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by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing to one car in a pandemic
Replies: 34
Views: 3259

Re: Downsizing to one car in a pandemic

We did this as well. Hoping to hold out until June/July 2021, but won't be an issue if things open up before then and we have to go buy something else.
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 7017

Re: New smoker recommendation?

I have a BGE. Love it. If you are worried about temp there is an add on although the name slips me. Allows you to set a temp. Small fan controls air movement to keep temp steady. Communicates wireless to your phone app for monitoring. What? I definitely missed temp controller part - could you give ...
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motion Detector Lights:
Replies: 20
Views: 1626

Re: Motion Detector Lights:

HeathZenith DualBrite fixtures What is DualBrite®? DualBrite® is a patented, optional feature allowing the light fixture to provide low-level, accent lighting at approximately 50% brightness until motion is detected. When motion is detected, the light illuminates to full brightness until the ON-TIME...
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email Management Tips
Replies: 51
Views: 4130

Re: Email Management Tips

mrmass wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:44 am I let them stay. Don't get me started on people that send an email cc themselves. Now you have dupes.
What about people who mark every message as urgent and request return receipts?
by BigMoneyGrip
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/Steps for selling a car
Replies: 25
Views: 2590

Re: Tips/Steps for selling a car

Carvana is another great option - similar to Carmax but you don't even have to leave your house. Enter your car information on their site and get an instant quote. Schedule a pickup date/time and sign a few papers and get a check or ACH transfer.
by BigMoneyGrip
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best mesh wifi system on the market?
Replies: 53
Views: 4410

Re: best mesh wifi system on the market?

Anyone using Unifi equipment? Considering adding a dream machine and a couple of access points.
by BigMoneyGrip
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone bought a Ford recently? Advice please...
Replies: 58
Views: 7856

Re: Anyone bought a Ford recently? Advice please...

What % off MSRP could you expect on a Platinum or tricked out Lariat?
by BigMoneyGrip
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 33
Views: 2627

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

- Limit your sale to continental US. No international, Alaska, Hawaii, etc.
- Shipping: Use tracking number and require signature. Go overboard in making sure the item is packed safely.
- Be very accurate in your description and photos.
- Beware of scams...and follow ebay's TOS to resolve them.
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchase and Sale of home: pearls of advice
Replies: 29
Views: 4040

Re: Purchase and Sale of home: pearls of advice

In a hot market don't try to use earnest money, due diligence amount/long period of time, or cash back as negotiation points. Be strong in those areas to show you are committed to getting to the closing table. Friend of mine just sold a place w/ a multiple offer situation. One of the buyers came in ...
by BigMoneyGrip
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Secure alternative to Gmail
Replies: 48
Views: 12011

Re: Secure alternative to Gmail

Turn on two step verification for your google account

https://www.google.com/landing/2step/#tab=how-it-works
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon May 02, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 346
Views: 83000

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

They have some good deals on road show items, you just have to check online for when a vendor will be in the area. Just picked up a Kamado Joe Jr for $100 off and their lump charcoal was 2 bags for the price of one. Bought the Big Joe demo/floor model at their roadshow and they threw in the Jr for ...
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lost iPhone in Thailand. Now what?
Replies: 30
Views: 5644

Re: Lost iPhone in Thailand. Now what?

Bet it will end up for sale at MBK in Bangkok in the next 2 weeks.
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Foreign assignment Considerations
Replies: 10
Views: 1282

Re: Foreign assignment Considerations

I did something similar but was still paid in US dollars direct deposited into my US bank account - my assignment was for just over a year. I was also getting a per diem which made things very lucrative. Another thing to make sure is at the top of the list is visas and work permits - my company drag...
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 15540

Re: Password manager recommendations?

+1 for 1Password - recently converted after using KeyPass for 10+ years and it was money well spent.
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighborhood kid around 13 throwing rocks at my house
Replies: 55
Views: 15083

Re: Neighborhood kid around 13 throwing rocks at my house

Definitely get video if possible. From there you can 1) show it to him and threaten to talk to his parents if he doesn't stop 2) show it to his parents when they say "Not my little Johnny", 3) show it to the police if needed.
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer finding out you have a financial cushion?
Replies: 72
Views: 10842

Re: Employer finding out you have a financial cushion?

Of course your employer has access to your 401k balances, contributions, withdrawals, loan balances, etc. They are fiduciaries to the plan and should have access to this information. I can tell you that I have had two jobs in which the HR rep specifically commented about my 401(k) election (maxing ...
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement age for software engineers
Replies: 94
Views: 29443

Re: Retirement age for software engineers

Java is the de facto language for enterprise server side apps. You can get away with some of the interpreted languages (PHP, Python, etc) at the departmental level, but if you go look at major industries like Finance, Health Care, Telecommunications, etc - you will see heavy use of Java and JEE app ...
by BigMoneyGrip
Tue May 13, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on prenups
Replies: 99
Views: 6642

Re: Thoughts on prenups

How do folks propose the prenup w/o irritating the future spouse and/or in-laws? Especially if the person proposing the prenup is a good Boglehead with plenty of assets to protect and the potential mate doesn't have as much to fall back on. Thinking it is a good idea, and getting all parties to thin...
by BigMoneyGrip
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu
Replies: 177
Views: 50787

Re: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu

Personally, if I was in your position of power I would've just laid it out from the very beginning with the recruiter and said listen, I need X salary and Y sign on bonus to make this attractive enough for me to come on-board. Either the company wants to hire you for that or they don't. Skip the BS...
by BigMoneyGrip
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu
Replies: 177
Views: 50787

Re: Job Offer Negotiation / Interview Snafu

Prior to the offer you could ask a question like "What are the characteristics of the A-players on your team?". They may or may not mention long hours, weekends, always responds to blackberry emails promptly. After the offer, you could be more direct and ask about work/life balance. - &quo...
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finished Basement Ideas
Replies: 32
Views: 4518

Re: Finished Basement Ideas

Would adding a bathroom require an ejection pit & sump pump to get the waste up to the main sewage line?
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Optimizing job offer negotiation (game theory?)
Replies: 13
Views: 1800

Re: Optimizing job offer negotiation (game theory?)

Agree that it is best to discuss with the hiring manager. You might even say that the offer is significantly lower than the amount it will take to get you to move, but you are worried that a counter offer that sets things up to meet in the middle will halt the negotiations.
by BigMoneyGrip
Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting lower cable rates by threatening to cancel
Replies: 67
Views: 9680

Re: Getting lower cable rates by threatening to cancel

Call on the 10th of the month and tell them you'd like to cancel effective at the end of the month (switching to competitor x). Make sure they have your current phone number. Their retention dept will call and offer you a deal. This is better than just threatening since you've actually followed thro...
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early retirement overseas?
Replies: 116
Views: 12916

Re: Early retirement overseas?

If you have a good pension there are a number of countries in which you can get a "retirement" visa indefinitely. For example, Thailand will let you stay indefinitely if you either have a $27K per year pension or else park $27K in a Thai bank indefinitely. And then you'll find that if you...
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet Car Buying- Lessons Learned
Replies: 49
Views: 13981

Re: Internet Car Buying- Lessons Learned

Two questions: 1) I assume you do the test drive at the local dealer? Don't they enter your info into their database and perhaps the non-internet sales side of the house have some claim to a cut of the commission for a set period of time? 2) This is probably more applicable to higher end cars, but w...
by BigMoneyGrip
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Time Warner Cable Box with Tivo
Replies: 10
Views: 5517

Re: Replacing Time Warner Cable Box with Tivo

I've thought about doing this, but the break even point seems to be too long. By 'renting' the dvr from TWC you can trade it in whenever there is a hard drive failure, or a newer model comes out.
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is haggling for a used car price dead?
Replies: 22
Views: 7116

Re: Is haggling for a used car price dead?

I've seen some non-Carmax dealers in the area moving to the no-haggle model. My assumption is that they will still haggle on the trade in value?
by BigMoneyGrip
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - threatening contractor
Replies: 77
Views: 11786

Re: Need advice - threatening contractor

Probably a wise decision for peace of mind. That said, you should still post negative reviews to Google, Angie's list, and anywhere else you can find. Maybe wait a month before doing so - just to let things blow over. Other people need to know about a businessman who threatens to bring his crew over...
by BigMoneyGrip
Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When should you ask the following job interview Qs?
Replies: 12
Views: 1685

Re: When should you ask the following job interview Qs?

The purpose of interviewing is to get an offer. Once you have that offer in hand, then you should ask any unanswered "touchy" questions like these. Tell them you need the questions answered in order to make a decision on accepting the offer. Regarding the travel - If it was a travel heavy...
by BigMoneyGrip
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating More Vacation Time
Replies: 28
Views: 2664

Re: Negotiating More Vacation Time

The problem with taking every other friday off or one day here or there is that you are still expected to hit your deadlines. If something is needed to be complete by 5pm on Friday and your are off that day, a manager will ask you to complete it by end of day on Thurs. You are much better off taking...
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fund
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: Interview with Kyle Bass-founder Hayman Capital Hedge Fu

kraftwerk wrote:Here's a really good hour long interview with him, well worth the time:

http://vimeo.com/18920437
Here's the vid from the 2011 conference where he spoke again. Very interesting guy...

http://www.businessinsider.com/americat ... ss-2011-12
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice re dealing with tree damage to neighbor's car
Replies: 40
Views: 4416

Re: Advice re dealing with tree damage to neighbor's car

None of this would be a problem if he had properly insured his 'high end' car. Tell him you will pay what the deductible would have been (usually $0 for comprehensive claims).
by BigMoneyGrip
Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice re dealing with tree damage to neighbor's car
Replies: 40
Views: 4416

Re: Advice re dealing with tree damage to neighbor's car

Educate him as to how the law works in this situation....there are plenty of places where the question of who is liable has been asked and answered on google. Suggest that he take out comprehensive insurance on his 'high end' car...its VERY cheap. There is a good chance he will view any offer you ex...
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asked to temporarily travel
Replies: 17
Views: 1948

Be paid a per diem rather than submit reciepts for meals and incidentals. Leave Monday AM, return home Friday by 5pm Fly on your preferred airline (so you get status faster) Fly direct. Get the hotel to let you store a suitcase or rubbermaid w/ your work clothes and toiletries if you will be checkin...
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kiplinger Security Breach
Replies: 18
Views: 2186

Drain wrote:
BigMoneyGrip wrote:Why on earth were they storing the passwords in the clear?
The passwords don't grant access to private data.
customer contact information, e-mail addresses could be considered private....and more importantly the fact that most people use the same password for several sites....
by BigMoneyGrip
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kiplinger Security Breach
Replies: 18
Views: 2186

Why on earth were they storing the passwords in the clear? Websites should be storing the message digest or one-way hash of the password so a hacker (or system admin) can't see a users password.
by BigMoneyGrip
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Travel Books for South East Asia?
Replies: 14
Views: 2545

WikiTravel - Print the info that interests you. Its free and is more current than the guidebooks and perhaps less subject to the "Lonely Planet Effect" (google it)