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by frugalfraggle
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get over the fear of traveling without spouse and children?
Replies: 52
Views: 5938

Re: How to get over the fear of traveling without spouse and children?

I would suggest starting small. For example, you could first do a trip within the country and just be gone for a few days. Then expand until you are globetrotting.
by frugalfraggle
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2018 for Mac [and PC Released]
Replies: 47
Views: 10464

Re: Quicken 2018 for Mac [and PC Released]

I went to Banktivity www.iggsoftware.com a while ago and haven't looked back. They are Mac only, so I know that won't help the PC folks out there.
by frugalfraggle
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A SUV for towing a Travel Trailer
Replies: 71
Views: 16456

Re: A SUV for towing a Travel Trailer

I drove an 18' trailer loaded with all of our belongings across the country in Jeep Grand Cherokee DIESEL. I got sway bars and a brake controller. The rig did a great job towing it. No problems at all even with horrendous cross wind crossing the great salt lake.
by frugalfraggle
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a company for first time at age 50
Replies: 14
Views: 2211

Re: Starting a company for first time at age 50

sabhen wrote:Not to be discouraging, most new business failed within 5 years. You need to consider this before embarking on this venture and keep your day job for a while is sensible.
Source please?
by frugalfraggle
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Missing my Microsoft Money - any equivalents?
Replies: 53
Views: 17647

Re: Missing my Microsoft Money - any equivalents?

I use Banktivity: does budgets, savings rates, investments, automatic downloads, envelope budgeting and so. New version coming soon looks even better: https://www.iggsoftware.com/banktivity6/
by frugalfraggle
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 90115

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

I checked out Moneydance a while back, but ended up going with Banktivity www.iggsoftware.com It has pretty solid investment tracking, budgets, etc.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?
Replies: 26
Views: 5428

Re: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?

I wouldn't buy from open-air "bulk" bins because fatty nuts oxidize and spoil very rapidly. You can really taste the difference. And never buy a big bag of walnuts (unless you're a baker) -- they have a really short shelf-life, imo, and they'll likely go rancid before you can eat/use them...
by frugalfraggle
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 90115

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

I've mentioned this before - I use Banktivity instead of Quicken. Just note that it is Mac only, they haven't gone full subscription (yet?).
by frugalfraggle
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other
Replies: 151
Views: 30896

Re: New SUV, $50G, Pilot/Highlander/Other

ERguy101 wrote:Jeep Grand Cherokee. All the tech, beautiful interior, great ride.
I got the 2024 Diesel, great vehicle!
by frugalfraggle
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tracking our expenses
Replies: 40
Views: 3746

Re: Tracking our expenses

I use Banktivity, it's Mac only and strikes a good balance between ease of use and power. www.iggsoftware.com. It's made by some x Intuit folks.
by frugalfraggle
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please suggest websites/software for tracking investments, net worth, budget
Replies: 16
Views: 3197

Re: Please suggest websites/software for tracking investments, net worth, budget

I use Banktivity. Offers a lot of flexibility (e.g. use auto account updating or not, use the cloud or not). It is Mac and iOS only though.
by frugalfraggle
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to find a rental property in a new city before moving?
Replies: 22
Views: 3437

Re: How to find a rental property in a new city before moving?

Watty wrote:
To save on traveling costs one of you could go without the kid for a apartment hunting trip to find a place.
I did this when we moved across the country. I made appointments to see several houses with rental agencies before I flew out.
by frugalfraggle
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which financial program to get? Quickbooks vs YNAB vs others
Replies: 51
Views: 13911

Re: Which financial program to get? Quickbooks vs YNAB vs others

If you have a Mac, consider Banktivity. It is more full-featured than YNAB I believe, www.banktivity.com.
by frugalfraggle
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Had entire lawn sodded, now some animal is creating holes...Philly Burbs Area
Replies: 27
Views: 2610

Re: Had entire lawn sodded, now some animal is creating holes...Philly Burbs Area

One time when I was a grounds keeper we had skunks and raccoons that would come at night and dig little holes in the lawns, wasn't much we could do.
by frugalfraggle
Sun May 29, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Starting to Save
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Re: Starting to Save

I wouldn't try to time the market. I would dollar cost average in. Come up with a plan and stick with it. Ignore the noise.
by frugalfraggle
Fri May 27, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Seat for vacation car rental
Replies: 24
Views: 2428

Re: Car Seat for vacation car rental

I may get flamed for this but here's what we did. My daughter was the only one (at age 6.5) that required a car seat. We did not bring a car seat with us, instead, we drove directly to Walmart and bought a $12 booster seat that we used for our trip. We did bring it back home with us but we would ha...
by frugalfraggle
Fri May 27, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I want a house with a pool?
Replies: 96
Views: 11313

Re: Do I want a house with a pool?

We will be looking for a new home soon do to relocation. We specifically will NOT be looking for a home with a pool. Too much hassle and cost. We will seek out rivers and lakes to swim in or a public pool.
by frugalfraggle
Sat May 07, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have one of those standing desks?
Replies: 45
Views: 7554

Re: Anyone have one of those standing desks?

If you get a standing desk, consider taking it to the next level and get a treadmill to go under it. I walk 5-10 miles a day while I work on my computer.
by frugalfraggle
Sat May 07, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids gadget usage restrictions
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: Kids gadget usage restrictions

Our five year old son is allowed 1 hour of shows on the weekend that he watches on iPad. Thankfully, he isn't into games (yet). We started letting him watch shows when mom was putting 8 mo old son down for naps, but this isn't working well. Too hard for him to turn it off once his little brother is ...
by frugalfraggle
Mon May 02, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iPad Financial Software
Replies: 10
Views: 1876

Re: iPad Financial Software

Banktivity for iPad can go it alone now.
by frugalfraggle
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect
Replies: 15
Views: 3669

Re: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect

While I don't use Quicken, I use Banktivity, I have the same issue. Here is my setup and how I resolve it. I believe this will work for Quicken too. For Receiving Cash Contributions to Vanguard Account 1. In Banktivity, I have a fund set up called "Vanguard Money Market (Sweep Fund)". 2. W...
by frugalfraggle
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business
Replies: 13
Views: 1968

Re: Great Deal on Quicken 2016 Home & Business

Sounds like they are trying to eek out every last penny before Quicken moves to its new home.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have You Done a FSBO? Did It Go OK?
Replies: 33
Views: 4937

Re: Have You Done a FSBO? Did It Go OK?

I tried a FSBO in 2010. I had the house under contract at a great price within 2 weeks. Then the buyer fell through. It turned out their realtor didn't really make sure all the financing boxes were checked before doing the contract. Then I went another few months without another offer. I ended up h...
by frugalfraggle
Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Clothing budget for DVM's, MD's, and other kinds of Medical Professionals
Replies: 38
Views: 4712

Re: Clothing budget for DVM's, MD's, and other kinds of Medical Professionals

desiderium wrote: I wear expensive Italian shoes that fit me very well every day. They dress up a suit as well as an open shirt, even jeans. They cost $5-600, BUT, they last me at least 8 years.
Would love to see a pic please.
by frugalfraggle
Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling Deer Ticks, Opinions Sought
Replies: 66
Views: 7595

Re: Battling Deer Ticks, Opinions Sought

Cedarcide product is a the ONLY natural repellent I've found that works. I spray my pants before going out. I spray them a lot and I've literally watched a deer tick die and fall off my pant leg where I sprayed.
by frugalfraggle
Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 6252

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

Here is info about it being a likely carcinogen by WHO http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... to-cancer/
by frugalfraggle
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 6252

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

johnubc wrote:
frugalfraggle wrote: I don't think you can use it within 75' of a drinking well?
Can you post a source to this?
This one says stay clear 100' http://homeguides.sfgate.com/close-well ... 05213.html
by frugalfraggle
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get rid of poison ivy
Replies: 58
Views: 6252

Re: How to get rid of poison ivy

I'm very allergic to it. I would NEVER try to pull it out or cut it. Hire someone to take care of it. If you go the glyphosate route, I don't think you can use it within 75' of a drinking well?
by frugalfraggle
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mint...working less, and less, and less
Replies: 42
Views: 9946

Re: Mint...working less, and less, and less

I don't like being the product so I use Banktivity (used to be called iBank). It is more akin to Quicken than it is to Mint. Banktivity does cost money, but they don't sell you as a product.
by frugalfraggle
Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery budget too high? Are there threads here on this? I tried searching
Replies: 62
Views: 6777

Re: Grocery budget too high? Are there threads here on this? I tried searching

We spend about $1200/month for family of 3.5 (youngest son should hardly be counted, he just started eating). We but mostly organic and that number include toiletries, cleaning supplies or anything that comes from the grocery store. We also splurge on this incredible fresh baked local bread for $5 a...
by frugalfraggle
Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checking out with PayPal and accidentally signed up for PayPal Credit
Replies: 8
Views: 1730

Re: Checking out with PayPal and accidentally signed up for PayPal Credit

Another reason why I hate PayPal. I've avoided this many times, but I'm sure at some point I'll make the same mistake.
by frugalfraggle
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping & "Adventure" Gear for a 3 year old
Replies: 34
Views: 2720

Re: Camping & "Adventure" Gear for a 3 year old

Gear is fun, but I always try to remember the important part is just getting out there. I took my son on his first camping trip when he was 16 months. I started enjoying camping with him when he was closer to 3. Have a blast!
by frugalfraggle
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor ROTH in laymen's terms?
Replies: 22
Views: 2047

Re: Backdoor ROTH in laymen's terms?

My understanding is that you need to have two accounts, one Roth IRA and one traditional IRA. You put money into the traditional IRA and then you move that money into the Roth when you are ready to execute the conversion.
by frugalfraggle
Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: profitable hobby?
Replies: 119
Views: 16370

Re: profitable hobby?

Where is the best place to find sweepstakes online?
by frugalfraggle
Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grandson working for me-Child labor law?
Replies: 35
Views: 3586

Re: Grandson working for me-Child labor law?

Saving for a car is a way more reasonable motivational driver (pun!) that contributing to a Roth. I got my first real job when I was 14, dad said he would match whatever I saved for a car. At 16, he matched the 3500 I had saved.
by frugalfraggle
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your % pay raise?
Replies: 179
Views: 22740

Re: What was your % pay raise?

I get a raise in June. In 2015 it was 2% and then a 10% of annual salary bonus in Nov. I'm in tech.
by frugalfraggle
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apple Watch Apps - tracking stocks and/or portfolio
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: Apple Watch Apps - tracking stocks and/or portfolio

I use iBank, it has a complication for overall daily performance and you can look at holdings in each account.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering Family Relocation - Seeking Wisdom
Replies: 39
Views: 6021

Re: Considering Family Relocation - Seeking Wisdom

My wife and two kids are moving from east coast to Oregon this summer. We spent several years talking about it and now it's time to take action and follow our hearts. We have family on both coasts and I can take my job with me so our situations are different to some degree. My point in replying is, ...
by frugalfraggle
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 8433

Re: How do you have fun?

My son and I are building a model railroad, it's great. It involves sculpting, electronics, painting, modeling, history and of course DCC trains. At some point I'll probably introduce him to geocaching.
by frugalfraggle
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving companies-household and car
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Moving companies-household and car

Thanks for sharing. I might be doing a similar move next summer.
by frugalfraggle
Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is my yard work solution?
Replies: 40
Views: 4291

Re: What is my yard work solution?

What the person above me said--get 30 HP tractor. I have 5 acres in New England and I use mine for just about everything, including plowing.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mint or other software
Replies: 26
Views: 3761

Re: Mint or other software

I don't consider either "free" -- you are the product that is being sold. I don't want my finance app sharing my data with third parties.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]
Replies: 105
Views: 18959

Re: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies?

For Mac users, what about iBank? I've been very happy with it.
by frugalfraggle
Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Anybody Here An Ornithologist?
Replies: 29
Views: 3050

Re: Is Anybody Here An Ornithologist?

If I knew what part of the country you are in it would be a little easier. But those look like coopers hawks, perhaps juveniles.
by frugalfraggle
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 'engineering' question
Replies: 21
Views: 3334

Re: Garden 'engineering' question

Instead of cross braces, which will be kinda ugly, sync some PT or cedar stakes in the ground at the right locations and attach boards to them.
by frugalfraggle
Tue May 19, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Experiences Buying Mattress Online
Replies: 47
Views: 20423

Re: Any Experiences Buying Mattress Online

We just bought a king size mattress from Casper. Should be delivered Thursday. I'll write back once I can give a review.
by frugalfraggle
Mon May 18, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Expense tracking software with mobile app
Replies: 10
Views: 1712

Re: Expense tracking software with mobile app

I use iBank. It's good at manual entry AND downloading transactions.
by frugalfraggle
Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 200
Views: 52614

Re: Restaurant tipping

Do you all calculate your percent tip pre-tax or post-tax?
by frugalfraggle
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use finance s/ware Quicken/MoneyDance etc ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2660

Re: Anyone use finance s/ware Quicken/MoneyDance etc ?

I use iBank, works great but is Mac/iOS only.
by frugalfraggle
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I get taxed if family sends my bank $50K from abroad?
Replies: 10
Views: 1853

Re: Will I get taxed if family sends my bank $50K from abroa

At least the money isn't coming from Iraq, but I still bet it raises some red flags. I would think she'll get taxed on everything above the limit. Sorry I can't be of more help.