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by Carson
Thu May 21, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email for young teen with ability to auto delete nasty spam
Replies: 32
Views: 2117

Re: Email for young teen with ability to auto delete nasty spam

I’m curious is there any reference to ‘appspot ‘ in the body of the email anywhere?
by Carson
Mon May 11, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regret Concept 2 Model D purchase
Replies: 24
Views: 2582

Re: Regret Concept 2 Model D purchase

Dh bought one when he setup a CrossFit -ish gym in our garage. The concept 2 has been used less than 10 times in 8 years. He prefers to do no cardio.
by Carson
Sun May 03, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window AC for bedrooms and living room, any recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 1380

Re: Window AC for bedrooms and living room, any recommendations?

I bought two of the Toshiba units from Home Depot last year to replace some old units we had inherited. I was really happy with how they worked and looked.
by Carson
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay, PayPal, or Mastercard for resolution?
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Re: eBay, PayPal, or Mastercard for resolution?

IME, sellers are quick to 'create a label' to show it as shipped, but slower to actually deliver that item to the PO. I had purchased something I very desperately wanted and had all kinds of delays. I finally got it after putting in the dispute with Ebay.
by Carson
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic leading to cost savings?
Replies: 14
Views: 1327

Re: Pandemic leading to cost savings?

I think we are about the same net. Yes lower gas costs but we didn't spend much in activities or discretionary to begin with. I'm seeing an uptick in other areas. We're trying to get take-out once a week (before that was once a quarter!) We haven't replenished our alcohol yet, but started with quite...
by Carson
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: There seems to be a big market for home fitness equipment
Replies: 24
Views: 1362

Re: There seems to be a big market for home fitness equipment

This kills me because DH has a lightly used Concept 2 rower in the basement. He's probably used it 5 times in the last 3 years. :oops: I'm sure he won't get rid of it even if he could sell it for a song.
by Carson
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stimulus check question.
Replies: 28
Views: 2666

Re: Stimulus check question.

Yes they changed the layout of the 1040 from 2018 to 2019. "Adjusted Gross Income" appears on different numbered lines.
by Carson
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55498

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Can someone please tell me how much the 30 pack of krikland signature is at Costco? $16.99 or something like that at mine in Illinois Thanks - my neighbor picked up a pack for me, and I know she had to wait in line; it's pretty much a year's supply for my household, I gave her $25, so I probably ov...
by Carson
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How are you going to use your stimulus money?
Replies: 222
Views: 12673

Re: How are you going to use your stimulus money?

We owed the feds for our 2019 tax return. So I am interested if they will direct deposit it to the account that we paid from? As of yet, we are feeling pretty blessed/lucky/well-planned. I work for a Megacorp which is always tenuous anyway, DH is a first responder so his job is pretty stable (except...
by Carson
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55498

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Thanks @quantAndHold. My neighbor picked me up a pack (we’ve been texting before we head out to see if the other household needs anything) but was all polite and insisting that I not pay her.
by Carson
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55498

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Can someone please tell me how much the 30 pack of krikland signature is at Costco?
by Carson
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DOT: Airlines must offer refunds for cancelled flights (not just credits)
Replies: 109
Views: 9107

Re: Any Airlines Issuing Actual Refunds

received a credit card refund from American Airlines today for a domestic flight next week.

Our original flight was nonstop both ways, they changed the return flight to have a stop.
by Carson
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small drip from copper pipe
Replies: 46
Views: 2105

Re: Small drip from copper pipe

I know some of you are joking about flex seal and duct tape but they make a plumbers epoxy exactly for things like this. We re-piped our house and had one pesky joint out of a hundred. The epoxy saved the day.
by Carson
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents with kids in Spring sports that are on hiatus/cancelled
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Parents with kids in Spring sports that are on hiatus/cancelled

SO and I manage a volunteer run travel baseball league (8 teams). It’s certainly different than a for profit org but just what we are thinking... It’s really unfortunate, just before COVID hit, we had incurred $11k of costs for uniforms as well as $1.5k for tournament registrations. Player fees were...
by Carson
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?
Replies: 503
Views: 50402

Re: How Is Your Job Being Impacted By The Current Crisis?

I'm a program manager for a segment of IT in MegaCorp. The problem is that on a good day, I figured someone is always doing math behind the scenes to lower our overhead. Saving grace is that I went part-time several years ago, which lowers my cost, although I still work daily - so they get the benef...
by Carson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pandemic, economy and buying big ticket items
Replies: 29
Views: 2897

Re: Pandemic, economy and buying big ticket items

We've been waiting for a recession to do big home remodels. I was waiting for this too. Although I don't know that we are going 'big' but I have a laundry list of things that we need and want to get done, just for personal enjoyment of our home (don't think it would be more than $20k). I've had the...
by Carson
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yet another travel question
Replies: 16
Views: 1078

Re: Yet another travel question

We had United Basic Economy tickets to Beijing for April :shock: When all of this started, we just hung on and waited. When they updated their cancellations page to communicate that they were cancelling travel to CN, we submitted a refund request on their site. We received our full refund to our CC ...
by Carson
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus: Why Are People Buying Water?
Replies: 61
Views: 4283

Re: Coronavirus: Why Are People Buying Water?

Kenkat wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:59 pm

Doesn’t some form of drying still need to occur?
Ours has a built-in drier. We got it at Costco, naturally...
by Carson
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?
Replies: 67
Views: 5980

Re: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?

I would say our travel strategy roughly mirrors yours, although we didn't plan it. Definitely need to consider school and sports as they develop. Our school district really frowns upon days out of school, as they get incentives for attendance %s. And it's fine and good to say you don't need to make ...
by Carson
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Peeve: Bar Keeper's Friend Clumping
Replies: 15
Views: 1870

Re: Pet Peeve: Bar Keeper's Friend Clumping

I just bang it on the sink each time before I use it.

You could try inserting some kind of silica gel packet into it (maybe decant it into a clean plastic parmesean cheese canister)?
by Carson
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yet another 2 -> 1 income thread
Replies: 50
Views: 3888

Re: Yet another 2 -> 1 income thread

I was in a similar situation except DH's unique schedule made it so that he was working FT and watching our son while I worked a rewarding but extremely challenging/high pressure megacorp job. He was the one who suggested to me that I scale back, because I was missing out. Doing serious financial an...
by Carson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United flight cancelled - best recourse (voucher+cash)
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: United flight cancelled - best recourse (voucher+cash)

I haven't called united yet because the travel waiver just updated last night. I wanted to know what a reasonable expectation is when I do have 3 hours to wait on hold. :D I didn't know if I should expect to lose the voucher because it was 'used' for this ticket or what. If I can get my cash returne...
by Carson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United flight cancelled - best recourse (voucher+cash)
Replies: 5
Views: 689

United flight cancelled - best recourse (voucher+cash)

I posted an earlier thread about travel insurance for our April trip to Beijing. Welllll, that has been interesting to watch develop. United officially cancelled flights through April 30. I'm trying to figure out what our best recourse is to get $ back, given what our tickets are comprised of. Fligh...
by Carson
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life
Replies: 207
Views: 17486

Re: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life

$10 Xacto KS manual pencil sharpener. This replaced a vintage model that originally came with the house. Well one day, I was frustrated with how it didn't sharpen that well, and overwhelmed with reviews for power models where the motors burn out. I replaced it with a new manual model and it's SO fas...
by Carson
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1271

Re: Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?

Yes, I am really concerned about the getting stuck thing. Also, many sites that we would be going to are shut down right now. Of course, like timing the market, it's asking when to actually 'call it'. I don't think I'm pursuing travel ins. right now, especially because it looks like I can rebook wit...
by Carson
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1271

Re: Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?

Thanks, that is helpful. Really trying not to think/stress about this for another month, but I suppose I need to follow along for updates. The funny thing about these tickets is they were actually booked partially, using vouchers from when our summer flight was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. :oo...
by Carson
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?
Replies: 17
Views: 1271

Beijing in April - how would travel ins. help?

I am NOT looking for medical advice, rather this is a personal consumer issue. FWIW, DH and I have travelled in China before, and have a good feel for navigating transportation/tourism on our own. In December, we booked flights for our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids) to go to Beijing for 6 days this ...
by Carson
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of spending my tax refund
Replies: 74
Views: 5387

Re: Talk me out of spending my tax refund

Just to clear something up: Being a Boglehead does NOT mean you should not spend money on material things. It's more like Don't spend money you don't have. Don't spend money you will need for the future you. Don't spend money on something you don't value. Thank you for posting this. I see a couple ...
by Carson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Magic Kingdom for a day or fun resort / hotel?
Replies: 56
Views: 4039

Re: Magic Kingdom for a day or fun resort / hotel?

Our kids were 10 and 7 this fall and we really enjoyed our day at legoland. I think it was a very off-peak day, although we didn't plan it that way. It was late August. The place felt deserted, and we pretty much rode rides constantly. A few times it closed due to thunderstorms, but we were able to ...
by Carson
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Day camps and summer camps
Replies: 23
Views: 1183

Re: Day camps and summer camps

Hmm, I have kids age 10 and 7. DH and I work flex schedule so we don't need traditional full-day care, which I think is what a lot of the specialty camps aim to provide in addition to the enrichment activity. Before shelling out a significant amount for each camp, I would ask if you can see their da...
by Carson
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago 'special occasion' but not 'expense account' restaurant recommendations?
Replies: 54
Views: 3621

Re: Chicago 'special occasion' but not 'expense account' restaurant recommendations?

I don't have any great suggestions, but it is my Boglehead-ian duty to inform any Chicago readers that Restaurant Week is coming - unfortunately earlier than the OP needs, but a good time for all. There are some places that are amazing deals during this time. :beer https://www.choosechicago.com/chic...
by Carson
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does this sound like a solid idea to pay for college?
Replies: 54
Views: 3969

Re: Does this sound like a solid idea to pay for college?

I'll ignore anything about college because I have a 10-year old and no idea what to do :wink: and have settled on doing nothing at this time. I just wanted to chime in on the rural living/weekly commuting scenario. I did this, when working for a Megacorp, working remote for 4 days and in the office ...
by Carson
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parental Leave - 4 weeks or 16 weeks - thoughts/perspective?
Replies: 39
Views: 2836

Re: Parental Leave - 4 weeks or 16 weeks - thoughts/perspective?

Is your wife returning to work after the birth? If so, when and what are your childcare plans?

It might be nice to be home for that length of time, but maybe it would be better to take the 4 weeks later if it would help you bridge some kind of childcare gap down the line.
by Carson
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great experience with backcountry.com
Replies: 23
Views: 3448

Re: Great experience with backcountry.com

Love backcountry.com, they are great. I have even more love for their returns warehouse site 'geartrade.com' The searching interface is pretty lousy, but if you know what you are looking for, you can find amazing items. If the seller is listed as backcountry, that means its coming from their returns...
by Carson
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fell asleep at the wheel - Predicting a 2019 tax underpayment penalty
Replies: 31
Views: 4114

Re: Fell asleep at the wheel - Predicting a 2019 tax underpayment penalty

Same situation here, although I didn't 'fall asleep' at the wheel, I was watching it happen :oops: I have our withholdings pretty tight, and DH worked an unexpected amount of overtime and they don't withhold enough on it for some reason. You all have convinced me to submit a payment through IRS dire...
by Carson
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Day Trip to Downtown Chicago
Replies: 62
Views: 3646

Re: Day Trip to Downtown Chicago

Chicagoan with 2 kiddos here. I understand wanting to make this a day trip, but do you have an actual full day available to you or do you have obligations that evening? If you have to be back for some specific reason, it will limit your time considerably. Is budget a consideration? Driving and parki...
by Carson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with Hyatt Legal Plans?
Replies: 25
Views: 13289

Re: Any experience with Hyatt Legal Plans?

Used them last year to do wills, living trust, POA, etc. Discount was $3k off the "rack rate". We had pay for the notary and county recording fees out of pocket. Overall, a great experience and we would recommended the attorney to our friends. Yes this - we signed up one year to setup our modest fa...
by Carson
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Garage Door Openers
Replies: 34
Views: 2565

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: 1449

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: 12457

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: 1209

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: 2313

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: 2801

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: 12160

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: 5074

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: 6383

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: 8096

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: 1644

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: 7456

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: