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by TexasMu
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watching NBC through their web site on Amazon Fire TV -- doesn't seem to work the same as on a pc?
Replies: 8
Views: 454

Re: Watching NBC through their web site on Amazon Fire TV -- doesn't seem to work the same as on a pc?

I'll go ahead and state the obvious - run a HDMI cable from your laptop to your TV and then you can get everything from the website. I'm subscribing to this thread and hopefully someone will come up with a way to do this with an app on the Fire stick. I haven't played with the Fire stick, but that i...
by TexasMu
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 313
Views: 46463

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

Thanks guys. I'll check out the websites and open a thread if I get stuck :thumbsup
by TexasMu
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 313
Views: 46463

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

I've worked 33 years and have accumulated $1,686,154 per ssa.gov . Where do I go from here or should I open a new thread ?
by TexasMu
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 313
Views: 46463

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

Care to share the formula for the bend points ? I would like to recreate the spreadsheet for myself.
by TexasMu
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS letter regarding Backdoor Roth IRA
Replies: 13
Views: 3631

Re: IRS letter regarding Backdoor Roth IRA

apple44 I have recently went through this and wanted to let you know what worked for me I had incorrectly filled out my 8606. After researching bogleheads about this issue, I followed white coat investors tutorial https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/backdoor-roth-ira-tutorial/ I sent a letter stating ...
by TexasMu
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lease a Silverado 4x4 extended cab for $152 month?
Replies: 23
Views: 3125

Re: Lease a Silverado 4x4 extended cab for $152 month?

I would be in for a double cab 4x2 at $0 down $152/mo 8-)
by TexasMu
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How I got to $1.5MM
Replies: 42
Views: 8302

Re: How I got to $1.5MM

Great story. Love the never give up , keep fighting underlying theme. :thumbsup
by TexasMu
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4WD necessary/recommended on Big Island, HI
Replies: 39
Views: 4232

Re: 4WD necessary/recommended on Big Island, HI

Check out the manta rays at the Sheraton in Kona. They come out at night to feed. The Sheraton has big lights and you can see them easily in the ocean. Back on topic - I spent a week there in 2016 and had a minivan - $300 from dollar. Only came across a couple of instances where it was 4wd only. The...
by TexasMu
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV DVR Dilemnia: OTA or Satellite
Replies: 11
Views: 1557

Re: TV DVR Dilemnia: OTA or Satellite

Heybro, try this homeworx PVR 150 for $35 on amazon + a portable hard drive https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/dp/B00I2ZBD1U I've been using this for 5+ years. Very similar to an old school VCR. Not for everyone but it gets the job done and is easy on the wallet...
by TexasMu
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]
Replies: 66
Views: 10730

Re: Check engine light. Toyota Avalon 2006, 155K miles [safety issue?]

I have a 4runner and the maint light comes on when it is time for an oil change - every 5k miles
by TexasMu
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 100K milestone - Thank you BH!
Replies: 15
Views: 2676

Re: 100K milestone - Thank you BH!

You're right on track :happy Great job and keep doing what you are doing !
by TexasMu
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I hit my first $100k today in my 401k!!
Replies: 34
Views: 5630

Re: I hit my first $100k today in my 401k!!

Congrats !! Huge mile marker .. keep the momentum going :greedy
by TexasMu
Wed May 17, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Post your Financial Milestone Announcements Here
Replies: 1052
Views: 145874

Re: Mini Milestone 100K

Stay the course and don't look back ! Congrats :thumbsup :beer
by TexasMu
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do you go to restaurants?
Replies: 229
Views: 23912

Re: Why do you go to restaurants?

Why do I go to restaurants? OP, I can hear myself giving some of the reasons you do for not going out and when I do I sound fussy and not very fun. So Ive been trying to go out to dinner with my wife more lately. It is a treat and I try to act that way. Our favorite way is to join another couple fo...
by TexasMu
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 500K milestone celebration
Replies: 74
Views: 9575

Re: 500K milestone celebration

hamilton4ever wrote:500k is a serious chunk of change no matter who you are! That's a great achievement, congratulations. Charlie Munger said the first 100k is hardest...I hope that's true :)
+1 :beer
by TexasMu
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirement/Mobile Lifestyle
Replies: 24
Views: 3373

Re: Early Retirement/Mobile Lifestyle

check out http://www.cheaprvliving.com Bob has tons of articles and has a youtube channel called enigmatic nomadics. FYI, I have NO affiliation with him so I'm not spamming. I definitely find the nomadic lifestyle very intriguing. From what I've read people are boondocking and living off less than $...
by TexasMu
Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do you view debt?
Replies: 108
Views: 10143

Re: How do you view debt?

I'm extremely debt averse, to the point where I pay off our credit cards multiple times a month, even though I have never paid a penny of interest. It took me ~15yrs to complete my education (BS, MS, and PhD) because I was determined to never take out a loan (successful). We also are paying off our...
by TexasMu
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Any renters just focused on maxing out retirement accounts?
Replies: 13
Views: 2648

Re: Any renters just focused on maxing out retirement accounts?

Same boat. Current liquid assets are seven times my gross annual salary @ 33 years old. I plan to rent as long as I can because I don't want the hassle of home ownership! It has been over a decade since I last cut the grass, shoveled snow, etc. I don't worry about appliances breaking or replacing t...
by TexasMu
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Housing/mortgages the boglehead way
Replies: 20
Views: 2325

Re: Housing/mortgages the boglehead way

It sounds to me like you have yourself in a very nice spot financially and could upgrade to a $400K house very easily. If you are trying to retire by 40 , then you would be better off staying put. I would be interested in existing house ... Would you mind sharing the zip code ? Current DFW boglehead...
by TexasMu
Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 582
Views: 77681

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Oh, that's a classic. And a beauty. If I wasn't so deathly afraid of BMW maintenance, something like that a few years newer would be my wife's next car. I almost purchased a used 635csi recently but two different BMW owners talked me down. :D Thanks for the compliments. These cars aren't for the fa...
by TexasMu
Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 582
Views: 77681

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Here is my beater / daily driver - only car I own - 2004 545i - 132K miles - runs excellent 8-)

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by TexasMu
Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)
Replies: 66
Views: 9340

Re: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)

reriodan wrote:Don't pay a premium for the marketing hype and instead use linux. Once you get used to it you will be wondering why you didn't switch sooner.
Which distro of Linux do you use or recommend ? I have an extra PC that needs an os and I would like to try myth TV DVR software

TIA
by TexasMu
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your first $100k
Replies: 52
Views: 11145

Re: Your first $100k

muredhawk235 wrote:And here I am at 29 hoping to get 10k by the time I am 30...
Hang in there hawk. This site can be intimidating with the ages and the networth , but the principles work. Just keep plugging away and soon enough you'll see for yourself how all this comes together :sharebeer
by TexasMu
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 582
Views: 77681

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2004 BMW 545i 125K <--- I know not very Boglehead friendly , but most fun sedan I've ever driven 8-)

I have several BMW message boards I follow to keep up on the maintenance myself.
by TexasMu
Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NW = $0 : Finally out of the Red
Replies: 16
Views: 3130

Re: NW = $0 : Finally out of the Red

Congrats OP ! You have step one accomplished (positive NW). Get rid of the college/car debt ASAP and you will feel like you own the world . 8-)

danwhite - mrmoneymustache has some active forums with lots of good FI ideas also
by TexasMu
Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mifi / Hotspot Alternatives?
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

Re: Mifi / Hotspot Alternatives?

I've been researching this myself. Here is what I've come up with

Harbormobile - has a 5gb of data for $15 per month .

Sprint Boost has 10gb for $50

My wife and I use about 10-15 gb per month and I'm looking for a solution also.
by TexasMu
Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Small Milestone!
Replies: 29
Views: 3583

Re: Small Milestone!

Strong work !

Congrats and thanks for sharing :sharebeer
by TexasMu
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies
Replies: 19
Views: 3113

Re: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies

GermanExpat I just bought my wife an Ipad Air last month ! I've had several android tablets and never had a problem getting movies copied over and watching them. Main problem I had was these were cheap android tablets and never made it past one year before giving up the ghost for one reason or anoth...
by TexasMu
Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies
Replies: 19
Views: 3113

Re: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies

I use iexplorer on Mac there is a windows version also. I think it's free software. I like oplayer since it can play multiple video formats, most videos off the net are in avi format. Copy the file to the documents folder of the oplayer app. Thanks for the tip. My problem is I am trying to get arou...
by TexasMu
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ramsey coming around a little?
Replies: 6
Views: 1536

Re: Ramsey coming around a little?

I listen to him quite a bit and I agree that he is coming around to recommending no-load S&P 500 index fund quite frequently I just wish he would come off that 12% avg return and 8% SWR :oops: <-- I have not heard him recommend this in quite some time ... so ** maybe ** he is slowly backing off this
by TexasMu
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies
Replies: 19
Views: 3113

Re: Affordable tablet for watching downloaded movies

ilovepiano - any tips on moving a mp4 from a windows pc to ipad air ?

My pc can see the ipad , but I cannot move a file onto the ipad. It is acting like the ipad air is read only

PC is running Windows 10 preview
by TexasMu
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ask me anything - Mortgages
Replies: 33
Views: 6223

Re: Ask me anything - Mortgages

Much appreciated bigred. :beer
by TexasMu
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ask me anything - Mortgages
Replies: 33
Views: 6223

Re: Ask me anything - Mortgages

What type of loans exist for putting down 5 % and getting a 15% + 80% loan ? <--- poor wording, just clueless on loans

I assume pay off the 15% loan and then PMI would go away ??

Excuse my ignorance , I'm trying to put 5% down and pay no PMI or as little PMI as possible. Options ?

TIA
by TexasMu
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 90553

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Just a heads up. No windows media center in 10. Windows Media Center turns your pc into a DVR similar to a Tivo. Most people do not use it (thus MS dropping it). Thought I would put this info on here just in case someone hasn't got the memo
by TexasMu
Thu May 28, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pay real estate tax with Target Redcard
Replies: 102
Views: 14873

Re: How to pay real estate tax with Target Redcard

Great info Drew777 and BFG. I plan on giving this a shot very soon 8-)
by TexasMu
Wed May 27, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pay real estate tax with Target Redcard
Replies: 102
Views: 14873

Re: How to pay real estate tax with Target Redcard

I buy Amex gift cards through a shopping portal to offset the cost of Visa gift cards. I've slowed down my volume a little since RedCard doesn't allow them to be loaded directly, but it still covers the VGC fees plus some. Would you mind disclosing which shopping portal ? I am in the process of giv...
by TexasMu
Tue May 19, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's hear your Dave Ramsey success stories
Replies: 79
Views: 33696

Re: Let's hear your Dave Ramsey success stories

Here's a real success story: 2009 I had a business that went kaput and some personal debt that left me with $113K in debt. I really had no idea what I was going to do. Several close friends turned me on to Dave Ramsey. I read his Total Money Makeover book in 3 days. I had a good job paying $70k and ...
by TexasMu
Mon May 11, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TradingPlaces' advice on travel awards
Replies: 260
Views: 747878

Re: TradingPlaces' advice on travel awards

awval999 <--- care to share any more details on the Barclay strategy ? I need a hotel strategy for a week in Maui (OGG) in September. Wife wants to stay at the Westin so I was looking at the SPG card . TIA 8-)
by TexasMu
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Input wanted from BMW owners
Replies: 44
Views: 7213

Re: Input wanted from BMW owners

I own a 2004 545i with 115k miles. Road feel, stability and braking are second to none. This car puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. The reality of owning a BMW has been mentioned above .. expensive maintenance, tire wear . LOTS of things wear out and need to be replaced. Basic stuff tha...
by TexasMu
Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where I was in March vs. Where I am now.
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: Where I was in March vs. Where I am now.

You are killing it !!!

Just watch out for lifestyle creep (new cars, fancy vacations) and you will be financially independent before you know it 8-)
by TexasMu
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup
Replies: 50
Views: 19947

Re: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup

If you could put a pole in concrete and run it up the side of the house would be best. Temporarily , I would just mount it on the side of the house to see if you get better reception. You might need an antennae amplifier to increase signal strength on the weak channels <--- try this first. $15 at Ra...
by TexasMu
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We cut the (Cable/Satellite TV) Cord!
Replies: 45
Views: 6575

Re: We cut the (Cable/Satellite TV) Cord!

staythecourse ---- I love the contrarian view of NOT having cable also OTA antenna Homeworx OTA DVR - no fees VirginMobile 4G external modem $40 month for 10GB ( I rarely go over 10GB due to just surf the web , ie no gaming or netflix ) So grand total is $40/month A hidden benefit of this is the por...
by TexasMu
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup
Replies: 50
Views: 19947

Re: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup

The homework box seems great. My only concern would be something like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfJxc1r7t4A Is that due to the input signal or homeworx recording device? How much space is need to record 1 hour of TV? Pixelation does occur during the recordings sometimes. If the station...
by TexasMu
Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup
Replies: 50
Views: 19947

Re: Outdoor HDTV Antenna and DVR Setup

I encourage you to give this a try. It seems a little intimidating but it can be as basic a setup or as complex a setup as you choose. Here is an example of a basic setup that I use everyday and ordered everything from amazon.com Antenna RCA ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna $45 on amazon plus ...
by TexasMu
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: How Old is Your Newest Motor Vehicle?
Replies: 37
Views: 3334

Re: POLL: How Old is Your Newest Motor Vehicle?

A year ago I bought a a 10 year old German car ( the manufacturer everyone makes fun of around here ) with CASH and I enjoy it every time I get behind the wheel. Drives excellent and looks almost new. Definitely doing preventive maintenance like crazy. I'm a car nut so maintaining cars is almost a h...
by TexasMu
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: >$1MM saved -- thank you BogleHeads!
Replies: 21
Views: 4106

Re: >$1MM saved -- thank you BogleHeads!

Strong work .. thanks for the details 8-)
by TexasMu
Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: >$1MM saved -- thank you BogleHeads!
Replies: 21
Views: 4106

Re: >$1MM saved -- thank you BogleHeads!

Congrats ! I'm jelly ..

Any windfalls or inheritance ? Short synopsis of how you got there ?
by TexasMu
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cable cord - how did you do it?
Replies: 110
Views: 15223

Re: Cutting the cable cord - how did you do it?

Grab an amplified antennae + this dvr homework hw150pvr http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/dp/B00I2ZBD1U/ref=sr_1_1/180-5544019-9991416?ie=UTF8&qid=1402765501&sr=8-1&keywords=homeworx+hw150pvr The dvr is very similar to a vcr. Not as slick as a Tivo but no monthl...
by TexasMu
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV - is wifi needed or desirable?
Replies: 25
Views: 2946

Re: TV - is wifi needed or desirable?

I would recommend getting a tv with a dual core processor which helps navigating through all the menus much faster. here is an example - http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN50F6300AFXZA or get a quad core media player such as the Amazon Fire This will help searching for shows on netflix, youtube, ...
by TexasMu
Thu May 15, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To: Taylor Larimore: Early Withdrawals
Replies: 46
Views: 7284

Re: To: Taylor Larimore: Early Withdrawals

Taylor,

I echo all the gratitude for your contributions to this community. One quick question - when did you start SSI ? Please disregard if you were not eligible due to federal employeee, etc

Thanks,
Tom