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by SR II
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving seats on Southwest
Replies: 210
Views: 11258

Re: Saving seats on Southwest

squirm wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:52 pm
Yeah, it's called doing the right thing - I'll continue to purchase earlybirds for all of us. It's the right thing and I doubt SW intended people to abuse the system. We're not starving either.
I agree. When I buy it, I buy it for the whole party.
by SR II
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 3613

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

When I was in college and Corelle first came out in the early 70s, I worked in a big box discount store that sold it. A group of us store associates were standing around as the head of the housewares department extolled the virtues of this fine new product. We examined and passed around a dinner pla...
by SR II
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: selling house, should we put in sod to replace ugly lawn?
Replies: 45
Views: 3759

Re: selling house, should we put in sod to replace ugly lawn?

She has a year. Put out a ton of seed, fertilize it and water it like crazy during that time. It will be beautiful when it goes on the market.
by SR II
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay in Maui?
Replies: 24
Views: 2014

Re: Where to stay in Maui?

birnhamwood wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:54 pm
VRBO.com has been our go-to site for years and has never disappointed. That's Vacation Rentals by Owner.
+1
by SR II
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car renting
Replies: 29
Views: 2471

Re: Car renting

Thanks all. The rating that I have posted is for the specific location I'm travelling to. The advantage with Costco rental is that I can add a second driver for free. Otherwise I'll end up paying extra $10-15/day. So altogether my savings are going above $100. By law, if you are renting a car in Ca...
by SR II
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing Smoke Detectors (not just batteries)
Replies: 30
Views: 1971

Re: replacing Smoke Detectors (not just batteries)

All, Today I got a complete set of smoke detectors. Turns out that the new ones, though ostensibly compatible with the old ones, can't use the "pigtails" in place for the old detectors. The old had three in-line pins and the new had three in a triangle shape... Same thing happened to us. Couple of ...
by SR II
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?
Replies: 67
Views: 4956

Re: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:46 pm
I've used AAA a number of times. Tipping has never even crossed my mind.
Same here. Have used it since 1972 and never thought of tipping.
by SR II
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus or Camry?
Replies: 34
Views: 3356

Re: Lexus or Camry?

Easy one. I'd keep the one with a lot less miles on it. In this case it happens to be the Lexus. But, if the Camry was the one with 39k miles on it, I'd keep it and sell the Lexus.
by SR II
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner's: notice of non-renewal. Where/how to shop?
Replies: 41
Views: 4914

Re: Homeowner's: notice of non-renewal. Where/how to shop?

Twenty-two years ago (and single, and not paying as much attention as I do now, and etc.) I went with AAA for homeowners, because that's where my auto was. So far so good: no home claims; a few minor auto claims. They've dropped me due to their own reduced appetite for wildfires. (I'm not adjacent ...
by SR II
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you think about this $4M house idea?
Replies: 103
Views: 7968

Re: What do you think about this $4M house idea?

In 2012, my son wanted to buy a brand new house in Vegas. He finally found a new construction development at that time during the Vegas meltdown. The builder was trying to close out the development and only had three or four lots left to build on. They were throwing all the extras in for free to get...
by SR II
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Considering Move from Bay Area to LA ... What Salary to Target?
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Considering Move from Bay Area to LA ... What Salary to Target?

I don't know anything about the Los Angeles IT job situation. I worked in a totally different industry. But, as a parent of two kids that went to public schools, schools within Los Angeles Unified School District vary a lot. If you live and work in certain parts of the city, you could end up with th...
by SR II
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...
Replies: 29
Views: 1744

Re: Idea for a basic drawing book for granddaughter...

I don't know if your daughter is interested in drawing for animation or not, but this is a great book by Richard Williams (he just passed away Saturday): "The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators" htt...
by SR II
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Could frozen fruit be actually moldy, or am I imagining things?
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

Re: Could frozen fruit be actually moldy, or am I imagining things?

I've had several issues with Costco produce: moldy dates, moldy grapes, rotten apples, even refrigerated mixed fresh fruit in a large jar that was fermented upon opening. Once bought string cheese that smelled and tasted like sour milk. They were bad as soon as I got home. I returned some of these i...
by SR II
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What companies provide the best customer service
Replies: 58
Views: 4270

Re: What companies provide the best customer service

Southwest Airlines. I've had them really step up and reroute me on an unpublished route to avoid a winter storm. Got home only a couple of hours late, rather than being stuck in Chicago for a couple of days.
by SR II
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How should my Spouse and I handle a $300,000 Settlement?
Replies: 119
Views: 7408

Re: How should my Spouse and I handle a $300,000 Settlement?

OP---
I sincerely hope you take my advice. I truly think you are posting in the wrong forum. You don't need financial advice from strangers as much as the two of you need some serious marital counseling. My best to both of you.
by SR II
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paperwork to keep after selling your home
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: Paperwork to keep after selling your home

I don't have an answer. But, we are in the same boat with loads of files from a house we sold last year. I, too, don't know when we can offload all this paperwork! Hope you get an answer!
by SR II
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you find good travel deals?
Replies: 20
Views: 3562

Re: How do you find good travel deals?

Check https://www.travelzoo.com/top20/?pageType=Homepage. I think they change every week.
by SR II
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare does not allow staff to babysit
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

Re: Daycare does not allow staff to babysit

They say, "Insurance and liability constraints prohibit staff from working for families". To me this does not make any sense. What happens after hours should not be of any concern to them, no? Is this worth raising a stink over or are they right? This was in the dark ages, but when my kids were in ...
by SR II
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy the highest trim car ?
Replies: 120
Views: 8110

Re: Do you buy the highest trim car ?

student wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:19 am
I prefer mid trim to get all the safety feature. Things like leather seats and sunroof that often are included in the highest trim are not important to me.
+1
by SR II
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Update with Part 2: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?
Replies: 57
Views: 4563

Re: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?

No it's not a mobile home. Scratches and dents mean like paint scuffed here. Tile chipped there. Bathroom grout thin there. I think I'm understanding the house. It's not a tear down. It's actually very nice. But it's not a mcmansion most people are building on their land. Id argue it's a solid aver...
by SR II
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Update with Part 2: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?
Replies: 57
Views: 4563

Re: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?

<CLIP> The current 3M valuation of the house is due to the value of the land, not the structure. The house is nice and livable, renovated 30 years ago and extremely well maintained but there are some glaring deficiencies. Options include: 1. Sell it as is, do not invest a penny more in it 2. Fix an...
by SR II
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you deal with looking bad compared to others?
Replies: 77
Views: 5481

Re: How do you deal with looking bad compared to others?

Retire early and snicker all the way to the bank!
by SR II
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Update with Part 2: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?
Replies: 57
Views: 4563

Re: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?

A SFH of that value makes for a very poor rental unit. Better to sell. This apartment building is currently for sale in Santa Barbara. It is in a nice area. Good clientele. It is selling for "asking" $2,995,000 The per door price is a bit high but not sure of rent income as have not seen the financ...
by SR II
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Update with Part 2: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?
Replies: 57
Views: 4563

Re: What would it take for you, the non-landlord, passive-investor, to become a landlord?

For those of you who do not want to be passive landlords (e.g. buy a property and outsource to a property management company) and prefer true passive investments (index funds), how much “guaranteed upside” would it take? Here is the background: Like many bogleheads here, I come from a family of ext...
by SR II
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?
Replies: 127
Views: 11409

Re: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?

Obviously a baby at any time is a blessing, but I would try to avoid having a child in September / October. Once they reach school age you then have a choice to either (1) send them to Kindergarten and First Grade when they are first eligible and have them be the youngest in the class, or (2) hold ...
by SR II
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?
Replies: 153
Views: 10552

Re: Who cuts your hair? And for how much?

I buzz my husband's hair with a Wahl #2 all over. Never been paid or gotten a tip! :P
He does trim his own beard. :wink:
by SR II
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Day Has Come - Hit Retirement Number - Now What?
Replies: 103
Views: 11344

Re: The Day Has Come - Hit Retirement Number - Now What?

Congratulations on hitting your number!

But, it sounds like you aren't mentally ready to retire. When you are ready, you'll know it.
by SR II
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car color
Replies: 41
Views: 4589

Re: car color

I'm not familiar with the Lexus rh450 (is this correct?), but wouldn't repaint a brand new car unless I had to! I'd pick the color I like best on that particular model and only consider painting it your wife's favorite color after it has been in a wreck!
by SR II
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do you brace for impact?
Replies: 65
Views: 6413

Re: How do you brace for impact?

"How do you brace for impact?"
Diversify and keep cost of living low. The end!
by SR II
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Elderly grandparents moving in with parents; what should they plan for?
Replies: 63
Views: 5606

Re: Elderly grandparents moving in with parents; what should they plan for?

OP-- Maybe I missed this, but what is happening with the grandparent's residence? If they were renting, get everything out and give the house/apartment back to the owner ASAP to cut costs. If they own a house can it be sold or rented out to help with some in-home assistance costs? For what it is wor...
by SR II
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax return filed 4/3/19, still no refund received. How screwed am I?
Replies: 29
Views: 4392

Re: Tax return filed 4/3/19, still no refund received. How screwed am I?

OP- A few years ago our IRS return showed "in process" on their website for weeks on end. Ends up, a fraudulent return was filed at the beginning of the year and a refund check had already been issued to the fraudsters. Took until November to straighten out, but the IRS made us whole, including inte...
by SR II
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Big (expensive) remodel in LA -- advice and tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: Big (expensive) remodel in LA -- advice and tips?

Thanks for the replies. Yes, there is an element of market timing here...every architect or design/build firm I've talked to has said "we are crazy busy right now". So I'm hesitant to jump into a crowded market. Much rather do this during a downturn when quality subs are cheaper or even just availa...
by SR II
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet
Replies: 51
Views: 4699

Re: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet

NHRATA01 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:31 pm
Recent year Buick LaCrosse or Regal will get you what you want at pretty reasonable mileage for $15K vs a comparable Lexus or Acura. Buick has done well in the reliability rankings for the past few years.
I was also going to recommend a slightly used Buick; quiet and comfortable.
by SR II
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 1173

Re: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions

JoMoney wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:11 am
Maybe check out a TV show, like
Jimmy Kimmel https://1iota.com/show/1/jimmy-kimmel-live
Ellen https://send.ellentv.com/tickets/
Not "kid friendly" and hard to get tickets. You will be standing in line for literally hours.
by SR II
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 1173

Re: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions

Spent my first 62 years in LA and raised two kids there. My main suggestion would be to leave two days at Disneyland to the end of the trip; like a grand finale. There are so many fun things to do in the area with kids, many listed above. A few that I didn't see mentioned are: Travel Town in Griffit...
by SR II
Fri May 31, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPDATE to What to do with a 24" analog CRT TV?
Replies: 58
Views: 3730

Re: What to do with a 24" analog CRT TV?

Donate it to a museum. Hahaha!
by SR II
Thu May 23, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber vs Broil King Grills
Replies: 25
Views: 2617

Re: Weber vs Broil King Grills

I'm about to drop some money on a new grill and was set on a Weber for a while; however, I stopped to look one more time and some Broil King grills caught my eye. I researched them and they seem to be pretty solid and comparable, if not better in some cases, to Weber. The grill specs seem to be bet...
by SR II
Wed May 15, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long will a shirt last?
Replies: 34
Views: 2710

Re: How long will a shirt last?

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 3:27 pm
ResearchMed wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 9:15 am
I'm just trying to figure out how these shirts "work":

"- 100% Cotton
- Imported
- Hook & Eye closure
"

Hook & Eye closure?

:confused

RM
I've only seen "hook and eye" closures on women's clothing. . . or cabinet latches. :shock:
Maybe these shirts have a built-in bra! :wink:
by SR II
Sun May 12, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy car off lease before lease expires
Replies: 10
Views: 1134

Re: Buy car off lease before lease expires

I'd wait. Circumstances can change. Keep your options open.
by SR II
Sat May 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?
Replies: 27
Views: 2637

Re: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?

One "weirdity" about the 2019 Forester is that even if the radio is turned off before you turn off the vehicle, it turns back on when you start it up. The delivery rep at the dealer said he have had lots of complaint about that and it will probably be a software fix down the road. I hope so!
by SR II
Sat May 04, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?
Replies: 27
Views: 2637

Re: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?

tomd37 wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 10:17 am
MobyDick - My understanding is you can turn off the auto stop-start each time you start the vehicle by just pushing a button.
That's correct.
by SR II
Sat May 04, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash in London?
Replies: 54
Views: 3700

Re: How much cash in London?

Do you have a chip and pin credit card or just a chip and signature? Chip and signature won’t work in many automated kiosks so take cash for that, but otherwise you’ll be fine everywhere. We’re typical Americans with chip and signature only, so I’m thinking a few pounds for kiosks and tips, and cal...
by SR II
Sat May 04, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal SSA payment too early ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1306

Re: Spousal SSA payment too early ?

Hmmm, SSA, does not show her PIA since she is already claiming however her last statement shows $1081 at 66 and 4 months, and $1505 at age 70. I have already claimed my benefits. I am 80 years old and it sounds like the loophole has been closed. She should claim her benefits immediately, then switc...
by SR II
Fri May 03, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?
Replies: 27
Views: 2637

Re: new Subaru Forester 2019 - Accessories?

OP - We've had a 2019 Forester Premium since the beginning of March. Previously had a 2016 Forester Premium (with EyeSight as an option). This vehicle comes standard with so much more than the previous version. Just so you know what options we have: All-Weather Package with Blind-Spot Detection/Cros...
by SR II
Thu May 02, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever used a water damage restoration company to help file insurance claim?
Replies: 22
Views: 1366

Re: Anyone ever used a water damage restoration company to help file insurance claim?

Has anyone here ever used a water damage restoration company to help file an insurance claim? Is it better to just call my insurance company and file the claim myself? Or is it better to have a water damage restoration company file the insurance claim for me? What things do I need to watch out for ...
by SR II
Wed May 01, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car shopping advice (sanity check)
Replies: 56
Views: 5586

Re: Car shopping advice (sanity check)

OP - Living at home (not paying rent)? What do your parents think? If you were my kid, I'd say to drive your current car until the wheels fall off and save your money.
by SR II
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the cons of always being a one parent working household?
Replies: 134
Views: 9156

Re: What are the cons of always being a one parent working household?

RJC wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:34 pm
How does the stay-at-home parent go back to work after raising the kids? That is a big gap in their resume.
+1
What happens when the kids grow up? Still SAHP?
Also, stuff happens, like divorce, death or disability of working spouse. I'd be worried about having all income in one basket.
by SR II
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EXTREMELY frugal things from our parents and grandparents
Replies: 110
Views: 10347

Re: EXTREMELY frugal things from our paernets and grandparents

My in-laws (in their mid-50s now) washed and reused ziplock bags, until they split a seam. They have nearly $1 million in investments, and still wash and reuse to this day. My mother-in-law did the same thing for years (she's now in assisted living). After she washed them (sometimes they still look...