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by canderson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 168
Views: 12617

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:28 pm
canderson wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:25 pm
I pay DirecTV $40.43/month for the Premium Choice Plus (250 channels) + HBO.

If you’re looking around ...
What is full price after the promotion ends? 1 TV or 5 TV?
I was paying $71 but got them to lower it to this rate two straights years. Had DTV since 2009.

2 TVs, whole home receivers.
by canderson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 168
Views: 12617

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

I pay DirecTV $40.43/month for the Premium Choice Plus (250 channels) + HBO.

If you’re looking around ...
by canderson
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for $5,000+
Replies: 98
Views: 7324

Re: Best watch for $5,000+

A friend is into high-end watches and we went to the Jacob & Co store last year and while not many you can find a few there around $7k.

They get my vote. Jacob & Co is amazing.
by canderson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater: Rheem vs AO Smith
Replies: 36
Views: 2989

Re: Water Heater: Rheem vs AO Smith

I had never heard of anode replacements before this site.

I know a few plumbers and they have all said it’s a waste of time.

I have never met anyone who has done this and never hear it mentioned anywhere pushed Bogleheads. It’s weird.
by canderson
Thu May 14, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you back up your important data?
Replies: 102
Views: 5350

Re: Where do you back up your important data?

Time Machine backups, alternating on MyPasssport drives that I swap weekly and have one off-site in a secure location. For those using TimeMachine via NAS, can someone help me? I have an AmpliFi Alien router but didn’t think it was capable for NAS, but I’d love to have my TM drives muddle up my desk...
by canderson
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20780

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

I always do a 7 faded down to a 2.

Can’t find a Wahl trimmer anywhere - Amazon sold out indefinitely.

Any suggestions on how to have my DW do this cut? All we have is a One Blade beard trimmer and regular scissors.
by canderson
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling first time to Chicago - how many days
Replies: 13
Views: 687

Re: Traveling first time to Chicago - how many days

The Art Institute is one of the best art museums in the world. I can spend 2 weeks there.

Do an architecture foundation boat tour - it’s fascinating.

Pequod’s is the best pizza in the city.

Girl and the Goat is still to me the best restaurant not owned by Bayless.
by canderson
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vancouver area trip in Aug - 5 nights
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: Vancouver area trip in Aug - 5 nights

We had a wonderful 5 day stay in May. 2 of those we hung with friends but here is what we did the rest of the time. We stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and hugely recommend it. Sunday - Explore Stanley Park (Coal Harbour, totem poles, Brockton Point Lighthous, Prospect Point and Siwash Rock) - Exp...
by canderson
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?
Replies: 29
Views: 2033

Re: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?

Depending on where your family is, Amtrak runs NYC to Harrisburg many times a day - stops through Philly and westward. Might prefer that to a car rental. And I’d stay in Manhattan over anywhere in NJ. Convenience is worth the money. Brooklyn is fine I guess but if you want to do tourist stuff it’s n...
by canderson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not allowed to board American Airlines flight - Forced to buy second ticket for same flight - Help requested [UPDATED]
Replies: 125
Views: 16215

Re: Not allowed to board American Airlines flight - Forced to buy second ticket for same flight - Help requested

I’m 99% positive AA flagged your mile usage as fraud hence this result. It makes the most sense. L The question then is how did you book your award ticket? Did the name on your account match exactly the name on said ticket? Etc. I am NOT saying you did anything shady but I bet AA views something as ...
by canderson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brother printer still recommended for small business?
Replies: 38
Views: 2184

Re: Brother printer still recommended for small business?

Friends don’t let friends buy inkjet printers.
by canderson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3013

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

They have tickets and a hotel room! I really, really appreciate everyone's help. Saved me quite a bit of money AND took a lot of decision making out of my MIL hands. Which is always a great thing because she can make the most simple decision into a monumental task. I think the CIA should use my in-...
by canderson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3013

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

If you can travel mid-week it helps a lot with hotels. I just booked the W hotel in Times Square for around $220 a night in mid-February, a Tuesday-Friday stay. Actually for NYC hotels weekends are usually cheaper due to conferences not being held as much. Especially if you get toward the southern ...
by canderson
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3013

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

What about hotels/travel? Any places to avoid? Budget and type of traveler you are will help define. NYC is, well, large. Rubes from the South. Like to keep all in price less than $2k would be ideal but this will be a once in a lifetime trip (cost and her age) for my MIL who is a huge Broadway and ...
by canderson
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3013

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

Crow Hunter wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:32 pm
What about hotels/travel?

Any places to avoid?
Budget and type of traveler you are will help define. NYC is, well, large.
by canderson
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to NYC/Broadway
Replies: 55
Views: 3013

Re: Trip to NYC/Broadway

There will be no discounts for this production so book direct via Telecharge linked above. Do not buy via any other site.
by canderson
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: limo travel to nyc from nj
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: limo travel to nyc from nj

Sure but you can also take NJT into Penn Station then the 1 to the museum for a tiny fraction of the cost and probably a quicker trip. Sure, that might work for a young person. But we are talking about an 80 year old person who is going to find it difficult to navigate through the mess that is Penn...
by canderson
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 737
Views: 39238

Re: What are you listening to now

Slate’s Political Gabfest.

My favorite political podcast.
by canderson
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: limo travel to nyc from nj
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: limo travel to nyc from nj

Sure but you can also take NJT into Penn Station then the 1 to the museum for a tiny fraction of the cost and probably a quicker trip.
by canderson
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 75
Views: 10949

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

If you spend ~$400 on Lyft you break even, right? They kicker is even with the increase imo it’s still a better option than AmEx Platinum or the Citi whateveritscalled premium card. The primary rental insurance, no foreign fee and trip insurance still makes me come out ahead. Wish you could get an a...
by canderson
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security monitoring company recommendations.
Replies: 15
Views: 1411

Re: Home security monitoring company recommendations.

babystep wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:33 pm
I replaced the ADT $50 per month with Ring for $100 per year. I am happy customer and recommend it. If you consider ring then I can create referral link and we both will get $10 saved. :sharebeer :moneybag
I’d get Ring if they offered key fobs. But they don’t.
by canderson
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TurboTax Best Price
Replies: 13
Views: 2142

Re: TurboTax Best Price

Not to hijack this thread, but can someone tell me what the cheapest version I need to do a schedule K-1 and hsa forms with TurboTax? Online tells me I need premium but I’m wondering if any of the downloadable versions are cheaper and can do it? The download/CD version of Deluxe has every form, it ...
by canderson
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security monitoring company recommendations.
Replies: 15
Views: 1411

Re: Home security monitoring company recommendations.

To those with AlarmRelay, what happens when you have an issue with the alarm? Like it’s got a dead component or faulty sensor or whatever.

I too have Guardian and want to switch but have had Guardian out 3-4 times in 12 years for various tech needs.
by canderson
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wearable options for extreme low vision? IrisVision, etc?
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Wearable options for extreme low vision? IrisVision, etc?

I am legally blind. I can see but wear both contacts and glasses and vision is roughly 20/300 corrected. I do not have any eye disease, was born with this vision. My wife and I drove to Toronto two years ago to examine and test out Esight. It is an amazing piece of technology and you can hook up boo...
by canderson
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbotax 2019 on Amazon
Replies: 347
Views: 37602

Re: Turbotax 2019 on Amazon

Thanks for the heads up! Just purchased TT Deluxe + State. Mac download for effectively $29.
by canderson
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Owners: Worth the hassle?
Replies: 88
Views: 7201

Re: Tesla Owners: Worth the hassle?

Thanks for all the replies. I drive about 135 miles/week and could get buy with charging every 2 weeks. The only real potential hassle is the 650 mile round trip drive I need to take periodically. I am also wondering about the safety in the event of a front end collision. The car has a trunk where ...
by canderson
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Owners: Worth the hassle?
Replies: 88
Views: 7201

Re: Tesla Owners: Worth the hassle?

Thanks for all the replies. I drive about 135 miles/week and could get buy with charging every 2 weeks. The only real potential hassle is the 650 mile round trip drive I need to take periodically. I am also wondering about the safety in the event of a front end collision. The car has a trunk where ...
by canderson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broadway Show
Replies: 17
Views: 901

Re: Broadway Show

Friends don’t let friends fly into LGA.

We see 20+ Broadway/off-Broadway shows a season. Hamilton is worth it. Enjoy!
by canderson
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable Restaurant review sites for travel
Replies: 23
Views: 2120

Re: Reliable Restaurant review sites for travel

Depending on the city, Eater’s hot map is a good start.
by canderson
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricut Maker Machine questions
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Re: Cricut Maker Machine questions

My wife is very crafty, mages around $8,000 a year on Esty, and dues work with Cricut.

She says you wit mage much off it alone. Her bulk revenue comes from painting custom frames, letters, and making ornaments.
by canderson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Sigh) "Wasting" year-old smoke detector batteries...
Replies: 93
Views: 5548

Re: (Sigh) "Wasting" year-old smoke detector batteries...

Problem with waiting for the beep is sometimes they skip that state and just go off. Have had that happen before. At 3:15 a.m.

Needless to say you don’t fall back asleep after that experience.
by canderson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water hammer
Replies: 27
Views: 2318

Re: Water hammer

Interesting thread. We have a water hammer in one spot when it’s cold - say below 55. It happens when our 2nd floor shower, washing machine or toilet run/flush/expel water. It starts and stops off after a minute, less so with the toilet. Same spot - and it’s up in a ceiling that isn’t accessible wit...
by canderson
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving seats on Southwest
Replies: 210
Views: 12494

Re: Saving seats on Southwest

I paid for Early Bird seating on a round trip last month. B40/41, and C5/6. Not many empty seats, I regretted paying extra for that and would not have been sympathetic to seat savers. If you paid for EB, it didn’t work and you should call to request a refund. EB will not give you C5, ever, even out...
by canderson
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RSS Reader Question
Replies: 12
Views: 957

Re: RSS Reader Question

Been using Feedly for years, trued new ones as they come out, but always return.
by canderson
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC weekend house: your experiences?
Replies: 22
Views: 4177

Re: NYC weekend house: your experiences?

Can we use your NYC home 6-7 Saturday nights a year to save on hotel costs on our theater weekends? Only half joking ...
by canderson
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 40th Anniversary Travel Ideas
Replies: 26
Views: 2390

Re: 40th Anniversary Travel Ideas

Berlin, with an overnight trip to Dresden. Checks all your boxes. And you won’t be bombarded with Americans everywhere.
by canderson
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC Replacement advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1649

Re: HVAC Replacement advice needed

Just for perspective, I had a Lennox XC16 (a/c) and ML180Vgas furnace (can’t do 90% due to HVAC closet placement) installed in July for $9,335.

Had UV filter and media filter installed as well.

Had three bids, it was dead middle.
by canderson
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

Anyone with CarPlay having issues with Google Maps? It no longer gives on-screen directions or route - it’s just a plain map showing the car moving. Audio nav still comes through so it’s weird. Have to use Apple Maps instead and it’s not as good, obviously.
by canderson
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone on sale for $599.99
Replies: 52
Views: 4413

Re: New iPhone on sale for $599.99

It might be worth waiting for Apple to come out with 5G before you buy a new phone if you can wait: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/apples-iphone-11-doesnt-have-5g-because-5g-isnt-ready-for-the-iphone/ar-AAHcdXL 5G is years away from being available to the overwhelming majority of America...
by canderson
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rideshare app for NYC?
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Rideshare app for NYC?

Curb. It summons taxis and lets you pay by app instead if the driver. If you just pop into a taxi you can also sync it to the app.

https://mobileapp.gocurb.com/

It’s usually better and cheaper than Uber in the city.
by canderson
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric razors
Replies: 25
Views: 2287

Re: Electric razors

any recommendations for a heavy beard? If we are talking trimmers, I think Norelco is the only choice for price/effectiveness. I have a super old Norelco that still works like a champ. Perfect accurate cut with no catching, battery last forever. I don't remember the model number and it wore off, bu...
by canderson
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas
Replies: 70
Views: 5313

Re: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

I dislike sandwiches and hate eating them. What I personally do on days I bring my own lunch (and even dinner) is I bring curries. I have one of those multi-tiered stainless steel lunchboxes (you can try Zojirushi lunch jars on Amazon to see what I mean). Curries are great because the food doesn't ...
by canderson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas
Replies: 70
Views: 5313

Re: Brown Bag Lunch Ideas

I dislike sandwiches and hate eating them. What I personally do on days I bring my own lunch (and even dinner) is I bring curries. I have one of those multi-tiered stainless steel lunchboxes (you can try Zojirushi lunch jars on Amazon to see what I mean). Curries are great because the food doesn't ...
by canderson
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Best time to buy a new Lexus UX?

Please test drive it first.

I wanted to love it but the engine is atrocious and frankly Lexus should be ashamed to sell it.
by canderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 3321

Re: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?

02nz wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:14 pm
canderson wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Also if the hotel is sold out they won’t “walk” you to another and you’ll be stuck with finding a new place all on your own.
This is not true.
It is. Hotel management will refer you to the booking company. I’ve seen it happen at least a dozen times in NYC alone.
by canderson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?
Replies: 30
Views: 3321

Re: How can I get a good room when I check into a hotel I booked online?

Any third party booking will result in inferior rooms because they are being sold off with reduced revenue. Also if the hotel is sold out they won’t “walk” you to another and you’ll be stuck with finding a new place all on your own. If you’re staying at a higher-end hotel a TA is well worth booking ...
by canderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 98
Views: 10789

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

The cx5 is a great car for the money. But in reality it doesn't compete with the 45k+ luxury cars. You can tell where the cheaper materials are for them to save money. But you might not care. Size wise the cx5 is close the Q5/rdx when looking at interior space. It is much bigger than the Q3. Ifnone...
by canderson
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 299
Views: 39651

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Called today - my subscription expires tomorrow. First offer was $109, then immediately $97 then I said “I know others have gotten a $60 deal” and she immediately agreed. Took 10 minutes, including opening hold time. It’s apparently for a new Select Lite plan so no streaming - I subscribe to Spotif...
by canderson
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 299
Views: 39651

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Called today - my subscription expires tomorrow. First offer was $109, then immediately $97 then I said “I know others have gotten a $60 deal” and she immediately agreed. Took 10 minutes, including opening hold time. It’s apparently for a new Select Lite plan so no streaming - I subscribe to Spotify...
by canderson
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy Pistachio and Salmon?
Replies: 30
Views: 3554

Re: Best place to buy Pistachio and Salmon?

If anyone is interested in canned salmon, I think this is the best in the world: https://chinookandcompany.com/


They own their hatchery and don’t put sugars, glucose and other preservatives in they’re like virtually every other company.

Not cheap but well worth it.