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by Hiker-Biker
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Schedule D tax worksheet revised by IRS!
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Re: 2018 Schedule D tax worksheet revised by IRS!

I got a notice from the IRS about a 2018 schedule D error in October. Also had sale of a rental property transaction along recapture and capital gains taxes. IRS gave us a refund and interest. I thought I made an error, but saw this thread - also filed in early April. I haven’t bothered calling the ...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I get the new customer rate from Verizon Fios? Or should I switch to Spectrum?
Replies: 43
Views: 3759

Re: Can I get the new customer rate from Verizon Fios? Or should I switch to Spectrum?

And...I forgot to call Fios back until I saw the new customer Fios Black Friday $40/mo ad. So I called them back today, and got $62/mo x 2 years, 75/75. Down from $92/mo, in Metro DC area. Called the cancellation Fios line that Google found for me, hold x 4 min, got a nice woman from Pittsburgh. Sh...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.
Replies: 63
Views: 5773

Re: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.

I like Prana cargo pants. I've gone on 100+ mile bike trips in their Zion pants and numerous hikes. This is my recommendation. I have several pair of Prana's Zion pants and they're excellent. I wouldn't wear them in a social setting though...unless you're already married or are not interested in at...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with Estimated Taxes on Sale of Rental Property
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Unexplained 2018 Tax Year Refund issued via paper check Re: Help with Estimated Taxes on Sale of Rental Property

Well, I did my own taxes and filed in early March 2019, owing a large sum of money for capital gains taxes and section 1250 gains + all these other taxes that I had only heard about... I was surprised to receive an IRS Refund Check in the mail last week. My question is: Will I receive anything in wr...
by Hiker-Biker
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mismatched flooring - discovered halfway through install
Replies: 24
Views: 2290

Re: Mismatched flooring - discovered halfway through install

Thanks for clarifying. Another point of advice. Its best to get all of your flooring materials all at the same time so that it comes from the same lot. there can still be minute differences in the same color from lot to lot. It might not matter as much for wood which has some natural variation but ...
by Hiker-Biker
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Freeze
Replies: 18
Views: 1321

Re: Credit Freeze

My credit has been frozen for probably 5 years. Look up https://krebsonsecurity.com/ . There are 4 credit rating agencies (Innovis is the 4th) and the already mentioned ChexSystems. I have frozen all of five of them. Unfreezing them is less painful than before since it was mandated that it be free i...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: finding transformer in attic with insulation (edited for correct name of component)
Replies: 36
Views: 2728

Re: finding transformer in attic with insulation (edited for correct name of component)

Dear fellow handy BHs: Our house already had blown-in insulation (I think it is what it's called) in the attic when we moved in. Now we are trying to install a Ring-type home monitoring system and cannot locate the junction box transformer with all the insulation around. Also is the transformer ind...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Box wine- update and recommendations?
Replies: 73
Views: 6462

Re: Box wine- update and recommendations?

DW likes "Pour Haus," also available at Total Wine. Three liters for about $15. She also likes Bota Box Red Blend since it's a dollar cheaper.
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 40+% increase in auto policy (GEICO) - normal?
Replies: 74
Views: 5299

Re: 40+% increase in auto policy (GEICO) - normal?

Recently called USAA to get quotes if we move out of the DC area and Erie isn’t available. Bottom line, Erie has superior rates for auto, home owners, umbrella, and so-called inland marine. I was pleasantly surprised that disposing of an eight year old compact car and adding a much more expensive la...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Tax Return - Muni Bond Interest minus Related "Expenses"
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: State Tax Return - Muni Bond Interest minus Related "Expenses"

I have prepared my state tax return. In the Additions to income, I have to add back in interest from other states. What is the definition of a related expense? "Interest Income from Obligations of Other States Enter the amount of any interest on obligations of other states not included in your Fede...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HR Block question
Replies: 16
Views: 1270

Re: HR Block question

Thank you. That’s what I’m planning to do. However, HRB needs to be made aware of it. So especially given the high cost of state tax filing (I'm guessing - HRB cost me a lot I know that) I would print and mail with the form you believe is correct. For the last two years I've done my taxes on both H...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Tax Return - Muni Bond Interest minus Related "Expenses"
Replies: 4
Views: 308

State Tax Return - Muni Bond Interest minus Related "Expenses"

I have prepared my state tax return. In the Additions to income, I have to add back in interest from other states. What is the definition of a related expense? "Interest Income from Obligations of Other States Enter the amount of any interest on obligations of other states not included in your Feder...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1159
Views: 177898

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Back to my original post to discern why I started this thread, and continue to bump it whenever I have news or something more to say. Unfortunately, nothing has changed in the last year. Honda has not given me any reason to abandon the thread, because they've done nothing to effectively assist owne...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax treatment of Mortgage interest after the sale of a Rental Condo
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Tax treatment of Mortgage interest after the sale of a Rental Condo

It seems one could argue potentially either way. The simple fact it was not rented during the period it was marketed for sale does not imply you were not trying to rent it during that period. Wouldn’t the interest still de deductible on a rental even during weeks the unit was not occupied? I would ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax treatment of Mortgage interest after the sale of a Rental Condo
Replies: 3
Views: 308

ANSWERED Re: Tax treatment of Mortgage interest while Rental Property is held for sale

I found the answer for a similar question on the Turbo Tax support forum https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2964209-rental-property-rented-for-5-months-rest-of-the-year-was-for-sale-vacant-do-i-split-the-costs-interest-taxes-between-rental-property-schedule-e-and-deductions posted in 2016. Since the ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax treatment of Mortgage interest after the sale of a Rental Condo
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Tax treatment of Mortgage interest after the sale of a Rental Condo

I am almost finished my 2018 return... The unit was rented all of Jan 2018. and sold on Mar 9, 2018. 31 days rental and total days owned was 68. There were -0- personal use days. The Schedule E worksheet apportions mortgage interest to the rental in the amount $796. The Form 1098 total interest paid...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why diversification is not a viable strategy?
Replies: 252
Views: 14975

Re: Why diversification is not a viable strategy?

[/quote] I don't intend to own gold. If it gets to that point, you are at risk of someone, or a group of people taking your gold, food supplies, etc. No, I am not advocating being a prepper...but it could happen. That is why I'm considering Portugal as a potential retirement location. [/quote] Hiker...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Car Values
Replies: 155
Views: 11833

Re: Best Car Values

That's my take on car values what say you? If safety of vehicle occupants factors in and you didn't care as much about fuel costs. You would likely buy a brand new base model Toyota Highlander instead (couple design yrs in, end of model yr, drive for 15 years etc etc). Statistically, overall vehicl...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why diversification is not a viable strategy?
Replies: 252
Views: 14975

Re: Why diversification is not a viable strategy?

Besides the fact that gold is not a good hedge against inflation, diversification is not a magic pill. It will simply tend to reduce the effects of a market downturn. As such, it is a little unclear what the OP means by “viable”. Thesaints, Gold is not a hedge against inflation. It is a hedge again...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Car
Replies: 46
Views: 2266

Re: Selling Car

My point is it's not useful to argue whether or not you should sell your car on Craig's List. Some people (like my daughter) have zero anxiety and find it very natural. I imagine they just shrug off any bad experiences. Others, like my wife and I wouldn't do it for any amount of money because we're...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL
Replies: 69
Views: 6398

Re: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL

Mazda offers lots of standard safety features such as blind spot monitoring on all its trims. Agree with previous post on limited cargo space, which is the only real drawback I see with the vehicle. Loved the cargo capacity of the Honda, but can't consider an EX trim due to the oil dilution issue w...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Car
Replies: 46
Views: 2266

Re: Selling Car

I wonder if using Craigslist for sale of a car varies a lot by location? I would tend to agree. LTHenderson's location is in Iowa. I did the same as you posted except I by-passed CarMax - been there, done that. A neighbor recommended I take pics of the undercarriage if posting on EBay in case a buy...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL
Replies: 69
Views: 6398

Re: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring or Honda CR-V EXL

Honda CRV have oil dilution issue. So no for CRV +1 on the oil dilution issue. Although turbos may be more reliable than a decade ago, I see no reason to go with an engine more complicated just to increase gas mileage in response to the CAFE requirements. A naturally aspirated engine works fine for...
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Issue Resolved (wasn't working on 1/31 but now works) Yubico key: H&R Block Deluxe Cannot Import Vanguard 1099s
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Using the Yubico key: H&R Block Deluxe Cannot Import Vanguard 1099s

JohnFiscal wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:07 pm
Import worked fine for me at TurboTax Online. Don’t recall if I had to tap the Yubi or not.
I didn't have to have the Yubico key inserted for H&R Block to pull the data. Maybe the update I downloaded fixed the issue.

H-B
by Hiker-Biker
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Issue Resolved (wasn't working on 1/31 but now works) Yubico key: H&R Block Deluxe Cannot Import Vanguard 1099s
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Issue Resolved (wasn't working on 1/31 but now works) Yubico key: H&R Block Deluxe Cannot Import Vanguard 1099s

Do I have to disable 2 factor authentication to import my 1099s? I am getting an error message with no further explanation. If I do disable the 2 factor authentication, can I enable it after importing my 1099s AND use the same Yubico Key again? Or do I need to purchase a new one? Thanks in advance! ...
by Hiker-Biker
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Auto Premiums Up Exactly 10% in 3 Consecutive Renewals?
Replies: 43
Views: 5149

Re: USAA Auto Premiums Up Exactly 10% in 3 Consecutive Renewals?

I looked at my previous coverage with USAA while I was in Virginia. For the most part, it bounced around in a ~10% band. The exact 10% semiannual increase only started since I moved to DC. I did some comparison shopping. GEICO - $269 (added upgraded accident forgiveness) Amica - $308 Progressive - ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brake fluid replacement?
Replies: 69
Views: 4448

Re: Brake fluid replacement?

Brake fluid, just like engine coolant and oil, deteriorates with age. I change mine every two years. My 20 year old vehicle still has original calipers and master cylinder. The answer as always is, It depends. I use Mobile 1 Synthetic for all my oil changes. The Mobile 1 statement is the oil is gua...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

I had to have one of my TPMS sensors replaced. I recall the battery died or some other fatal failure that cost me close to $105 for parts/labor. I was not happy; however, I had to replace it to clear the error code. Of course, i could probably buy a code reader and clear the code myself. Clearing t...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

How do you like the car? I've been thinking about doing the same thing with a leftover '18 CX-5. That or a Subaru. So far, I like the car a lot. Very quiet and has a refined ride; still getting used to using the backup camera despite having limited experience using one in two different vanpool SUVs...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

I have a 2 yr old Chevy Malibu, got recently wondering about sensors, that is tire pressure sensors. I saw correct pressures on the car's display, then a dealer's free service created low pressure by 3 psi on rear tires, and now noticed that the display shows low pressure for front tires whereas th...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

The Wrapup - Extended Warranties

Someone asked if Tires were included in the ext warranty. The Mazda one does cover tire replacement if your tire is damaged by road debris. GAP Insurance - although I paid cash, I inquired with my insurance carrier Erie. A rider is available covering two years. Year 1 for most vehicles averages out ...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Recommendation for Paint Color
Replies: 27
Views: 1784

Re: Need Recommendation for Paint Color

It depends on whether you're looking for a recommendation only for that room, or whether you want the entire floor to have a nice color scheme. Back when I was doing my own "General Contracting," during a 2007 renovation of a kitchen, flooring, powder room, upstairs hall bathroom and picking materia...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Decision - Not Doing it! Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new

I finally got around to reading the brochure and there is no mention of the electronic parts/computer chips in the brochure. Therefore, I think it is excluded since the Ext. Warranty as it only mentions mechanical parts, tires, rims, engine, towing assistance, rental car, etc. Typical stuff that I s...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 16702

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

Well, since others ignored the budget and recommended the pigeon winged Model X, then I'll ignore the budget as well. Lamborghini Urus. I can understand the status dominating landscape in Dallas. I used to work for a company located there and remember quite a few times heading out for an after hour...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

WhiteMaxima wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:23 pm
i would not buy into any hi-tech feature of car. a minor mis-aligned camera, LIDAR sensor will make automation useless. Be a safe driver, not reckless driver with all those "hi-tech" gadgets.
I agree with you completely. These new gadgets only supplement safety.
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nicer Denver Areas
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Nicer Denver Areas

Wow-this is great info-thank you so much! We are just staying over for the night on our way out to ski Breckenridge. We hope to stay the day in Denver to begin the altitude adjustment from our midwestern 500'. I know that Breck town is over 9000, so we are using Denver as a mini-step to the higher ...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 16702

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

I’ve had many fords as rentals (fusion, focus, escape,edge) usually higher tier trims. The fusion and focus actually drive extremely well, much better than a Camry not quite as refined though as an Accord or Mazda 6. On the technology front, the Ford has many of the features of higher end vehicles ...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 16702

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

I would advocate what others have said 1) get new tires keep your 2011 volvo. 2) upgrade to crv, forester (or crosstrek), rav4 etc... 2018 rav 4 might be great deal right now because 2019's with brand new design just came out. However if your 2011 runs well, is comfortable, and just needs new tires...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

If Mazda is anything like Subaru, and this is a factory extended warranty, then you'll be able to buy it from any dealer so long as you're covered by the bumper to bumper warranty. I know with Subaru, one particular dealer specializes in selling their warranties at a discount. Look around and see i...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

Re: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

Jack et al, Yes, this a Mazda factory extended warranty. Consumer Checkbook states you can play other Mazda dealers off on each other since the ext. warranty also has a "base" price like the dealer invoice. I have until 1/5 to do this since this is when I have to bring in my check to pay off the car...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 217
Views: 16702

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

Yesterday, I purchased the last remaining 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring on the dealer's lot. This is the GT version with an extra equipment package: the heads up display, heated steering wheel and rear seats (waste since we are are two person household). My wife and I have owned 3 other Mazda vehicl...
by Hiker-Biker
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV
Replies: 44
Views: 2927

New marketing twist on Extended Warranties? Cost of replacing Sensors if you wreck your new SUV

I have just purchased my most expensive vehicle ever. A left over 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring with the Heads up Display, heated steering wheel, and yes, heated rear seats. Total OOP cost minus taxes, titling fees, and registration was $31,203 which I'm paying in cash. I had to do so since the swiv...
by Hiker-Biker
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone Else Buying Xmas Sale in Equities?
Replies: 33
Views: 4971

Re: Anyone Else Buying Xmas Sale in Equities?

It is tempting to buy equities, but I have no idea if they are actually on a good sale. The current levels might not be that "final clearance, everything must go" level. Unlike an individual stock purchase, I don't see broad-based index fund purchases at decreasing prices as a "falling knife" strat...
by Hiker-Biker
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!
Replies: 50
Views: 6231

Re: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!

now that i've signed up for GEHA HDHP for the first time, questions re: the exact mechanics of HSA funding, etc -when do I receive routing info from HSA bank? -which pay period is the first one when I can make contribution? -am I correct that I can make $3,500 contribution in 2019 (as in, the $900 ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you pay for internet only?
Replies: 79
Views: 5940

Re: How much do you pay for internet only?

I just signed up for Verizon FIOS (deal ended 12/9) for internet only, auto-pay, e-billing. I did a very unboglehead thing for the last 3-4 years and didn't request to speak with Cox communication's retention department. I am paying $80/mo for 100 mb d/l speeds. We have no tv service, phone (use pay...
by Hiker-Biker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low Basis Mutual fund shares (Meridian) and making a charitable contribution
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Low Basis Mutual fund shares (Meridian) and making a charitable contribution

Creating a DAF with Fidelity was another thing on the To Do List. I had planned to do this for 2019; however, since time is of the essence, thanks for reminding me that this would be the fastest.

Thanks again, Bogleheads!

HB
by Hiker-Biker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low Basis Mutual fund shares (Meridian) and making a charitable contribution
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Low Basis Mutual fund shares (Meridian) and making a charitable contribution

I spoke with someone at Bank of NY Mellon to obtain instructions on how to donate my Contrarian and Growth funds to a charity and would to verify if I received the correct forms. They did not have the capability to email them so I had them faxed. Unfortunately, I'm using a network that prohibits me ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing TPMS stem/kit when replacing tires?
Replies: 16
Views: 1430

Re: Replacing TPMS stem/kit when replacing tires?

I had the TPMS stems replaced when I bought new tires - it was optional, but recommended. However, about a year later, a sensor failed and I was charged $100 for the new TPMS unit and a nominal cost for labor. I can't remember if the battery could have been replaced instead of the entire unit. This ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!
Replies: 50
Views: 6231

Re: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!

The insurer can change the HSA administrator whenever they want. Investment choices may be high cost. I'm not expert on the GEHA plan but I believe it can be moved to a different administrator (please correct me if I'm wrong) but again that's a little more hassle. You can always move your HSA from ...
by Hiker-Biker
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!
Replies: 50
Views: 6231

Re: FEHB BCBS Basic vs. GEHA HDHP – Advice Needed!

For the last two years, we have also tried APWU CDHP (Consumer Driven Health Plan) using Self + 1. This was the top rated plan in Checkbook.org's Health Plan analysis that we chose to use (not going with Aetna) for those with average expenditures. For people with high expenditures, Checkbook's 2019...