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by abonder
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 140
Views: 11308

Re: Can I buy a Tesla?

Just wanted to update here since I got so many useful replies. I bought the fully loaded model 3 :sharebeer Good for you. Cars are an odd mix of (1) practical necessity and (2) aesthetic consumption item - so which of the two are we after here? If (1) it's a hard "No, get (e.g.) a 5-year old Camry....
by abonder
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying used car
Replies: 36
Views: 2118

Re: Buying used car

Hard to tell you more without details. The most recent consumer reports rated 3 year old odyssey as above average reliability but less reliable than Toyota Sienna. Lots of threads on Bogleheads about the Honda Odyssey - including many threads on new vs. used. I think most people regard the odyssey a...
by abonder
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Store For Vets & Active Military
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: Apple Store For Vets & Active Military

Can anyone explain to me the verification process? I’m just wondering how strict they are in enforcing. Seems like a rare opportunity to score 10 percent off normally full-price apple kit.
by abonder
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At a crossroad
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: At a crossroad

Just a brief comment - I don’t think you’re making a mistake. Based on your solid savings and modest expenditures, you’ll be successful in almost any setting. Id go where you are happiest, both professionally and personally. That usually means some sort of compromise. Don’t beat yourself up over pot...
by abonder
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vacation in Maine, New Hampshire
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: vacation in Maine, New Hampshire

I’ve only been to ranglely, Maine in the warmer months but I can attest to the fact that it’s a top snowmobile and winter sports destination. It’s a little further than the options mentioned in northern NH but not enough to make it undoable. It’s also at 1500 feet elevation and gets snow more reliab...
by abonder
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity
Replies: 86
Views: 3734

Re: International Travel during Maternity/Paternity

I haven’t read all the replies but I’ve seen there is definitely some negative pushback regarding OP plan. I think it’s really up to OP and his family. For what it’s worth, I’ve known a number of friends who have done what OP describes, including one who did New Zealand with a toddler and nearly new...
by abonder
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young investor looking for advice of current situation
Replies: 20
Views: 1612

Re: Young investor looking for advice of current situation

I think you’ve gotten a lot of good advice. I’d summarize your immediate needs /action steps as follows. 1. Dump the M3. It’s an awesome car but you have a more practical option and, honestly, you can’t afford to have two cars. Some have suggested dumping the Civic, but I personally would keep it si...
by abonder
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large Family Trip - Florida or Carribean
Replies: 24
Views: 1823

Re: Large Family Trip - Florida or Carribean

I think carribean/Mexico would be more reliable for swimming weather. Certain places have more affordable staffed villas. We’ve done this in Mexico and Jamaica. It really can be nice to have folks to cook and clean for you while you relax. We find our food bulls tend to be very modest and we spend n...
by abonder
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Early retirement and withdrawal strategy for retirement accounts
Replies: 26
Views: 3146

Re: Early retirement and withdrawal strategy for retirement accounts

There have been a lot of good articles on drawdown strategies. In many ways, it’s a more complex concept than accumulation/savings. You have to decide what your goals and needs are. Do you have a pension at time of early retirement or later? Timing of anticipated social security? Would you want to m...
by abonder
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega Downsize....
Replies: 91
Views: 8673

Re: Mega Downsize....

Lots of good advice here. My view is that you should view impending move/simplification as an opportunity to clear out the waste. I’d say start right away and just chip away at it. Even 15 minutes per day is really useful. There’s a few things to keep in mind. One, the act of decluttering will make ...
by abonder
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Acura TL vs new Honda Accord
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: Old Acura TL vs new Honda Accord

I have friends who have done the backup camera plus Apple CarPlay stereo upgrade combination. It can be 500 bucks well spent if it keeps you in your car longer and makes it safer/more enjoyable. Certainly cheaper than buying a new car!
by abonder
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Acura TL vs new Honda Accord
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: Old Acura TL vs new Honda Accord

It’s almost always a losing financial proposition to exchange a newish functioning car. Your loss would be somewhat tempered by the fact that you are dropping from entry level luxury to sedan, but you’ll still lose money. You always pay transaction costs (tax, licensing) and often higher insurance f...
by abonder
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weekender bag?
Replies: 30
Views: 2771

Re: weekender bag?

Define "reasonable price". I've been very happy with the quality of both Tom Bihn https://www.tombihn.com/ and Red Oxx https://www.redoxx.com/ . I would rather pay a little more up-front for a bag that will last a decade, than replace a bag every few years. No experience with Red Oxx but Tom Bihn i...
by abonder
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Nervous about not using a personal wealth manager. How do I do this myself?
Replies: 135
Views: 7099

Re: Nervous about not using a personal wealth manager. How do I do this myself?

I’d say you’re already off to a good start. You have emergency find, some savings, and a plan. You don’t need to overthink it. Have you spent some time at Whitecoatinvestor.com? It’s geared for people in your position. I won’t offer any specifics other than two things: 1. There is no need to make a ...
by abonder
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Review for New Retiree
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Portfolio Review for New Retiree

You’ve got your costs covered by pensions/SS and a mid-7 figure savings, so I’d say congratulations are on order. I think you also have an appropriate asset allocation and a good plan to simplify holdings and reduce expense ratios as you roll over your 401k to IRA. You could further simplify with a ...
by abonder
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I dreaming or is there a possibility: Retire at 45?
Replies: 7
Views: 1754

Re: Am I dreaming or is there a possibility: Retire at 45?

You can get a lot of great advice here...so much so that you might not need to consult an advisor. I would suggest posting in the recommended format so you can get detailed and structured feedback. As for the broader questions about early retirement - all I can say is that this is a great place to g...
by abonder
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Tip and Ideas?
Replies: 23
Views: 1597

Re: Moving Tip and Ideas?

will probably rent a storage unit for any unnecessary items. Don't store unnecessary items, get rid of them. Since you are moving to a smaller place, don't start with the things you have and then get rid of stuff. Start with the things you have and "go shopping" from them for what you actually need...
by abonder
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Honda/Toyota -- How old is too old?
Replies: 16
Views: 1354

Re: Buying Used Honda/Toyota -- How old is too old?

Why a CRV? At $13k, you're squarely in brand new Ford Focus range when incentives are high and easily in 1-2 year old Focus range. Manual, of course. There are the really small cars....Mirage, Fiesta, etc that can be easily found new in your budget without even negotiating. To directly answer your ...
by abonder
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car totaled by uninsured driver
Replies: 37
Views: 3704

Re: Car totaled by uninsured driver

chevca wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:00 am
"I swear to God, I'll pistol whip the next guy that says Shenanigans" :D

(movie quote, so I don't get in trouble)
Great “super troopers” reference!
by abonder
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 114
Views: 11852

Re: 2016 vs 2018 or 2018 Volt (Model 3?)--compare and help me decide?

I suspect that the answer you’re going to get here (mostly) is to keep the 2012 Volt, even among the large number of EV enthusiasts here. It’s a pretty solid option for a longish commute and supposedly the reliability has been good overall. I’d probably stick with it for a while and see how things a...
by abonder
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I buy a Tesla?
Replies: 140
Views: 11308

Re: Can I buy a Tesla?

This thread touches on so many Boglehead hot buttons...cars, especially Tesla, lifestyle inflation, etc. I’m in the camp that you should wait. It’s not that you can’t afford it (you can) but the whole live like a resident thing is really the clear path to success. If you can basically live your curr...
by abonder
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is this all investing is?
Replies: 38
Views: 4060

Re: Is this all investing is?

My wife and I have adopted the Hunter S. Thompson approach: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! W...
by abonder
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can we afford to drop our 401k contributions to pay for college?
Replies: 17
Views: 2185

Re: Can we afford to drop our 401k contributions to pay for college?

I suspect that you guys will be fine regardless of what you choose. You have a lot of potential income streams in retirement between pensions, SS, plus healthcare for you and likely her. And a good amount saved. And a flexible outlook in terms of your job looking forward. Of course, I think most Bog...
by abonder
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investment planning
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Investment planning

Your financial situation should not be the driving force here. You should do what pleases you. You have a lot of money and modest expenditures. You don’t necessarily need to make this all or nothing. Maybe try to pare back work (hire people, sell company, other options) and do some other things that...
by abonder
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade in advice [Car]
Replies: 23
Views: 2130

Re: Trade in advice [Car]

I want to offer one viewpoint, and I’m not trying to be snarky. If you hate buying new cars and hate dealing with trade ins, have you considered just keeping your current car? I also find car transactions to be unpleasant and draining of time and money. That makes me open to keeping my vehicles as l...
by abonder
Thu May 31, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car buying advice!
Replies: 41
Views: 3587

Re: Used car buying advice!

OP - do you need a three-row SUV? It sounds like the Camry was too small for your family? I only ask because 3 row Japanese SUVs are going to cost you as they tend to depreciate slowly and SUVs are all the rage these days (not sure why). Could a larger sedan work for you? Chevy impalas have a good r...
by abonder
Mon May 28, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 10715

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)

I want to echo Livesoft’s sentiments that I think you’re getting a bad price for a 2017 CPO. I’d wait and keep watching/negotiating. These cars are commodities. I can see thirty 2016-2017 models in stock at my local dealer. Also do some research on new model prices. If the differences isn’t much, it...
by abonder
Fri May 25, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?
Replies: 19
Views: 3911

Re: Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?

Thanks for the clarification. I will continue to backdoor Roth with a clean conscience! I love the reassurance from knowledgeable posters here. Thanks for sharing.
by abonder
Fri May 25, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?
Replies: 19
Views: 3911

Re: Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?

I definitely understood the elimination of “retrospective” recharacterizarions. For some reason I also had read that the entire “backdoor” maneuver had been closed. Not the application of the step doctrine which was theoretically existed as long as the backdoor has been “open,” but rather an additio...
by abonder
Fri May 25, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?
Replies: 19
Views: 3911

Is backdoor Roth IRA eliminated in 2018?

I’ve googled this and found different answers. I have also seen it come up in several posts here (where it wasn’t the primary issue but was mentioned). I just wanted to throw it out there. A very knowledgeable colleague also mentioned this, but that person had not done the backdoor Roth in the past ...
by abonder
Wed May 16, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 10715

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60

It seems that reliability/durability is top priority. Obviously fuel economy plays into it with the longish commute. I think you should hone in on a 2-year-old RX. It’s a commodity - there’s always a ton of them off lease and you should be able to pick up for around 30k. Livesoft wrote a post a whil...
by abonder
Mon May 14, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning to buy car in next 6 months, please advise
Replies: 13
Views: 1807

Re: Planning to buy car in next 6 months, please advise

I think you approaching this in an open minded frame set and that is good. With one kiddo almost any car will work. I have friends who have two kids and have a 2 door Mercedes coupe and think nothing of it. You certainly don’t need a three row vehicle. You may not even need an SUV st all. You alread...
by abonder
Sat May 12, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help to Leave Edward Jones / Allocation & Taxes
Replies: 18
Views: 1971

Re: Help to Leave Edward Jones / Allocation & Taxes

Lots of good questions and I’m not suited to answer them all, but I’ll try to start. Number one thing is definitely leave Edward Jones. They’re the absolute worst. 1. Vanguard is very popular. Customer service isn’t always top notch. But they have low fees and they’ve driven the low fee, low cost mo...
by abonder
Thu May 03, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How are you widow-proofing?
Replies: 35
Views: 5064

Re: How are you widow-proofing?

Just had to reply that the Jon Oliver clip is pure brilliance. It’s like a snide and theatrical version of “If you can!”
by abonder
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: At a crossroads. Does my plan make sense?
Replies: 29
Views: 3040

Re: At a crossroads. Does my plan make sense?

I know Bogleheads are a conservative group, but I think you’re being conservative even by these standards. 50x spending is uber safe. I don’t hunk that you should endure an uncomfortable position at age 62 when you have a paid off condo and 6.2 million. I think the plan you presented works. But I th...
by abonder
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Physician Portfolio Review [Updated 2 years after]
Replies: 12
Views: 2331

Re: New Physician Portfolio Review [Updated 2 years after]

I have 30k in a non-gov 457b that I left with old employer when I moved to a new position with no receiving 457b. I currently have it paying out at retirement age. I view it as a bonus that may be available to me some day! I honestly don’t know if I can change the distribution to a different time. I...
by abonder
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to purchase new car/SUV
Replies: 51
Views: 4163

Re: Looking to purchase new car/SUV

From your post, it seems like your priorities are reliability and fuel economy. In my mind, that points to a Prius. Amongst the most reliable cars. Cost is More that comparable-sized non-hybrids, but with the commute, your wife would really benefit from the 50 mpg and the really low costs to operate...
by abonder
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having Child; Car Purchase maybe?
Replies: 40
Views: 2470

Re: Having Child; Car Purchase maybe?

I think you’ve gotten good advice to wait on changes. The Camry is an excellent family car. Large back seat, large trunk, reliable. Back seat of a sedan of that size is likely bigger than the second row of most SUVs. I think the rush to SUV is unnecessary and expensive. The best thing I can recommen...
by abonder
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get the best price for a new Porsche Cayenne?
Replies: 14
Views: 2002

Re: How can I get the best price for a new Porsche Cayenne?

Once you know the model, trim, options etc then do an email assault. There’s a number of threads here describing the tactic. Also search forums for prices paid - there’s usually a forum for each make/model, so you can get a good idea of prices. Usually, but not always, there is a volume dealer in yo...
by abonder
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wireless phone use in Italy
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Re: Wireless phone use in Italy

Thanks so much. Sounds like buying a prepaid TIM or Vodaphone is ideal. I’ll try to help them plan for this.
by abonder
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wireless phone use in Italy
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Re: Wireless phone use in Italy

Thanks for the replies. Do you know how difficult it is to purchase a SIM and plan on arrival? I had also read that this was cheapest but I was afraid it might be challenging for my relatives who aren’t that comfortable with tech stuff. Thanks.
by abonder
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wireless phone use in Italy
Replies: 18
Views: 2372

Wireless phone use in Italy

Asking for a family member. I read some of the posts on the topic but this seems like something that changes fairly often. Would like to get a SIM prior to departure if feasible with goal of working phone for data/text/possibly phone calls on arrival. Total needs limited. Some details. -not switchin...
by abonder
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Living Expense Caught Up To Income
Replies: 48
Views: 7695

Re: Living Expense Caught Up To Income

Since the car payment and the hair transplant are “off the table,” then I’d have to say that the rest of the budget looks pretty responsible. It sounds like you’ve already tapered off the front row concert tix etc. it seems like your financial situation will resolve itself as long as you don’t incur...
by abonder
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vs Used Camry vs Accord
Replies: 64
Views: 5020

Re: New vs Used Camry vs Accord

I think you have gotten good advice. Just a few points (and reiteration of prior points). 1. Neither Camry nor Accord are particularly great “deals” used due to low depreciation. That being said, sedans are not in demand (it’s all about the crossovers and SUVs) so there may be more wiggle room both ...
by abonder
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those with high savings rate: why?
Replies: 246
Views: 35678

Re: Those with high savings rate: why?

One other thing that relates to this thread. Been speaking casually with a colleague and turned them onto this site. Suddenly the interest in exotic cars and nice homes seems to have just gone away. This person tells me that they want to achieve FI as soon as possible. Realized that the freedom and ...
by abonder
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those with high savings rate: why?
Replies: 246
Views: 35678

Re: Those with high savings rate: why?

Did you accidentally end up at BH? We don't let your type have much say here :-) It is really shocking how conservative the collective BH is. Your viewpoint comes across as breath of fresh air but it is extremely rare. I really applaud you for providing contrary position on this forum. For a contra...
by abonder
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder
Replies: 46
Views: 3824

Re: Tips on saving on living expenses for a first time single householder

You’ve gotten mostly good advice. Learn to cook for health reasons as much as financial ones. It’s just difficult to eat a healthy, balanced diet if you’re eating out. But do eat out with friends for the social element and to experience new life different cuisines. Just try to avoid eating out simpl...
by abonder
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Non-Government 457 - To do or not to do!
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Re: Non-Government 457 - To do or not to do!

I wish I knew the answer. I had a non-governmental 457b at my prior job that I contributed to (12k per year). When I switched jobs, I didn’t have a non-gov 457b at the new employer to roll into and we were in top tax bracket with married and both working, so I chose to defer the payout till 65. I gu...
by abonder
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car, Porsche Cayenne or Volvo XC90?
Replies: 71
Views: 6626

Re: Which car, Porsche Cayenne or Volvo XC90?

I love the car threads for two reasons. First , I’m fascinated by cars and am a car enthusiast. Second, I love the collision of wealth, frugality, automotive enthusiasm, pragmatism, etc that comes forth in these threads. I agree that there tends to be harsher response to luxury car spending vs other...
by abonder
Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: The big 5-0 and financial check up-advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 1984

Re: The big 5-0 and financial check up-advice please

Admirable position that you are in overall. You asked a lot of really big, contentious questions at the end of your post. In terms of social security - read up on this. Many Bogleheads advocate delaying taking SS as long as possible, as they view it more as longevity insurance rather than income to ...