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by catdude
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all iPhone SE Bogleheads
Replies: 54
Views: 3569

Re: Calling all iPhone SE Bogleheads

David Jay wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:26 pm
Love my SE but I am thinking about a 7, it is only a half inch longer and Apple is clearancing them on the website: $499
Consumer Cellular has it for $300....

https://www.consumercellular.com/Products/748/Details
by catdude
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...
Replies: 36
Views: 4217

Re: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...

sd323232 wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:57 pm
Can you wait and buy TV on black Friday for 50% off? Or you need TV asap? Black Friday you can get really good TV at nice discount.
That's a good idea, thanks. I just may do that....
by catdude
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...
Replies: 36
Views: 4217

Re: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...

For your needs I’d get a decent 65”. Usually a 75” in the same class is nearly 2X a decent 65”. The sweet spot on pricing right now is definitely 65”. I’d get a Samsung. I’ve had great success with them. I have 4 in my house. OLED Fromm LG/Sony is most definitely a better picture, but not worth the...
by catdude
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Moving from Edward Jones to Vanguard]
Replies: 18
Views: 1943

Re: [Moving from Edward Jones to Vanguard]

David Jay wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:04 pm
$1500 in capital gains at your capital gains rate (rate depends on your income) isn’t a lot of money ($375 at 15%, for example).
I think you mean $225, don't you?
by catdude
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...
Replies: 36
Views: 4217

Re: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...

If I was buying today I would opt for a 75” because 1) the cost delta over ~10-13 years is minimal 2) the cost delta (absolute) is not material and 3) the space we have the TV is a large room where 100” wouldn’t be oversized (large living room with open kitchen, couch is 15’ from tv but could go ba...
by catdude
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...
Replies: 36
Views: 4217

I'm gonna need a bigger TV...

Hi Bogleheads - I've decided I need a bigger TV; my current one is 50", I want to get a 65" model. I don't watch a great deal of TV... mostly sports, via an OTA antenna, or Roku/YouTubeTV... My budget is roughly $550 - $600. I've got my eye on this one from Best Buy -- https://www.bestbuy.com/site/l...
by catdude
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco washer/dryer delivery: tipping?
Replies: 54
Views: 3727

Re: Costco washer/dryer delivery: tipping?

I'm the guy who started that other thread on tipping movers. But separately from that issue, a few days ago I had a refrigerator and washer & dryer delivered. It was a fair amount of work for the delivery guys, so I tipped them each $20. Perhaps more than what's appropriate, but they seemed to appre...
by catdude
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?
Replies: 99
Views: 10679

Re: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?

123,

Thanks much for the link. Very enlightening thread... lots of opinions on this topic, but after reading that thread I wish I'd tipped those guys at least 40 bucks each.
by catdude
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?
Replies: 99
Views: 10679

Did I commit a tipping faux pas?

Hi there Bogleheads - I recently moved... I hired a moving company to haul my stuff from the old house to the new one. Their fee was about $575. They sent two guys out to do the job, which took about five hours. When their work was done, I told them that I didn't know the protocol for such situation...
by catdude
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 122
Views: 7895

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

SuperGrafx wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:14 pm
I used to enjoy Ben & Jerry's, but their liberal viewpoints and politics have made me look elsewhere.
Say no more, dude, I don't want this essential thread to get locked... 8-)
by catdude
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3381

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Are you sure Fubo has ESPN and MLB? I've checked their website thoroughly and don't see any indication of that. Apologies, I had the youtube tv and Fubo pages up side by side and pulled the wrong one. You are correct. I submit myself humbly to the forum for my 40 lashes. :( No problemo dude, I've b...
by catdude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3381

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 catdude
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3381

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 catdude
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?

Thanks folks for the feedback. It sounds like there's a good chance the title company will require a wire transfer, so that's what I'll probably wind up doing. But I'll be careful -- I'll independently verify the title company's phone number, and call them and confirm the wire instructions.
by catdude
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3381

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...
by catdude
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?

bubbadog wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:35 am
Are you using a title company to handle the closing?
Yes, I am...
by catdude
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

House purchase (cash)... wire transfer or cashier's check?

Howdy y'all.... In a couple weeks I'm going to be closing on the purchase of a newly built house. This will be an all-cash transaction. I've already been warned to be suspicious of emailed wire transfer instructions. Apparently nowadays scammers are adept at sending bogus wire transfer instructions ...
by catdude
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 122
Views: 7895

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

bengal22 wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:52 pm
Yes UDF is the cat's meow.
I guess I am obliged to get some. :mrgreen:
by catdude
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 122
Views: 7895

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

I picked up a tub of B&J's Milk & Cookies this morning at the grocery store, based upon a recommendation upthread. It's great! :)
by catdude
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 122
Views: 7895

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

Sconie wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:03 pm
Remember too, Ben & Jerry's is no longer some funky, albeit specialized, ice cream company----rather, it is just another multi-million revenues subsidiary of Unilever.
This is quite disillusioning... 8-)
by catdude
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 122
Views: 7895

Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

So lately Ben & Jerry's ice cream has been on sale at the local grocery store... I've bought the stuff several times. I love it. The thing is, at the regular price (around $5.50 for a 16-oz tub) it's outrageously expensive. I imagine that, ounce for ounce, it's 3 or 4 times as expensive at other bra...
by catdude
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage for Retirees
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Mortgage for Retirees

Sandtrap wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:57 pm
j.
(love those cats!!!)
Thanks!! :beer
by catdude
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage for Retirees
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Mortgage for Retirees

I'm retired and in the process of selling my current home and buying a newly built one. A couple weeks ago it looked like I might need to get a mortgage to buy the new house, so I talked to a mortgage broker. My pension income is fairly modest, but he qualified me for a mortgage ("just in case") bas...
by catdude
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon delivery
Replies: 17
Views: 1617

Re: Amazon delivery

Amazon no longer promises 2-day deliver for all Prime items. Shipping times vary even for Prime items ordered by Prime customers. Customers are also now split between those who live close to a distribution center, who get fast delivery, and those who aren't, who get slower delivery. They are trying...
by catdude
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12363

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

I'm pretty sure I checked 100-ct vs. 100-ct... But I just now checked Amazon's prices again. Their current price for SFB French Roast, 100-ct, is $45.93. Still haven't seen the 100-count on Amazon. Here it is (at least it shows up on my computer)... https://www.amazon.com/Francisco-single-serve-Fre...
by catdude
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12363

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

If I'm looking at the right item mentioned in your OP, it's a 120-pack, vs 100-pack at Costco. Explains part (but not all) of the higher price. I'm pretty sure I checked 100-ct vs. 100-ct... But I just now checked Amazon's prices again. Their current price for SFB French Roast, 100-ct, is $45.93. T...
by catdude
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12363

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

If I'm looking at the right item mentioned in your OP, it's a 120-pack, vs 100-pack at Costco. Explains part (but not all) of the higher price. I'm pretty sure I checked 100-ct vs. 100-ct... But I just now checked Amazon's prices again. Their current price for SFB French Roast, 100-ct, is $45.93. T...
by catdude
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12363

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

As others have pointed out, old news. Amazon used to do price matches, no more. They used to do price adjustments when their own prices dropped, no more. At the same time other retailers have gotten more aggressive about competing with Amazon. I've seen instances of higher prices at Amazon (compare...
by catdude
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12363

Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

Hi Bogleheads - The other day I was at Costco and checked the price on San Francisco Bay coffee k-cups. They had the SFB French Roast variety for $29.99 (100-count). Later that day I checked the price on Amazon. It was $44.28. Yikes! Amazon is 48% higher than Costco on this item! :shock: I realize i...
by catdude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Calculator
Replies: 12
Views: 1204

Re: Financial Calculator

A few years ago I experimented with other HP financial calculators, but I found that I missed my HP12C and RPN. Once you learn RPN it's tough to switch to a different method. So I went back to my trusty 12C and have been using it ever since...
by catdude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 183
Views: 27557

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

As I just posted, the $60 plan I just received was for Select, and streaming is included. Not for me, wasn’t available. It’s a brand new tier. I also ended up with Lite, although when I check my account it claims I have both Select and Select Lite. Seems like it's another thing we need to insist on...
by catdude
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 183
Views: 27557

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Hi, OP here. This morning, it was "that time" again. Time to call Sirius XM ... my subscription was expiring and I needed to do the song-and-dance to get my low rate extended. I told their CSR that I needed to cancel my service because my subscription would be renewing at a much higher rate. He offe...
by catdude
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help with vacation locations
Replies: 45
Views: 2121

Re: Please help with vacation locations

Complete opposite to Disney World - Consider visiting US national parks which can be done on a budget. You can pick your adventure level. I will never forget the first time I saw Yosemite valley. It's so beautiful it will bring tears to your eyes. Yosemite is simply amazing. You have the valley, Ha...
by catdude
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer
Replies: 44
Views: 3447

Re: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer

HueyLD wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Catdude

Have you measured the dimensions of your kitchen and laundry room yet?

One of my neighbors bought a fridge that was inches too wide and too deep for the kitchen refrigerator space.
Huey - thnx for the tip. Indeed I did! I was at my new house this morning and did the measuring thing.
by catdude
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer
Replies: 44
Views: 3447

Re: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer

Thanks y'all for sharing your experiences. It's a big help. I think I'll be steering clear of LG and Samsung models. I'll also be paying a visit to Costco... it hadn't occurred to me to buy from them. I already have a Costco membership and will definitely check out their selection.

Thanks again!
by catdude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer
Replies: 44
Views: 3447

Re: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer

mainiac wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:55 pm
Happy shopping. Please keep the cats happy!
Thanks. I'm retired now so keeping the cats happy is my job!
by catdude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer
Replies: 44
Views: 3447

Re: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer

Lots of good feedback so far, folks, thanks! Keep it up...
ResearchMed wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:37 pm
As for the cats, perhaps a new window perch in on order for them? :wink:

RM
Good idea, I'll get to work on this... 8-)
by catdude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer
Replies: 44
Views: 3447

New house... need to buy fridge and washer & dryer

Hi Bogleheads - In September I'll be buying and moving into a newly constructed house. I've told the cats about this but they don't seem all that excited... :) Anyway, I'll need to get a new refrigerator, as well as a washer and dryer set. My budget is roughly $1500 for the fridge, and another $1500...
by catdude
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 183
Views: 27557

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Sirius XM has become more valuable to me over the past couple weeks... The web/app version became included in the subscription for free. So now I've got Sirius XM at home on my Alexa's and at work, w/headphones while exercising, etc. I feel this was a good move on their part. I agree. I like their ...
by catdude
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apollo 11 (In Real Time)
Replies: 62
Views: 4893

Re: Apollo 11 (In Real Time)

Sounds like Armstrong is just about ready to come down the ladder...

Thanks OP for posting this link. This is great stuff!
by catdude
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Invest in career change to Accounting for 37 yr old? Would it be foolish?
Replies: 145
Views: 7863

Re: Invest in career change to Accounting for 37 yr old? Would it be foolish?

Retired CPA here. OP, don't let go of accounting just yet. Take a couple of accounting classes and see how you feel about it. The CPA credential opened a lot of doors for me. I wound up going to work for a municipality... salary wasn't great but the benefits were. The pension and retiree health insu...
by catdude
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got robbed in London...Phone stolen...what else do I need to do?
Replies: 56
Views: 7954

Re: Got mugged in London...Phone stolen...what else do I need to do?

Do you have an iPad with you? Can you run Find My iPhone?

Edit: Never mind. I just re-read your OP and realized your iPhone has been de-activated...
by catdude
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel
Replies: 47
Views: 7378

WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel

Hi Bogleheads - Personally, I haven't flown internationally since the mid-1990's. And I have no plans to do so anytime soon. So the smartphone app that's talked about in this Washington Post story, "Mobile Passport", won't benefit me. But it sounds like a fabulous app. Has anybody in Boglehead land ...
by catdude
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you share your net worth with family members?
Replies: 252
Views: 21211

Re: Do you share your net worth with family members?

I shared it with my older brother awhile back, mainly because he'll be the executor of my estate if/when I go belly up. Basically I just gave him a copy of my Vanguard account statement (and my will) so that he'll know where to find my assets. I'm not worried about him hawking me for money cuz he's ...
by catdude
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a home in a resort community?
Replies: 24
Views: 4053

Re: Should I buy a home in a resort community?

Y'all - I'm reviving this thread just to let everyone know that I did not buy a home in the resort area. Instead I'm buying one in the larger community... a single family home (new construction)... It'll be a single-story house with an attached 2-car garage. I've basically been living in townhouses ...
by catdude
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How safe are pensions in the U.S.?
Replies: 87
Views: 9509

Re: How safe are pensions in the U.S.?

Here's a good resource for keeping tabs on pensions...

http://www.pensiontsunami.com
by catdude
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a home in a resort community?
Replies: 24
Views: 4053

Re: Should I buy a home in a resort community?

Thanks again everyone, very much, for your feedback. I am much obliged. I've done a bit of research and found several quarterly bulletins (from the management company to homeowners) on-line. I learned that the property was sold about a year ago, and is under new management. Do y'all suppose that tha...
by catdude
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a home in a resort community?
Replies: 24
Views: 4053

Re: Should I buy a home in a resort community?

InvestorThom wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Is this A) a resort; B) a development in a resort town; C) a resort-style planned residential neighborhood.
As best I can tell, it's (C) -- a resort-style planned residential neighborhood ...
by catdude
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a home in a resort community?
Replies: 24
Views: 4053

Re: Should I buy a home in a resort community?

Are you downsizing? j PS: love your avatar cat picture!!! I'm not exactly downsizing. I'm looking for a place that's roughly comparable in size to my current home. My potential new community has a lower cost of living than my current one, so at the end of the day I hope to pocket a few bucks. Thank...
by catdude
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy a home in a resort community?
Replies: 24
Views: 4053

Re: Should I buy a home in a resort community?

Your profile indicates the central Oregon area. While I grant that "resort" can be the mind of the beholder any resort is subject to significant seasonal factors. If you're within a half-hour drive of the resort I'd likely consider myself as already living in the "larger community". Due to the infl...