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by StrawMan
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Discounts for Veterans]
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Veteran's Day

Here is a new benefit for us Veterans: U.S. veterans to receive free national park passes for life https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-11-09/national-parks-drop-fees-on-veterans-day-how-to-get-a-free-year-round-park-pass This should have been done from the get go - I also believe it was exten...
by StrawMan
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 7011

Re: New smoker recommendation?

I’ve been researching smokers for the last 7 months but haven’t pulled the trigger due to job uncertainty. When I buy it will be the Cookshack Elite SM025 electric smoker. I’ve read reviews, watched videos, and even sampled the product from a friend. I have friends in the Midwest that have no issue...
by StrawMan
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need washing machine recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Need washing machine recommendations

I’ve always heard very good things about Speed Queen. I personally have, and like Fisher & Paykel. My set is going on well over 15 years, no issues, no death in sight. Nothing fancy, but work well.
by StrawMan
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to destroy old external Hard Drives
Replies: 103
Views: 5683

Re: Need to destroy old external Hard Drives

A hammer. Seriously though, just smack them a couple times hard enough to dent them significantly so the disc can't spin. But if you've got a decent drill, don't even take the time to remove 20 screws. Any battery power drill driver will put a hole through a hard drive case. Drill is what I’ve alwa...
by StrawMan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 61
Views: 3054

Re: Sports drink preferences

Pink salt added to water, occasionally plain old table salt with iodine.

If I want flavor, I’ll use the individual pouches from Propel.
by StrawMan
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 259
Views: 17418

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Surprisingly, for me - it’s been a wooden plyo box. It’s come in handy for so many things outside of its intended purpose. I use it for a step to reach up for pull/chip up’s, dumbbell stand, landmine rest, etc. I use it everyday, paid $50 came in a flat pack ready to assemble.
by StrawMan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Guess I Need A New TV?
Replies: 18
Views: 2185

Re: I Guess I Need A New TV?

TexasPE wrote: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:06 pm If unplugging the tv for 2 minutes or so doesn't fix it, Google "reset xXxX yyyyy" where xXxX is the tv manufacturer and yyyyy is the model number. Manufacturers have specific ways to reset their firmware. Hope this helps.
Yep, always try a reset.
by StrawMan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy weight plates for home gym?
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Where to buy weight plates for home gym?

I’m a big fan of Rogue Echo Bumper Plates, not cheap - but more than a fair price considering shipping is included if you buy a set. A lot of people like plates from Titan Fitness. I don’t have any experience with their plates. But I’ve bought plenty of equipment from them - most of it is budget fri...
by StrawMan
Tue May 26, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 135
Views: 11984

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

I recently bought a container of Friendly Farms whole milk Greek yogurt from Aldi. (Friendly Farms is the Aldi house brand for dairy products.) It's honestly the best yogurt I've ever had. This now makes me wonder what other Aldi products are out there that generally exceed one's expectations. If I...
by StrawMan
Tue May 26, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 135
Views: 11984

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

I recently bought a container of Friendly Farms whole milk Greek yogurt from Aldi. (Friendly Farms is the Aldi house brand for dairy products.) It's honestly the best yogurt I've ever had. This now makes me wonder what other Aldi products are out there that generally exceed one's expectations. If I...
by StrawMan
Fri May 22, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of sunglasses?
Replies: 110
Views: 7066

Re: What kind of sunglasses?

I buy whatever is cheap and has solid ratings on Amazon or eBay- current pair cost about $14 and are going on 2 years.

Unless I need glasses with a specific rating, I don’t see the need on spending much.
by StrawMan
Sat May 09, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?
Replies: 132
Views: 8994

Re: Percentage of savings to "prepping"?

For those of you who shoot for a 3- or 6-month etc supply: do you do any sort of inventory control, especially for items like frozen or home-canned food, batteries, etc? I just visualize a chest freezer in which the top 2/3 or so of meat is regularly used and replenished, and the remainder at the b...
by StrawMan
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do you Exercise Indoors?
Replies: 127
Views: 10154

Re: How Do you Exercise Indoors?

I have a stationary trainer for my bike, and a concept rower - both of those are great. But I prefer free weights, and I have a power rack for that.
by StrawMan
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive men's razors?
Replies: 37
Views: 2779

Re: Inexpensive men's razors?

Years ago, I converted from expensive Gillette razors to Dorco. Much cheaper and they worked fine. I went to re-order some Dorcos and -- from what I could gather from the Amazon reviews -- this product is not what it used to be. Apparently they either went out of business or sold their brand to a C...
by StrawMan
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6226
Views: 1420865

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We also enjoyed Jojo Rabbit. Ford v Ferrari was pretty good as far as racing flicks go. Parasite - we had no idea at all what to expect. Honestly the trailer made me not want to see it, but after seeing it, I think it's almost impossible to capture the film in a trailer. We only knew going in that ...
by StrawMan
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 28524

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

5 Ds of home security Deter - Signs, lights, landscaping Deny - High security locks, deadbolts, etc. Detect - Motion sensors, glass break sensors, cameras, alarm Delay - Reinforced door jams, window security film, hurricane impact windows Defend - Last resort when threatened with harm Other Ds are ...
by StrawMan
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spouse diagnosed with cancer. Financial steps?
Replies: 38
Views: 6248

Re: Spouse diagnosed with cancer. Financial steps?

Ten years ago I was in your position. I lost my wife to cancer. I also had a young child. I’ll pray for you and your family. I’m truly sorry. My wife had made sure to write down/record all of her account passwords and user names - this proved invaluable. I’m sure there is some other strategic advice...
by StrawMan
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Redeeming Iraqi Dinars - How Best?
Replies: 26
Views: 3357

Re: Redeeming Iraqi Dinars - How Best?

I was last in Iraq in 2008. But I don’t know of any service member who would prefer to use Dinars in country over the mighty US Dollar.
by StrawMan
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Tulsa Local Chapter?
Replies: 35
Views: 9372

Re: Tulsa Local Chapter?

I’d be interested. I’m in Jenks.
by StrawMan
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To what do you owe your ability to forego spending now and save for your future?
Replies: 116
Views: 5289

Re: To what do you owe your ability to forego spending now and save for your future?

Fear. This. I was poor. Dead broke. Abject fear of ever returning to that state ever again. I haven't always been "frugal" but I have always been frugal enough to save more than I spent. As a side note, I am not certain that fear is altogether a bad thing. I am also not certain that it is...
by StrawMan
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended physical fitness websites/books/apps?
Replies: 83
Views: 7070

Re: Recommended physical fitness websites/books/apps?

OP, how old are you?

Starting Strength is good. So is Wendler 5/3/1.

These are probably my two favorite reference sites. They both have a huge YouTube video section, very informative.

https://athleanx.com/
https://renaissanceperiodization.com/
by StrawMan
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Plane trip - 16 Hours to Shanghai
Replies: 67
Views: 6322

Re: Long Plane trip - 16 Hours to Shanghai

While not recommended, I used to take a bottle of NyQuil and melatonin with me for long overseas flights.
by StrawMan
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College for average kids
Replies: 126
Views: 15236

Re: College for average kids

I was a 2.5-3.0 student through grade school. A stint as a sailor and 6 years after high school, I graduated from a small state school with a 3.4 GPA in Computer Science. Currently, I am half way through a Master's degree from an Ivy League program with a 3.8 GPA and employed in software developmen...
by StrawMan
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Too poor to invest - living in the 12% bracket
Replies: 114
Views: 12237

Re: Too poor to invest - living in the 12% bracket

I've just applied for medicare and I printed out my income history on the SS website. In 1971 I made $292,I was a freshman in high school. I retired early in 2014 and I've never made more than 65K a year. My retirement funds at Vanguard as of today are 6K short of putting me in the 2 comma club! It...
by StrawMan
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to divert water from garage gym platform?
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: How to divert water from garage gym platform?

Unless you have lots of water I’m willing to bet you’ll be okay without going to any great effort. I’ve had a deadlift/cage platform in my garage for over the last year with no issues. During heavy rain I have seepage from a back door - I just hit the area with a floor mop and call it good. If you w...
by StrawMan
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Throwing out a paper with your information?
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Throwing out a paper with your information?

I froze my credit at the top 5 credit agencies. I do not worry anymore about personal information on forms in the garbage, at the doctor's office, at my employer, or stores. The only documents I protect are my tax returns. 5? Honestly curious, I thought there was just the 3? From the Wiki, there ar...
by StrawMan
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Throwing out a paper with your information?
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Throwing out a paper with your information?

Blueskies123 wrote: Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:02 pm I froze my credit at the top 5 credit agencies. I do not worry anymore about personal information on forms in the garbage, at the doctor's office, at my employer, or stores.
The only documents I protect are my tax returns.
5? Honestly curious, I thought there was just the 3?
by StrawMan
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Widow and investments
Replies: 41
Views: 4738

Re: Widow and investments

Just here to post encouragement (I’m not as financially savvy as the rest) - OP I was 38 with a young child when I became a widower. It’s rough, but sounds like you’re doing great. Hang in there!
by StrawMan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should be I be investing anything in my current situation?
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Re: Should be I be investing anything in my current situation?

I can’t give you real good investment advice. However, as a Army retiree who did a short stint as a recruiter you should seriously look at joining one of the Reserve Components. You’ll have access to TSP and more/additional education benefits - possibly student loan repayment. Choose whatever branch...
by StrawMan
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What equipments should I have for TV installer?
Replies: 43
Views: 2122

Re: What equipments should I have for TV installer?

Honestly, you probably don't need or require anything. I'd recommend a Roku box, but it's probably already integrated into the TV. Much like Amazon/Netflix will be as well. I would only get a B-Ray/DVD Player if you have physical media to play, otherwise I'd skip it. If you think you might enjoy bet...
by StrawMan
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any insurance beating USAA?
Replies: 42
Views: 4066

Re: Any insurance beating USAA?

Military retiree, been with USAA for almost 20 years. Nobody can beat them (for me) on insurance rates.

USAA has always bent over backwards to help, and I've had some weird issues in the past.
by StrawMan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 139
Views: 16322

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

Had a 2008 Santa Fe purchased new, traded in 2018 with about 160,000 miles on it. Great car, never had any problems. Clock sping had to be replaced at a little over 100,000 - cost about $240 or so at the dealership. On the trade I purchased a 2018 Tucson and I expect to have it for 8-10 years as we...
by StrawMan
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?
Replies: 139
Views: 16322

Re: Is Hyundai the value sweet spot?

Had a 2008 Santa Fe purchased new, traded in 2018 with about 160,000 miles on it. Great car, never had any problems. Clock sping had to be replaced at a little over 100,000 - cost about $240 or so at the dealership. On the trade I purchased a 2018 Tucson and I expect to have it for 8-10 years as wel...
by StrawMan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Darn Tough Socks....Boxers???
Replies: 18
Views: 2627

Re: Darn Tough Socks....Boxers???

Best boxers I've ever had, and I've used several types are from: https://www.sweatitout.com/products/wic ... short.html.

These things are bomb proof, wore them on deployments. No swamp ass, not super tight like the pic shows either.
by StrawMan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any Experience with pay per mile insurance
Replies: 26
Views: 1853

Re: Any Experience with pay per mile insurance

No experience, but interested in this as well. I heard this being discussed last night on Clark Howard's broadcast.
by StrawMan
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First time renting a house from landlord: What to check?
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: First time renting a house from landlord: What to check?

If I saw the LL had 5 criminal records I'd spend the $20! Google your state's Landlord tenant website to understand both your rights AND your obligations. Make sure you do a very thorough WRITTEN walk through list and take pictures. If you think you will be breaking the lease sign a month to month ...
by StrawMan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 9823

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

I know that a few of you mentioned that Single/Double Edege Razors (wet shaving) isn't for you. But you should give it another shot. I moved away from using Mach 3 Razors probably 10 years ago. One of the best and cheapest things I've ever done. I personally prefer SE Razors and use a GEM Razor made...
by StrawMan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting a Mortgage when You can Pay Cash for a House
Replies: 162
Views: 10149

Re: Getting a Mortgage when You can Pay Cash for a House

I paid cash on my last two houses. Last one I was 44 and just about to retire from the military. Everyone says "smart money" is take a loan and invest the cash... Uh huh, you know what I worry about at night? Not a damn thing. Honestly, I do see and appreciate the thought process. But I to...
by StrawMan
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MMORPG games
Replies: 63
Views: 6600

Re: MMORPG games

Was really active in Neverwinter- but they game has gotten so bad with its blatant cash grab, poorly designed and implemented mods, lack of involment by the Dev's and Community Manager that I've taken a step back. Plus the official and "unofficial" website are nothing more that heavily mod...
by StrawMan
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 15277

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

I'd also suggest a revolver if you want it for home protection. A revolver is just point and shoot with less moving parts and more reliable (six rounds should be fine for protection). You can get a .357 revolver that shoots both .38 special and the high power .357 mag rounds. And of course, go to a...
by StrawMan
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 15277

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

I'd also suggest a revolver if you want it for home protection. A revolver is just point and shoot with less moving parts and more reliable (six rounds should be fine for protection). You can get a .357 revolver that shoots both .38 special and the high power .357 mag rounds. And of course, go to a...
by StrawMan
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best cheap printer
Replies: 80
Views: 6582

Re: best cheap printer

After 3 or 4 printers and ink cartridge costs and challenges, I now put print jobs on a flash drive and print at the local library or FedEx store. Much less frustrating. I started doing this as well after several cheap printers failed over the years. Much cheaper, easier and less hassle. It's like ...
by StrawMan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 7516

Re: Smokers

Just a note about a recent purchase of a smoker. Bought the Masterbuilt wide gas smoker. Absolutely one of the best values I have ever made. This smoker is so easy and handles lots of food. Bought on sale at Basspro. Nice to hear this. I have had a Cookshack electric smoker for close to a decade. J...
by StrawMan
Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: A little direction
Replies: 4
Views: 997

Re: A little direction

Duckie, thank you very much for the detailed reply. I'm looking into portfolio #1. Trublueky, I have not determined how much I will need once I retire/separate from the military. But yes, I do plan on having a second career. I have a couple of prospects lined up and I plan to actively work for anoth...
by StrawMan
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: A little direction
Replies: 4
Views: 997

A little direction

Edited for format: Emergency funds: Three to six months of expenses -yes, I have this Debt: None, own house free and clear Tax Filing Status: Head of Household with 1 Dependent Children Tax Rate: 15% Federal, 0% State State of Residence: Oklahoma Age: 41 Desired Asset allocation: xx% stocks / xx% bo...