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by jlawrence01
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 103
Views: 7430

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

There is reason it's $1.39 while the name brand is $2.49 at Safeway. The last time I went I only found a handful of items to buy, and the cashiers are straight out of 60's Soviet Union. That reason is primarily the lack of staff and variety. We shop at Aldi exclusively every time we visit Californi...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fold Flat Seats in a 2019/2020 car
Replies: 40
Views: 2306

Re: Fold Flat Seats in a 2019/2020 car

Ford Transit Van
by jlawrence01
Sun May 31, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget
Replies: 31
Views: 1661

Re: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget

Goodwill and other thrift stores
Used office furniture stores.
by jlawrence01
Mon May 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy a car from a rental car company???
Replies: 25
Views: 2621

Re: Anyone buy a car from a rental car company???

Something to consider is if you buy a used vehicle from a dealer it may have been purchased at auction and you indirectly may be buying a prior rental vehicle. My wife purchased a used 2019 Infiniti late last year from a nearby dealer (a conglomerate of dealerships owned by Berkshire Hathaway) and ...
by jlawrence01
Sat May 23, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: Virginia State Inspection
Replies: 38
Views: 3740

Re: Warning: Virginia State Inspection

I don't know anything about inspections in VA, but I've lived with them here in TX for a long time. There are a lot of places that nit-pick about items so that they can sell repairs. That's how they make their money. There are others that make their money by passing almost everything and going thro...
by jlawrence01
Tue May 19, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

Actually, I am really enjoying this time at home and will be dropping several things once things return to normal. In the past two months, I have cooked 2-3 meals a day everyday. My total food cost has dropped by half and I have lost about 10#. I have gotten rid of most of the older pantry items and...
by jlawrence01
Mon May 04, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a locking mailbox necessary or helpful, or more hassle than it's worth?
Replies: 43
Views: 2261

Re: Is a locking mailbox necessary or helpful, or more hassle than it's worth?

Two major disadvantages of the locking mailboxes as provided by USPS: 1) The slot used by the postman is often larger than the slot on the user's side. That means that they can place something like a CD in your mailbox that you will NOT be able to get out. 2) When we had a major snow storm, water wo...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

Having said that, I also do not like the KIA dealerships both in their sales department or their service department. That could be a local thing but I have been less than impressed with the ones that I have had to deal with. If you've never owned a Kia, why do you have experience with a Kia service...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity
Replies: 82
Views: 5665

Re: Toyota vs. Kia Quality & Longevity

I have driven a number of rental Kia sedans over the past five years. While they have made major improvements, I do not find them to be on the same level as Hyundai or Toyota. Having said that, I also do not like the KIA dealerships both in their sales department or their service department. That co...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two more foreign films today: Agent of Influence (Canada) Christopher Plummer stars as an Canadian ambassador who is accused of being a spy. Unlike most of his roles where he plays the dark villain, in this case role as villain is certainly in question The Japanese Wife (Bengali) An excellent film o...
by jlawrence01
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you tracked spending during quarantine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3321

Re: Have you tracked spending during quarantine?

We have tracked all of our expenses starting in starting in 2014 when I retired. We thought that we would do it for a year or two. However, when we saw the information that we received from doing it, we have kept doing it. Personally, I can't think of a single category that we are spending more in t...
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone found] amazing shopping deals now?
Replies: 30
Views: 3915

Re: Amazing shopping deals now

It is a great time to buy a new or used vehicle. But it will probably even be better in 4-6 months when the new models come out.
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Yet another free foreign movie, free on YouTube:

Hors de Prix (2006)
"Priceless"
France
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

This past week: Pot Roast with Vegetables Roasted chicken with a Brown Sugar garlic crust Chicken Enchiladas Hungarian Sausage and Potato Soup Jambalaya Roast chicken and Dressing with Cranberry Sauce Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese and olives Chicken Maafa, a West Indian inspired dish. While we genera...
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How does the accounting profession fare during recessions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2269

Re: How does the accounting profession fare during recessions?

Accounting can be a good career path if you are willing to be creative about what you do. I started in a very generic role but built up a network that helped me pivot into a pretty exciting accounting adjacent management consulting position. After that I jumped into a low stress very secure set in ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two good Mexican movies (Spanish, with English subtitles)

3 Idiotes
A La Mala


Two good romantic comedies
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Fruit and Vegetables
Replies: 30
Views: 1858

Re: Growing Fruit and Vegetables

As a person who lived in a household with a one acre garden in my younger days, we grew everything under the sun from the standard vegetables, corn, popcorn, peanuts, and, yes, even tobacco. Over the years, we have found that it is generally less expensive and time consuming to purchase produce from...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6159

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

The Corolla sedan is hardly the cramped compact of early generations. My 2007 Corolla is the same size as my friends 1992 Camry. In April 2020, I would NOT buy a new Toyota. With many of the rental car and corporate fleets looking to trim their vehicle fleets by 40-60% this year, The spread between ...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How does the accounting profession fare during recessions?
Replies: 25
Views: 2269

Re: How does the accounting profession fare during recessions?

The only profession I am aware that is not impacted by recession much is healthcare and k12 teaching. I am retired now, but I remember experiencing hard time finding job during recessions. There were a lot of teachers who experienced layoffs in the Midwest in 2008-09. Many of the education graduate...
by jlawrence01
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

Entrees this past week included: Chuck Steak Smoked bratwurst with Sauerkraut and potatoes Split Pea Soup Rotini with a Vodka Sauce and Salami Thai Green Curry over rice Chile Adovada Burritos I am still on my mission to clean out the old stuff from my pantry and freezers and this downtime is provin...
by jlawrence01
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

Chile Adovada, a New Mexican dish of pork cubes braised in a red chile sauce.
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget Coffee
Replies: 107
Views: 8428

Re: Budget Coffee

I am a huge fan of Aldi's coffees. The k-cup breakfast blend is highly appreciated by a sibling. I highly praise their ground & instant coffee. The regular plain varieties. I have not tried any of their single source or flavored coffees (bacon, burbon, etc...) ALDI's medium roast coffees from Germa...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No sports but cable bills unchanged
Replies: 86
Views: 6132

Re: No sports but cable bills unchanged

Between Pluto-TV and the internet, I can watch an enormous number of NCAA football and basketball games. Sure, they are smaller conferences or Division II and III games but they are just as entertaining. It is nice to see student-athletes play sports as opposed to the "one and dones" that dominate D...
by jlawrence01
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charity during the pandemic
Replies: 73
Views: 4462

Re: Charity during the pandemic

I suspect those who give regularly give more than those who only give in response to disasters, but the fun thing about giving away your money is you get to give it away however you like. I've also found I can give MORE at times when the market is doing well. I suspect that is the case for most peo...
by jlawrence01
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Neighbor - an interesting movie about a feud between two home owners and its eventual resolution Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story - a documentary about the amount of food waste in the supply chain. Little in the way of how to resolve it, it still provides some food for thought. Muscle Shoals - On...
by jlawrence01
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

I have a routine since I have to pretty much use what I have in stock. On Monday morning, I head to the pantry to determine what I have in stock with the intent of using up the stuff that has been there over one year. I come up with one entree per day for dinner and make sure that I have what I need...
by jlawrence01
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homemade Salad Dressing
Replies: 51
Views: 3036

Re: Homemade Salad Dressing

At this point, I do NOT make my own salad dressing as I found that generally, it was more expensive than the deals that I could get on excellent quality commercially produced ones. Having said that, I have some dressing mixes that I was given from Penzey's that I would love to get out of my pantry. ...
by jlawrence01
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

The ONLY thing that I am doing differently than normal is that I need to actually write out my menu each week as there are some things that I do NOT have access to as I will be homebound well into May and relying on friends to pick up my grocery orders. This week's menu: Monday Cincinnati Chili Tues...
by jlawrence01
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 267
Views: 15588

Re: So what are you cooking

I've never cooked a ham hock before, so I didn't know what to expect. I was disappointed at the lack of meat on the bone - it didn't look like the picture in the recipe. :confused So... I added a bunch of ham I had in the freezer and turned it into ham and black-eyed pea soup. I would NOT recommend...
by jlawrence01
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?
Replies: 61
Views: 4196

Re: Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?

At first, I really thought that it would be a PITA to remain at home for a month or more. However, it has been a real godsend. I actually get to see my wife more often as both of our calendars have been completely cleared. I finally have the time to cook three hot meals a day. The ONLY thing that I ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 290
Views: 21594

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

Last year, we had a month long trip and completely cleared out our pantry, refrigerator, and both freezers. When we returned, we took advantage of all the holiday sales and completely stocked our kitchen with sufficient food that would allow us to make it into the summer months. I have been gone for...
by jlawrence01
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

^^^

Great movie.
by jlawrence01
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Call of the Wild was alright but very disappointing. It is the Wonder Bread version of what was an interesting novel. It was NOT a bad movie and most of the children in the audience liked it.
by jlawrence01
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I liked Parasite a lot. Of course, I like a lot of Korean television and movies that I can find on YouTube and other streaming services. It is one of the few films that I tell people to go see but will not disclose the plot as I don't want to reveal any of the story. For weeks, I skipped Parasite as...
by jlawrence01
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a cheap and accurate BP monitor.......
Replies: 23
Views: 1515

Re: Looking for a cheap and accurate BP monitor.......

I have taken my Omron blood pressure meter into my cardiologists office to see how it compared to the readings he was getting with his traditional meters. The readings were nearly identical. So identical that he started to use an Omron machine.

And that machine was covered by my medical insurance.
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

This week's movies: Downton Abbey - A pretty good movie even if you have not watched the BBC Series Weathering With You - A very fine animated Japanese film. A good family film that is intelligently presented. Jojo Rabbit - I had low expectations of this film as yet another movie about Nazi Germany....
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mechanics of maintaining two homes
Replies: 37
Views: 3542

Re: Mechanics of maintaining two homes

For those of you that have both a primary residence and a vacation home, what is the norm? Meaning, what do you keep at each house, and what do you carry with you between both homes? I assume that most folks have two complete sets of furniture, dishes, pots/pans, TV's, etc. But what about clothes? ...
by jlawrence01
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!
Replies: 77
Views: 5746

Re: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!

I finally replaced my 30+ year old water heater with a 40 gallon gas water heater installed by a licenced plumber for $950 total.
by jlawrence01
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you could only listen to one podcast...
Replies: 138
Views: 11536

Re: If you could only listen to one podcast...

Handel on the Law.
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices
Replies: 59
Views: 2572

Re: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices

College level intercollegiate athletics particularly for those on scholarship was, in my observation, all consuming. Coaches owned you. You worked out, supervised or unsupervised, all year round. Some of the athletic facilities were of such low quality as to be dangerous to the participants. Occasi...
by jlawrence01
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices
Replies: 59
Views: 2572

Re: AAU basketball, college scholarships and career options/choices

And don’t think D 3 schools are any less competitive or demanding in the commitment to athletics to the point of distorting their admissions programs. Williams College has 32 varsity teams. Can you imagine the impact on admissions to make sure all those teams are competitive? I agree that D-3 schoo...
by jlawrence01
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 4701

Re: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice

Maybe what you are experiencing is something regional or if the Toyota and Lexus dealer are owned by the same company. I own an Acura and my my local Honda dealers have no qualms servicing my Acura RDX. Quick google search shows a Lexus dealer saying it's fine getting a Lexus serviced at a Toyota d...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: limo travel to nyc from nj
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

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 jlawrence01
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice
Replies: 30
Views: 4701

Re: 2020 Lexus RX 350L Advice

I do not own an RX350 but I have purchased four of them for our corporate fleet. I can say that in terms of reliability, they are the best luxury vehicles that we have had in the fleet. None of our drivers had a breakdown and we generally kept the vehicles for four years and 100k miles. At the end o...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8331

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

Over the course of a year, I volunteer at perhaps six different organizations for varying lengths of time. Some, like ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, are quite easy and are oddly very enjoyable. Others require significant commitments to training and are quite intellectually stimulating. In ...
by jlawrence01
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5457
Views: 1351138

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Motherless Brooklyn was an excellent film with some great performances. It is the story of a detective who investigates the murder of his only friend.
by jlawrence01
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick 3
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Re: Good, Cheap, Fast - Pick 3

Today I was thinking about the adage, "Good, fast, cheap - you can only pick 2." Are there any products you think are good, fast, and cheap? Off the top of my head, I'm thinking of In-N-Out Burger's burgers. What say you? For a place that has extremely limited menu, In-N-Out Burger is NOT fast. In ...
by jlawrence01
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for used: 2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Nissan Altima
Replies: 22
Views: 1586

Re: Shopping for used: 2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Nissan Altima

Two comments. First, if you plan to purchase a used car from one of the major car rental firms, I would buy from wither Hertz or Avis, NOT Enterprise. I have not been impressed with the condition of some of the ERAC cars that I have driven over the years. Hertz generally is more competitive in price...
by jlawrence01
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12299

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I dropped cable for REGULAR YouTube. Much more content and more international content.
by jlawrence01
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US Postal Worker - why give them a gift?
Replies: 45
Views: 2291

Re: Does anyone gift their mailman?

Yes. All summer in Arizona we leave out two frozen bottles of water on most days. And yes, a gift card for our usual carrier. She places our packages right in a box on our front porch in a protected spot. This contrasts with the Amazon delivery guy who throws parcels over the gate, even the Nikon bo...