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by takeshi
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Build credit or pay in full
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: Build credit or pay in full

Build credit or pay in full You're not really building credit by not paying it off. As stated above, if you don't have any other installments (auto/student/etc loans, mortgage, etc) then you're getting a benefit to your Crdit Mix by keeping it open. However, you can have good credit even without it...
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Same Multiple credit cards
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: Same Multiple credit cards

I could not understand the logic behind these credit card companies sending offer to existing customers who already have the cards. You're assuming that logic is involved. It's just marketing spam. It's up to you to do your due diligence and read the terms of the offers to verify that you qualify. ...
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best cashback credit card ?
Replies: 38
Views: 2292

Re: best cashback credit card ?

whats the best credit card with highest cashback on gas and stores etc currently. Which stores, specifically? "Stores" is too broad to be a rewards category. Are you only looking for one card or a combination of cards? i came across penfed credit card with 5% cashback The 5% card is long gone. They...
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplisafe or ADT
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Simplisafe or ADT

As a former ADT customer I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole because of their expensive pricing and poor customer service. I wanted to understand what BH do for home safety We don't all do the same thing on any topic. Don't overlook the previous security system threads. In my case, we've been ...
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 149
Views: 8309

Re: Do people still use AAA?

Is there a difference between using AAA and the rest? Seriously, whether it is Geico or Chase or any free service from credit card, they all use the same provider. Meaning does AAA have their own "fleet" and thus can provide better service? Think it was stated earlier by someone else but Premier me...
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Japan in summer
Replies: 17
Views: 1021

Re: Japan in summer

GerryL wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:04 pm
Also, going from steamy outdoors to overly chilled air conditioning is not fun.
Where did you encounter over chilled air conditioning in Japan? Most placed seemed very warm to me. Overly chilled AC is definitely an issue here in Houston though.
by takeshi
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Espresso Machine suggestions?
Replies: 40
Views: 2272

Re: Espresso Machine suggestions?

Thanks for the link. $500-1k budget is what I was thinking. Make sure you're budgeting for a good espresso grinder as well and not leaving it as an afterthought. That is, unless you're looking into a superauto but I wouldn't recommend one unless convenience trumps quality for you. The grinder is mu...
by takeshi
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Credit Report if you obtain credit?
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Free Credit Report if you obtain credit?

Right -- this is required by the FCRA. For Experian, see also:
https://www.experian.com/reportaccess/#content-01
by takeshi
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dave Ramsey says don't use credit cards, even if you pay them off
Replies: 221
Views: 13949

Re: Dave Ramsey says don't use credit cards, even if you pay them off

hightower wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:35 pm
What does every else think?
Do whatever works for you. If Dave Ramsey's approach is of benefit to you then by all means go for it. It's not for me but that doesn't necessarily mean anything for you. People vary.
by takeshi
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 0% APR for 15month for Balance transfer
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: 0% APR for 15month for Balance transfer

How would it change my credit score? is it good or bad It's not inherently one or the other and depends on impact to revolving utilization. Your overall revolving utilization won't change but individual revolving utilization on each card might and that also has an impact. You can give us your limit...
by takeshi
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Identity Theft Credit Score
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Identity Theft Credit Score

Any other suggestions of how she can get her credit score to improve? The fraudulently opened accounts need to addressed first before applying for any new accounts. They need to he handled as fraud and not as regular disputes. Here's one guide that I've run across: http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/G...
by takeshi
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Better credit or larger downpayment?
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

Re: Better credit or larger downpayment?

My estimated credit rating is 814 and I am very careful about keeping it high. My goal: Get the lowest interest rate on the house as I can, but not necessarily pay it off as fast as I can (I can keep the excess invested). Where are you getting that score from? First of all, if you're looking to get...
by takeshi
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep old cards active by paying yourself?
Replies: 20
Views: 2323

Re: Keep old cards active by paying yourself?

With PayPal you can open two accounts, add the old cards to one account, and pay your other account. You're running the risk of getting yourself in trouble with this sort of thing. Just make small charges as needed to keep an account active. Be aware of what each of your creditors requires for mini...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's a VPN and Do I Need One
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: What's a VPN and Do I Need One

What exactly is a VPN and do "little guys" like me really need one?. It's not really a matter of big or little but how important security is to you and what steps you're willing to take for the sake of security. Security while out and about is usually the more popular reason but security at home is...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 7598

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android? That's really more a matter of the individual than the 2 options. I have no problems switching but I'm an IT analyst with a lot of tech experience not just professionally but in my personal life as well. My wife, her parents and others seem to...
by takeshi
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any FL residents with a dash-cam?
Replies: 13
Views: 1743

Re: Any FL residents with a dash-cam?

Old thread but with the recent post bumping it I wanted to suggest DashcamTalk as a resource. The Viofo mentioned earlier is a camera that has a known track record for image quality and heat resistance but there are certainly other options out there. I have had fairly good luck with a Mobius Action ...
by takeshi
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any first class flights from PHX (Phoenix) to HI (Hawaii) on a 747??
Replies: 40
Views: 2600

Re: Any first class flights from PHX (Phoenix) to HI (Hawaii) on a 747??

However, I've heard that lst class on larger jets on various airlines have better accommodations. And, that the 747's (jumbo jets) are even better with the upstairs loft. Is this true? Definitely do your research on travel sites such as The Point Guy, FlyerTalk, etc. A given aircraft isn't necessar...
by takeshi
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ordering iPhoneX
Replies: 19
Views: 1811

Re: Ordering iPhoneX

climber2020 wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:42 am
If you get a new phone every single year, you don't need applecare. Their standard warranty covers most stuff for the first year even without paying extra for applecare.
For warranty coverage, yes. For damage coverage and phone support there is a difference with Applecare+.
by takeshi
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage Financing with no Credit Score
Replies: 30
Views: 1634

Re: Mortgage Financing with no Credit Score

Secured doesn't mean guaranteed approval. There are some secured cards that don't require a credit check but I don't know they are off the top of my head. You really have NO credit score or is it a low credit score (say in the 600s)? My father hasn't had a loan in many years but I seem to recall tha...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a virtual private network (VPN) and how will it help me?
Replies: 14
Views: 1477

Re: What is a virtual private network (VPN) and how will it help me?

Check to see if your router/access points & clients are vulnerable or if patches are available for them to address this. Here's a "for dummies" article. I'm not sure if Vice is generally a good resource on such topics but skimming the article, it seemed to provide valid info including how VPN's can ...
by takeshi
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best no sweat athletic/work socks
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: Best no sweat athletic/work socks

BashDash wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:16 pm
Any recommendations for a no stink/ no sweat sock that I can wear to work?
Already suggested above but definitely Merino wool. It's not going to prevent sweat but it will wick it and it will not stink.
by takeshi
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Enthusiasts Unite! - Porsche, Benz, Ferrari, Lambo, etc.
Replies: 72
Views: 5346

Re: Car Enthusiasts Unite! - Porsche, Benz, Ferrari, Lambo, etc.

A car that does everything doesn't exist. True of any topic. The more you want something to do the more compromises you'll have to make. You can't maximize every aspect of something. Improving something comes at the cost of something else. Getting something that "does it all" means that you're real...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit scores fell this month a lot for no reason
Replies: 40
Views: 2606

Re: Credit scores fell this month a lot for no reason

Anyone else know what might be going on or have a similar result? You would have to carefully review reports from before and after the change to determine the cause(s). That said, a change of that magnitude is typically due to derogatory information or a spike in revolving utilization as these are ...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it worth applying for Credit Limit Increase?
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Is it worth applying for Credit Limit Increase?

Is it worth applying for Credit Limit Increase? Worth is always highly subjective regardless of topic. You need to clarify to us what defines how you determine worth on the matter. What are you looking to accomplish? What are you not able to do with the lower limit? What potential concerns do you h...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Business Laptop Suggestions Request
Replies: 36
Views: 3083

Re: Business Laptop Suggestions Request

Already mentioned above but I'd easily recommend a Dell Latitude or Lenovo Thinkpad and that's just from a reliability standpoint. reasonably priced. Please provide a number or range. One's "reasonable" may not be the next's so you can't just assume that we all think the same as you. I don't purchas...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Converting to Safety Razors
Replies: 116
Views: 11681

Re: Converting to Safety Razors

Converting to Safety Razors Picking nits but safety razor is a very broad classification that not only includes double edge razors but cartridge razors as well as single edge -- basically anything other than a straight or other blade without a guard. I switched years ago to a DE (was already using ...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best smartphone
Replies: 37
Views: 2844

Re: Best smartphone

Those requirements really don't narrow it down enough. There are countless smartphones that would qualify though battery life and reliability aren't just a matter of the device itself but specific usage. Reliability on Android can vary quite a bit more depending on usage. It can vary on IOS a bit bu...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my Mac Pro OS from El Capitan to Sierra?
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: Should I upgrade my Mac Pro OS from El Capitan to Sierra?

CULater wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:00 pm
I'm wondering if there is any compelling reason to upgrade to Sierra, particularly for security reasons.
Yup -- especially for security reasons. Apple has been releasing security updates for El Capitan (last one in July this year) but they will EOL it at some point. Looks like maybe in 2018?
by takeshi
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any good credit card sign up bonuses?
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Re: any good credit card sign up bonuses?

Right -- always be very specific with highly subjective words like "good". You can't just look at getting X points. What are those points worth? Can you redeem them using a method that yields higher point value or only a much lower point value? There are sites that collect and post this sort of data...
by takeshi
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apple Pay and CVV number
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Apple Pay and CVV number

You don't have access to it and it is not a fixed number but dynamically generated and sent by your phone as part of the transaction.
by takeshi
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Issue freezing credit reports with 2 out of 3 credit reporters. Help????
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Issue freezing credit reports with 2 out of 3 credit reporters. Help????

Is there a fee for any of these freezes? Informaton is on their respective sites. https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze/credit-freeze-information-by-state https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/preventing-fraud/security-freeze/ https://help.equifax.com/s/article/What-are-th...
by takeshi
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles/years do you keep your car?
Replies: 108
Views: 7725

Re: How many miles/years do you keep your car?

I know this has probably been beaten to death but I'm still interested in it. :) If you buy used how old/miles do you generally buy and what age/miles do you sell it on average? I'm not sure our averages really mean anything on their own. The specifics behind the why of each vehicle purchase and sa...
by takeshi
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Data Security on Cellular Network
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: Data Security on Cellular Network

PriceOfFreedom wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:39 pm
So, for example, if I want to access my Vanguard account on my cell phone using the cellular link (with WiFi disabled), is this connection secure?
Try thinking of it as a spectrum rather than binary. Nothing is going to be 100% secure but there are measures one can take to be more secure.
by takeshi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 135
Views: 11057

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

please don't mention this is a first world problem, just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and if anyone has a recommendation for a similar type vehicle ie a nice 4 door sedan that is not a step down from my old es350. Not just a first world problem but a getting older problem a...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime - Decline in Delivery Service?
Replies: 60
Views: 5085

Re: Amazon Prime - Decline in Delivery Service?

Joe Jones wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:01 pm
Has anyone noticed Amazon losing it's ability to deliver as promised?
Only with 2 cases: Around Harvey but the entire city and region were impacted. Also, when Amazon Logistics is doing the delivery as they always seem to have problems delivering on time for me.
by takeshi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unauthorized credit pull from Marlette Funding DBA Best Egg?
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: Unauthorized credit pull from Marlette Funding DBA Best Egg?

Given that this was an annual pull direct from the CRA you're going to see both hard and soft pulls on the report. Was this hard or soft? No point in worrying over the softs. Softs are done for marketing as well as account reviews. A hard would be more of a concern but even then, a single hard pull ...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?
Replies: 130
Views: 7608

Re: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?

What's the purpose of this thread? If you don't see the point of any thread you don't have to post in it. I'm doubtful about the value of this thread as well but FWIW: 2015 Lexus RX 450h 2013 Porsche Boxster S Too early to say on the 450h. I was purchased just a month ago. However, it was purchased...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase credit card question
Replies: 22
Views: 1956

Re: Chase credit card question

As stated above, joint credit cards are very rare these days and, IIRC, Chase doesn't offer them. However, also as stated above, credit reports will indicate whether or not one is responsible for the account or an authorized user. The report will not have the full SSN and everyone should be reviewin...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4794

Re: WiFi

Be careful assuming that the problem is that you didn't buy the right range extender. It's certainly possible that a WiFi extender just isn't a suitable solution for your situation. You may be better served with other solutions such as running wire, powerline adapters, MoCA adapters, etc. Also be aw...
by takeshi
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fender bender -- other driver at fault -- what to do?
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: Fender bender -- other driver at fault -- what to do?

Will I end up paying a deductible for these repairs since I am not at fault and was not in the car when it was hit. I just went through dealing with an accident where the other driver was at fault but I went through my own insurance company. As others have stated, one can file a claim with the othe...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card budget
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: Credit card budget

There have been discussions off and on about credit card use. Studies have shown that people in the studies spent more with credit. I maintain that this doesn't and can't prove anything about individuals and their spending habits. A lot of people seem to tend to conflate trends and specific data po...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get a real Chip and Pin card?
Replies: 108
Views: 26519

Re: How to get a real Chip and Pin card?

Doesn't the Target REDcard MC offer the exact same features? Seems like it though I can't seem to confirm whether or not it has a cash advance fee. For me, that wouldn't really matter. I would definitely recommend that anyone interested in this topic use the Spotterswiki EMV CVM database. It looks ...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash in a local bank or credit union
Replies: 54
Views: 3652

Re: Cash in a local bank or credit union

gasdoc wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:29 pm
how much do Bogleheads typically keep in a local bank or credit union?
I don't. We really don't have much of a need for cash. That said, you need to do what works for you.
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel camera reviews of what you own and why?
Replies: 25
Views: 1763

Re: Travel camera reviews of what you own and why?

What is your favorite travel camera(s) and why did you choose it? iPhone 7 Plus. It's always with me and doesn't require me to pack additional accessories. Photos are geotagged and in the cloud/other devices with no effort on my part. We used to travel with a Nikon point & shoot and a Canon DSLR an...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to improve credit score
Replies: 23
Views: 1439

Re: How to improve credit score

I replied to your FlyerTalk thread so I won't rehash all that over here. However, you're going to see messages like that until you reach 850. I'm not close to 850 with my FICO 8's but I'm well above 800 and I see such messages as well. "Hurt" in cases like this is in reference to things that have a ...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Shipping Issues since move from UPS to USPS
Replies: 122
Views: 47253

Re: Amazon Prime Shipping Issues since move from UPS to USPS

UPS (and FedEx) works better for me than USPS due to the way we receive things via USPS at the office. Basically, a courier brings us USPS deliveries the next day. Where I have really had problems is with Amazon Logistics. Shipments are frequently late, lost, left in strange places or just never del...
by takeshi
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for advice on an automotive paint job.
Replies: 20
Views: 1282

Re: Looking for advice on an automotive paint job.

Any advice from my fellow BHs would be appreciated. I would strongly advise against Maaco and, instead, paying to have it done right but it's really your call to make. As pointed out above, you could end up with the entire vehicle looking terrible versus just the roof. Or you might get lucky and it...
by takeshi
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waxing my car!
Replies: 48
Views: 4491

Re: Waxing my car!

I don't know much about waxing. Any wax recommendations? I don't use wax either and prefer sealants since they last longer. There are a lot of good options if you're interested and some have been mentioned above. I'm currently using Sonax Polymer Net Shield as it's very easy to apply and very long ...
by takeshi
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paid off Debt...credit score dropping and future mortgage
Replies: 34
Views: 2668

Re: Paid off Debt...credit score dropping and future mortgage

It is possible to end up with no score. FICO requires at least 6 months reported on a recently active account to generate a score. Scoring range of FICO models is not relevant to this. http://www.myfico.com/crediteducation/questions/requirement-for-fico-score.aspx I use the credit karma monitoring a...