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by meebers
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 57
Views: 3804

Re: lawn care cost

I live in Central Florida and hire a guy for June/July/Aug when it is very hot and humid. Cost is $110/month. We had friendly discussions about that price as he said some months have 5 weeks of cutting and some 4 weeks, I agreed. The remaining months I do it my self starting @ 7AM, usually done @ 9A...
by meebers
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: when Spectrum internet promo rate expires
Replies: 6
Views: 741

Re: when Spectrum internet promo rate expires

I think you should get a landline. This is a bundle and will cost you less overall. Check it out with CS. Nobody says you have to plug a phone into it.
by meebers
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Short term reinvestment clarification

It is item 1b (Date acquired) on the 1099-B form. It is looking for MM/DD/YYYY. I tried "various" and it would not let me past "var" but an info message came up and said use VAR-L for long term and VAR-S for short term. Item 2 (Type of gain or loss) lets you tell it again, Short Term, Long-Term etc....
by meebers
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wells Fargo Alternatives for free trades?
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Wells Fargo Alternatives for free trades?

merrill edge with over 50k. good signup bonus too https://www.merrilledge.com/zero-dollar-trades?cm_mmc=GWM-SelfDirectedBrokerage-_-Google-PS-_-free%20trades-_-Trading%20Phrase%20Free%20Phrase&ds_rl=8411&gclid=CjwKCAiAy-_iBRAaEiwAYhSlA_K6KD_afrwQTbAKzp6s0HoHDjJpeymONWWBxDXFY7lwnn2gK11_FhoC7HEQAvD_B...
by meebers
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Short term reinvestment clarification

You tell us. Your account should show when all the purchases were made. Likely there was a distribution and subsequent purchase in December. In my original post, there are dividends/reinvestment's every month from the very beginning for the last 17 months. When filling out the 1099-B on the tax sof...
by meebers
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veteran Obtain Military ID
Replies: 23
Views: 1390

Re: Veteran Obtain Military ID

On my last drivers license renewal, the agent mentioned the below reference. Not sure if the veteran status on the DL would be of any significance to TSA when going thru airports etc. Beginning on January 22, 2018, residents of several US states may not be able to use their driver license to get thr...
by meebers
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Short term reinvestment clarification
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Short term reinvestment clarification

I bought some stock about 18 months ago and each month the dividends were reinvested. I then sold that stock and got a 1099-B that shows both Long Term and Short Term gains. The question is: when is the acquisition date of the Short Term gain? I take it to mean the date of the last dividend reinvest...
by meebers
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veteran Obtain Military ID
Replies: 23
Views: 1390

Re: Veteran Obtain Military ID

dm200 wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:20 pm
In Virginia, at least, a veteran can get the Veteran designation on the drivers license.
Same in Florida :D
by meebers
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?
Replies: 77
Views: 4629

Re: Desktop Computer (home): Do you leave it "On" or turn "off" after using?

My computers are plugged into a UPS. I shut down my computers/monitors when I am done using them. I also shut down the UPS via 120 vAC socket controlled by the wall switch. There is absolutely no power to the computer(s). That wall switch also controls the ethernet switch. Been doing that for 20+ ye...
by meebers
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major
Replies: 91
Views: 3294

Re: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major

Here is Embry Riddle's take. https://erau.edu/degrees/bachelor/compu ... thematics/ My grandson just graduated from ER with a Masters in Aero Space engineering, his friend did her Masters in computational-mathematics from ER and was hired way before she finished her schooling.
by meebers
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?
Replies: 48
Views: 3737

Re: Company relocating and not interested - next steps ?

From a Military perspective. We moved quite a lot in 20 years, most times you cannot take your spouse with you when it is outside the U.S. Spouse is left home with the kids.
by meebers
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare
Replies: 119
Views: 5180

Re: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare

It was a 2 year "grind" for me. X-ray's MRI's, shots, partial clean out and finally the fix, total knee replacement. :(
by meebers
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question on dryer vent cleaning
Replies: 33
Views: 3547

Re: Question on dryer vent cleaning

It is an adventure when I clean mine. W/D in small space between kitchen and door to the garage. My vent goes thru the roof. On the roof is a "J" type vent that has screen over the end to prevent critters from visiting. No matter what, I have to go on the roof because the warm air from the dryer mix...
by meebers
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 706
Views: 70844

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Skipped lunch today and saved $1.00 :dollar
by meebers
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 2907

Re: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?

We are currently using (builder supplied) Moen. Yes, free parts and I have had Moen send me plenty of stuff over the 18 years that we have been in this house. (5 bathroom faucets, 3 shower contol valves and 1 kitchen faucet) and a most ordered and troublesome soap dispenser. The kitchen faucet is in...
by meebers
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Negotiation on MSRP?
Replies: 26
Views: 2338

Re: Car Negotiation on MSRP?

I did what the OP was suggesting. I looked at the car on Sunday, noted the vin and sticker price, dealer was closed so called first thing on Monday morning right as they opened. I did mandate to the dealer that I would pay the sticker price on the window from the factory as an out the door price. Th...
by meebers
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why you might want to reconsider buying a vehicle with direct fuel injection
Replies: 48
Views: 4328

Re: Why you might want to reconsider buying a vehicle with direct fuel injection

Daughter with her 2016 chevy V6 31k miles had her purge valve stick open due to gunk build up. New purge valve cost $35 and the dealer charged her "only" $350 to clean it because it was still under warranty and was part of the 30K mile checkup. :( Maintenance on new cars are painful.
by meebers
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2019 and forward
Replies: 56
Views: 4056

Re: Quicken 2019 and forward

I just might have a go at Microsoft Access data base. I believe Q is a data base anyway. Perhaps a weekly entry would keep track of what is going on and easy to recall. Excel might be an easier solution for some. Of all the MS programs, Excel is my favorite and I do so many things using it most of w...
by meebers
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 October Update (1809)
Replies: 34
Views: 2784

Re: Windows 10 October Update (1809)

I D/L'd 1809 when first released, no problems and very stable. Today it was updated to 1809 17763.134 .
by meebers
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 309
Views: 25304

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

Yeah!! Got the D/L today from H&R Block. Stored it in 4 different locations just because :D
by meebers
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 309
Views: 25304

Re: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe Federal + State $29.95

If I could post a picture, it would show $19.95 for me 2018 Deluxe (Fed) (copied from my purchase Order)
"Price: $19.95
Sales tax: $1.30
Total: $21.25



Thanks for choosing H&R Block. We appreciate your business. :)
by meebers
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2018 Tax Software Deluxe $18.00 - Black Friday sale
Replies: 309
Views: 25304

Re: H+R Block Deluxe Fed and State $35. Questions.

I just did a preorder for Deluxe, Fed only @ 19.95. Fl does not do state tax. 11/9/18 for DL
by meebers
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY air purifier for $25
Replies: 13
Views: 1594

Re: DIY air purifier for $25

knightrider wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:36 pm
How does one know when it's time to change the filter? Or do I need to invest in of those particulate counters?
I look at mine and can tell by the accumulation on the input side of the filter, its surprising in such a short time.
by meebers
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Excel File Save Question - Running Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 604

Re: Excel File Save Question - Running Windows 10

I get that usually after an update. What I have been doing is to save as to another drive, close excel, open it back up and save as to the desired location then it works for me. Then go back to the other drive and delete it...Irritating I know :x
by meebers
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attn ...Retirees on Tricare
Replies: 4
Views: 794

Re: Attn ...Retirees on Tricare

Got all excited and then read that it does not apply to Tricare for Life. :?
by meebers
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the sentence for laminating a Medicare Card?
Replies: 38
Views: 9972

Re: What is the sentence for laminating a Medicare Card?

Wife got her new medicare card about 1 month ago, mine has yet to arrive :(
by meebers
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spectrum Cable TV Charges
Replies: 19
Views: 1951

Re: Spectrum Cable TV Charges

This actually brings up an interesting point re: physically going to the local office. Usually they just hand out modems and cable boxes, but I do believe they have the authority to negotiate pricing and plans. Anyone else try this approach rather than going thru a call center? I called in and aske...
by meebers
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spectrum Cable TV Charges
Replies: 19
Views: 1951

Re: Spectrum Cable TV Charges

One new thing irritates me : when surfing the channels I have to pass through channels we do not have, and with possibly a wrong click I could sign up for it.... Two way's I get thru this is to select "subscribed" instead of all. 2nd way is to put the channels you want in "favorites" and then hit t...
by meebers
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to choose a real estate agent?
Replies: 24
Views: 2218

Re: How to choose a real estate agent?

Totally unscientific approach. Picked one (as advertised) of the area's best multi-million dollar seller, who will get results etc. When he came to our house, he was pushy, controlled the conversation and bragged about how good he was. I did not have a good feel for him, perhaps buyers would see him...
by meebers
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Run Air Conditioner even if not needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 3130

Re: Run Air Conditioner even if not needed?

As far as I can remember, I have ran my heat pump 24/7, winter, spring, summer and fall. Last months Ebill was $146.00 (Usually Aug & Jan) are the high month usage. All electric house (2400 sq ft) in the middle of hot, humid central Florida, temp setting never changes. Inside humidity is %46. :D
by meebers
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor Fencing question
Replies: 50
Views: 4140

Re: Neighbor Fencing question

Whom ever wants/puts up the fence is their property and responsibility. My neighbor replaced "his" fence and asked to share cost. I asked who's fence will it be and he said theirs. I declined with there is no such thing as a co owned fence with examples of if your fence blows away and damages some o...
by meebers
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any problems with freezer "drawer" models
Replies: 40
Views: 3030

Re: Any problems with freezer "drawer" models

We have a GE with bottom freezer door. No issues with the drawer. On hind site, I would go with less fancy electronics because this has been an issue for the last three covered service calls. "Feature" that dings when the door is left open for a certain period of time. The dinger stopped sounding, t...
by meebers
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 9682

Re: What are you learning or studying?

Grand daughter is having trouble with Biology in college. Checked out a book from the library on the subject and I can see why.

Learning Linux

>75 takes time to get and remember what I just read :D
by meebers
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My roof looks like a patchwork quilt/insurance companies (UPDATE!!!)
Replies: 14
Views: 1827

Re: My roof looks like a patchwork quilt/insurance companies (UPDATE!!!)

My son is in his 3rd month with the roofing company and the SF adjuster ironing out the details of what will be covered and what is not. ( shingles, gutters, sky lights, stained drywall, rotted wood on the roof etc.) After a recent hurricane, I had shingles in the yard. The whole neighborhood used t...
by meebers
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: looking for a new (online) savings account home
Replies: 23
Views: 2461

Re: looking for a new (online) savings account home

harmoniousmonk wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:18 am
Sallie Mae currently 1.90%
Savings is 1.75%, MM = 1.90% 8-)
by meebers
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: looking for a new (online) savings account home
Replies: 23
Views: 2461

Re: looking for a new (online) savings account home

I have been using SallieMae Bank, currently @ 1.75 for savings.
by meebers
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large ACH from NavyFed to PenFed?
Replies: 19
Views: 1389

Re: Large ACH from NavyFed to PenFed?

I transferred a 12K maturing CD from PenFed to NFCU. Took 3 days because of the 5 K limit. Closed PenFed for that and a couple of other reasons.
by meebers
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car dealerships offering (included) lifetime warranties?
Replies: 13
Views: 1623

Re: New car dealerships offering (included) lifetime warranties?

Bought a new 2003 Highlander, dealer had "tires for life". Around 2006, called them on the "tires for life", nobody remembered such an odd thing. Same dealer, went there with the original certificate, got all 4 replaced (oem tires) said there no longer participating. Traded the car before I went aft...
by meebers
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new truck before retiring?
Replies: 53
Views: 3384

Re: Buy new truck before retiring?

augryphon wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:30 am
Park the Chevys side by side and set them on fire. Then go buy a Ford truck.
Wait 5 days and the F150 will set itself on fire. :D https://globalnews.ca/video/4031497/ont ... possession
by meebers
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?
Replies: 27
Views: 2596

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

Just get the free one year Sprint deal. I have that for wife and me. No issues. Is there a monthly fee (tax's etc). What happens after the one year is up. I keep looking at MintMobile.com Not saying this is the same but, bought a new car some time ago and part of being a member of the "team", they ...
by meebers
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle recall notice - no action
Replies: 0
Views: 438

Vehicle recall notice - no action

Received a recall letter (May 2016) from GMC Trucks about the Takata airbags replacement. My dealer says they have not received any direction yet?? Checked on the status via NHTSA website and it read "Recall Status: Recall Incomplete, remedy not yet available. May 27,2016 . GM has submitted to NHTSA...
by meebers
Wed May 30, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?
Replies: 185
Views: 39820

Re: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?

What is the approximate "discount" if you insure (bundle) home/auto/umbrella with the same company vrs many posters here going with different companies for each?
by meebers
Wed May 30, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?
Replies: 185
Views: 39820

Re: GEICO auto rates vs. USAA: too good to be true?

Was comparison shopping yesterday for home/auto since I am coming up for renewal next month. I remarked that my 2007 GMC truck rate was only $300 less than my whole house? He replied in a most professional & kind manner and said "clients that are below age 25 or over 75 pay a higher rate". Yepp, I a...
by meebers
Sat May 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: central extractor fan instead of A/C?
Replies: 15
Views: 1537

Re: central extractor fan instead of A/C?

We once lived in Albuquerque and "swamp" (evaporative) coolers were pretty much standard. If you wanted your house cooler, you opened the windows more (causes more circulation). But, this worked so well because of the low humidity of the area. The higher the humidity, the less they work.
by meebers
Sat May 19, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone to continue T-mobile legacy prepaid plan
Replies: 14
Views: 1794

Re: New phone to continue T-mobile legacy prepaid plan

I am on T-mobile legacy prepaid plan also for the past several years. I have changed phones three times so far on mine. All my phones used the same size sim. The wife is on her third one also, but had to buy a nano sim for her new phone. That was before I knew about sim cutters. If I move to a newer...
by meebers
Thu May 17, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn
Replies: 33
Views: 2456

Re: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn

Have you been to mytractorforum.com ? I subscribe to their newsletter (free) and enjoy the many stories from users of tractors. Many take pride in keeping really old equipment going. I have a JD L110 that I use for lawn cutting, hauling mulch etc, it is 15+ years old, normal maintenance only so far....
by meebers
Mon May 14, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?
Replies: 15
Views: 2352

Re: Military Retirement Direct Depost hijacked?

RetiredAL wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 2:57 pm
Update:


So to recap, the VA notification letter appears to have prevented a loss. All is well pending the receipt of his next pay.
Thanks for the notification, will keep my guard up as well. RetAF.
by meebers
Mon May 07, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation to underlying funds
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Allocation to underlying funds

OK and thanks for the feedback. I think I have a better understanding of it now from your comments. :)
by meebers
Mon May 07, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Allocation to underlying funds
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Allocation to underlying funds

Researching some funds, i.e.VFORX and noticed the allocation to underlying funds for one called " Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investors Shares*" I can not find the "..II.." type, so was wondering what that means.
by meebers
Fri May 04, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803
Replies: 117
Views: 14639

Re: Warning: avoid Windows 10 update 1803

Anytime a windows thread starts you can count on the Mac fans to jump in given the need to justify why they are spending twice the price for the same performance. :) True, have not see Linux folks jump in....yet. Just finished my 3rd computer to 1803 without any issues at all. Last one being a very...