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by SuperSaver
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Compact Luxury Car < $35k... Acura ILX?
Replies: 17
Views: 1638

Re: Best Compact Luxury Car < $35k... Acura ILX?

The new ILX Is the ideal size for a commuter car. It is the same size as a 2005 Honda accord. The new Honda Accord’s have really increased in length for the past decade. There’s really no reason for all that room in the backseat, and trunk for someone just going to work every day. The TLX is > $35,0...
by SuperSaver
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Compact Luxury Car < $35k... Acura ILX?
Replies: 17
Views: 1638

Best Compact Luxury Car < $35k... Acura ILX?

Lifelong Honda accord and Toyota Camry driver here. We usually keep our cars at least a decade. Looking to upgrade as we near mid life. Currently, debating fully loaded Honda accord versus the Acura ILX. Any happy owners on here? Having conventional engine with high mileage efficiency is key. Also d...
by SuperSaver
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney plus streaming deal
Replies: 56
Views: 6955

Re: Disney plus streaming deal

... Bob Iger is a genius. Thought DIS was on ropes when everyone (myself included) was cutting cord when ESPN comprised 30% of their revenue. Just wish they would pay their employees better. Genius for what? Doesn't take a genius to come up with a streaming service offering in 2019... Iger took ess...
by SuperSaver
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney plus streaming deal
Replies: 56
Views: 6955

Re: Disney plus streaming deal

Signed up along with 10 million other subscribers The content is simply Incredible. There’s a family-friendly Disney Friday night movie for the next 3 years for everyone. Great mix of Snow White/etc classics, and new titles: Pixar, Marvel, and yes- Star Wars For existing Hulu customers, you can bund...
by SuperSaver
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximize 1 Day at Disney
Replies: 48
Views: 3037

Re: Maximize 1 Day at Disney

We're making a trip to Ft. Myers to see family in February and the thought of taking our youngest (5) to Disney came up since he hasn't been. The idea would be to drive up early and get there shortly after the park opens. Spend all day in Magic Kingdom, stay the night and fly home from Orlando the ...
by SuperSaver
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximize 1 Day at Disney
Replies: 48
Views: 3037

Re: Maximize 1 Day at Disney

A couple thoughts: 1) Go midweek if possible, not weekends. The park is much less crowded during the week. 2) Get there the day before, check in to your hotel, and do the pool before hitting Disney Springs or the restaurant at your hotel for dinner. (Wilderness has a great pool with slide that my t...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Midtown NYC Hotel w/ Kids?
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Midtown NYC Hotel w/ Kids?

Thanks for thoughts I have 150,000 Bonvoy points from credit card offer I want to use I’m deciding between 1717 Broadway (Courtyard) or 148 East 48th Street (Residence Inn). Will look at non-Marriott hotels, but for Easter Week, rates are close to $400/night for 2 adults/2 kids (Total $1300-1400 for...
by SuperSaver
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Midtown NYC Hotel w/ Kids?
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Midtown NYC Hotel w/ Kids?

Going to NYC with kids for first time during Spring Break 2020. Looking to stay close to Rockefeller Center/Central Park and a few blocks away from Times Square. Any suggestions? Our trip will include Major Highlights, so close to Subway station important too: - Battery Park/Statue of Liberty - MoMa...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?
Replies: 80
Views: 9197

Re: Best college towns in the Southeastern US for retirees?

I would also put: University of Kentucky - Lexington KY Vanderbilt - Nashville TN University of Florida - Gainesville FL Davidson College - Charlotte NC suburbs Athens Ga routinely makes Top of List in numerous rankings. Just keep in mind that although RTP/Raleigh touts “world class healthcare”, thi...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Happy DVC owners here? [Disney Vacation Club]
Replies: 61
Views: 5520

Re: Any Happy DVC owners here? [Disney Vacation Club]

THANK ALL FOR EVERYONE'S REPLIES. we probably will pass on this. Here are my reasons after careful research and discussion with Family 1) We don't want to plan vacations 11 months out. And being locked into the date 2) The option for 7 month planning at other resorts is increasingly difficult 3) We ...
by SuperSaver
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Happy DVC owners here? [Disney Vacation Club]
Replies: 61
Views: 5520

Re: Any Happy DVC owners here?

I've been contemplating making a Disney Vacation Club purchase (It's not a timeshare!) Have spent ALOT of time researching the complicated system. I would love people's thoughts if they've purchased one My starting framework: 1) We would use it 5-6 days a year, with one trip annually 2) We live clo...
by SuperSaver
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Happy DVC owners here? [Disney Vacation Club]
Replies: 61
Views: 5520

Any Happy DVC owners here? [Disney Vacation Club]

I've been contemplating making a Disney Vacation Club purchase (It's not a timeshare!) Have spent ALOT of time researching the complicated system. I would love people's thoughts if they've purchased one My starting framework: 1) We would use it 5-6 days a year, with one trip annually 2) We live clos...
by SuperSaver
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5032
Views: 1293566

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

THE SISTERS BROTHERS on Hulu

Nice western. Familiar tropes with refreshing ending. John C o’reilly great

Beautiful film locations
by SuperSaver
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 3081

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

I stayed at that Marriott Courtyard back in March. Super-friendly staff. But I was surprised how little was around, and how far from Harvard Square it was. Even the Whole Foods was not a pleasant walk. Granted, it was dark very early afternoon. But the money saved on a good rate was cancelled out by...
by SuperSaver
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1644
Views: 182106

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

THE BOYS on Amazon Prime is the best show I’ve seen since the end of GOT. Irreverent Satirical Like Deadpool on steroids I don’t even love superhero shows/movies all that much. Here’s a good review: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2019-07-31/the-boys-review-viciously-f...
by SuperSaver
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?
Replies: 184
Views: 21880

Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Paris - Incredible to believe that a place with so many pre-conceived notions and hype actually does live up to the hype. Loved walking along the city streets Maui - As above. Don't have to stay at expensive resorts. I loved reflecting that we were 3,000 miles from any land mass, completely isolated...
by SuperSaver
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AliBaba
Replies: 178
Views: 23424

Re: AliBaba

Let's see how my prediction has fared nearly 5 years ago since BABA's IPO:

VTI: +44%
BABA: +70%

:sharebeer
by SuperSaver
Mon May 20, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?
Replies: 26
Views: 2038

Re: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?

Went camping this weekend. Some of the guys brought one of these along. Burns with NO SMOKE. Pricey, and they use fancy engineering design to justify price.

https://www.solostove.com/

Thoughts?
by SuperSaver
Sun May 19, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yellowstone Family Resort/Glamping Rec's
Replies: 11
Views: 1886

Yellowstone Family Resort/Glamping Rec's

Looking for non-hotel recommendations here. Will be celebrating major milestone soon, and looking for a memorable family trip for 4. Wife and I are in mid 40s. Kids will be 7 and 10 next summer. Where would you recommend for a relaxing vacation with some guided pursuits in our Great Out West? - Look...
by SuperSaver
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can you lose principal with Short Term Bond ETF?
Replies: 15
Views: 2344

Can you lose principal with Short Term Bond ETF?

Hello, I am considering putting some assets into a iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV). My question is this: If I hold the shares long term (> 1 year), am I almost certainly guaranteed to at least earn back my principal? The website states "Average Yield to Maturity" is 2.36% I am assuming no blac...
by SuperSaver
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 18076

Re: iPhone XS Max

I just received my over-priced iPhone XS... unbelievable upgrade from the iPhone 5s, which was pretty much damn unusable outside of WIFI areas. If you take family pics, the camera rivals a $700 Nikon for portraits. Stunning. My only regrets are: 1) Not upgrading sooner (3-4 years probably sweet spot...
by SuperSaver
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need iPhone case recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Need iPhone case recommendations

Just pre-ordered a new iPhone XS. This is reportedly Apple's "most breakable" phone.

Can't trust Amazon reviews anymore.
Can anyone recommend one that is durable, and under $40?

Usual suspects are: spigen, speck, otterbox, and incipio

Thanks
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 18076

Re: iPhone XS Max

Just purchased 2 iPhone XS from t-mobile this morning... $700 off one phone. Plus $250 in gift cards. Plus $50 activation fees waived. Including taxes, this comes out to under $600/each per phone. Unlimited data for 2 lines: $125 (including taxes) Unlimited data for 4 lines: $140 (plus another $125 ...
by SuperSaver
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a new iPhone?
Replies: 43
Views: 4325

Re: Should I get a new iPhone?

I have a iPhone 5s, and plan to upgrade to the $999 iPhone XS this week. T-mobile is offering $700 back on Buy one/Get one (sorta) today. Plus a free line. Plus $150 off/line with corporate discount. I've waited 4 years for a new phone. Breaking the bank and getting the top-of-the-line XS will avera...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nespresso?
Replies: 103
Views: 9548

Re: Nespresso?

I'm also thinking about trying out Illy's IperEspresso system. The trouble is finding a place to actually try the coffees. We have the Illy machine and I prefer the output to Nespresso. Plus the machine looks a little like ET. https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/65...
by SuperSaver
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DisneyWorld-Needing specific advice
Replies: 33
Views: 2306

Re: DisneyWorld-Needing specific advice

My favorite moderately priced Disney hotel is Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, which has bus access to the parks and boat access to Disney Springs. My favorite Disney hotel that's one step up is Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, which has bus access to the parks and great amenities for a 9 ye...
by SuperSaver
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Master Thread for Charlotte, NC Boglehead Chapter
Replies: 25
Views: 10153

Re: Master Thread for Charlotte, NC Boglehead Chapter

Ditto. Would be interested in meeting locally.
by SuperSaver
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1138
Views: 290330

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Wanted to add my 2cents on this. This post really got me thinking of high-quality watches. After extensive research, I weighed the multiple options: 1) Buying new from auth. dealer 2) Buying "gray" and new from online store (ie Jomashop) 3) Buying new with valid warranty from "trusted seller" from W...
by SuperSaver
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?
Replies: 53
Views: 10598

Re: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?

We already own one. Edited original post
by SuperSaver
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Streaming Service/Live TV?
Replies: 53
Views: 10598

Which Streaming Service/Live TV?

We cut the cord years ago. Just pay for high-speed internet ($49.99/mo), plus Hulu ($12/mo). We also have an over-the-air antenna and receive free local HD channels. We've been happy with this, and watch alot of TV on our iPads. We borrow families/friends Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime logins for free. ...
by SuperSaver
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Rolex and The Boglehead
Replies: 274
Views: 18447

Re: The Rolex and The Boglehead

Here's my experience: Since reading this forum, I also got interested in the Luxe Watch threads, which lead me into this hobby. I purchased a $80 SEIKO 5 SPORTS on Jet.com when the practical lobe of my brain fired up. It is the perfect utilitarian watch. Will last for decades. Not showy. Clean displ...
by SuperSaver
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 16084

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Local Louisvillian here... Know a quality-control expert for the local distilleries. He swears that Old Forrester is the best bourbon for the price. Everyday drinking. Elijah Craig was voted "the best liquor overall" by Esquire during the 2008 financial meltdown. I've tried alot of them, even in bli...
by SuperSaver
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

Thanks to those with helpful, nonjudgmental comments. We did not consider the potential tax complications of this plan. I will try to steer clear of this plan, and hope to: - sell our existing home and get equity out of it. I do not want to be responsible for more than property - encourage MIL to in...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

She subsides on $5,000/year. Really? If this is true, it's mind boggling. $5K doesn't even pay my annual medical premiums, and yet your MIL buys medical insurance, prescriptions, food, car, insurance, clothing, rent, cell phone, cable/internet, utilities, and perhaps a splurge at McDonald's. Wow. I...
by SuperSaver
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

I think what's being planned here is a multi-generational co-mingling of assets that all parties seem happy with. OP, spouse, MIL, SIL, and maybe even young children since the day they are born are signing up to shelter, feed, and care for each other through every possible up and down. Family patri...
by SuperSaver
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

Honestly, there has to be a point you act like an adult and NOT a child of someone's parent. Having mommy or daddy buy you a house is a sign of the latter and not the former. Be adults and pay for you own debt. This is a bit snarky, isn't it? We have zero debt other than our home. We could pay it o...
by SuperSaver
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

Thanks for all the replies. To clarify the issue 1. Yes, this is a gift from MIL. Not a loan 2. My MIL is the most selfless, generous human being I've ever met. Her only goal is to give all her money away to her surviving heirs to make our lives easier. She did not want this inheritance. She wants m...
by SuperSaver
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chubb vs PURE insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 1663

Re: Chubb vs PURE insurance

I recently used Chubb to get reimbursed for a medical emergency. Chubb insured the "travel insurance" on my AA Barclaycard. The interface and submitting claims process was pretty easy. I was hoping they would reimburse entire trip, but they refinded future travel change fees which was reasonable
by SuperSaver
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 10822

Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

Here's the scenario: My Mother-on-law sold her single-family house a few years back, and parked the proceeds in cash ($400,000). She has >$2M invested in various financial instruments (Balanced Funds, CDs, Annuities, our kids' 529) and wishes to re-invest the $400k in real estate. She DOES NOT want ...
by SuperSaver
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?
Replies: 22
Views: 2190

Re: Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?

Thanks for helpful comments. Some more caveats: 1) MIL's current home is older, smaller home (purchased ~$160k) is in great school district. Easy to rent. 15min away from our home. Rental income $1500/mo. 2) MIL will be moving potentially 5min away, along with my SIL. Home will be perfect size for 2...
by SuperSaver
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?
Replies: 22
Views: 2190

Re: Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?

Some clarification: 1. My MIL has > $1M in "the stock market" (Vanguard funds), and wants to diversify in tangible assets. This will help her psychologically with having tangible assets she can see/own 2. She has had good experience to-date with renting out existing condo in Florida. My wife has bee...
by SuperSaver
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?
Replies: 22
Views: 2190

Should we sell our Home to Mother-in-law?

Here's the scenario: We purchased single-family home (before kids) in 2009 for $410,000. We re-financed last fall at 2.5% (15 year fixed), and have $240,000 equity. Our growing family now needs more space, and are looking for larger house with 1st-floor master for potential elderly parents to move i...
by SuperSaver
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in Cincinnati, suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1692

Re: 3 days in Cincinnati, suggestions?

I lived in Cincinnati for 3 years. It's a great city with a lot to see/do. I always check out the NYT's highlights for anyone: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/travel/cincinnati-budget-travel.html?_r=0 Things to do: 1. The Riverfront is pretty awesome. You can park at Newport on the Levee and walk ...
by SuperSaver
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancun, Grand Cayman or Other Caribbean Islands
Replies: 28
Views: 6307

Re: Cancun, Grand Cayman or Other Caribbean Islands

Went to Grand Caymen in March 2015. Loved it. PRO's: 1. Very safe (if not safest in Caribbean) 2. Very small and drivable 3. Very easy transit from airport to hotels 4. English-speaking 5. Seven Mile Beach is outstanding We popped in and out of a few hotels. I feel the Westin in Grand Caymen was per...
by SuperSaver
Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Re-Financing No-Brainer, right???
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Re: A Re-Financing No-Brainer, right???

Much thanks to the replies. We went ahead and submitted our application. 1. We have saved quite a bit to pay down our existing mortgage without borrowing from our 401k. 2. the $3400 includes 3 months of escrow included. The bank is collecting $1900 in fees. The rest of it is title search, appraisal,...
by SuperSaver
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 275
Views: 51112

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

- Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

- illy iperespresso capsule machine

- Leather seats in minivan

- Graeter's Ice Cream
by SuperSaver
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help with Finding Advisor
Replies: 42
Views: 8614

Re: Help with Finding Advisor

Just met with our new advisor yesterday. Wanted to update the forum. He is charging us $1300 for developing and maintaining a financial plan for the next 2 years for my mother-in-law's $2M+ Estate. That's $650/year, or roughly 0.0325% AUM. We've been very happy with him, and very grateful our previo...
by SuperSaver
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A Re-Financing No-Brainer, right???
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

A Re-Financing No-Brainer, right???

The Refinancing Bug finally bit me. We currently have a 20-year fixed rate of 4.0% we took out on our $410k house in 2011. We owe $183k on it now. Our monthly payment is $2200. ($1610 P&I, $580 Escrow for Insurance and Taxes). Bank of America is offering a 15-year fixed at 2.54% . Our total payments...
by SuperSaver
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5032
Views: 1293566

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just finished "The Last Man on the Moon," (Netflix), a fascinating profile of Gene Cernan who in 1972 was the last man to leave the moon - one of only twelve to walk on its surface. Great historical review of the space program, wonderful archival film. A must in my book! Just watched this today... ...
by SuperSaver
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas grill recommendations please
Replies: 52
Views: 5475

Re: Gas grill recommendations please

Weber Spirit should be in that price range. I have an E-310 which is three burners but I believe they make a two burner model also. Like you, I got tired of the junk grills and have been very happy with mine. Agree with above. E-310 is sweet spot for value and size. I've had problems with ignition ...