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by Carson
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Garage Door Openers
Replies: 33
Views: 1903

Re: Smart Garage Door Openers

The myQ is pretty handy coming in on multiple vehicles where we don't have openers in all of them. My only complaint about the MyQ sensor is sometimes the wind rattles our garage door, triggering it to register an open/close. In this case DH can remotely check a separately installed camera inside th...
by Carson
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minimizing recurring expenses while travelling
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Re: Minimizing recurring expenses while travelling

What about owning a 2-bedroom unit, locking your personal items in one of the bedrooms when rented out?
by Carson
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:02 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: 11052

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

she is getting information on the FSA Dependent Care benefit offered through her employer as open enrollment is now. thinking we may not max it this year (since we'll probably only need 2-3 months worth) but seems like a great thing to have (as most of you have mentioned). Check to see if the birth...
by Carson
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for framing a large photograph
Replies: 12
Views: 899

Re: Recommendations for framing a large photograph

Go to a local shop and tell them your bare minimum and what you are trying to accomplish. Framing large prints is expensive and shipping can cost quite a bit and is baked into the cost somehow. I was able to get a very large print mounted and framed at an affordable cost. the staff was used to deali...
by Carson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working in a different city
Replies: 32
Views: 1966

Re: Working in a different city

Would your 2 weeks off actually be *off* or is there a chance of work creeping into that time as well (eg, on call or consultations?) Do you have a spouse/childcare network setup so that there are no gaps in coverage? It might be okay right now when the kids are in the same (assume daycare) but it g...
by Carson
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader
Replies: 51
Views: 2448

Re: Thought provoking non-fiction for 3rd grader

We really like the book series "My name is america"
by Carson
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you spend money to gain time? (young family)
Replies: 155
Views: 11579

Re: How do you spend money to gain time? (young family)

I have a friend whose house is clean but not neat. She dusts, vacuums, cleans the kitchen and baths, but there is stuff all over the place. And it also is possible to be neat but not clean. Ha, this is me, and my husband is the opposite. It works well mainly but can drive us both crazy sometimes to...
by Carson
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Dog Car?
Replies: 70
Views: 4548

Re: Best Dog Car?

Do you have other humans to transport or is it just the dogs? We had a VW Sportwagen (same rough size as the one you are considering) and one medium sized doberman fit in the hatch with an overnight bag. I would have needed to fold the seats down to accomodate another dog. Honestly if your dogs are ...
by Carson
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Banks requiring fingerprint on a check for non-customers to receive cash
Replies: 87
Views: 5910

Re: Banks requiring fingerprint on a check for non-customers to receive cash

I was a bank teller in 2002 and this was a part of non-customers cashing checks (at a megacorp bank)
by Carson
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?
Replies: 180
Views: 7635

Re: First-hand experiences with United Basic Economy for families?

OP, I would suggest it depends on the age and autonomy of your children as well as the length of your flight. We flew United basic economy from Toronto to Chicago with our kids age 6 and 9. We were prepared to be seated separately - our kids can handle their basic needs and entertainment. United pol...
by Carson
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Zelle at non-participating Bank/CU
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: Zelle at non-participating Bank/CU

We recently switched to Fidelity for our primary checking needs, which is not currently a participating Zelle institution. However, we decided to leave our Zelle account linked to our CapOne360 checking account. We keep very little money in it and thus it limits our liability issues. Would you cons...
by Carson
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Uber passenger rating?
Replies: 118
Views: 6691

Re: What's your Uber passenger rating?

Mine's a 5.0.

Half of my rides are me sending my parents to the airport from my account (he doesn't want to be bothered doing it on his smartphone and I enable him) and my dad tips them heartily with cash because he doesn't have to pay. :oops:
by Carson
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old farm equipment and cars
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: Selling old farm equipment and cars

Agree on selling them as 'barn finds' - a lot of people looking for stuff like this use craigslist and have automatic searches setup when something with keywords appears in their selected travel radius. Take a second and see what other listings look like. Don't forget to cross reference your other l...
by Carson
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For the ladies - menstrual products
Replies: 20
Views: 2490

Re: For the ladies - menstrual products

For cloth pads, what do you do if you have to change one away from home? You get a zippered ‘wet bag’ which is a waterproof/leakproof PUL lined pouch to keep in your bag. Or like when I cloth diapered, put on something disposable when you leave the house, and bring the reusable to change into while...
by Carson
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For the ladies - menstrual products
Replies: 20
Views: 2490

Re: For the ladies - menstrual products

This all totally reminds me - for a light but interesting read, check out Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners . Some of the wording is a little silly but it really made me appreciate what we have now. For cloth pads, there are a zillion brands - many started as ho...
by Carson
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For the ladies - menstrual products
Replies: 20
Views: 2490

Re: For the ladies - menstrual products

I have used Thinx. I do like them, however the style I have (sport) offers half coverage of my backside which is super annoying. They do have some more full coverage styles which I would entertain. They feel like a lined swimsuit bottom and fit true to size otherwise. I hand rinse and toss in the wa...
by Carson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 6602

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more

police have issued a warning... if you use uber/lyft to get to the airport -- and the driver picks you up at your home with luggage in hand and takes you to the airport -- you've just told a stranger that you are going to be out of town. there have been several robberies that they have tied back to...
by Carson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photos cheap
Replies: 55
Views: 3401

Re: Passport photos cheap

Costco FTW (as usual!) They were great with my kids also, it was pleasantly busy but she at least asked if I was satisfied with the photos.
by Carson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protecting wood cabinet doors
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Protecting wood cabinet doors

Your new finished cabinets should wear better than the old. Keep them dry, and use your exhaust fan when doing moist/oily cooking.

To clean woodwork, I use this:
https://www.amazon.com/Parker-Bailey-Ki ... lp_pl_dp_1
by Carson
Tue May 21, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Requesting info about cargo box for sedan
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Requesting info about cargo box for sedan

We have had a fairly large Thule box for our VW Wagon and now Mazda 3 hatchback. We bought the box used via craigslist - I think it is definitely worth looking around for this type of item. I have roof rails on my car year-round because I transport my bike as well. With the VW, we used a Thule kit a...
by Carson
Wed May 08, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpacking/study abroad for young folks
Replies: 31
Views: 2283

Re: Backpacking/study abroad for young folks

My kids are 9 and 6 and we have *just* begun travelling internationally with them. However in light of my spouse and my experiences when we were younger, it has renewed my desire to make some things happen for my kids. My DH took a few summers abroad in HS/College - staying as part of a soccer excha...
by Carson
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much to Tip Wedding Officiant
Replies: 38
Views: 2597

Re: How Much to Tip Wedding Officiant

The time away from home might actually be a vacation for him because he has two rambunctious toddlers Maybe send a gift to his partner who is staying home in the raw winter taking care of two rambunctious toddlers. I would have appreciated the acknowledgement and maybe something like a gift certifi...
by Carson
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo in May/June
Replies: 28
Views: 1954

Re: Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo in May/June

I wanted to add some info here as we just got back from a week in Copenhagen with 2 adults and 2 kids under 10. We had found a great deal of a flight for something like $340 round trip/pp. We stayed in an Air B&B about 20 mins bus from the city center. We used the Copenhagen Card and I HIGHLY recomm...
by Carson
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Locast: An Approach to Cord Cutting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2480

Re: Locast: An Approach to Cord Cutting?

We do have a cheap antenna but are literally in an airplane flight path and that scrambles the signal every now and then. I have locast on my Roku and find the quality good. I don’t pay for the subscription and do find the ad interruption makes it not worth watching. But not sure I want to pay $5/mo...
by Carson
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Booster seat?
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: Which Booster seat?

Yes we had a bubble bum between two car seats in a small Mazda. Worked fine. The idea of a booster is to position the seatbelt so it rides low on the hips instead of crushing soft tissue. Now that it has expired and doesn’t hold air as well, I use it as a travel pillow! The Cosco low back booster is...
by Carson
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family flying - picking seats at booking
Replies: 75
Views: 5370

Re: Family flying - picking seats at booking

We are in this exact situation. We booked regular economy seats on United operated by Air Canada for an int'l flight for a family of 2 adults, 2 fairly minor kids. Air Canada site states that their 'preference is to seat families together'. After a lot of waiting and general disagreement between the...
by Carson
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is our household budget crazy?
Replies: 141
Views: 13139

Re: Is our household budget crazy?

What type of insurance do you have that doesn't cover well child and vaccine??? This is mandated by ACA so maybe you need to buy better insurance (though $700 for a family of four seems dirt cheap so maybe you are coming out ahead) Not the OP, but just one comment on this. Our household is on a gra...
by Carson
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Returning back to former job
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: Returning back to former job

I work with hiring in a megacorp and this happens a lot. People leave for both internal and external opportunities. Several have worked with their supervisor to come back. Sounds like you left on good terms and could probably get back.
by Carson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?

Thanks!
by Carson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?

You can circumvent some of the problems of not having a contactless chip and pin card by using Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay on your phone. It works quite well for contactless payments and avoids the whole hunt for pens at restaurants. This is maybe not a smart question, but if my phone is ...
by Carson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you treat inheritance as a singular or shared asset?
Replies: 113
Views: 6065

Re: Do you treat inheritance as a singular or shared asset?

*Luckily* neither DH nor I have received a material (eg, goal/life changing) inheritance. I received a very small one from my brother and DH received a larger amount from his grandfather. I say luckily because I don't know how we would treat some larger amount and while I know that money is fungible...
by Carson
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chicagoland Bogleheads, please help! (Homebuying)
Replies: 29
Views: 2474

Re: Chicagoland Bogleheads, please help! (Homebuying)

Background - I have lived on the NW side of Chicago (actually Chicago :wink: ) for 10 years. DH reverse commutes to the NW burbs; I work from home. Our kids are in CPS elementary schools. Our house is *almost* worth what we paid for it in 2007. Our property taxes have gone up, however, it's still mu...
by Carson
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United Economy class and personal item bringing on plane
Replies: 23
Views: 2436

Re: United Economy class and personal item bringing on plane

D'oh, sorry for missing that in your post. The tripadvisor link was helpful-ish, at least it seems both my flights have UA numbers, even though air canada is operating it. So UA baggages rules would apply. And since we booked this as one ticket, I think the Ord-Cph would be what would apply. I was m...
by Carson
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United Economy class and personal item bringing on plane
Replies: 23
Views: 2436

Re: United Economy class and personal carry on

Ever more confusingly, even United allows a carry-on bag in their version of Basic Economy if you fly on a trans Atlantic flight. Does this apply if you booked one 'ticket' to that has a stopover? We are going Chicago >Toronto > Copenhagen (booked as Chicago to Copenhagen, not two separate flights)...
by Carson
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports team season tickets
Replies: 45
Views: 4671

Re: Sports team season tickets

DH has had season tickets in varying capacities for an NHL team. First he had one of two seats for a full season. Then his buddy dropped and DH had 'mini season packages' for several years while he was waitlisted for the full season package. This was the first year with the full season package. He s...
by Carson
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I mailed my income taxes then realized I made a mistake
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

Re: I mailed my income taxes then realized I made a mistake

I mailed my Federal income tax returns about 2 weeks ago. I made a copy of my returns before mailing them off to the IRS. Yesterday, I looked at that copy and realized I made a mistake. :oops: Form 1040 line 19 shows that I have a refund of about $2500. On lines 20b and 20d, I gave the routing and ...
by Carson
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage Carry On 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall
Replies: 24
Views: 1981

Re: Luggage Carry On 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall

Replacing the (maybe) 30 inch zipper cost $45 (!!!) at a local HCOL alterations place. <snip> They can tell you whether replacing the zipper is feasible and expected cost. Or you might try a shoe repair shop if you've got one of those around. Just chiming in on this, who someone who dabbles in alte...
by Carson
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 119589

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

I bought $300 of consumables from the hardware store going out of business for $75. I live in and old house and have a lot of refinishing projects This should keep me in sandpaper for a couple years. Now BH question, should I book it as a prepaid and amortize it?
by Carson
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here did business with Indonesia, if so, what are tax implications for software sales
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Anyone here did business with Indonesia, if so, what are tax implications for software sales

I think you might need to get some professional advice on the subject. It might be worth a reach out to the person listed at the end of the document here.

https://home.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/pdf/ ... x-2015.pdf
by Carson
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home DIY - increasingly complex repairs and cost savings by DIY
Replies: 38
Views: 3297

Re: Home DYI - increasingly complex repairs and cost savings by DYI

Often the cost of the tools to do something right decreases the cost savings, but one bought, you keep them. If there is something I'll never use again, or would be a pain to store, I rent. I will just add a little bit to this. We are big DYI-ers (I love the acronym mix-up!) and DH does nearly ever...
by Carson
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who does their own taxes?
Replies: 111
Views: 8030

Re: Who does their own taxes?

I have to use my 6-figure accounting degree somehow, so yes, I file my own taxes. I used HR Block online for many years, but they increased the price on me last year to a point I thought I should explore other options. I switched to FreeFileFillableForms - I keep a draft of it in Excel throughout th...
by Carson
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to ensure USPS mailed tax return makes it to IRS
Replies: 63
Views: 5062

Re: Best way to ensure USPS mailed tax return makes it to IRS

DIFAR31 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:46 pm

If you are doing your taxes by hand, why not use Free File Fillable Forms? Free e-filing means you can dispense with any worry or cost involved with sending a return through USPS.
Thirding this - it's pretty neat software and easy to use, and you get to know that it was received and accepted.
by Carson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo in May/June
Replies: 28
Views: 1954

Re: Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo in May/June

I've always heard that Scandinavia is wildly expensive. What are your impressions? Any tips for keeping costs in check? We are going to Copenhagen in April (family of 2 adults, 2 kids) I am planning for sticker shock. Our strategies include - judicious use of the Copenhagen Card for activities and ...
by Carson
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Hawaii- Big Island - 8 days
Replies: 24
Views: 2303

Re: Visiting Hawaii- Big Island - 8 days

I don't know how recent lava flow impacts things, but we did a lot of the hikes on this site. We absolutely loved our time on the Big Island and were really off the beaten path.

https://bigislandhikes.com/
by Carson
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 119589

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

I bought some mini english cucumbers, cut them into quarters (length-wise) and stuck them in a jar of the brine that remained after we finished up some pickles. Pop back in the refrigerator, and I replenished my favorite pickle supply in 2 days. :beer
by Carson
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dependent Care FSA
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Dependent Care FSA

You also have to be using the care for when you are working or looking for work. Date night doesn't count. :wink:
by Carson
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery shopping strategy
Replies: 146
Views: 10200

Re: Grocery shopping strategy

Fun fact: The founders of ALDI are the brothers who also founded Trader Joe's. Both stores operate similarly in two observable ways. One, they do not sell anything that needs to be weighed. This saves the cashier's time and moves the customers through the line faster. Bananas have to be weighed. No...
by Carson
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Legos as alternative asset class
Replies: 36
Views: 2965

Re: Legos as alternative asset class

Megablox are like SATAN to lego buyers. I literally spit out my coffee reading this. When we are sorting my kids' Legos, I can sort Legos from megablocks blindfolded just because of how the plastic feels. We aren't cashing in, but as a WAH parent on a snow day, I can confirm that a $24.99 lego set ...
by Carson
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Investing in a dental implant & Vetting and questions to ask?
Replies: 50
Views: 4767

Re: Investing in a dental implant or ?

If the tooth is in the back(#30) and do nothing is your option, what can possible happen? Thanks NOT medical advice, but I have this same situation. I was missing 'adult' teeth in the back half of my mouth. When I was a kid, they pulled the baby teeth, hoping that my wisdom teeth would come in and ...