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by marc515
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2622

Re: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed

Your plan not to exceed 3,500 Lbs is good. While your Highlander of is capable of towing up to 5,000 Lbs. , that number is based on multiple factors. Additionally, having a good margin of safety is important. This website contains a wealth of towing information on GVW, GVWR, and GCWR, and towing cap...
by marc515
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction house - what to consider?
Replies: 161
Views: 10727

Re: New construction house - what to consider?

2x6 exterior walls.

Triple glazed windows

Double/triple insulation in ceiling

Insulate interior walls
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by marc515
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Power-Tool Brands
Replies: 93
Views: 6350

Re: Quality Power-Tool Brands

For around the home, I purchased a Ridgid Cordless Drill 7 years ago, and it's still going strong with a good amount of use. The batteries don't seem to last as long now, and I'm going to exchange them under the lifetime warranty. From the Home Depot site: "Your power tool is covered if it brea...
by marc515
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Subaru Outback?
Replies: 84
Views: 11448

Re: Alternatives to Subaru Outback?

Doom&gloom, I'm glad you are learning of the many choices out there, but I am at a loss as to why you are being so secretive about your issue with Sabaru, as it's possible your issue is something we all can look out for, or learn from. We have a 2018 Outback, and we love it, and our next vehicle...
by marc515
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments
Replies: 20
Views: 2442

Re: Subaru Outback 2017 - 2019 Comments

We have a 2018 Outback Limited, and it is one of the best cars we've ever owned. Ours has the 2.5L, 4 Cylinder, and it has all the power we need. It also has the headlights that turn when you go around a corner or curve, which is an awesome safety feature. Starting with the 2018's, the side glass wi...
by marc515
Fri May 31, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do others dislike Vanguard's new website as much as me?
Replies: 205
Views: 14415

Re: Vanguard - Will they ever upgrade their site?

UpperNwGuy wrote: Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:51 pm What’s wrong with Vanguard’s website? It works fine for me.
Vanguard's site may not be as fancy as some others, but I'm not a day trader, and it does what I need it to do.

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by marc515
Fri May 31, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?
Replies: 31
Views: 2529

Re: Cordless Drill: Bosch PS32-02 vs Makita FD07R1?

Suggest you take a look at RIDGID at Home Depot. They offer a free lifetime warranty on the Drill, Charger, AND Batteries. The battery warranty is great, as replacement batteries usually cost almost as much as a new drill. I've had a RIDGID drill for about 5 years now, and it has been very reliable. m
by marc515
Sat May 18, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Credit Card - 0% APR for 18 Months
Replies: 17
Views: 2087

Re: Fidelity Credit Card - 0% APR for 18 Months

If you travel to foreign countries, just beware the Fidelity Card charges Foreign Transaction Fees.
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by marc515
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need iPhone case recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1420

Re: Need iPhone case recommendations

I personally use Apple's leather cases. I've never broke a phone with them, they look great, and they fit like a glove on the phone. +1 All other cases I've tried on my iPhone X makes it cheap and ugly in comparison. I have a brown leather case from Apple that is very worn and you can tell it's tak...
by marc515
Mon May 28, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remote temperature monitoring
Replies: 24
Views: 2388

Re: Remote temperature monitoring

You didn't say what fuse was blown, but since the Ecobee is low voltage, not sure how it could blow a house fuse? Additionally, you indicate a "likely caused" by a faulty Ecobee thermostat; there is the possibility something like a power surge caused the blown fuse, and caused damage to th...
by marc515
Fri May 11, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy new underwear?
Replies: 86
Views: 8259

Re: When to buy new underwear?

Between this thread, and the one on “when to replace shoes”, this “Consumer Issues” page is goint to hell; but some of the replies are a hoot!!
by marc515
Fri May 11, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to figure that shoes need replacing
Replies: 30
Views: 3023

Re: how to figure that shoes need replacing

This must be a joke, or he’s wearing his shoes on the wrong feet 😁
by marc515
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need vacuum recomendations
Replies: 41
Views: 5294

Re: Need vacuum recomendations

+1 for Miele!
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by marc515
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Did I Just Do? (Possible Scam)
Replies: 13
Views: 3728

Re: What Did I Just Do? (Possible Scam)

OK, I understand coming on forums for assistance, but why would you not call Merrill Lynch first?

You also don't indicate if the amount was what you authorized for the school lunch?

Do you have text alerts set up with ML?

I would call ML and talk to them.

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by marc515
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 14224

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

JBTX wrote: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:18 pm [See my post below. --admin LadyGeek]

Mainly geared towards men, but applicable to women too, and also interested in the perceptions of women about men who don’t.

I recently tried it on again and unlike before it is now too tight.
You mean your ring shrunk? :happy
by marc515
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Alternative
Replies: 86
Views: 10009

Re: Amazon Alternative

Thanks for everyone's recommendations. I've tried many of these websites before and while I've generally been happy, I find nothing quite compares to the ease of use and organization of Amazon's website. I guess I just got used to Amazon's layout. And I guess I'll have to get used to their competit...
by marc515
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 21252

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

Here is a forum you should check out:

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuse ... rum/21.cfm
by marc515
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1498
Views: 176389

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Being frugal should extend beyond your personal world. Maybe to resource use. So to take a longer shower purposely at the gym is not frugal at all. Frugal is about money but also about waste of a resource when it is not necessary. You don't do things because you can, you do them because you should....
by marc515
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy home with structural issues
Replies: 51
Views: 4758

Re: Buy home with structural issues

Hello, It is just two years old from a great builder. We had a pre inspection done which came out clean. I hired a foundation contractor right away and was told of multiple structural problems in the house including not enough column support in the crawl space for the master bath on the second floo...
by marc515
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 74
Views: 11501

Re: Beware Amazon Price Gouging

There's an item that used to be available at Amazon as an add-on for $3.00. (non-book item) For the past few months, it's been offered at $45.00 -- from a non-Amazon seller -- and it's the only seller. I know it's a false equivalency to compare Amazon to non-Amazon, but heck, that's a 1400% price i...
by marc515
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Shirt for Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 5630

Re: Warm Shirt for Winter

koolk2 wrote: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:11 am Try a Smartwool zip neck. Cost around $100.00
LL Bean makes a mid weight Cresta Wool zip neck which is my favorite; I compared the Smart wool and the Cresta wool in the LL Bean store last year when I purchased it, and they were exactly the same.

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by marc515
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: U. S. Marine Corps Birthday
Replies: 48
Views: 4123

Re: U. S. Marine Corps Birthday

Happy Birthday fellow Jarheads
Semper Fi,
Marc
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by marc515
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??
Replies: 58
Views: 9313

Re: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??

I have no idea why Subaru is considered reliable. They have major engine issues and I don’t see that being fixed with the new cars. I’d go Honda over Subaru any day. From my experience, it is because Subaru owners are willing to put up with a lot of screw ups. I own a 2015 Outback. I will never buy...
by marc515
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 10717

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

I love hearing people complain who have an iphone...then when a new ios update is released it slows their phone down to a crawl...so they complain they have to buy a new iphone, lol. Instead of dumping that con artist of a company they keep supporting them. I love it! Yes the transition to android ...
by marc515
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 10717

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Iphone sucks. Customization is limited. Hardware is subpar. Technology is about 2 yrs behind flagship Android. Options to do stuff isn't supported. Basic stuff like sharing/exporting files to many program is just not supported. One button only lmao... Yea, I won't buy apple anytime soon. The proble...
by marc515
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone Voicemail Transcription No Longer Working w IOS11
Replies: 18
Views: 2433

Re: iPhone Voicemail Transcription No Longer Working w IOS11

You need to go on the iPhone forum over at Macrumors; you will find a lot more help there: https://forums.macrumors.com/forums/iph ... oting.109/
by marc515
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 10717

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

[/quote] For me, the difference between an Apple iPhone versus an Android phone was over $50 per month for a similar plan. My Apple unlimited plan was actually $105 per month per phone for two phones. Now on Android on Republic Wireless come up my last phone bill was $14. Very significant. [/quote] ...
by marc515
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 10717

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Not sure why you would want to switch to save a few dollars, and I would never even consider switching from my iPhone.

iPhone is what got use started with Apple, then we got iPads, and now we have two MacBooks.

Apple quality is to me the industry standard period.

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by marc515
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco auto buying service vs All State car buying services???
Replies: 12
Views: 2672

Re: Costco auto buying service vs All State car buying services???

I have used the Costco service. I consider the Costco price a starting point. You can negotiate further from there. Exactly, just a starting point, but they only offered me $400 under invoice, which is not that great. There's no getting away from some degree of haggling if you want to keep some of ...
by marc515
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best smartphone
Replies: 37
Views: 4235

Re: Best smartphone

We switched to iPhones when the 4 came out way back when, and have stayed with iPhones. Liked the iPhones so much we graduated to iPads about 5 years ago. Three years ago after decades of using Windows computers, I picked up a MacBook, shortly after my wife got a MacBook. Watch out, Apple quality is...
by marc515
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 101
Views: 21088

Re: New mattress

Are any of you guys concerned with the "Gassing Off" of a Memory Foam mattress? My concern is breathing the chemicals omitted from a Memory Foam Mattress every night. I've been reading about the Zenhaven Latex mattress, which touts to be a more healthy alternative, but I'm not sure any mat...
by marc515
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating for a new car purchase
Replies: 86
Views: 12128

Re: Negotiating for a new car purchase

+1 Costco auto buying service. Why negotiate when you can have a mega corporation do it for you? We tried Costco this weekend, and basically it was $400 under invoice, and we didn't settle for that. Bottom line is if you are willing to pay their game for a short while, you can really save. I worked...
by marc515
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating for a new car purchase
Replies: 86
Views: 12128

Re: Negotiating for a new car purchase

theplayer11 wrote: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:52 am get the invoice price and then walk into the dealership and simply ask, "how much above invoice will you sell me this car for".
Why would you ask to buy it above invoice? You should be able to buy almost any car for a minimum
of a few hundred under invoice.

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by marc515
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??
Replies: 58
Views: 9313

Re: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??

Thanks for the comments, went with the Outback
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by marc515
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??
Replies: 58
Views: 9313

Outback Vs Forester Vs CR-V ??

Looking for a new car and have it narrowed down to the Outback, Forester, and CR-V. The Outback seems to have a better ride than the Forester and the CR-V, but interior is shorter. Concerns: Have read the Subaru engines burn oil; Honda's 1.5L Turbo engine is small, new, and only holds 3-1/2 Its of o...
by marc515
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: camping trailer...need to change vehicle?
Replies: 44
Views: 3834

Re: camping trailer...need to change vehicle?

Pick your trailer first. Then pick the tow vehicle. Exactly! You are asking an open ended question, and will get more advice than you'll know what to do with. Here are some basic suggestions: 1. Go out and look at campers, and try to narrow your selection down to a few models, and number them 1st, ...
by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waxing my car!
Replies: 48
Views: 5909

Re: Waxing my car!

Blueskies123 wrote: Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:56 am This is what I use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H ... UTF8&psc=1
Agree, Meguiars Ultimate liquid wax is the best I've ever used. I like the fact that you can wax black plastics with it also.
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by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two year lease vs Buy and hold 10 years. A wash?
Replies: 54
Views: 5869

Re: Two year lease vs Buy and hold 10 years. A wash?

I didn't see it mentioned but in a lot of states you pay taxes or "highway use taxes" on a vehicle at time of acquisition. Also taxes would inherently go down as a vehicle ages so the 10 year ownership vs lease will come out ahead again. ALSO Cars wear most things out because of age and h...
by marc515
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Pillows
Replies: 35
Views: 6078

Re: Bed Pillows

I'm 66 and the Coop "Eden" pillow is the best pillow I've ever owned. Have had it for about 6 months now, and no neck pain! My wife also has one and loves it.

Yes, it's a little expensive, but well worth it.

Highly recommend!

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by marc515
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 385
Views: 37829

Re: Iphone X is $1000

Sorry iRipoff X is a mediocore device, not worth purchasing. I will go Galaxy Note 8 all the way if I am ready to drop serious money. - Higher resolution 520 ppi vs 458 ppi - Brighter display to fight against direct sunlight 1200 nits vs. 620 nits iRipoff - Samsung Pay (any pay terminal - not NFC b...
by marc515
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?
Replies: 48
Views: 5534

Re: IOS 11: Anybody using it yet?

Two 7S+ phones, and iOS 11 is running great
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by marc515
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 385
Views: 37829

Re: Iphone X is $1000

CyclingDuo wrote: Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:13 am
matatupuncher wrote: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:59 am The anti-IPhone snobs on here are worse than beer snobs.
At least they haven't pooped on the new Apple watch yet... :shock:
Give them time!
by marc515
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?
Replies: 41
Views: 5373

Re: Flood Insurance when not in flood plain?

It all depends where you live! For example, If you live in any area which is hurricane or hurricane remnent prone, having flood insurance would be considered a smart move. All you have to do is look back on past hurricanes; how many of those folks who experienced "Historical Flooding" didn...
by marc515
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-Mobile promotion for 55+
Replies: 92
Views: 13454

Re: T-Mobile promotion for 55+

I'm hoping this forces Verizon to come out with a 55+ competitive plan!
by marc515
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??
Replies: 11
Views: 2021

Dyson Cordless Vacuums??

I'm interested in the Dyson Cordless "V8 Animal", however is it quite pricey at $500. My main concern is run time and battery longevity. Runtime without powered attachments is 40 minutes, but only about 8 minutes on Max. Then there is the longevity issue; as the battery starts to degrade, ...
by marc515
Fri May 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?
Replies: 76
Views: 169470

Re: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?

I wear Varilux "S-Design" Progressive Lenses, which Varilux claims are the best progressives on the market, and I am not sure how Costco lenses would compare. If I was wearing lower model lenses, I would think Costco would be OK. That said, I love the ultra clear vision I am getting with t...
by marc515
Tue May 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000? [Archived]
Replies: 1479
Views: 326198

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

For the folks that looked at both Rolex and Omega, how did you make your decision? Both are high quality watches. That said, I'd vote Rolex. Rolex service is second to none. Secondly, I do not like the Omega bands/bracelets, as they lack micro-adjustment clasps. Let's face it, our wrists usually sw...
by marc515
Mon May 15, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 50
Views: 10514

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

The best pillows we've ever had are the Eden Pillows, made by Coop Home Goods.

https://coophomegoods.com/collections/p ... den-pillow

If you do some searches, you will find they have the best reviews.

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by marc515
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?
Replies: 27
Views: 8175

Re: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?

Agree with Lifeisgood on Rigid, and the warranty!

That said, I would never risk a fire by using any non-OEM batteries period.

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