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by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 138
Views: 9801

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

Google has raised the price of Youtube TV by 30% to $64.99/month. Late last year it was increased by 25% from $39.99 to $49.99. It's a good service, but the constant price increases make it less appealing. What's really objectionable about this is the huge percentage increase right in the middle of...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1720

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

Thanks...I'll look into those links for the more discreet antennas. Okay, so let's say I find the perfect antenna for me. If we got this antenna, I'm assuming it would still: 1. Require us to switch tv inputs every time we go from a cable channel (like from Sling or Philo), say CNN for example, to ...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1720

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

To answer above, our HOA doesn't allow rooftop antennas. This restriction is likely illegal, especially if it prevents you from receiving adequate reception. https://www.fcc.gov/media/over-air-reception-devices-rule Thank you. As someone else mentioned earlier, I don't think that's a battle I'd wan...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1720

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

Thanks...I'll look into those links for the more discreet antennas. Okay, so let's say I find the perfect antenna for me. If we got this antenna, I'm assuming it would still: 1. Require us to switch tv inputs every time we go from a cable channel (like from Sling or Philo), say CNN for example, to a...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1720

Re: How do HD OTA Antennas work?

I've read that real estate agents hate seeing a rooftop antenna. It supposedly signals "obsolete interior" or "older, neglectful owners" to potential buyers. But could the OP please elaborate on his specifications? It's simply unreasonable to set conditions that call for unsatisfactory results. The...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do HD OTA Antennas work?
Replies: 41
Views: 1720

How do HD OTA Antennas work?

I've been on the YouTube TV thread and didn't want to hijack w/ this question, so I started a new thread and have 3 general questions. If I were to cut YouTube TV, what is the easiest way to get HD local channels? Here's the caveat: I do not want an antenna on my roof, in my attic, or attached to th...
by yolli71
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 138
Views: 9801

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

Unfortunately I researched it last night and looked at all the other options, and for me, I just don't see any other subscriptions that are better than YouTube TV for my needs. Fubo, Sling, AT&T, Hulu, and Philo all have their issues. I want local channels, sports, a good DVR, and some basic cable c...
by yolli71
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 138
Views: 9801

Re: Streaming TV options (YouTube TV raising rates AGAIN)

I am a big fan of YouTube TV, but with this price increase it’s not worth it anymore and I will definitely be canceling right before the bill with the price increase. The two options I am considering are: — Hulu w/ Live TV — Sling with extra Cloud DVR (as discussed above) I already have regular Hul...
by yolli71
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Open new tab when clicking on link?
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Open new tab when clicking on link?

Oh got it...thank you!
by yolli71
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Open new tab when clicking on link?
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Open new tab when clicking on link?

Hi - whenever I click onto a hyperlink in someone's post, it automatically leaves the Bogleheads forum and goes to that link. Is there an option to have the hyperlink open up in a new tab so it doesn't mess with my current Bogleheads page? I have this set up correctly in my browser (Chrome) settings...
by yolli71
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?
Replies: 32
Views: 2288

Re: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?

I replaced my roof a few years ago and previously only had an electric powered attic fan. I got a few estimates and all of them recommended ridge vents. The company I chose end up installing a ridge vent and replacing my electric attic fan with a solar attic fan. They told me the solar attic fan wou...
by yolli71
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach condo ownership?
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Beach condo ownership?

Thanks everyone, especially Carefreeap, for the tips and advice! I'm going to reach out to my CPA and ask some questions about this. I've also been trying to reach out to current condo owners to ask for the ins and outs. I spoke with a loan officer yesterday and they pre-qualified me and gave me an ...
by yolli71
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach condo ownership?
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Beach condo ownership?

For now I'm thinking of renting out through VRBO. A friend of mine owns a unit at Sea Colony and he said he has the management company handle everything, but they charge 16%. Beachfront condos during July and August can bring in 4k per week, so that would be around 5k going to the management company...
by yolli71
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach condo ownership?
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Beach condo ownership?

My wife and I are thinking about purchasing a beachfront condo at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Delaware. I have a couple of questions... 1. Is anyone familiar with Sea Colony (East), and if so, have you ever owned there? If so, do you have any advice? 2. I'd like to understand the tax implications w...
by yolli71
Tue May 19, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Composite AND wood deck?
Replies: 15
Views: 1022

Re: Composite AND wood deck?

I'm in the same position and thinking the same as the OP. Additional, off-topic, inquiry. What is the current state of composite standing up to dogs (scratching)? Anyone with multiple dogs regret installing composite on the deck? I obviously don't have first hand experience, but based on the resear...
by yolli71
Mon May 18, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Composite AND wood deck?
Replies: 15
Views: 1022

Composite AND wood deck?

I live in the Washington, D.C. area and have a standard pressure treated wood deck that's around 365 sq ft. It stands about 10 feet off the ground and I have no stairs. My deck is 22 years old but is in pretty good shape overall. Every few years, I spend around 1k to hire people to come out and powe...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which new kid's bike to buy online?
Replies: 42
Views: 1746

Re: Which new kid's bike to buy online?

We just bought our kids, 10 & 8, Woom bikes. Really nice, high quality, extremely light bikes...but it will run you around $500 per bike. Our kids love them. Made in USA too which is also nice.
by yolli71
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus Flight Cancel Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 14485

Re: Coronavirus Flight Cancel Thread

Goal: to help each other find the most efficient and effective way to solve the problem of travel cancellations due to COVID. Let's aggregate some of our experiences here, ideally keeping details brief and factual. 1. Who successfully cancelled their flight? 2. What airline? 3. Full or partial refu...
by yolli71
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Risk tolerance and asset allocation with mathematics
Replies: 99
Views: 6110

Re: Risk tolerance and asset allocation with mathematics

So can someone briefly translate the OP's post for the common folk (like me)? Is he saying most people should just stick with a Target Retirement fund? My cliff notes: - Don’t focus on the most efficient portfolio. Just whichever one produces the best risk and return trade off for your circumstance...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.
Replies: 89
Views: 7632

Re: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.

At the risk of asking a dumb question, does anyone have a suggestion about how I can determine the age of my water heater. All I know is that it was in the house we bought in 1996. I've looked all over the water heater but can't find any date. I don't know but I was in a similar situation as you. M...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Risk tolerance and asset allocation with mathematics
Replies: 99
Views: 6110

Re: Risk tolerance and asset allocation with mathematics

So can someone briefly translate the OP's post for the common folk (like me)? Is he saying most people should just stick with a Target Retirement fund?
by yolli71
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you ever use cash?
Replies: 228
Views: 13594

Re: Do you ever use cash?

In the last year I have started using my credit card for everything. It is so much easier. For some reason I had the idea that using cash was quicker and easier but it is not. The only thing I have used cash for in the last year is to pay people working on my house, maid service and yard service. A...
by yolli71
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?
Replies: 99
Views: 7277

Re: Do you buy plastic bags for your home trash bins?

My wife has a frugal habit she can't shake. For our home trash cans, she used the grocery plastic bags we get from our shopping trip. It's cost effective and allows multiple use of one item which is good for the environment. However, it's not pleasant on the eyes. The bags does not fit perfectly to...
by yolli71
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a minivan worth it?
Replies: 86
Views: 6704

Re: Is a minivan worth it?

Most Adults: "I just can't do the minivan, they just are not my style (aka not cool)" Me: "We are adults now, just accept the fact we are not cool anymore and a vehicle is not going to change that." LOL...this was the EXACT conversation I had with my wife. She wanted an SUV before I talked her into...
by yolli71
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a minivan worth it?
Replies: 86
Views: 6704

Re: Is a minivan worth it?

Most Adults: "I just can't do the minivan, they just are not my style (aka not cool)" Me: "We are adults now, just accept the fact we are not cool anymore and a vehicle is not going to change that." LOL...this was the EXACT conversation I had with my wife. She wanted an SUV before I talked her into...
by yolli71
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a minivan worth it?
Replies: 86
Views: 6704

Re: Is a minivan worth it?

I'm considering buying a new minivan Honda Odyssey with entertainment system. They run around 37K. Are they worth it? I have two kids that fit in my sedan but sometimes with the wife sitting in the back it gets a bit cramped. They're infants/toddlers so my wife sits in the back to take care of them...
by yolli71
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quinceanera?
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Quinceanera?

I am not a padrino or anything like that. These are just pretty good friends of ours. My wife is also helping them set up later today. I honestly don't know how much they're spending, but to invite 130 people, rent out the country club and have it catered with Mexican food and desserts, and include ...
by yolli71
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quinceanera?
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Quinceanera?

My family is attending our first quinceanera tonight. Any rule of thumb on how much cash we should give? Apparently this thing will be like a wedding reception. My buddy said he is spending a lot of money on this party. They invited 130 people and it’s being held at the local country club with dinne...
by yolli71
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Feds re: liability insurance...
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

Re: Question for Feds re: liability insurance...

I do not know anything about the insurance. But before relying on it or paying for it, she should know how she is covered without the insurance. A federal employee is covered for any action that occurs properly within their scope of employment as long as the action is supported by her training and ...
by yolli71
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Feds re: liability insurance...
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

Re: Question for Feds re: liability insurance...

I would expect the explanations to be on a website somewhere. Find it, read it, then ask questions. (Universities have something similar for faculty members...and it's on a website). I had already done that prior to posting. I know what FEPLI is...I wanted to get peoples' opinions and experiences w...
by yolli71
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6461

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Oh darn! Welp...I guess I'll be switching to YouTube TV. That was my 2nd choice and my cousin swears by it.
by yolli71
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Feds re: liability insurance...
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

Question for Feds re: liability insurance...

Is anyone familiar with federal employee professional liability insurance (FEPLI)? My wife was promoted to a GS-15 earlier this summer and is currently doing her first set of employee performance appraisals. She is especially concerned about 1 of her employees and how this employee will react when s...
by yolli71
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zinus Mattress - 8, 10, 12, or 14 Inch?
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Zinus Mattress - 8, 10, 12, or 14 Inch?

We bought the 10" and when we received it, it measured closer to 8". They did not send the wrong mattress either...it just did not expand to the full 10". So we ordered another one and the same exact thing happened. I don't know if we were just unlucky, but it's something to consider. The mattress w...
by yolli71
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mid-Century Sofa - Quality of Online Brands / Midrange Chains
Replies: 36
Views: 5055

Re: Mid-Century Sofa - Quality of Online Brands / Midrange Chains

Looking to buy a specific style of mid-century modern sofa. You probably know the look: woven fabric, square arms, tufted cushions, and tapered legs. I probably either want one with a matching ottoman or a reversible chaise. Quite a few brands carry some variation on it and I think I've narrowed it...
by yolli71
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1952
Views: 211755

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

sixtyforty wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:29 am
Have two episodes left of Unbelievable on Netflix. True story. Incredibly well done. Hard not to binge watch the whole thing.
Agreed.
by yolli71
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1952
Views: 211755

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

City on a Hill - Showtime. Kevin Bacon w/ a fantastic job of acting.
by yolli71
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 3196

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

Not to hijack this thread, but does anyone have any suggestions on a family-friendly, yet somewhat nice, place to stay in Boston for a family of 4 during the winter? We're planning a short trip to Boston from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 to see a Celtics game. While there, we also plan on going to a kid-frien...
by yolli71
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6461

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

With any of these options is there a way to watch any complete out-of-area football game? I am so fed up with Direct TV over the past year and am ready to get ride of it after 20 years but the only thing keeping me is the NFL Sunday Ticket. I'm in the NJ/NYC market and would like to watch more than...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6461

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

I switched from DirecTV to Vue around 6 months ago and just noticed that my Core Package has increased from $50 to $55/mo. :annoyed
by yolli71
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6461

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Not to thread jack, but does anybody know of any streaming service that includes the Pac-12 network? I currently have YouTube TV and I love it, but would consider ditching it for another provider that has Pac-12... Fubo TV is great for sports and has Pac-12. They even have a sports package that inc...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 6461

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

I also do PS Vue. You do not need to have a Playstation gaming system to watch the Vue (which is what I had previously thought). I have Apple TV, Roku, and Fire Stick....they all work great.
by yolli71
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise advice?
Replies: 45
Views: 3547

Re: Cruise advice?

Many cruise "add ons", etc. can really inflate the cost of the cruise. It seems that cruise lines continue to find ever more creative ways to charge for "extras" on the cruise, some of which have been around for a while and some are relatively new... liquor purchases, drink packages, mini bars in t...
by yolli71
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise advice?
Replies: 45
Views: 3547

Re: Cruise advice?

Thanks for the advice, especially from those who have take this cruise before...some very useful information! So for these nicer dinners, can I wear a polo style shirt with slacks or khakis? Or do I need to wear a button up shirt and sports coat? Also, are there usually any bottled waters supplied i...
by yolli71
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise advice?
Replies: 45
Views: 3547

Cruise advice?

I'll be going on my first cruise in over 30 years this Thursday. It's a 9 night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas leaving Baltimore and heading up to New England and Canada. It'll be me, my wife, my 2 kids (9 and 7) and some other relatives who will be visiting from AZ. Since my wife ...
by yolli71
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 6274

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

Update: If everyone recalls, I got estimates from a company to replace my water heater about a week ago. For a 75 gallon heater, the total was $2,600. The 50 gallon version of the same water heater was 2k. The tankless was $4,200. I just had a company that only does tankless systems provide me an es...
by yolli71
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 6274

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

Thanks for the responses everyone. So I had 2 different companies come by yesterday to provide estimates. I haven't received the quotes yet but I'll post them when I receive them. The first company said something interesting though. He recommended sticking with 75 gallons b/c that's what I already h...
by yolli71
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 6274

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

We currently have a 21 year old, 75 gallon gas water heater located in the basement of our home. Being that it's 21 years old, I'm considering having it replaced. When I got on estimate to have it replaced with another 75 gallon heater (State Water Heater model SGS675XRRS), the total estimate was $...
by yolli71
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 6274

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

Why not a tankless water heater? We had a Rinnai tankless installed 5 years ago and it's been great, infinite hot water. How does the upfront cost of tankless compare? The estimate we got from the same company for a Navien tankless was $4,200. I haven't really considered the tankless b/c it's expen...
by yolli71
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 6274

50 or 75 gallon water heater?

We currently have a 21 year old, 75 gallon gas water heater located in the basement of our home. Being that it's 21 years old, I'm considering having it replaced. When I got on estimate to have it replaced with another 75 gallon heater (State Water Heater model SGS675XRRS), the total estimate was $2...
by yolli71
Fri May 31, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a home and renting out the extra bedrooms
Replies: 22
Views: 2582

Re: Buying a home and renting out the extra bedrooms

I did this. I bought my first townhouse at age 27 in 1998 for 200k with 3% down. I brought 2 friends with me who lived with me for a couple of years. During the 6 years I lived in that townhouse, I cycled through several friends and co-workers. I luckily only had to post 1 ad during those 6 years an...