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by MrPickles
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care schedule
Replies: 75
Views: 7642

Handy Crabgrass Calendar

Here is a very handy tracker from Michigan State University. I've had great luck applying crab grass preventer according to this calendar. It is based on "Growing Degree Days" and is based on real temp data for your zip code for this year. (Note that is only for Great Lakes region.) For zip 60601 (d...
by MrPickles
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lab test prices - exasperating!
Replies: 101
Views: 7139

Re: Lab test prices - exasperating!

Just type in "prepaid lab test" into your favorite search engine and you'll be directed to plenty of sites that show the cost of the test upfront.
by MrPickles
Sat May 06, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stay home with kids?
Replies: 103
Views: 10861

Re: Stay home with kids?

Both my wife and I "stay at home" with our two kids, 2 and 4. Both of us had pretty good careers (Nurse Practitioner and self employed computer programmer--both of us have Masters degrees) and I guess one could say we "threw it away" by stopping "work". Nah. This is way more important to us than our...
by MrPickles
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Disk Encryption?
Replies: 37
Views: 2792

Re: Whole Disk Encryption?

I have my entire disk encrypted with True Crypt. It's free and open source.

Before Windows boots, the password must be entered. That way, if someone steals my pc, the entire disk is encrypted. To be safe, I would encrypt the entire disk.
by MrPickles
Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Santa Monica, California Visit
Replies: 12
Views: 2103

Try the Camera Obscura

It's right next to the pier. It's something different and it's free!

It's highly rated on Yelp!
by MrPickles
Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Quick question on any downside of converting VTSAX to VTI
Replies: 7
Views: 2180

My thinking

Hello Everyone! Thanks for taking the time to respond. My reason to do such a conversion is that when I go to sell, I'll have the option to sell at any time during the day. I believe it wasn't too long ago, that the only way to sell a Vanguard index fund was via the mail. Then they added online rede...
by MrPickles
Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Quick question on any downside of converting VTSAX to VTI
Replies: 7
Views: 2180

Quick question on any downside of converting VTSAX to VTI

Hello Everyone, I'm a long time BogleHead who has my investments in pretty much 60% equity, 40% bond Vanguard index funds. Although I've taken a haircut in the last year or so, I'm happy with my allocation. But with all of this volatility, I'm wondering if I should take advantage of the $50 offer fr...