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by steve88
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time savers - life on automation
Replies: 57
Views: 9423

Re: Time savers - life on automation

Our zojirushi handles brown rice well but the cook time is significantly longer...more like 1.5-2 hours for several cups vs. half the time for white rice. But it cooks the rice consistently and has worked flawlessly for several years. Definitely a big step up from our prior rice maker. My brown ric...
by steve88
Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do? Job offer
Replies: 4
Views: 1411

What to do? Job offer

I've been working for my current employer for the past 5 years in a telecommute position. We'll call this company B. I was laid off from my previous employer, company A. Company A called 4 months ago regarding a position but we did not agree on the salary, so I declined. I also weighed the fact that...
by steve88
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco
Replies: 204
Views: 44032

Re: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco

Is airbnb classified as a hotel or travel?
by steve88
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1435

Re: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?

Just wonder what sort of vibration do you fell if not balance?
by steve88
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The " Corolla" investment....
Replies: 51
Views: 8033

Re: The " Corolla" investment....

Would like to know if this is city or hwy driving? What percentage of city or hwy?
by steve88
Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 127
Views: 33615

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

Anyone have a good cowboy steak recipe?
by steve88
Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any other travel freaks?
Replies: 117
Views: 11975

Re: Any other travel freaks?

The few day I spent here were really good, especially yesterday, when we hiked to the Uetliberg mountain top and watched fireworks all over nightly Zurich as well as next to our restaurant in honor of the Swiss National Holiday. As we were walking to the train station, the fireworks still continued...
by steve88
Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any other travel freaks?
Replies: 117
Views: 11975

Re: Any other travel freaks?

The redeeming quality of my pedestrian selection of the destinations is that I will be flying to Zurich on Aeroflot and spend some quality time during my long transfers at Sheremetyevo. Hello from Zurich, The few day I spent here were really good, especially yesterday, when we hiked to the Uetliber...
by steve88
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugal Fatigue
Replies: 96
Views: 13630

Re: Frugal Fatigue

Human psychology in regards to spending/saving fascinates me, and I don't understand all of it, even my own. One thing that sometimes helps control my spending is the knowledge that I have the power to buy that at any time. So say I was tempted by a $5000 wristwatch or something. Well if I have the...
by steve88
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any objective studies on how long CFL bulbs last?
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: any objective studies on how long CFL bulbs last?

We have CFL and its been 4 years since we replaced it.
by steve88
Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low Income, High Net Worth - Stories Of
Replies: 76
Views: 15696

Re: Low Income, High Net Worth - Stories Of

I was married 3 months ago, so my household income has doubled and we are now significantly higher than the median household income. That being said, I'm thinking back to before that. I'm not sure I would call it "high net worth" (at least not until I'm 60+), but on $12-14/hr, you can save for reti...
by steve88
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k admin fees
Replies: 5
Views: 762

401k admin fees

Hello,
Just wondered who charges this fee employer or institution?
What is the purpose of this fee?
Is $50 a quarter for admin fee excessive with a $110k portfolio

Thanks and merry xmas
by steve88
Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads' "Rags to Riches" Stories
Replies: 107
Views: 20491

Re: Bogleheads' "Rags to Riches" Stories

In 94 our networth was negative. Now we have 1.2 million but I dont feel any different. The problem with my situation is one of our family member is in the forbes 400 and I feel like a pauper. The family member used to rent from us a long time ago rent free now they are billionaires.
by steve88
Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Games which "teach investing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1606

Re: Games which "teach investing"

monopoly is a good classic
by steve88
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help for cleaning my windshield, please!
Replies: 29
Views: 6982

Re: Help for cleaning my windshield, please!

Newspaper and water works well
by steve88
Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Wax
Replies: 42
Views: 4217

Re: Car Wax

Do folks still use wax when they have a clear coat? Just curious As a rule, no----IMHO, it doesn't do all that much to protect/increase the value of a vehicle; I'd much rather spend my time doing something else. Respectfully disagree. I use Meguiars regularly on our 2001 Jeep and 96 4Runner. I am c...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

Lo and behold the bike is now advertise at craigslist. Contacting the person at this moment. I would recommend calling the police and informing abuse@craigslist.org that the bike is stolen and you have contacted the police rather than contacting the seller directly. Do you have a serial number or a...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

Lo and behold the bike is now advertise at craigslist. Contacting the person at this moment.
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

Confronting an intruder can turn out very badly, as in this story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56895567-78/wall-killpack-prison-attack.html.csp Unless you own something that's worth going to the hospital over, sneaking out and running to a neighbor's house is the better bet. We would suggest f...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

We might try the baseball bat route. Because of the panic we forgot that baseball bat can be effective, we have 5 in the garage and forgot we can use it for this purpose. He played baseball so a head might be an easier target for him as oppose to a baseball. What happens if you pull a bat on someon...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

We might try the baseball bat route. Because of the panic we forgot that baseball bat can be effective, we have 5 in the garage and forgot we can use it for this purpose. He played baseball so a head might be an easier target for him as oppose to a baseball.
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

Should we get him a Mace, pepper spray, stun gun , bb co2 gun, knife or personal alarm? We are worried that someone might attack him while he is sleeping. I would counsel against any kind of 'non lethal defence'. For the simple reason: against a determined opponent (such as a junkie hyped up, or ev...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

The ulock was just used between the frame and wheel. He neglected to use the padlock on the gate because he was going out in 2 hours back to school. The thief gain entry through the gate and walked on the yard which is a big yard about 50 feet to his cottage. Took his bike with a ulock. It happened...
by steve88
Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Re: Self defense for student

His bike should be so crappy that no one would want to steal it. I have heard of people repainting nicer bikes to look crappy with the idea that in a rack full of bikes the thief will pick the one that looks like if would have the best resale value The bike was purchased used anticipating this even...
by steve88
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self defense for student
Replies: 33
Views: 2115

Self defense for student

Does anyone here provide self defense kit to male kids who are going to college? My nephew who lives alone off campus was a victim of burglary. They stole his bike right in front of his house that was by his front door with a ulock but not locked to a pole. The ulock was just used between the frame ...
by steve88
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: watch expert?
Replies: 2
Views: 444

watch expert?

Do you guys know where to buy good watch gaskets? thanks
by steve88
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Community college a better option to start college?
Replies: 122
Views: 9469

Re: Community college a better option to start college?

My friend who is a counselor at a local community college mentioned the same pros that have already been posted. College savings, no debt etc... I asked him if his daughter who is a senior will be going to a community college. He said no. The reasons he gave was it was up to his daughter. Never once...
by steve88
Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buckets of Money Founder Fined and Banned
Replies: 45
Views: 9749

Re: Buckets of Money Founder Fined and Banned

His strategy is 50% scam with a dab of truth. I listened to his program for a long time and his personal stories become more embellish.
by steve88
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buckets of Money Founder Fined and Banned
Replies: 45
Views: 9749

Re: Buckets of Money Founder Fined and Banned

He is still on the radio today.
by steve88
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safety schools for a Physics/Math kid
Replies: 264
Views: 30140

Re: Safety schools for a Physics/Math kid

Rodc, I disagree; a 17 yo kid still needs quite a bit of guidance. My son and I are very close. I've been a SAHD (stay at home Dad) for around a decade; he and I (and my daughter also, for that matter) discuss many things that matter to us, and it would be bizarre to discuss sex, religion, politics...
by steve88
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tow away charge, red zone
Replies: 6
Views: 1383

Re: Tow away charge, red zone

Are you sure there is no Posted notice at all? Where in San Diego if you don't mind my asking? I had to help my nephew whose car was towed in RB. $400 is is steep. Usually apartment managers knows the rule before they have cars towed away. Government agency do not have to be involve in this to get y...
by steve88
Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1098 t tax question.
Replies: 3
Views: 461

1098 t tax question.

I have 2 kids last year who is in college. I am doing my taxes today and when I enter the second kids 1098 t on my program the refund didn't go up or it stayed the same. In other words I can only get a $2500 refund on one kid. Is this correct? Thanks
by steve88
Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: snap check app [SnapCheck Mobile App - Secure?]
Replies: 1
Views: 633

snap check app [SnapCheck Mobile App - Secure?]

Lately I am seeing more and more banks accepting checks using cellphone pic of checks and depositing to your account. How secure is this process. I am worried that someday someone will get a hold of my check and write 10000$ and deposit it using the snap app. Anyone worried?
by steve88
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: college tuition
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

college tuition

Is $25000/yr for tuition reasonable for a state university? Engineering major?
by steve88
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Automobile Forums
Replies: 19
Views: 3439

Re: Best Automobile Forums

For Toyota I would try Toyotanation.com
by steve88
Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breaking in engine on new car
Replies: 43
Views: 4573

Re: Breaking in engine on new car

company gave me a car (ford taurus). Break in advice was drive it like you stole it and I did. 25000 miles later the car dump a puddle of transmission oil on the driveway.
by steve88
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Service that would scan/digitize thousands of pages?
Replies: 28
Views: 3227

Re: Service that would scan/digitize thousands of pages?

many poster here mention fugitsu scanner, but which one to get?
by steve88
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More $ I make, the cheaper I get
Replies: 62
Views: 7319

Re: More $ I make, the cheaper I get

Do you ever have the irrational feeling that any second of any day you can get hit head on by a drunk driver and end up dead? What good does all the money that you have saved do you then? I don't really care about that kind of money for me... I really want it for my wife if I should die early. I wa...
by steve88
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggested mileage for coolant flush
Replies: 16
Views: 5571

Re: Suggested mileage for coolant flush

Another way to check is using your voltmeter. Set it to 20 volts if the reading is less than .4v then the coolant is still good. Positive in the coolant and negative ground.
by steve88
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: school college living
Replies: 21
Views: 2220

Re: school college living

Seriously, most people on this thread need to relax. In undergrad I was friends with many successful students from a variety of difficult majors and I went to grad school at a place whose unofficial motto is "where fun comes to die," and everyone at both places outside of a few antisocial oddballs ...
by steve88
Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: school college living
Replies: 21
Views: 2220

Re: school college living

Thanks so much for the breakdown. This is exactly the breakdown we heard at orientation for engineering. We were told by counselor to get in the club during freshman year but with 80 hours of school work I don't think there is time. I don't know if they also gave you the advice about how to manage ...
by steve88
Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: school college living
Replies: 21
Views: 2220

Re: school college living

Much depends on your major and how competitive the school/major is. You are starting your life's work. For many majors, 9-5 does not cut it. Invest the time (productively) now and it will pay off greatly later. I had more time after I was out, so I did not get married until after the BS, and did no...
by steve88
Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: school college living
Replies: 21
Views: 2220

school college living

How does one socialize in college when there is a lot of homework? School encourage to participate in clubs but there is no time.
by steve88
Wed May 02, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Smart money behavior starts young
Replies: 20
Views: 2505

Re: Smart money behavior starts young

what about student loan?
by steve88
Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: just cannot justify new car
Replies: 170
Views: 14933

Re: just cannot justify new car

Have to agree with Dave so far. Its all added cost.
by steve88
Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: just cannot justify new car
Replies: 170
Views: 14933

Re: just cannot justify new car

When I was on a date with a girl on my 63 plymouth valiant I was rear ended by a mitsubishi that was travelling 30mph while we were waiting for the light to turn green. I got out of the car and look at the damage to my car. The bumper on the 63 plymouth barely move but the mitsubishi was smoking and...
by steve88
Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sons first overseas trip would like suggestions
Replies: 34
Views: 2108

Re: Sons first overseas trip would like suggestions

Amsterdam is an amazing place. Window staring alone will take you half a day/ :D

All kidding aside amsterdam really is a nice place.