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by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 50% of Cancer Patients Burn Through Their Life's Savings in Just 2 Years
Replies: 37
Views: 2909

Re: 50% of Cancer Patients Burn Through Their Life's Savings in Just 2 Years

... To keep this actionable how does one protect themselves from this financial threat? Insurance. Having a medical insurance is good. Having two insurances is even better. When I become eligible for Medicare I will get Medicare Part B and will keep my FEHB insurance. Some Federal retirees are plan...
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 50% of Cancer Patients Burn Through Their Life's Savings in Just 2 Years
Replies: 37
Views: 2909

Re: 50% of Cancer Patients Burn Through Their Life's Savings in Just 2 Years

... To keep this actionable how does one protect themselves from this financial threat? Insurance. Having a medical insurance is good. Having two insurances is even better. When I become eligible for Medicare I will get Medicare Part B and will keep my FEHB insurance. Some Federal retirees are plan...
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need to buy laptop software?
Replies: 28
Views: 1587

Re: Do I need laptop software?

You can reuse your old Microsoft Office product key on the new laptop.

I like Microsoft Office and don't trust free alternatives. I also don't like the idea of a Chromebook where everything is in the cloud. But of course, this depends on how you are using your MS Office.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?
Replies: 152
Views: 12574

Re: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?

Don't bother with small change. Skip this Friday and play for 3 commas next week. Victoria What makes you so certain that *I* will not win the jackpot this Friday? I have already planned on how to handle the prize money. Please don't throw monkey wrenches in my plan. 20 Oct 2018: I told you! Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you consider 'enough'?
Replies: 93
Views: 10105

Re: What do you consider 'enough'?

madbrain wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:01 am
Depends. Retiring on Mars might be expensive.
They may accept Moon Rocks.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 78
Views: 4388

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

I have been looking at reports on the Camino during the winter months. This looks promising despite some snow and mud. Actually it seems to present a bit more of an interesting challenge in winter conditions. I've no experience in winter months, but note that a lot of albergues will be closed, and ...
by VictoriaF
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire because you hit your number?
Replies: 71
Views: 6354

Re: Did you retire because you hit your number?

To me Saturday means people are out crowding the stores and the restaurants! You know you're retired when you're annoyed by holidays because things are closed and you can't get done what you wanted to. LOL... so true, and we never go shopping on a weekend. I mostly agree. One exception is my comedy...
by VictoriaF
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 78
Views: 4388

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

I googled the Camino and hit this guy https://francistapon.com/Travels/Spain-Trails/10-Reasons-Why-El-Camino-Santiago-Sucks then this https://blog.nullnfull.com/2014/11/03/camino-sucks-reply/ Oh Boy, its a debate. I have seen the same for a lot of the various ideas. Maybe I should add a criteria "t...
by VictoriaF
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?
Replies: 152
Views: 12574

Re: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?

Don't bother with small change. Skip this Friday and play for 3 commas next week.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you consider 'enough'?
Replies: 93
Views: 10105

Re: What do you consider 'enough'?

I have been keeping track of my expenses for many years. When I was preparing for retirement, I assumed my normal expenses plus a large budget for travel and increased budget for local entertainment. I also added some money for medical expenses, but that was mostly a guess. I have been retired for f...
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire because you hit your number?
Replies: 71
Views: 6354

Re: Did you retire because you hit your number?

Combination of reasons... in no particular order. Political changes had made it impossible to make further achievements towards goals. Goals had been largely achieved. Number had been reached. When your eyes turn brown they have filled you up and it's time to go. I was 64 and April Fool's Day 2012 ...
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire because you hit your number?
Replies: 71
Views: 6354

Re: Did you retire because you hit your number?

I was planning to retire when I would hit the "number" that would qualify me for healthcare in retirement. I have postponed my retirement by 1.5 years because when I hit my healthcare eligibility number I was finishing up my (second) Masters Degree and wanted to write a thesis on the topic I was pas...
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 78
Views: 4388

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

A comment w.r.t. the Portuguese Caminho: The only recommendation I would give would be to stay in hotels or B&Bs vs. hostels (auberges) I think the heavy majority of pilgrims hike from Porto to Santiago. In the Lisbon to Porto stretch pilgrims are a lot thinner on the ground, and sometimes accomoda...
by VictoriaF
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 78
Views: 4388

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

Would hiking the Camino not be challenging enough? I walked el Camino de Santiago two times, in 2015 and 2016, and will go back in 2019. I have several Bogleheads threads about it (search for Victoria AND Camino). The Camino fits many of the OP's criteria: cheap, safe, challenging, social without b...
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you buy a mattress ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2352

Re: How do you buy a mattress ?

I bought Bed of Nails for $20 on Amazon. After lying on it for 10 minutes, it helps me to sleep better than any mattress. Victoria Is there a whips and chains option to go with that bed of nails? Leather accessories, maybe? Whips and chains are for when you do NOT want to sleep. Here is bed of nail...
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you buy a mattress ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2352

Re: How do you buy a mattress ?

I bought Bed of Nails for $20 on Amazon. After lying on it for 10 minutes, it helps me to sleep better than any mattress.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new email address. Gmail or ???
Replies: 70
Views: 5105

Re: Need new email address. Gmail or ???

Whatever you choose, make sure to implement two-factor authentication ( 2FA) on your email account . Your email is a gateway to all your important correspondence and ultimately your identity. Most people associate 2FA with their banking, investing, and credit card accounts. But securing email is eve...
by VictoriaF
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Psychological vs. Real Risk
Replies: 21
Views: 1513

Re: Psychological vs. Real Risk

The real risk is not that your portfolio would under-perform in comparison so some index or some asset allocation on the efficient frontier. The real risk is that you would not have enough money in retirement. That's why the most prudent approach is that recommended by Bill Bernstein: - Liability Ma...
by VictoriaF
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14294

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

FelixTheCat wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:58 pm
One coach recommends flaxseed oil ever day for people over 40
I buy flaxseed, chia seeds, and hemp seeds on Amazon and put them in my salads.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14294

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

Do: Bed of nails Wim Hof's breathing Cold showers Keto diet in conjunction with Intermittent Fasting Cryo therapy Improv and standup classes and performances Walking and backpacking Good sleep Shall do: Strength / resistance exercises (Thank you to Jasstonight and LadyGeek for the encouragement) Vi...
by VictoriaF
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2924
Views: 576730

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Starting today (11 October 2018), you can play Marriott sweepstakes for 29 days to win various prizes: https://29ways.marriott.com/en-us/
Today, I got 50 Marriott points. Tomorrow is another day.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 7401
Views: 1553974

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

LadyGeek wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:15 pm
I merged Esq123's thread into the on-going discussion.
With the Bogleheads prowess to move markets, this merger will turn tumbling into a freefall.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: anybody sell I Bonds to buy something else?
Replies: 38
Views: 3469

Re: anybody sell I Bonds to buy something else?

You don't buy I Bonds for their earnings. You buy them for protection from inflation.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 7401
Views: 1553974

Re: Stocks tumbling?

I think it's just a thermodynamic fluctuation. "Massive" spacial correlations in stochastic thermodynamics dependent on one's allocation as long as one stays the course. Aha! We have deepened from physics envy to thermodynamic envy. Now we can make a bulletproof prediction: entropy will increase. V...
by VictoriaF
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 7401
Views: 1553974

Re: Stocks tumbling?

Anyone know what could potentially be causing this drop? Those motivated to sell: ... - sugar daddies who need to buy their girl a toy right now ... Those motivated to buy: - Bogleheads with dry powder (aka cash, before you guys jump to conclusions) ... Call girls are buying. Put girls are selling....
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2018 Bogleheads Conference Notes
Replies: 36
Views: 5101

Re: 2018 Bogleheads Conference Notes

Here is the current link to my photos.... PS. For those of you who are curious about my photographic process, here goes!... I think there is something wrong with your "process". Everyone at the meeting looked 10 years younger and way more attractive than in your photos! :D :D But seriously, thanks ...
by VictoriaF
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Karma worth it
Replies: 16
Views: 1221

Re: Credit Karma worth it

retiringwhen wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:51 am
BTW, as a credit monitoring service for things like getting notices when I create a new card, or a hard inquiry is made, CM is actually faster than the services provided by the breeches (Equifax and MyIDCare).
What is "CM"?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Root of Good's cost of raising a child: $3,300 per year
Replies: 163
Views: 5433

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

The Bogleheads appear excessively hostile to the members of the early retirement community, usually MMM and now Root of Good. I consider ER members a force for good, an alternative to consumerism. Even if you can't match them, use their expenses as an anchor and aim to reduce yours.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improved Phishing Scam
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: Improved Phishing Scam

Brian Krebs just had an article about clever Voice Phishing that catches even technology savvy professionals:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/10/voi ... re-clever/

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop setup questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2056

Re: New Laptop setup questions

Bitlocker's fine, and I recommend using the PIN + TPM option, or at least the PIN option. That way when your computer boots, it requires a PIN (password) before it unlocks the hard drive and Windows boots. Without it, it defaults to just using the TPM chip on the computer, which means anyone who st...
by VictoriaF
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you like technical conferences?
Replies: 31
Views: 1947

Re: Do you like technical conferences?

I like to go to technical conferences. I use the present tense, because I still like it and I still go to conferences in retirement. Fortunately for me, many conferences take place in the Washington, DC, area, and many of these conferences are free. The primary focus of my conference attendance is m...
by VictoriaF
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should we stay in Crazytown because there's no where to run?
Replies: 129
Views: 14790

Re: Should we stay in Crazytown because there's no where to run?

The market collapse is like death. You know that it's coming, but you don't know when. After taking some obvious precautions, you don't think about it and just go about your daily business.

In fact, the market is better than death, because after it goes down it (usually) goes up.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop setup questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2056

Re: New Laptop setup questions

I do my taxes and other financial records in Excel, and I would never use cloud-based spreadsheets for that. I need access to my financial files if my computer becomes disconnected for whatever reasons. I cannot depend on the cloud provider for the security or reliability. And I don't want to deal w...
by VictoriaF
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rich, Broke or Dead: Visualizing probabilities of outcomes in early retirement
Replies: 119
Views: 14213

Re: Rich, Broke or Dead: Visualizing probabilities of outcomes in early retirement

An excellent tool, thank you.

But I can't help thinking that ten years ago during the Great Recession the outcome would have looked very differently.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?
Replies: 71
Views: 8995

Re: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?

I read/listen to content that I view as productive. And I have noticed that life is more interesting when you are stimulating your mind and growing intellectually. I have enjoyed your posts and I believe it may have been one of your posts that led me to start regularly reading the Farnam Street blo...
by VictoriaF
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: SITE OFFLINE Wednesday, 9:00 PM Eastern (01:00 UTC) - software upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: SITE OFFLINE Wednesday, 9:00 PM Eastern (01:00 UTC) - software upgrade

How dare you to put the Forum off-line at 9pm when the discussions are at their peak! Can't you do the maintenance between 2am and 4am when we sleep?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?
Replies: 71
Views: 8995

Re: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?

I used to view those who have relaxed on their activities and hobbies as “old” and therefore I would continue my hobbies and activities even if required self-discipline to avoid letting age make my life boring. I have a few recommendations: 1. Create a 2x2 matrix for people you know, including the ...
by VictoriaF
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Credit freezes and un-freezes are now free]
Replies: 58
Views: 2459

Re: [Credit freezes and un-freezes are now free]

Earlier today, Brian Krebs has posted a detailed primer to freezing (and unfreezing):
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/cre ... age-begin/

The article contains links to all CRAs and discusses other places where freezes are recommended.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying secondary market TIPS via Vanguard Brokerage
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Buying secondary market TIPS via Vanguard Brokerage

I purchased some TIPS on auctions and secondary market ten years ago. At that time, I figured it out, but without practice have forgotten how I did it. Now that 5-year TIPS are yielding about 0.9%, almost as much as 30-year TIPS, I want to buy some. I have some basic questions as follows: 1. Can I b...
by VictoriaF
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How real is cyber risk?
Replies: 176
Views: 10014

Re: How real is cyber risk?

Concerns about security of SMS are overblown. Well over 99.999% of people will never have their phone number ported out by a malicious actor, a couple of well-publicized celebrity cases notwithstanding. For them, using SMS as a second factor is a HUGE improvement over not having a second factor at ...
by VictoriaF
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How real is cyber risk?
Replies: 176
Views: 10014

Re: How real is cyber risk?

Concerns about security of SMS are overblown. Well over 99.999% of people will never have their phone number ported out by a malicious actor, a couple of well-publicized celebrity cases notwithstanding. For them, using SMS as a second factor is a HUGE improvement over not having a second factor at ...
by VictoriaF
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Traditional TSP and Roth TSP
Replies: 16
Views: 1582

Re: Traditional TSP and Roth TSP

Gee, thanks for all the info. Yes, I live in Florida. Work for the VA. I guess traditional TSP is the way to go as I am getting older than I would like to admit. I spent my life being stupid and wasting time and money, so I figure I better get my ass in gear for retirement or later on I will be sor...
by VictoriaF
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you really have something to retire to?
Replies: 133
Views: 11668

Re: Did you really have something to retire to?

I unequivocally retired "to" solid plans. And I would not have it any other way. 1. I had numerous interests that I could not attend to while I was working. 2. My guiding principle was Benjamin Franklin's maxim that "failing to plan is planning to fail." 3. I followed Stephen Covey's "big rocks" mod...
by VictoriaF
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How real is cyber risk?
Replies: 176
Views: 10014

Re: How real is cyber risk?

Here is an excellent recent article "Before You Turn On Two-Factor Authentication…" Aug 14, 2018, https://medium.com/@stuartschechter/bef ... 148cc5b9a1

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2924
Views: 576730

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I am thinking of canceling my Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) card, because I have two other cards that perform CSP's functions: - Chase Ink Preferred has 3x on travel expenses - Chase Ink Cash has 2x on restaurants Chase Ink Preferred allows me to: - book on the Chase portal at 1.25 redemption rate...
by VictoriaF
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 25256

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

$17.50 for a cancelled Amtrak ticket. If I waited until last week, it would have been free due to the weather delays.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Bank used to be more customer focused
Replies: 46
Views: 6107

Re: Chase Bank is the Devil

I manually enter my CC transactions into my own XLS log. I don't trust QuickBooks or any other software to keep track of my expenses. As for Chase, my Chase credit card bonuses have already paid for several trips to Europe and will pay for many more. If Chase Bank is the Devil, I am a Devil Worshipe...
by VictoriaF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How real is cyber risk?
Replies: 176
Views: 10014

Re: How real is cyber risk?

Cyber Risk is so real that there will be an entire week on 15-19 October 2019, full of cyber security events in D.C.: CyberWeek by CyberScoop https://www.cyberscoop.com/events/dc-cyberweek/2018/ . I have signed for several events including a session with the Israeli cybersecurity experts.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2924
Views: 576730

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Here is a link to the Heathrow free local bus route: https://www.heathrow.com/file_source/Heathrow/Static/PDF/Transport_and_directions/travel_around_Heathrow.pdf And yeah, "free" means you just get on the bus at the T2/T3 bus station and get off in front of the Ibis Styles. No money or bus pass nee...
by VictoriaF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2924
Views: 576730

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

The Heathrow hotels have always tended to be cheap on weekends when occupancy rates are lower. For business travel, I'm often flying on a Saturday where I'm at my destination city on Sunday afternoon ready to work on a Monday and I tend to do the same with leisure flights so it's not a traffic jam ...