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by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 48
Views: 7006

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

It just got swamped by the speed and volume of online review like Amazon. It also has become too easy to game cr reviews - if your small appliance gets bad reviews, you just change the name and its too hard to correlate. Happened every time to me when I pulled up stuff to buy - all the poorly review...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?
Replies: 76
Views: 3549

Re: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?

I can't speak to this from personal experience, but I have a number of bright friends who transitioned from non-technical (albeit well renowned) fields to software engineering/advanced analytics by enrolling in a bootcamp. One of the engineers at my workplace, for example, was an estate attorney fo...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 103
Views: 5581

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Not specific to your situation, but was I was younger I got a speeding ticket for going 36 in a 25 zone in a rural part of New York. When I was updating my car insurance a year later, the insurance agent asked me to confirm the ticket, which I was said to admit I incurred. He said "don't worry, at t...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts
Replies: 37
Views: 2509

Re: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts

Sorry, but as a 15+ year user of synthetic shirts with rigorous sweaty use, once they've got that funk on them NOTHING will get it out. I race marathons, triathlons, etc., so I sweat a lot on my stuff (I'm not a casual light exerciser.) I have tried everything - bleach, vinegar, ascorbic acid, sport...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1088

$400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!

The door latch on my kitchen aid microwave died recently. When you push the door open button, the door won't open. Otherwise it heats food fine. It came with the house 10 yrs ago and is a mounted.unit that costed at least $700 (I didn't buy it) Was horrified to have the microwave guy quote me $400 t...
by lightheir
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy CPAP replacement parts?
Replies: 38
Views: 2475

Re: Where do you buy CPAP replacement parts?

After paying a small co-insurance amount to Apria Healthcare, I read the bill and saw that as a Medicare member, I can get my supplies for free. I called them, and apparently my supplies will be provided from now on. Wheeee! I always find it amazing that I pay $20k/yr for family health insurance th...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture sliders
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: Furniture sliders

Felt pads work as well for lighter chairs etc. Amazon is fine as well as any hardware store
by lightheir
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I dont know how to spend money
Replies: 39
Views: 5132

Re: I dont know how to spend money

I know where you're coming from, even though yes, you were even more frugal than I was, but I was victim to having to live in a HCOL area due to educational situations, not by choice. I actually don't think your thinking is too far off. When you're only earning $50k/yr, in today's USA where the soci...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin
Replies: 31
Views: 2270

Re: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin

Can't agree more with this. You really need to ask yourself why. Another highly competitive athlete (and former high-level triathlete like Lightheir) and exercise scientist for a living. I understand what both of you are saying. However, both of you are in the I’m guessing top 3% of the population ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4363

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

About 50 years ago my parents bought me an expensive trumpet. About $500 then as I recall. Similar models now seem to be $3000 to $4000 new. That trumpet played so much better than the cheaper cornet I learned on. I'm sure I became a better player because of that trumpet. It was a good investment. ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin
Replies: 31
Views: 2270

Re: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin

It would be helpful to know WHY you want/need the HRM data at all. Fitbit and other companies have pushed these HRMs functionality as an added feature to outflank non-HRM competitors, but the value of HRM monitoring for those outside of serious endurance sports is highly questionable. I race enduran...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4363

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

Italian 1905 violin now worth $50k, and a bow worth $20k from childhood. (Have played many violins $1k-$10 range which were since sold.) PRS electric guitar $2k and a bunch of <$1k acoustic and electric guitars Own a $1500 digital piano. The $$$$ violin was an amazing LONG-term experience. I actuall...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?
Replies: 31
Views: 3895

Re: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?

No overall price drop from what I'm seeing.

Wf still equals whole paycheck.
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi router
Replies: 46
Views: 3988

Re: WiFi router

If you have a typical home, 3000 sqft, a mesh router is NOT necessary. Just get a good router, it will be enough to cover a 3000-3500 sqft home. EA8500 AC2600 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Linksys-Max-Stream-1733-Mbps-4-Port-Gigabit-Wireless-AC-Router-EA8500-RNW2889/263792047045?epid=219499432&hash=item...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi router
Replies: 46
Views: 3988

Re: WiFi router

Just spend the money and get the mesh system. It works so well and the Google one is so robust that my wifi went from annoying to troubleshoot before it to totally stable for the 2 years I've been using it. Seiriously, the moment the web goes down and you start troubleshooting it, the Google WiFi ph...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?
Replies: 30
Views: 1341

Re: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?

I used to be into this "I will scan things" idea and have a flatbed multifunction with an auto-document feeder, but I hardly use it. I find Evernote's camera function on the smartphone to do a marvelous job of "scanning" documents that I--likely irrationally--fear I will one day need. It does a "go...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you read books?
Replies: 34
Views: 3179

Re: How do you read books?

There is a big difference between reading a book versus studying a book for knowledge retention. I am very good at reading books for knowledge retention. There is no shortcut it, and it takes a ton of work, no different than studying 4 scientific subjects in college or graduate school. Lots and lots...
by lightheir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I am STUNNED over how much help my friends recieved with house purchase!
Replies: 47
Views: 4017

Re: I am STUNNED over how much help my friends recieved with house purchase!

In many HCOL areas, it's nearly impossible to buy a home without substantial family assistance/donations. I have a 2 doctor household, and there was still no way we could afford a house on our own earnings in this HCOL area despite good salaries for what we do. My parents bailed us out big time. And...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5482

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5482

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5482

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 38137

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

It looks like there is hope yet!!! 40s are the new 30s right?? https://www.outsideonline.com/2312831/quest-run-sub-four-minute-mile-age-40 I'd literally go so far as to say 50s are the new 30s. With the advances in medicine, science, and training methodologies as well as the booming market for adul...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 38137

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I've learned that people wayyyy exaggerate how much of a toll being 40 is physically compared to being 20. I am actually greatly enjoying my physical capabilities as a 40 year old. Yes, it's true you can no longer take things for granted like you do in your 20s. In your 20s you can eat garbage, neve...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to invest in elementary education?
Replies: 37
Views: 2618

Re: How much to invest in elementary education?

...If you believe that drug and alcohol abuse does not occur with the students who are most able to flex their privilege and financial resources, then you are kidding yourself... I never said that, and don't believe it. What i do believe is that private schools have many fewer discipline problems, ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?
Replies: 27
Views: 2321

Re: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?

I'm always wary of too good to be true plans having been baited and switched by legit companies too many times. Amongst those are: Amazon unlimited cloud storage - got you in then antear later, bye bye unlimited Republic wireless refund plan - bye bye I could go on - I strongly suspect if the math d...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5482

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I have a treadmill, and find the mental aspect of using it really difficult. I use podcasts, but it is mentally challenging to stay on it for half an hour. But I treat it like brushing my teeth. It doesn't matter if I enjoy it, it is just something I need to do for health reasons. Just getting star...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good place to buy window curtains
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: good place to buy window curtains

I can't believe how much custom and even brand curtains cost.

I got really good blackout ones on Amazon for $40 that I installed myself and was very easy to do.
by lightheir
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Reno, your objective opinion please.
Replies: 34
Views: 2999

Re: Home Reno, your objective opinion please.

I gotta say what everyone else is thinking.

Late 30s and like 5million+ in assets? Dang I'm in the wrong business! :shock:

I'm also surprised you're choosing Reno of all places with that kind of income and asset base. Curious why you chose there of all places.
by lightheir
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............
Replies: 35
Views: 2651

Re: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............

If the audio outs on your TV works, you should just add an external audio system like a soundbar. At 55" of size, you NEED a better audio system than the rockbottom budget ones that come with the TV. If it were a smaller 32" TV, ok, you probably sit close enough that the built in audio is fine (or i...
by lightheir
Tue May 29, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

Prob a little more complicated than that though. GSW are an all time shooting great team, playing defense against that when curry is on Nova mode will distract you hugely from normal shot efficiency due to fatigue and mindset switched from defense to offense.
by lightheir
Tue May 29, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

Prob a little more complicated than that though. GSW are an all time shooting great team, playing defense against that when curry is on Nova mode will distract you hugely from normal shot efficiency due to fatigue and mindset switched from defense to offense.
by lightheir
Sun May 27, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Near commercial level treadmill
Replies: 36
Views: 2972

Re: Near commercial level treadmill

BUBear29 wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 4:17 am
I was also going to recommend Woodway. Excellent running machine
$10k+ for a new Woodway AND a heavy-duty nonstandard power outlet required. :shock:
by lightheir
Mon May 07, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way
Replies: 78
Views: 6624

Re: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way

abracadabra11 wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 8:09 pm
Surprised by the high bias here.
I would aim for $15-20k.
$15k is def in budget econobox territory for new. We aren't going high at all!
by lightheir
Sun May 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What career for smartest kid in the class?
Replies: 132
Views: 8995

Re: What career for smartest kid in the class?

I retired from Cardiology 13 years ago at age 54. If I were doing it now, I would choose a career other than Medicine. The average med school debt is $195,000, and we have turned physicians into professional students. If you start med school at age 25 and want to be a Cardiology subspecialist, you ...
by lightheir
Sat May 05, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay baby sitters?
Replies: 53
Views: 5425

Re: What do you pay baby sitters?

Hcol 20-25 per hour for one really well behaved kid.

Seriously, at these rates I don't know why all the young women out there working restaurants and secretary gigs don't just up and grab this easy money instead.

If I don't pay this much, the sitter invariably flakes out when you need them most.
by lightheir
Fri May 04, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rentals, what is the catch?
Replies: 25
Views: 2333

Re: Car rentals, what is the catch?

All these replies and virtually no real comment on what the actual "CATCH" is of these super-lost cost places by anyone. Having used a few, there definitely are real catches that you have to be aware of, and which in my opinon, make it well worth it to spend the 'normal' amount and go Hertz or other...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a passport?
Replies: 64
Views: 6224

Re: How can I get a passport?

I just did this for my 7 year old daughter. You DO have to do it in person for the daughter, and if one parent can't make it, you have to get a notarized form (on their website) to document that you approve. At least where I live, I was able to schedule an appt online for the local post office, so i...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What UN-frugal thing do you do? What do you splurge on?]
Replies: 567
Views: 40281

Re: Name something you bought that wasn't cheap and glad you did

Home x1000. Bought in the insanely priced SF Bay area at the low. I wish I could say I was prescient, but I nearly talked my wife out of buying, so I can take no credit. :oops:
by lightheir
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health club memberships
Replies: 34
Views: 3733

Re: Health club memberships

That BCBS was a very good deal. I have many, many YMCA clients and they average $50-$70 per month for a single adult membership (visiting different locations). If I were you, maybe search out a club that is near your work or home and get pricing. There are multi-access memberships such as ClassPass...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Drive & iCloud Drive
Replies: 11
Views: 882

Re: Google Drive & iCloud Drive

I also find it sheer paranoia the number of people who are afraid to upload -gasp TAX RETURNS, gasp OLD FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - because someone MIGHT IMPERSONATE ME! No WAY!!!! Seriously, get over yourselves. Nobody wants your boring tax returns, nor do they care one bit about your old financial stat...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does the value of my home matter?
Replies: 21
Views: 2935

Re: Does the value of my home matter?

You definitely will want your home to not lose a lot of value after you buy it

A big reason - you will be locked out of refinancing your home loan if your house is worth less than your loan.

Also, more obviously, as mentioned above, it makes it harder to move/relocate if needed.
by lightheir
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We made the right decision to not purchase a home now, right?
Replies: 47
Views: 4293

Re: We made the right decision to not purchase a home now, right?

There is no perfect answerhere. Renting cheaply is great, especially at your 540 rate which us ridiculously low to me. Buying carries real risk, but as a primary residence, has huge benefits as well as limitations. I find that on bogleheads, foka are very conservative financially which is fine, but ...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5690

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

@GCD - I see your point, but I still don't think you have the scenario completely right. As a good bike commuter, you will control your riding environment to a great degree - choice of road (safe side roads, etc.) and time of day (early), and skill are all huge factors. It could even be argued that ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5690

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

There are some very enjoyable rides in LA, and they are much safer earlier in the morning if you want fitness rides. There are many great groups to ride with which is much safer. Once your fitness level increases I highly recommend riding Mandeville which is off Sunset. Speaking of Mandeville: http...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder
Replies: 46
Views: 3454

Re: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder

I got some tips for you, hopefully they'll be helpful! - Learn to cook. SIMPLE things, don't go out and try to be some awesome star chef. If you can make SIMPLE meals, you will save a lot on food and time. Simple like buttered pasta with parmesan, or black beans and rice, PB&J, etc. It'll be health...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder
Replies: 46
Views: 3454

Re: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder

I got some tips for you, hopefully they'll be helpful! - Learn to cook. SIMPLE things, don't go out and try to be some awesome star chef. If you can make SIMPLE meals, you will save a lot on food and time. Simple like buttered pasta with parmesan, or black beans and rice, PB&J, etc. It'll be healthi...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5690

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

Don't listen to everyone saying to commute with bicycle. LA is not the place to be riding a road bike. I used to be an avid cyclist ($5k on a bike and rode 200 miles per week) when I lived in NY. There were plenty of roads in Westchester and Long Island that were relatively safe to bike on. Even pa...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5690

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

Find thyself a bike route. Explore on Google maps. Get thee a mountain or cross bike. You can go across grass, curbs, gravel, etc. Almost all car bike accidents are road bikes. Riding on the roads. A mountain bike will be a solid base and you can ride more upright, see better with head up, and take...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5690

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

I live in the LA area. I would only consider biking if the route had dedicated bike lanes. Otherwise, you will become a statistic at some point. I bike commuted in the UCLA area for 4 years. Honestly, it's all about finding the right time and right route that is safe and convenient on a bike. Not a...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Flashlight?
Replies: 65
Views: 5786

Re: Boglehead Flashlight?

This $25 Terralux flashlight is every bit as good as the pricier $30 2 x AA LED flashlights listed above, including the one recommended by the Wirecutter. I've had mine for 7 years now, and it's just as good as when new. It uses the same CREE-LED technology that all the top LED lights use now in thi...