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by englishgirl
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which household items have made your life easier/more convenient/happier?
Replies: 78
Views: 5261

Re: Which household items have made your life easier/more convenient/happier?

Whatever you think is going to make the biggest difference in your new home is what you should look for. When we were searching for our current home, my big thing was the master bathroom - I wanted double sinks and a separate shower and bathtub in the master bath. So I didn't have to share a sink wi...
by englishgirl
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are you comfortable with your emergency fund arrangements?
Replies: 44
Views: 3553

Re: Are you comfortable with your emergency fund arrangements?

I have a very well stocked emergency fund, so that's fine. I think my planning was OK. I have some in cash in a HY savings account and some in savings bonds. What I didn't expect was the emotional ups and downs of having financial aid dangled in front of me. I'm self employed so when I was first con...
by englishgirl
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying I-bonds now for EF but able to redeem within 1st year?
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: Buying I-bonds now for EF but able to redeem within 1st year?

If you are furloughed, you would be able to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance. So that might lessen the need to redeem I bonds. My personal view is always that if I am in doubt, I will do half of what I was originally planning. Thus, if you were going to transfer a year's worth of EF to I b...
by englishgirl
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to "show" payroll as sole proprietor
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: How to "show" payroll as sole proprietor

You will need to enter the 1099 if you're filing taxes, the same way you'd enter a W2. So, that's your income right there.
by englishgirl
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Has anyone hit pause on their 401k or monthly IRA contributions?
Replies: 32
Views: 1714

Re: Has anyone hit pause on their 401k or monthly IRA contributions?

I have a SEP-IRA that I normally contribute 10% of profits to every month, and then bump it up prior to tax filing season to 15-20%. [The rule is that self employed people can contribute up to 20% of profit.] I am not quite sure what to do about March's contribution (that I would normally make at th...
by englishgirl
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: SEP IRA - Advice on Providers & Investing?
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: SEP IRA - Advice on Providers & Investing?

I have a SEP IRA with Vanguard. I like it just fine but honestly didn't compare to other brokers or anything, as I already had my Roth IRA with Vanguard. I rolled my 401k into it when I finally quit my old day job, so I'm not sure why someone would say the Vanguard SEP IRA doesn't allow rollovers. I...
by englishgirl
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are You Dumping Netflix?
Replies: 218
Views: 19753

Re: Are You Dumping Netflix?

It depends what use you make of it. I finally signed up for Netflix a few months ago after resisting it for so long. It is more than worth my $8 a month, which I guess will now be $9 a month. So, no, I won't be dumping them. After many years of streaming I can't seem to get back to watching programm...
by englishgirl
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What financial instution do you use for cash?
Replies: 14
Views: 1267

Re: What financial instution do you use for cash?

My thoughts are: you clearly know more than me, and all that information about 72t withdrawals is intimidating. So, yeah. But, given that I like simplicity as well, I'll take a crack at this. I use Capital One. I have some money in their 360 money market fund (minimum $10k) which is currently earnin...
by englishgirl
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your ideal home size
Replies: 130
Views: 9424

Re: Your ideal home size

1000-1400 sq feet ish with a garage in addition. We (a couple, no kids) ideally would like a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom home. We currently have a 1672 sq ft 3-bedroom 2-bathroom with a double garage so one room is wasted and is basically the cats' playroom. We don't have a basement and don't need one. But...
by englishgirl
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Considering the Vanguard LifeStrategy Fund]
Replies: 66
Views: 8081

Re: [Considering the Vanguard LifeStrategy Fund]

There's nothing wrong with having your money in a single Lifestrategy fund that suits your desired asset allocation. There is no need to complicate things further. I have my IRAs 100% in Lifestrategy Moderate Growth. I am seriously considering rolling my old 401k into Lifestrategy Moderate Growth sh...
by englishgirl
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Self Employed 48years old and nothing saved for retirement
Replies: 41
Views: 6052

Re: Self Employed 48years old and nothing saved for retirement

In addition to a Roth IRA, you can be saving in an employment-based account. Instead of a company 401k, you have the option of opening an individual 401k, a SIMPLE IRA or a SEP-IRA. Which one is best for you depends on a number of factors, including how much money you are making and how you are orga...
by englishgirl
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Capital One 360 ACH limits
Replies: 63
Views: 22609

Re: New Capital One 360 ACH limits

So nobody knows what the per-transaction limit is? Did you try what I suggested above (repeated here)? On their website, I clicked on TRANSFER. When the TRANSFER screen comes up, it states an amount that is available for the transfer. For example, at this time, I have about $10,000 in checking and ...
by englishgirl
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Capital One 360 ACH limits
Replies: 63
Views: 22609

Re: New Capital One 360 ACH limits

So nobody knows what the per-transaction limit is? And it seems like they haven't really set one but will vary it depending on the day? I don't like the thought of that. I'd rather know. However, I don't think a million a day limit is going to put a crimp in my style any time soon. I did run up agai...
by englishgirl
Thu May 31, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant pot pressure cooker
Replies: 50
Views: 7724

Re: Instant pot pressure cooker

Maybe I'm the only one that doesn't like it? We received one as a wedding gift. It was NOT on the registry, but the person who gave it to us decided that we would like it. They also got a large one and there are just two of us, so it is not the perfect size for us. We eat mostly vegetarian + fish, s...
by englishgirl
Tue May 22, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Living
Replies: 49
Views: 9120

Re: Florida Living

West Palm Beach is not a bad option considering what you are looking for.
by englishgirl
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Living in Jupiter FL?
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: Living in Jupiter FL?

I lived there for a while, and still live in the same county. It is a nice place, yes, the housing costs a bit more, but you also have decent schools and supposedly nicer neighbors. But paying $1k a month property tax for a modest house seems crazy. Perhaps our idea of modest houses are not the same...
by englishgirl
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the jobs with the best medical insurance?
Replies: 51
Views: 4880

Re: What are the jobs with the best medical insurance?

We have medical insurance through one of the large medical laboratory testing companies. Good benefits and free lab tests (as long as you are not getting a test done at the competition). They also throw in a free physical every year. The con is that they offer "discounts" based on the results of the...
by englishgirl
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do People Without Computer Access Prepare and File Their Taxes?
Replies: 53
Views: 5453

Re: How Do People Without Computer Access Prepare and File Their Taxes?

If you have a smart phone, you can do it on there. I just searched, and Turbo Tax has an app. I would use that if I didn't have a laptop. My laptop, incidentally, is a Chromebook that cost me $220 a bit over 3 years ago and is still going strong, so it's not as if you HAVE to buy an expensive comput...
by englishgirl
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 5877

Re: Forgot to make my $5500 contribution for 2018

I have never had the spare change lying around to be able to make my Roth IRA contribution all in one go on January 2nd, and this year is no exception. How long do you plan to have the money invested for? Over a 40 or 50 year time period, those few extra days will not make much difference,
by englishgirl
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Friend buys a lot of stuff because he want's to reduce his tax liability. Is this thinking flawed?
Replies: 47
Views: 5277

Re: Friend buys a lot of stuff because he want's to reduce his tax liability. Is this thinking flawed?

If he's not making a profit consistently, then doesn't he risk the IRS regarding his business as a "hobby" and then he would not be able to deduct any losses beyond the business/hobby income. See: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/is-your-hobby-a-for-profit-endeavor His thinking is messed up. I mean, I b...
by englishgirl
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year
Replies: 244
Views: 38502

Re: How old are you and how much do you save for retirement a year

Alright, coming in to represent the lower end... Nearly 50. This year between 401k and SEP-IRA I am going to manage about $13k, plus $5500 into Roth IRA. My spouse has saved $5500 into Roth IRA and $0 into 401k. Between us we got maybe $2350 from our employers into our 401k's as well. Next year, I'l...
by englishgirl
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting with significant other
Replies: 26
Views: 2995

Re: Budgeting with significant other

We have totally separate accounts and are married. We separately cover some expenses, as in I handle some bills and he handles others. We then alternate groceries and other day-to-day spending. I'd like to at least have a joint account for things like groceries, but he hasn't wanted to give up contr...
by englishgirl
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: To Avatar or Not - Get One? How did you choose?
Replies: 147
Views: 16367

Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Avatars are just easier to see and remember when you are skimming through a long post. It is easier to spot regular posters - there may or may not be certain times when I might just skim down and read what certain people have posted without necessarily digesting what everyone else has said. Similarl...
by englishgirl
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Data Use on Smartphones
Replies: 37
Views: 3339

Re: Data Use on Smartphones

Remember that to use cellular data, you would have to be doing your checking of email, etc, when not located somewhere with wifi. There are many days when I don't use any of my data plan data, despite heavy smartphone usage, because most of my usual locations (work, home, various cafes, supermarkets...
by englishgirl
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?
Replies: 130
Views: 11249

Re: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?

2010 Toyota Prius. I am not planning on rebuying just because the current Prius is so darn ugly. This car WAS a repurchase, of my 2001 Toyota Prius, and I would totally buy a Prius again if the design was radically changed. But alas, I just can't bring myself to do it with the current iteration. Yes...
by englishgirl
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: sep IRA with 401k, Roth and HSA
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: sep IRA with 401k, Roth and HSA

A SEP IRA allows you to contribute 20% of your net business profits minus 1/2 of the self-employment tax. You'll be limited to less than 2k contributions on the 10k of your Uber earnings. I that relatively small reduction in taxable income important to you? What is the bogleheads recommendation aft...
by englishgirl
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mint - Issues with showing my account details
Replies: 15
Views: 2986

Re: Mint - Issues with showing my account details

I've been using Mint for about 2 years now and in the beginning it was a little goofy, but the last year it's been good. That is up until about 3 days ago when all my stuff from Vanguard went haywire. For some reason it is duplicating all my Vanguard accounts. I'm hoping they get this straightened ...
by englishgirl
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you want your receipt?
Replies: 99
Views: 10500

Re: Do you want your receipt?

Wow, I'm really surprised at how many of you get receipts. No, I do not want the darn receipt for most things. Gas, lunch, small purchases, no thank you. It will appear in mint which I check pretty much every day. If it's a big purchase, or something that might have a warranty or that I might want t...
by englishgirl
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?
Replies: 61
Views: 8466

Re: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?

I am basically 100% online (well, my HSA is with a local credit union so I guess I could technically go into a branch to transact with them, but I don't). I have run into a few minor issues but nothing insurmountable. First, when buying a house last year we ended up with a month between closing the ...
by englishgirl
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone own a home and drop insurance coverage after mortgage paid off?
Replies: 75
Views: 9577

Re: Anyone own a home and drop insurance coverage after mortgage paid off?

We did not have the spare cash lying around to replace the roof if needed, or to completely rebuild. So we kept insurance. But I found a lower cost plan specifically for people without mortgages that is a "named perils" coverage and excludes certain things like theft. So that might be something that...
by englishgirl
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 1099 employees how do you mentally handle taking time off?
Replies: 25
Views: 2128

Re: 1099 employees how do you mentally handle taking time off?

I think it gets easier over time. But remember, not only do you have to account for vacation time, there are holidays and sick/unexpected days off too. I just had nearly a week with no income due to Hurricane Irma which was not much fun but also a good reminder to always build a savings cushion AND ...
by englishgirl
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying/Selling Home at Same Time
Replies: 8
Views: 956

Re: Buying/Selling Home at Same Time

Are you in agreement for what type of house you want to buy, and in what neighborhood? Are you looking online and do you have an idea of how frequently desirable houses come on the market? When we bought our current house we were not totally on the same page regarding what house to buy and really de...
by englishgirl
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding contractor for small-ish, hourly job (deck carpentry)
Replies: 19
Views: 1662

Re: Finding contractor for small-ish, hourly job (deck carpentry)

I've used Thumbtack successfully to find people for jobs around the house. I am not sure if it is busy/good in all areas, but the last project I put on there was for a handyman. You select the type of service you want, provide details of the job, and then local service people can send you back their...
by englishgirl
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calling out the not so rich bogleheads
Replies: 233
Views: 34408

Re: Calling out the not so rich bogleheads

I am not a millionaire. Yet. :D

I've been a Boglehead since 2002. Never yet managed to max out my 401k. And yet I've never been intimidated about posting. Maybe it's because I know that I am rich, and very fortunate, compared to so many. Or I'm just pushy, not sure which.
by englishgirl
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After Irma in need of............
Replies: 25
Views: 2913

Re: After Irma in need of............

The radio is probably the least useful function of that Eton, so it is probably worthwhile. I am curious how people who just went through Harvey, Irma used their radios. And how did/do the people of devastated islands like Virgin Gorda, Barbuda, St. Martin, and many others use their radios? Thanks!...
by englishgirl
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How often do you put money in Vanguard
Replies: 55
Views: 6220

Re: How often do you put money in Vanguard

This year, once every 2 weeks on payday at job #1 for my Roth IRA, and once a month during profitable months for my SEP-IRA at job #2. Next year, who knows?
by englishgirl
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The 10 year car ownership "rule"
Replies: 95
Views: 13808

Re: The 10 year car ownership "rule"

I have kept 10 years in my head as something to aim for with car ownership. I must have got that from here so I think while "rule" is a bit too strong, maybe "general average of what everyone else seems to be doing" may be more accurate. I think for me it is more a combination of age, mileage and co...
by englishgirl
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?
Replies: 20
Views: 2418

Re: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?

No, but I have successfully used Thumbtack for house projects several times. They will send out your project request to local people so you should find someone experienced with your city codes. If it is active in your area, that is.
by englishgirl
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 17888

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

My old house was in a mandatory evacuation zone for category 3 and higher. I did end up evacuating twice, and both times went south to family in Miami, because the track of the storms was heading more north. If the projected path was heading more south, then I would go north. I evacuated as soon as ...
by englishgirl
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Please review my IPS for buying a car!
Replies: 13
Views: 1056

Re: Please review my IPS for buying a car!

I have a separate car account. I don't see the problem with doing that if it suits your personality. I can see that after retirement it makes more sense to keep everything in one pot, but as I am working and slowly saving I like walling off my new car money into its own little section. Yes, money is...
by englishgirl
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Overextended in Bay Area housing?
Replies: 37
Views: 5105

Re: Overextended in Bay Area housing?

We pay everything with credit card when we can. Is a monthly expense of $3000 not typical? Mortgage, insurance, property tax are about 3800 per month. 3,000 for monthly expenses. 1,000 for childcare. 1,000 for student loans. Take home after taxes is 11,700. So 11,700-8,800 is 2,900 left over each m...
by englishgirl
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 27y/o w/ 150k debt buying 685k house
Replies: 41
Views: 6174

Re: 27y/o w/ 150k debt buying 685k house

This could be a savvy move. Maybe not. Maybe even probably not. But if he's lining up people to rent rooms to cover the mortgage, why not qualify for a big mortgage when you have the salary to be approved? And if his/her student loans are at a decent interest rate, it may not make sense to aggressiv...
by englishgirl
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Housing To Avoid Noise
Replies: 57
Views: 6905

Re: Best Housing To Avoid Noise

Avoiding noise was one of our big requirements when looking for our current house. Single family/detached home was a given for us, as we've done apartments and townhomes and you can definitely hear through the attached walls. We ended up going with a home in a gated neighborhood (yes, restrictive ru...
by englishgirl
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you manage cash back rewards?
Replies: 26
Views: 3566

Re: How do you manage cash back rewards?

Personal cards - save it up and use it against vacation spending once a year. I feel like it helps defray the cost of a nice meal or a seat upgrade on the flight or something we wouldn't normally spend money on.
Business card - I cash out every month.
by englishgirl
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your monthly expenses?
Replies: 69
Views: 9674

Re: What are your monthly expenses?

I don't understand how yall spend so little on food? I mean with the exception of dates I go on, I cook my food the majority of the time.... My groceries are 400 ish for just me, and then dinner dates ect another 300 (so assume 150 for my portion of eating). Some of you must live off pb&j ? I love ...
by englishgirl
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your monthly expenses?
Replies: 69
Views: 9674

Re: What are your monthly expenses?

According to mint, in the last 12 months, my average monthly expenses were: Home: $980 (includes some moving/renovating expenses so should be lower going forward) Property Tax: $270 Utilities: $100 Groceries: $400 Eating out: $175 Travel/vacation: $430 (we alternate years with an expensive vacation ...
by englishgirl
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BASE INVESTMENT or What Your Ruler
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: BASE INVESTMENT or What Your Ruler

I don't compare. My portfolio aims to be about 60:40, so my base comparison would be Vanguard Balanced Index, or Lifestrategy Moderate Growth funds. Some level of fees are unavoidable, so why compare to a plain index when you can compare to a very similar low cost fund? But as Vanguard Balanced Inde...
by englishgirl
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Teeth Whitening
Replies: 21
Views: 4080

Re: Teeth Whitening

I have used Crest Whitestrips for years - over a decade I think. After a year or so of drinking coffee, they need doing again, but I hardly ever bother to do a full box or use them every single night while doing it now. My teeth get a bit sensitive if I use them every night, so I find every other da...
by englishgirl
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making the Leap to Self-Employment
Replies: 16
Views: 2670

Re: Making the Leap to Self-Employment

I have been working on doing this for far too many years. Part of my problem is that I decided to completely change career at the same time, and so I did not go into the new career with any experience or clients. What were some notable surprises or unexpected developments? Just how long it is taking...
by englishgirl
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you do when you run the numbers and don't like the answer that you get?
Replies: 29
Views: 4348

Re: What do you do when you run the numbers and don't like the answer that you get?

If the market returns 6%, which is entirely possible, your money should double in 12 years (rough calculation using the "rule of 72"). You have 20 years. So, let's assume that you immediately start saving $0 per year from now on, but are able to get a job that covers your expenses so you don't have ...