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by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ print edition renwal time - any discounts?
Replies: 75
Views: 6974

Re: WSJ print edition renwal time - any discounts?

Is this deal "Print only" ? Thanks for the heads up !
penumbra wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:21 pm
WSJ again available using frequent flyer points at magsformiles.com. Hope this helps someone else!!!
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ print edition renwal time - any discounts?
Replies: 75
Views: 6974

Re: WSJ print edition renwal time - any discounts?

Is this deal "Print only" ? Thanks for the heads up?
penumbra wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:21 pm
WSJ again available using frequent flyer points at magsformiles.com. Hope this helps someone else!!!
by LifeIsGood
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question About Paying A Contractor
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Question About Paying A Contractor

Thanks everyone for your feedback. I've taken MANY pictures of all the problem areas. Because of reflection and the amount of light at various times of day it's difficult to photograph all the orange peel but I've captured some of it. All of the correspondence between myself and the contractor has b...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question About Paying A Contractor
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Question About Paying A Contractor

During our meeting the contractor said that he spent 4 hrs screening the floor. It appears this only made the surface smooth but didn’t get down the the layer with the orange peel.
I’m not sure I want him back in my house.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question About Paying A Contractor
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Question About Paying A Contractor

We just had our entire downstairs oak hardwood floors refinished. We looked a some friend's floors that this contractor refinished recently and they look great. When we returned home upon completion of the job we found a myriad of problems: - Stain on the walls, baseboards and carpet - Nail holes in...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donate land for a tax break?
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: Donate land for a tax break?

I donated a piece of property many years ago and it triggered an IRS audit. Since I had an appraisal done, they didn't question the deduction however used it as a "fishing expedition" for the rest of my return.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel
Replies: 47
Views: 7067

Re: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel

I've beat my wife through customs in ATL the last 2 times using Mobile Passport and her using Global Entry.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wealthfront Wants Login Info.
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: Wealthfront Wants Login Info.

Thanks for the link. Somehow I missed the original post.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wealthfront Wants Login Info.
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Wealthfront Wants Login Info.

I want to open a money market account at Wealthfront to take advantage of their 2.57% APY. They want my user name and password for either my bank account or brokerage account. That's a new one on me and I'm a bit hesitant. Any experience here?
by LifeIsGood
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone make their own tortillas?
Replies: 37
Views: 3351

Re: Anyone make their own tortillas?

I've never had them but my daughter also raves about the ones Costco sells. In our store they're in the refrigerated section where they sell cheese, etc.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best verizon mvno for little to no data.
Replies: 20
Views: 1584

Re: Best verizon mvno for little to no data.

I just went back and re-read the offer. I believe you're right. If something seems too good to be true ...... I'm getting read to pull the trigger on this plan right now with Tracphone. - https://www.ebay.com/itm/283448464240 1200 Min, 1200 Txt, 3GB Data/month for $49.99/yr on Verizon and unused min...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best verizon mvno for little to no data.
Replies: 20
Views: 1584

Re: Best verizon mvno for little to no data.

I'm getting read to pull the trigger on this plan right now with Tracphone. - https://www.ebay.com/itm/283448464240
1200 Min, 1200 Txt, 3GB Data/month for $49.99/yr on Verizon and unused minutes/data roll over.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?
Replies: 131
Views: 8215

Re: What flagship (even used) item is better than a budget new item?

Thermapen digital thermometer. Fast reading and very accurate. Love it!
by LifeIsGood
Sun May 19, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Compound miter saw recommendation
Replies: 42
Views: 2498

Re: Compound miter saw recommendation

Another vote for Big Sky Tools. I got my Hitachi miter saw from them. Inventory comes and goes and they have sales occasionally if you're not in a huge hurry. They sell reconditioned Hitachi tools in either Grade A (looks brand new) or Grade C with obvious signs of use.
by LifeIsGood
Mon May 13, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Balance Transfer question
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Balance Transfer question

It appears that this card has a 3% balance transfer fee.
by LifeIsGood
Sat May 04, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawl Space vs. Concrete Slab House Foundation
Replies: 19
Views: 2449

Re: Crawl Space vs. Concrete Slab House Foundation

The big advantage of crawl spaces is the ability to access plumbing. My previous office was on a slab and a water pipe developed a leak necessitating the slab be cut to access the leak. Probably a rare circumstance but a major headache if it happens to you.
by LifeIsGood
Sat May 04, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2019 On Sale
Replies: 19
Views: 2258

Quicken 2019 On Sale

Walmart has Quicken Deluxe 2019 1 year subscription on sale for $21.99 with free shipping to store. I know there's been a lot of grumbling about the subscription model but this seems like a pretty decent price. I also understand that you can buy multiple copies, activate one and then activate anothe...
by LifeIsGood
Fri May 03, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian Pharmacies
Replies: 27
Views: 2613

Re: Canadian Pharmacies

I've bought a drug from a Canadian pharmacy for years but recently switched to GoodRx as their price is considerable lower. The other advantage to GoodRx is you can pick it up locally the same day as opposed to waiting a couple of weeks for a mail order to arrive.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?
Replies: 19
Views: 741

Re: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?

I've received a number of these cards as rebates and quickly learned that the best way to use them is for 1 transaction that uses the entire value of the card in one swoop. If the balance on the card is less than the amount of the transaction, most card readers will decline the transaction. With the...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updating to MacOS Mojave on an old mac Mini
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: Updating to MacOS Mojave on an old mac Mini

Is it possible the error is being triggered by an old credit card that is linked to your Apple ID? An old expiration date on that credit card?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)
Replies: 27
Views: 2835

Re: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)

I need to undertake this project on my roof but the north side which has most of the shingle growth is probably 35 ft off the ground. Does anyone have any experience with a sprayer that has this kind of range?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newbie international traveler
Replies: 65
Views: 4086

Re: Newbie international traveler

Don't forget to notify your ATM and credit card providers of the dates you will be out of country and what countries you will be visiting. Most providers have a way to set up travel alerts on their web sites.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HELP! Tax questions.
Replies: 11
Views: 947

Re: HELP! Tax questions.

In reading about superseding returns, I get the impression that this is only for business returns, not personal ones. Is that correct?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Health Insurance for Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 920

Re: Travel Health Insurance for Peru

Just an FYI - I tried to get a quote from World Nomads on an upcoming trip but they only insure people 69 yrs old and under.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drill & driver combo kit comparison
Replies: 46
Views: 2842

Re: Drill & driver combo kit comparison

I've never had any issues with Ridgid tools needing repair - just batteries wearing out as they all eventually do. I'm a pretty avid DIY'er and woodworker and use my drills/drivers alot. My impression with warranty claims being denied revolves around people not following the procedures that Ridgid m...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drill & driver combo kit comparison
Replies: 46
Views: 2842

Re: Drill & driver combo kit comparison

After going through Dewalt and Porter Cable drills I made the switch to Ridgid and never looked back. In my hands, drills never "break" but the batteries eventually fail to hold a charge. A set of 2 replacement batteries is the same price as a new drill. Ridgid offers a lifetime warranty on many of ...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Changing Social Security Direct Deposit
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Changing Social Security Direct Deposit

I'm trying to take advantage of a bank account bonus and it requires Direct Deposit. Logging into Social Security, it shows a direct deposit change made today won't be effective until June 2019.
Is there any way to speed this up?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Re: Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not

I’m always surprised at the number of people here who pay for insurance for years and years and years, then have an accident and don’t use their insurance. Why pay for anything except liability coverage if you’re never ever going to make a claim? I had a $3000 claim several years ago and Travelers ...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Re: Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not

Thanks to all for the replies. My concern with Carfax wasn’t to deceive a potential buyer. It revolved around possibly scaring away a potential buyer without them even looking at the car assuming it had been wrecked. Great idea about taking pictures before any repairs. The car is a 2016 Lexus IS 300...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Car Damaged File With Insurance or Not

My son’s car suffered a “hit & run” while parked in a parking lot. It happened when it was dark and wasn’t noticed until the next morning. He hasn’t gotten an estimate yet but assumes it will be at least $1500 - $2000. His dilemma is whether to file an insurance claim or not. His concern with filing...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Defensive driving course
Replies: 9
Views: 1076

Re: Defensive driving course

I took the AARP online course about 5 years ago and received a nice discount for the next 3 years. When the discount expired I took the course again but was denied the discount. My insurer (Auto Owners) now doesn't recognize the online course - only the classroom one.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS refund issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1655

Re: IRS refund issues

Double check the routing & account numbers you entered into your return for the account in question. You may have made a typo.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Callcentric VOIP Services
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Callcentric VOIP Services

I have been using Callcentric for E-911 service and their free phone number since switching to Google Voice. It appears that effective March 1st, this service will increase to $2.50/month. Is everyone staying with Callcentric or is there another company to consider these services? The Caller ID is V...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calculating RMD
Replies: 13
Views: 724

Calculating RMD

I have a couple of IRA's with held by different brokerage houses. I have used the IRS life expectancy factor for my age at the end of this year and divided it into my IRA balance at the end of 2018 to calculate my RMD amount. This number is slightly different than what the brokerage says I need to w...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing Early Vs Later
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: Filing Early Vs Later

If you're concerned about someone filing a fraudulent return on your behalf, why not see if you're eligible for an IRS PIN number.
https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-frau ... ection-pin
by LifeIsGood
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: any experience delta one business class
Replies: 17
Views: 1447

Re: any experience delta one business class

I just flew transpacific on a Delta 767 and managed to sleep better than on any other business class flight. I'm 5'9" if that matters. To qualify, I managed about 4 straight hours of sleep. For me, that's pretty good.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me understand my Data Plan
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Please help me understand my Data Plan

With such minimal data requirements, why don’t you use a prepaid plan from someone like Red Pocket or Pageplus? It would save you tons of money and still give you a usable plan. By the way, if you have WiFi access you can easily use Uber. I’ve done it several times when traveling in Europe.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?
Replies: 38
Views: 2767

Re: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?

Sell it on Craigslist. You should be able to turn a quick $50 profit.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive DSLR through airport security
Replies: 45
Views: 3362

Re: Expensive DSLR through airport security

I’ve got the same gear (plus a 70-200 2.8) and I keep it in a small camera backpack. This setup makes the contents invisible to everyone but the scanner and makes it so much easier to carry.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visa on Arrival Hanoi Vietnam
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Re: Visa on Arrival Hanoi Vietnam

That's what I did.
Shallowpockets wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:36 am
Send in your paperwork. They will send back paperwork and you show it at the other end. You will have to wait in Hanoi, with others, and get the official visa in your passport. Your names will be on the record from your submitted paperwork.

It is really no big deal.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Travel Insurance Needed, for Seniors
Replies: 15
Views: 1309

Re: Medical Travel Insurance Needed, for Seniors

Another vote for http://www.tripinsurancestore.com/. They're great to work with and very knowledgable. On a recent trip, Steve suggested I only insure the amount of my initial deposit and then call back when I make my final payment to insure the difference. That way you don't have the full premium p...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visa on Arrival Hanoi Vietnam
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Visa on Arrival Hanoi Vietnam

I'll soon be flying to Hanoi Vietnam and will be using their Visa on Arrival to obtain my visa. I have the paper work filled out, a separate passport picture and the letter showing my name on a list for the visa. Can anyone offer any other advice to make this process go smoothly? After an 18 hr flig...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lively HSA is now Fee Free
Replies: 15
Views: 1397

Lively HSA is now Fee Free

Is there a catch somewhere? Too good to be true? Pardon my cynicism :happy Hello, We sent you an email a short while ago with an invoice associated to the monthly investment fee. Just to clarify, this invoice was associated to December's fee. December is the last month that the monthly investment fe...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porting Landline # to Google Voice On The Cheap
Replies: 18
Views: 3056

Re: Porting Landline # to Google Voice On The Cheap

I did this a couple of months ago and used T-Mobile. A SIM was $9.99 and I had to buy a small amount of air time.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a fun finance-related hobby?
Replies: 50
Views: 6287

Re: Do you have a fun finance-related hobby?

This is exactly what I was going to suggest. I started 3 yrs ago and it's been very rewarding. Give it some thought. Have you considered becoming an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer to prepare taxes for the low income and elderly? https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ You will have to attend trainin...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need to report my child's income ($1600)?
Replies: 31
Views: 3056

Re: Do I need to report my child's income ($1600)?

One other reason to prepare a tax return is to help prevent identity theft. If he has already filed a return, anyone else trying to file under his identity will be rejected.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??
Replies: 31
Views: 3246

Re: Costco Tire Quality Seconds/Blems??

My first thought is "Why does a 2017 vehicle need new tires already?". I had some tires i bought at Costco that were very noisy and they took them back after a year and they prorated the price on new tires. I thought that was very fair. I bought my last set of Michelins at Discount Tire. They beat C...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Veteran Benefits ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Veteran Benefits ?

Are there any other benefits of being a "Vietnam Era" veteran that might be applicable? I utilize the 10% discount offered to veterans by Home Depot, Lowes and Apple. I started to apply for some medical benefits a couple of years ago and decided it wasn't right that I utilize services that are in h...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything to prevent switching iPhones?
Replies: 10
Views: 1008

Re: Anything to prevent switching iPhones?

Apple has a pretty good return policy:

If an item was purchased between November 14 and December 25, 2018 you have until January 8, 2019 to return or exchange it.