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by Marylander1
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stressless Recliners
Replies: 39
Views: 22328

Re: Stressless Recliners

We have 2 Stressless recliners, made in Norway. I bought them about 20 years ago on a whim having never heard of the brand before. We love 'em, they've worn well and are still very comfortable. My dad had one that I liked a lot. When I moved into my own place, my first furniture purchase was an Eko...
by Marylander1
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15 full days in Costa Rica
Replies: 25
Views: 1837

Re: 15 full days in Costa Rica

I'd recommend something with 4WD. Plan accordingly. When looking at rental options, you'll see vehicles not available in the US. Most seem to be small SUVs narrower than their lane-filling counterparts here. They're much better on narrower roads common there. We rented a Ssangyong Korando from Vamo...
by Marylander1
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Clark Howard looks at new 1040 tax form for 2018
Replies: 28
Views: 3760

Re: Clark Howard looks at new 1040 tax form for 2018

The IRS already gets the W-2 and 1099 data. Why not just have the IRS send out a summary statement with a bill or a check and then let the individual decide if they wish to dispute it or have a more complex situation involving deductions or unreported income to declare... Intuit and Block pay our l...
by Marylander1
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sound bar as only music speaker?
Replies: 38
Views: 2395

Re: Sound bar as only music speaker?

I’m looking to simplify my home music/video setup. After many years of a receiver powering big old 5.1 speakers, we downsized to a Vizio 5.1 sound bar set this year (including two separate rear channel speakers and a subwoofer). We're delighted. It integrates seamlessly with our TV and we also like...
by Marylander1
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Press recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1403

Re: French Press recommendations

Insulation isn't critical for most use cases, but we went through three glass Bodum presses before switching to a Freiling stainless steel about 7 years ago. It's indestructible, and easy to put in the dishwasher. Reports of metal fragments seem bizarre to me. After seven years of regular use, we ha...
by Marylander1
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax preparation software for 2018 returns
Replies: 18
Views: 1852

Re: Tax preparation software for 2018 returns

But it is the act of installing the download to which I object, partially from the days of older versions of windows that were unstable. I prefer keeping my tax return on my own computer as much as reasonably possible, rather than storing all my raw tax forms and data on third party servers. This s...
by Marylander1
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Reliability
Replies: 102
Views: 5364

Re: Volkswagen Reliability

IMO, you can’t compare German cars to Asian (or American) cars, to *me* they feel very cheap by comparison to the solid German build quality. They feel like cars designed by accountants vs car designers, that said, I don’t doubt the mechanical reliability, just the feel and design. I agree German d...
by Marylander1
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist
Replies: 47
Views: 3672

Re: Root Canal - dentist or endodontist

The Endo does root canals all day - very fast, efficient, and capable. This is truly the key, especially since you really don't want to have to go back and do it again. The worst case is much worse than redoing the procedure. I'm on the long tail, but I had a general dentist do the one root canal I...
by Marylander1
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value
Replies: 91
Views: 4953

Re: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value

Many phones still show in stock for me, including all 3 colors of Pixel 3 with 64GB. It appears the sale continues until midnight PST. Thanks for this thread. I was busy at work and saw but didn't really notice the announcements elsewhere. I trust this forum for unvarnished info, looked into it, an...
by Marylander1
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value
Replies: 91
Views: 4953

Re: 11/28 Today Only, buy a phone on Google FI and get travel gift card of same value

Deal appears to be dead (out of stock). Many phones still show in stock for me, including all 3 colors of Pixel 3 with 64GB. It appears the sale continues until midnight PST. Thanks for this thread. I was busy at work and saw but didn't really notice the announcements elsewhere. I trust this forum ...
by Marylander1
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Black Swan Event for Health Insurance between Jobs: COBRA vs Obamacare Exchange?
Replies: 35
Views: 1753

Re: Black Swan Event for Health Insurance between Jobs: COBRA vs Obamacare Exchange?

However, I am concerned about Black Swan events, like I get into an accident in Jan before I start work, go into a coma for 3 mths, by then it's too late to signup for COBRA retroactively, and since I wouldn't have started my job, I will be without insurance. Complicating the matter is that I live ...
by Marylander1
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Accuracy of Zillow/Trulia/Redfin Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 4678

Re: Accuracy of Zillow/Trulia/Redfin Estimates

In my area, Zillow data is junk. It has one combined price for my house and three neighbors. The property tax people and post office have no trouble telling us apart.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cvt transmissions
Replies: 67
Views: 9196

Re: cvt transmissions

We love our 2018 Forester CVT (although we can't speak to its reliability yet). The one comic aspect of its design is the fake shift points they have to program in to placate people who are somehow alarmed by smooth acceleration.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS - Informed delivery - complain on missing items?
Replies: 53
Views: 3411

Re: USPS - Informed delivery - complain on missing items?

The mail carrier also seems to be a different person every few months. I have the opposite experience. I get "forwarded" mail addressed to family members at our old house we sold eighteen years ago, because the same carrier serves my house and the old family place. My carrier has been the same for ...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 4941

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

Here is the offer I got and used. I don’t know if it’s still valid: https://www.magazinedeals.com/magazines/subscription/the-economist-magazine-printdigital-magazine.jsp?affid=mageconpd&cpnCode=ECONDPDEAL#sthash.MPG9cttg.dpbs Yes digital and print. I love the audio feature. They actually have a tea...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Geico Good for Auto/Renter/Umbrella Insurance?
Replies: 15
Views: 1514

Re: Is Geico Good for Auto/Renter/Umbrella Insurance?

It was CLEAR that the [GEICO] adjustor was paid by how well they low balled the customers. I went to the trouble of opening a state complaint to the insurance regulator. I've known an insurance adjustor for several years; he used to work at GEICO and eagerly transferred to Travelers. He said Travel...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 4941

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

DWesterb2iz2 wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:08 pm
Economist (with digital and audio, just renewed on sale for $99!)
Where did you find this deal?! (Does it include print?)

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee grinder
Replies: 56
Views: 4117

Re: Coffee grinder

Everyday for the past year I have been using the Capresso 560 Infinity conical burr grinder. This was Wirecutter's 'budget' recommendation. So far I am completely satisfied with this grinder. We bought the Capresso 560.01 Infinity 10.5 years ago, and use it most every day. We had to replace the pla...
by Marylander1
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt
Replies: 80
Views: 5442

Re: Car Dealer told us car was Certified, but it isnt

I don't care about paperwork, a verbal contract is as good as written. You likely signed to the contrary. My 2018 car contract includes "This contract, along with all other documents signed by you in connection with the purchase of the vehicle, comprise the entire agreement between you and us affec...
by Marylander1
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 rental car reservations?
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: 2 rental car reservations?

I don't do it. It'll lead rental companies to require up-front payments, and rental cars are one of the few areas where you don't have to pay a fortune when your travel plans change (or are changed by weather, etc.)

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physical Banking - Any benefits anymore?
Replies: 142
Views: 9578

Re: Physical Banking - Any benefits anymore?

Physical bank is a last resort. A few times I decided to go to a physical branch and then once I remembered what it was like to wait in line to do banking, I got over my nostalgia and now I only go there maybe twice a year. Our experiences at TD Bank are quite pleasant. In the past few months, I've...
by Marylander1
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 26013

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

My most expensive mistake was not realizing I should be very careful which dentist did my root canal. My general dentist did an incomplete job that promptly became painlessly infected and nearly fatal in the years before we identified the cause. Health insurance paid most of the $800k but I had to p...
by Marylander1
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4478

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

From the Subaru website: for both engines, they specify the same fuel: unleaded gasoline at 87 octane. The 6-cyl does not require more expensive fuel. Thanks for the correction. I was inadvertently referring to the Forester, for which the Turbo model does recommend high-octane gas. From my owners m...
by Marylander1
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4478

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

Stats: 4-cyl horsepower 175, the 6-cyl HP 256. Acceleration: 4-cyl 0-60 in 9.4 secs, the 6-cyl in 6.9 seconds. Not even close. Trade off of course is less fuel efficiency and more expensive purchase price. Since this is Bogleheads, it seems reasonable to consider miles per dollar as operating costs...
by Marylander1
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3526
Views: 1034486

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, with amazing true stories about the NHS.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4478

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

Contrary to most here, we prefer the low end models. No fancy cruise, automatic warnings, or nav systems. A lot harder to find those on dealer lots. Before writing my response above, I did a quick check of local inventory. Curiously, I saw a surge of low-end Foresters, especially with manual transm...
by Marylander1
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Forester - ready to buy
Replies: 43
Views: 4478

Re: Subaru Forester - ready to buy

We bought a new 2018 Forester 3 weeks ago to replace our 2004 CR-V. We evaluated the CR-V, RAV-4, Forester, and Audi Q5. In our impression, in the years since 2006 Honda has crippled the CR-V with bad design--it now has poor visibility all around, particularly terrible front visibility for tall driv...
by Marylander1
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1662

Re: Good photo book printer for image quality

Years ago, I used Shutterfly, but wasn't impressed by their quality: their printing resolution but also they paper and binding. I searched for a higher quality printer, and found MPix. Their focus has always been photographers who care most about quality. I've used them ever since. I use Photoshop t...
by Marylander1
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a used Subaru
Replies: 16
Views: 1992

Re: Buying a used Subaru

Lots of helpful information, thanks! It seems with the possible exception of Legacy it makes more sense to buy new. We bought our first Subaru last week (2018 Forester) and chose new after reaching the same conclusion. I presumed we'd buy used until I saw that new was less than $4k more. I don't kn...
by Marylander1
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you allow your car stereo to run USB debug mode on your android phone?
Replies: 9
Views: 1385

Re: Would you allow your car stereo to run USB debug mode on your android phone?

I run ALL my Android phones in 'debug' mode. Why? Without it they aren't seen as a USB drive. I'd have no hesitation using Debug mode in any car and I've done so for years. (BTW, I stream the audio via BT not USB) Exactly. You used to be able to plug in a USB cable, authorize the access, and have a...
by Marylander1
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: $400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!

We paid about 30% more for a microwave designed for commercial kitchens, and it's awesome and reliable. The control panel is well designed, one button can start and stop, and doesn't have those idiot buttons for "potato" or "leftovers" that are always wrong anyway. It's designed to be very easy to c...
by Marylander1
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental implant in Tijuana
Replies: 37
Views: 4032

Re: Dental implant in Tijuana

That’s where I’d draw the line. My teeth/body aren’t worth saving a few bucks. Agreed! I think a lot of people don't realize what can go wrong with dentistry. I certainly didn't realize two decades ago when I got a root canal from a local general dentist. Nine years later, it nearly killed me, and ...
by Marylander1
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater vs. Soundbar
Replies: 67
Views: 6520

Re: Home Theater vs. Soundbar

+1 on the Vizio 5.1 serious bang for your buck. Atmos while cool is a gimmick. It's not out yet, but you can soon get a Vizio Atmos soundbar system: https://www.vizio.com/dolby-atmos Like other 5.1 soundbar systems, it includes rear channel speakers and a subwoofer. The rear surround speakers conne...
by Marylander1
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater vs. Soundbar
Replies: 67
Views: 6520

Re: Home Theater vs. Soundbar

We recently replaced our fancy gigantic receiver & speakers with a compact Vizio 5.1 soundbar system. To our ears, the audio quality is just as good, including the rear channel speakers and subwoofer. But the soundbar is at least ten times easier to use. We specifically chose a Vizio TV because that...
by Marylander1
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toughest Purchase of my Life. Engagement Ring time
Replies: 207
Views: 10554

Re: Toughest Purchase of my Life. Engagement Ring time

Also, Pricescope.com is a great resource for information. Seconded! There's a lot of useful material at pricescope.com, and some basic, important truths. For instance, diamonds are priced by weight but perceived by diameter. For a given cut quality (like "ideal"), a shallow diamond looks bigger tha...
by Marylander1
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Splitting Monies between multiple investment houses
Replies: 17
Views: 1582

Re: Splitting Monies between multiple investment houses

Personally, in my view you are overthinking this and unnecessarily creating headaches for yourself by maintaining accounts at multiple brokers for the reason you state. After all, you run a greater risk of getting killed every day while driving in your car (maybe you should quit your job and work f...
by Marylander1
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Financial Newspapers & Publications
Replies: 36
Views: 3113

Re: Financial Newspapers & Publications

The Economist. It tends to cover the longer term situation instead of just last week, dig deeper, and almost never run junk news like irrelevant trends or press releases.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best way to receive large sum of money from another country
Replies: 34
Views: 2682

Re: best way to receive large sum of money from another country

If you're close to a TD Bank, they may be a good option, since TD has branches in the US and Canada. As a small example, TD Customers from either country can use ATMs in the other country at no cost.

https://www.tdbank.com/net/absearch/

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Sat May 19, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant
Replies: 209
Views: 14221

Re: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant

I disagree, however, with your assessment of the consequences of choosing to flaunt social norms about tipping. A life led choosing to tip less than is expected could well lead to a succession of resentful wait staff and could lead to social sanction by family members embarrassed by or disdainful o...
by Marylander1
Wed May 16, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant
Replies: 209
Views: 14221

Re: how do you tip on wine at a restaurant

What if I order water (free), do I tip zero? I tip additionally when I order anything that requires more work than reflected in the bill. This applies whether it's 10 free drink refills because I was extraordinarily thirsty, cleaning up after an infant threw their food on the floor, or a free desse...
by Marylander1
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: underwater camera advice
Replies: 18
Views: 1117

Re: underwater camera advice

I have a TG-5 and it's awesome, a big improvement from the TG-4. It uses a standard micro-USB charger cable so it's compatible with almost any charger or external battery pack, plus its internal swappable battery has a reasonably long life. If you're willing to put extra time into higher-quality ima...
by Marylander1
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NASA Goddard Summer Intern Housing Search
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: NASA Goddard Summer Intern Housing Search

Goddard is in a suburban residential area on several bus routes, including the regional Metrobus, county The Bus, and University of Maryland Shuttle UM. It may be possible to tap into those routes from housing typically rented during the school year by students. There is also a Greenbelters Facebook...
by Marylander1
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Undecided students and STEM majors
Replies: 51
Views: 5069

Re: Undecided students and STEM majors

Sometimes in life, you do get what you pay for. Sons at a private college both had opportunity to switch. ME and b-school both to CS. I suspect it's more correlated with school size (and the bureaucracy and resource constraints that grow with size) than cost. My undergrad was a small public enginee...
by Marylander1
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 5631

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

Thanks to all for the fantastic info. Weber it is! 20-year old grills are good references only if the new grills have the same quality. Weber used to be very good, but their quality seems to have dropped sharply of late, as discussed at https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=216111&p...
by Marylander1
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?
Replies: 13
Views: 1106

Re: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?

I'm surprised Amazon claims their HD streaming option is similar to Blu-Ray. I disagree from my own personal experience. It's possible though that Amazon has recently changed their compression algorithm, bitrate, or both. I've found Amazon's video quality always lower than Blu-Ray, and lower than N...
by Marylander1
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ok fellow bogleheads, was the correction scary or nothing?
Replies: 147
Views: 12352

Re: Ok fellow bogleheads, was the correction scary or nothing?

It's interesting that the term "correction" now always means a drop to the financial press. When something has been undervalued, isn't it also a correction when it rises?

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ordering a Weber grill this week
Replies: 164
Views: 18264

Re: Ordering a Weber grill this week

I had a great Weber grill I bought in 1994 and it lasted 20 years. Then I bought a replacement Weber grill, my last. The old one was tough and mighty. The new one is designed to look tough and mighty, but is weak and fragile. When I opened the box, the side of the lid—seemingly a sheet of cast metal...
by Marylander1
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1034
Views: 110466

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Finished A Carbon. Definitely picked / clarifies up a few epidsodes in. Is it a one season only? After Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan wrote another Takeshi Kovacs story called Broken Angels. If the series does well, I wouldn't be surprised if Netflix makes a "second season" from it. https://en.wiki...
by Marylander1
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mixing fuel octanes for cars
Replies: 57
Views: 4538

Re: Mixing fuel octanes for cars

Our strategy is to avoid buying any car that is so poorly designed as to require needlessly expensive gasoline.

Marylander1
by Marylander1
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: year end charitable gift by credit card
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: year end charitable gift by credit card

When I make an online donation on December 31, I save a copy of the confirmation page, and usually receive an email immediately, which I also save as documentation.

How did you make your payment?

Marylander1