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by OnceARunner
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts for a marathoner
Replies: 25
Views: 1824

Re: Gifts for a marathoner

Most of the books listed are good and I've read them all. Of those mentioned, I enjoyed Running with the Buffalo's the most. However, Once A Runner by John L. Parker is almost universally considered the greatest book ever written about competitive running. I read it about once a year. Its sequel, Ag...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TV, what's important?
Replies: 42
Views: 3068

Re: New TV, what's important?

If I get a smart TV (a given), do I need to have an ethernet port for the TV? I see some models which say they don't have one. No, assuming you have WiFi at your house. Pretty much all of them are wireless. I assume 3 HDMI inputs are enough. Am I wrong? Depends on your usage. You can always expand ...
by OnceARunner
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good idea to max out IRA with income past phase-out limit?
Replies: 14
Views: 890

Re: Good idea to max out IRA with income past phase-out limit?

You never get an upfront tax deduction with a Roth IRA. It is after-tax money that then grows tax free as well as no taxes on future withdrawals. A traditional IRA is before-tax money that is then taxed on withdrawal. If your income is over the limit for a Roth IRA, you can't contribute directly to ...
by OnceARunner
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Card - Should I get a Replacement
Replies: 47
Views: 2858

Re: Social Security Card - Should I get a Replacement

Interesting. I had to show my SS card along with a government-issued photo ID on the first day of every job I ever held. That's why I replaced my SS card when it was accidentally damaged. The form you fill out to replace the card is not a big deal. Look, they already know everything about you! Assu...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on selling used car (Tax related)
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Question on selling used car (Tax related)

Seems there are two different things being discussed. Sales tax and income tax. If you are buying a new car, you can deduct the value of the trade-in from purchase price of the new car before calculating sales tax in certain states. If you are just selling a used car, you do not owe income or any ot...
by OnceARunner
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?
Replies: 48
Views: 4658

Re: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?

I put it on my 5s and it works fine. I was going to wait a bit, but seeing this thread made me impatient so I loaded it up on my 5s and it's working fine too. There's some issue about wireless not turning off completely, but I haven't encountered it yet. Biggest change I noticed so far is the new c...
by OnceARunner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Realtor to buy home?
Replies: 36
Views: 3114

Re: Realtor to buy home?

Sellers usually pay all realtor commissions (at least in my area), so unless your son specifically gets the house for a lower amount due to the seller not having to pay a buyers agent commission, there is no harm in using one.
by OnceARunner
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Braves day game seats - any sections in shade?
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: Braves day game seats - any sections in shade?

bloom2708 wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:02 pm
I recently went through this exercise at Target Field.

Here is a post:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Braves/comment ... the_shade/
Worth noting that the Braves are in a new stadium since that thread was posted.
by OnceARunner
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google vs Bing for headline news
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: Google vs Bing for headline news

fillary wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:55 am
other sources with the same news? what the point?
To get a wider variety of viewpoints. Each news organization has their own particular biases and blind spots.
by OnceARunner
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mr handyman?
Replies: 14
Views: 2157

Re: Mr handyman?

I would be very hesitant to pay for something like this by the hour plus materials. I recently had 4 window trim/sills done and I got three different "all-in" quotes before deciding on a which one to use.
by OnceARunner
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford it ? [A new car]
Replies: 95
Views: 7012

Re: Can I effort it ?

Yes, you can afford it. Whether you want to spend that much on a car is a personal decision.
by OnceARunner
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 100k milestone
Replies: 49
Views: 6343

Re: 100k milestone

Hit 100k at 30
Hit 200k at 32
by OnceARunner
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?
Replies: 66
Views: 4695

Re: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?

The BoA card that you already have gets you 3% on gas for the first $2,500 spent per quarter on gas/groceries. Though it only gets 2% on wholesale purchases, not the 3% that you mention, unless you have a different card I've never seen. The only other one I know of that offers more is the Sam's Clu...
by OnceARunner
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?
Replies: 66
Views: 4695

Re: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?

The BoA card that you already have gets you 3% on gas for the first $2,500 spent per quarter on gas/groceries. Though it only gets 2% on wholesale purchases, not the 3% that you mention, unless you have a different card I've never seen. The only other one I know of that offers more is the Sam's Club...
by OnceARunner
Tue May 30, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental cars and Lose of Use insurance
Replies: 29
Views: 3067

Re: Rental cars and Lose of Use insurance

The word you are looking for is "loss".
by OnceARunner
Thu May 18, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Death in family a week before cruise
Replies: 30
Views: 4226

Re: Death in family a week before cruise

What credit card did you use to book it? If, by chance, it was a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, you can use their trip cancellation insurance. Accidental Bodily Injury, Loss of Life, or Sickness experienced by you, a Traveling Companion, or an Immediate Family Member of you or a Traveling Comp...
by OnceARunner
Fri May 05, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When you didn't have 401(k)/403(b), did you have IRA?
Replies: 46
Views: 2675

Re: When you didn't have 401(k)/403(b), did you have IRA?

I'm the opposite of most I guess as I fill my IRA first each year because my 403(b) options stink and I don't get any matching amount.
by OnceARunner
Mon May 01, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most "technologically savvy" bank?
Replies: 32
Views: 3790

Re: Most "technologically savvy" bank?

I used BofA for almost ten years now, then opened a Chase account last year for a bonus. After setting up my Chase account and going online, I couldn't help but notice how much better (IMO) the Chase website is. Cleaner, easier to navigate, and killer features; most recently the ability to withdraw...
by OnceARunner
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wrist based heart rate monitors
Replies: 35
Views: 2794

Re: Wrist based heart rate monitors

I love the Apple Watch. I have music and podcasts on it What are you using to listen to podcasts on your watch? The only thing I found was instructions on how to convert podcasts to .mp3 (too much trouble for me) to listen with the music app, or there was a free app I found that was not to my likin...
by OnceARunner
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wrist based heart rate monitors
Replies: 35
Views: 2794

Re: Wrist based heart rate monitors

The water resistance is definitely a big plus imho. Don't have to remember to take it off when hitting the showers after a workout. Unfortunately, you have to remember to activate the feature. I've never looked into exactly why it works but you must toggle it on, which is easy enough. When you are ...
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $50 AMEX Gift Card - What does a Boglehead/minimalist do?
Replies: 29
Views: 2613

Re: $50 AMEX GIFT CARD - What does a Boglehead/minimalist do?

If any of your utility bills allow it, pay them using the gift card. Use the saved $50 for... savings. If that doesn't work, use it for groceries or something. I don't like VISA/AMEX/MasterCard gift cards, because merchants tend to not accept them, and they might charge fees if you don't use them. ...
by OnceARunner
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax - which one? Small taxable account
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: Turbo Tax - which one? Small taxable account

If you aren't itemizing, the free online version should work. It covers 1099-DIV.
by OnceARunner
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carribean island most like Hawaii
Replies: 63
Views: 8815

Re: Carribean island most like Hawaii

St. Lucia for sure. It is a volcanic island.
by OnceARunner
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2322
Views: 422927

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

FedGuy wrote:Thanks, Lakpr. I don't currently have convenient access to a Costco but will certainly keep the card in mind if that changes.


How about Sam's Club? Their mastercard gives 5% cashback on gas, 3% on dining and travel, and 1% on everything else.
by OnceARunner
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 216
Views: 32877

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

Decided I'm going to get this card...is there any benefit to waiting for January? I know I'm too late to try to get a double travel credit (2016&2017), but any reason to apply in 2017?
by OnceARunner
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying: bank pre-approved financing
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: Car buying: bank pre-approved financing

don't even talk about how you will pay for it until you agree on a price. if the salesperson asks how you will pay, just say you haven't decided and you'd like to reach a price before you figure out how to finance it. This. Also, don't be afraid to use their financing (if only for a short time) in ...
by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab now offering low cost Target Date funds
Replies: 28
Views: 6281

Re: Schwab now offering low cost Target Date funds

So if a family member who is very hands off with their retirement has been happy with the Schwab Target 2040 fund (SWERX), would it be a no brainer to encourage them to switch to the ETF Target Fund of the same year? Not necessarily if it's held in taxable where capital gains need to be considered....
by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Schwab now offering low cost Target Date funds
Replies: 28
Views: 6281

Re: Schwab now offering low cost Target Date funds

So if a family member who is very hands off with their retirement has been happy with the Schwab Target 2040 fund (SWERX), would it be a no brainer to encourage them to switch to the ETF Target Fund of the same year?
by OnceARunner
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: In escrow to buy, now not sure...
Replies: 17
Views: 2567

Re: In escrow to buy, now not sure...

Not sure why last night would change the real estate market all that much, especially over a 20 year time-frame.
by OnceARunner
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Garmin or Tom Tom GPS Navigator do this?
Replies: 24
Views: 2374

Re: Can Garmin or Tom Tom GPS Navigator do this?

2. Can simulated drives be sped up? From what I've read, some of these systems make you go through the simulation in the actual driving time. Like a two-hour drive would be a two-hour simulation. Just out of curiosity, why the heck do you want to simulate a trip? After you program in your destinati...
by OnceARunner
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card
Replies: 253
Views: 44142

Re: USAA 2.5% Cash Back Credit Card

Looks like they are calling it "Limitless". Here are the basics of the card: Card earns at the following rates: 2.5% cash back on all purchases if you have a $1,000 monthly direct deposit into your USAA checking account 1.5% cash back on all purchases if you don’t receive the monthly direc...
by OnceARunner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What podcasts do you listen to?
Replies: 67
Views: 8446

Re: What podcasts do you listen to?

Planet Money
EconTalk
Freakonomics Radio
The Jonah Keri Podcast
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
by OnceARunner
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Odd question regarding vehicle negotiations
Replies: 17
Views: 1916

Re: Odd question regarding vehicle negotiations

Ethically, I think you are fine to turn him down if he comes back to you.

Once he counter-offered, the original offer was off the table in my mind. Especially since time has passed. He has no way of knowing that you haven't started negotiated with others selling jeeps upon your offer being rejected.
by OnceARunner
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three Full Days in Asheville, NC - Help for First Timers
Replies: 30
Views: 3581

Re: Three Full Days in Asheville, NC - Help for First Timers

If you are a beer lover, there is no better city. There are breweries seemingly on every street. I like to just wander around and pop in and out of different ones.
by OnceARunner
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iOS 10 available today
Replies: 44
Views: 4008

Re: iOS 10 available today

Interesting. Sorry for the misinformation earlier. My iPhone 7 arrives Friday so I'm looking forward to trying this out. I'm curious. Do you plan on getting the ear pods or will you be getting the adaptor? The iPhone 7 ships with both new lightning-connector headphones as well as a free adapter if ...
by OnceARunner
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Joint Accounts - How do you use it?
Replies: 103
Views: 8431

Re: Joint Accounts - How do you use it?

Hard Hitter, Can you explain why this set-up is necessary? What questions would be asked? 2 personal checking accounts (wife/husband) where $200-$300 goes into those accounts each on a monthly basis and is their "no questions ask" money Not the OP but I can explain why my wife and I do 95...
by OnceARunner
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Ad Blockers
Replies: 56
Views: 5291

Re: Recommend Ad Blockers

jebmke wrote:
I hope there is a special place in hell for sites that have videos that auto-start.


I use flashcontrol extension to stop the majority of these. I think there are html5 ones as well.
by OnceARunner
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I move from Dish Network to UVerse?
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Should I move from Dish Network to UVerse?

In my personal experience: 1a: DirecTV 1b: U-Verse 2: Dish 3: local cable provider (charter/comcast). I've enjoyed U-Verse. I'm moving soon and was looking at new providers but ultimately will stay with U-Verse. They offered me a 2-year price lock on their promo price while also only requiring a 1-y...
by OnceARunner
Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: moving reimbursement for both spouses
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: moving reimbursement for both spouses

If both companies are just giving you a set amount and sending you a check/direct depositing it, I would just go with it regardless of if my moving expenses didn't actually go that high. If they are asking you to submit receipts/quotes and reimbursing you based on that, up to a certain limit, I woul...
by OnceARunner
Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about booking private party at restaurant
Replies: 28
Views: 2357

Re: Questions about booking private party at restaurant

Have you priced any other restaurants? Doing so would give you valuable information that would inform your decision to negotiate -or not. Yes, I have. They are all steep. This is one of the better deals at a well rated restaurant in NY that I could find. I really don't understand why the costs are ...
by OnceARunner
Wed May 25, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 2322
Views: 422927

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Sam's Club Mastercard - 5% on gas, 3% on restaurants and travel, 1 % everything else. We use this card on gas, restaurants, hotels, plane tickets, and rental cars. We get a rebate check in the mail annually that can be redeemed for cash at the Sam's Club around the corner from our house. BoA Cash Re...
by OnceARunner
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Atlanta in August -- worth it?
Replies: 51
Views: 3778

Re: Atlanta in August -- worth it?

They have air conditioning you know... Well, yes. Staying inside air conditioning seems like it would limit the exploring a bit though. I suppose I should extend this question to ask what are some suggested things to do/see in Atlanta -- both must see outdoor activities and worthwhile indoor activi...
by OnceARunner
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers
Replies: 163
Views: 33588

Re: Costco AMEX Transition - Costco has no answers

I don't have the Costco Amex, but the new card sounds good to me, may well choose to get one! From the web page above When you begin using your new card on June 20, 2016, all purchases you make with your new card will earn Costco Cash Rewards! You will earn: 4% cash back on eligible gas worldwide, ...
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suburbs with high ownership
Replies: 29
Views: 3425

Re: Suburbs with high ownership

sorry, but you are reading the statistics wrong. Those owner percentages are based on the houses being non-rentals. It doesn't mean they've paid their mortgage off. I'm not aware of any sites/statistics that measure that. Still, a higher percentage of "home ownership" is generally consider...
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlord wont return deposit
Replies: 76
Views: 7861

Re: Landlord wont return deposit

Non7WoodUser wrote:Leave the stingy landlord some "presents" to clean up when you move out.


I'm saddened that an "adult" would make such a suggestion.
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlord wont return deposit
Replies: 76
Views: 7861

Re: Landlord wont return deposit

75 days notice, lol. Whats next...should you be required to give 6 months notice? OP if you can not get your money back and did not move yet...I would make sure that all the carpeting would need to be replaced along with a few appliances. Tile in the kitchen...oops...just dropped a gallon bottle of...
by OnceARunner
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are you saving for your children's wedding(s)?
Replies: 45
Views: 3880

Re: Are you saving for your children's wedding(s)?

I'm a little surprised at the responses as well. I grew up in Atlanta and of all my married friends...the bride's family paid for the wedding and the groom's family paid for the rehearsal dinner in about 90% of them. Didn't know this tradition was dying elsewhere.
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Re: Engagement

Send the flowers on a different day from the wedding itself. Everyone will be too preoccupied with countless details to fully appreciate them. Maybe on their return from their honeymoon instead? Or possibly well in advance of the wedding date. Absolutely. There were so many flowers at my wedding, I...