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by LifeIsGood
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: Favorite Deal Aggregation site?

I'm a big fan of Slickdeals and think they are the best but also check Dealnews as well. I think all the deal web sites fall into the trap of promoting sponsored deals. I love Slickdeals ability to set up Deal Alerts. I've gotten great prices on some things I wanted to buy but didn't have to have ri...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Sources to Buy Prescriptions Out of Pocket
Replies: 47
Views: 2625

Re: Best Sources to Buy Prescriptions Out of Pocket

Do a prescription filled via Goodrx count towards your Part D deductible?
by LifeIsGood
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bonds in Roth or Taxable?
Replies: 13
Views: 1239

Re: Bonds in Roth or Taxable?

Willthrill, your White Coat Investor link doesn't work. My wife and I are 70 and 64. This year, with wife’s RMD and starting Social Security along with other income we will be bumping the 22% bracket. I’m guessing we will remain in this tax zone till I have to take SS and RMDs at which time we will ...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?

I tried using my phone with a new RP number but it didn't work. My old plan with Puppy Wireless was due to renew in 24 hrs and I didn't want to risk losing my old number so I'm giving up and returning the SIMS. Too bad - I would have saved almost $299 / year.
Thanks to everyone for your feedback.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ID theft and check cashing fraud
Replies: 87
Views: 4462

Re: ID theft and check cashing fraud

He needs to put a Credit Freeze on all 3 credit reporting bureaus If he hasn't already done so. This will prevent some problems going forward.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?

During one of my many activation attempts , somehow I ended up with a new number. Red Pocket wants me to try it and see if it works with my phone. If so, they feel I should be able to port my number. If I put the RP sim in my phone, won’t I lose my old number?
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?

As of right now I still have my number. I’ve been emailing tech support back and forth but still no resolution. Did you lose your number? If you attempted the port and your Verizon line was closed and the port failed to get to Red Pocket, the number is likely gone. I lost my number of 15+ years in a...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Anyone Port From Verizon To Red Pocket?

I've had service with a Verizon MVNO for several years and had an unsuccessful port to Red Pocket yesterday. I started online but received an error message so I called their support number. They also were unsuccessful and suggested I either get a new number or port to a GSM service and then later po...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fee outgoing wire?
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: Fee outgoing wire?

It's not exactly a bank but Vanguard does.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody been to Dubrovnik? March 25-30, 2018?
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: Anybody been to Dubrovnik? March 25-30, 2018?

Last Saturday the Wall Street Journal had a good article about a winter visit to Dubrovnik. If you don't have access to a subscription, Google "WSJ Dubrovnik" and you should be able to read the article. We spent a couple of days there in Sept and really enjoyed it although the crowds were brutal. Yo...
by LifeIsGood
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new car (HELP!!!)
Replies: 13
Views: 1167

Re: Buying a new car (HELP!!!)

Why not request an "out the door" price? That's what I've done with he last 4 cars I've bought. When you're ready to buy, show up with a check for that amount and either complete the purchase or walk. Easy peasy.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy home with structural issues
Replies: 51
Views: 3696

Re: Buy home with structural issues

If the original warranty ends with the transfer of ownership, then get the seller to fix it under warranty before closing.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best HSA custodian for my situation
Replies: 13
Views: 1296

Re: Best HSA custodian for my situation

+1 for Lively. I just switched from HSA Bank and very happy so far.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financing a private medical practice
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Financing a private medical practice

Why not approach this like any other small business startup and go to the bank or SBA for a loan. I think you would be crazy to touch any money that has income tax consequences attached to it. Make sure you have a written business plan to present to the bank. If you have any small, local banks I’d s...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kreg jig
Replies: 23
Views: 1782

Re: Kreg jig

Hey, it's Christmas. Get yourself a Festool Domino - https://www.festoolproducts.com/power-tools/festool-domino-joiners.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAjO_QBRC4ARIsAD2FsXPpJW-jkZ4xRga7e3UfpoiYpz8sTX4-cXxCLKBc55h4RpLMeHk6DIgaApmcEALw_wcB Since I bought one, I hardly ever use my Krueger jig and I sold my biscuit j...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beginner Finance/Practice Mgmt Books?
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Beginner Finance/Practice Mgmt Books?

You may want to also post this on https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/

[Link fixed by admin LadyGeek]
by LifeIsGood
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit card protection vs. PayPal ?
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: Credit card protection vs. PayPal ?

I agree that Paypal has horrible customer service. About the only time I use them is if I buy something online and think there's a fair chance I will have to return it. Paypal gives you 12 refunds for return shipping per calendar year and $30 USD per claim. I've used it a couple of times and it's ve...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bank of America Premium Rewards card
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Bank of America Premium Rewards card

I had several problems with BofA and Merril Edge. It took several emails before they finally credited the correct bonus ($900) to my account . I also tried to get the $300 for opening a BofA checking account. It required a couple of direct deposits in the first 60 days. It is virtually impossible to...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car from Atlanta GA to Austin TX: $$$
Replies: 33
Views: 1763

Re: Renting a car from Atlanta GA to Austin TX: $$$

+1 for Costco too. Last time I rented the guy at Enterprise looked at my contact and asked where I got such a great rate.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amegy Bank $1000 business Card offer
Replies: 19
Views: 2293

Re: Amegy Bank $1000 business Card offer

Is this offer only good for residents of certain states? I seem to remember that when initially reading about this offer.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee
Replies: 153
Views: 18562

Re: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee

indexfundfan wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am
LifeIsGood wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:33 am
I'm in the process of doing a transfer to Lively. They want a copy of my drivers license to verify my identity. I'm a bit uncomfortable with this.
Has anyone else ran into a request like this?

Did you freeze your credit information?
No, my credit is unfrozen.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee
Replies: 153
Views: 18562

Re: New HSA provider Lively offers investments for $30/yr fee

I'm in the process of doing a transfer to Lively. They want a copy of my drivers license to verify my identity. I'm a bit uncomfortable with this.
Has anyone else ran into a request like this?
by LifeIsGood
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?
Replies: 87
Views: 8103

Re: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?

With me it's been a combination of a bit lazier but I've turned into a world class procrastinator. When I was working, I HAD to get things done and was very productive. Now that I'm retired, I've been gripped the the "mañana syndrome". If I don't get it done today, there's always mañana !
by LifeIsGood
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Voiceprint technology (for authentication)
Replies: 24
Views: 1536

Re: Voiceprint technology (for authentication)

I've used it twice and it worked fine.
by LifeIsGood
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GA film tax credits problem
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Re: GA film tax credits problem

Keep us posted on this issue. I'm curious how it will play out.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat
Replies: 55
Views: 4247

Re: Wifi Thermostat

All of the above advice is good (esp. RE: the C wire). I installed a Sensi and it works great. Check with your local utility company for rebates. Mine paid for 1/2 of the thermostat's cost.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greek Islands Cruise Excursions
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: Greek Islands Cruise Excursions

We just returned from a cruise that included a stop in Athens. We walked off the ship and up to a line of taxis waiting outside the terminal. We asked the first one if he could give us a tour of Athens. We negotiated a 100 Euro fee and off we went. He was like a driving history book. We hit all the ...
by LifeIsGood
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any mileage plan experts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Any mileage plan experts?

DaftInvestor wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm
Free magazine or Wall Street Journal subscriptions is an option. Magsformiles.com
WSJ is NOT listed under any of the mileage programs at Magsformiles.com.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where/when to get good deals on athletic shoes
Replies: 24
Views: 1590

Re: Where/when to get good deals on athletic shoes

I buy my running shoes from Joe's New Balance - https://www.joesnewbalanceoutlet.com/ They frequently have sales and free shipping offers. I've been buying from them for years. I like New Balance because I can buy a size 11D and it fits perfectly every time even though it may be a new or different m...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end cruising suggestions.
Replies: 26
Views: 3046

Re: High end cruising suggestions.

We just completed a Crystal cruise on their small ship - the Esprit. It carries 62 passengers and a crew of approx. 85. It is an all-inclusive setup where food, alcohol and shore excursions are all included in the price. There are some optional excursions you can purchase for an additional price if ...
by LifeIsGood
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors
Replies: 10
Views: 1454

Re: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors

Thanks Peter. Just out of curiosity, why would a spouse disclaim SS survivor benefits? Perhaps because they were taking 1/2 of spousal benefit but their own benefit would be greater?
by LifeIsGood
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMD Dates
Replies: 9
Views: 873

RMD Dates

I will turn 70 in Oct of 2017 and 70 1/2 in April of 2018. My understanding is that I must take a RMD by April 1 of 2019 and another by Dec. 31 2019. In order to minimize the tax bite, I'll take a distribution in Dec of 2018 and each calendar year thereafter. Am I missing anything? Don't want to get...
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors
Replies: 10
Views: 1454

Re: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors

That's it. Thanks!
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors
Replies: 10
Views: 1454

Re: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors

As I recall, it was a bit more elaborate than Taylor's. Thanks for the link and response.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors
Replies: 10
Views: 1454

Letter For Survivor(s) / Executors

A while back a contributor listed a document for his/her spouse outlining the location of investments, bank accounts, attorney and accountants name, etc. I've searched everywhere and can't seem to find the post. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Xmas bonus for Honorably discharged veterans
Replies: 11
Views: 2301

Re: Xmas bonus for Honorably discharged veterans

It didn't appear that my record was affected by the fire but I submitted my request too. Thanks. "Your information cannot be found. " I served in the Army between 1966 and 1969. Any idea why my records can't be found? I have a copy of my DD214. I'm in the same boat. Supposedly there was a fire in a ...
by LifeIsGood
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Xmas bonus for Honorably discharged veterans
Replies: 11
Views: 2301

Re: Xmas bonus for Honorably discharged veterans

"Your information cannot be found. " I served in the Army between 1966 and 1969. Any idea why my records can't be found? I have a copy of my DD214.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on car power window switch work
Replies: 29
Views: 1523

Re: Need advice on car power window switch work

Are you sure it's the switch and not the motor/servo?
by LifeIsGood
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A New Verizon MVNO
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Need A New Verizon MVNO

I have a T-Mobile account for my iPad and find that coverage is very spotty in my area compared to Verizon.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A New Verizon MVNO
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Need A New Verizon MVNO

tj wrote:Selectel has the best customer service for a verizon mvno
This looks good except the two plans that would best fit my needs only have 50 MB of High-Speed Data per month. Then data speed will be reduced to 2G until the monthly plan cycle ends.
by LifeIsGood
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A New Verizon MVNO
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Need A New Verizon MVNO

Thanks for all the feedback. I really like the idea of buying a block of data that doesn't expire in 30 days. I've searched Boom but can't find any info. RE: the cost of extra minutes or data if you go over your allotment.
by LifeIsGood
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A New Verizon MVNO
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Re: Need A New Verizon MVNO

keaton wrote:Totalwireless is pretty good, although I like Boom! Mobile as the tax is included in the total.
When you say 4G iPhone? Do you mean an iPhone 4 or an LTE iPhone?
LTE iPhone
by LifeIsGood
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need A New Verizon MVNO
Replies: 17
Views: 2099

Need A New Verizon MVNO

I've finally had it with Puppy Wireless. Their customer service is terrible and I always seem to have a problem on the weekend. Unfortunately their plans and prices fit my needs the best. I use less than 100 minutes of voice per month and 200mb of data. My wife need 300 minutes of voice and 300-500 ...
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Manufacturers repairing/replacing out of warranty products for free
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Manufacturers repairing/replacing out of warranty products for free

While riding my bike I found a Leatherman multi-tool laying beside the road. When I opened it, I noticed the tip of the knife blade was broken off. I called to see it could be fixed and they sent me a new tool complete with carrier.
by LifeIsGood
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: knee replacement and air travel screening
Replies: 11
Views: 1455

Re: knee replacement and air travel screening

My knee replacement was only a "partial", not a total but I've never set off any TSA alarms.
by LifeIsGood
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thanks for Mobile Passport App
Replies: 20
Views: 1851

Re: Thanks for Mobile Passport App

I've used Mobil Passport twice this year in ATL and had 2 very different experiences. The first time I swear it took longer than the people who went through the kiosks. A couple of weeks ago we flew through Customs & Immigration. It's important to keep asking if you're in the right line for Mobil Pa...
by LifeIsGood
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wooden flooring in kitchen
Replies: 51
Views: 5012

Re: Wooden flooring in kitchen

We've had "real" oak floors in our kitchen for the past 25 years. The only problem has been the divots left from dropping things. Otherwise it has held up remarkably well.
by LifeIsGood
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best bank for frequent travel friendly international wire transfers?
Replies: 10
Views: 939

Re: Best bank for frequent travel friendly international wire transfers?

I've used Vanguard a couple of times. I wouldn't call the process streamlined but they don't charge any fees and the wires went through without any problems.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal Question
Replies: 9
Views: 929

Re: Paypal Question

I just logged back into my PapPal account. I can send the gift card balance to someone (I assume I would qualify) for a $7.75 fee, the same as if I sent money via a credit card.
by LifeIsGood
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Thermostat?
Replies: 59
Views: 4551

Re: WiFi Thermostat?

I bought an Emerson Sensi brand an couldn't be happier. It was less than $40 after rebate from power company. We just returned from a 10 day trip and I had set the thermostat at 80 degrees. Just before flying home I was able to adjust the thermostat so the house was nice and cool when we walked in t...