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by yolli71
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else is doing home automation?
Replies: 64
Views: 3507

Re: Who else is doing home automation?

I picked up a Google Home display last week and have been going nuts since then. 1. Garage doors integrated. MyQ garage hub. Now I just have to say "Hey Google, close the garage doors" and it does it. Google can't open them yet for security reasons I guess. 2. Doorbell: Nest. "Hey Google, show me w...
by yolli71
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?
Replies: 23
Views: 1472

Re: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?

Go test drive a new Toyota Highlander Limited. My better half nixed the 350 based on aggresive front grill. Love the Highlander for in town or on the highway. Did this already. This was my first choice! However, after test driving the Highlander, newly used Volvo XC90, and the RX 350, my wife just ...
by yolli71
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?
Replies: 23
Views: 1472

Re: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?

I am in their market for exactly this vehicle - a low mileage used CPO RX350. Personally, I think what you are describing is a good price. I am currently looking in both an east cost city, and a Midwest city (moving soon), and have not seen many (if any) well optioned 2017s for sub $40,000 . A “ful...
by yolli71
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?
Replies: 23
Views: 1472

Buy Lexus CPO now or wait until end of Dec.?

We are looking to buy a newly used vehicle for my wife. She has decided on a Lexus RX 350. We found a 2017 that's fully loaded with 26k miles for just under 40k. It's a CPO (6 years, unlimited miles) and has 4.5 years left on the warranty. The dealership will also do free maintenance for the next 2 ...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 15070

Re: Black Friday 2018

86" LG 4k tv for $2,500 at Costco. Can't wait to put this big boy on the wall!
by yolli71
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy a new Volvo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: When to buy a new Volvo?

So for the CPO, can you negotiate like you would a new car? For example, I'm looking at cars.com and see this car: https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/749892067/overview/ I have no idea how to determine if this is a good deal or not, but the website says this is a good deal. Will dealers haggl...
by yolli71
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy a new Volvo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: When to buy a new Volvo?

Thanks for the replies everyone. Regarding CPO, does this mean buying used directly from the Volvo dealership? Or does this mean going to a place like CarMax?
by yolli71
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy a new Volvo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: When to buy a new Volvo?

I work for the Fed govt., so no company perks. I am a member of Costco. I live in the DC area and am also a member of the Checkbook CarBargains (though I know nothing about it). I'm also a PenFed member if that helps at all!
by yolli71
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy a new Volvo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

When to buy a new Volvo?

My wife is turning 40 in March. She told me as a bday present, she'd like to have a new car (it can be used as long it's within a couple of years and low mileage). Her choice at this point is a Volvo XC series (either 60 or 90, T6). She likes the way it looks and the safety ratings. Since she starte...
by yolli71
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system and outside cameras
Replies: 23
Views: 3738

Re: Home security system and outside cameras

I have the Ring doorbell and 5 outdoor floodlight cameras (all hardwired), along with the old Simplisafe alarm. I do not have the active monitoring service from Simplisafe. To date, I've been very happy with both. The Ring cameras are excellent IMO and Ring's customer service is top notch. Simplisaf...
by yolli71
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine
Replies: 74
Views: 6024

Re: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine

My wife has a CPAP that she's used for many years. I just showed her this thread, and she said her CPAP has a water reservoir but that she doesn't fill it, and has never used it. ?? Is this OK ?? I used to use water in my machine everyday until a coworker told me he didn't use his. I then called th...
by yolli71
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine
Replies: 74
Views: 6024

Re: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine

dm200 wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:31 pm
My wife uses a CPAP machine at night and the one she uses has a container for water. She buys "distilled" water.

Before I suggest this to her - I wonder if the condensed water from a dehumidifier might be satisfactory as a "free" alternative?
This might be the best thread of the year! :D
by yolli71
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 39282

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I just turned 47 last month... Negatives - I've been exercising and lifting weights on a fairly regular basis for 25 years, but now it's much harder to look fit and/or lose weight than in my 20s. This goes along with being able to eat what you want...can't do that anymore in your 40s like you could ...
by yolli71
Tue May 22, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 984
Views: 105914

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I've just completed 2 episodes (of 4) of the documentary Evil Genius and find it fascinating! I can't believe I don't remember this event taking place.
by yolli71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]
Replies: 51
Views: 3768

Re: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]

I believe the OP should just purchase the condo. They obviously seem to be leaning towards it and love it, and they can obviously afford it...it doesn't matter if it's the best financial decision. Even if it's not the "optimal" financial decision, my guess is that it will bring them the most happine...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]
Replies: 51
Views: 3768

Re: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]

Thanks all. I think we really want to do this and it makes sense to have somewhere we can go on spur of the moment. We are both retired so can go whenever we like. I would mostly want to rent it out in the winter season, saving a month for ourselves. Rent is at a premium then. It's hard to go throu...
by yolli71
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes! I'd be interested in hearing what you learn from the samples. I just had my blinds installed the other day. I ended up going through Costco. They sold Bali roller shades on their website for much less than any other ...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another shower question: ShowerGuard and Ultra Clear glass?
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Another shower question: ShowerGuard and Ultra Clear glass?

Does anyone have any experience with "ShowerGuard" or low iron "ultra clear" glass for their shower glass? These are two options that were presented to me for my new shower and I want to know if people are familiar with them, and if so, would you buy either one of them again? The ShowerGuard is $300...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?

Thanks for the responses...I'm feeling better about that configuration now!
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?

I'm in the middle of getting some estimates on a frameless glass shower for my master bath. I have a corner shower with a knee wall, so there will be 3 pieces of glass: 1 on top of the knee wall, 1 stationary panel, and a 28" door. The first 2 companies gave me estimates for 3/8" glass. However, the...
by yolli71
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes! I'd be interested in hearing what you learn from the samples. I'll post after making a decision and installing the shade. The prices from these 3 online stores are better than The Shade Store and Next Day Blinds. I'm...
by yolli71
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes!
by yolli71
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1686

Good store for roller shades?

I'm in the middle of remodeling my master bathroom and want to purchase roller shades for the big window in our bathroom. I've been to Next Day Blinds and The Shade Store. To my surprise, the material feels a lot like "paper." I was a little disappointed and was hoping for a heavier, higher quality ...
by yolli71
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 97
Views: 9507

Re: New Brake Pads

I had my oil changed today and found out I need new brake pads. They quoted me: $229 plus tax for front brake pads and resurface the front rotors $171 plus tax for rear brake pads Does this seem like a reasonable cost? Any suggestions? Sounds reasonable to me. I just had my rear pads and rotors rep...
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Didn't notice any issues w/ SunTouch. I'm open to either brand, but from what I read, it looks like Schluter Ditra is the "Mercedes Benz" of radiant heating systems, and it doesn't seem to be that much more expensive than the other top brands. That said, I don't know much about all of this so I'm wi...
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Thanks...looks like Schluter Ditra does well here too!
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Hmm...I don't know. I guess I'm open to all systems. I really don't know much about this stuff.

Thanks for the link...it looks like Schluter Ditra is held in high regard.
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Best radiant floor heating system?

We're looking to remodel our master bathroom and one thing my wife wants is heated tile floors. I don't want to worry about any issues so I'm willing to spend a little more for a reliable system. The tile salesperson we're dealing with recommended SunTouch. Does anyone have any experience and recomm...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy new iPhone?
Replies: 19
Views: 2440

Re: Where to buy new iPhone?

Okay, so from the responses I've seen so far, I should either buy the phone from Apple, Verizon, or now T-Mobile (which I'm not interested in switching providers at this time). I think I'm even more confused now! :oops: If there's no special advantage in going with Verizon, I think I'm inclined to b...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy new iPhone?
Replies: 19
Views: 2440

Where to buy new iPhone?

My wife has an iPhone 5 and she's ready to move up to a new phone. We're looking to purchase an iPhone 8, but where is the best place to purchase the new phone? Would it be directly from Apple or from our provider, Verizon? Or does it even matter? We were going to go to the Apple store, but then I w...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 43702

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

The OP question just seems kind of odd, no offense intended. I guess I don't see paying off a mortgage as some sort of huge accomplishment or sign of wealth. We had ours about half paid off, but then refinanced back up to the original amount to pay for a much needed remodel. We could have paid most...
by yolli71
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 43702

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

I find it strange how several here have said "I've only told my spouse." Although I'm not married, it seems odd to me that this is the type of event that needs to be communicated to a spouse, as if they'd ordinarily be clueless as to how much money they owed on their home. +1. +2. I understand frie...
by yolli71
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrade my Roku?
Replies: 34
Views: 3969

Re: Upgrade my Roku?

So I was planning on buying the new Fire TV but it's received bad reviews...lots of bugs. So now I'm not sure what to do. I want to buy a streaming device that has an Ethernet port and can play my Amazon Prime music, photos, videos, etc. Should I stick with the Fire TV or will Roku do all the same t...
by yolli71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 6432

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear...
by yolli71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 6432

Re: WiFi [extender]

Another vote for Google Wifi. I was having issues with my old Apple Time Capsule router and Netgear Wifi extender. I bought the Google Wifi and it was like night and day...even areas out on my deck get great coverage.
by yolli71
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 6016

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

I am having my bathroom painted. he painter said that the spots of mildew are because the exhaust is not powerful enough to suck up the moisture, and said that I should get it replaced. Any suggestions on what to go with? House is about 20 years old. And is it easy to install this, or should I call...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How useful is a home security system?
Replies: 82
Views: 9762

Re: How useful is a home security system?

I have a Ring doorbell and motion sensor floodlight cams outside of my house, and Blink cameras inside my home. I also have Simplisafe. I do not pay any monthly monitoring fees. It requires a little bit of money upfront, but it sure does provide peace of mind (especially for my wife when I'm on trav...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable
Replies: 21
Views: 2369

Re: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable

I personally have been with DirecTV for a long time and have been happy with them. I find the service to be good and they're always willing to work with me when I try to get discounts or lower the price. In fact, I just called them a couple of weeks ago b/c my rates had gone up after some old discou...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: Home security system

We purchased Simplisafe earlier this year. We have a 3 level home and we purchased entry sensors for every door and window in the basement and on the main floor. We did not buy a motion sensor b/c we didn't think we needed it since we covered all doors/windows. Plus, a friend of mine who has Simplis...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Replies: 37
Views: 3944

Re: Trip Cancellation Insurance.

We book ours through USAA (they have an arrangement with Travel Insured International). We actually just used ours earlier this year. We had a family vacation to the Caribbean planned in April and we missed our connecting flight due to bad weather. The next flight out was going to be in 2.5 days, so...
by yolli71
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honey app to save money on Amazon?
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Honey app to save money on Amazon?

I have it. It's not bad. It's saved me a little bit of money a couple of times. A lot of the deals they search for don't qualify, so many times you don't get any extra discounts. My wife doesn't like the app b/c she feels it gets in the way as she's trying to make a purchase, but to me it's a very m...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best internet service provider in Washington DC area?
Replies: 6
Views: 1015

Re: Best internet service provider in Washington DC area?

I live in Northern VA and have Cox and am very happy with them. However, I'm not sure if Cox is offered in Silver Spring...it might just be Comcast (along with Fios). If you had to choose between Fios and Comcast, I'd definitely go Fios as people around here complain about Comcast all the time.
by yolli71
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 67
Views: 15531

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Another thumbs up for Google Wifi. I was having trouble reaching certain areas of my home, so I ditched my Airport Time Capsule and bought the Netgear Orbi. I had trouble trying to set it up and I found Netgear support to be absolutely terrible (very difficult to reach, long wait times, etc.). I ret...
by yolli71
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humid basement
Replies: 39
Views: 3658

Re: Humid basement

Has anyone tried the DampRid Moisture Absorber?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DampRid-64-o ... /100391308

My coworker swears by this stuff, so I've been thinking of getting a couple for my basement.
by yolli71
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?

MAGI is 189k. I've done the Backdoor Roth for the past couple of years (just to play it safe) in the beginning of each year. It should be about the same this year. If this helps, I have about 140k in my new Vanguard taxable account (VTSAX, VGTSX, and VWITX) as I inherited 100k last year and I add $1...
by yolli71
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?

I'm guessing this has been discussed before but I couldn't find it in the search. Do most people recommend maxing out a standard TSP and putting any extra income in a taxable account, or just allocating all of your income to the Roth TSP? My wife and I are both federal employees with a combined inco...
by yolli71
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 4362

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

I truly cannot recommend the Google Wifi system enough. They're sold on Amazon and at Best Buy...I think they're on sale right now as mine was $274.99 (instead of the normal price of $299.99 I believe). Did you use with FIOS? Also, did you still use your current router? Thanks! No, I use Cox Cable....
by yolli71
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 4362

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

Currently have Verizon FIOS with their provided router and have terrible WIFI on the other side of my house - maybe 50 feet away. I've read I can do a repeater or add a second router that is connected with a Ethernet cable. The reviews on repeaters are iffy and there appears to be a lot of setup wi...
by yolli71
Wed May 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?
Replies: 54
Views: 9716

Re: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?

Thanks all. After thinking about it yesterday, I've decided that it is worth it to me to have a sharp looking house. I will keep my costs down where possible, but spending on the house to have a nice looking house is worthwhile. My wife and I don't spend a lot of money on ourselves per se, but if t...
by yolli71
Fri May 19, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3614

Re: Where to get oil change?

I live in the DC metro area and always get my oil change and tire rotation for $19.99. If you go online, you'll find coupons at Mr. Tire or NTB. After taxes and fees, it comes out to be closer to $25 or so. Mr. Tire also has their own card (similar to a Target REDcard) where they take another $10 of...