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by barreg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Annoyingly Expensive HP Ink Cartridges
Replies: 25
Views: 1835

Re: Annoyingly Expensive HP Ink Cartridges

We gave up on ink cartridges years ago due to some of the same frustrations. Have been really happy with our Brother laser printer. Initial cost is about the same as most inkjet printers, the toner lasts a long time, and have been able to use 3rd party replacement toner. We just go to Walgreens or C...
by barreg
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations (loud and good sound quality)
Replies: 33
Views: 1917

Re: Portable Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations (loud and good sound quality)

My kids have the JBL Flip 3 and Sony (not sure of the model number) bluetooth speakers and both of those do a very good job of sounding good, no matter where they're placed or where you are relative to the speaker. I have the Oontz XL and while it sounds great if it's pointed right at you, the sound...
by barreg
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 2763

Re: Quality Kitchen Faucet Recommendations?

Not a fan of Delta. Our Delta Ashton faucet looks great and worked great at first, but within a few months, it gets to the point where there is only a single spot you can put the handle or else it drips and the spray always comes on regardless of if you pushed the spray button or not. Delta provides...
by barreg
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: declining employer benefits?
Replies: 36
Views: 3976

Re: declining employer benefits?

A former employer of mine would give you like $200/month if you declined their health insurance and showed proof of coverage elsewhere, but did away with the "rebate" around the time that Obamacare came out. Similarly, my employer would give any employee that declined healthcare benefits $1,000, bu...
by barreg
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best LED lights for Kitchen Cabinets?
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Best LED lights for Kitchen Cabinets?

When we remodeled our kitchen, I replaced the fluorescent under-cabinet lights with MaxLite LED bars and we really like them. Was able to use existing wiring and the light bars are very low profile.

https://www.prolighting.com/brands/maxl ... tbars.html
by barreg
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best location to rent in Rome for vacation?
Replies: 7
Views: 746

Re: Best location to rent in Rome for vacation?

We also stayed in an apartment (HomeAway) near Campo de Flori and thought it was a great location. Easy to walk to most of the sites you'd want to see and lots of restaurants nearby. Most places within the historic center (aka Aurelian Walls) are good locations and easy to walk to, though the area n...
by barreg
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to change tires; and what brand
Replies: 131
Views: 8626

Re: When to change tires; and what brand

Sometimes at Costco - they do not always have the desired tires in stock. It can make sense to check with them a bit before you need to have the desired tires installed. If they don't have the tires in stock, you can usually buy them on their website and they'll be delivered to your local Costco wi...
by barreg
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sneakers with good arch support
Replies: 33
Views: 1881

Re: Sneakers with good arch support

I agree with the suggestion of just getting insole inserts if you're just looking for insoles with good arch support and which can be moved to most shoes (as long as their insoles are removable). I have several pairs of the green SuperFeet insoles (picked them up on sale over time) as well as custom...
by barreg
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What purchase saved you the most money?
Replies: 136
Views: 13077

Re: What purchase saved you the most money?

confusedinvestor wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:07 am
+1
$7 Apothic Red
UpperNwGuy wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:55 am
Cheap wine.
Also, appropriately named for this forum, any of the Bogle wines. They're surprisingly good without even needing to throw in the qualifier "for the price" (they're great for the price)
by barreg
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 837
Views: 156450

Re: Boglehead Beer

If you like beer and you like bourbon, you'll like Founder's Backwoods Bastard. Tyranena's Rocky's Revenge is another good beer with bourbon hints, a brown ale aged in bourbon barrels. Not sure if it's available outside Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.
by barreg
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco penny install sale & road hazard terms
Replies: 31
Views: 2926

Re: Costco penny install sale & road hazard terms

We bought a new set of tires from Costco earlier this year. Two weeks later, one of the tires got a nail in it. When I took it in, they replaced that tire for free because the nail was too close to the edge of the tire to patch. The warranty only covers the damaged tire(s) and is prorated based on t...
by barreg
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maui Hawaii Trip - How to save money?
Replies: 52
Views: 5214

Re: Maui Hawaii Trip - How to save money?

While you're at Costco, check out their restaurant gift cards. They usually have gift cards for Roy's and a few other restaurants for $79 (with a value of $100).
by barreg
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 3737

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

I'm a big fan of the Colombian Supremo coffee beans at Costco. Very good flavor, about $5/lb. Haven't noticed any off or stale flavors. barreg, How do you brew your coffee? Expresso? Costco store roasted coffee bean tend to be over-roasted because they use a big 1,000-pound coffee roaster. If you d...
by barreg
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 3737

Re: What’s your Value Colombian coffee?

I'm a big fan of the Colombian Supremo coffee beans at Costco. Very good flavor, about $5/lb. Haven't noticed any off or stale flavors.
by barreg
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Learn Italian (a little) Before Trip to Italy
Replies: 34
Views: 2260

Re: How to Learn Italian (a little) Before Trip to Italy

I took an Italian class at a local community college before our trip to Italy and it came in quite handy. While you can get along with English in most of the major tourist cities, knowing Italian came in very helpful at the small train depot in Tuscany when the person behind the counter understood n...
by barreg
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insight Card (APY 5%) full personal review
Replies: 63
Views: 7640

Re: Insight Card (APY 5%) full personal review

I'm withdrawing the full balance (ACH originating from Ally Bank)
by barreg
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why is the cost of renting private rooms in San Francisco Bay Area so cheap?
Replies: 26
Views: 4211

Re: Why is the cost of renting private rooms in San Francisco Bay Area so cheap?

The 4th link is just barely inside San Francisco and not exactly in a desireable area
by barreg
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?
Replies: 55
Views: 5595

Re: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?

The line from our compressor to our condenser froze right shortly our new A/C unit was installed a few years ago. It turned out that there was a leak in the condenser and the HVAC company replaced it for no cost.
by barreg
Fri May 11, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insight Card (APY 5%) full personal review
Replies: 63
Views: 7640

Re: Insight Card (APY 5%) full personal review

My wife and I each have 2 Insight cards and we were able to link to/ACH from both Ally and Discover checking accounts. We're using Ally to avoid inactivity fees, since they'll allow scheduled $1 ACH transactions, where Discover has a minimum of $25 for scheduled ACH transactions.
by barreg
Sat May 05, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Converting my (financial) Excel spreadsheets to MS Access DB?
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: Converting my (financial) Excel spreadsheets to MS Access DB?

If you could post some specifics on issues you're having, we might be able to provide more helpful suggestions. Another option is just to "import" the spreadsheets as linked tables, so the data doesn't really live in Access, but Access can query the spreadsheets, but depending on what problems you'r...
by barreg
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Faucet & Sink recommendations?
Replies: 55
Views: 6114

Re: Kitchen Faucet & Sink recommendations?

I hate our Delta faucet. It was great for about 6 months, but eventually it got the point where it was really difficult to find the exact handle placement to turn the water completely off. The handle has wide range of movement but there is only one place where it won't drip, and that place is not ea...
by barreg
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to italy.........
Replies: 19
Views: 2368

Re: Traveling to italy.........

There are few good ways to limit/minimize tourist hordes when visiting Cinque Terre. -We stayed at a VRBO apartment in Sestri Levante, just north of Cinque Terre. There were a good number of rental/hotel options there, lots of restaurants, a beach, and it's an easy train ride to either Cinque Terre ...
by barreg
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 975
Views: 105404

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I just finished the Frankenstein Chronicles, which I thought was very good. Following the political players wasn't always easy, but Sean Bean was great.
by barreg
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation
Replies: 54
Views: 3763

Re: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation

I did not read all of the replies. My advice two weeks in Rome and maybe go to Pompeii. I've been to Italy four times as well as Venice and Prague. You will spend a lot of time travelling and not learn to understand one place in depth. I spent two weeks in Rome once. I stayed at an inexpensive plac...
by barreg
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to think about your house from a financial perspective
Replies: 89
Views: 8194

Re: How to think about your house from a financial perspective

I think about my house as a money pit. There's always another expense coming down the road (though if I could just get my wife to stop watching HGTV, that would help). When we eventually sell, if we make money off it, that would be a bonus, but not something I'm counting on. We've made lots of impro...
by barreg
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frequent Flier Miles 101
Replies: 53
Views: 7375

Re: Frequent Flier Miles 101

If you’re someone who can go with the flow then rewards points are great. If you’re someone that has to travel on exactly X day, to Y location, and stay at Z hotel, you will be less frustrated with cashback. What he said! I've struggled to find flights on several airlines for less than 40k round tr...
by barreg
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Your bond allocation when you were 48
Replies: 125
Views: 7894

Re: Your bond allocation when you were 48

Roughly 35% bonds at 48. Putting most new money into bonds since stocks keep going up so much
by barreg
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What will you do with your tax refund?
Replies: 87
Views: 6923

Re: What will you do with your tax refund?

I plan my W2 withholding so that my annual tax rebate or amount due is fairly negligible (under $100 either way).
by barreg
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal to pay yourself to earn credit card bonuses?
Replies: 25
Views: 3072

Re: Legal to pay yourself to earn credit card bonuses?

Hands down best way is to open checking accounts and fund them with the credit card. You don't lose anything to fees; at most you'll pay $15 to open an account at a credit union. You have to do research to find out if your card will count it as a purchase or not. https://www.doctorofcredit.com/does...
by barreg
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much house can we afford (Madison WI area)?
Replies: 25
Views: 2726

Re: How much house can we afford (Madison WI area)?

Think it was mentioned already, but if you want to stay in the Middleton school district, Cross Plains is considerably less expensive and the same district. Didn't realize how many Sconnie's were BHs
by barreg
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legal to pay yourself to earn credit card bonuses?
Replies: 25
Views: 3072

Re: Legal to pay yourself to earn credit card bonuses?

Hands down best way is to open checking accounts and fund them with the credit card. You don't lose anything to fees; at most you'll pay $15 to open an account at a credit union. You have to do research to find out if your card will count it as a purchase or not. https://www.doctorofcredit.com/does...
by barreg
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capital one 360 money market New $500 bonus
Replies: 44
Views: 9275

Re: Capital one 360 money market New $500 bonus

Hi..I just received a letter offering 1.3% interest if I open a new capital one 360 money market account and an additional $500 if deposit amount is $50 k or more. The interest is over 10x what my bank currently pays. It does not offer a debit card or checking and transfers to my checking account a...
by barreg
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?
Replies: 32
Views: 3012

Re: Need to buy new printer. Suggestions for best value?

Another vote for the Brother laser printer
by barreg
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your auto loans?
Replies: 34
Views: 3502

Re: Where do you get your auto loans?

Another vote for PenFed Credit Union. I'm about a year into a 3 yr car loan for 1.49%. In the past, I've also taken Toyota dealer financing when they had 0% financing available.
by barreg
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me optimize new snow tires
Replies: 30
Views: 1947

Re: help me optimize new snow tires

We don't have a second set of rims and just pay Costco ~$48 to do a seasonal tire swap in the winter and spring
by barreg
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keeping a checkbook register
Replies: 122
Views: 9934

Re: Keeping a checkbook register

I track my checking account with an Excel spreadsheet. We write very few physical checks, but I generally try to keep a minimum $1k balance in our checking account (and the rest in a higher yield money market account at a different bank). Keeping it in Excel lets me track out planned spending for th...
by barreg
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 14666

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

We spent three days in Venice this past summer, one would have been plenty. Wrong time of year and you probably only visited St Mark's Sestiere? You have to see Venezia off peak and get out into the other quarters . Otherwise the crowds are just overwhelming. Florence was the city I found to be no ...
by barreg
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 8634

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

The answer partially depends on the vehicle. Our Camry handles just fine in the snow with all season tires, but our Odyssey is almost undriveable in the snow unless we have snow tires on (but it handles great with snow tires)
by barreg
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dad Needs Help Buying Wedding Liquor
Replies: 76
Views: 9285

Re: Dad Needs Help Buying Wedding Liquor

PVW wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:26 pm
White Zinfandel is generally very reasonably priced - but don't get the cheap stuff just because you think all White Zinfandels (and it's drinkers) are the same.
Isn't all White Zin "the cheap stuff"?
by barreg
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Daughter did Summer job
Replies: 20
Views: 2268

Re: Daughter did Summer job

Similar to some other posters, my wife and I told our teen daughter last year that we'd match whatever amount she wanted to put into a Roth IRA. She opted to put in half of what she'd earned so that it would max out the Roth contribution. With regards to filing a tax return, the incentive for filing...
by barreg
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going from Post Pay to Pre Pay Phone service (Verizon to Total Wireless)
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Going from Post Pay to Pre Pay Phone service (Verizon to Total Wireless)

I also plan on moving our family to Total Wireless in about a month, so thanks for the info and please come back and post again if you find more to share!
by barreg
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 74
Views: 10719

Re: Beware Amazon Price Gouging

I think I remember hearing about this a while ago. I don't remember the specifics. I will say that if you don't have Prime and take the regular free shipping, don't plan on getting items anytime soon. I ordered items last week and the latest is that they may start shipping tomorrow, so roughly 1.5 ...
by barreg
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you budget for vacation?
Replies: 94
Views: 7719

Re: How much do you budget for vacation?

With a family of four, we usually take one weeklong vacation per year of about $5,000-$6,000 and several shorter vacations (usually long weekend) for a few hundred $$ each.
by barreg
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts for a marathoner
Replies: 25
Views: 2464

Re: Gifts for a marathoner

I'll second the suggestion of the Running Warehouse gift certificate. They free 2 day shipping, free returns, good selection, and shoppers can usually find a 10% off discount code online.
by barreg
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need compact point and shoot camera recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2844

Re: Need compact point and shoot camera recommendations

I bought the Panasonic ZS100 for an international trip and it worked well for me. I wanted a camera with a 1" sensor for good image quality, but also with a decent zoom and the ZS100 was the only camera at the time that fit the bill (10x zoom). Thanks! I have been considering this because it seems ...
by barreg
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need compact point and shoot camera recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2844

Re: Need compact point and shoot camera recommendations

I bought the Panasonic ZS100 for an international trip and it worked well for me. I wanted a camera with a 1" sensor for good image quality, but also with a decent zoom and the ZS100 was the only camera at the time that fit the bill (10x zoom).
by barreg
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for swimmers: Do Swim Jets work?
Replies: 12
Views: 2700

Re: Question for swimmers: Do Swim Jets work?

It's essentially the equivalent of a treadmill for swimming, but at least for a treadmill, you can quickly/easily change the speed and have a TV nearby to stave off boredom. During an average swim workout, each set I do is usually a different speed, so I would think it would be a pain to constantly ...
by barreg
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving a car [in] Italy, any suggestion?
Replies: 56
Views: 5653

Re: Driving a car Italy, any suggestion?

I recommend the HERE app for using your phone as a GPS, without connecting to mobile data. Download the maps at home, before you leave. Google Maps has similar functionality, ability to download maps offline and use just use GPS (not data). However, I'd recommend buying a local SIM card and data pl...
by barreg
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kitchen Remodel Price/Contractor Dispute
Replies: 37
Views: 4913

Re: Kitchen Remodel Price/Contractor Dispute

That looks awful. Whoever attached those baseboards was a hack. Any semi-competent contractor, carpenter, or DIY homeowner could have done way better. WTH is up with all the inside and outside corner trim?
by barreg
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 573
Views: 226438

Re: TV show recommendations?

I haven't seen Glitch mentioned, currently on Netflix. People in a small Australian town start coming back from the dead, but it's not like Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" as they're not evil when they come back. Good sci-fi and the trailer for season 2 was just released. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...