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by fishmonger
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remembering a Beloved Family Pet
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: Remembering a Beloved Family Pet

Should also add that we are putting him down at home, surrounded by the ones he loved the most
by fishmonger
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remembering a Beloved Family Pet
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: Remembering a Beloved Family Pet

I am so sorry for your loss, we love dogs too and they provide amazing memories despite all the work. If you have a photo of him in his younger days there are plenty of artists on etsy or other sites who can make a really fine drawing for you that you can put on your wall. Give him that steak and I...
by fishmonger
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remembering a Beloved Family Pet
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Remembering a Beloved Family Pet

The heart and soul of our family, our 13 year old chocolate lab, is being put down tomorrow evening. Won't get into the details, it is simply time. He is going to be cremated and we have a list of spots that we want to spread his ashes that were meaningful to him (and us). I'm wondering what any of ...
by fishmonger
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for "Stolen" Money
Replies: 93
Views: 7547

Re: Recourse for "Stolen" Money

...buy some football tickets off Craigslist ... Sent him the funds Western Union From the Craigslist site (on every single page and ad): "Avoid scams, deal locally Beware wiring (e.g. Western Union), cashier checks, money orders, shipping." Looks like you fell for the craigslist scammer. Consider y...
by fishmonger
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for "Stolen" Money
Replies: 93
Views: 7547

Recourse for "Stolen" Money

So I'll try to keep this brief. I went to buy some football tickets off Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. It was only about a week out from the game, so I had a phone call with the buyer, and googled his address which he showed up as living there. Sent him the funds Western Union, so he had to show ...
by fishmonger
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Home" Cell Phone
Replies: 40
Views: 3439

"Home" Cell Phone

So based on the collective wisdom of the Bogleheads wife and I switched from Verizon to Page Plus maybe 6-7 years ago and haven't looked back. We have never had a home phone. However our kids (4th and 3rd grade) will be taking the bus home from school this year and hanging out at the house for a bit...
by fishmonger
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Yes, give up watching football. You'll be glad you did after a couple of years. So much more free time :) +1. Glad to see I am not alone in cutting the cord on NFL football. Games were getting boring to me, and the collective league boycott of Colin, who I think still has lots of talent, was last s...
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

There are a few streaming services that have it - Playstation, Sling, Fubo. There may be others. Some of these services aren't all that cheap, and some just have the NFL Network and not the Red Zone. I'll be following this thread with interest. The Red Zone and NHL Center Ice are the only things ke...
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

So looks like PlayStation Vue is a contender. What do people recommend between Roku, Amazon Firestick, etc? Want it to be as easy as possible, we have two Sony smart TVs
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

DirecTV is still cutting deals. Great deals actually. I recently renegotiated since my discounts were dropping off. I was able to get $65 in discounts each month x 12 months. My monthly bill (all in) is $76.65. Four HD receivers. No contract. Don't give up yet OP. You just gotta get the right perso...
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3471

Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

So finally cutting the cord. Have had Directv for about 7 years, always called and threatened to cancel and they would always slash my bill. No dice this go around, so we're cancelling. Looking into streaming options (even DirecTV now, funny as that is) and I don't see any option that has NFL Networ...
by fishmonger
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 3526

Re: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

It’s July. November isn’t that far off. I’m sure you know better than to jump at the first offer that comes your way. I would quietly continue your job search while trying not to let megacorp incompetence get under your skin (I know, not as easy as it sounds). Patience, grasshopper. When November r...
by fishmonger
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 3526

Re: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

Thanks for all the replies, sorry for the late response y'all. To be clear, I would never put Controller as my title without holding the position. I was just looking for feedback to see if there was a "proper" way to represent there was a promotion on the table. I said in the initial post that I di...
by fishmonger
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 3526

Re: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

Thanks for all the replies, sorry for the late response y'all. To be clear, I would never put Controller as my title without holding the position. I was just looking for feedback to see if there was a "proper" way to represent there was a promotion on the table. I said in the initial post that I did...
by fishmonger
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume
Replies: 40
Views: 3526

Job Promotion - How to Show on Resume

I'll try to keep this brief and not get bogged down in the weeds of why I'm considering leaving my current employer. Have been at my current role for close to 3 years (Assistant Controller). My boss is retiring in November 2019 and I will be promoted to Controller/CFO. At the same time I am starting...
by fishmonger
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1098 Necessary?
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: 1098 Necessary?

MarkNYC wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:55 am
In this situation, Form 1098 is not required for two reasons:

1. The loan was not made in the course of the lender's (parents) trade or business
2. The loan was not secured by the property, so it would be a personal loan not a mortgage loan, so Form 1098 does not apply.
Gracias!
by fishmonger
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1098 Necessary?
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: 1098 Necessary?

They didn't record the loan... Just to be clear, if they didn't record the loan in any manner, it is my opinion that the IRS may consider this a gift and not a loan. This may or may not be a good thing in this situation. They should be ok there. It's recorded in a signed document by both parties wi...
by fishmonger
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1098 Necessary?
Replies: 4
Views: 344

1098 Necessary?

So I'm helping some family members with their tax return. Parents loaned money to their kids to buy a house. They didn't record the loan, and secure the property so the interest is non-deductible (most likely a non-issue anyway with the $24k standard deduction). Parents need to take the interest on ...
by fishmonger
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nissan Slate of SUV's
Replies: 16
Views: 969

Nissan Slate of SUV's

So our 2007 Highlander with 230xxx miles is likely on it's way out in the next year or two. Wife and I have always been big Toyota fans (I drive a Tacoma). Between us, the kids and our lab we'll be shopping for another SUV. Long story short, when the time comes I should be able to get a favorable de...
by fishmonger
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 6528

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

In December I purchased a full set of dumbbells (5-50 lbs) for about 900 bucks. Some of the best money I ever spent. Added to a bench and pull-up bar I already had, just cancelled by gym membership that was $82/month. Will pay for itself in less than a year. Also picked up a cheap exercise bike for ...
by fishmonger
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My brother is only 16 and I'm concerned about his college future - should I be?
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: My brother is only 16 and I'm concerned about his college future - should I be?

I would wait years before I'd worry about it, kid is 16. Some of the most successful people I know were "screw ups" in high school or even shortly after. If anything, I would care about his character and work ethic. If he's fine in those areas, he'll likely be fine as a fully functioning adult, whet...
by fishmonger
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.
Replies: 177
Views: 16808

Re: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.

- Grandpa’s second wife badgers him to redo estate plan with friendly lawyer and magically emerges with $3 million bequest - Relatives try to buy out dads interest in family business while estate in probate Yes, things will go wrong. This just happened with my wife's grandfather. Basically lives of...
by fishmonger
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 99
Views: 8175

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

If those are your 3 options, and you truly intend to keep it until it dies, Toyota is a no-brainer. Ford sells a lot of trucks to the builder/construction industries who wear them out and the vast majority never get to 10 years old. Anecdotally, driving around notice how many 1st generation Tacomas ...
by fishmonger
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fine Dining Cape Cod
Replies: 14
Views: 1446

Re: Fine Dining Cape Cod

Two good options that fit what you are asking: Ocean House - amazing views, great food. Reservations can be tough, may not be an option Clean Slate Eatery - Get the tasting menu. Food is unsurpassed on the Cape Had been to Ocean House once before years ago and was underwhelmed, but would certainly ...
by fishmonger
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fine Dining Cape Cod
Replies: 14
Views: 1446

Fine Dining Cape Cod

Wife and I have our 10 year anniversary next week and are going to the Cape for the long weekend. I've been travelling to the Cape every summer since before I could walk so I know it well. We love to eat and drink, but generally hit up casual spots, beach bars, etc. We've been to plenty of good to v...
by fishmonger
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Morning/Nighttime Stretching Routine
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Morning/Nighttime Stretching Routine

Trying to keep this away from the medical advice realm. I just graduated from PT after having a pinched nerve in my neck for about the last 3 months. I'm wondering if any of you have a morning or night-time stretching routine? I'm fairly active, and always do a dynamic warmup before a gym session. B...
by fishmonger
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 97
Views: 7117

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

Go to Alaska
by fishmonger
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry On Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2962

Re: Carry On Luggage Recommendations

Just because something is called a "carry on" does not mean that it will always be carried on. Sometimes the overhead bins are full and you have no choice but to gate check your luggage. Not if you learn how to pack light. I use a small backpack with enough clothes to go 3 days. All hotels everywhe...
by fishmonger
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry On Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2962

Re: Carry On Luggage Recommendations

Thanks for the replies y'all. Since I'm looking for one to carry on/stuff in an overhead bin, I assume soft would be better?

We mostly backpacked back in the day so have never had hard luggage
by fishmonger
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carry On Luggage Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2962

Carry On Luggage Recommendations

So my 10 year anniversary is coming up. Wife and I love to travel but have done very little of it in recent years (having kids aged 9 and 7 will do that). We have plans to go to Key West in Feb, and Montana in August. Looking to get her a solid piece of carry on luggage with spinner wheels. Having a...
by fishmonger
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cut back on 401k contribution to build HSA?
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Cut back on 401k contribution to build HSA?

I would not decrease pre-tax 401k contributions to fund your HSA (beyond the $2k matched). I would also not skip your Roth IRA in favor of HSA. Yes, it is triple tax-advantaged, but it is narrow in its use (medical expenses). Note the HSA contribution limits for 2019: Single: $3,500 Family: $7,000 ...
by fishmonger
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 401k "advice" to my associates
Replies: 51
Views: 2330

Re: 401k "advice" to my associates

As mentioned earlier, I'd be careful about pushing it too hard. Would keep it real broad that you offer the benefit and would love to have everyone be a participant. More than that you could get into potential liability territory. Unlikely yes, but you are not a fiduciary and shouldn't act like one....
by fishmonger
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Varying college costs across kids in the same family
Replies: 92
Views: 5488

Re: Varying college costs across kids in the same family

My kids are 8 and 7 so I'm a long ways from having to make these decisions. But I think it really depends on the kid. I'm shocked at the number of posters saying "offer to pay for college or to give them cash." I don't think kids are mature enough to make that decision at 17, 18 years old. I wouldn'...
by fishmonger
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing Boats to Autos
Replies: 24
Views: 1564

Re: Comparing Boats to Autos

To be clear, I'm not looking for general boat buying tips, or how much to spend (I'm well aware of the costs).

Just hoping for some user experience of brands and what are good quality vs. what to stay away from. Very easy to do with autos, which is why I was looking for that comparison
by fishmonger
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing Boats to Autos
Replies: 24
Views: 1564

Comparing Boats to Autos

I know opinions on this will probably be all over the map. I'm looking to get a 17-19' boat, a combination of fishability and a decent ride for the family - tubing, jet skiing, etc. The majority of the time will be used in calm lake waters. Looking to spend around $10k, plus or minus. Brands I'm loo...
by fishmonger
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Housing cost as a % of Income
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

Re: Housing cost as a % of Income

In my opinion there are way too many variables to offer a strict percentage. Single/married/kids? Day care costs? Medical expenses? Job security?

A single person making $200k can "afford" a lot more house than a 2 income household making $200k with 3 kids
by fishmonger
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling Dental Practice and Office Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1134

Re: Selling Dental Practice and Office Question

Installment sale is the way to go, but be careful with how it's structured (exactly what you are selling, for what price). Certain items are excluded
by fishmonger
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best consumer products - made in USA
Replies: 62
Views: 3897

Re: Best consumer products - made in USA

Agree on Darn Tough socks.

Would also add Rogue Fitness, Stihl and Tree House beer!
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Key West Family Vacation - February

Actually, I don't think any of the posts (so far) give it a "Go!" (for 6 days with kids) without reservations. I would find it difficult to put together a 6-day kid-friendly itinerary. Just putting this out for discussion. As much as I "want" to like Key West, I just can't put my finger on why I do...
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)
Replies: 48
Views: 6384

Re: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)

Nonfiction:
So hard to whittle the list down to just one. If I had to pick 3 I would go with:
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The Perfect Storm - Sebastian Junger
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

Fiction:
The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway

Finance:
The Millionaire Next Door
by fishmonger
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Maine
Replies: 38
Views: 3935

Re: Trip to Maine

Bumping this thread as my wife and I have booked our trip to Maine & fly in next month The itinerary is as follows: Fly from Pittsburgh into Portland. Rent a car, drive down to Ogunquit. Drive up to Bar Harbor, and the last night in Portland. It was difficult to extend much longer due to other plan...
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Key West Family Vacation - February

Had no idea Key West would be such a passionate "Go!" No, don't go! topic. We've traveled quite a bit and our kids are pretty worldly for their age so I'm not worried about them seeing something inappropriate in a storefront window. They've been to Ptown in the height of the summer and had a blast. ...
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Key West Family Vacation - February

I highly recommend Dry Tortugas. We took the float plane. More expensive than the ferry, but well worth it to me. We took the first flight of the day. We beat the ferry, so we pretty much had to island to ourselves. I also heard a lot of the ferry passengers get sea sick. We also took a snorkling t...
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Key West Family Vacation - February

What about spots to eat? We love good food, especially seafood
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: Key West Family Vacation - February

tadamsmar wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:34 am
Zachary Taylor State Park is a good place to hang out.

http://www.fortzacharytaylor.com/
Yes, also on the agenda
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Key West Family Vacation - February
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Key West Family Vacation - February

So after searching for a while, we decided to take a 6 day trip to Key West at the end of February. We'll be flying into Key West, not driving from the mainland. Looking for ideas of things to do: we're planning to take the ferry to Dry Tortugas, go fishing, generally hit the beach/pool, hang out an...
by fishmonger
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3774

Re: Cleaning gas grill

I use a wooden scrapper I got at Costco to clean the grates after the grill has heated up. Once every two years I will take the grill apart entirely and clean out grease using degreaser and steel wool. Grills don't take a whole lot of maintenance in my opinion. The most important thing has been cov...
by fishmonger
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marriott Rewards Customer Service
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: Marriott Rewards Customer Service

The merger slowing things down makes sense
by fishmonger
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marriott Rewards Customer Service
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Marriott Rewards Customer Service

Wife and I enjoy staying at Marriott's most places we go. Finally decided to take them up on their most recent offer on the Marriott Rewards Visa (100k points if you spend $5000 in the first 3 months). I had an issue being able to log into my Rewards account, and to put it mildly the customer servic...