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by minesweep
Sat May 30, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Birdwatching has increased during COVID-19! NY Times article 5/29/20. Scarlet Tanager mentioned. 🐦 🦉🦅 Segments: "The Birds Are Not on Lockdown, and More People Are Watching Them Bird-watching has surged in popularity during the pandemic. It’s easy to start, and you can do it anywhere — even from in...
by minesweep
Fri May 29, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Sold Stocks to Reduce Portfolio Risk
Replies: 23
Views: 1870

Re: Sold Stocks to Reduce Portfolio Risk

Ping Pong wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Why are people always winning the game when their portfolio is down?
You don’t have to hit an all-time stock market high to have won the game.
by minesweep
Thu May 28, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 94
Views: 6532

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

we tried an Aldi's near us years ago - "one and done". Crowded aisles, couldn't move around easily, poor selection, messy picked over displays, just too much of a hassle overall. May just be that the stores near here are poorly managed. But a new one just recently opened - seems like many on here l...
by minesweep
Wed May 27, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 94
Views: 6532

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

Another vote for Aldi's dark chocolate bars. Love their organic 'Seedtastic' bread. Made with 21 whole grains and seeds. And when they have it in stock I pick up a jar of their red cabbage.
by minesweep
Wed May 27, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 94
Views: 6532

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

Aldi was our regular hangout before the lockdown. Since lockdown, I see long lines outside every time I drive by (think they limit # people in the store). We now shop at Weis, not as good but no lines. I still prefer Aldi if things start to improve. Wondering if Aldi is well stocked during this tim...
by minesweep
Wed May 27, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The "Best of" for Aldi?
Replies: 94
Views: 6532

Re: The "Best of" for Aldi?

A quart and a half of Aldi's 'Friendly Farms' Whole Milk Greek Yogurt ($3.45) is in my frig. I top it with Aldi's 24 oz. raw honey ($6.45) and Aldi's 'Simply Nature' Milled Flax Seed. Also, a half gallon of Aldi's 'Simply Nature' Organic Whole Milk ($2.89). I like the expiration dates on the organic...
by minesweep
Fri May 01, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

sevenseas: you rehydrate the dry mealworms? I have a couple of bags of dry mealworms and no one is that excited about eating them - put them out for the bluebirds but they don't seem to eat them. Are they supposed to be rehydrated? maybe that's the problem. Seems every time I do my "birdwork" in th...
by minesweep
Fri May 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

House finches appeared for the first time at my feeder. I would not have recognized the juveniles for what they were except papa finch was feeding them. Mama finch showed up later. I was so excited I bought a "finch feeder" but they wouldn't approach it. Evidently house finches can't hang upside do...
by minesweep
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Can I ask everyone, is there a consensus on whether to stop feeding during the warmer months? Up till this year, I would only fill the feeders from Dec-April. Partly because of the black bears, partly because I've read that birds shouldn't be so reliant on human feeding when there is food available...
by minesweep
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

InvisibleAerobar wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:00 pm
minesweep wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:26 pm
A female red-breasted grosbeak at one of my sunflower feeders.
Where in PA?

I'd loved to have spotted a grosbeak when I was living in Philly
The Lehigh Valley area. A pair has been coming to my feeders every spring for about the past 7 years.
by minesweep
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

A female red-breasted grosbeak at one of my sunflower feeders.
by minesweep
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Here in the Catskills, am seeing many of the same feeder birds that others have mentioned: goldfinches and house finches, hairy/downy/red bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blackbirds and cowbirds, black capped chickadees, blue jays, tufted titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, spa...
by minesweep
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?
Replies: 75
Views: 5695

Re: Should I buy a new rice cooker from Zojirushi?

I have a Sanyo ECJ-D55S 5.5-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker/Steamer (for 6 or 7 years) that I use for cooking brown rice and steel cut oatmeal (mostly for oatmeal). It works great (a perfect rice & oatmeal every time). When that report came out several years ago about the higher arsenic levels in...
by minesweep
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 475
Views: 16449

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Here in the Catskills, am seeing many of the same feeder birds that others have mentioned: goldfinches and house finches, hairy/downy/red bellied woodpeckers, mourning doves, juncos, cardinals, blackbirds and cowbirds, black capped chickadees, blue jays, tufted titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, spa...
by minesweep
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: The Coming Baby Boom?
Replies: 48
Views: 2037

Re: Will there be a baby boom in 8 to 10 months?

How soon before this thread will run its course and be locked?

The Coming Baby Boom?
by minesweep
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anxiety About Stocks Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: Anxiety About Stocks Rising

I'm young so I was really happy to see stocks decline and hoped they would be low but I'm feeling anxious seeing the market keep bouncing back up just as I'm about to get a paycheck. Do you think they stock market can go back down or is this crash already over? A number of folks are feeling anxious...
by minesweep
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Seasoned Bogleheads; What 3 Things Have You Done Financially Related to the Economy Recently
Replies: 112
Views: 11020

Re: Seasoned Bogleheads; What 3 Things Have You Done Financially Related to the Economy Recently

1. Tax loss harvested Developed Markets and Tax-Managed Small Cap
2. Reinvested the proceeds in Total Int’l and Total Stock Market.
3. Purchased Total Stock Market with some dividends and capital gain distributions that had accumulated in taxable money market.
by minesweep
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20126

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

StevieG72 wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:10 pm
Everyones portfolio got a trim!
I'd rather have the trimming done to my hair. It's nowhere near as costly.
by minesweep
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What Individual stocks are you buying?
Replies: 123
Views: 9416

Re: What Individual stocks are you buying?

Good morning everyone! If you are throwing your money at any individual stocks currently, what are they? I'm really developing a strong position in: AAL GE PPL Okay, you have piqued my interest, what made you select these 3 stocks? :?: :?: :?: Probably because PPL is yielding 7.25%. Half of their e...
by minesweep
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Sitting on 1.2M. What to do...?
Replies: 24
Views: 3776

Re: Sitting on 1.2M. What to do...?

chrischris wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:15 pm
Question for those who say keep sitting:

Should we all follow and cash out our investments to “sit” as well? If it’s best for the OP to stay out of the market, should we all do so?
'What's good for the goose is good for the gander'
by minesweep
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: vanguard RMD w/h
Replies: 23
Views: 1100

Re: vanguard RMD w/h

Two steps: 1. Redo your estimated tax due. If you don't take the RMD your taxes may be significantly less (that being the idea). 2. Decide how you are going to pay, whether actually making quarterly estimated tax payments or finding a source of withholding. Note if you do take a distribution in ord...
by minesweep
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why not stand on the sidelines for a little while?
Replies: 302
Views: 14231

Re: Why not stand on the sidelines for a little while?

fittierhappier, Back in June of 2018 you posted: I have investments (roughly three-fund portfolio with heavy emphasis on stocks) well in excess of the value of the house we're currently looking to buy. age: 40 You took the good Boglehead advice and constructed a simple portfolio. However this bear m...
by minesweep
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why are Utilities Dropping So Fast?
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: Why are Utilities Dropping So Fast?

The electric utility (PPL Corp) that serves my area is currently yielding 7.69%. The stock price dropped nearly 9% yesterday. They just observed their 100th year anniversary in 2020. Half of their earnings come from regulated distribution companies in Great Britain. The current $19.67 share price is...
by minesweep
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: De-minimis Gift for letter carrier while Social Distancing
Replies: 15
Views: 1230

Re: De-minimis Gift for letter carrier while Social Distancing

I give him $20 (even though you are not supposed to give cash) at Christmastime. My brother does the same.
by minesweep
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55566

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

The panic shoppers should heed the words of Mr. Whipple and stop putting the Squeeze on the Charmin.
by minesweep
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the gym ...
Replies: 210
Views: 12397

Re: Are you still going to the gym ...

tiburblium wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:12 pm
Yes, the gym is in my basement
+1
by minesweep
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Would trying to time this downturn be a mistake?
Replies: 45
Views: 2501

Re: Would trying to time this downturn be a mistake?

Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy - John Bogle
by minesweep
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?
Replies: 359
Views: 25894

Re: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?

Been there, done that (multiple corrections). That's why 'I'm staying the course'.
by minesweep
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?
Replies: 359
Views: 25894

Re: Who is staying course and how are you dealing with net worth going down?

Admiral wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:52 am
Market takes the escalator up, the elevator down, as some wise person once remarked.

Say hello to the elevator days! :?
Some investors could use some relaxing elevator music to de-stress. :happy
by minesweep
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How many people with 7 figure portfolios are”rejoicing ?”
Replies: 169
Views: 14071

Re: How many people with 7 figure portfolios are”rejoicing ?”

Many investors are in the same boat. It’s just that some of us have been on board for a longer duration (and have developed an immunity of sorts to being sick to our stomachs when the boat keeps rocking and rolling). They are less likely to jump ship. Also, ‘Misery Loves Company’ comes to mind. The ...
by minesweep
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 18838
Views: 2633158

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

It's times like this when we need a calming influence:

Time is Your Friend, Impulse is Your Enemy - John Bogle
by minesweep
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Why aren't forum members following the "Stay the course" approach?]
Replies: 372
Views: 25768

Re: [Why aren't forum members following the "Stay the course" approach?]

There are 92,800 registered Boglehead members. I would bet that the vast majority of them are staying the course. Since the mid-eighties I've personally stayed the course through all of the markets corrections since then. Even the one back October of 1987 when stocks dropped 22.6% in one day. I was ...
by minesweep
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What did you learn from the 2/24 sell off?
Replies: 327
Views: 22087

Re: What did you learn from the 2/24 sell off?

I didn't learn or experience anything new. Since that one day crash (22.6%) back in October of1987 and all of the subsequent corrections since then I've always stayed the course. So no different this time around.

P.S. I didn't check my portfolio valuation. No good can come from it.
by minesweep
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investors are never happy
Replies: 39
Views: 2932

Re: Investors are never happy

JoeRetire wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:42 am
TheTimeLord wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:39 am
Love of money is the root of all evil.
I don't care about the root, as long as I get my share of branches.
I like seeing green.
by minesweep
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?
Replies: 61
Views: 3928

Re: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?

I never liked their 20% off coupon...which can only be used on one item at that. I rarely go in there these days. In case you didn't know, they accept outdated coupons (at least the one I occasionally go to). I have a pile of them that I have accumulated over the years. Where I live, the ones by me...
by minesweep
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?
Replies: 61
Views: 3928

Re: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?

DB2 wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:19 am
I never liked their 20% off coupon...which can only be used on one item at that. I rarely go in there these days.
In case you didn't know, they accept outdated coupons (at least the one I occasionally go to). I have a pile of them that I have accumulated over the years.
by minesweep
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?
Replies: 61
Views: 3928

Re: Think Bed Bath & Beyond is at bottom? Any chances thriving?

New name change coming: "Bed Bath & Begone".

Glad I sold my BBBY shares back in 2011 between $54-$55. I haven't bought any individual stocks since 2013 (and don't plan to).
by minesweep
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Market is acting like late August, 2000, or late October, 2007]
Replies: 82
Views: 7183

Re: It's starting to smell like

There is still a lot of cash sitting on the sidelines that could push the stock market to higher levels. These fund assets now stand at $3.6 trillion, the highest level in more than 10 years, but still below the $3.9 trillion peak in January 2009. Investors pulled their cash out of the market in dro...
by minesweep
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to leave money when we die
Replies: 68
Views: 5340

Re: Where to leave money when we die

I checked Charity Navigator for a rating of 'Friends of Arcadia' (see link). About 67% of contributions goes to the program (14% administrative, 19% fundraising). For me personally I like to see a minimum program percentage in the low 80's. But that's just me. Give.org has no rating on that charity....
by minesweep
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun Side Income in Retirement?
Replies: 50
Views: 4279

Re: Fun Side Income in Retirement?

My 'fund side' is watching my portfolio increase in value during this long bull stock market. The only fun sides I need or want is with the meals I order. :happy
by minesweep
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27381

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

I’ve never paid for a concert performance. But some of the free acts (yes free) I’ve seen were: 1985 – Blood Sweat & Tears, The Association 1987 – Ray Charles, The Spinners 1988 – The Mamas and the Papas, The Marvelettes 1989 – Johnny Rivers 1990 – Three Dog Night, The Temptations. Peter Noone (Her...
by minesweep
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27381

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

I’ve never paid for a concert performance. But some of the free acts (yes free) I’ve seen were: 1985 – Blood Sweat & Tears, The Association 1987 – Ray Charles, The Spinners 1988 – The Mamas and the Papas, The Marvelettes 1989 – Johnny Rivers 1990 – Three Dog Night, The Temptations. Peter Noone (Her...
by minesweep
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27381

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

I’ve never paid for a concert performance. But some of the free acts (yes free) I’ve seen were: 1985 – Blood Sweat & Tears, The Association 1987 – Ray Charles, The Spinners 1988 – The Mamas and the Papas, The Marvelettes 1989 – Johnny Rivers 1990 – Three Dog Night, The Temptations. Peter Noone (Herm...
by minesweep
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?
Replies: 116
Views: 6988

Re: Considering an iPad. Is it worth it?

Most people love or hate them. I have loved them for 10 years now. IMO the basic iPad is a bargain at $329. Currently on sale for $250 at Amazon. A steal for that price. https://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPad-10-2-Inch-Wi-Fi-32GB/dp/B07XL7G4HH/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=iPad&qid=1580343174&sr=8-3 Looks like Be...
by minesweep
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed
Replies: 352
Views: 26580

Re: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed

I’m sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I appreciate all that you do for the Bogleheads Forum. I have POA for my 89 year old widowed sister (they had no children). She’s been in an assisted living facility since 10/11 and is currently in the memory care unit. She’s on hospice for the 3rd time. ...
by minesweep
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Getting $2 Million in Cash! What do I do with it?
Replies: 75
Views: 6585

Re: Getting $2 Million in Cash! What do I do with it?

That's weird... not even a couple weeks ago you were in your upper 30s... https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=300201&p=4948648#p4948648 Time flies when you've having fun. :oops: Time flies even when I'm not having fun. At least it seems that way the older I get. Can't believe I'm ...
by minesweep
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block deluxe tax+state+fed efile: $20 at Amazon
Replies: 12
Views: 1660

Re: H&R Block deluxe tax+state+fed efile: $20 at Amazon

There was an alert at another H&R Block posting yesterday. I ordered yesterday and it's been shipped today. I thought it might disappear today because I believe it was only on for one day on Black Friday (or was it Cyber Monday?). I used Tax Act the last several years and was waiting for a similar d...
by minesweep
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 317
Views: 28334

Re: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

FYI, for those who still need it H&R Block Deluxe + State dropped to $19.99 at Amazon today. That's the best price they've had on this year's edition. Thanks for the heads up. This is the CD version. I don't need the state (PA has their own) but there are 5 free federal e-files ( I do my brother an...
by minesweep
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help - Negative Gold and Silver Portfolio
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Help - Negative Gold and Silver Portfolio

Back in the early 1970’s I began to dabble in the stock market. One of the stocks I purchased was Levitz Furniture. I bought it near the top and proceeded to lose $700 in a short period of time and cashed out. $700 back then was worth a lot more than $900 is today (about 6x’s as much). The store cha...
by minesweep
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help - Negative Gold and Silver Portfolio
Replies: 21
Views: 1369

Re: Help - Negative Gold and Silver Portfolio

At Berkshire's 2018 annual meeting, Buffett compared $10,000 invested in stocks and gold in 1942 (the first year he invested in stocks). That money invested in an S&P 500 index fund (there were none at the time, he noted) would've been worth $51 million in 2018 while a gold investment would've been...