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by bungalow10
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 141
Views: 8739

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

My Peloton. I bought it in April. Down 10 lbs (130 to 120 lbs) and I think I have 150 rides on it so far. I still get my runs in on the weekend, but now I have something convenient, challenging, and fun to do at home when a run isn't convenient due to time, weather, or level of darkness.
by bungalow10
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bathroom scale
Replies: 17
Views: 1164

Re: Bathroom scale

I have a digital scale that is about 15 years old. It looks just like the $20 models on Amazon. I'm pretty sure I paid about that for it. It still works great, just change the battery once every couple years. I check my weight on other scales regularly, it's very accurate. For tracking, I use Happy ...
by bungalow10
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spotify or Amazon Music?
Replies: 44
Views: 3079

Re: Spotify or Amazon Music?

Love Spotify - we have had Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify for years. Spotify gets the most love and is the one I keep (the others I drop from time to time).

Easy to use, lots of good curated playlists plus easy to build your own. Good selection.
by bungalow10
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 366
Views: 21042

Re: What are your property taxes?

$18,000 for 3,700 square feet, north Chicago suburb.

Great schools and services. I'm okay paying this for now while I have three kids in school, and I really love where we live.
by bungalow10
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying house for cash, sellers requesting proof of assets
Replies: 23
Views: 4496

Re: Buying house for cash, sellers requesting proof of assets

A simple letter from your institution that says “Customer has available funds in cash to purchase a home priced at $nnn,nnn as of the date of this letter.” Signed by an employee of the bank. That’s really all the sellers need to know. This. I sold an apartment building to someone for cash and they ...
by bungalow10
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1867

Re: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?

Lands End and LL Bean both have thermaskin turtleneck offerings.

You can also try silk or wool.
by bungalow10
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Question, What Would You Do?
Replies: 21
Views: 2131

Re: Home Question, What Would You Do?

Move. We are in an $800k house with $18k (UGH) property taxes on quite a bit less income than you (single income, $230-$350k depending on the year). Being in a neighborhood and having space to have friends over is worth it. We have tons of kids at our house regularly. My three are 11, 9, and almost-...
by bungalow10
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ideas for a Xmas holiday in central Europe
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: ideas for a Xmas holiday in central Europe

In addition t Prague, I would suggest visiting Budapest and Paris and Amsterdam. In a twelve-day trip? Not sure if serious... if you carefully plan ahead of time, you can do it. But then again, no one likes doing that so people end up googling once they get there. But I am serious. I visited Paris,...
by bungalow10
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ideas for a Xmas holiday in central Europe
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: ideas for a Xmas holiday in central Europe

ooh! We did a similar trip last year. We were living in Amsterdam, so we obviously started there. I wouldn't make Amsterdam part of your trip though, we found the city lovely, but nothing special for Christmas. We rented a car, there were five of us (DH, me, and three kids - 10, 8, and 4 1/2) so it ...
by bungalow10
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?
Replies: 65
Views: 4053

Re: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?

How close are you to the end of your minivan years? If you only have a couple years of needing a minivan left, fix it. If you think you have more than a few years left, and have the money, consider a newer replacement van. I'm a huge fan of minivans, but for me there is a definite period of time in ...
by bungalow10
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Refrigerator Repair Specialists in the House?
Replies: 17
Views: 1654

Re: Any Refrigerator Repair Specialists in the House?

Checking the refrigerator mentioned above this is a side by side and you're concerned about the outward facing strip of the wall which separates the freezer from the fridge? How's the interior temperature now? Yes, and the interior temperature is around 39F right now (with thermostat set at 33). An...
by bungalow10
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Refrigerator Repair Specialists in the House?
Replies: 17
Views: 1654

Re: Any Refrigerator Repair Specialists in the House?

Years ago I had good luck "resetting" a refrigerator, I believe it was a Kenmore, by unplugging it for 20 minutes and then plugging it back in.

I think the defrost was on permanent running and the unplugging turned it off and made it work properly again.
by bungalow10
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 109
Views: 17193

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I've done the exact same thing for the past 5 years. I'll set a reminder on my calendar, about a week before the subscription is set to auto-renew... I always get them down to $5 a month for the next 6 months. I really don't need it in this day and age of smart-phones w/Spotify, IHeartRadio, podcas...
by bungalow10
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incompetent home inspector - what to do?
Replies: 52
Views: 5188

Re: Incompetent home inspector - what to do?

AJS wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:44 pm
I also don't have a mortgage so I will be more in control the next round.
um, your mortgage holder has no say over the sale process of your house. Their only involvement is receiving the payoff check when you close.
by bungalow10
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One food I could never give up
Replies: 33
Views: 1814

Re: One food I could never give up

+1 And according to an article on Guinness it's even healthy for you! https://www.spinemd.com/news-philanthropy/drink-up-5-health-benefits-of-guinness-beer My mom was apparently told to drink Guinness when she was pregnant with me. She gave it up. But apparently I'm still an addict. Malted grain be...
by bungalow10
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Verizon waive inadvertent international data charges?
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: Can Verizon waive inadvertent international data charges?

Check their bill. Verizon data for international is $10/day. Sounds like something else is going on.

They should have had a text message every day notifying them of the $10 charge for the next 24 hours.
by bungalow10
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 17030

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

monkey_business wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:00 pm
Are the VWs, BMWs, and Audis that are recommended reliable?
I think the VW Jetta is reliable.
by bungalow10
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mr. Money Mustache is the BOMB!
Replies: 32
Views: 5366

Re: Mr. Money Mustache is the BOMB!

DH and I have been extremely happy when struggling to get by (struggling more than I think we even realized at the time). We have been happy when flush with cash. We have been happy when the decisions to be frugal have given us options... we have managed to be happy when the results of those decisio...
by bungalow10
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ladies: bra shopping question
Replies: 63
Views: 8847

Re: Ladies: bra shopping question

I highly highly highly recommend A Bra That Fits - https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/wiki/beginners_guide I found out two years ago (via that site) I'm a 30C. I didn't even know that size existed, even Nordstroms doesn't even carry it. Now that I know, I can easily buy high quality, attractive a...
by bungalow10
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Establishing Residency as College Tuition Strategy
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: Establishing Residency as College Tuition Strategy

I would never move solely in order to attempt to reduce tuition costs. Your need is too far off, and things change far too quickly and far too often for this to be a reasonable strategy, IMHO. Put money in a 529, and deal with the college choice (if any) when the time comes. I didn't say I was movi...
by bungalow10
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Establishing Residency as College Tuition Strategy
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Establishing Residency as College Tuition Strategy

I live in a state with expensive in-state tuition costs (Illinois) and many of my friends with college age kids are sending them out of state to Iowa or Wisconsin and telling me OOS tuition is cheaper than in-state Illinois tuition. I looked up one school that I think my youngest will be interested ...
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home audio - what do I need
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Home audio - what do I need

I purchased a house with in-ceiling speakers. Set up is below, I need advice specifically on what equipment to buy for the Living Room - it looks like I would need three different receivers? Unless there is an amp/switch type arrangement? The previous owners had Sonos, but I'm not sure exactly what ...
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Lol, or those with three kids that combined out weigh their mom by 50% (75 lbs plus 60 lbs plus 45 lbs, I weigh 120).

You are making this harder than it needs to be. Peloton is a one stop exercise shop. It fits in any schedule, any weather, takes away the excuses.
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase - Can I afford? (not what you think)
Replies: 2
Views: 665

Re: House purchase - Can I afford? (not what you think)

An alternative would be to subtract your monthly savings from your income.
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: negative comments about "Brazil nuts"
Replies: 32
Views: 3977

Re: negative comments about "Brazil nuts"

I've been burned by Amazon by things that need to be fresh too many times. Rancid or stale food, even lotions and cosmetics. I still buy coffee sometimes and RxBars, but everything else edible gets purchased from the grocery store. I would not buy any nuts, nuts are best purchased frequently in smal...
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase - Can I afford? (not what you think)
Replies: 2
Views: 665

House purchase - Can I afford? (not what you think)

I've had a few opportunities to do the "can I afford?" house exercise in recent years :oops: due to lots of relocating. One tip I have for anyone who is posting threads and is a Boglehead is to use the online calculators but include your monthly outlay for savings/investing in the "debt" field (Roth...
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Honestly, I have been more thoughtful about my health and exercising and considered one of these bikes. The problem I had was you would have to buy shoes, other accessories, etc on top of it. I bought a NordicTrack treadmill on Prime Day instead. $550 delivered to the door. It is compatible with iF...
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Cycle wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:29 am
Not worth it IMO. Other low cost alternatives are available.
There are alternatives to anything, but there is not anything of comparable quality of both equipment and classes that I have found.
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk to me about Le Creuset
Replies: 53
Views: 6314

Re: Talk to me about Le Creuset

I have a Le Creuset big set plus three one-off pans plus some bakeware. Family of five, lots of cooking, one boy is 10 and eats like a grown man already :moneybag .... We have moved five times in two years, twice overseas, so I feel I have a REALLY good feel for what I need/use and what I don't for ...
by bungalow10
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine chiller
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Wine chiller

It's Friday late afternoon, I have been on the road all week for work. I don't have a bottle of wine chilled. Does anyone have a recommendation for a product or process to quickly chill a single bottle of wine to ~55F? I used to have a built in wine refrigerator, but that is overkill for what I need.
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Likelihood that someone finds practicing yoga in a third world setting attractive? Not very high. Likelihood that someone is drawn to practicing yoga with a glossy shoot done in a well-lit post industrial loft, in the company of the lithe and limber? Much higher. Same thing is going on here. YMCA h...
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why own a bed?
Replies: 140
Views: 10459

Re: Why own a bed?

We slept on these for six weeks when we first moved back to the US. They are $119 each, the size of a twin bed. Two together is a king. They were tough to get used to, but by the end I found them pretty comfy (VERY FIRM). They are currently in the kids' bedrooms as spare bed/couches. https://www.ike...
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

I think you hit on the one big, key difference between the two and it likely is only relevant for those of us that are cyclists as well as spin bike users. Cycling and spinning are two completely different things. To get an indoor cycling workout that benefits your outdoor cycling I think something...
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

I think you hit on the one big, key difference between the two and it likely is only relevant for those of us that are cyclists as well as spin bike users. Cycling and spinning are two completely different things. To get an indoor cycling workout that benefits your outdoor cycling I think something...
by bungalow10
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 11621

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

YES! I bought one in early April and love it. I have 60+ bike rides in and 40+ floor (core, arms, whole body) classes in. DH rides it too. Pros - I love the classes. There are about 9000 in the on-demand library and 5-15 new classes every day. The instructors are great, I have my favorites, DH has h...
by bungalow10
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 71
Views: 6603

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

hello, are mccormick gourmet spices better than the regular mccormick spices? how about compare with simply organic? or 365 brand? i enjoy finding good spices to cook. but i am also curious why mccormick stock has gone up so much recently. thanks. Penzey's. They have some stores, but their online s...
by bungalow10
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Closing Thursday but new house wall damaged by seller’s mover
Replies: 16
Views: 2521

Re: Closing Thursday but new house wall damaged by seller’s mover

It is an old house (1930s) not sure if it has anything to do with the drywall finishing? What issues I may encounter down the road because of drywall finishing? Ask them for $100-$200 to have someone come out fix it. If they don't agree I wouldn't sweat it. It looks easy enough to repair. More conc...
by bungalow10
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Closing Thursday but new house wall damaged by seller’s mover
Replies: 16
Views: 2521

Re: Closing Thursday but new house wall damaged by seller’s mover

Ask them for $100-$200 to have someone come out fix it. If they don't agree I wouldn't sweat it. It looks easy enough to repair. More concerning is that there doesn't appear to be any type of finish on top of the drywall ... I'd be more concerned about the lack of plaster skim coat on the entire wal...
by bungalow10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage refrigerator
Replies: 22
Views: 2982

Garage refrigerator

We just got rid of the garage refrigerator that came with our house. It wasn’t staying consistently cold and we think it was an electricity hog. It was about 27 years old. We want to replace it, but have had several people tell us we need a refrigerator specifically made for garages.. the Whirlpool ...
by bungalow10
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC installer just asked to borrow money..
Replies: 10
Views: 2234

Re: HVAC installer just asked to borrow money..

I had something similiar happen, and I've never had this happen before, in all my ~15 years of home ownership. We got four bids on wood floors and choose one based on quality, communication, and price. Entire install went absolutely perfect - quality, timeliness, cleanliness. I was thrilled. We paid...
by bungalow10
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you celebrate (potty trained kid) milestone with your spouse?
Replies: 93
Views: 5675

Re: How do you celebrate (potty trained kid) milestone with your spouse?

New underwear for the whole family?

Wine?

Make another baby?

In that order.
by bungalow10
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another home thread: 2mil / 40K in taxes
Replies: 59
Views: 5989

Re: Another home thread: 2mil / 40K in taxes

Of course you can afford it. DW & I just bought a house for $1.8M and we only make $300k combined. This. I bought a $800k house on $200k. Put a little extra down, cutting the budget back quite a bit. There are many parts of the country where houses are $700,000-$1M and households don't have the ben...
by bungalow10
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renter Insurance for Collage student living in Dorm?
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Renter Insurance for Collage student living in Dorm?

I think things like theft and water/fire damage are much more likely in a dorm environment. A friend of mine (back in the day) had her belongings in storage between college dorm moves and the storage unit burned down. All her stuff was replaced under her parents' insurance - including clothing, comp...
by bungalow10
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affresh or Clorox?
Replies: 10
Views: 1220

Re: Affresh or Clorox?

Clean the pump filter. The smell is the water that gets stuck in the pump. It gets musty, mustier the longer you go between loads. Bleach is temporary and will get stuck in the pump and potentially ruin the next load. Keeping the door open only lets the smell dissipate over time, rather than hittin...
by bungalow10
Tue May 22, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon - Hawaii Recommendations/Expected Costs
Replies: 27
Views: 2123

Re: Babymoon - Hawaii Recommendations/Expected Costs

Where are you flying from? Being from Chicago - the last thing I'd want to do while pregnant is a 7+ hour flight to Hawaii.
by bungalow10
Mon May 21, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a Vacation Rental Property as an Investment
Replies: 53
Views: 5105

Re: Buying a Vacation Rental Property as an Investment

Every new person I seem to meet these days is buying up vacation rental properties. Most have appreciated more than the rest of the market in recent years and they are seen as a "sure thing" from investment standpoints - which is a clue that we are at the top of the cycle. I met a couple this weeken...
by bungalow10
Mon May 21, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International travel for Christmas
Replies: 26
Views: 1793

International travel for Christmas

I have a lot of United miles that I'd love to use for a Christmas/Holiday 2018 international trip for me, DH, and our three kids (10, 8, 5). We briefly lived in Europe and find European travel easy, but wondering if there is somewhere else we should go. We all have passports and are good travelers, ...
by bungalow10
Thu May 17, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)
Replies: 51
Views: 3864

Re: Hot food flavoring (sauces, spices and peppers)

We love spicy food. Some of my favorite hot seasonings are ... - Yuzu from Trader Joes (condiment) - Harissa (can get this anywhere - great for roasted foods and in soups) - Canned chipotles (great for meats and bean soups for a low, slow heat that builds in your mouth) - Korean red chili paste (coo...
by bungalow10
Wed May 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 6436

Re: How to handle problem employee

SrGrumpy wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 3:15 pm
davebo wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 10:08 pm
She pauses and says "I'm sorry, I don't understand".
#I'mWithHer
Best comment of the thread. I'm just happy I'm not her.