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by p14175
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best/worst flavors of Gatorade/Powerade
Replies: 23
Views: 1392

Re: Best/worst flavors of Gatorade/Powerade

Taz wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:23 pm
Limon Pepino (cucumber lime). Seriously.
+1 My favorite flavor!
by p14175
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult piggy bank
Replies: 54
Views: 4727

Re: Adult piggy bank

FWIW, we used coffee cans for years and when they filled up I would set them aside. When we sold our house last year I took them to the Walmart (they had a coin counting machine there). Had about $167 in change.
by p14175
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult piggy bank
Replies: 54
Views: 4727

Re: Adult piggy bank

I have a Harley-Davidson piggy bank, but most of the time change goes in an old coffee can.
by p14175
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpenter Bees- HELP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2142

Re: Carpenter Bees- HELP!

We really enjoyed the antics of the carpenter bees our old house (we moved last year). They might look big and scary, but they aren't dangerous. They aren't the greatest fliers, at worst they'll just bounce off you. What we did to keep them from chewing on the house was to place pieces of unpainted ...
by p14175
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk problem
Replies: 61
Views: 5407

Re: Chipmunk problem

The foxes and coyotes help the rat snakes keep the critter population down. But the neighbors with small dogs worry about the coyotes. OTOH, the coyotes don't yap for hours on end, maybe just a little howling at night. Especially when they hear a siren. +1 Add to that gopher snakes, hawks, owls, an...
by p14175
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your hobbies?
Replies: 59
Views: 5736

Re: What are your hobbies?

We moved to our new home in September last year and started planning workshop space. Our buildings are finally getting built. DH is very much into automotive work and metal fabrication so he will have a space for that. I took up software development, gardening, and small scale robot design a few yea...
by p14175
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance
Replies: 79
Views: 6246

Re: Anyone with a paid off house drop homeowners insurance

I would never drop homeowners insurance, but I would definitely consider dropping that hidden tax called FEMA Flood Insurance. That is, unless I lived in a place that actually flooded on a regular basis.
by p14175
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to spend on daycare?
Replies: 46
Views: 3845

Re: How much to spend on daycare?

Can you work different hours so that one of you is always home?
by p14175
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?
Replies: 55
Views: 5528

Re: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?

Is your AC filter is too restrictive? The HVAC company that replaced our heat pump several years ago recommended using the thinnest, cheapest filters we could find and replace the filter on a monthly basis or when it got dirty, which ever came first.
by p14175
Thu May 31, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I need some math help-calculating interest savings
Replies: 31
Views: 1767

Re: I need some math help-calculating interest savings

Handy hint: Write a separate check for your principal payment and mark it as such. That way you have a record if the mortgage company screws up. And they will screw up. Not sure how you do this with online payments.
by p14175
Wed May 30, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Advice for new Boglehead (4Runner)
Replies: 45
Views: 2547

Re: Vehicle Advice for new Boglehead (4Runner)

bottlecap wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 4:25 pm
You can't afford it.

Sorry,

JT
I agree. Once you get the 4-wheeling bug that new Toyota will become very expensive. If you want to 4-wheel, buy something a little cheaper like an older used 4Runner, TLC, or heaven forbid, a Jeep, that is already set up for the trails.
by p14175
Wed May 23, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Home - issues/costs?
Replies: 33
Views: 2461

Re: Winter Home - issues/costs?

The snowbird season in the Phoenix area lasts from September to April -- give or take. The early birds show up in September to get the good spots even though it's still hot. Of course there are areas of Arizona with less extreme weather than the Phoenix metro area.
by p14175
Thu May 17, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Textbooks
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: College Textbooks

A handy hint from someone who spent many years in college as a student. As soon as you know what classes you are going to take, contact the instructor to find out what book(s) are being used. This will give you a head start in finding them at good prices or rental rates. If you wait until the first ...
by p14175
Thu May 10, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifting Heavy Objects onto a Vehicle Cargo Tray; Need Ideas!
Replies: 30
Views: 2633

Re: Lifting Heavy Objects onto a Vehicle Cargo Tray; Need Ideas!

Those cargo trays are great for fairly light loads, but if you are carrying 240 pounds, you will want to add extra supports that tie the unit to the vehicle frame. Rent a trailer and dolly instead.
by p14175
Wed May 09, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 137
Views: 13423

Re: What have you baked recently?

I used the No-Knead method and made a loaf of whole wheat bread yesterday. It was kind of a momentous occasion for me. I quit eating grains about 10 years ago after I had a strong reaction to a wheat product. Lately, I started thinking that maybe it was the added 'stuff' commercial bakeries put in t...
by p14175
Wed May 09, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: <Future> Marketable Skills
Replies: 17
Views: 1628

Re: <Future> Marketable Skills

I would look at traditional occupations and see how your skill set fits. Not all businesses constantly upgrade to the latest fad in computer/software technology, some still need people to maintain and improve the technology they use. One example is supply management or supply chain management softwa...
by p14175
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lake Tahoe
Replies: 28
Views: 2599

Re: Lake Tahoe

The Rubicon Jeep Trail is near Lake Tahoe. There might be some Jeep tour companies that offer trail rides.
by p14175
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long have you been unemployed?
Replies: 60
Views: 6211

Re: How long have you been unemployed?

I lost my last job in 2008 and was unable to find work until 2012, but during that time I completed an MS-Eng and went to the local community college to learn computer animation and factory automation. I lost the job in 2012 due to health problems. A year later I decided to start my own software dev...
by p14175
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?
Replies: 28
Views: 2051

Re: Does it make sense to buy new appliances when there's a good sale before you need them?

I would say no. In 1998 we purchased a high-end slide-in Jenn-Air range on sale with good intentions of replacing our old GE Americana. We didn't get around to making the replacement for about 15 years. That was a big mistake. Within the first year after installing it we had the printed circuit card...
by p14175
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 7449

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

I was forced into early retirement due to health issues. It hasn't been much fun. So I looked at my skill set and decided that I could write software. I spent many years programming for a living so it was an easy choice. I figured if I spent a year or two getting up to speed on the most popular pro...
by p14175
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?
Replies: 45
Views: 3153

Re: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?

I never lived in a dorm when I was in college, but I had a lot of classmates that did. Several of them were veterans, so a bit older and wiser. One problem with dorms is that the rooms people will be coming in and out of the room so not much is private or safe (think jewelry, money, credit cards, et...
by p14175
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 7449

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

I was forced into early retirement due to health issues. It hasn't been much fun. So I looked at my skill set and decided that I could write software. I spent many years programming for a living so it was an easy choice. I figured if I spent a year or two getting up to speed on the most popular prog...
by p14175
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats
Replies: 110
Views: 17655

Re: Need Options - Honda Accord Incredibly Uncomfortable Seats

Have you considered after-market seats?
by p14175
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Testing: At-Home Kit vs. Mail-In
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Water Testing: At-Home Kit vs. Mail-In

The previous owners of our home installed an RO system. That got us thinking that there might be something wrong with the water from our well. Our property is right next to a large farming area. So we used a certified lab in Tucson to do the testing. The lab gave us the option of shipping the sample...
by p14175
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay for your phone/cable/internet? REAL total with tax?
Replies: 48
Views: 3407

Re: What do you pay for your phone/cable/internet? REAL total with tax?

Wi-Power for Internet $54.99/month
Tracfone for cell, $10/month
Television is over the air antenna - $0
Total: about $65
by p14175
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wide ankle high comfy walking shoes for @@ Hawaiian Feet???
Replies: 42
Views: 2637

Re: Wide ankle high comfy walking shoes for @@ Hawaiian Feet???

I live in high desert in southern Az. My property is covered with sharp rocks and spiky plants. The snakes and venomous insects will be coming out of hibernation soon. Anyway, I needed a pair of ankle high boots to replace my minimalist sandals. I chose New Balance Men's MW1400v1 Walking Shoe, which...
by p14175
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]
Replies: 71
Views: 9118

Re: $12,000 Refrigerator? [Looking in $7k price range]

I am in the market for a new appliance package. My loca store has a 1600 rebate on select, upscale Kitchen Aid appliances and I am leaning in that direction. I am look at ~ $7k approx for DW, Fridge, Micro, Stove before rebate But I saw a Viking refrigerator for $12,000. Some of their other applian...
by p14175
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital alarm clock suggestions?
Replies: 38
Views: 3627

Re: Digital alarm clock suggestions?

Look for one with a red display. It won't mess up your night vision. If you find one you like, but it isn't red, cover the display with automotive Tail/Parking Light Repair Tape.
by p14175
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me help my niece (College costs, financial aid, etc)
Replies: 41
Views: 3043

Re: Help me help my niece (College costs, financial aid, etc)

Great! You have (maybe?) $50k for the first year, but what about the next 3-4 years? Scholarship hunting isn't a lot of fun, but it's better than taking out student loans.
by p14175
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 433
Views: 56391

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

1994 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Diesel - 270,000 miles
Recently replaced the original TPS. Now the truck acts like a teenager. No more bogging down on the hills.
by p14175
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 121
Views: 12790

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

We have never owned a motorhome only camp trailers. Our first camp trailer was a 22ft stick built Nomad with so many defects it spent more than 6 months at the dealer getting fixed. Later, the body started twisting after driving down a couple of forest roads and the doors got tweaked. We knew it was...
by p14175
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I expect to use it for both wildlife and for surveillance of property, especially when we are not there, as there’s been enough reports of those casing properties in the area We thought about using our trail cam for keeping tabs on our property but decided against it since there are camera systems ...
by p14175
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is middle initial important? [How to title a legal document]
Replies: 11
Views: 2043

Re: Is middle initial important?

A couple of months ago when we sold our house the title agency discovered a judgment against someone with the same first and last name as mine, no middle initial or name was included. If there was one it would have made things a lot easier. The judgment was recorded a few years ago in the public rec...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I’ll check out the Stealth cam G42 {did you find you needed to use lithium batteries, i’d like not to have to use them, or can good manufacturers batteries (durocell, etc) be used?} I knew that Moultrie was one of the earliest... but some reviews didn’t have them rated very high I’ve also heard eno...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

I expect to use it for both wildlife and for surveillance of property, especially when we are not there, as there’s been enough reports of those casing properties in the area We thought about using our trail cam for keeping tabs on our property but decided against it since there are camera systems ...
by p14175
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor recently burglarized- Suggestions for home security
Replies: 101
Views: 10082

Re: Neighbor recently burgalerized - Suggestions for home security

1. Don't have any tall shrubs, fences or walls criminals can hide behind. 2. Grow spiky thorny plants under the windows. 3. Have a gravel strip with loose sharp rocks around the perimeter of the house. Noisy! especially at night. 4. If you use outdoor lighting to deter crime, point the lights toward...
by p14175
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on wildlife trail cameras
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Question on wildlife trail cameras

We have a Stealth Cam G42 No-Glo Trail Game Camera STC-G42NG about $100 on Amazon. It might be a little more expensive than the ones you are looking at, but it has been completely reliable for us. We used it to figure out what critter was eating our watermelons. It was a coyote. We have also taken i...
by p14175
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting cable
Replies: 51
Views: 3369

Re: Cutting cable

We tried cable back in the 1980s and quickly found out that we didn't like it. Plus, it was expensive. We have been OTA ever since. When HDTV came about, we upgraded the TV and antenna. In our latest home we bought a 60-mile deep fringe antenna and have a pretty good channel selection though PBS and...
by p14175
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?
Replies: 15
Views: 1429

Re: Selling one owner car. Give new owner service records?

I bought my 2010 Prius brand new. All service had been done exclusively at the Toyota dealer. I have a folder that contains copies of every service and repair from day one. A CarFax report for your Prius will probably show all the dealership service information so even if you don't give the buyer a...
by p14175
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia in a co-worker
Replies: 47
Views: 6326

Re: Early Retirement Incentive Plan is generating paranoia in a co-worker

Ask about taxes when deciding whether to take a package.
by p14175
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 188
Views: 24418

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

I was forced into retirement at 52 in 2012 due to health issues. But after working for 35 years and investing I don't feel bad about it. It's kind of nice not having to wake up to an alarm clock. Anyway, last year I started getting bored so I started a software development company. Because it's just...
by p14175
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water filtration system - worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 3466

Re: Water filtration system - worth it?

Is there any health concern if minerals are removed by such filtration? Of course, if the water is obviously bad to begin with like foul smell or off color... but what if the tap water is as clean as the city can provide? Thanks If you do a little research on RO systems, you will find that they cla...
by p14175
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing - How much to invest in a house before selling?
Replies: 41
Views: 5489

Re: Downsizing - How much to invest in a house before selling?

Before putting your house up for sale, get a home inspection and an independent appraisal. Between the two reports you should be able to figure out what you need to do to sell it for the best price. I wouldn't rely on a real estate agent's opinion of what should be done, but you may have to ask one ...
by p14175
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please suggest a dry hands product
Replies: 82
Views: 4623

Re: Please suggest a dry hands product

I use coconut oil and olive oil mostly, but Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum, Multi-Purpose Jelly also works pretty good.
by p14175
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?
Replies: 20
Views: 2945

Re: Home Security Camera: Post a Warning Sign or Not?

For years we had a large dog house in our backyard. No dog. It worked pretty good as a deterrent.
by p14175
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 77
Views: 6856

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

My last desktop came from CyberPowerPC. I bought a middle of the road gaming machine and it has been awesome.
by p14175
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 573
Views: 224969

Re: TV show recommendations?

American Ninja Warriors -- those people are amazing!
by p14175
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 13761

Re: Price of haircut?

I used to go to a beauty school to get my hair cut, so did my DH. They changed $7.50 for a shampoo & cut. If you were 'elderly' (over 55), it was $5.50. The students always did a great job. Unfortunately the school moved to the other side of town and it wasn't worth driving there. I went there for a...
by p14175
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer/dryer suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5379

Re: Washer/dryer suggestions?

I was going to start a new thread but I found this one, and decided to add to it/revive it. I'm planning on buying a Whirlpool W&D set and the washer is a top-loading HE unit. I used a similar LG model at an AirBnB recently and liked it, once I got used to seeing how little water they use. I've not...
by p14175
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 2432

Re: Paying cash for medical care - best practice?

I have been a cash paying customer for several years. I see the doctor 2x year for blood pressure and pain issues. If something comes up, I make an appointment. The visits cost me less than $100 each. I don't take any prescription drugs. I acknowledge that anything can happen. If something happens I...