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by batpot
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1551
Views: 165659

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Oldschool wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Jack Ryan Season 2 on Amazon Prime...better than Season 1, by far.
that's a pretty low bar to clear...
by batpot
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Garage Door Openers
Replies: 34
Views: 2192

Re: Smart Garage Door Openers

I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/meross-Smart-Control-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B07L5DPK8P Hooked it up to my lift master wall switch just like reviewer "Kevin". The remote openers are unaffected. It just uses a magnetic sensor to detect open & close. Really like getting the notification. Is it ...
by batpot
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going small on a Windows PC
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: Going small on a Windows PC

When you say " personal Windows PC " are you talking about a desktop with a laptop, mouse, and monitor hooked up to it? What about Ethernet? If you're not going to be frequently traveling with it, go bigger; no point in paying the premium for "ultra portable". Most ultra portables are also wifi only...
by batpot
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Received bill from sub-contractor after paying general contractor in full
Replies: 14
Views: 3064

Re: Received bill from sub-contractor after paying general contractor in full

3 months later is nuts.
Contact GC first. Hopefully they make it right. Mine did.
by batpot
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spectrum Internet has a good scam going
Replies: 59
Views: 6910

Re: Spectrum Internet has a good scam going

Interesting, for all the complaints Comcast has, never screwed me like this.
And the last bill was prorated like it should be.
by batpot
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 5570

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Abe wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:01 pm
Life is getting too complicated.
So confused by this statement.
Until direct TV, you couldn't watch out of market games period.
This season, you get more games per week, over the air for free then ever before.
by batpot
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1086

Re: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations

Diy. We got non motorised cellular blinds, and was shocked at the cost of the install. Like 4 holes per window - 6 for the big ones, and they just clip in place. Started looking in late winter, and settled on select blinds when they had a good discount. Ultimately paid half of the next lowest bid. ...
by batpot
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted
Replies: 22
Views: 2302

Re: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted

Mine was stuck in "Auto" mode; even after a power cycle. The buttons are on the top. The trick was to hold the reset button down until 001 dispalys in the time window. Then close it completely. It made some noise for a minute or so, then seemed to be back to normal. 2 cycles so far. I'm outside of L...
by batpot
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted
Replies: 22
Views: 2302

Re: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted

Barely a month old? I think I'd give it that one reset only. If it happens a second time within the next two weeks I'd probably be driving that back and demanding an exchange from the store. Agreed. Did you happen to have a power outage or any electrical storm which might have upset the motherboard...
by batpot
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 5570

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Anybody have a Chromebook?

Week 9, and just learned that Yahoo sports mobile app even has Monday night games free, so don't even need an ESPN subscription.

... But would it work on a Chromebook? ...A Chromebook with HDMI out?
by batpot
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 1086

Re: The Shade Store -anyone use them or have recommendations

Diy. We got non motorised cellular blinds, and was shocked at the cost of the install. Like 4 holes per window - 6 for the big ones, and they just clip in place. Started looking in late winter, and settled on select blinds when they had a good discount. Ultimately paid half of the next lowest bid. A...
by batpot
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted
Replies: 22
Views: 2302

New Bosch dishwasher already faulted

Called the 800 number and without even asking for model number, let alone serial number, she walked me through a reset procedure that seemed to work... Running cycle now. I asked if there was a way to prevent this, and she just said to call back if it happens again.l (not necessary; it's not a long ...
by batpot
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 9988

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

What boggles my mind is the discussions of products, like the iPhone, here when there are dedicated forums with product experts on them. But of course opinions from 23 people make all the difference? I don't get it. This entire forum is 90+% "what x should I buy". I don't get how you don't this.
by batpot
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3814

Re: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?

Nothing lasts forever. Not true. Correlle plates from the 70s; still use these daily; expect to pass them on to our toddler children :D : https://www.triplearesale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Corelle-Butterfly-Gold-Bread-and-Butter-Plate-150x150.jpg I may have you beat, batpot. :) Our 'daily dis...
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)

Kevin M wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:18 pm
greg24 wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:13 pm
Vanguard Prime Money Market 1.97%
SEC yield now down to 1.96%, but you want to look at compound yield if comparing to APY at a bank or credit union. At 1.96% SEC yield, compound yield is 1.98%.

Kevin
You can beat that easily with an FDIC insured bank; why is this even on the table?
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay in Maui?
Replies: 24
Views: 2001

Re: Where to stay in Maui?

AirB&B/VRBO
Stayed all over, but I like Lahaina the best.
Best island; get a rental car.
Maui Brewing
Black Rock
Bamboo Forest/7 Pools
Road to Hana/Black Sand/Red Sand beaches
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)

DOC still seems to have most up to date info: https://www.doctorofcredit.com/high-interest-savings-to-get/ Highly doubt the ones offering greater than 2.3% will stay there for long, though Brio and Vio have been at the top for a few months now. Ha, not any more. And they changed mid month...annoyin...
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inappropriate touching in a workplace- What is the best act?
Replies: 28
Views: 2252

Re: Inappropriate touching in a workplace- What is the best act?

Document everything. Especially the exact conversation in the supervisor's office. Then hold onto that while HR does their job. If it's state dept, there is likely a union, and therefore union rules regarding violations, repeat offenders, and "aggravating factors". Time off work might be all he gets...
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3814

Re: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?

Knock on wood - we didnt have any explosion of pyrex. We did have one or two that were chipped at top. Our issue with pyrex is that the soft material lids are no longer available and they only sell plastic ones that are not lasting enough. We've had good luck w/ the blue plastic lids, though wish t...
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3814

Re: I thought Pyrex glass food storage containers were supposed to be durable?

Nothing lasts forever. Not true. Correlle plates from the 70s; still use these daily; expect to pass them on to our toddler children :D : https://www.triplearesale.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Corelle-Butterfly-Gold-Bread-and-Butter-Plate-150x150.jpg As for Pyrex, did not know that about the temp...
by batpot
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on cellular annually?
Replies: 59
Views: 4134

Re: How much do you spend on cellular annually?

$960/yr for 2 AT&T unlimited lines on BIL's family plan
we are fairly high data users.
by batpot
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)
Replies: 38
Views: 3840

Re: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)

Watched Eagles - Vikings game on Hulu Live. Usually I watch on local Fox channel. I believe all the games will stream, no matter the channel. Will soon find out. what do you mean "all of the games will stream"? Every "locally broadcasted" game is selectable? Not just the one from your region? Also,...
by batpot
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)
Replies: 38
Views: 3840

Re: Ability to Stream NFL Games (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays)

I found this interesting free service if you want to watch a team form one of their respective markets: https://www.locast.org/ Have not tried it out, but might play with it next weekend. https://506sports.com/nfl/ shows what games will air in what markets. Was really disappointed to learn that ESPN...
by batpot
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4471

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

On a 2017 Forest, you don't need new rotors.
You should get 2-3 sets of pads before needing new rotors.
by batpot
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seiko Watch
Replies: 37
Views: 3693

Re: Seiko Watch

I bought my wife a solar Seiko at Penny's a few years ago. She loves it and it never needs a new battery like her old standard Seiko. So I vote for the solar version but that price seems low. Check you are getting a real Seiko version and not some knock off. Good Luck. It is on sale at Amazon. How ...
by batpot
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back
Replies: 56
Views: 4906

Re: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back

why Visa?

Best answer is: multiple.
by batpot
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disadvantages of a bank signup bonus
Replies: 46
Views: 4313

Re: Disadvantages of a bank signup bonus

For those wondering, Simple Finance is offering up to $500. Thumbs up from Doctor of Credit (and me): https://www.doctorofcredit.com/simple-finance-500-savings-bonus/ A few mouse clicks is too much hassle for $500? :o For the max bonus $500 both spouses had to participate, and that was not going to...
by batpot
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disadvantages of a bank signup bonus
Replies: 46
Views: 4313

Re: Disadvantages of a bank signup bonus

I recently opened an account at Simple bank to get the bonus, then realized it wasn't worth the hassle to maintain another account for the relatively small bonus. For those wondering, Simple Finance is offering up to $500. Thumbs up from Doctor of Credit (and me): https://www.doctorofcredit.com/sim...
by batpot
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?
Replies: 14
Views: 1013

Re: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?

I think we can thank forum member miamivice as a primary reason for this benefit being cancelled. :P

Like so many credit card benefits, milk em while you can. :greedy :sharebeer
by batpot
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Barclays Savings Rate Drops to 1.9% (October 9, 2019)

DOC still seems to have most up to date info:
https://www.doctorofcredit.com/high-int ... gs-to-get/

Highly doubt the ones offering greater than 2.3% will stay there for long, though Brio and Vio have been at the top for a few months now.
by batpot
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I know if I really need a french drain in my basement or if The companies are just trying to make a sale?
Replies: 10
Views: 1786

Re: How do I know if I really need a french drain in my basement or if The companies are just trying to make a sale?

I had one of these companies give me a proposal several years ago. Part of their proposal was an interior french drain. That makes no sense to me. IMO, it is better to stop the water from getting into the crawl space. I did an exterior french drain instead. I also extended drain pipes 10 feet from ...
by batpot
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying United Health Care Dental with credit card?
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Paying United Health Care Dental with credit card?

My gas utility had a similar warning. Never had an additional fee added.
by batpot
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house with in slab copper piping
Replies: 34
Views: 4035

Re: Buying a house with in slab copper piping

I'd also suggest getting one of these:
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by batpot
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Permanent Address for banking
Replies: 21
Views: 2465

Re: Permanent Address for banking

we pay for a mailbox, not a USPS post office box.
Primarily it's used to received packages in the mail w/out concern for porch pirates.

But it also provides us with a permanent US address that we use for all important correspondence.
And they should be able to forward your mail for you.
by batpot
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid w/CVT or Non-Hybrid 8 speed
Replies: 23
Views: 1392

Re: Hybrid w/CVT or Non-Hybrid 8 speed

Why don't you test drive them both? For a 30 minute commute averaging 45mph, you're going 22.5 miles each way. You'll have to do your own math as to whether the hybrid makes more economic sense. I'm more surprised that after 173k miles in a 9 year old Corolla, that you even feel the need to get a ga...
by batpot
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1721

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

Worse that happens is it sticks out. I had a similar issue a number of years ago where I was restricted to a certain depth from a drop-in oven. I carefully went to the manufacturer's website for a particular Frigidaire, and made sure it was less than the depth I had available. It showed up, and was ...
by batpot
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house with in slab copper piping
Replies: 34
Views: 4035

Re: Buying a house with in slab copper piping

Option 3a:
Negotiate reduced sales price based on them not being sleeved.
Put the money towards a whole house reverse osmosis system.
by batpot
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At wits end with mortgage company issues
Replies: 74
Views: 5622

Re: At wits end with mortgage company issues

I had to refinance to get away from Ocwen's incompetence. I had several little problems with them, then they decided to raise my mortgage payment over $1,000 a month to cover property taxes. My taxes went up $250 that year and the extra payments almost doubled my mortgage. Every time I called, I wo...
by batpot
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card information stolen
Replies: 12
Views: 1372

Re: Credit Card information stolen

Do you have your credit frozen? If not you should. Do you have 2 factor authentication setup on all of your financial, cell phone, and email accounts? If not you should. Also use a password manager like keepass, and use a different password for every important login. Credit card theft in and of itse...
by batpot
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fidelity 2FA with google voice not working
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Fidelity 2FA with google voice not working

not fidelity specifically, but I've experienced that sometimes text messages are delayed.
Do they have a call option? Or an email option? I've always just selected another method when the text isn't received within a minute, and never had a problem.
by batpot
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At wits end with mortgage company issues
Replies: 74
Views: 5622

Re: At wits end with mortgage company issues

I've seen this happen when mortgage payments are made before the 1st of the month. It's should be resolvable with a phone call. Given the 15 day grace period, there's no reason to pay before the 1st. If the 1st falls on a weekend, make the payment post on the Monday or Tuesday after. I've never had ...
by batpot
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?
Replies: 113
Views: 20811

Re: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?

Ironically the best forums are ones where eternal September has not occurred, and the members know better than to loudly sing the forum's praises. Therefore, I will not share any of the groups that I frequent, for you should view with suspicion any such suggestion you receive. I've participated in ...
by batpot
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying and living in a multi family unit
Replies: 24
Views: 1235

Re: Buying and living in a multi family unit

You're putting less than 5% as a down payment. Are you sure you can afford this property? Other considerations: Your tax preparation will become a whole lot more complex. You will suddenly be responsible for maintenance of 3 properties, vs zero now. You should not underestimate the time and cost thi...
by batpot
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Time to shop for HELOC or home loan
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Time to shop for HELOC or home loan

I recently consolidated a HELOC and primary mortgage into a 3.25% fixed 30 year; rates are lower if it makes sense for you to shorten the term. Zero out of pocket costs. Check zillow and bankrate for what you can get; it will be way lower, and a fix rate vs any HELOC (though some places still have H...
by batpot
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Video Doorbell without monthly Subscription
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: Video Doorbell without monthly Subscription

I've tried Arlo and Nest. What separates Nest from the competition is 24/7 recording, so you never miss the action. The problem with all the other ones is they will often start recording after the motion has already left the frame. Nest also has theft replacement protection, but I think Ring does as...
by batpot
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to find the best credit card promotion?
Replies: 47
Views: 3734

Re: How to find the best credit card promotion?

Couple that with the fact that the double cash card is a Mastercard, which does not limit you from paying a mortgage. Plastiq chargers a 2.5% fee, so pay your mortgage on a credit card, convert the points to a 4% or better exchange...it can add up quick. All mastercards allow you to pay a mortgage ...
by batpot
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?
Replies: 14
Views: 1013

Re: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?

I know how it works, I was just surprised at your dollar figure. I think the best I ever did was get like $80 back on a cell phone, because 1 walmart in the area had it on clearance. I took a screenshot from the walmart page showing the price, and that was enough. But I don't buy enough high dollar ...
by batpot
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?
Replies: 14
Views: 1013

Re: Any credit cards with good price matching protection?

What are some examples of purchases you've made that qualify?
Think I used it twice on Discover before they cancelled it.
by batpot
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: After temporarily unfreezing your credit report, how fast did you apply for a card......
Replies: 14
Views: 1526

Re: After temporarily unfreezing your credit report, how fast did you apply for a card......

I don’t bother unfreezing before applying for a credit card. I make the application and wait for them to tell me which report needs to be thawed. I’ve even had the experience of the credit card rep getting the credit report agency on the phone to get the process going. Similar experience. Applied f...