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by sunny_socal
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?
Replies: 38
Views: 2696

Re: how is Home Depot's contractor service (for a water heater)?

No problem with a HD contractor. Pulled the old heater, installed new one, hauled away old one for $950 total.
by sunny_socal
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone make their own tortillas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1842

Re: Anyone make their own tortillas?

8foot7 wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:15 pm
I will say that the uncooked flour tortillas you can buy by the relatively large bag at Costco are very, very surprisingly delicious.
+1, we buy the uncooked tortillas at Costco when they are available.

Otherwise HEB here in TX also has them.
by sunny_socal
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?
Replies: 38
Views: 2557

Re: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?

OP here. Bought a couple Comviq SIM cards in Sweden, clerks at the convenience stores said "it's the best and cheapest." $25 each. Turns out they ONLY work in Sweden and can't roam at all. So, avoid that option. Upon reaching Finland we got the DNA 'unlimited' cards , $20 each with a $5 credit at st...
by sunny_socal
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend an American medium size car
Replies: 32
Views: 2264

Re: Recommend an American medium size car

Camry for a softer ride, Accord for a 'sporty' ride.

/thread
by sunny_socal
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car in Europe across countries
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: Renting a car in Europe across countries

This summer we're renting a car in Munich and staying a few days, a couple more days in Salzburg and then a few in Milan. Will eat the drop-off fee, it's several hundred dollars. Renting a car in Europe is expensive compared to the USA, but when I priced out train/plane tickets for the same route we...
by sunny_socal
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frequent Flyer miles for kids. Can I use them?
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Frequent Flyer miles for kids. Can I use them?

Anyone know what to do with kid and their flights? I have a several FF accounts and so does my wife but my kids seldom fly.
We're going to Europe, should be 15k miles per person.

- Can I get them accounts? (age 14, 16)
- Or better yet, can I somehow "have" their miles? :mrgreen:

Thanks
by sunny_socal
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being given charity that I don't need
Replies: 45
Views: 3533

Re: Being given charity that I don't need

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
by sunny_socal
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tell us your side hustle success stories.
Replies: 68
Views: 6827

Re: Tell us your side hustle success stories.

I keep wanting to do something on the side, don't know what (could be something like writing software or engineering consulting.)

In the meantime:
- All my own gardening/landscaping
- All basic auto maintenance
- All basic home maintenance
- Home IT dept
- Weekend cook
by sunny_socal
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Mint Mobile customers here?
Replies: 27
Views: 1617

Re: Any Mint Mobile customers here?

Tried Mint after Cricket raised their prices but didn't like having 4 separate accounts for the family. Cheap but cumbersome.

Cricket later lowered their prices and thus I went back. Now on their $100 plan for 4 lines (everything included.) Unlimited data, talk, text.
by sunny_socal
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 6953

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

I generally always rent a vehicle when I travel out of town. Generally, the rental rates are very inexpensive in this area and I do not like the inconvenience of being stranded in a remote area should the car break down. Currently, I am on a 12 day one-way rental with Hertz at $103. I will put 1500...
by sunny_socal
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 6953

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

These threads are unique to BH and always hilarious. Do people not maintain their cars? Make sure you're up to date on routine maintenance (ie. oil & filter changes), check the tire pressure, oil level and coolant before you go. That's it! Waiting a number of people chiming in to say "You should re...
by sunny_socal
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 6953

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

These threads are unique to BH and always hilarious. Do people not maintain their cars? Make sure you're up to date on routine maintenance (ie. oil & filter changes), check the tire pressure, oil level and coolant before you go. That's it! Waiting a number of people chiming in to say "You should ren...
by sunny_socal
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable Wireless Mouse?
Replies: 31
Views: 1425

Re: Reliable Wireless Mouse?

Any Logitech from office supply store. They're frequently on sale for $10 (laptop model.)
by sunny_socal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $3k for teen club soccer
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

Re: ahhhh....club soccer

you will have a good idea after a year whether or not he will enjoy club or not and want to continue. Many players love it, but many don't. <snip> That's the plan. We went with the club since the Middle School team was terrible. The 'coach' was actually a baseball coach and didn't know anything abo...
by sunny_socal
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with old unused laptops?
Replies: 17
Views: 1932

Re: What to do with old unused laptops?

Smash the hard drive with a hammer. Then throw them away.

You know 'recycling' means they get shipped to China or India where little children melt the precious metals from the motherboards in their kitchens? (Not joking - I'd post pictures but I'd probably get banned...)
by sunny_socal
Fri May 31, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $3k for teen club soccer
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

Re: $3k for teen club soccer

Ok, kid got into the lowest tier, it's "only" 2k/year! :beer I'm not thinking about the investment value. It's this: - He's outdoors having fun - Less time on video games and youtube - Hopefully will meet some kids, make friends (we're new here) I'd rather pay for this than vet bills (broken bones, ...
by sunny_socal
Fri May 31, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Efficient Disneyland visit for family 1-2 days
Replies: 37
Views: 2502

Re: Efficient Disneyland visit for family 1-2 days

As I understand it, "efficiency" here doesn't mean dollars, it means time. I would do this: [1] Spend a day in Newport Beach as you planned [2] Drive to DL the next day and buy the fastpass option for everyone and use the DL app on your phone to reserve spots in line. It's about $30 extra per ticket...
by sunny_socal
Fri May 31, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to preserve $10M+ in wealth owned by unsophisticated people?
Replies: 82
Views: 14403

Re: How to preserve $10M+ in wealth owned by unsophisticated people?

You might want to seek your parents council. They are worth $10 mil. You managed to get to a $500k portfolio. Kinda underwhelming given all your education. With all due respect, you haven't really accomplished all that much financially. Good luck! Broken Man 1999 ^This. I am quite surprised at some...
by sunny_socal
Wed May 29, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $3k for teen club soccer
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

Re: $3k for teen club soccer

Thanks all! No way to know from the info given. It will depend on the length of the season, number of games played, practices per week, etc. It year-round except for two months off for the summer, a couple weeks for christmas/new year and a couple for spring break. A couple practices a week, two tou...
by sunny_socal
Tue May 28, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $3k for teen club soccer
Replies: 104
Views: 7117

$3k for teen club soccer

So our 14-yr old tried out for a local soccer club here in TX. I figured it would be ~$1k like it was in CA.

The paperwork after the tryout said he'll land in one of three tiers:
- $2.8k
- $2.2k
- $1.7k

Seems like a lot. Is this typical?
by sunny_socal
Tue May 28, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tankless water heater?
Replies: 37
Views: 3311

Re: tankless water heater?

We have two on our house. Delay in hot water is the same as with a tank heater.

If I were able to choose, I'd select a tank since it provides a good emergency water supply.
by sunny_socal
Mon May 27, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House not selling
Replies: 134
Views: 10323

Re: House not selling

Ditch the realtor and get a listing to reset your "days on market" counter. Price it lower.

Good luck. I'll be in the same boat one day! (We came from CA, where you didn't even need to sweep the floors when you left and the house would still sell for above ask within two weeks.)
by sunny_socal
Fri May 24, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American Express lowered my credit limit
Replies: 61
Views: 4977

Re: American Express lowered my credit limit

Mine lowered as well. I don't use the card, I only got it because of some intro bonus. Don't care for Amex but keep it since there's no fee and having more credit improves my FICO score :beer
by sunny_socal
Thu May 23, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2938

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

I recommend borrowing the car for a couple days. Dealer will likely set a limit on mileage, eg 150. We did this with my wife's XC90, it was well worth the experience.
by sunny_socal
Thu May 23, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rolex
Replies: 75
Views: 10539

Re: Rolex

I inherited a gold Rolex from my father (who had received it as a gift) and also own a gold Omega that I received as a 20-year commemoration at work. They both live in a safe, permanently. These days a smartphone is enough for telling time and last time I was connecting flights at Kennedy in NYC I ...
by sunny_socal
Thu May 23, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6094

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

It won’t, as you note, have the best winter handling, but the new Prius is available with AWD and it totally dominates on all your other criteria. Prius dominates reliability and MPG. I've have two hybrids, a Prius and a Ford Escape. I'll never own another hybrid again for the simple reason that th...
by sunny_socal
Wed May 22, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?
Replies: 38
Views: 2557

Re: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?

Thanks all. Decided to buy a handful of local SIMs as soon as we touch down :beer
by sunny_socal
Wed May 22, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'
Replies: 87
Views: 6094

Re: Best small AWD to 'drive into the ground'

Why not get another Subaru? Sounds you use them pretty hard, IMO things like wheel bearings are a wear item and I've had to replace them as well occasionally. You're seeing typical high-mileage issues. Toyota RAV4 (blah) Honda Pilot (great vehicle) Toyota Highlander (also great) Honda Passport (coul...
by sunny_socal
Wed May 22, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?
Replies: 204
Views: 11301

Re: Should I encourage my kids to work in high school/college?

Yes, my kids will be working as soon as they are allowed to drive. Not much, maybe just 10h/week, I don't want them sitting around playing video games with all their free time. "Time off" must be earned. First work, then play!
by sunny_socal
Wed May 22, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I pay off my student loans early?
Replies: 22
Views: 2080

Re: Should I pay off my student loans early?

Didn't even read OP's post.

Yes pay them off. It's worse than a depreciating asset. It's like a giant credit card bill with a teaser rate.
by sunny_socal
Tue May 21, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mistake in global entry form
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: mistake in global entry form

I'm sure you'll have no trouble. The 'interview' is very low key, I just had mine today: - Name? - DOB? - Address? - Place of birth? - Put your fingers on this pad - Let's take your picture Here's your special number, you'll get a card in 10 days. Thanks! It's much easier than getting a driver's lic...
by sunny_socal
Mon May 20, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?
Replies: 38
Views: 2557

Best SIM card for travel in Europe?

I'm going to Europe with my family in a few weeks. I'm looking for SIM cards for everyone: - Must be valid for duration of trip (~20d) - Will push everyone to rely mostly on hotel wifi, don't expect heavy data use when roaming (ie. No youtube, instagram etc) - Should work in all of Europe - Hope to ...
by sunny_socal
Mon May 20, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace possible failing tv or not (solved)
Replies: 33
Views: 2505

Re: Replace possible failing tv or not

Another +1 for the TCL TV, we have a larger version purchased from Costco. Fantastic TV especially for the money. The Roku interface has everyone for streaming, one of the best features is a high level search function that will bring up all the services that contain a title.
by sunny_socal
Sun May 19, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Car in Texas or Illinois
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Re: New Car in Texas or Illinois

Buy local. It's a pain to move and store cars.
by sunny_socal
Sun May 19, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?
Replies: 27
Views: 1610

Re: Anyone have a GMC Acadia? Or similar?

<snip> So anyway! Any thoughts on the Acadia? The Highlander and the 4runner are also in the mix. And the Volvo xc90 or Acura MDX if we decide we want something a little more plush. But the Acadia seems like the most practical. 2017 was the Acadia redesign, and the Highlander is getting redesigned ...
by sunny_socal
Sat May 18, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?
Replies: 47
Views: 3101

Re: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?

I'll be the voice of dissent. Stick with conventional. Old seals shrink. I presume this is due to age, not mileage. We're not talking tires here. In my experience, putting synthetic in old vehicles causes leaks. Not a big deal, if you don't care about your garage floor. If you do, stick with conven...
by sunny_socal
Fri May 17, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car, less economical but more safe.. Get used to smaller car over time?
Replies: 106
Views: 7132

Re: Bigger car, less economical but more safe.. Get used to smaller car over time?

Bigger car, less economical but more safe.. Only the first 50% of the statement is correct. Safety is measured not only considering the consequences of an accident (and here too it is not straightforward to conclude that the larger the better), but also the probability of one. Minivans in particula...
by sunny_socal
Fri May 17, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guidance on choosing between UMich and Brown
Replies: 102
Views: 5487

Re: Guidance on choosing between UMich and Brown

Brown

The sports program would the least of my concerns.
by sunny_socal
Fri May 17, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?
Replies: 47
Views: 3101

Re: Synthetic oil or not for very low mileage auto?

Synthetic. It's a better oil, you're asking about saving $20 over a year or two? Your tires will rot out from under the car and hit your wallet a lot harder than the oil change :?
by sunny_socal
Thu May 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Bad Lawn
Replies: 13
Views: 2097

Re: Fixing Bad Lawn

I'm in the same boat OP. I'm going to use this stuff, about $30 for a large bag at HD

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by sunny_socal
Thu May 16, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reservations about job offer
Replies: 65
Views: 4077

Re: Reservations about job offer

I've had to learn the hard way not to accept a position where the expectations/requirements are opaque. My current job: - Interview focused on past experience and skills, leading me to think the new job was similar - Company couldn't talk about the details of the position because it was "secret" - U...
by sunny_socal
Thu May 16, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impossible Burger At Home
Replies: 35
Views: 2820

Re: Impossible Burger At Home

Is it a soy burger or something?

Just make your burgers with full fat beef, eg. 20% Chop up a little bacon and blend it in for even more flavor :D
by sunny_socal
Thu May 16, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Usefullness of 2 in 1 laptops?
Replies: 18
Views: 1761

Re: Usefullness of 2 in 1 laptops?

I'd much rather have a Lenovo Thinkpad than anything else. I'd avoid 2-in-1 like the plague, more chance of breakage and gimmicky features.
by sunny_socal
Thu May 16, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Credit Card - 0% APR for 18 Months
Replies: 17
Views: 1915

Re: Fidelity Credit Card - 0% APR for 18 Months

Perhaps obvious, but make sure actually have the funds when the bill comes due in 18 months. That's the only 'catch.'
by sunny_socal
Wed May 15, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a "new" car - Advice pls
Replies: 74
Views: 5387

Re: Buying a "new" car - Advice pls

In your situation, buy a new Honda/Toyota and don't look back. Perform required maintenance and enjoy the trouble-free 10 years. :beer
by sunny_socal
Mon May 13, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Move out or stay at my parents?
Replies: 70
Views: 4824

Re: Move out or stay at my parents?

You're about 5 years late. Move out already.

If ONLY money matters then just stay w/ mom & dad for the rest of your life. $ Profit $
by sunny_socal
Sat May 11, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issues, fix vs replace
Replies: 33
Views: 1972

Re: Computer issues, fix vs replace

I would never buy a software license from Ebay... Sounds to me like possibly a resolution issue. Figure out the native resolution of your monitor, make sure the display resolution is set to that. If it's fine, could be an issue with scaling or similar. If you open Word or Windows Text Editor, and t...
by sunny_socal
Sat May 11, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issues, fix vs replace
Replies: 33
Views: 1972

Re: Computer issues, fix vs replace

You could try backing up all your files and doing an OS reinstall. Assuming it's not a hardware problem, that should fix many issues. This. Windows is notorious for getting corrupted and bloated over time. Purchase a Window 10 Pro license from ebay and reinstall after backing up your personal files...