while you feel every little bump with the Rav4. I asked the dealer about making her's ride softer and they just shrugged.
by GDBryan
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks Down - My Fault
Replies: 26
Views: 4373

Stocks Down - My Fault

As of 11:30 this morning S&P 500 down 1%. It's my fault - I put in a sell order Friday for today.

Don't you just hate when that happens. :-(
by GDBryan
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nissan Navigation Update
Replies: 16
Views: 1313

Re: Nissan Navigation Update

I updated my old Camry once when they had a special for $99. My wife has a RAV4 that updates over her phone.
by GDBryan
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: England Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1583

Re: England Trip

We didn't have any trouble using our Amex, Visa and ATM cards in England and Scotland 4 years ago. We just came back from a trip to 8 Baltic countries and had no problems charging or withdrawing money except for train and metro tickets. There we had to use a card with a PIN, so just used the ATM car...
by GDBryan
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Book Recommendation for New Investor
Replies: 24
Views: 3290

Re: Book Recommendation for New Investor

I started (late) with The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read: The Proven Way to Beat the "Pros" and Take Control of Your Financial Future by Dan Solin and have shared it with others. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00389UV5E/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1 It's a nice ea...
by GDBryan
Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stick Vacuum recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: Stick Vacuum recommendations

Look again at a cordless. The lithium batteries are great. My wife has this one and loves it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LASI47W?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
by GDBryan
Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Store Items
Replies: 69
Views: 8395

Re: Vanguard Store Items

My mug 3 yrs ago was double walled, however I broke it while hand washing. I posted something on Twitter and they sent me a new one with a handle.
by GDBryan
Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question about Delta Skymiles
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: Question about Delta Skymiles

I have the Delta Amex Gold card because it allows me to use miles for cash back on Delta flights. Each 10,00 miles = $100 off on the ticket. It also allows me and the whole family (6 of us) to check bags for free and have early seating when using the card.
by GDBryan
Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 5901

Re: help me speed up my computer

Actually, I have found this really cleans up my computer: http://www.sanger.dk/
by GDBryan
Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me speed up my computer
Replies: 67
Views: 5901

Re: help me speed up my computer

Another +1 for a Chromebook. I've had my $200 Acer for over a year and no problems. When I want to use my PC, I turn it on and then go drink a cup of coffee until it calms down. Don't know how to fix PC speed problems. Tried more memory, new and faster hard drive, Malwarebytes, Advanced System Care,...
by GDBryan
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experiences using VRBO, Airbnb internationally
Replies: 26
Views: 4216

Re: Experiences using VRBO, Airbnb internationally

We used AirBNB in Lisbon, Porto and Madrid. The room in Lisbon (7 nights) was wonderful and the host very friendly - like a relative. Porto (3 nights scheduled) was not so good, noisy and on the 4th floor with no elevator, but there was an inexpensive American brand hotel across the street that was ...
by GDBryan
Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard launches new offering ... [Vanguard merchandise]
Replies: 115
Views: 19718

Re: Vanguard launches new offering ... [Vanguard merchandise

Two t shirts for me. Wanted a magnetic bumper sticker, but who has a metal bumper anymore?
by GDBryan
Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 50
Views: 4510

Re: headphones for running

I don't do much running, but I bought these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047Y1HMK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Avantree Jogger bluetooth headphones for working out and I think they would be good.
by GDBryan
Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I get an HSA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1813

Re: Should I get an HSA?

I hear that HSA's are a good thing, but this makes me wonder: When you get medical care, say a blood test, the "retail" cost might be $300, but the insurance company only pays maybe $40-$50. If you pay out of pocket, don't you have to pay the full $300? That will eat any HSA savings in a h...
by GDBryan
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital
Replies: 43
Views: 4799

Re: External backup drives - Seagate vs Western Digital

I have a 4 year old Western Digital external drive and also had a Seagate external backup drive. After about 16 months, the Seagate died, but the WD is still going strong. I bought another WD external drive to replace the Seagate drive. The WD backup software backs up on the fly so you can set it an...
by GDBryan
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cellphone for trip to Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Cellphone for trip to Ireland

We were in Ireland earlier this year and just used our T-Mobile phones (Android and iPhone). We have the Simple Choice plan which includes: "Unlimited international web and text while roaming in 100+ countries with a flat rate of $0.20 per min for voice." We mostly text-ed, Facebook-ed and...
by GDBryan
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Husband rear-ended, driver ignoring his insurance
Replies: 44
Views: 8295

Re: Husband rear-ended, driver ignoring his insurance

I'm not sure if this is still the case, but many years ago I had an accident where both the other driver and I had State Farm. The deductible was waived, presumably because State Farm would not have to negotiate with another company. Having survived 6 teenage drivers, (including myself), I've had a ...
by GDBryan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 PC?
Replies: 49
Views: 3931

Re: Windows 7 PC?

I was going to upgrade from Win7 to Win8 - even bought the disk from relative, but found out I'd have to replace my 2003 MS Office.

I recently bought my daughter a laptop with Win7.
by GDBryan
Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me select a streaming media device
Replies: 24
Views: 2812

Re: Help me select a streaming media device

We had 2 Roku receivers, an older one in the family room, and a newer one in the bedroom. The newer one allows me to plug earphones into the remote and listen without waking the spouse. Never any problems with either of them. I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. We recently bought a new Bluetooth DVD pl...
by GDBryan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Another reason I am my own advisor
Replies: 15
Views: 4479

Another reason I am my own advisor

401(k) rollover boom enriches brokers at retirees’ expense http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024041313_rollovermiragexml.html "... She encouraged hundreds of departing AT&T employees to roll over their retirement money into the kind of risky high-commission investments that W...
by GDBryan
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any [iPhone] "Apps" you like?
Replies: 67
Views: 9234

Re: Any "Apps" you like?

Google Maps is indispensable for navigation. Though we updated our Garmin before we left on vacation, it's still behind for several new roads. GM also will find things that aren't in the GPS.
by GDBryan
Sat May 24, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Own a Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone? --Help!--
Replies: 7
Views: 1012

Re: Own a Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone? --Help!--

+1 Good to go. Also, you can set up Dropbox to automatically upload all of your pictures and videos.
by GDBryan
Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Lost Electronic Return?
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

IRS Lost Electronic Return?

We filed my son's tax his return on February 28 electronically through TurboTax and it was accepted by the IRS. To date he has not received his refund, though we filed four other family members' returns with no problems. The "Where's my Refund" site just says it's processing. He's called t...
by GDBryan
Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Favorite Investing Book?
Replies: 50
Views: 7041

Re: Favorite Investing Book?

"The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read", by Daniel R. Solin opened my eyes and led me to Bogleheads, where I've gotten much more. It''s a straightforward easy read. I've shared it with a few people and they've thanked me. It's a nice little gift.
by GDBryan
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook as main computer?
Replies: 73
Views: 12566

Re: Chromebook as main computer?

I recently found out that if you have a Microsoft SkyDrive account (now called OneDrive), which is free up to 7gb, then you can use Microsoft Office online free. The OneDrive App works very well with my Chromebook.
by GDBryan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car tire air pump?
Replies: 17
Views: 5242

Re: Best car tire air pump?

I have a small air compressor and tank that I bought several years ago. It works great and I also use it for blowing out my air filter, cleaning around the garage and for my air nailer.
by GDBryan
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to begin with looking for a used car?
Replies: 18
Views: 1559

Re: Where to begin with looking for a used car?

I hate car shopping too. I've bought three cars from CarMax, with warranties, and was pleased. We've also bought teen's cars ($8,000 or so) from private persons through AutoTrader, but also have seen others on Craigslist.
by GDBryan
Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Chromebook?
Replies: 51
Views: 7356

Re: Which Chromebook?

I have 2gb and don't have a problem.

Also, today I learned that you can edit Microsoft Word docs on a Chromebook using the Skydrive app.
by GDBryan
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Chromebook?
Replies: 51
Views: 7356

Re: Which Chromebook?

I have the Acer 720 and am happy with it. I might have spent more than the $200 my wife paid for it to get the Samsung because I guess the quality may be better. You can set up multiple logins, and each has it's own Google account - you log in with your Google password. You can also turn on the gues...
by GDBryan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are you paying for your personal tax prep?
Replies: 28
Views: 2301

Re: What are you paying for your personal tax prep?

$10. I do my own with TurboTax Deluxe discounted through Vanguard. I have a rental home and some kids in college and other complex items, but it's really not hard. Several years ago, I had to submit prepaid taxes for a stock sale and had to file a 1040-ES prior to filing my tax return. I had researc...
by GDBryan
Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: From a flip phone to a smart phone, can I do this?
Replies: 16
Views: 1488

Re: From a flip phone to a smart phone, can I do this?

You may want to change your mind.;-)
"Central Park mugger rejects flip phone" http://nypost.com/2013/12/29/central-pa ... lip-phone/
by GDBryan
Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedge fund titan to pocket $3B for 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1751

Hedge fund titan to pocket $3B for 2013

http://nypost.com/2013/12/29/hedge-fund ... -for-2013/

The important phrase here is: "Tepper’s Palomino fund was up 38 percent, after fees, as of Nov. 30, according to an investor, making the 56-year-old one of the few in his business to post a return higher than the 29.1 percent gain of the S&P 500.

Happy New Year!
by GDBryan
Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please, best books for a Boglehead non-believer
Replies: 21
Views: 2179

Re: Please, best books for a Boglehead non-believer

Easy and simple read: "The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read" by Dan Solin.
by GDBryan
Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London and Paris Hotels
Replies: 48
Views: 5753

Re: London and Paris Hotels

This year we went to Lisbon and Madrid for two weeks. After seeing it on ClarkHoward.com, we decided to try AirBNB.com. It's where people rent out a room in their house or apartment and may or may not include breakfast. We spent about 1/4 of what we would have paid hotels and had a great time and go...
by GDBryan
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Water Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Hard Water Problems

We have terrible, hard and red smelly water from our well. The softener system takes care of it. There is a 120gal settling tank which I flush once a month, a carbon tank for smell and iron, and a softener tank. They can be bought around here for about $3000. Ours is in the garage, but some here in ...
by GDBryan
Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Dealer Warranty on 2006 Toyota Avalon?
Replies: 11
Views: 3538

Re: Buy Dealer Warranty on 2006 Toyota Avalon?

One exception on warranties: I would not buy one from most dealers, but we bought them with 2 cars from Carmax. They performed repairs in their shop, no question and we ended up saving money.

It seems to me they were about $1000 at the time, (10 yrs ago).
by GDBryan
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free books for kindle?
Replies: 17
Views: 2548

Re: Free books for kindle?

I use Calibre to manage books for my Kindle. I can maintain a library on my PC and then download books to my Kindle when I want. I just plug the Kindle in and it tells me which books are on the device. Many older free books, including Project Gutenberg's libraries are in .epub format. Calibre will c...
by GDBryan
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy and best brand of lawn mower?
Replies: 27
Views: 12122

Re: Best place to buy and best brand of lawn mower?

Last year I bought a John Deere for $2k for about 1-1/2 acres. I found out that Home Depot just forwarded the order to a John Deere dealer and it would take a week. So I went directly to the dealer and got the same price plus next day delivery.
by GDBryan
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Check for abandoned property -- worked twice for me
Replies: 34
Views: 4394

Re: Check for abandoned property -- worked twice for me

Thank you! I just checked and found $73 from BoA (who else). They had the right name, address and zip code, but the wrong city. Sent in the form - let's see.
Checked family, but no luck for them.
by GDBryan
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Free Book? Legit?
Replies: 20
Views: 3424

Vanguard Free Book? Legit?

I received an email from "Vanguard Flagship Services" <flagship@eonline.evanguard.com>; offering a free ebook, "The Elements of Investing". Anyone else receive this? Is it legitimate?
by GDBryan
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting another key made for my car
Replies: 52
Views: 26586

Re: Getting another key made for my car

Check out Walmart. I've had some chip keys made there and they work fine.
by GDBryan
Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Needed to Get Free HD Channels on TV?
Replies: 23
Views: 2088

Re: What is Needed to Get Free HD Channels on TV?

You would need a converter box if you had an old TV that was incapably of receiving the HD channels. If yours is leass than 5 years old you should be fine. About 4 years ago when the switch was made, the Govt. gave out coupons for the boxes. BTW - I found that when it comes to antennas, the cheaper ...
by GDBryan
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Oil company specific credit cards for cheaper gas?
Replies: 13
Views: 1196

Re: Oil company specific credit cards for cheaper gas?

I live in Florida and I've only noticed this at Mobil stations, and then not all of them. I use a Costco Amex card and so get 3% cash back on gasoline.
by GDBryan
Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car accident settlement offer - opinions, please?
Replies: 15
Views: 7645

Re: Car accident settlement offer - opinions, please?

First - wait until you are absolutely sure you have no lingering injuries.
A rule of thumb given to me by an attorney, when a family member was similarly involved in an accident, was that pain and suffering is generally 2x medical expenses, (not just your deductible).
by GDBryan
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Kindle Fire Feedback
Replies: 39
Views: 5539

Re: Amazon Kindle Fire Feedback

The Kindle Fire has a password if you enable it. Also, you can turn off one-click ordering, which will require you to enter your Amazon password for any order other than books. We have two Kindle Fires - I bought my wife one for Christmas for $199, and then I picked one up just before Mother's Day, ...