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by Rupert
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car accident, claim process
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Car accident, claim process

Insurance company informed us we have no rental coverage, which we were not aware of all these years, for over 35 years. So we are paying for a rental but plan to return it tomorrow and manage with one. We are both retired but we have always had 2 cars. I don't know when I will be able drive my car...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Is Your Sewer Bill?
Replies: 68
Views: 2983

Re: How Much Is Your Sewer Bill?

Annoying that they meter the water and charge sewer based on water usage. Of course, all the water does not go down the drain, such as washing a car, watering the lawn, etc. I saw someone above has a separate meter for water that does not go down the drain. Seems like a good idea, but for our light...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Is Your Sewer Bill?
Replies: 68
Views: 2983

Re: How Much Is Your Sewer Bill?

My combined water/sewer bill averages $30-40/month. Sewer is 2x water. (We have an abundance of water here).
by Rupert
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drop in MPG (09 Civic)
Replies: 24
Views: 1298

Re: Drop in MPG (09 Civic)

I vote ignition coils. I noticed a substantial drop in mpg in my Acura a year or so before a couple of ignition coils failed.
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawlspace flooding issues - builder liable?
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: Crawlspace flooding issues - builder liable?

Gutter no longer the issue. Cleared that after Florence. Will know more about the grading after the pro's come out. I will say this, my dad said from the very beginning that he wasn't pumped about the grade of the lot. He said the crawl space was below the surrounding lot when it should have been a...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much assets to self insure (Life) ?
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: How much assets to self insure (Life) ?

Thanks for the replies. Added the missing info to the original post - STD and LTD covered by employer (60% of pay) - Age 42 and 40 (Spouse) I pay about $700/- (per year) thru my employer for Term life policy that is 1Mil in value. Looking at (term4sale), I can get a similar Term Life insurance for ...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth if income is in phase out range
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Backdoor Roth if income is in phase out range

It's easier just to do the full $5500 conversion, rather than mess around with (and potentially messing up) a conversion for part and a direct contribution for part. There's no reason not to do it that way, other than the taxes as you note. I actually messed around and waited four days between maki...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth if income is in phase out range
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Backdoor Roth if income is in phase out range

It's easier just to do the full $5500 conversion, rather than mess around with (and potentially messing up) a conversion for part and a direct contribution for part. There's no reason not to do it that way, other than the taxes as you note. I actually messed around and waited four days between makin...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much assets to self insure (Life) ?
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: How much assets to self insure (Life) ?

The concern would be an accident where both your and your spouse die at the same time. How would your kids fare under those circumstances? It may well be that you don't need life insurance, but you should consider that truly worst case scenario when you have small children. Also consider: Is your ho...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: michael survivors
Replies: 16
Views: 1877

Re: michael survivors

If anyone knows how Cape San Blas fared, please post. Hi Rupert, Perhaps you can use these as a starting point: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/10/11/hurricane-michael-damage-popular-florida-vacation-destinations-panama-city-mexico-beach/1599340002/ https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/micha...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3079

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

And, if something were to happen to the rental car, we have the rental company to come to our rescue (assumption). Bad assumption. I had a flat tire (with no spare) in downtown Atlanta once. I called the rental car company (Enterprise), which happened to have a location just two blocks from my hote...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?
Replies: 49
Views: 3079

Re: Should we rent a car or take our low mileage 2006 Volvo on a family trip?

You should drive the Volvo. I would put new tires on the car first if the tread is worn or the tires are 5+ years old (from date of mfr) and have its hoses and belts inspected if you haven't done that recently. The soft bits on a car that old do begin to fail.
by Rupert
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: michael survivors
Replies: 16
Views: 1877

Re: michael survivors

If anyone knows how Cape San Blas fared, please post. It's the one community I can't find any reference to, or photos of, in the news, but I know it must have been hit hard.
by Rupert
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filing a Lemon Law Claim on Vehicle
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Filing a Lemon Law Claim on Vehicle

Lemon laws do vary by state, but under many of them, the auto manufacturer is responsible for the plaintiff's attorneys fees. OP, I would check out your state's law first to make sure your claim even fits within your state's lemon law. In my state, for example, there are three criteria for filing a ...
by Rupert
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hazard Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 528

Re: Hazard Insurance

Is $1197 what your homeowners insurance costs? My home insurance is through liberty mutual and the premium is $1025 Was that last year's premium or next year's? My mortgage company always seems to get a copy of my new HO insurance statement before I do and sometimes pays it from escrow before I see...
by Rupert
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mold on inspection, need advice
Replies: 30
Views: 2208

Re: Mold on inspection, need advice

Leaks are sometimes hard to find, and repairing them is often a trial-and-error process over time. If the roof has any age on it, I'd insist on a re-roof, rather than a repair. If they refuse, walk away.
by Rupert
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Transition to Vanguard's new investment platform???
Replies: 17
Views: 2031

Re: Transition to Vanguard's new investment platform???

I received email today stating that I need to transition my account to Vanguard's new investment platform. Is this required or optional? I don't have any interest in purchasing stocks or ETFs. Thanks. I don't know if that email means it's no longer optional for you. Perhaps you should call them and...
by Rupert
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 3781

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

I believe everywhere someone has the right to trim off branches that extend over onto their property. You do not need the neighbor's agreement, but hopefully things do not get to the point where this becomes an issue. Just a warning: If your pruning efforts kill the neighbor's tree, there may be li...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rebalance into international in retirement account
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Rebalance into international in retirement account

Why do you think your 403b is not the best location for VTIAX? Is it expensive in your 403b due to plan fees?
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 3781

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

I believe everywhere someone has the right to trim off branches that extend over onto their property. You do not need the neighbor's agreement, but hopefully things do not get to the point where this becomes an issue. Just a warning: If your pruning efforts kill the neighbor's tree, there may be li...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 3781

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

Yes, talk to the neighbor. Some trees have to be pruned in a particular way to avoid damaging the tree, so you do need his input/agreement. You should expect to pay for the pruning yourself, although it would be nice if he offers to pitch in.
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Visa Signature: Car Rental, No Collision/Comprehensive
Replies: 17
Views: 1650

Re: Fidelity Visa Signature: Car Rental, No Collision/Comprehensive

Also $500 is a scratch. If you got rear-ended and anything got bent or broken it was close to $5000. You were lucky you didn't get hit with loss-of-use, which your card wouldn't have covered. Fidelity visa covers loss-of-use; even Amex platinum doesn't "Covered losses include: • Physical damage and...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Visa Signature: Car Rental, No Collision/Comprehensive
Replies: 17
Views: 1650

Re: Fidelity Visa Signature: Car Rental, No Collision/Comprehensive

Also $500 is a scratch. If you got rear-ended and anything got bent or broken it was close to $5000. You were lucky you didn't get hit with loss-of-use, which your card wouldn't have covered. Fidelity visa covers loss-of-use; even Amex platinum doesn't "Covered losses include: • Physical damage and...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof leak thread
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: roof leak thread

There have been many roof leak threads over the years, too many to link. Just enter "roof leak" into the search box in the upper right, and you'll find them. Generally, unless the source of the leak is obvious (e.g., missing shingles), you do have to do what the prior poster recommended -- sit in th...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Car: No Collision/Comprehensive?
Replies: 52
Views: 4131

Re: New Car: No Collision/Comprehensive?

For example, if someone hits your car and is likely at fault, can you call your insurance company for subrogation, so they can deal with the other person's insurance company (since you have auto liability insurance)? So here's the Black's Law Dictionary definition of subrogation: "The principle und...
by Rupert
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?
Replies: 65
Views: 3666

Re: Tackling Disney World - Discount on tickets?

Unfortunately, there aren't many discounts on tickets. You can save a few dollars with some of the websites (Underground Tourist is one). You could also book a Costco package, but those are usually for a minimum number of days. Unfortunately, your two goals -- avoidance of lines and cheaper tickets ...
by Rupert
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist bill came 4-5 months later, is this unreasonable?
Replies: 28
Views: 2193

Re: Dentist bill came 4-5 months later, is this unreasonable?

My dentist and orthodontist bills always come about 6 months late because apparently the folks who work for my insurance company are jerks who give them the runaround for that long. The dentist's office once showed me all the correspondence that went back and forth between them before they were fina...
by Rupert
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sold Home - 2 days after buyer claims they found an issue with A/C
Replies: 119
Views: 11715

Re: Sold Home - 2 days after buyer claims they found an issue with A/C

They got taken to the cleaners by the HVAC company. Not your problem. Possibly. Am baffled how they can change the entire A/C unit in 2 days plus they have to convert from Freon to R-410A as R-22(Freon) is being phased out. I agree. My AC broke recently and it took almost a week just to get estimat...
by Rupert
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs
Replies: 14
Views: 774

Re: Sconces, fixtures without replaceable bulbs/LEDs

I have a couple of the LED fixtures without replaceable bulbs in my bathroom -- a can light over the shower and a ceiling fixture in the linen closet. The cost of those two fixtures was comparable to what I would have paid for just the LED bulbs. So I won't mind having to replace them when the LED f...
by Rupert
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home inspection- helping a friend
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: Home inspection- helping a friend

He should say NOTHING. No response. No reply, nothing. If he receives notice of suit, then he should find a lawyer to represent him. People say "I'm going to sue you" all the time. If they actually go forward and find that no lawyer would take on this small potatoes suit or that they're going to ch...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Root of Good's cost of raising a child: $3,300 per year
Replies: 163
Views: 5332

Re: Root of Good's cost of raising a child: $3,300 per year

While I am not surprised with some backlash on usage of benefits, medicaid, cost of childcare...I am very surprised with how vocal some members are considering kids are not happy. Growing up in limited means, I often had to choose the least expensive activity like community YMCA classes and limited...
by Rupert
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: should i submit geico claim or not
Replies: 10
Views: 487

Re: should i submit geico claim or not

I don't know why people keep talking about deductibles. There are no deductibles associated with liability coverage.
by Rupert
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found credit cards - annoying interaction with Bank of America
Replies: 31
Views: 3482

Re: Found credit cards - annoying interaction with Bank of America

BobTexas wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:07 pm
I would have just shredded them
+1. That's what I did when I found a new-looking debit card on the ground in a pet store parking lot a couple of weeks ago. I figured the owner would call her bank to cancel the card whether I returned it to her or not.
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA for myself and wife
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Roth IRA for myself and wife

Here are the points I am seeking for suggestions: - is it wise for the wife and my Roth to have the same funds or should we diversify the accounts? - is it wise to have the Roths be the same as funds in our portfolio? Your two new Roths can and perhaps should hold the same funds as each other and a...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA for myself and wife
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Roth IRA for myself and wife

You have to have earned income (i.e., income from work) to make Roth contributions.
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suze Orman - "I hate the FIRE movement."
Replies: 75
Views: 8961

Re: Suze Orman - "I hate the FIRE movement."

Okay, I'll play devil's advocate. I don't really see anything wrong with advising people to keep one foot in the employment world just in case things turn out much worse than anticipated. What I've noticed lately in a lot of articles and in threads here at Bogleheads devoted to the FIRE concept are ...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal? Employer changing employees to new health insurance plan before currrnt health plan contract expires
Replies: 24
Views: 1855

Re: Legal? Employer changing employees to new health insurance plan before currrnt health plan contract expires

The part I am not clear on is if the increases you ran into took effect partway through the year which forced you to make the change then or if they would have hit in January when the new plan year started. The plan year for purposes of deductibles, etc., does not always coincide with the contract ...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car accident, diminished value claim?
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Car accident, diminished value claim?

After getting my damaged car repaired, I took it to Carmax for a written estimate (i.e., how much they would pay me for it). Then I successfully used that written estimate to negotiate a higher DV settlement with the at-fault party's insurance company. Perhaps you can get a better settlement with on...
by Rupert
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cancer patient - Estate planning for minor beneficiary
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Re: Cancer patient - Estate planning for minor beneficiary

Your son will be able to receive Social Security survivor benefits, based on your SS contributions, until your son turns 19 or graduates from high school. I think it is 18 or graduates from High School now It's 18 or up to 19 if still in secondary school full time. Edited to add link for OP: https:...
by Rupert
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hit by uninsured motorist - what next?
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Hit by uninsured motorist - what next?

Texas has uninsured motorist coverage for diminished value. So you'll file that claim with your own insurance company in this case.
by Rupert
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geico umbrella us dropping me. What can I do?
Replies: 37
Views: 5475

Re: Geico umbrella us dropping me. What can I do?

bloom2708 wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:04 am

I know it is complicated, but if they rear-ended you, they are at fault.
This is not a correct -- or at least not a completely correct -- statement of the law. See, e.g., https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia ... -case.html
by Rupert
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unexpected calls from my cell phone
Replies: 18
Views: 1411

Re: Unexpected calls from my cell phone

I've noticed that the volume of scam calls with spoofed numbers (always from my local area code) has increased exponentially in recent months. I even got one the other day that had spoofed my own number, i.e., I got a call from my own phone number.
by Rupert
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flax seed do you buy (that is cadmium free)
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: What flax seed do you buy (that is cadmium free)

I've read that flax grown in northern Canada contains less cadmium than flax grown in southern Canada and the northern United States. That said, I'm not sure the amount of cadmium in flax is high enough to be a danger to human health unless you're eating an awful lot of it. I just try to not eat too...
by Rupert
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Troubleshooting black specs in tub
Replies: 9
Views: 824

Re: Troubleshooting black specs in tub

I once had a water heater recalled because of black specks. That was back around 2000-2001. But the fact that you are only seeing the specks in one bathtub makes me think the water heater might not be the culprit in your case. We saw them throughout the house when we had that problem.
by Rupert
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any reason to leave the 401(k) with previous employer open
Replies: 25
Views: 2546

Re: Any reason to leave the 401(k) with previous employer open

Some states tax IRA withdrawals less favorably than 401k withdrawals.
by Rupert
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on kitchen cabinet
Replies: 16
Views: 1024

Re: Need advice on kitchen cabinet

I guess what I am trying to find out is, whether the 2nd option to replace with new doors (i.e. refacing), would be cheaper than $6K. If it is more than $6K, than there really is no point as I will just go with option 1. You'll have higher labor costs with option 1 and higher materials costs with o...
by Rupert
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good flip flops
Replies: 46
Views: 3428

Re: Good flip flops

I like Chaco Ecotread flip flops. Great arch support, and they last for years and years.
by Rupert
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fed up with health insurance situation
Replies: 117
Views: 7290

Re: Fed up with health insurance situation

That's one incident where you could take the time to research it and there were multiple options (though as pointed out by another poster many immediate care places don't do stitches). 5% of the people use 50% of the healthcare mostly due to major health problems like heart disease, diabetes, etc. ...