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by Boomer01
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building Custom Home
Replies: 37
Views: 2674

Re: Building Custom Home

Our last custom build was financed with an interest only construction loan which we refied into a mortgage at the close. The land was the initial purchase and then we wrote weekly checks to the builder to cover construction expenses.
by Boomer01
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a mattress?
Replies: 50
Views: 5013

Re: Recommend a mattress?

After a bunch of research, we just bought a WinkBed. Great hybrid for all sleep types.
by Boomer01
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Under deck patio options
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: Under deck patio options

Since you want to eventually convert it into a screened in porch, I would stick with concrete. It may cost a little more and not look as nice (unless you do stamped/stained), but it'll be more permanent and have less hassle in the future.
by Boomer01
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Engineers - What are you making? ($$$)
Replies: 357
Views: 44869

Re: Engineers - What are you making? ($$$)

It's incredible what some of you engineers are making. On the flip side, I am a partner at a small Civil firm with 14 years of experience and make a base salary of $160K with dividend checks and perks (vehicle, 9% 401K match, etc.). Overall I pull in $200K+ and feel very blessed especially living in...
by Boomer01
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: App for bodyweight exercise
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: App for bodyweight exercise

I second Jefit. You can search types of workouts including body weight exercises and build your own routines.
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Asset allocation—no bonds at all for a young(ish) and broke(ish) investor?
Replies: 49
Views: 3293

Re: Asset allocation—no bonds at all for a young(ish) and broke(ish) investor?

I would remain all in on equities. I initially started out at 20% bonds once a 401K was available to me and have remained 80/20 for the last 12 years. I sort of wished I would have been 100% stocks, but feel comfortable now.
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring for home gym
Replies: 27
Views: 4303

Re: Flooring for home gym

We also used the horse stall mats from Tractor Supply. They are a bear to move and cut, but they are a great gym floor solution.
by Boomer01
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone here retire in two homes
Replies: 24
Views: 4104

Re: Anyone here retire in two homes

After reading about it on here a while back, my wife and I have fell in love with the idea of downsizing to a smaller house/condo in our hometown and renting a house in another location 3-6 months out of the year. There is nothing to hold us to one location, so we can explore the US or even world fo...
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How high can House prices go
Replies: 67
Views: 9003

Re: How high can House prices go

The prices of homes will continue to rise (not assuming an inflated market correction) due to the cost of materials and labor of new construction rising. Used home values increase as the cost of new construction and land increases.
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Growing into a house
Replies: 15
Views: 2508

Re: Growing into a house

We just moved into our "dream home" with intentions of staying in it until we downsize after retirement. It is much larger than our previous house and probably more house than we need, but it allows our kids (2 with 1 on the way) to each have their own room and a separate toy room and ente...
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking lot loan to build house
Replies: 19
Views: 1616

Re: Seeking lot loan to build house

Are you looking to build right away? If so, look into a construction loan and include the price of lot in that loan. That is the route we went when constructing our custom home earlier this year. The loan is capped at your anticipated total loan amount and you make interest only payments monthly on ...
by Boomer01
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 28791

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

I'm another poster living in a large home. We built our 4,600 sf house last year and have loved it. 22' ceilings in the entry and living room including a wall of windows. Because of the advances in building construction (foam insulation, better windows, etc.) our utilities bills are much lower than ...
by Boomer01
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good flip flops
Replies: 46
Views: 3956

Re: Good flip flops

I've always loved Reefs. They have an air bubble in the heal for added comfort and I've never had them rub my feet raw.
by Boomer01
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineers come in.
Replies: 108
Views: 8927

Re: Engineers come in.

I'm a Civil Engineer and you MUST put in the work to get the degree. There were many, many sleepless nights just trying to get through a few problems only to wake up early the next day and do it all over again. I was also a homeowner and had a job during college which made it that much harder. There...
by Boomer01
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Faucet & Sink recommendations?
Replies: 55
Views: 8690

Re: Kitchen Faucet & Sink recommendations?

We installed a Kraus sink and faucet in our new construction home and are thrilled with them. The plumber was even commenting on the quality of the sinks.
by Boomer01
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Home Construction - Financing Options
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Re: New Home Construction - Financing Options

We finished a house late last year and took out a construction loan which paid for the lot and we made weekly payments to the builder to cover the construction costs. There were general condition costs and builder costs which were spread throughout the process since we went with a cost construction ...
by Boomer01
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Considering move to Tulsa, OK
Replies: 21
Views: 3049

Re: Considering move to Tulsa, OK

Tulsa is a wonderful city. We grew up south of OKC and moved there for 3 years out of college. There are many great school districts (Tulsa Union, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Owasso, etc.) and areas to live. We lived in south Tulsa and were in the Union school district. The schools are very impressive and ...
by Boomer01
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?
Replies: 36
Views: 4498

Re: The "Forever Home" Myth: Should I Plan on Buying 2 Homes?

We just built and moved into our "forever home". We are 35 with two small kids. We wanted a house where we knew we'd like to stay for the long haul. The school system and location played a lot into our decision on location. We are on the upper limit of what we can afford from a housing sen...
by Boomer01
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?
Replies: 155
Views: 14846

Re: How much did you contribute to your 401k in 2017?

$13,200 + $10,800 employee match

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by Boomer01
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DELETE
Replies: 10
Views: 1902

Re: Security Cameras - New home has been pre-wired

We just moved into a new construction home which was prewired for cameras. The security company installed cameras, DVR, etc. for $1400. It's much higher than the DIY security camera sets you can buy at a big box, but the quality is supposed to be far superior. Who knows though.
by Boomer01
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of WiFi indoor/outdoor speakers: Is 3.5k too much?
Replies: 22
Views: 4643

Re: Cost of WiFi indoor/outdoor speakers: Is 3.5k too much?

Sonos speakers and components are priced the same online and in stores, so there's not any wiggle room. There are several other brands you can check out including Yamaha MusicCast and Denon Heos. We are building a new home and decided on the Yamaha system because it offers more flexibility since yo...
by Boomer01
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of WiFi indoor/outdoor speakers: Is 3.5k too much?
Replies: 22
Views: 4643

Re: Cost of WiFi indoor/outdoor speakers: Is 3.5k too much?

Sonos speakers and components are priced the same online and in stores, so there's not any wiggle room. There are several other brands you can check out including Yamaha MusicCast and Denon Heos. We are building a new home and decided on the Yamaha system because it offers more flexibility since you...
by Boomer01
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 20% bonds: why bother at 48?
Replies: 131
Views: 10259

Re: 20% bonds: why bother at 48?

I'm only 33 and have held a 80/20 allocation for many years. It all stems from a chart posted on here which showed the higher risk factor and not proportional added gains between a 100% equity portfolio and a 80/20 portfolio.
by Boomer01
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard or Fidelity 3 funds
Replies: 9
Views: 2742

Re: Vanguard or Fidelity 3 funds

Save the money and stick with the Fidelity funds.
by Boomer01
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Income for mortgage and 401k contribution
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: Income for mortgage and 401k contribution

Plus they will use your 401K as an asset.
by Boomer01
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity 401K Funds
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Fidelity 401K Funds

500 Index Fund + Extended Market Index Fund = Total Market Index Fund
by Boomer01
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When should I upgrade my wireless router? (RT-N56U)
Replies: 43
Views: 10004

Re: When should I upgrade my wireless router?

I had an older router and couldn't understand why my speeds were low. Turns out I was a generation or two behind in terms of speed and connectivity. Similarly, I did not want to rent a router and did a little research and bought a modem/router in one for around $100 and it was a huge improvement.
by Boomer01
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Big Swing in Dow Futures
Replies: 10
Views: 3970

Re: Big Swing in Dow Futures

It's sad how uncertainty can greatly swing the market. Wall Street panics when the news emerges that Trump has a chance, continues to decline when he nears the nomination and then, miraculously, completely rebounds plus some when the markets open. :annoyed
by Boomer01
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Am I on the right track? 75K Investment Portfolio
Replies: 7
Views: 1145

Re: Am I on the right track? 75K Investment Portfolio

You are doing fantastic for someone your age and the majority of people aren't able to save $500/month so keep it up.
by Boomer01
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with new homebuilders
Replies: 12
Views: 1873

Re: Experience with new homebuilders

I would begin searching GardenWeb/Houzz under the Building a Home forum. There is a treasure trove of knowledge there.
by Boomer01
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas with kid, any suggestions?
Replies: 19
Views: 2934

Re: Las Vegas with kid, any suggestions?

Excalibur has a lot to do for kids.

There is the new High Roller ferris wheel which is the largest in the world.

Also, many hotel attractions like the Bellagio fountains, MGM lions, etc.
by Boomer01
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: My 3 fund plan 5 years later
Replies: 8
Views: 1863

Re: My 3 fund plan 5 years later

Like you, I've been in a 3 fund portfolio for years. The US Stocks have done great, while international and bonds have lagged, but that won't always be the case. Since you have not been reallocating, you have not been taking advantage of buying the international fund at a low and when it rebounds, a...
by Boomer01
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: has any business owners set up 401k at fidelity? min for employees
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: has any business owners set up 401k at fidelity? min for employees

Our small company uses a third party to buy funds through Fidelity. We do not have minimums to buy into funds.
by Boomer01
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help us set our max home shopping budget....
Replies: 30
Views: 3327

Re: Help us set our max home shopping budget....

I would opt for the nicer neighborhood with better school district. You can take advantage of the walkability and close proximity to things now and the better school districts down the road. You can easily afford the higher house and it should be better in the long term when you sale.
by Boomer01
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wait to Buy House?
Replies: 17
Views: 2482

Re: Wait to Buy House?

You have to weigh the options of being financially sound verses growing as an adult. It already sounds like you have a large sum of money in savings, but living at home with your parents limits how much you can mature. IMO, at 30 years old it's time to fly the coop.
by Boomer01
Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: daves ramsey new ELPs [Endorsed Local Providers]
Replies: 37
Views: 4988

Re: daves ramsey new ELPs

He calls the new program SMARTVESTOR PRO. Because, by using his service, YOU are a SMART inVESTOR! Just out of curiosity I looked to see what the ELP I mean Smartvestor looked like in my city. Two were Northwestern Mutual reps (Bogleheads start breaking out in a cold sweat). The other works with Pr...
by Boomer01
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HELP - After Market Rims?
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: HELP - After Market Rims?

Like said above, it's all about the overall diameter of the tire. You can have a 22" rim that has the same diameter as a stock 18" rim. The tire will have much less sidewall though. When you get into larger wheels the width usually increases also. Use a site like this to compare two differ...
by Boomer01
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Online Banks okay ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2504

Re: Online Banks okay ?

Capital One 360 also has a 1% APY money market account with balances over 10K.

I've been with them (formally ING Direct) for 10 years now and never had a problem.
by Boomer01
Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity customers: Have you experienced pressure to buy active funds?
Replies: 76
Views: 8671

Re: Fidelity customers: Have you experienced pressure to buy active funds?

Same as most. I have multiple Fidelity accounts and have never been contacted or pressured to switch funds.
by Boomer01
Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your overall portfolio weighted expense ratio
Replies: 292
Views: 34058

Re: What is your overall portfolio weighted expense ratio

3 fund portfolio through Fidelity - 0.064%
by Boomer01
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tag Heuer wrist watch
Replies: 24
Views: 3604

Re: Tag Heuer wrist watch

I got a nice Seiko watch when I graduated college and I told myself that I'd get another nicer watch when I became a partner at my firm. That just happened a few months back and if I get another watch it'll be a Tag, but I can't decide if I want to buy another watch. I wear my current one daily, but...
by Boomer01
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Actively Managed Small-Cap International Funds Beating the Indexes
Replies: 12
Views: 2212

Re: Actively Managed Small-Cap International Funds Beating the Indexes

I approached our 401K advisor about switching my international index fund (FSGDX - Fidelity Global Ex US) to the new FTIPX (Fidelity Total International) which includes small caps and better mimics the total market. Not surprising, he advised that if I wanted exposure in small cap international I w...
by Boomer01
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Actively Managed Small-Cap International Funds Beating the Indexes
Replies: 12
Views: 2212

Re: Actively Managed Small-Cap International Funds Beating the Indexes

I approached our 401K advisor about switching my international index fund (FSGDX - Fidelity Global Ex US) to the new FTIPX (Fidelity Total International) which includes small caps and better mimics the total market. Not surprising, he advised that if I wanted exposure in small cap international I wo...
by Boomer01
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 661
Views: 94077

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2001 Lexus LS430 - 218K miles
by Boomer01
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Intl. Portion of Three-fund Portfolio using FIDO funds
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: Intl. Portion of Three-fund Portfolio using FIDO funds

Most people lean towards FSGDX since it includes emerging markets. On the other hand, you could similarly do FSIVX + FPMAX (emerging market index fund).
by Boomer01
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 896
Views: 151698

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

Civil Engineer in Oklahoma. I started out at $42K and 10 years later I have crossed the $100K mark.
by Boomer01
Tue May 24, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 10438

Re: What was your first investment?

When I was in high school I set up an account with Janus and began contributing $100/month into the Growth and Income Fund.
by Boomer01
Tue May 24, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 3859

Re: Listening to tunes while exercising

Just load your phone with music and use it with some bluetooth headphones.