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by FlamingoTime
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are you paying for umbrella insurance?
Replies: 36
Views: 2116

Re: What are you paying for umbrella insurance?

I was quoted by Allstate today for an excess liability policy. Had to go with a different company because my current policies won't allow us to insure our rental property. $2M Policy is $800 plus $75 fee plus $44 taxes for a total of $919.00 That is double what we were paying in Virginia. We are now...
by FlamingoTime
Sun May 24, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 185
Views: 19631

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

Purchased a small chest freezer mainly because our fridge was having issues and we wanted a back up. Love having the extra freezer space now. So that led us to buy a vacuum sealer. Best decision ever. Wish I had done it years ago. No more freezer burn and more space in freezer.
by FlamingoTime
Fri May 15, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Your Spending Changed Since The Shutdown?
Replies: 180
Views: 7313

Re: Has Your Spending Changed Since The Shutdown?

You would think we would have half the expenses. No travel, hair salon, etc but I think we are actually spending more! :oops: More in groceries since we are cooking daily and are stocked up. Sprucing up our outdoor patio. I also blame Amazon Prime because every time we need something, we order it an...
by FlamingoTime
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breakfast Menu After Retirement
Replies: 73
Views: 10949

Re: Breakfast Menu After Retirement

For 30 plus years, I ate breakfast out in my way to work. When I was single, it was my time to relax and read before work. Once remarried, we both enjoyed stopping on the way to our business. I looked forward to it. Usually at the same handful of places - a diner for eggs, bacon and homefries or a F...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 2551
Views: 415993

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Opened a Merrill Edge account a few months ago for $900 bonus. $200,000. (Self directed) Received a call from a Rep who was trying to get me to bring over more for additional bonus. Never mentioned there being an issue due to the fact that I just received a bonus. Also, I learned something. They wil...
by FlamingoTime
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 2551
Views: 415993

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

I was going to possibly bring almost $1M as a new customer/account to Fidelity, went in and spoke to them and my advisor called her boss to ask about the bonus. He said no, so I didn't move any $$ there. Too bad, would have been convenient, but they gave me no incentive. I just had my $900 bonus pos...
by FlamingoTime
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EBay Auction with Best Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: EBay Auction with Best Offer

Because if I put a $20 proxy (max I want to pay) bid early on and others bid, the price automatically goes up with each bid. Also, more people may become interested as they see all of the the bidding activity. If I wait and "snipe" in the last few seconds with my proxy bid, I may get the i...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 2551
Views: 415993

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

New bonus alert. $200 for 25k at Chase You Invest. https://accounts.chase.com/youinvest/trade/offer?jp_cmp=rb/Chase_Brand_Exact_You+Invest_SEM_US_No+xLOB_Standard_NA/sea/p38425640377/You+Invest Thanks for this information. Thinking of transferring 25k over for the bonus. Do you know if they have so...
by FlamingoTime
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Lynch Preferred Deposit
Replies: 34
Views: 15531

Re: Merrill Lynch Preferred Deposit

I just found a PDF document online that said it is a $100,000 minimum initial deposit in Preferred Deposit. I'm not sure if you have to keep a minimum balance. For some reason I don't think you do.
by FlamingoTime
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD
Replies: 371
Views: 42446

Re: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD

Could it be the actual rate was a few basis points less than 3.04% and 3.04% is the APY, which includes the compounding interest?
by FlamingoTime
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My ACA premiums went up 128% in 2019 anybody else get hit with big increases
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Re: My ACA premiums went up 128% in 2019 anybody else get hit with big increases

Ours went from approx $336 monthly to $537. A 60% increase with no change in income, etc. Very frustrating!
by FlamingoTime
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"
Replies: 211
Views: 40110

Re: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"

I guess there are people that may use the BofA savings or MM to get the platinum rewards, but I can't imagine why. Using Merrill Edge for my short term fixed income/cash/cds for one year of expenses works for me.
by FlamingoTime
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"
Replies: 211
Views: 40110

Re: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"

It's Merill Edge's high yield savings (perhaps money market?) You must call them to move monies in and out - it can't be done online. It is at 1.97% currently. So it makes the whole $100k minimum between BofA and ME easier to deal with.
by FlamingoTime
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"
Replies: 211
Views: 40110

Re: "Bank Of America Cash Rewards Card Now Lets You Choose Your 3%(=5.25%) Category"

The B of A platinum preferred rewards work for me. I keep most of the "minimum $100k" in Merrill Edge. Retired and since BofA and ME are my "operating" accounts, I keep some liquid in their Preferred Deposit at 1.97% - easy to then move to my BofA checking. Keep the bulk in a CD ...
by FlamingoTime
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Odd question re: whole life insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Odd question re: whole life insurance

I'm guessing the ownership must have reverted to the kids at age 21. They will find out how much they are getting when they go to collect it. Great for them regardless!
by FlamingoTime
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Odd question re: whole life insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Odd question re: whole life insurance

My DH has been paying a monthly State Farm whole life (enough for burial) premium on his two children for over 25 years. He was sold this when they were infants. The children are now late 20's and early 30's. The children are probably not even aware that there is a policy or have forgotten. He is go...
by FlamingoTime
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Penfed raises certificate rates 12/1/18
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: Penfed raises certificate rates 12/1/18

I have a question. With the above EWP, what would the penalty be after only a month or two? I'm concerned that I will lock in at 3.5% and the rates move to 4% pretty quickly. Would I only lose the interest earned thus far? Or is there another penalty as well?
by FlamingoTime
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Opportunity - Via Staffing Agency
Replies: 29
Views: 2486

Re: Job Opportunity - Via Staffing Agency

I owned a staffing firm for 3 decades. If it is a legitimate temp to hire or trial hire, you should be told in advance what your salary will be after the trial period. The agency should know in advance and it should be put in writing as well if you accept an offer. Most people would not accept a pos...
by FlamingoTime
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Merrill Lynch Preferred Deposit
Replies: 34
Views: 15531

Re: Merrill Lynch Preferred Deposit

I'm in the process of opening a Merrill Edge account, mainly to maintain my Bank of America Platinum Honors perks. I was told by the Rep that there is no minimum time that the cash has to stay in the Preferred Deposit account after the minimum initial deposit of at least $100,000. The Preferred Depo...
by FlamingoTime
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD
Replies: 371
Views: 42446

Re: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD

So, what do I advise my bank to do? I don't want to wait a year to get all of my money out. An incoming wire transfer? I'm annoyed that I just set it up to send from NWFCU to my bank and they didn't mention any limits.
by FlamingoTime
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD
Replies: 371
Views: 42446

Re: Northwest FCU 3-year 3.04% Add-On CD

Last week I went online and added my bank as an external account. I called them and told them that I wanted the funds sent to that account when the CD matures. Is that the proper way to do this? Is there a limit on how much can go out that way? Should I be pulling the money from my regular bank? I'm...
by FlamingoTime
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help find these shoes for an old lady
Replies: 32
Views: 4027

Re: Please help find these shoes for an old lady

I've had luck doing this to find exact models of shoes I'm trying to replace. Go to EBay. Put in search box: (without quotes) "Scholls braided leather thongs" Then hit search. When you have result list, go to top of page and click the "Save this search option". Choose to get emai...
by FlamingoTime
Sat May 12, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ameriprise feedback needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1295

Re: Ameriprise feedback needed

Horrible experience with Ameriprise. Put me into some life insurance annuity with huge fees. (I was brand new to investing at the time) Found out later they had a class action law suit brought against them because it was redundant to put IRA monies into this type of fund. I would suggest Fidelity or...
by FlamingoTime
Sat May 12, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards
Replies: 688
Views: 162344

Re: Bank of America Preferred Rewards

I was Platinum - just dropped to next level due to not maintaining $100k in accounts. I get frustrated because keeping that much in MM or savings, means lack of any kind of interest. But I've used BofA for 25 years for my checking/operational banking. I guess instead I need to add new money to Merri...
by FlamingoTime
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling business (website) considerations
Replies: 27
Views: 3111

Re: Selling business (website) considerations

You need an attorney that specializes in transactional law - one who has handled the sale of businesses. I sold my business and there are sometimes ways to structure to your advantage tax-wise and liability-wise. Stock sale versus Asset sale. Definitely get a knowledgeable attorney.
by FlamingoTime
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Great CD Promo! Andrews FCU 84 mo 3.01%
Replies: 250
Views: 46620

Re: Great CD Promo! Andrews FCU 84 mo 3.01%

Is the EWP on the entire CD amount? Do they allow partial withdrawals? I believe it is the Andrews Federal Credit Union that allows partial withdrawals and the penalty is only on the withdrawn amount .
by FlamingoTime
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any particular oven toaster you prefer????
Replies: 23
Views: 3422

Re: Any particular oven toaster you preffer????

We are in FL also and got tired of heating up the house when using the oven. This week Kohls sent me an email saying I had a mystery percentage off - 20, 30 or 40% off. When I went to check out after buying some gifts, I saw it gave me 40% off. I promptly went back and added the Cuisine Art Convecti...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Safe Stolen
Replies: 56
Views: 9560

Re: Safe Stolen

Dont be too sure the cleaning people did not do it. We had a lady for nine years. She also cleaned for neighbors even longer. We gave her gifts, clothing and other things she needed. Paid her well and she drove a nice car. One time I left an expensive ring on the dresser and it was still there after...
by FlamingoTime
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Specifying type of room at cheap national chains?
Replies: 29
Views: 3589

Re: Specifying type of room at cheap national chains?

We don't stay in motels - low budget for us is Hampton Inn, which are Hilton properties and quite nice. I always ask for a king bed, higher floor, quiet room away from elevators in a "non-connecting" room. Also, not facing a close by roadway and not next to the ice machine, which can be no...
by FlamingoTime
Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: At what point do you stop... [chasing rates]
Replies: 32
Views: 5276

Re: At what point do you stop... [chasing rates]

I do not do the credit card churning as many others do. I do not have the patience. I did get a $500 bonus from Chase bank for opening a savings account. And I opened a Capital One 360 savings account for the same reason. The Chase bank account was closed after the bonus because they pay so little i...
by FlamingoTime
Wed May 18, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: the 4% rule
Replies: 14
Views: 2611

Re: the 4% rule

Does this assume a minimum return? Or a minimum percentage of portfolio in equities?
by FlamingoTime
Wed May 11, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you use cash, when a credit card?
Replies: 49
Views: 7083

Re: When do you use cash, when a credit card?

I use a card for almost everything. I get cash back rewards and it then also goes to Mint for tracking purposes.
by FlamingoTime
Mon May 02, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Well Done Ally Bank - CD purchase
Replies: 61
Views: 13857

Re: Well Done Ally Bank - CD purchase

I have cds at both Barclays and Syncrony and both were easy to do online.
by FlamingoTime
Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Well Done Ally Bank - CD purchase
Replies: 61
Views: 13857

Re: Well Done Ally Bank - CD purchase

I have an Ally savings account and have taken money out and transferred money in with no problems. I also have 5 CDs at Syncrony and have had no issues with them. Pleased with both.
by FlamingoTime
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2294
Views: 239729

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I just started watching Monarch of the Glen. Set in Scotland, it's the trials of a family that has lived on a huge estate for generations, but running out of money. Humor and nice scenery. Based on the Highland Novels by Compton Mackenzie.There are several seasons available.
by FlamingoTime
Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Real estate investing for retirement
Replies: 15
Views: 2951

Re: Real estate investing for retirement

We retired two years ago and purchased a nearby rental property in the same desirable over 55 community that we live in. We are renting it out long term so we aren't constantly turning it over monthly which is also very popular here. The close proximity makes it easy to manage and renting to retired...
by FlamingoTime
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 101
Views: 30605

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

I have an account I opened online, - a Capital One 360 savings and I want to open a MM account as well. I am travelling and noticed a Capital One bank next door. Is this the same institution as my capitalone360.com? Could I open it there instead of online?
by FlamingoTime
Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 101
Views: 30605

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

So, I currently have a savings account getting .75% and a $500 bonus pretty soon for $50k balance. (Cant remember if bonus is paid after 3 mos. Or 6 mos.) Would I need to bring in new money to open the 1% MM? Or could I open new MM with 10k now and then transfer the balance from savings to the MM af...
by FlamingoTime
Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Green vs. Gold Card
Replies: 9
Views: 2773

Re: Amex Green vs. Gold Card

I just cancelled my Am Ex gold, mainly because I get great cash back with my Visa and I've collected 700,000 Am Ex points I have yet to use. I rarely use my gold card since retirement. They explained they have another card that will continue my "member since" date, keep my points intact an...
by FlamingoTime
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Income tax preparation cost?
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Income tax preparation cost?

Wow, I didn't pay that much to have my corporate taxes done in the past. And since retiring, we are utilizing a new CPA and she estimated our MFJ taxes preparation fee to be $300-$400. Nothing too complex but higher donations due to downsizing, purchase of two homes (one is a rental property with in...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member
Replies: 14
Views: 1588

Re: Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member

Selling on Craigslist won't work. People paying that much for a boat want to do a sea trial and put it in the water, do surveys, Etc. It is just easier to do through a broker. We are not in the area where the boat is so cannot do it that way. We pretty much have told the broker to lower the price to...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member
Replies: 14
Views: 1588

Re: Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member

The boat is currently priced at about $8000 under fair market value. We are giving him another discount so the price is about $12,000 below fair market price. It is in great condition and has low hours.We certainly would be OK financially if he didn't pay, although I would like to think he would pay...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member
Replies: 14
Views: 1588

Selling Boat and Financing for Family Member

We have agreed to sell our boat to a cousin. We had it listed with broker but it has not sold for almost a year. We are selling to him at a discount. My cousin will put half down (approx $10k) take possession of the boat and will pay monthly payments over the course of several years minimum. We are ...
by FlamingoTime
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards
Replies: 688
Views: 162344

Re: Bank of America/Merrill Edge - Preferred Rewards

I currently bank with BofA and already getting platinum benefits from money market and checking. Does anyone know if after bringing in the $200k to Merrill, does it all have to stay on the Merrill side or could some be transferred to checking during the initial 180 days? For $200k, it is basically 1...
by FlamingoTime
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Maintaining anonymity and privacy [in this forum]
Replies: 22
Views: 6521

Re: Maintaining anonymity and privacy [in this forum]

Just remember that if someone Google's your Username (especially if you use the same one for different online communities - some of which family or friends may be aware of - especially if it is part of your email address) Google will pull all of your boglehead posts up. So even if they are not famil...
by FlamingoTime
Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney Trip
Replies: 14
Views: 2578

Re: Disney Trip

Not sure if it has been mentioned, but if you are a member of AAA, they offer some packages. Not sure about AARP.
by FlamingoTime
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Hello! New guy here.
Replies: 21
Views: 3617

Re: Hello! New guy here.

I would be very concerned that you are legally married to someone and you are not aware of how much debt they have or how much savings they have. Have you talked and are you on the scene wavelength as far as future financial plans? Being compatible in regards to future financial goals, etc. is impor...
by FlamingoTime
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Pressue Cooker, Useful?
Replies: 10
Views: 1855

Re: Electric Pressue Cooker, Useful?

They are great! I was amazed. They are safer and there are great cookbooks available and recipes online as well. Come home, throw in some frozen chicken breasts, spaghetti sauce, chicken broth and onions and have a meal in fifteen minutes. Also entire roasts in 30 minutes or so. I love mine!
by FlamingoTime
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard -> Bank America/Merrill Edge
Replies: 28
Views: 6360

Re: Vanguard -> Bank America/Merrill Edge

I just met with a local Bank of America Merril Edge rep last week as well. I also have accounts at Vanguard. I don't think that I'm going to transfer my Vanguard accounts, but since Bank of America is my operating account and I keep a high balance there in order to be Platinum Honors and get a lot o...
by FlamingoTime
Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Tampa Bay Local Bogleheads Chapter
Replies: 115
Views: 37850

Re: New Tampa, FL Local Bogleheads Chapter

Depending on dates, I may not be able to meet as I'm traveling for Thanksgiving and then a cruise mid-January. If I cannot make the first, I will definitely make every effort to make the next one!