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by angelescrest
Wed May 30, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fitting three young kids in the car...
Replies: 76
Views: 5079

Re: Fitting three young kids in the car...

I would much rather have all three kids in one row, than split in a minivan across two rows. The Diono is a great car seat, but you don’t need three of them, just two, the third can be a reasonable sized rear facing one which shouldn’t get in the way of the other two (until you try to turn it forwar...
by angelescrest
Sun May 27, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet
Replies: 44
Views: 2640

Re: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet

The iPad is a wonderful device, but it works best when you pair it with a Mac and an iPhone and use Apple's own e-mail, calendar, contacts, notes, etc rather than trying to use Microsoft products. I’ve had no issues using it with Microsoft and Google’s productivity suites. I once had to get my IT s...
by angelescrest
Fri May 04, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving downtown Chicago. Should I sell my car?
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: Moving downtown Chicago. Should I sell my car?

Are you into cycling? Chicago is very bike friendly, in my opinion, and increasingly so. It’s so flat, that it is very ideal. I remember not too long ago being stuck in traffic just north of downtown, and cyclists were all making much better time than me. There are a lot of friendly bike shops arou...
by angelescrest
Fri May 04, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving downtown Chicago. Should I sell my car?
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: Moving downtown Chicago. Should I sell my car?

Are you into cycling? Chicago is very bike friendly, in my opinion, and increasingly so. It’s so flat, that it is very ideal. I remember not too long ago being stuck in traffic just north of downtown, and cyclists were all making much better time than me. There are a lot of friendly bike shops around.
by angelescrest
Tue May 01, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying Business Taxes through EFTPS.gov
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Paying Business Taxes through EFTPS.gov

Thanks, it's looking pretty good. I am enrolling now, and I think I'll go this route in making payments unless there is some good reason not to. I wish this could be tied in with my state tax payments.
by angelescrest
Tue May 01, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel rewards programs
Replies: 45
Views: 4012

Re: Hotel rewards programs

Yeah I’m so :annoyed about this. So much for my Starwood card that I’ve had for ages. What other cc are you looking at? I want a cc that gives luxury hotel rewards. For me my focus is going to be on Amex MR and Chase UR. I like Citi TYP but they don't really have a good option for unbonused spend s...
by angelescrest
Tue May 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying Business Taxes through EFTPS.gov
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Paying Business Taxes through EFTPS.gov

I receive varying amounts of freelance income on top of my full time job. It wasn't much a few years ago so I usually just owed the government, but it has gone up in the past two years and I want to avoid any penalties. How do you all make freelance tax payments? I just discovered the EFTPS.gov webs...
by angelescrest
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel rewards programs
Replies: 45
Views: 4012

Re: Hotel rewards programs

I focus on flexible programs - Starwood, Chase ultimate rewards and Amex membership rewards. Just to point out the possibly obvious Starwood is going to take a 33% hit on the earn side for unbonused credit card spend come 8/1. Put another way it will take 50% more spend to earn the same as you do t...
by angelescrest
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When/how did you start teaching your child about personal finance?
Replies: 34
Views: 2702

Re: When/how did you start teaching your child about personal finance?

My son is 4 years old and I would love to teach him good financial habits that my parents didn’t teach me. I was hoping to get the collective wisdom on: 1- when did you start with your children? What’s a good age to start? 2- how did you start? What we’re some things you did that we’re effective, f...
by angelescrest
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 114
Views: 35454

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

I apologize if this is common knowledge here, but I just found out a few months ago that the Washington Post gives free access for anyone who verifies with .gov, .mil, or .edu email addresses. Hope that helps someone else. How’s that? I haven’t seen this, and have only seen links or email about the...
by angelescrest
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 114
Views: 35454

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

I apologize if this is common knowledge here, but I just found out a few months ago that the Washington Post gives free access for anyone who verifies with .gov, .mil, or .edu email addresses. Hope that helps someone else. How’s that? I haven’t seen this, and have only seen links or email about the...
by angelescrest
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?
Replies: 7
Views: 1267

Re: Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?

I own an Electra Townie 8i with Balloon tires and enjoy the upright ride on flat ground or moderate hills. Up and down steep hills, the weight of the bike and upright position remove some of the joy. I purchased the bike to relieve wrist and lower back pain accumulated from riding a mountain bike f...
by angelescrest
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any reason not to open a 529? (young investor)
Replies: 21
Views: 1659

Re: Any reason not to open a 529? (young investor)

jumppilot wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:17 pm
I started funding a 529 when I started dating my now-wife.
:shock:
by angelescrest
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?
Replies: 7
Views: 1267

Re: Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?

Any upright bike will put most of the weight on your butt, so keep that in mind. That will greatly diminish the distance you can ride without numb butt. Wider saddles actually make the problem worse because you have more contact area. Have you looked at gravel bikes or cross bikes? They will give y...
by angelescrest
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?
Replies: 7
Views: 1267

Anybody have a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike? Or Electra Townie?

I’m looking quite seriously at buying a sixthreezero beach cruiser bike, for simple casual riding in my neighborhood with the little kids who are just starting out. Maybe the occasional 10-20 mile ride on the roads or dirt paths. I have a nice road bike, but in my area the roads are awful, with tons...
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AAPL, AMZN, or GOOG?
Replies: 77
Views: 7830

Re: AAPL, AMZN, or GOOG?

What is your bet for the next 20 years? Apple has the cell phone/tablet industry on lock. Amazon has online shopping on lock. Google has the interwebs/data on lock. They all have inter lapping markets (online video, home automation, software) but are also unique. Sorry, but the real bet on these bi...
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Defining "House Poor"
Replies: 299
Views: 17979

Re: Defining "House Poor"

The more I think about this, it seems to me that "house-poor" is a state of mind. And one way to avoid this state of mind is to keep a healthy cash balance available. I don’t know, I think most people who were house poor at the tail end of the housing boom didn’t have your concerns. They thought th...
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Defining "House Poor"
Replies: 299
Views: 17979

Re: Defining "House Poor"

I've seen this come up several times recently on the boards and it has me scratching my head. What do you think is the BH definition of house poor? How about your own definition? At a glance, I think this term when used by Bogleheads might be a world away from any common definition. (Like many, I s...
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frightening letter from Experian
Replies: 9
Views: 2731

Re: Frightening letter from Experian

As an aside, I would never call a number on an unsolicited piece of mail or email. Hopefully you didn’t give the people on that number any of your personal info. Could be similar to a phishing attack. I always look up the number on the internet on the company’s website to call. This was the first t...
by angelescrest
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Section 4797 Loss Carryover? Tax confusion
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Section 4797 Loss Carryover? Tax confusion

Yeah, from my consultations I haven't had clarity on this unfortunately. I used the loss when filing back in early spring 2015, through form 4797, and have been directed inconsistently on whether or not I can carry the remaining difference of the (unused/unclaimed?) loss beyond the 2014 tax year. So...
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good brands for Kitchenware?
Replies: 40
Views: 3414

Re: Good brands for Kitchenware?

Metal utensils are fine. I wouldn't use a knife in a pan as it would probably scratch the pan and ruin the knife. I have an assortment of silicon, wood and metal spatulas, spoons, tongs, etc. I tend to use the wooden and silicon more than the metal. I'm not sure why, but maybe because that metal on...
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 51
Views: 4530

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

Interesting, I had always assumed, due to the MSRP, that the prime was considerably more expensive than the other models. This makes me consider buying a new car while I can get the tax credit.
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Section 4797 Loss Carryover? Tax confusion
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Section 4797 Loss Carryover? Tax confusion

I've paid for a couple consultations over the past two years, and also recently met with a CPA. It's hard to find consistent accounting help in my area, and each consultation gave me different answers. So I'm still confused about this matter. In 2014, I had a significant loss from the sale of rental...
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good brands for Kitchenware?
Replies: 40
Views: 3414

Re: Good brands for Kitchenware?

For stainless cookware, look for Cuisinart Multi-clad. It is very similar to All Clad but it is a little lighter, the lip is rolled so you can pour out the side a little cleaner, the handles are more comfortable to hold, and it is not quite so expensive. I have pieces of both and prefer the Cuisina...
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 51
Views: 4530

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

Second the Prius Prime suggestion. It has a Li-ion battery (current tech) rather than the NiMH battery (obsolete tech) that Toyota developed 20 years ago. The ability to run shorter errands off grid power makes it MUCH 'greener' than the Prius, and it has better gas economy (on long trips) than the...
by angelescrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Sell me on the benefits of an emergency fund
Replies: 119
Views: 7746

Re: Sell me on the benefits of an emergency fund

I have a year plus of living expenses in after tax investments You don't need an emergency fund if you'd feel okay withdrawing money in a downturn. I think this is the key, assuming you have money to withdraw—which you do. The market drops 50%, and you also lose your job. Time to withdraw that money!
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Black Theme for Site?
Replies: 38
Views: 4094

Re: Black Theme for Site?

folkher0 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:40 pm
angelescrest wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:48 am
Yup, I just use the handy invert colors option in iOS. Read BG at night all the time. Quick triple tap of the home button on my iPad and we are set.
OMG you just changed my life.
I do what I can. :sharebeer
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net Worth: How Am I Doing?
Replies: 7
Views: 1795

Re: Net Worth: How Am I Doing?

foamypirate wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Are you my twin? I'm 28, and my numbers are, literally, almost identical (within ~1-2k in either direction). :sharebeer
No, that would be your doppelgänger.
by angelescrest
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Volvo XC90 Review
Replies: 27
Views: 4317

Re: BH Volvo XC90 Review

Thanks for showing us your amazing new car, now I want to go live beyond my means! :D
by angelescrest
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I’m not renewing my Costco membership.
Replies: 80
Views: 8233

Re: I’m not renewing my Costco membership.

navyitaly wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:29 pm
So cancel your Costco membership then...what’s the point of posting a post about it? I’m lost....
I’m with you.
by angelescrest
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Day trading for a living/career?
Replies: 95
Views: 7850

Re: Day trading for a living/career?

Compound wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:50 am
I’m sure for every day trader who is winning, there is a corresponding loser.
Yup, for every buyer there is a seller.
by angelescrest
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What Would you do? (Inheritance)
Replies: 22
Views: 3164

Re: What Would you do? (Inheritance)

I don't mean to be rude OP....however, I pay more than $2,000 for mortgage, heat, bills etc. and make way less than you in salary. I would jump on something with that money that is only 2K a month, especially with where it is, and you make money by owning not just giving it away to rent. Always, re...
by angelescrest
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Black Theme for Site?
Replies: 38
Views: 4094

Re: Black Theme for Site?

Yup, I just use the handy invert colors option in iOS. Read BG at night all the time. Quick triple tap of the home button on my iPad and we are set.
by angelescrest
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What Would you do? (Inheritance)
Replies: 22
Views: 3164

Re: What Would you do? (Inheritance)

I would definitely do #1. Least recommend #4. I think one should almost never buy a one bedroom condo unless they live in the downtown of a major metro area, but even then don’t recommend it.
by angelescrest
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get travel insurance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Should I get travel insurance?

Taking family trip for four, using United miles and good chunk of hotel points for part of the lodging, but not all. The trip will still cost us a good chunk, and mileage cancellations cost a significant sum, whereas hotel cancellations don’t as much. Will have to buy two in country tickets amountin...
by angelescrest
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What advice would you give yourself if you were 27 again?
Replies: 120
Views: 8818

Re: What advice would you give yourself if you were 27 again?

Buy Dominos Pizza stock and hold on tight until 2017.
by angelescrest
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Denver Metro Real Estate market
Replies: 17
Views: 1647

Re: Denver Metro Real Estate market

You are regretting a bit because you’re mainly looking at numbers, don’t know all your options, and most importantly you haven’t experienced the potential quality of life changes. There’s no reason why your family can’t make the most of it and enjoy a wonderful life barring health issues. CO is a wo...
by angelescrest
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 734
Views: 204805

Re: Share your net worth progression

This is as accurate as I can make out from my records:
1979 - $0
1980 - $0
1981 - $0
1982 - $0
1983 - $2
1984 - $3
1985 - $0
1986 - $15
1987 - $25
1988 - $8
1989 - $32
1990 - $84.50
1991 - $105.32
1992 - $0
1993 - $43.31
1994 - $136.98
1995 - $1025.00
1996 - $165.27
by angelescrest
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Board game for 3 year old
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Board game for 3 year old

So I got Sorry for my kid at about the same age, and it was and is still beloved. Wanted to play all the time. Simplified the rules and all, to make it easier to play (easy anyhow), and to make it less sad and vengeful when you knock another one out. We basically ignore the Sorry card, and draw anot...
by angelescrest
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Contemplating Selling a Rental Property
Replies: 15
Views: 1355

Re: Contemplating Selling a Rental Property

I feel ya. I had a DC area property but bought it in a much worse year. What neighborhood are you in? I really do have a hard time imagining you’d have a loss. My situation was quite dire and I had to make a tough choice to let it go. It stung a bit, but what a relief to move forward and build from ...
by angelescrest
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

Tickets are booked. Had a bit of a scare as the dates we were planning on changed overnight from United's website, but I was still able to get a saver award by switching the dates by a day. Saver awards are tricky. It required having to take off another couple days from work, but thankfully the boss...
by angelescrest
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

My thoughts - 1) You are trying to pack in too much, especially with kids. You will be on the run the whole time. I suggest trimming some major parts of the itinerary. 2) I would acclimate to the time zone on arrival by staying 2 days in Lima. There is not a lot to see but the food is simply astoun...
by angelescrest
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

What should I be budgeting for food every day? I have no sense for what meals cost, both in hotels and out.

Any financial surprises?
by angelescrest
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

Thanks for the replies thus far. I’m going to edit my post to reflect some potential changes in planning. So two more votes for Colca. No naysayers? I just found there’s a bus from Puno to Chivay (town near Colca), that’s 5.25 or 6 hours long depending on when you take it. The thought occurred to us...
by angelescrest
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

Small tip unrelated to your plans: Save your shopping for local "stuff" till the end. The Indian Market near Miraflores in Lima has all the same stuff you can find in Cusco, OT, etc. That way you avoid schlepping your souvenirs all round the country. The exception being, if you have the chance to s...
by angelescrest
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Re: Help plan MP, Sacred Valley trip

We went on a Gate1 trip to many of these places a couple of years ago (although in reverse order, starting in Arequipa, then Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Macchu Piccu). There were lots of interesting countryside, wildlife, historical sites on the bus drives between these place...
by angelescrest
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1287

Help plan [Machu Picchu], Sacred Valley trip

We are struggling with our plans to visit Peru in mid spring. I haven’t had this much difficulty working out a travel itinerary in the past, and I think it’s in part because of the fact that we are traveling with young kids—pre-K and first grade—in an adventurous part of the world with elevation cha...
by angelescrest
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CRV is MotorTrend's SUV of the year
Replies: 87
Views: 9307

Re: New Honda CRV is MotorTrend's SUV of the year

CRV of the year - What a joke!!! We bought a 2017 CRV touring model to replace a 2005 Prius with 150K and a very bad battery. We love our 2012 Pilot and wanted our 2nd car to have good gas milage and take some of the medium long-distance travel. We trusted Honda, and did not shop around. It is our ...
by angelescrest
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window Selection and Shopping
Replies: 18
Views: 1532

Re: Window Selection and Shopping

Reubin wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:10 am
I have new Pella windows and they're terrible. On a cold, windy day the cold air comes blowing right in like they're not even there. And they cost a fortune.
Is it the window itself or a bad install?
by angelescrest
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new sofa with two young kids?
Replies: 36
Views: 2771

Re: Buying a new sofa with two young kids?

harrychan wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:25 am
Get leather. Our leather couch has stood the test of time with spills, ink, you name it.
Definitely leather! Wipes clean so easily.