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by sixtyforty
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant oatmeal vs "regular" oatmeal
Replies: 88
Views: 10913

Re: Instant oatmeal vs "regular" oatmeal

I like the Coach's Oats. Similar to steel cut oats but only take about 4 min to cook in the microwave. I add a of TBLS of maple syrup.
by sixtyforty
Thu May 31, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant pot pressure cooker
Replies: 50
Views: 6411

Re: Instant pot pressure cooker

Looking at getting one of these as well, so this post is timely. We make a lot of soups (mostly veggies etc) , some which can take to 3 hours on the stove. Is the IP good for soups ? Cooks much quicker ?
by sixtyforty
Wed May 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 4848

Re: New motorcycle rider

I've owned two motorcycles in my younger days and learned a lot. It was definitely fun but as everyone points out just be very careful. I'll pass on some of the things I've learned; - Wear a really good helmet at all times, shoes/boots etc. - Take a safety course - Learn to handle the bike at very l...
by sixtyforty
Thu May 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 694
Views: 75113

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

We just finished Babylon Berlin. Really good. If you don't mind subtitles, watch it in german for the full effect.
by sixtyforty
Wed May 09, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build a retaining wall ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1588

Re: Build a retaining wall ?

Thanks for the feedback. I agree our situation is not that simple. I'm going to get a couple of landscaping companies to come out and give us some ideas along with estimates.
by sixtyforty
Tue May 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build a retaining wall ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1588

Build a retaining wall ?

I'm looking to build a retaining wall at the corner of our house. It has a pretty good slope to it and the rain gutter empties there. I've looked at some youtube videos but honestly man of them appear to use special equipment etc. Any of you have any links or sources on how to just build a simple re...
by sixtyforty
Wed May 02, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just use VWINX ?
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: Just use VWINX ?

Wellesley is not tax efficient in a taxable account. The expense ratio is higher, even with all Admiral shares. Costs matter over 30+years. Wellesley only has 73 stocks and just over 1,000 bonds. Much less diversified than Total US (3,600 stocks) and Total US Bond (~9,500 bonds). Wellesley has no i...
by sixtyforty
Wed May 02, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Just use VWINX ?
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Just use VWINX ?

I'm looking at retirement and just wondering if having one simple fund that delivers consistent returns and minimizes drawdowns in bear markets might be simpler than having two or three funds. When I say "simpler", I mean the ability to sell shares and not having to worry about rebalancing. Currentl...
by sixtyforty
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for ACA ? [Colorado]
Replies: 17
Views: 1587

Applying for ACA ? [Colorado]

Getting ready to apply for ACA - Colorado. For those that have gone through this process (or know alot about it), is there anything I should be aware of ? Any suggestions/tips ? Did any of you go through a broker/agent ?
by sixtyforty
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement Mechanics
Replies: 13
Views: 1835

Re: Retirement Mechanics

Hoping to retire soon and I would like to know how others handle the following: 1. How often do you take your withdrawal (Beginning of year, End of year, monthly, quarterly, every two weeks, other)? 2. For the next years withdrawal, do you really increase it by COLA, use the same withdrawal as prev...
by sixtyforty
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to Take Social Security (again...)
Replies: 62
Views: 5511

Re: When to Take Social Security (again...)

I'm investigating this question as well. What I determined, at least for now, is I will evaluate at 62 whether SS will add to the quality of life or not. If so I'll take it. If not, I'll re-evaluate again at 63 and each year after if necessary. It doesn't have to be a no at 62, thereby implying you ...
by sixtyforty
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Xfinity Mobile ?

pablolo wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:49 pm
Is this a two year contract and is it an unlocked phone
No contract. Unlocked phone.
by sixtyforty
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Xfinity Mobile ?

We did in fact switch from AT&T to Xfinity Mobile. It's only been a couple of months but costs have been reduced by about 35%. We get better coverage, at least in our area, and new phones. The promo on the iPhones at the time was $200 prepaid Visa card. The Xfinity hotspots work pretty well too. So ...
by sixtyforty
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do I have enough saved to pull the trigger now? Or wait 1? 3? years?
Replies: 52
Views: 7848

Re: Do I have enough saved to pull the trigger now? Or wait 1? 3? years?

I just recently went through exercise myself to answer the same question. This is what I did, which is basically what most of the posts recommend; 1. Calculate your expenses over the last two or three years, if you can. Include any HC costs. If you don't know what that is, go to your state sponsored...
by sixtyforty
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike tires won't inflate
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: Bike tires won't inflate

I have a very strange problem I've never had before. I cannot inflate my bike tires. When I put my air compressor on the tires to get ready to pump, it just lets all the air out. The tires are now relatively flat. The odd thing is that I had just pumped up another bike of mine before this. And now ...
by sixtyforty
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ok fellow bogleheads, was the correction scary or nothing?
Replies: 147
Views: 11015

Re: Ok fellow bogleheads, was the correction scary or nothing?

The market has a very interesting way, insidious actually, of dulling everyone's senses.. without them ever knowing it. This volatility, which I suspect will continue, just ends up conditioning everyone. When the market eventually decides to enter a bear market, it will do so when everyone leasts ex...
by sixtyforty
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: VWINX in a lazy portfolio? [Vanguard Wellesley Income]
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: VWINX in a lazy portfolio? [Vanguard Wellesley Income]

40% Total Stock Market 20% REIT 20% Wellesley 20% Total World Market Rather than make it complicated by allocating out to various bonds, TIPs, etc., I have allocated 20% to the Wellesley Income fund. Comments or suggestions welcomed and thank you in advance. You might consider using portfoliovisual...
by sixtyforty
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawal & Allocation
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: Withdrawal & Allocation

14% allocation to cash overall seems a bit high. But to get good advice on your allocation you should give much more information. There is also much confusion about what constitutes "cash". There is often a liquidity vs safety confusion. In most cases all your investments are pretty liquid e.g. you...
by sixtyforty
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawal & Allocation
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: Withdrawal & Allocation

I keep zero cash around. OK, usually enough to pay the bills for the next 2 weeks. I sell things to pay bills if I don't have enough cash from dividends, gigs, etc. And it doesn't affect my overall asset allocation. BTW, asking about cash is a Frequently Asked Question. I always enjoy telling folks...
by sixtyforty
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Withdrawal & Allocation
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Withdrawal & Allocation

Have a couple of questions on withdrawing and allocation, prior to retirement. In looking at our portfolio our taxable accounts are 47% cash, 14% bonds and 38% Stocks. If I included all the retirement accounts then the cash allocation drops to 14%. (1) Since the 47% cash yields about 5.5 years of li...
by sixtyforty
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Summer Vacation - what to see and where to stay
Replies: 53
Views: 3711

Re: Colorado Summer Vacation - what to see and where to stay

I would definitely include Estes Park, RMNP and a ride up Trail Ridge road for sure. Just understand that summer is a very busy time in Colorado.
by sixtyforty
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945459

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Beneath A Scarlet Sky. Backdrop is WWII in Italy. I'm only halfway through but pretty good.
by sixtyforty
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Xfinity Mobile ?

Thanks for all the replies. Went ahead and switched over to XM to give it a try. Program has only been out for 7 months so it's pretty new.
by sixtyforty
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: Xfinity Mobile ?

I don't use Xfinity Mobile, but I regularly use the wifi hotspots on both my mobile phone and my laptop. In New England at least, the hotspot network is very robust and the service works well for me. For context, Comcast offers free access to their Xfinity hotspot network to all broadband subscribe...
by sixtyforty
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Xfinity Mobile ?

Anyone using Xfinity Mobile ? How do you like it ? How does the Wifi Hotspots work ?

I'm thinking of switching from AT&T. Coverage is really poor in my area and the cost is a bit high.
by sixtyforty
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What books changed your outlook on how you should invest?
Replies: 54
Views: 4620

Re: What books changed your outlook on how you should invest?

The Little Book of Commons Sense Investing - John Bogle
by sixtyforty
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Creative Ways to Cut the Cable?
Replies: 49
Views: 4743

Re: Any Creative Ways to Cut the Cable?

I'm moving in that direction as well. I had Internet/Cable/Phone with Xfinity. Have since dropped the phone (moved to Google Voice/Obi) and purchased my own modem, which saves another $11 a month. Monthly cost now is about $124 (150mbps & cable), which I think is still too high. I'm looking at dropp...
by sixtyforty
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 694
Views: 75113

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Just finished Godless series. Really enjoyed it.
by sixtyforty
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Comcast Modem
Replies: 35
Views: 3595

Re: Getting Rid of Comcast Modem

We also had the comcast modem with phone. We dropped the phone (went with google voice) and purchased our own modem.
by sixtyforty
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast Modem Part 2
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Re: Comcast Modem Part 2

You might consider going with something like OOMA and getting rid of the cable phone. Then you can buy a modem and get rid of the internet phone fee and the gateway rental fee. You would have to lay out the money for the Ooma system and the modem, but should end up in the Black in a year or so, dep...
by sixtyforty
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast Modem Rental
Replies: 41
Views: 3056

Re: Comcast Modem Rental

Comcast is charging $11/mo. for modem rental. Any thoughts on buying a modem to eliminate the rental fee? Are there any problems with doing this? I have this. https://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-SURFboard-SB6141-DOCSIS-Cable/dp/B00AJHDZSI Not sure what advantages there could be renting from Comcast. I hav...
by sixtyforty
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?
Replies: 27
Views: 2235

Re: Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?

I just checked our download speed and we are getting about 40mbps download and 12mbps upload. My DW who is further from the modem/router gets 25/12. Comcast tells me we are paying for 200 mbps. I guess that must be hardwired to the modem. Would a better router speed up performance ?
by sixtyforty
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast Modem Rental
Replies: 41
Views: 3056

Re: Comcast Modem Rental

Great question. I'm looking at doing the same thing. For modem compatibility you can also ask the agent directly; https://support.xfinity.com/chat
by sixtyforty
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast vs DirecTV
Replies: 9
Views: 1105

Comcast vs DirecTV

So we are looking at moving from Comcast to DirectTV. I've run the numbers and it looks like we can reduce our monthly expense with DirectTV as well as gain features like taping shows etc, which we don't have with Comcast. Anyone make the switch and like it ? Or visa-versa ? Also, for any of you tha...
by sixtyforty
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?
Replies: 27
Views: 2235

Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?

I'm looking at changing our internet service to reduce cost. We have netflix, Google Phone and two laptops connected to the internet. It's just two people and at most we both may be on the laptop at the same time. We occasionally will watch Netflix at night. Rarely use the home phone (GV). Will 15mb...
by sixtyforty
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Compromised... again.
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Credit Card Compromised... again.

Got a call from our credit card company yesterday to report fraudulent activity on our CC. Someone in our town charged $1 on a gas pump, then proceeded to charge hundreds of dollars at two different grocery stores. This seems to happen to us about once every 3 years. Our CC company is good about spo...
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?

What do you want to do on this island? Fish, drink rum, find lobsters, explore/hike? Find what your interests are and that will narrow your search. Why must one retire to an island. Our plans are to downsize into a smaller home and travel to places we like and use a central location as a home base ...
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?

Choose carefully. Just returned from a Caribbean cruise. You may wish to think long and hard about all the disadvantages of being the richest guy in town. I'd suggest someplace with a large ex-pat community of US citizens, decent medical care, and easy access to an airport with international flight...
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?

A friend of ours is moving to Bonair. She said as soon as her residency is accepted she gets her residency card and her health-care is free. Never been there but the island looks pretty nice.
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Re: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?

Do peninsulas count? Picking up on what RadAudit wrote, I would look at Iberia: Portugal and Spain. European infrastructure, amenities, and health care. The climate of the French Riviera, with an abundance of blue flag beaches (clean water, well maintained). Abundant fresh produce and fruit. Medite...
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tropical Island to Retire to ?
Replies: 61
Views: 5482

Which tropical Island to Retire to ?

Anyone here retired or thinking of retiring to a tropical island/Beach community etc ? How do you like it ? What is healthcare like ?
by sixtyforty
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 84
Views: 11404

Re: New mattress

Loom and Leaf makes a great mattress. Delivery service is top notch. No off gassing as it comes delivered fully expanded unlike other companies which deliver in a box. Very hot sleeper and the mattress stays cool. It has kept its shape and firmness over last 2 years. Highly recommend it. +1. We rea...
by sixtyforty
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: COBRA [Should my wife take COBRA coverage?]
Replies: 20
Views: 1822

Re: COBRA

I guess it depends on which state you are in, but why not look at ACA ? There is a good chance you would qualify for subsidies especially if you are out of work. Why would one choose COBRA over ACA ?
by sixtyforty
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tea recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 2663

Re: Tea recommendations

I pretty much drink Oolong exclusively. The fun thing about Oolong is that they all taste completely different depending on level of oxidation, roasting, where it's grown and how it's processed. Some Oolongs can taste smokey and resemble a black tea while others can look and taste like a green tea. ...
by sixtyforty
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Partial Roth Conversions ?
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Partial Roth Conversions ?

Is the main reasons to do Roth conversions is to avoid higher tax rate in the future (which may or may not happen), or avoid leaving a tax burden to your heirs ? Are there any other advantages to doing partial Roth conversions ?
by sixtyforty
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VPW Spreadsheet Question
Replies: 1
Views: 341

VPW Spreadsheet Question

I've been playing around with the VPW spreadsheet and have a question. Under the "Backtesting" tab. I entered 48 as the retirement age and set SS to 10K, Start Year 2000. Under the backtesting table, the total income is $10K higher than the withdrawal in year 2000 (age 48). It looks like it's includ...
by sixtyforty
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you know you are FI? [Financially Independent]
Replies: 48
Views: 4457

Re: How do you know you are FI? [Financially Independent]

I would also 2nd the http://www.firecalc.com recommendation. It takes into account SS, which can be a big factor as well as the actual length of your retirement. The last tab "Investigate", allows you to play with what-if scenarios such as delaying retirement etc.
by sixtyforty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1019259

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Mudbound on Netflix. Good movie but tough to watch.
by sixtyforty
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CNBC says Vanguard says 70% Chance of "Correction"
Replies: 63
Views: 8730

Re: CNBC says Vanguard says 70% Chance of "Correction"

I hope more analysts come out and say a bear market or correction is imminent and that stocks are way overvalued. In my experience, it tells me that the bull market will most likely continue.
by sixtyforty
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945459

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished The Plant Paradox: The Hidden dangers of "Healthy" foods that cause disease and weight gain. by M.D. Gundry. It is a real eye opener if accurate. I would be curious if anyone here is following a diet like this.