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by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New job, sales at Subaru
Replies: 72
Views: 9576

Re: New job, sales at Subaru

Women are very sensitive to this and rightly so. Last trip to the dealer with my wife, right off the salesman asked whose car were we buying today and my wife said mine! The salesman who gave her all the attention got the sale. Other salesman weren't so careful and we went back to the guy who liste...
by jlawrence01
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeyHero? Home Depot?
Replies: 21
Views: 2050

Re: KeyHero? Home Depot?

OldBallCoach wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:14 pm
What ever happened to trading extra keys with your neighbors to help out each other? Ya know...you watch my back I watch yours?
We have both a neighbor who has a key to the house as well as a lockbox so that the local police, fire department and EMS can access our home should there be an issue.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking Hotel Far In Advance
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Booking Hotel Far In Advance

I'm trying to book a hotel for a college graduation in 2020. Hilton won't let you book prior to 1 year in advance. Do any of the other big hotel chains allow booking earlier than that? My experience is that you cannot use the traditional booking services earlier than 350 days in advance. Most of th...
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife filled our gas engine car with diesel fuel
Replies: 111
Views: 11046

Re: Wife filled our gas engine car with diesel fuel

Be happy that she did not add gasoline to a diesel car as that will be catastrophic to the diesel engine.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car for 30 days or more
Replies: 11
Views: 1039

Re: Renting a car for 30 days or more

There are some companies that rent for longer periods, but you will likely have to pick-up and return at an off airport location ....or try Enterprise, which advertises home delivery. Next time you rent a car from an airport location, be sure to note all the special airport fees and surcharges. I f...
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: using uber versus buying a car
Replies: 54
Views: 3444

Re: using uber versus buying a car

Buying a car would be about 20k plus $1600/year for insurance (been driving for less than 3 years in the USA). I could pay the full car in cash or finance at 0.09% for 60 months (rather have liquidity, although not really an issue). Total: $1600+$4008 = $5608/year What factors would you take into a...
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Where to stay for 3 nights in Phoenix

In about a week we are staying in Phoenix for two nights as we go to a Cactus League Baseball Game and explore the area. Then we are off to Tuscon, but I am wondering if there is an area you would recommend that my husband and I stay. I would love to walk out the door of the hotel and not be far fr...
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car Company Preferences
Replies: 26
Views: 1526

Re: Rental Car Company Preferences

Hertz - I have had a lot of great experiences with them. Good customer service, clean cars and an excellent frequent renters program. Can be pricier at the airports but a real bargain at the HLE Corporate locations. Some great deals on one-way rentals. Avis/ Budget - With the AARP discount, they ha...
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4173
Views: 1112956

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Today's movies: The Upside - I was not expecting much and would have passed on this movie BUT it was the only movie available at 9AM that I had not seen. It was a pretty good movie once they got past the stereotypes that were shown throughout the various trailers for the movie. It ended up being a v...
by jlawrence01
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rental drop-off fees
Replies: 18
Views: 1747

Re: Car rental drop-off fees

Sky Harbor airport has got to be one of the most expensive places to rent a car. We did a trip from March 25 - April 9 of 2017 and the cheapest that we could find at the airport was a Ford Focus or equivalent through Budget for $981. Found that we could take a cab about 5 miles to a Tempe Budget lo...
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crazy lady backs into my car...don't think she will pay me out of pocket
Replies: 103
Views: 9839

Re: Crazy lady backs into my car...dont think she will pay me out of pocket

Never handle an accident involving vehicles with humans inside them outside of insurance. Those humans could always come back later (before the statute of limitations runs out, which can be years in the future) and blame you for medical injury that occurred during the accident. They will do this re...
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 75
Views: 9588

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

I thought it was a very good film. I have seen a good number of the scenes before but the videos were in very poor condition which is understandable due to the age of the film. I thought that the film would be significantly longer and that there would be more of a chronological telling of the story....
by jlawrence01
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3664

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I have bought most of my computers at Office Depot. For a small additional fee, they go into the computer and remove all of the garbage software on the machine. Also, they will install any software on your machine - Office, Anti-Virus, etc. It is a very easy process. I have a Chromebook. It is exce...
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age discrimination in the medical professions as one gets older?
Replies: 40
Views: 3620

Re: Age discrimination in the medical professions as one gets older?

There is a great demand for competent medical professionals in MANY rural and inner-city communities that are very underserved. Those areas cannot really be very picky on non-essential factors like age.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 75
Views: 9588

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

spitty wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:37 am
Thanks for the reminder! I just got a ticket but it's Thursday the 31st in Tucson..YMMV.
They are showing the film in Tucson on Sunday morning for all of $6.25. I guess it is better to wait until the movie hits a lot of screens.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]
Replies: 75
Views: 9588

Re: [Peter Jackson’s “They shall not grow old” - now showing Jan 21]

spitty wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:37 am
Thanks for the reminder! I just got a ticket but it's Thursday the 31st in Tucson..YMMV.
They are showing the film in Tucson on Sunday morning for all of $6.25. I guess it is better to wait until the movie hits a lot of screens.
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3664

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I have bought most of my computers at Office Depot. For a small additional fee, they go into the computer and remove all of the garbage software on the machine. Also, they will install any software on your machine - Office, Anti-Virus, etc. It is a very easy process. I have a Chromebook. It is excel...
by jlawrence01
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you think are (some of) the best states to live in?
Replies: 144
Views: 13151

Re: What do you think are (some of) the best states to live in?

VLCOL, WY and SD have no state income taxes, parts of each state have decent weather year-round, nice people, beautiful mountains, good higher ed, more jobs than people give them credit for. I will admit that we used to recruit heavily in the Dakotas for the hospitality industry. We hired some grea...
by jlawrence01
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacment Key for Toyota
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Replacment Key for Toyota

The "lock" button on my key for a 2010 Camry has become difficult to use. The other buttons work fine, so it does not seem to be the battery. I understand that Ace Hardware can replace these keys. Does anyone have experience with an Ace Hardware replacement key? Do they work the same as the origina...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 9000

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

I didn't read all the posts but does anyone shop at Woodman's? They are predominately located in Wisconsin, but do have a few locations in MN, IL and MI. Great place........excellent choices........ Prices are much better than Walmart.....and a tad lower than Aldies. We're about an hour from one .....
by jlawrence01
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.
Replies: 177
Views: 15812

Re: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.

I cannot count the number of people who planned on receiving a large inheritance only to be outlasted by their parents. While I have never received or expect to receive a significant inheritance, I can say that I have been floored at how many of my relatives have had estates that were much larger th...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 9000

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

Asian markets, e.g., H Mart, can be a way to save on produce even if you're not looking for "Asian" produce. A lot of fruit and vegetables are substantially cheaper there than at "American" grocery stores. How about meat? :| Meat pricing in Asian markets (H-Mart, Mitsuwa, etc.) is a crap shoot. Som...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 9000

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

I just read many of the posts in this thread. It got me to think about how I would best go about reducing my grocery bill. (BTW, we shop at Walmart SuperCenter about 99% of the time.) I would say that there are probably 30-40 items that make up about 80% of my grocery spend each week. I have a pret...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?
Replies: 138
Views: 6607

Re: Paying thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl?

Would you (or have you) paid thousands per ticket to attend the NFL Super Bowl game? Share your thoughts and/or experiences if was worth it. If I could score a Super Bowl ticket, I certainly would. I did get a ticket to the 1997 World Series Game 2 right behind home plate and it was one of the grea...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Henderson, Nevada ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1655

Re: Henderson, Nevada ?

The proximity of the LV 'burbs to "Sin City" might be a positive or negative for you. Not judging! Everyone's different, both in what they like to do for fun and their ability to manage themselves, and how tolerant they are of others' indulging in ways they wouldn't. As for healthcare, I've heard t...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 9000

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

I like the simple strategy of shopping at only one place if you are time-constrained or don't like to shop. However, I like to shop for food, which can be quite entertaining to me, so I go to a wide variety of places to get what I want at a price that I like. Grocery stores, discount stores, big bo...
by jlawrence01
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]
Replies: 26
Views: 2576

Re: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]

I always buy the Northern catch brand from ALDI, sardines in mustard sauce, which are packaged in Poland.
by jlawrence01
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car reviews - Consumer Reports or other sources?
Replies: 41
Views: 3246

Re: Car reviews - Consumer Reports or other sources?

My best source for car reviews the past 30 years has been the Lemonaid Guides to New and Used cars which have been authored by Phil Edmundston. While they are Canadian based, I have found their reviews to be more reliable than any other source. Phil helped me once when I had major transmission issue...
by jlawrence01
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discounted Postage Stamps
Replies: 25
Views: 2110

Re: Discounted Postage Stamps

What do you all think is a good discounted price to pay for non-forever postage stamps? A neighbor has 200 various postage stamps ranging in denominations from 22c to 44c that he is willing to sell for 60% of FV (which is 40% off). A family member told me that deal is like free money because buying...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banff/Lake Louise vacation-suggestions?
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: Banff/Lake Louise vacation-suggestions?

Two comments:

1) Book your accommodations ASAP. Prices only head upwards as the summer season approaches.

2) As oil has been in freefall in past weeks, you can expect that the Canadian dollar will be falling in the coming months. You might want to procure some.
by jlawrence01
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discounted Postage Stamps
Replies: 25
Views: 2110

Re: Discounted Postage Stamps

What do you all think is a good discounted price to pay for non-forever postage stamps? A neighbor has 200 various postage stamps ranging in denominations from 22c to 44c that he is willing to sell for 60% of FV (which is 40% off). A family member told me that deal is like free money because buying...
by jlawrence01
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question about basketball trading cards
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

Re: Question about basketball trading cards

My suggestion would be to go on E-bay and buy a large number of basketball cards at a low price and let the kid go through them. About five years ago, I purchased 1500 baseball cards for $15 and had them shipped to my uncle so that he could split them between the two grandsons. What I did not know a...
by jlawrence01
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 58
Views: 6264

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

I was thinking about a Prius here in Arizona for my next purchase. I talked to my local Toyota service representative and asked him what his experience has been with the battery packs. He said that they last from 100k - 350k miles. The problem with that wide range is that if the battery life is clos...
by jlawrence01
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shell $0.05/gal discount card
Replies: 27
Views: 1529

Re: Shell $0.05/gal discount card

Why do I want to use a Shell card saving me 5 cents when the local Shell stations are 8-12 cents per gallon MORE? I would rather buy gas at QuikTrip or Krogers.
by jlawrence01
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for new washing machine
Replies: 45
Views: 2521

Re: Need recommendation for new washing machine

Maytag has my vote.... ........married 41 years....... Purchased basic Maytag top load washer right after we got hitched. Was still working great 22 years after we moved to a new location. Purchased another new basic Maytag top load at the new location. Just replaced it this past spring (April 2018...
by jlawrence01
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: County not accepting 2018 property taxes in 2018 - need help with ideas.
Replies: 138
Views: 7094

Re: County not accepting 2018 property taxes in 2018 - need help with ideas.

(NOTE: mail dropped into the local Post Offices is no longer “Postmarked” by the local Post Offices – it could be several days before your envelope is “Postmarked” by the Regional Post Office). You can walk into ANY US Post Office and request that the clerk cancel the stamp right in front of you. T...
by jlawrence01
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...
Replies: 188
Views: 21198

Re: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...

Just about everything else I purchased was more expensive/similar to my King Soopers. I did find a deal that gives you $60 dollars worth of free coupons to pay for the membership (free paper towels, free hand soap, etc.) so I don't feel too bad about purchasing it, yet... For the record, King Soope...
by jlawrence01
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4173
Views: 1112956

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: Burning - a Korean version of the Great Gatsby with several plot twists. This is one of the best thrillers I have seen in a while although it proceeds very slowly. Smallfoot - very lightweight movie more geared toward children. Major talent doing the voiceovers. I would only see ...
by jlawrence01
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Restaurant Budget
Replies: 113
Views: 6783

Re: Restaurant Budget

Hi BHs, I started tracking my household expenses a year ago. And I was surprised to learn my spouse and I spend around $700/month at restaurants (eating out, getting drinks, ordering take out). I live in HCOL city. Is that a lot? Would you mind sharing your data and some additional info to give it ...
by jlawrence01
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food budget based on government assistance or CPI
Replies: 16
Views: 1537

Re: Food budget based on government assistance or CPI

OK, those of you who are spending less than the thrifty plan amount INCLUDING restaurant meals - how are you managing it? Where I live you cant take a family of 4 out to any real sit down restaurant - even a chain - for less than $70-100 a pop. And that's with the kids still eating off the kids men...
by jlawrence01
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food budget based on government assistance or CPI
Replies: 16
Views: 1537

Re: Food budget based on government assistance or CPI

Our household includes two adults in their 50s. About 70% of our meals are consumed at home; the rest are eaten out as we travel approximately 10-12 weeks per year for pleasure and to see family. On the months that we are home, and assuming that we prepared all our meals at home, our grocery budget ...
by jlawrence01
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting car in Chicago - Christmas - what to expect?
Replies: 14
Views: 1319

Re: Renting car in Chicago - Christmas - what to expect?

Will be visiting relatives in Chicago over Christmas. Need to rent a car. Do I need chains? Should I get a AWD? Not sure what to expect. I have driven in the snow many times, not worried about that, just not sure what to expect during the winter season. Usually we visit in the spring/summer. You wi...
by jlawrence01
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4173
Views: 1112956

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: A Simple Favor - A very entertaining and scary movie, almost reminds me of Fatal Attraction Andrei Rublev (Russia, 1966) - 3.5 hours long look at the life of a famous 15 century Russian Iconographer Instant Family - an interesting movie in the trials and tribulations of adopting ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rodents ate my car!
Replies: 80
Views: 9659

Re: Rodents ate my car!

Obviously not as expensive as newer cars , but the 1978 Chrysler New Yorker I own had been parked next to a corn field by its previous owner. Mice built a nest under its back seat and were hoarding food in the cars heater box under the dash. Though the car was cleaned up, the smell of mouse urine t...
by jlawrence01
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rodents ate my car!
Replies: 80
Views: 9659

Re: Rodents ate my car!

Trade the Toyota in for a Honda Honda has had the same problem. In fact, they sell a capsaicin coated tape that is to be used on wiring where there has been evidence of rodent attacks. The best way to avoid mice in cars is to make sure that you have NO FOOD in the car. That includes candy and condi...
by jlawrence01
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's crew neck t-shirts
Replies: 47
Views: 3789

Re: Men's crew neck t-shirts

mptfan wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Hanes Tagless ComfortSoft undershirts. If you are tall like me I recommend the tall man version, the standard size is too short for me, they don't stay tucked in.
Agreed.
by jlawrence01
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter
Replies: 45
Views: 3912

Re: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter

1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter Any ideas you have for a week vacation in February, husband and wife, main goal is to get away from the Winter Cold Weather. Either US southern states or International is fine. We used to head down to Arizona to escape the Chicag...
by jlawrence01
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with older car, share your unusual repairs
Replies: 84
Views: 5388

Re: People with older car, share your unusual repairs

I had an old Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. This car was fully loaded and it had every gadget known to mankind. It had one of those motors that would raise the antenna when you turned on the car and take it down when you turned off the engine. At some point, the motor stuck and the motor would run 24 hou...
by jlawrence01
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4173
Views: 1112956

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Bad Times at the El Royale - I do not think that this was a great movie BUT it was certainly a movie that was so well written that no one could predict the next scene. Mile 33 This was one of the more disappointing movies - too much "shoot it out." Game Night A clever and fun movie with many twists...