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by angelescrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good brands for Kitchenware?
Replies: 38
Views: 2660

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: 29
Views: 1784

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: 6696

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: 2992

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: 1606

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: 23
Views: 3032

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: 7126

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: 6619

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: 2804

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: 2992

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: 2804

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: 5
Views: 466

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: 7599

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: 1310

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: 719
Views: 188730

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: 1677

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: 1235

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 8516

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: 1310

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: 2448

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.
by angelescrest
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get a Suit
Replies: 21
Views: 1760

Re: Best place to get a Suit

Suit Supply is awesome. They combine style, price and service. You will be custom fitted and catered to during your entire experience. Takes a few days to tailor the suit to your exact specs. It makes a huge difference. Most of the suits are $5-700 and look better than suits costing several times t...
by angelescrest
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7080

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

Have lived in Denver for 30 years. Never put a snow tire on any of our cars. Didn't even have 4 wheel drive for the first 8 years - had front wheel drive and a '72 VW Bug (engine over the rear wheels). Good tires, front wheel or All/4 wheel drive will do you fine. Even the VW was very good in the s...
by angelescrest
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

My point about fatality statistics is that while they are obviously important, they are a fraction of the number of accidents involving serious injury. If the number of miles driven were completely useless, I think auto insurance rates would be quite different in how affordable they are for seniors....
by angelescrest
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Why is it all about fatalities per mile? If a senior is driving significantly less miles than younger categories, they are still less likely overall to be in an accident much less kill someone else. If someone drives 15,000 miles in a year and gets in 2 accidents, they are safer to society than a se...
by angelescrest
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 11281

Re: Price of haircut?

I cut it myself with a $20 set of clippers I've had for years. Same here. Can't imagine on how much money I've saved on haircuts and hair products. I stopped spending $30 for my salon cuts, and couldn’t stand the awful barber $15 cuts. So went back to cutting my own hair, and I do it better than th...
by angelescrest
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of haircut?
Replies: 194
Views: 11281

Re: Price of haircut?

letsgobobby wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:48 am
I only let Chinese and Vietnamese ladies cut my hair. It has been as cheap as $6 and as much as $9. plus tip.
:oops: Really?
by angelescrest
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I keep the new iPad I bought or return it?
Replies: 51
Views: 3943

Re: Should I keep the new iPad I bought or return it?

I have a top of the line MacBook Pro, iPhone X, but my iPad I use by far more than all other items.
by angelescrest
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are plasma TV's gone forever?
Replies: 36
Views: 4731

Re: Are plasma TV's gone forever?

I bought the last model imported to America three years ago, roughly.
by angelescrest
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 385
Views: 28562

Re: Iphone X is $1000

Fwiw, I got my iPhone X yesterday, and any concerns I had about it are gone. I don’t miss the home button. Facial recognition works fine even when I’ve got my reading glasses on. The lack of a headphone jack is not a problem. I couldn’t get Apple Pay to work today, so I looked up the steps (‘doh), ...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headphones for iPhone
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Headphones for iPhone

I love the AirPods. Lightweight, they stay in your ear, and you don’t have to think about charging them as the case is the charger! They also charge quickly. They are pricey, however. I love my AirPods. I run in them every day (except when I bike in them). They are my favorite gadget that I own. (I...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda CRV All Wheel Drive VS Front Wheel, Which One?
Replies: 88
Views: 7876

Re: Honda CRV All Wheel Drive VS Front Wheel, Which One?

I've got a 2012 AWD CR-V. At the time, front wheel drive versions were simply not available. I seem to remember AWD was cheaper for insurance purposes (?). Instead of handling in the snow, how about handing in the rain? I'd say AWD will help you much better in rain. Remember that you don't drive in...
by angelescrest
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Seniors are among the safest drivers on the road. FWIW, the oncoming car was going twice the speed limit, and the driver was 20. As a group senior drivers are safer only if you discount the miles driven. Seniors drive far fewer miles than other drivers and that skews the accident rate. Once you tak...
by angelescrest
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

I should add that I really appreciate the safety features now common on most new cars. Probably the most useful day to day is the backup warning feature that can see crossing traffic as you try to back out of a space. It also picks up pedestrians that might be walking in your potential path, especi...
by angelescrest
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

My Outback was a 2014 so the newer ones may be higher. However, from riding in a friend's new Outback, I'd say it is still a car you need to stand up from. And squat to get into. All I know is that every day I'm so happy to simply step out of my current vehicle - no need to stand up to get out or s...
by angelescrest
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

I bought an Outback a couple of years ago mainly starting with trying find a vehicle one can see out of with some minimal ease. I find that car to be a very good height for ingress/egress, neither too low as with a typical sedan nor too high as with many large SUVs. Seating comfort in the Outback h...
by angelescrest
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

an uber so they don't kill us on the road - LOL. Who, the Uber driver? Your comments are telling. Seniors are some of the safest drivers, and chances are they are safer drivers than you. http://seniordriving.aaa.com/resources-family-friends/conversations-about-driving/facts-research/ https://www.co...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drive it till it dies. It died.
Replies: 54
Views: 6526

Re: Drive it till it dies. It died.

Why on earth would you buy another Murano given this lack of reliability? Exactly! Come on, people. The OP's experience is anecdotal and doesn't apply to the purchase of another Murano except as one data point in the vast number of Murano owners. You might as well ask why anyone on the entire earth...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Do not get an Outback if she likes to sit high. Outbacks are not easy to get in out for old folks, especially tall ones. DAMHIKT. Forester might be a better choice and also cheaper. There is definitely a learning curve with today's new vehicles. What is your opinion based on? I sit medium high (hig...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

So I'm not sure what the question is. The question is: Are there factors should we consider in purchasing a vehicle for a senior driver, and if so, what are they? Everybody has preferences and needs, and I'd like to know if seniors can give us input that we have not thought of. Several points I'm g...
by angelescrest
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drive it till it dies. It died.
Replies: 54
Views: 6526

Re: Drive it till it dies. It died.

Why on earth would you buy another Murano given this lack of reliability? Exactly! Come on, people. The OP's experience is anecdotal and doesn't apply to the purchase of another Murano except as one data point in the vast number of Murano owners. You might as well ask why anyone on the entire earth...
by angelescrest
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Do not get an Outback if she likes to sit high. Outbacks are not easy to get in out for old folks, especially tall ones. DAMHIKT. Forester might be a better choice and also cheaper. There is definitely a learning curve with today's new vehicles. What a great article, thank you! And for the tips on ...
by angelescrest
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

Uber Lyft taxi This is the right answer. If someone has problems driving, a new car is not the fix. Nope, you’re wrong. You clearly didn’t read the original post, or you don’t know what ageism is. I intentionally didn’t imply fault in my post as it’s beside the point of choosing a vehicle. Would yo...
by angelescrest
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6404

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

So my advice is, when replacing a car for an older senior citizen, consider how difficult it will be for them to learn to drive a modern car and try to find one that's similar to the one they're used to operating. It's a real problem because at that age you want them to have a car that has all the ...