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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: 1070

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: 19
Views: 1057

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: 1477
Views: 151746

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: 1477
Views: 151746

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: 2627

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: 45
Views: 3430

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: 45
Views: 3430

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: 45
Views: 3430

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: 45
Views: 3430

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: 3051

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: 3051

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: 3051

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: 4431

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: 4431

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: 4431

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: 4431

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: 4431

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: 2462

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...
by yolli71
Thu May 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chrome or Brushed Nickel [Bathroom fixtures]
Replies: 29
Views: 3174

Re: Chrome or Brushed Nickel

We remodeled our master bathroom last year. What we found is that while my wife and I both prefer brushed or satin nickel over chrome, it was hard to find all the different fixtures we wanted where the brushed nickel perfectly matched. For example, we purchased a Hansgrohe shower handle and head, a ...
by yolli71
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 5161

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

I had a power outage a few weeks ago on a day that 3 of my favorite were supposed to be recording on my Dish satellite DVR. I signed up for a trial of Youtube TV so I wouldn't miss the shows. When the power came back, I tried watching the shows. The experience was just horrid. It wasn't possible to...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 5161

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

I just cut the cord 3 weeks ago and elected to go with Playstation Vue...Youtube TV was my second choice. The main reason we didn't go with Youtube was b/c of the channels it was missing. These new channels make Youtube much more compelling to me...not having HGTV was a no-go for my wife when we wer...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1477
Views: 151746

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

Narcos Mexico on Netflix. Absolutely fantastic. Also just watched the Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix (FX) which was also excellent. I didn't remember Andrew Cunanan murdering other people before Versace, and the actor who plays Cunanan did a phenomenal job...he was one scary character.
by yolli71
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi range from Ring doorbell
Replies: 8
Views: 781

Re: Wifi range from Ring doorbell

I don't know if people consider this frugal, but you can buy a Google Wifi 4-pack at Costco for $300. I have a Ring doorbell, 1 stickup cam in the garage, and 5 floodlights around my house and they all work flawlessly with my Google wifi. Prior to my Google Wifi, I had an Apple Airport Time Capsule ...
by yolli71
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's Your Opinion on Nest Thermostats
Replies: 62
Views: 5359

Re: What's Your Opinion on Nest Thermostats

I have the NEST Thermostat "E" model (less expensive) and will say this from experience: No matter what the Nest website says on compatibility, you absolutely need to make sure you have a C wire ran from your Nest Thermostat to your furnace (usually Blue, but verify connectivity; never assume the H...
by yolli71
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One week family vacation in Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Replies: 38
Views: 2229

Re: One week family vacation in Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area

I enjoy Hollywood Beach which is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It's more mellow and very family friendly. We stay at the Margaritaville there and it's really nice. We always uber when we go on our trips and it's pretty inexpensive. I've done this three times now...twice with just my wife and on...
by yolli71
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4705
Views: 1207428

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just rented Bohemian Rhapsody. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife had no interest in seeing this movie b/c she was born in '79 and barely knows any Queen songs, but she admitted that she loved the movie after it ended. I know some critics have panned the movie b/c it wasn't "totally" accur...
by yolli71
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Setting up home office for first time
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Setting up home office for first time

Thanks for all the replies. To answer some questions, I have 100Mbps so internet is good. My wife works for the same agency I do and she really wants a home office (which is the main reason we're doing this) and she was the one who wanted dual monitors (or a large monitor). She has dual monitors at ...
by yolli71
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Setting up home office for first time
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Setting up home office for first time

I'm in the process of setting up a home office as I plan to start teleworking a little bit this year. I'm a Fed and have a Dell laptop for work. My agency doesn't cover my home office setup, so I was hoping to get some advice since I'm not a computer expert. Can someone tell me: 1. If I want dual mo...
by yolli71
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Tech Gadget Would you Buy?
Replies: 85
Views: 5803

Re: What Tech Gadget Would you Buy?

Another vote for home gadgets (Ring, Nest, Blink, Rachio, Sense, Alexa devices, etc.). Sonos might be nice too (I'm thinking about that).
by yolli71
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dumb question about Backdoor Roth conversion...
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: Dumb question about Backdoor Roth conversion...

mhc wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:34 pm
Whole thing. You'll get taxed on the gains, but that's not a big deal.
Thank you!
by yolli71
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dumb question about Backdoor Roth conversion...
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Dumb question about Backdoor Roth conversion...

I placed 6k in my Vanguard tIRA account a couple of weeks ago. I'm ready to transfer to my Roth account, but the tIRA account is at $6,010.62. Can I transfer that whole amount over to my Roth, or just 6k?
by yolli71
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4705
Views: 1207428

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Abducted In Plain Sight. Documentary on Netflix. Craziest thing I think I've seen. Absolutely mindblowing.
by yolli71
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long does lunch meat last?
Replies: 44
Views: 3787

Re: How long does lunch meat last?

I've tested this out and learned the hard way. I vomited after eating turkey lunch meat after 7 days. I then used a cutoff of 5 days and vomited one time doing that as well. For the past few years my cutoff is 4 days, and I've never gotten sick since. Now this only applies to the lunch meat they sli...
by yolli71
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4705
Views: 1207428

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

fyre on netflix. documentary on the fyre music festival in the bahamas that never happened. well worth the 90 minutes. Agreed. I had no idea any of that happened. You can't make some stuff up. Yep...I just watched this and thoroughly enjoyed it too. Never heard of this festival until the other day.
by yolli71
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: finding a good plumber
Replies: 19
Views: 1396

Re: finding a good plumber

I also use Nextdoor.com. That's how I found my go-to electrician and plumber. I also prefer one-man shops rather than big plumbing companies.
by yolli71
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber/Lyft where do you sit?
Replies: 42
Views: 4215

Re: Uber/Lyft where do you sit?

Back. Either driver or passenger side (not in the middle). I guess the only reason is because this is what I used to do for cabs, so I continued doing the same thing with Uber/Lyft.
by yolli71
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else is doing home automation?
Replies: 64
Views: 4123

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: 1709

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: 1709

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: 1709

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: 16140

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 4118

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: 6503

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: 6503

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: 180
Views: 41398

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: 1477
Views: 151746

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.