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by miles monroe
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...
Replies: 36
Views: 4764

Re: I'm gonna need a bigger TV...

i'd get the biggest samsung that's in your budget from costco.

and check costco online -- it's a lot easier to have it delivered than bringing it home yourself.

and if you want to splurge go for white glove delivery -- not only do they deliver but they set it up while they are there.
by miles monroe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: No Vanguard Customer Support on weekends
Replies: 76
Views: 11446

Re: No Vanguard Customer Support on weekends

today (saturday) i got a snail mail letter from vanguard thanking me for "restoring access" on sunday. i wasn't aware that my access was ever unrestored. update: called vanguard today. "restoring access" means i changed my password. if they had said that in the letter it would have saved me (and th...
by miles monroe
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee becomes cold too soon
Replies: 119
Views: 10692

Re: Coffee becomes cold too soon

i have an uncle that solves this problem by only pouring a half a cup at a time. :) i have the same issue -- only like coffee that is HOT. while i have coffee cups in the house for others, i only drink coffee out of a stainless steel insulated bubba mug i got from bed bath and beyond. i think it hol...
by miles monroe
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: No Vanguard Customer Support on weekends
Replies: 76
Views: 11446

Re: No Vanguard Customer Support on weekends

first let me say that i logged on to my account and everything is fine; the balances are correct and no account details have been changed. however -- my house was robbed a week ago last saturday night/sunday morning. today (saturday) i got a snail mail letter from vanguard thanking me for "restoring...
by miles monroe
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1931
Views: 208763

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

i'm watching "dead to me" on netflix right now and i think it's great. seems like there is a plot twist every episode.
by miles monroe
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?
Replies: 142
Views: 12086

Re: Ponder this, BH's... is Ben & Jerry's worth it?

i rarely buy store ice cream as it is unhealthy, but when i do i almost always get B&J cherry garcia. (i feel the need to say i hate the music of jerry garcia and the grateful dead.) when i thru hiked the appalachian trail years ago there was a B&J store in manchester center, vermont. in addition to...
by miles monroe
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking a break in your 50s: Is it the kiss of death?
Replies: 86
Views: 9266

Re: Taking a break in your 50s: Is it the kiss of death?

i took a year off at 35 to hike.

no way i would take a year off at 55 if my intention was to find employment at the end of that year.
by miles monroe
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard ongoing glitches, August 12-13, 2019]
Replies: 256
Views: 18448

Re: [Vanguard ongoing glitches, August 12-13, 2019]

i don't mind that vanguard had a pricing issue -- stuff happens.

i do mind that vanguard totally mismanaged this whole event.
by miles monroe
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is there best time to book for a hotel to achieve lowest rate
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: is there best time to book for a hotel to achieve lowest rate

the hotel i normally stay on at the beach lists their prices per day on a calendar on their website. if you don't mind waiting til the last minute, the Hotel Tonight app usually has good prices -- cheaper than their participating hotels charge. (you can book nights in the future; you don't have to w...
by miles monroe
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Home Purchase - Disagreement on Appraisal Contingency
Replies: 81
Views: 4054

Re: First Home Purchase - Disagreement on Appraisal Contingency

would you pay $25,000 for a pack of gum? if not, why would you overpay $25,000 on a house? same thing when you get right down to it. i'd walk away. and if you do, it wouldn't surprise me if the seller decided he didn't really need that 25k clause -- it'd be in his best interest for you to get the ap...
by miles monroe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Cost Burner Phone?
Replies: 16
Views: 2482

Re: Low Cost Burner Phone?

a little over a year ago i bought a tracphone smart phone second phone from QVC. it cost $85 and came with a years service, 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, and 1GB of data. runs on verizon. after the first year i had virtually all of the minutes and texts left so i really only needed to extend the service...
by miles monroe
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grill Mat
Replies: 29
Views: 3262

Re: Grill Mat

i use a metal veggie basket.
by miles monroe
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 7131

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more

police have issued a warning... if you use uber/lyft to get to the airport -- and the driver picks you up at your home with luggage in hand and takes you to the airport -- you've just told a stranger that you are going to be out of town. there have been several robberies that they have tied back to ...
by miles monroe
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google fi users - happy with it and recs?
Replies: 32
Views: 4118

Re: Google fi users - happy with it and recs?

when i'm at home my bill is $30.

when i visit dad (no wi-fi) my bill is $85.

so i "usually" like it...
by miles monroe
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pre Cruise Ft Lauderdale Hotel
Replies: 36
Views: 2496

Re: Pre Cruise Ft Lauderdale Hotel

On our first couple of cruises out of Fort Lauderdale, we would arrive a day early but found it too much of a hassle. Load and unload luggage twice, shuttle from airport to hotel, shuttle from hotel to cruise port, taxi to restaurant for dinner, and crowded hotel. So now we just catch an early flig...
by miles monroe
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a refrigerator at Sears?
Replies: 37
Views: 3298

Re: Buy a refrigerator at Sears?

i used to buy all my appliances from sears, but over the last 10 years or so i've switched to lowes or home depot as i've found their prices to be better.
by miles monroe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No more print Money magazine
Replies: 109
Views: 16749

Re: No more print Money magazine

i recieved the august kiplingers today and it shows the revised "last issue" date on the mailing label.
by miles monroe
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 4092

Re: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

personally, i wouldn't put it on my resume but would bring it up at an interview.
by miles monroe
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5466
Views: 1351996

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

yesterday which i thot was worth the investment in time and money seeing it at the theater.

yesterday is the story of an unsuccessful musician who wakes up after a 12 second global power outage -- and is the only person in the world who has ever heard of the beatles.
by miles monroe
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
Replies: 17
Views: 1785

Re: Windows Defender and Malwarebytes

Personally I would use the free version of malwarebytes to run a periodic scan and then use defender or whatever as your real time scanner. me too. periodically i get a notification that defender has been turned off (i didn't do it!) so i have to go in and turn it back on. i have no idea why that h...
by miles monroe
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: .
Replies: 88
Views: 5777

Re: Tire Pressure Monitoring System failed: Replace or Ignore?

my dear grandmother used to say that people who don't fix their TPMS are "penny wise and pound foolish".
by miles monroe
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1931
Views: 208763

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

mr iglesias on netflix.

comedian gabriel iglisias plays a high school teacher.

kinda dumb family friendly sit com.
but i like dumb. :)
by miles monroe
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 18648

Re: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3

The lighthouse is super cool (google it and you will see). sorry about your financial loss -- but i agree -- that is super cool! even has it's own facebook page. :) here's an article i found interesting. thanks for your post! https://fox8.com/2017/07/04/woman-calls-living-in-lake-erie-lighthouse-a-...
by miles monroe
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 276
Views: 36568

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

ponyboy wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:56 am
I cant believe people still listen to sirius radio. Podcasts are free, you actually learn stuff, and it makes whatever drive or commute you have much more enjoyable.
exactly! i listened to a podcast that said how great satellite radio was so i gave it a try. they were right!
by miles monroe
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta
Replies: 82
Views: 7720

Re: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta

lol, i know what clark howard would say if you asked him about moving to the left coast and renting out your atlanta house...

good luck with your decision.
by miles monroe
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: anyone heard of or use forevercar.com?
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: anyone heard of or use forevercar.com?

I follow a lot of Clark Howard’s advice, and one of his recommendations is to only get auto manufacturers repair plans from the actual co, ie Toyota, Ford, etc, if you can’t afford the repairs. This looks to NOT be a manufacturer plan, so hard pass for me. BBB complaint page https://www.bbb.org/us/...
by miles monroe
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco Visa credit limit
Replies: 48
Views: 5909

Re: Costco Visa credit limit

i had the costco amex which was transferred to costco visa.

my credit limit is 15,200. i've never asked for an increase.

this is the only account i have with citi; that may be the reason it is higher than some of the others mentioned.
by miles monroe
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports classes in Universities
Replies: 60
Views: 4084

Re: Sports classes in Universities

I ended up doing golf and badminton. I was in a badminton class with some guys from Pakistan. I learned that competitive badminton is nothing like "summer picnic" badminton. i was on my high school badminton team. quite an eye opener -- you're right -- it's nothing like we played in the back yard!
by miles monroe
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you carry Umbrella Insurance?
Replies: 142
Views: 10991

Re: Do you carry Umbrella Insurance?

a couple hundred bucks to protect a million dollars is the best value you can get in the insurance game.

crazy not to have it.
by miles monroe
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No more print Money magazine
Replies: 109
Views: 16749

Re: No more print Money magazine

i just read the june issue -- what a horrible job of explaining they did -- starting with the fact the info was hidden in the "editors note" page with nothing to indicate the magazine was going away.

but we get the FREE! facebook group. :)
by miles monroe
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 10151

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

elainet7 wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:30 pm
50-60M americans paying 50-60 bucks membership fees?????
lol, i pay $120.

(of course, that's the upfront cost. costco actually pays me to shop there.)
by miles monroe
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Zillow house price estimate
Replies: 44
Views: 6467

Re: Value of Zillow house price estimate

if zillow would buy my house for what they say it's worth, i'd sell to em in a heartbeat!
by miles monroe
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy a mattress
Replies: 62
Views: 7637

Re: How to buy a mattress

i was at costco yesterday and noticed that they now have the casper mattress for sale in the warehouse.
by miles monroe
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 10151

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

sams is owned by wal-mart and it shows.
by miles monroe
Mon May 20, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?
Replies: 77
Views: 6646

Re: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?

hard pass; doesn't make economic sense and is an environmental disaster.
by miles monroe
Mon May 20, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car repairs: what to do next time
Replies: 42
Views: 2952

Re: Car repairs: what to do next time

They say you should never pay more than half of what your car is worth in repairs. depends on who "they" is. AAA says 50%. clark howard used to say 50% -- but when he read what consumer reports said he said he may need to change his advice. consumer reports and edmunds both say repair up to 100% th...
by miles monroe
Wed May 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: The 4% rule
Replies: 94
Views: 7373

Re: The 4% rule

i call it the "4% suggestion".
by miles monroe
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much to Tip Wedding Officiant
Replies: 38
Views: 2713

Re: How Much to Tip Wedding Officiant

i wouldn't "tip" a friend.

i agree that one should adequately tip their preacher/priest.
by miles monroe
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1931
Views: 208763

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

killing eve on amc.
by miles monroe
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a TV
Replies: 32
Views: 1740

Re: Buying a TV

go wander around costco. you'll be amazed at how far your money goes these days in the TV dept.
by miles monroe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 5900

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

smart marketing move.

much like ESPN is a "must" for most men, HGTV is a "must" for most women who have veto power over the tv provider.

on a personal level, i like the addition of TLC and FN.
by miles monroe
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another lawn mower thread:
Replies: 23
Views: 1695

Re: Another lawn mower thread:

my small engine mechanic recommends honda mowers.

i buy sears becasue they're cheaper -- and i always get them on sale. parts are easy to get also.

if you get a non propelled mower you'll get a bit more exercise while you're at it!
by miles monroe
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another lawn mower thread:
Replies: 23
Views: 1695

Re: Another lawn mower thread:

self propelled is just something else than eventually breaks and/or needs adjusted and if you don't do your own annual maintenance adds a few bucks to the cost.
by miles monroe
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solution for a thick wallet
Replies: 58
Views: 6116

Re: Solution for a thick wallet

my allett nylon sport wallet with 10 cards and a few bills is skinnier than my old regualr leather wallet is empty.

it's (being totally serious) life changing.
by miles monroe
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?
Replies: 63
Views: 5712

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight: Would you rebook?

as a firm believer in murphy's law, there is no way i would set foot in one of those planes.
by miles monroe
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTv Now changes
Replies: 32
Views: 2829

Re: DirecTv Now changes

someone called clark howard last week about the directv price increase.

clark said to fire them and go with someone else.
by miles monroe
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice on a carpet cleaner
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: advice on a carpet cleaner

costco sells the "rug doctor" that sure looks like the same thing that you can rent from the grocery store or walmart. $400 vs $25 ish per rental i'm considering getting it as it would certainly be more convenient than renting. and ya don't know what the last person to use that rental unit cleaned w...
by miles monroe
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower(s)
Replies: 43
Views: 3737

Re: Lawnmower(s)

after ethanol gas gunked up a leaf blower (replaced) and a lawnmower (paid to have repaired) i learned my lesson and only use ethanol free gas in my yard equipment. there are websites which list nationwide where you can get ethanol free gas. it's becoming more and more of an option; there are now 2 ...
by miles monroe
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weighted blankets
Replies: 23
Views: 5121

Re: weighted blankets

don't own one, don't plan on getting one, don't know how much these cost, but i got an email from one of my shopping deal sites today and they have one of these for supposedly half off. i remembered reading this thread earlier and thot i'd post the link if anyone is interested. https://untilgone.com...
by miles monroe
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we have renters insurance?
Replies: 68
Views: 4463

Re: Should we have renters insurance?

don't listen to me, listen to clark howard...and clark says you need renters insurance.