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by Kennedy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Propane Weed Torch?
Replies: 27
Views: 2677

Propane Weed Torch?

Has anyone here used a propane torch for killing weeds in lieu of chemicals? Just wondering if they kill the weed down to the root so it doesn't grow back? Also wondering about the danger factor of using a propane torch in the backyard. Of course, I wouldn't be using it to spot treat a weed in the m...
by Kennedy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Surprised on tax benefit after first year as landlord!
Replies: 20
Views: 3681

Re: Surprised on tax benefit after first year as landlord!

If you have a mortgage and have less than $150,000 of modified adjusted gross income, you can deduct a substantial amount of losses (maybe $25,000). The losses are achieved early on from mortgage interest and depreciation. However, keep in mind that when you sell the place (and not exchanged), you h...
by Kennedy
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving expense - no longer deductible
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Moving expense - no longer deductible

Is this a bug in TurboTax(TT) or a result of the tax cuts? Am no longer able to deduct moving expense - looks like that option is only for military families - atleast, as per TT. Where can i find a list of tax deductions that were eliminated at a high level? similar to a checklist. Unfortunately th...
by Kennedy
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Delete Sharing Calendar- IPhone
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: How to Delete Sharing Calendar- IPhone

Thank you so much, RickBoglehead. This helped a lot! I found the shared symbol and clicked on it. No one's name came up, so I assume I am not sharing my (blank) calendar with anyone. Thanks, again!
by Kennedy
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Delete Sharing Calendar- IPhone
Replies: 2
Views: 148

How to Delete Sharing Calendar- IPhone

I keep getting notifications that someone (a family member) who wants me to share my IPhone calendar with them. Up until today, I've just been clearing this notification. Today, I tried to delete the notification permanently, and I think I hit the wrong button. Instead of hitting delete (or decline?...
by Kennedy
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell Phone Case and Screen Protector?
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Cell Phone Case and Screen Protector?

I'm looking for a case and screen protector for an IPhone xs. Someone suggested using Qmadix Liquid Glass with a Tech 21 case. Reviews on Amazon for the Qmadix product were mixed.

I tend to drop my phone a lot.

Any suggestions?
by Kennedy
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio Design Input Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 714

Re: Patio Design Input Needed

Round the area down from the bottom left corner of the fire pit so it looks the same as below the fire pit on the right side.
by Kennedy
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot Window Cleaner?
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Robot Window Cleaner?

I have a Roomba to vacuum my carpets and an Braava Jet to mop my floors. (Love them both!) I saw that Costco has something called the Ecovacs Winbot X, which is a robot that cleans windows, glass shower doors and glass table tops. There are only 3 reviews for this on the Costco website, and they're ...
by Kennedy
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I move my plants away from street lamp so they can sleep?
Replies: 14
Views: 1445

Re: Should I move my plants away from street lamp so they can sleep?

I am a novice gardener and it didn't occur to me that the street light was causing some of my potted plants to be constantly in the light. Does it make a difference if I move them to a different part of the land so they can sleep? Do they look healthy? Are they growing as expected? If so, I wouldn'...
by Kennedy
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward

I do click save from time-to-time. However, this morning I input information and clicked save. I later thought I made a mistake and went back and made a correction to this information. (My taxes owed at the top of the screen reflected I owed more as a result of this new data.) I subsequently realiz...
by Kennedy
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward

Are you saving the file each time? Even though I click save before exit, it still asks me if I want to save changes when I exit and I always say yes. I do click save from time-to-time. However, this morning I input information and clicked save. I later thought I made a mistake and went back and mad...
by Kennedy
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward
Replies: 4
Views: 306

TurboTax Changes Not Being Carried Forward

I am doing my taxes using TurboTax software (desk top version). I noticed that if I input information, continue inputting information and later go back to correct some information, the changes are not carried forward. I had the same issue last year and had to spend time on the phone with TurboTax to...
by Kennedy
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrella insurance - again
Replies: 49
Views: 4760

Re: Umbrella insurance - again

The price people here state they are paying means nothing unless they also state where they live, how many drivers are covered and the presence of teen drivers, rentals, boats, swimming pools, etc. Otherwise, it's meaningless information.
by Kennedy
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1099 does not reflect my refund to company
Replies: 3
Views: 316

1099 does not reflect my refund to company

We received a 1099 for work my spouse did as an independent contractor. My spouse ended up refunding part of the retainer paid back to the company since the amount of the retainer paid was more than than eventual final billed amount. However, the 1099 reflects the sum paid up front by the company to...
by Kennedy
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 9350

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

First, I highly doubt there are 20K cars in a city of 40K people. Second, it would be rare that they would change them 4X a year. I drive 30k miles a year and mine only gets changed 2-3 times. Many oil changes are done at the dealers. Many are done at home. Many are done at tire shops, Walmart, Cos...
by Kennedy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping sibling with limited income
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: Helping sibling with limited income

I'm having a little trouble following the story. So, the sister cared for your mom even there were around-the-clock caregivers for six years followed by 18 months in a nursing home? If you took care of mom's finances and there were 24/7 personal caregivers, what kinds of things did your sister do fo...
by Kennedy
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Remove Pink Ink Stains from Grout?
Replies: 10
Views: 1030

How to Remove Pink Ink Stains from Grout?

I have horizontally placed tile around my bathtub that has light beige grout. I set a flyer with red ink on the tile. Apparently, someone splashed water on the piece of paper, and the red ink transferred to the grout leaving bright pink stains. I've tried applying a Clorax gel toilet bowl cleaner (h...
by Kennedy
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On this Forum, is X% of Income Saved Pre-Tax or Post-Tax?
Replies: 95
Views: 6781

On this Forum, is X% of Income Saved Pre-Tax or Post-Tax?

I see references on this forum to people who save a certain percentage of their income (30% of income, etc.). Is that generally understood to be pre-tax or post-tax, or is there not a general understanding when someone makes such a claim on this forum?
by Kennedy
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Open personal HSA or use company HSA?
Replies: 32
Views: 1992

Re: Open personal HSA or use company HSA?

Only if you want to pay with after-tax dollars... Company HSA is pre tax . Perhaps you mean pre-FICA dollars? Contributions made thru payroll deduction are both pre-FICA and pre-income tax. Contributions made by an individual to an HSA are only pre-income tax. Correct. Only if you want to pay with ...
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best site for reverse phone number lookup
Replies: 25
Views: 3331

Re: Best site for reverse phone number lookup

I kept my old phone number from where I used to live years ago. I no longer keep in contact with anyone from that area code. Since spammers like to spoof numbers from your own area code and pre-fix (second set of three numbers), I know calls from that area code and pre-fix are always spam. It's work...
by Kennedy
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Business Class to Japan
Replies: 63
Views: 3420

Re: Business Class to Japan

What is this thread actually about? I have flown business class to Japan directly, either to NRT or HND, about 5 times. Flights are available out of Chicago, DFW, SFO, or Minneapolis, and probably Atlanta and NJ. I have gone on Delta, United, and American. What's this thread about? What's this abou...
by Kennedy
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money saving move you regret the most?
Replies: 120
Views: 11459

Re: Money saving move you regret the most?

We have tons of threads on the best money saving tip but what about the thing you did to save some money that you sorely regret? I have many, but most notable for me is buying cheap Q-tips to save a few bucks. Every time I use my off brand Q-tips (multiple times a week) and the cotton unravels expo...
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Crazy lady backs into my car...don't think she will pay me out of pocket
Replies: 103
Views: 10410

Re: Crazy lady backs into my car...dont think she will pay me out of pocket

Haven't read all the replies here, but if I were you, I would keep the voice mails she left you. Since she backed into you, what's to stop her from claiming you hit her? You can use her messages to piece together her agreement to pay you, thus suggesting fault (hers).
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FamilyTreeDNA Admits to Sharing Genetic Data
Replies: 53
Views: 3068

Re: FamilyTreeDNA Admits to Sharing Genetic Data

I have trouble seeing a negative that concerns me. Companies are using, sharing, and monetizing your data that you haven't provided to them and that you haven't consented to them having, using, sharing, or monetizing. You don't consider that to be a negative that concerns you? No, that's why Facebo...
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase credit card dispute - denied
Replies: 141
Views: 9679

Re: Chase credit card dispute - denied

I've also had a bad experience with Chase. During one of my stays at Hilton, I was charged about $150 for two international phone calls. We were not in hotel at the time of the calls but Hotel manager refused to take away the charges. Chase initially took the charge away but couple of months later ...
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase credit card dispute - denied
Replies: 141
Views: 9679

Re: Chase credit card dispute - denied

When you rent a car, don't you have to electronically sign your name on one of those signing pads? Also, don't they have to input your driver license number?
by Kennedy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question About Setting a Table
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Question About Setting a Table

I've been looking at pictures of elegant table settings. I've noticed that in some of them, whomever set the table did not line up the flatware/silverware at the bottom. If two of an item was set (two forks or two knives), they were off-set. For example, if two forks were set (left of plate), the on...
by Kennedy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]
Replies: 36
Views: 4867

Re: Wild Planet Sardines quality problem [Review of sardine brands]

I've tried about ten different brands/styles of sardines. My favorite, by far, is King Oscar Wild Caught Double Layer in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Love them!
I buy them at Walmart for $2.44/can.

https://www.kingoscar.com/products/brisling-sardines/
by Kennedy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Using 529 for retirement rather than just education?
Replies: 16
Views: 1818

Re: Using 529 for retirement rather than just education?

When I was young and stupid, I believed a Waddell and Reed 529 salesman who told me that one could use 529 money for retirement income without any penalty. He also sold them to me for a 6% load. I still have bitter feelings toward that ultra-slimy man.
by Kennedy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Confirm that IPhone 5s Won't Work on Verizon Network as of Late 2019?
Replies: 13
Views: 2200

Confirm that IPhone 5s Won't Work on Verizon Network as of Late 2019?

I spoke to a Verizon technician who told me they were just notified that IPhone 5s models will no longer work on the Verizon network as of sometime in late 2019. Can anyone please confirm this?
by Kennedy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zero Gravity Chairs
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: Zero Gravity Chairs

Costco sells a two-pack of zero gravity chairs on their website for $80 for the pair. They've also sold them as a single unit in the warehouse the last two summers. If you don't like them, you can take them back. https://www.costco.com/Zero-Gravity-Reclining-Outdoor-Lounge-Chair,-2-pack.product.1001...
by Kennedy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good kitchen mixing bowls
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: Good kitchen mixing bowls

badger42 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:18 am
The Costco / Tramontina 3-piece metal mixing bowl set works great and is less than 20 bucks.

Or hit up your local restaurant supply place. For functional, buy what the pros use, which is light and sturdy stainless.
I have the Costco set as well. Love them!
by Kennedy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rules regarding reimbursing from HSA?
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Rules regarding reimbursing from HSA?

Yes. As long as an allowable medical expense. There are folks who save up receipts and reimburse years later, taking advantage of the tax free growth. The amount you had in the account when you had the procedure does not matter. Does not even have to be reimbursed in the same year Mike Thank you, b...
by Kennedy
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rules regarding reimbursing from HSA?
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Rules regarding reimbursing from HSA?

I have a question regarding reimbursement from our HSA. My spouse had equal payments taken out of his paycheck throughout 2018 for contribution to his HSA. For example, let's say the amount was $265/paycheck, so at the end of 2018, the full annual allowed amount had been contributed. Am I allowed to...
by Kennedy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to Use Headspace Meditation App/Site
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Best Way to Use Headspace Meditation App/Site

I recently purchased a year's subscription to the Headspace meditation site (Groupon special), something I've seen recommended here on BH. I've created a log-in and browsed the site. Not sure the best way to use it. I've tried a few of the introductory meditations, but it seemed pretty ho-hum to me....
by Kennedy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Serovital- ????
Replies: 18
Views: 1081

Re: Serovital- ????

I wonder what these groups of people who took supplements because they were supposed to be good for you would say: 1) Smokers supplementing with beta-carotene: associated with increased lung cancer rates https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20155614 2) People taking calcium supplements may have an in...
by Kennedy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare
Replies: 119
Views: 5563

Re: Diagnosing Knee Problems over the Phone - Medicare

I am not at all surprised that the ortho wouldn't see her without a workup. There are lots of things that cause knee pain, not all of which have a surgical treatment. Specialists are generally busy with many having a waiting list. If it was me, I would wait the two weeks to see the primary care (or ...
by Kennedy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 123
Views: 15416

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

I have partially solved the problem by being VERY vigilant about giving out my cell number. Many transactions, such as online purchases, restaurant reservations, dr. appointments, etc. request a cell number. I've kept my old landline for this purpose. By not giving out my cell number to entities wh...
by Kennedy
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Fabric for Drapes: How to Order Cuts Online
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Buying Fabric for Drapes: How to Order Cuts Online

I thought I would try to make drapes for the first time. I found some fabric I like on Joann's website. I'm a little confused as to how to order the length I need. My panels need to be four yards long, and I will have several panels. I don't want to mess with having to piece together smaller sectio...
by Kennedy
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Fabric for Drapes: How to Order Cuts Online
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Buying Fabric for Drapes: How to Order Cuts Online

I thought I would try to make drapes for the first time. I found some fabric I like on Joann's website. I'm a little confused as to how to order the length I need. My panels need to be four yards long, and I will have several panels. I don't want to mess with having to piece together smaller section...
by Kennedy
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Recommendation for Paint Color
Replies: 27
Views: 1773

Need Recommendation for Paint Color

I'm looking for ideas as to a favorite very pale, neutral beige color to paint a room. I know greige (grey/beige) is popular, but it wouldn't work in the room. Do you have any favorites? I've purchased a few sample colors, but I haven't found anything that is to my liking. Thought I would ask if you...
by Kennedy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Liquid Plumber / Draino bad for the pipes?
Replies: 51
Views: 6361

Re: Is Liquid Plumber / Draino bad for the pipes?

Did he go through the overflow plate instead of the drain? This is the first thing to do. If that doesn't work... Back in high school and college I worked at a plumbing supply house (where plumbers shop for their material). We carried a product, that MUST be used with caution, but is available to t...
by Kennedy
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ug - seeking medical billing advice for ambulance ride
Replies: 55
Views: 4935

Re: ug - seeking medical billing advice for ambulance ride

I had pretty much the exact situation as OP. My spouse was transferred from one in-network hospital to second in-network hospital for a higher level of care. Hospital one arranged the ambulance transport between the two facilities. It never occurred to me to ask if the ambulance company (the city) w...
by Kennedy
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Find a Specific Fabric: Williamsburg Garden Bluebell
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Where to Find a Specific Fabric: Williamsburg Garden Bluebell

JohnFiscal wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:33 am
Trying to reply from my smart phone and dumb me.

Try this. https://www.fabric-textiles.com/572919- ... n-Bluebell

Googled
Thanks a million! I've been searching online for hours and never found it. Very much appreciated!
by Kennedy
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Find a Specific Fabric: Williamsburg Garden Bluebell
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Where to Find a Specific Fabric: Williamsburg Garden Bluebell

Someone gave me a sample of upholstery fabric titled Williamsburg Garden Bluebell. I am not having any luck tracking down any site or store that sells it. I see that Joann Fabric sells something similar, but it's called Charlotte Bluebell. That's not what I'm looking for. The person who gave me the ...
by Kennedy
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Father-in-law denied apartment for lack of income even though he has assets. What to do?
Replies: 77
Views: 8017

Re: Father-in-law denied apartment for lack of income even though he has assets. What to do?

I haven't read all the replies here, but as a landlord myself, I don't accept prepaid rent. The reason for that is in the event the tenant files for bankruptcy during his tenancy, any prepaid rent could be considered an asset and then the trustee could argue it should be seized.
by Kennedy
Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spousal Social Security question.....
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Spousal Social Security question.....

since your wife has not worked for the required 40 quarters, she will not be able to collect social security on her own behalf. However, she will be entitled to spousal social security benefits at age 62. If she does start collecting spousal benefits early, between ages 62 and her full retirement ag...
by Kennedy
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Considering living with Mother in law (MIL)
Replies: 34
Views: 3871

Re: Considering living with Mother in law (MIL)

Good luck, and consider carefully what you might be getting yourself into.
by Kennedy
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 21940

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

The Braava Jet 240 by IRobot with washable pads (purchased separately). It mops (w/water) or dry-mops/dusts my floors, keeping them sparkling clean. It's the best thing ever! https://www.amazon.com/iRobot-Braava-jet-240-Robot/dp/B019OH9898/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1545353000&sr=8-3&keywords=braava+jet
by Kennedy
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anniversary Trip Ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Anniversary Trip Ideas

Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia