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by Saving$
Sun May 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Newly widowed, how do I invest 1.5 million life ins. proceeds
Replies: 72
Views: 7677

Re: Newly widowed, how do I invest 1.5 million life ins. proceeds

Forum ate my longer post, so the cliff notes version Very sorry for you and your kids loss. Focus on making sure all of you make it through this ok. You have received good advice. 1. Find a place or places to park the 1.5 mil 2. Find health insurance 3. Figure out if your husband had a 401k or IRA. ...
by Saving$
Sun May 20, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Bugs
Replies: 42
Views: 4158

Re: Bed Bugs

For those who have dealt with this or have knowledge about bed bug infestations: 1. Posts above indicate the bed bug sniffing dog is important, yet googling indicates there is skepticism about the dogs. Which is it? 2. Some indicate treating only the affected area, some the entire structure. Has any...
by Saving$
Tue May 08, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asked to be Executor - What questions to ask
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: Asked to be Executor - What questions to ask

Thanks to all for the excellent info. This is such good info, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate in the Wiki. To answer a few questions: 1. The kids get along ok; the parents do not want having one or the other being executor to divide them as this recently happened in a situation with which w...
by Saving$
Sat May 05, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I inherited 1 million dollars, should I open an IRA or keep adding money to this million dollar brokerage account
Replies: 52
Views: 5043

Re: I inherited 1 million dollars, should I open an IRA or keep adding money to this million dollar brokerage account

Thanks everyone for the continued advice. Regarding tax basis - my grandmother passed away a little over a year ago so the basis was about 930k and now it’s 1 million. I haven’t touched it since I inherited it. My husband and I want to try to live as though we don’t have that inheritance so that it...
by Saving$
Sat May 05, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I inherited 1 million dollars, should I open an IRA or keep adding money to this million dollar brokerage account
Replies: 52
Views: 5043

Re: I inherited 1 million dollars, should I open an IRA or keep adding money to this million dollar brokerage account

- based on your input I think it’s best if my husband and I open up two Roth IRAs, max them out and max out 401ks at work - after that we won’t have enough in savings to invest more in the brokerage accounts but we also probably won’t need to take any money from the brokerage account either. This i...
by Saving$
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asked to be Executor - What questions to ask
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Asked to be Executor - What questions to ask

Close friends recently asked if they can name me as their executor. I agreed, and we will schedule a meeting. At this point I have no other details. They are concerned the kids will fight over money if they name one of them as the executor, so they want a non-involved third party they trust. I'm hap...
by Saving$
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HOA won't help. [Homeowners Association]
Replies: 37
Views: 4615

Re: HOA won't help. [Homeowners Association]

You got the covenants and bylaws when you closed. Read them. The HOA has a name. Look it up on your state's secretary of state website, and that will list the officers and the HOA address of record. Send a certified letter to the HOA at the address of record, with copy to the president and the manag...
by Saving$
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Concerns with Index funds (VTSAX, VOO, QQQ, etc.)
Replies: 30
Views: 3213

Re: Concerns with Index funds (VTSAX, VOO, QQQ, etc.)

Search on Backdoor Roth, learn about it, and do it.
by Saving$
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?
Replies: 39
Views: 3165

Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?

Do any Bogleheads have towel warmers in their baths? If so, does it work well? How long does it take to warm a towel? Do you use it or is it a useless gadget? Is it an electricity hog? The prospect of a warm towel on a cold winter morning is an enticing low cost luxury; the towel warmers cost under ...
by Saving$
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Morgan Stanley wants my 410K and everything else, Why?
Replies: 63
Views: 5500

Re: Morgan Stanley wants my 410K and everything else, Why?

Thank you, I should have been more clear on what is inside the Morgan Stanley account, there are 27 common stocks and 3 etfs. I looked hard at the year end statement and I don't see any fees listed. I will talk to my FA next week and ask him about his fees. Second the advise about NOT asking about ...
by Saving$
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Questions on 2017 TaxAct Download version
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Questions on 2017 TaxAct Download version

For anyone that has the download version of TaxAct, or anyone else who knows: 1. Are there any coupons available for the download product? 2. Are you able to access forms that are not included in the interview, or are all of those forms somehow locked out? Specifically, if you have the Plus product,...
by Saving$
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Toothbrushes - again
Replies: 55
Views: 6066

Re: Electric Toothbrushes - again

Does anyone have any experience with the Quip? It is heavily advertised on the internet, and looks lightweight and easy to keep clean. Bought a set of Oral B's years ago. They lasted 6-8 years ea (I forget)used by two different people and the switch on both stopped working within 2 months of each ot...
by Saving$
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Balance in Marriage and Student Loans
Replies: 26
Views: 1918

Re: Balance in Marriage and Student Loans

I'd make paying it off a joint goal, but still let him pay it down. Sounds like you each make about $80k/year, and he is putting $1250/month toward the loans. What if you both transitioned into mega frugal mode for 12 months? Could he revise his budget to put $2-$3k month towards the loans? Making e...
by Saving$
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Old 401k Statements
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Old 401k Statements

I would scan the annual statements, then shred the balance. Better safe than sorry.
by Saving$
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing house from relative with both gift of equity & downpayment
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Purchasing house from relative with both gift of equity & downpayment

The 20% down to avoid PMI is 20% of the purchase price. So if you buy for $210,000, bank will require you to bring $42k cash to the closing table that they will transfer to your inlaws as part of the transaction. The "equity gift" ie the difference between the $210k purchase price and the $270k appr...
by Saving$
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does it make sense to buy a condo/house in Texas?
Replies: 97
Views: 6803

Re: Should I buy a house, duplex/multiplex, or condo in Houston, TX? Any advice?

You have a goal, but not a specific plan for the next x year. Rent. Do not buy. You need to structure your life for maximum flexibility to implement a plan to meet your goals. Moving to Houston and renting an apartment hoping to get a job at a nearby medical center may not be the ideal way to move f...
by Saving$
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?
Replies: 33
Views: 2663

Re: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?

So the Volt essentially has unlimited range because it runs on battery to start, and gas once the battery runs out?
But unlike a hybrid that has both gas & electric, this thing need to be plugged in to run on electric only?
by Saving$
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?
Replies: 38
Views: 3986

Re: Home buying: how to send postcards to neighborhood we want to live in?

I would not respond well to such a postcard. I get 2-5 letters/postcards a week, and about 2-3 phone messages, to the point that I have stopped answering/using my landline (which is the only number people can find for me when searching). I figure all of them are from flippers and trash them all. If ...
by Saving$
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Going Paperless Issues
Replies: 68
Views: 4438

Re: Going Paperless Issues

I had this same issue, and researched aggregation services, as I don't want to remember 10+ username & passwords etc. for different sites. Finally pulled the trigger 3 years ago. I evaluated the aggregation sites available at the time and settled on Finovera www.finovera.com You can read a review ab...
by Saving$
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Online Statement Aggregator (Manilla, Fetch, etc.)
Replies: 4
Views: 2031

Re: Online Statement Aggregator (Manilla, Fetch, etc.)

Four years after initially researching this, and three years after starting with Finovera, I'm still using it and still very happy with the service. I updated some of the comments above.
by Saving$
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me
Replies: 28
Views: 3377

Re: moving my mother's "escape" fund to me

The OP has confirmed his parents are not in a community property state. Does not seem to be anything illegal or unethical about this. OP 1. You write the account is currently held jointly by your mother and her sister (your aunt) a. Account needs a SS number associated with it. Whose is it? Your aun...
by Saving$
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity mobile is burning through data
Replies: 17
Views: 1676

Re: Xfinity mobile is burning through data

I have concluded this tends to happen when switching providers. My small data sample is: 1. Yours 2. I switched an unlocked multicarrier phone from TMo to Verizon. Used an exorbitant amount of data the first month. Settled back down to normal second month and onward 3. Friend bought unlocked multica...
by Saving$
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shared real estate fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1809

Re: Shared real estate fantasy

Deal breaking problem = 53 owners.

Also just because it is cash flow positive for the current owner does not mean it will be positive for new owners paying current market value.
by Saving$
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Leak from shower stall - how to detect
Replies: 16
Views: 1348

Re: Water Leak from shower stall - how to detect

Copied from a previous post: Process of elimination: 1. Stop using tub shower and sink for one week. Use only toilet. If leak reoccurs, problem is toilet, either at supply or wax ring. If no leak... 2. Stop using toilet and tub shower for one week. Use sink only. If leak reoccurs, problem is sink, e...
by Saving$
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?
Replies: 46
Views: 2758

Re: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?

Terro. Put them everywhere.

Also spray around the foundation of the house with some of the more potent stuff you buy at the big orange or blue box, or from a site like DoItYourself Pest Control.
by Saving$
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I have an overwhelming gift I'm in need of help of please.
Replies: 89
Views: 8285

Re: I have an overwhelming gift I'm in need of help of please.

$270k is over the FDIC insurance limit. Based on what you have written, I would 1. Deposit $240k in a high yield Ally Bank account (or another high yield account) 2. Deposit $30k in your regular bank account 3. If your MAGI qualifies a. Fully fund 2017 ROTH IRA for your wife and yourself before 4/15...
by Saving$
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Association Assessment
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Re: Homeowners Association Assessment

1. Reserves Study and amount currently in reserves account. Are they aligned? If not, is there a good reason (ie depleted reserves in 2017 to install new roof if the roof is the highest cost item on the reserves study) 2. HOA Balance Sheet - assets and liabilities. Pay particular attention to liabil...
by Saving$
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dear wife quits job and now we are down to 1 income
Replies: 190
Views: 17040

Re: Dear wife quits job and now we are down to 1 income

Wow - I'm shocked by some of the responses. The suggestions of moving into a townhouse, drastically changing your life, etc are, in my opinion, far too premature. OP, you are ok. You have a healthy emergency fund, and you now have a TEMPORARY situation in which you will use it. That is why you have ...
by Saving$
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: QCD Mechanics [Qualified Charitable Distribution]
Replies: 40
Views: 3121

Re: QCD Mechanics [Qualified Charitable Distribution]

The problem I have with Vanguard writing the checks is that I have no way of knowing whether or not the charity received the check. They are supposed to send a letter of acknowledgement, but those letters may not come until the following year, or they may not come at all. I had one instance where I...
by Saving$
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the longest lasting double pane windows?
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: What are the longest lasting double pane windows?

If the only issue is condensation between two panes of glass, your windows have not failed, only your glass as failed. Double pane glass panels are sealed, and the seal failed. Any local glass company can replace the double pane glass pieces with a new sealed unit. Your glass may have a small serial...
by Saving$
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 96
Views: 12412

Re: Xfinity Mobile

I have been considering changing my home internet from ATT DSL ($53/m, no TV, max 6gb) to Comcast ($59/m with TV, max 100gb). The prospect of being able to save on cell service is also appealing. Questions: 1. Does Comcast has a bring your own Android option? I did read the option to buy one of thei...
by Saving$
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Minimize Your Emergency Care Expenses
Replies: 219
Views: 35002

Re: How to Minimize Your Emergency Care Expenses

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this.
Much appreciated, and great information, as well as good reminders of how to keep this all in perspective.
by Saving$
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Short Commute or Nicer House?
Replies: 142
Views: 8511

Re: Short Commute or Nicer House?

Option #1, absolutely. Short commute and all the other variables also sound better You will have more time with family, which no amount of money can buy. 1. You will be less stressed. 2. Your schedule will be more predictable. 3. You will be more easily able to deal with outlier situations - call fr...
by Saving$
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Contacting store after urgent care visit?
Replies: 21
Views: 2687

Re: Contacting store after urgent care visit?

If you plan to pursue reimbursement from the store:

Daughter needs to take pics of the bench that caused the splinters before the store resands it.

You need to get the name of the person at the Urgent Care who advised this is not the first incident from the bench at that store.
by Saving$
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telemarketing calls from my own prefix
Replies: 44
Views: 3252

Re: Telemarketing calls from my own prefix

Is there any solution for people who get these calls on a small business cell phone? I often get calls I am not expecting from my client's vendors, whom I don't have in my phone directory. I don't have the option of ignoring calls from unknown numbers...
by Saving$
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell or Keep a rental condo
Replies: 36
Views: 2672

Re: Sell or Keep a rental condo

So you paid $55k; lets say you net $170k ($185k sales price less commissions & closing costs). Let's say you can write off $5k in improvements for a gain of $110k. If you sold today, presumably you would save $16.5k in cap gains tax. If you wait to sell when you no longer qualify for the cap gains e...
by Saving$
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding new 529 rules
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Understanding new 529 rules

Seeking some clarification on the new 529 rules 1. Supposedly you can now fund K-12 with 529 funds. Is there any chance this allows funding of pre-k with 529 funds? 2. I've read conflicting accounts of when this change takes place - some state "with the new tax law" indicating it would be in effect ...
by Saving$
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisted Living cost > person's pension
Replies: 24
Views: 2090

Re: Assisted Living cost > person's pension

Also, $9k/m seems closer to a nursing home cost than an assisted living cost...and nursing homes in each state take Medicaid.
by Saving$
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Problems with EJ (Is anyone surprised?) [Edward Jones]
Replies: 30
Views: 4844

Re: Problems with EJ (Is anyone surprised?) [Edward Jones]

Sue: Tomorrow, you call Vanguard PAS (Personal Advisory Services) and give them authorization to pull the assets from EJ into Vanguard PAS. Specifically tell them, that to the greatest extent possible, you want to move the assets in kind, and do any selling to change investments after Vanguard has t...
by Saving$
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reposession - worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 2111

Re: Reposession - worth it?

DO NOT LET IT GET REPOSSESSED. As noted above, letting it get repossessed is not going to solve any problems: 1. You will still owe the loan - letting them take the car does not wipe away your obligation to pay the loan 2. In addition to what you currently owe, they will tack on a bunch of repossess...
by Saving$
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experiences with Quicken to GNUCash Conversion.
Replies: 18
Views: 2143

Re: Experiences with Quicken to GNUCash Conversion.

Like many folks in this group, I've been contemplating converting from Quicken to GNUCash (well, to basically *anything* else). I have an account history spanning two decades (MS Money till sunset and Quicken thereafter), so I knew it wasn't going to be an easy task if I wanted to convert *and* kee...
by Saving$
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Assistance to Adult Child (health insurance)
Replies: 107
Views: 6575

Re: Financial Assistance to Adult Child (health insurance)

I'd second the Dave Ramsey suggestion if she would attend. The benefit is that she will meet people there who are also trying to better their financial habits. It is better to have those people in her social network than the ones whose spending habits are like hers or worse.
by Saving$
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 5639

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

VictoriaF wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:48 pm
Under the influence of Bogleheads recommendations and low prices, I have ordered a Motorola Moto G5 Plus.
So Victoria, how do you like your Moto G5 Plus?
by Saving$
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experiences with Quicken to GNUCash Conversion.
Replies: 18
Views: 2143

Re: Experiences with Quicken to GNUCash Conversion.

I experimented several years ago, but GnuCash would not support tags (in addition to categories). I needed tags for project based tracking (rental properties, etc.). Does GnuCash now support tags? I don't see any Tag field per transaction, but wouldn't it be be possible to work around it using any ...
by Saving$
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 5639

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

batpot wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:23 pm
Chip wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:51 pm
I don't believe that I have OK Google turned on (where do you do that, exactly?)
with the phone unlocked, long press the "home" soft button (the circle).
Can you share with us how to turn OFF OK Google?
I may have accidentally long pressed the home button.
by Saving$
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alliant 3/2.5% card - any experience?
Replies: 39
Views: 5172

Re: Alliant 3/2.5% card - any experience?

Alliant is a great Credit Union - competitive rates, good service. This card gives 3% cash back the first year with no fee. So for the first year it is a no brainer. After the first year, it gives 2.5% but with a $59 fee. I think you have to spend over $12k/year on the card to make this a better dea...
by Saving$
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct and alternatives
Replies: 119
Views: 11266

Re: TaxAct and alternatives

They sometimes have pretty good customer service. I remember being stunned at how good the customer service was at times. Then I had an issue emailed tech support and had a series of very disappointing encounters, especially since the previous encounter was so good. They kept telling me I was not su...
by Saving$
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct and alternatives
Replies: 119
Views: 11266

Re: TaxAct and alternatives

I haven't received a single communication from TaxAct since I filed my return last January. No offers, no solicitations, nothing. This, after being a loyal (desktop and online) customer for a dozen or so years. I didn't notice any mention on this site of any cyber Monday deals so I intend to provid...
by Saving$
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct and alternatives
Replies: 119
Views: 11266

Re: TaxAct and alternatives

Is FreeTax USA an online only product (appears to be based on website, but I thought I would check with the experts here)? If FreeTax USA is online, what is the current best option for those of us who do not want our personal financial information shared with one of these services (remember - if the...
by Saving$
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SodaStream Jet vs SodaStream Fizzi vs no SodaStream
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: SodaStream Jet vs SodaStream Fizzi vs no SodaStream

Thanks. The appeal of the Jet is that it can take both the 60l and the 130l cartridges.
The BBB near my house sells the 130l cartridges and the 130l refills.