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by Quotia
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I got a Roomba and think you should too
Replies: 41
Views: 4480

Re: I got a Roomba and think you should too

When my husband bought the Roomba, I thought he was nuts, but it really has improved our lives. We have a shed-y dog and two cats, and running it daily takes care of the pet hair. We still do a periodic deep vacuum with the Dyson, but for everyday, keeping-things-presentable cleaning, it's great. I ...
by Quotia
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Subaru Forrester
Replies: 34
Views: 3040

Re: Alternatives to Subaru Forrester

We have a 2014 Forrester and a 2016 Rav4 (hybrid). I like them both, and - so far at least - haven't had any problems with either one. The Rav4 has a more genteel ride, but in my heart I love the Forrester more.
by Quotia
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Save all this money, what do you splurge on?
Replies: 193
Views: 20076

Re: Save all this money, what do you splurge on?

Last year, it was a trip with my sister.
This year, a necklace I'd had my eye on for several years. It's not super pricey (under $1000) but more than I would normally spend on myself. I love it so much, though, and wear it a lot.
I'm also planning to buy a painting that I adore.
by Quotia
Sat May 14, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 702
Views: 113863

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

I'm a grantmaker and make a little under $125k.
by Quotia
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you know about your extended families financial picture?
Replies: 27
Views: 3635

Re: How much do you know about your extended families financial picture?

My husband knows all the details of his parents' finances; they talk about such matters quite a bit. My MIL values his opinion. I stay out of those conversations as I don't think it's my place. I think he knows,a lot about his siblings, as well, though not all the details. The flip side is that my i...
by Quotia
Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I hurting myself by saving too much? (re: college funding)
Replies: 104
Views: 10885

Re: Am I hurting myself by saving too much? (re: college funding)

Great thread. I had some of the same thoughts regarding whether I'm going to be penalized for being a saver. I have a coworker whose son is attending the Rutgers Camden campus for next to nothing.(couple thousand a semester). I'm not sure why they were able to secure such a deal. The family is midd...
by Quotia
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your % pay raise?
Replies: 179
Views: 20681

Re: What was your % pay raise?

Federal employee here. The overall raise was announced as 1.3%, 1% for the underlying pay plus up to 0.3% for locality pay. Here in RUS land (Rest of US), my raise worked out to not quite 1.17%. Whee! I also received a one-time merit bonus, I suppose it's called, generated by some arcane secret for...
by Quotia
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2013 Subaru Foresting is getting only 15 MPG around city. Is this low?
Replies: 55
Views: 8090

Re: My 2013 Subaru Foresting is getting only 15 MPG around city. Is this low?

Outback 10 here (CVT), I average 25 (winter)/ 27 summer mpg when driving from suburb to DC in traffic. Suburb driving surprisingly is less. Looks like distance travelled has bigger impact than several other factors already mentioned (tire inflation, etc), first 5-10 miles mileage really drops low a...
by Quotia
Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from LCOL to HCOL
Replies: 19
Views: 3753

Re: Moving from LCOL to HCOL

So I went and visited D.C. this weekend and picked out three apartments that I really like and am looking to narrow those down. They are located in the Dupont Circle/Logan Circle Area, Cleveland Park Area and the Navy Yard Area. But concerning budgeting: Looks like my total monthly costs at each of...
by Quotia
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 76
Views: 11457

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

btenny wrote:How about the Lexus RX 350 with the "mouse" in the center console. You have to use the thing to point to stuff in the screen. It was a deal breaker for me when we were looking at cars in 2013.
My husband's BMW has this type of thing. It's horrible.
by Quotia
Tue May 12, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ever visited Frankfort, Kentucky?
Replies: 9
Views: 1493

Re: Ever visited Frankfort, Kentucky?

When I was in Frankfort, I enjoyed an early evening stroll around the old part of town. I also had an interesting tour of the old state capitol and the armory. I had a very good meal at Serafini (and Bistro 241, but it has since closed). I stayed at the Capital Plaza, which was on the edge of the ol...
by Quotia
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does your family know about your net worth (ball park)?
Replies: 98
Views: 15390

Re: Does your family know about your net worth (ball park)?

Q1 - I don't really talk about it with my parents. They might have a guess; I don't really know. My husband and his parents are very open about financial matters, so they probably know down to the penny. :) Our kids (teens) know about how much we make and what our investments are. Q2 - I have a roug...
by Quotia
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do sofas really last
Replies: 46
Views: 13315

Re: How long do sofas really last

Our living room sofa is about 175 years old. No idea how many times it's been reupholstered! It's gorgeous, but not the most comfortable of sofas. We bought the family room sofa about 12 years ago. My son poked a hole in the fabric on one of the cushions, but otherwise it's still in good shape after...
by Quotia
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Orleans Destinations
Replies: 21
Views: 2793

Re: New Orleans Destinations

Also, snoball season has begun. Forget about Hansen's - Plum Street is where it's at. :D
by Quotia
Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Orleans Destinations
Replies: 21
Views: 2793

Re: New Orleans Destinations

Since you'll have a car, I'd recommend a drive down to Barataria Preserve, which is part of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. It has trails (boardwalks) through the swamp/marsh. And, I agree that it would be worth the drive to tour one (or more) of the Rive Road plantations. I'm part...
by Quotia
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah
Replies: 28
Views: 4859

Re: Savannah

It's been a few years since I was last in Savannah, but I especially enjoyed Local 11 Ten and Leoci's.
by Quotia
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a general U.S. history book
Replies: 22
Views: 2114

Re: Recommend a general U.S. history book

I agree about the Oxford series - really excellent.
by Quotia
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your dumbest financial decision?
Replies: 172
Views: 21765

Re: What is the worst financial decision that you've made?

Buying a house in our previous city. We thought we would be there several years, but we ended up moving for work a mere 15 months after we bought the house. It took 10 months to sell the place.
I really, really loved that house, but we should not have bought it.
by Quotia
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perspectives on house with a pool
Replies: 34
Views: 4528

Re: Perspectives on house with a pool

When we lived in hot climate with long summers, we had a pool. We didn't set out to buy a house with a pool, but the house we loved happened to have one. It was nice to have - we had young kids and we all love swimming - but there are some significant downsides. 1) Water and electricity use. The fil...
by Quotia
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of switching from Turbo-Tax
Replies: 26
Views: 2913

Re: Thinking of switching from Turbo-Tax

I switched to TaxAct last year. Last year I actually ran my taxes with both TT and TaxAct to compare, and the results were the same, so I filed with TaxAct. I don't import - I like to enter everything myself - to that functionality was not a consideration for me.

This year, I'm sticking with TaxAct.
by Quotia
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What age did you move out?
Replies: 117
Views: 8788

Re: What age did you move out?

I came back for college breaks and considered my parents' house my home. When I was 21, I graduated from college, got married, moved into our own apartment, and started graduate school.
by Quotia
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 Weeks in Greece
Replies: 15
Views: 2255

Re: 2 Weeks in Greece

I agree about Naxos. My husband and I spent several days there and loved it. Unfortunately, the cool little hotel where we stayed (at Orkos beach) is now condos. We did rent a car and spend some time exploring the interior of the island and some of the faraway beaches. Just a wonderful time.
by Quotia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?
Replies: 119
Views: 18259

Re: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?

The tasting menu at the late, lamented Citronelle in DC. I still dream about the asparagus vichyssoise.

A close second is the meal my father-in-law cooked at his restaurant for my parents when they first met, a few months before our wedding. Course after course of amazing Vietnamese food.
by Quotia
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What UN-frugal thing do you do? What do you splurge on?]
Replies: 567
Views: 42314

Re: What do you splurge on?

Books, for myself or my children (although we make frequent use of the library, I will almost always say yes to a request for a trip to the bookstore). Activities/experiences for my children. Jewelry. I just really love jewelry, esp antique pieces. All of these items are worked into the budget. For ...
by Quotia
Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 9614

Re: Who Paid for the wedding?

We got married young - right out of college - and my parents paid for the wedding. This was almost 20 years ago, in a small town, and the total cost was just about $5K for a lovely noon ceremony and luncheon. Because my in-laws lived across the country and were traveling a great distance to come to ...
by Quotia
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you done to cut costs this year?
Replies: 134
Views: 17946

Re: What have you done to cut costs this year?

We recently dropped cable and the landline. We also went to a cheaper data plan on our cell phones. We really don't need unlimited data. Earlier this year, we saved a bunch by switching our car and homeowners' insurance. A good bit of that savings will get eaten up, though, because the eldest teen j...
by Quotia
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy clothes?
Replies: 105
Views: 15002

Re: Where do you buy clothes?

I don't shop much - I'm moving more towards the "capsule wardrobe" concept, but of course things wear out, and sometimes I just want something new and fun. For work clothes, I mostly shop at Talbot's. It can be pricey, but the clothes fit my body type well and are conservative, which suits my style....
by Quotia
Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):
Replies: 144
Views: 19946

Re: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):

"College loans are good debt."

Closely related to "Of course a degree from Fancypants U. is worth all those loans. You'll earn enough to pay them off in no time."
by Quotia
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 12749

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

Like many others, I tend not to get into these sorts of conversations. If I do, I talk in generalities, never specifics (and never numbers). At the same time, though, anyone with a little time on their hands could find out quite a lot about me online, including how much we paid for our house and my ...
by Quotia
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 14108

Re: I found a new coffee.

I am not a coffee snob at all - in fact, I prefer tea - but I grew up on French Market Dark Roast with Chicory, made in a French drip pot, and that's my ideal. I don't have a French drip pot (hard to find, and I can't talk my mother out of hers), but I do have one of those little Vietnamese one-cup ...
by Quotia
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help
Replies: 61
Views: 7676

Re: Engagement Ring - Diamond Help

I agree, Pricescope is an excellent resource.
by Quotia
Mon May 26, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst "Large purchase" ever?
Replies: 110
Views: 15826

Re: Worst "Large purchase" ever?

We bought a house, thinking we would be there many years, and 15 months we moved to a new city for new jobs. Meanwhile, the real estate market in old city had turned, and it took us 10 months to sell the house. At least we didn't have to bring money to the table when we sold. I loved that house, but...
by Quotia
Mon May 26, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you make your money?
Replies: 97
Views: 17654

Re: How do you make your money?

I work in grantmaking for a very small federal agency. My husband works in IT for a very large federal agency.
by Quotia
Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?
Replies: 89
Views: 22150

Re: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?

In the US: New Orleans

I'm not there now because my husband hates it, and my job doesn't really exist there.

Outside the US: Cornwall
by Quotia
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to HCOL (Net Income Paycut)? [High Cost of Living]
Replies: 14
Views: 1774

Re: Moving to HCOL (Net Income Paycut)? [High Cost of Living

We did this several years ago. We moved from a very low cost area to one of the highest COL areas in the US. Although our HHI nearly doubled, housing prices were almost 3x higher. We've mostly seen the impact in two areas: 1) our commutes are longer, and 2) our house in new city is not nearly as nic...
by Quotia
Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you love your job? What do you do?
Replies: 134
Views: 15465

Re: Do you love your job? What do you do?

I work in grantmaking for a federal agency. I absolutely love what I do. I truly believe in my agency's mission, and our grants do a lot of good. Plus, I was miserable in my previous career as a university professor, so I really appreciate the position I have now. It's not all sunshine and roses. My...