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by westie
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?
Replies: 62
Views: 3007

Re: Noise cancelling headphones for plane trips, advice?

I have the Bose QC35 Series 2 headphones, they're great, but $300. This is what I'd suggest for a whole lot less money.

https://www.amazon.com/Cancelling-Headp ... B019U00D7K
by westie
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get the best deal on cruise?
Replies: 14
Views: 1388

Re: How to get the best deal on cruise?

Have you cruised with Carnival before? I'd pick a different cruise line if I were 40+.
by westie
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for recommendations on a family SUV.
Replies: 63
Views: 2516

Re: Looking for recommendations on a family SUV.

2 kids in car seats and a grandparent to tote around? Get a minivan. Rent one for a weekend, you'll understand why.
by westie
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2037

Re: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?

stay off 95, Tappan Zee, then take 301 to Richmond and pick up 95
by westie
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lyft driver got into an accident, but denies it
Replies: 71
Views: 5744

Re: Lyft driver got into an accident, but denies it

Insisting the police show up for a fender-bender? Around here the conversation might be something like: Caller: What do you mean you won't send an officer for this? I insist that you do! Dispatcher: That's nice. Have a good day. lol ... many people think they determine when the police should respon...
by westie
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Italy
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Trip to Italy

was in Italy beginning of November, the weather was great.
by westie
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this normal for an HOA?
Replies: 95
Views: 8877

Re: Is this normal for an HOA?

retired people miss being a decision maker in many instances. They are drawn to the idea of an HOA. I belong to one HOA that's well run, and one that isn't.
by westie
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations (loud and good sound quality)
Replies: 33
Views: 2009

Re: Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations (loud and good sound quality)

I'd do this. You can link two together if you wish. Sold for $200 when they first appeared.


https://www.electronicsface.com/product ... subwoofer/
by westie
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper
Replies: 119
Views: 10803

Re: Why is Costco gas so much cheaper

According to information at a local Costco they by rule every morning poll the prices within a certain distance of the store and then price a certain amount less than that (I think it was a min of 5 cents less or something). I remember that being done 30 years ago by gas stations. My brother manage...
by westie
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving a car [in] Italy, any suggestion?
Replies: 56
Views: 5731

Re: Driving a car [in] Italy, any suggestion?

Scooters are everywhere, they continually cut in and out of traffic.
by westie
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Cross, Blue Shield dental plans
Replies: 7
Views: 1076

Re: Blue Cross, Blue Shield dental plans

there are a number of plans to choose from. Mine has a 25K limitation, many don't

https://tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal ... nity-plans
by westie
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10057

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

Just a reminder to middle aged adults co-signing for student loans. If you're left to pay federally insured student loans and don't pay them off, the Social Security Administration will deduct up to 15% of your SS monthly payment to recoup the dollars you didn't pay back.
by westie
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: retirement travel: RVs vs fly/drive/hotel
Replies: 98
Views: 9394

Re: retirement travel: RVs vs fly/drive/hotel

this is an easy one.

Stay in motels, why waste money on "owning/storing/maintaining a trailer"
by westie
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise deals?
Replies: 47
Views: 3336

Re: Cruise deals?

I'd look at the vacationstogo website.
by westie
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping
Replies: 55
Views: 4142

Re: Tipping

I tip 20% unless the minimum wage is $15 an hour. Then I tip nothing.
by westie
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True cost of a [dental] implant
Replies: 71
Views: 11539

Re: True cost of a [dental] implant

my implant lasted 12 years - Approx. 5K for it.
by westie
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it sensible to buy a car from Elon Musk?
Replies: 59
Views: 3259

Is it sensible to buy a car from Elon Musk?

Does his behavior give you reason to pause when considering purchasing a Tesla?
by westie
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for a municipality
Replies: 26
Views: 2551

Re: Working for a municipality

Just don't come up with any new ideas and you'll be fine. :mrgreen:
by westie
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Skilled Nursing Facilities that Accept Medicaid Really That Bad?
Replies: 30
Views: 3685

Re: Are Skilled Nursing Facilities that Accept Medicaid Really That Bad?

My mom was in 4 different nursing homes during her 4 years in that situation. The one that was the best, also cost the least, and it was 74% Medicaid patients. She was there 3+ years
by westie
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7834

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Can't say it doesn't happen, but instances of cops not showing up for court don't happen much anymore.
by westie
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7834

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

hire an attorney, with or without one, contrition in court will get it reduced to a lesser charge in most all cases. I wouldn't follow the advice from lifehacker here. If you have questions, save them for court. The officer already told you why you were stopped and given a ticket.
by westie
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how much car can we afford?
Replies: 130
Views: 6834

Re: how much car can we afford?

spend up to 50K, get something nice.
by westie
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pop up tent camper
Replies: 24
Views: 2904

Re: Pop up tent camper

never buy new, campers are like boats, best days are buying and selling. Storage lots are full of them, they depreciate quickly
by westie
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pop up tent camper
Replies: 24
Views: 2904

Re: Pop up tent camper

plenty of used inventory.
by westie
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2235

Re: Selling a used car

we don't have a CarMax in NJ. They are building 2 but haven't started yet. I had someone who said he was going to buy the car when I had it listed for $1,400 we negotiated to $1,200 and he went on vacation and said he would buy it when he got back. He said it was a gift to a relative, and when he g...
by westie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a used car
Replies: 49
Views: 2235

Re: Selling a used car

we don't have a CarMax in NJ. They are building 2 but haven't started yet. I had someone who said he was going to buy the car when I had it listed for $1,400 we negotiated to $1,200 and he went on vacation and said he would buy it when he got back. He said it was a gift to a relative, and when he g...
by westie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3
Replies: 50
Views: 3478

Re: Cost of ownership of buying Model 3 vs keeping my M235i.

Interesting review of the Tesla Model 3 in the Wa Post a couple days ago.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... be5f070bf4
by westie
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 375
Views: 22341

Re: What are your property taxes?

Delaware beach town

Property taxes on 600K home - $1800

No sales tax.
by westie
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb - cleaning fee, service fee, occupancy fee....???
Replies: 105
Views: 9054

Re: Airbnb - cleaning fee, service fee, occupancy fee....???

There are no hidden fees on Airbnb properties. There is a per night fee for staying and a cleaning fee (I charged $125), I have a three day minimum stay. I have to clean an 1800 sq. ft. home, you bet I'm charging a fee to clean bathrooms and kitchen, floors, change all the bedding and towels. Airbnb...
by westie
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb - cleaning fee, service fee, occupancy fee....???
Replies: 105
Views: 9054

Re: Airbnb - cleaning fee, service fee, occupancy fee....???

I'm an Airbnb host, we rent a 3BDR, 2.5 bath home. We host groups of 6-8 in a beach community. It's half the price of a hotel because they (6-8 people) need two rooms. Additionally who wants to be sitting on a hotel bed during your vacation?
by westie
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family dynamics/in laws/am I being petty?
Replies: 143
Views: 7908

Re: Family dynamics/in laws/am I being petty?

Not sure if you exchange gifts at Xmas and birthdays with your families, but if I did, they'd become restaurant gift cards they could use when we go out.
by westie
Mon May 28, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation Rental Question
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: Vacation Rental Question

I'm sure you might be able to strike a deal with someone. I own a rental property along the Delaware seashore that I Airbnb. Personally I wouldn't do it because I'd lose protections i.e., shadow security deposit/insurance against damage - granted through Airbnb. Read property reviews no matter who y...
by westie
Sun May 20, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I retire? Input and advice is welcome!
Replies: 29
Views: 4120

Re: Can I retire? Input and advice is welcome!

I say do it, if it doesn't work for you, you're the only one who'll miss a meal.
by westie
Thu May 17, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Bugs
Replies: 42
Views: 5022

Re: Bed Bugs

Two concerns here, getting rid of the bugs and relieving your wife's fears. Pay a professional to do it, maybe get another estimate before you schedule it.
by westie
Tue May 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popular Mechanics magazine scam [subscription won't stop]
Replies: 32
Views: 6568

Re: Popular Mechanics magazine scam [subscription won't stop]

took me 7 months to stop receiving the WSJ after my subscription ended.
by westie
Thu May 10, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 6684

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

Dog lover here but understand it if you don't want the dog in your yard.


I'd ask then nicely to control their pet, if it continues I'd ask him to buy you an electric fence for your yard. Plan C is to call animal control, if all else fails.
by westie
Tue May 01, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiber cable on front lawn
Replies: 44
Views: 4536

Re: Fiber cable on front lawn

have you called Comcast yourself? If not, do it everyday asking to speak to a supervisor reminding them this is a liability issue you want addressed immediately. Always ask for their name.
by westie
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?
Replies: 129
Views: 11556

Re: How did you tell the boss you're leaving/retiring?

Your boss may be having the same conversation with himself. I bet he cares less about it than you do.
by westie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 108
Views: 9466

Re: Kitchen features

mentioned here numerous times .... insta-hot water at the sink, my last home had it, I miss it a lot.
by westie
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family trip, Southwest USA
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: Family trip, Southwest USA

fly to Vegas, plan your trip starting there.
by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 4144

Re: Las Vegas hotel

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by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 4144

Re: Las Vegas hotel

I prefer the Embassy Suites a few blocks off the strip, no resort fee, free parking.
by westie
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lessons learned with Booking.com and VRBO
Replies: 13
Views: 3428

Re: Lessons learned with Booking.com and VRBO

I wouldn't use booking sites, go through the specific hotel/motel. I rented a hotel room on a booking site then realized as soon as I got off the phone it was the wrong day. Called immediately to both the booking site and the hotel to rectify date which was more than 2 months in advance ..... neithe...
by westie
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grass is always greener, federal edition
Replies: 59
Views: 8042

Re: Grass is always greener, federal edition

I retired in 2007 at 55 from the federal government under the old cadillac CSRS. They have religiously direct deposited $9000+ in my bank account every month since I left. Additionally I was also able to participate in the TSP (no matching) and will be covered by Federal Health Benefit Plan (FEHB) u...
by westie
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience selling car to Carmax?
Replies: 105
Views: 182035

Re: Experience selling car to Carmax?

Most dealers prefer to negotiate both prices (trade-in offer/purchase price of another vehicle) at the same time, different paradigm then simply selling your car.
by westie
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1028
Views: 110086

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Peaky Blinders - great series -- 4 seasons 6 episodes a season
by westie
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 5622

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

buy 4 grills at $200 a piece or 1 Weber grill for $800.