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by Traveler
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on a more livable place
Replies: 145
Views: 12054

Re: Advice on a more livable place

Vancouver WA area. Affordable but still the west coast, no income tax state, PDX is a good airport, good schools, some Asian culture. Rainy but mild. Beautiful scenery. Don't go to the Pacific NW if you want sun. They can go for weeks without seeing it. The scenery is nice but to enjoy more than lo...
by Traveler
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job offer - lateral comp
Replies: 26
Views: 1880

Re: Job offer - lateral comp

What F500 company pays its Directors less than $200k all in? With no equity? Doesn’t sound right to me. There is huge inflation in titles nowadays. Mine is just a 'tech manager' and I report to a 'senior manager'. I oversee 3 small teams. My ex colleague offered me a director title in his company -...
by Traveler
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-file but sending payment by mail
Replies: 21
Views: 816

Re: E-file but sending payment by mail

For those who may think I'm a troglodyte, my state doesn't give me an option for online payment except via credit card that charges a 2.3% fee which I'm not about to pay. So Certified Mail it is with a, god forbid, paper check.
by Traveler
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-file but sending payment by mail
Replies: 21
Views: 816

Re: E-file but sending payment by mail

Thank you, everyone! I will look into IRS Direct Pay
by Traveler
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-file but sending payment by mail
Replies: 21
Views: 816

E-file but sending payment by mail

I e-filed my taxes but chose to send what I owe via mail. Do I need to include a copy of the entire return with my check and payment stub or do I just include the payment stub and check? Seems they already have a copy of the return. I've never done it this way so want to make sure I'm doing what is ...
by Traveler
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!
Replies: 313
Views: 32172

Re: Really hard to avoid "Keeping up with the Joneses"!

ddurrett896 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:03 am
I'm very comfortable saying "I can't afford that."
I usually say "I don't want to afford that"
by Traveler
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife's expectations of subsidizing her friends' lives
Replies: 82
Views: 4522

Re: Wife's expectations of subsidizing her friends' lives

You had me at "weekly spa day" (which is at least $300 a pop) but then I kept reading and you topped it with paying for others' vacations and retirement. SMH. Another good reason for me to stay single. I have no advice that you haven't already received.
by Traveler
Wed May 27, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1:1 salary and stock jobs?
Replies: 80
Views: 5614

Re: 1:1 salary and stock jobs?

At my fortune 100 company (not tech), one must be at the VP level or above to have variable comp of 100% or more of base
by Traveler
Sun May 24, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 183
Views: 9954

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

I've lost 75 lbs in the last year with about that much more to go. So I was morbidly obese. I've lost 50+ lbs several times in the past and 100 lbs another time. I believe I am an expert at losing weight but obviously not at keeping it off. Right now I track everything I eat. I use WW which assigns ...
by Traveler
Wed May 20, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer cut 403b contribution to zero
Replies: 86
Views: 6186

Re: Employer cut 403b contribution to zero

I don't know about you, but during the last two-three months I have not been spending as much. You could use that savings to fund a retirement account.
by Traveler
Fri May 15, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Your Spending Changed Since The Shutdown?
Replies: 180
Views: 7119

Re: Has Your Spending Changed Since The Shutdown?

Nothing has gone up except maybe groceries a bit. Many things are less than before: * 15% discount on car insurance renewal * less eating out * less travel (zero right now) * even cell phone is less because I'm on home wifi almost 100% of the time * dishwasher detergent, haha, is more because I seem...
by Traveler
Sun May 03, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Your Spending Changed Since The Shutdown?
Replies: 180
Views: 7119

Re: Has your budget changed? What items have you cut out?

The categories that are down for me include gas (but I don't drive much anyway), eating out (this has curtailed to twice a month), entertainment (Netflix at $9 is the only spend here now), and travel (budget is $1500/month so this has gone to zero and I now have two airline credits to use in the fut...
by Traveler
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help us save more money on a monthly basis.
Replies: 50
Views: 3420

Re: Help us save more money on a monthly basis.

This is an easy one. 1) cut cable and get netflix: save 172/month. Given your spend on Amazon, you are likely a Prime member so you already have that streaming service. You will never have nothing to watch. 2) Clean your own house: save 500/month 3) Mow your own lawn: save $100/month 4) Cut down on ...
by Traveler
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I cancel my travel in France and Belgium in mid May?
Replies: 75
Views: 5746

Re: Should I cancel my travel in France and Belgium in mid May?

I would postpone it and eat the $300 air bnb cost to cancel. September and October are wonderful months to go to Europe so maybe look at postponing until then (don't rebook yet and see how this virus evolves).
by Traveler
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?
Replies: 90
Views: 4944

Re: What Happens To Your Battery When Your Car Is Parked For Weeks?

I've been going for almost daily solo drives just to get out of the house. Letting it sit for weeks on end seems like a waste.
by Traveler
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 17660

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

Get a hair cut and color. Then book a two-week trip somewhere. Where should I go?
by Traveler
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How are you going to use your stimulus money?
Replies: 222
Views: 13065

Re: How are you going to use your stimulus money?

I won't be getting a check but since there are few places to spend money right now, I am saving more than usual
by Traveler
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 299
Views: 19289

Re: So what are you cooking

I made salmon with mango salsa and rice for dinner tonight. I'm getting pretty low on a few items so need to go to the grocery store and hope they are stocked up again. Tomorrow I will make chili which will last a few days in case the store is picked over.
by Traveler
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Work From Home] - What does your company pay for?
Replies: 83
Views: 4633

Re: [Work From Home] - What does your company pay for?

Just our regular laptop. I am still going into the office (by choice), but I do wonder if I missed the cot handout to those working from home. Seems many are napping on the job. Shouldn't take 60+ minutes to get a response to an email when it's not during lunch time hours.
by Traveler
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?
Replies: 505
Views: 53372

Re: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?

My industry is relatively busy right now. My company is encouraging people at corporate to work from home but it is our decision whether we do or come into the office. I am choosing to go in. It is really quiet with very few in the office. More zoom meetings and conference calls now, but otherwise n...
by Traveler
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are federal student loans now 0%?
Replies: 24
Views: 2543

Re: Are federal student loans now 0%?

Seems that if the government wants to put money in the hands of people (presumably to spend, but there are fewer things to spend on right at the moment so not sure this is the best way of driving the economy), it would temporarily reduce the payroll tax
by Traveler
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Merit Scholarships - Advice and Strategies?
Replies: 91
Views: 6685

Re: Merit Scholarships - Advice and Strategies?

I grew up in Portland and was basically paid to attend Oregon State (presidential scholarship plus numerous other one-off scholarships). I would take UW over Reed any day of the week but it probably depends on what your daughter wants to study and whether she wants to be at a large or small school.
by Traveler
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you replace water heater?
Replies: 29
Views: 2420

Re: When do you replace water heater?

I replaced the water heater in my townhouse about 6 years ago and it was 29 years old! I had no idea it was that old and was on borrowed time. The current one will be replaced much sooner than that, haha
by Traveler
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New RMD rules for 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 1260

Re: New RMD rules for 2020

I just learned of this on a Wall St Journal webinar yesterday. They also said the calculation/formula for RMDs is being redone (sounds like that is a proposal for the IRS according to previous post).
by Traveler
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Thoughts - Taking a large pay cut
Replies: 39
Views: 3320

Re: Career Thoughts - Taking a large pay cut

I grew up in Portland and currently work in marketing in Atlanta. I find it hard to believe one can find too many marketing jobs in Portland that pay $200K+ unless they're in tech. People often ask me if I will ever move "home" to Portland and I say absolutely not - I would take a 20% pay cut and my...
by Traveler
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: to pre-nup or not?
Replies: 133
Views: 12067

Re: to pre-nup or not?

If you’re not willing to give away half of your material assets to the person you marry, then you probably shouldn’t be getting married. I would live together for a while before deciding. No need to rush into things. I think the problem is that I wouldn't be willing to give away half of my material...
by Traveler
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When a bargain car loan is no "bargain"
Replies: 49
Views: 3586

Re: When a bargain car loan is no "bargain"

There are many things us normal(?) people would self-insure instead of padding the profit margins of the sellers of said insurance policies
by Traveler
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying last year model car when new models are out
Replies: 44
Views: 3247

Re: Buying last year model car when new models are out

My last two cars (2002 Honda Accord) and a 2014 Nissan Maxima were bought when the new, redesigned models were coming out. I felt like I got a pretty good deal, especially on the Maxima. Neither car had more than ~100 miles on it even though they'd been sitting around a while.
by Traveler
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instacart Costco vs. costco.com (instacart) prices
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: Instacart Costco vs. costco.com (instacart) prices

I am amazed with how much/often people have things like restaurant food and groceries delivered to their homes. My favorite local Chinese place no longer delivers and instead uses Grubhub, Uber Eats, etc. Well, that's fine except now there are delivery fees, the menu prices are higher and I still am...
by Traveler
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fell asleep at the wheel - Predicting a 2019 tax underpayment penalty
Replies: 31
Views: 4137

Re: Fell asleep at the wheel - Predicting a 2019 tax underpayment penalty

I did the same thing too (fell asleep at the wheel) but realized it in late October so I was able to change my withholdings for my final two paychecks and am hoping that is sufficient to avoid a penalty. Taxing bonuses at 22% does me a disservice when my marginal rate is higher than that. I will use...
by Traveler
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spending money to make travel easier and luxurious?
Replies: 85
Views: 8637

Re: Spending money to make travel easier and luxurious?

Better seating on flights over 5 hrs - premium economy or above Non-stop flights when possible, or at least the best times/routing Hotels based on location (I rarely if ever stay in chain hotels and prefer boutique hotels with character) Hotel rooms with something extra (balcony, ocean front, plunge...
by Traveler
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Travel ot Ecuador?
Replies: 51
Views: 4638

Re: Should I Travel ot Ecuador?

I haven't been to Ecuador but traveled by myself to Cartagena, Colombia and also around Argentina. I've also been to Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires (first time), but not solo. I wouldn't hesitate to go to Ecuador, especially with a tour group. I don't speak a language other than English and am a 4...
by Traveler
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Tenant.... possibly
Replies: 28
Views: 2150

Re: New Tenant.... possibly

Can you ask for some paystubs to verify income? If he is new to the US, he probably doesn't yet have a tax return.
by Traveler
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tale of 2 doctor job opportunities
Replies: 41
Views: 3929

Re: Tale of 2 doctor job opportunities

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and don't work in the healthcare industry - I am a businessperson working for a megacorp. I would think the business skills you will learn in option #1 could be very beneficial in the future. I've always envied those who had the guts to start a business and not be a ...
by Traveler
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I Understand Safe Harbor rules correctly?
Replies: 27
Views: 2898

Re: Do I Understand Safe Harbor rules correctly?

Why isn't company withholding from the bonus? It is not 1099 income and all applicable withholding would apply along with FICA taxes. This was my question as well. My bonus earlier this year was taxed at 22%, lower than my marginal rate. From a quick google search, for what it's worth, it seems tha...
by Traveler
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fed dental plans in 2020: keeping, dropping or switching?
Replies: 30
Views: 2944

Re: Fed dental plans in 2020: keeping, dropping or switching?

If I had to pay $50/month for dental insurance premium with a standard max payout limit of $1500-2500, I would skip the insurance and self insure. Seems about the same as buying insurance for a cell phone or laptop (again, I would skip it). As it is, my employer subsidizes my dental and this year th...
by Traveler
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 40th Anniversary Travel Ideas
Replies: 26
Views: 2394

Re: 40th Anniversary Travel Ideas

I spent two weeks in October in Malta and really enjoyed it. It is small so you could base yourself solely in Valletta and do day trips to other parts of the island, or move around a couple times and explore other areas in more detail. Good food, temples/ruins 1000 years older than the pyramids, mor...
by Traveler
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider the next phase of our travel?
Replies: 37
Views: 3196

Re: Consider the next phase of our travel?

Why not revisit some places or countries you have been? Just because you may have been to Italy, have you been to the countryside? Umbria? Puglia? Sicily? Sardinia? The Lakes region? There is much more to Italy than Venice, Florence and Rome. This is just an example, but while I have traveled a fair...
by Traveler
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on Bonus
Replies: 27
Views: 3505

Re: Taxes on Bonus

My experience this year is that bonuses were withheld at 22% which is actually not enough
by Traveler
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Just got married] Looking for ways to cut down on my budget
Replies: 80
Views: 7076

Re: [Just got married] Looking for ways to cut down on my budget

Not sure I'm a good comparison since I am single with no kids but I earn gross ~$200K. Here is what I spend annually in decreasing order: Income/payroll tax: $48000 Travel: $17000 Household: $7200 (mortgage is paid off so this is mostly taxes, insurance and condo HOA) Food: $4800 Charity: $4000 Pers...
by Traveler
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 4088

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

My parents bought me a set of Corelle dishes (and Oneida silverware) when I graduated college (1994). I may have broken a bowl but otherwise I think I have the entire set along with some accessory pieces. And the Oneida silverware still looks nearly new. I love the Corelle because I don't have a lot...
by Traveler
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1477
Views: 173177

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Shopped my car insurance with several companies and found that my current company is very competitive
by Traveler
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inheritance question
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Inheritance question

An uncle passed away last year and I recently received an inheritance that is not a lot but more than the gift tax limit of $15K. I, maybe naively, thought that inheritance is not taxable but the information from the estate attorney's office said they will be sending a schedule K-1 during tax season...
by Traveler
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quiz: How Well Do You Know Social Security
Replies: 37
Views: 3713

Re: Quiz: How Well Do You Know Social Security

Why wouldn't unemployment affect the amount of SS one gets? The year I was unemployed has very little income shown according to SS which makes one of my 35 years less than normal, thus impacting how much I will get down the road.
by Traveler
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bay Area teacher saving half my income – why the doubt? (and asking more questions)
Replies: 508
Views: 34741

Re: Bay Area teacher saving half my income – why the doubt? (and asking more questions)

Good for you OP! I agree with other posters that it is eye opening how different tax liability can be. $1,700 per year federal and state combined ???? :sharebeer Seriously. This is messed up. Our income is over 400k and we paid over 75k in income taxes. So we make roughly 4x as much money and pay r...
by Traveler
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much House Can I Afford?
Replies: 12
Views: 2371

Re: How Much House Can I Afford?

For those suggesting he pay cash, are you suggesting he pull money from the inherited IRA? If so, why do you suggest that over taking on a mortgage?
by Traveler
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Savings Percentage Calculation
Replies: 51
Views: 3563

Re: Savings Percentage Calculation

I have no idea if there is truly a correct answer to your question, or if there is even any benefit to calculating it, but here is the formula I use: (Savings + 401K match + employer pension contribution) / (Gross income + 401K match + employer pension contribution) I try to save two times my cash e...
by Traveler
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does my auto insurance look to you? Is the coverage ok?
Replies: 43
Views: 2630

Re: How does my auto insurance look to you? Is the coverage ok?

If it were me, I would probably increase the uninsured motorist coverage