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by Kennedy
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it out-of-style for business women to wear pantyhose?
Replies: 19
Views: 4629

Is it out-of-style for business women to wear pantyhose?

I have an upcoming business meeting and will be wearing either a professional looking dress or a skirt/suit jacket. Do women generally go with bare legs or pantyhose when they wear skirts/dresses in a business setting? Does it matter if it's summer versus winter? What is the current style/rules of f...
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 shaking up savings accounts
Replies: 37
Views: 13075

Re: Capital One 360 shaking up savings accounts

azianbob wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:47 pm
I feel banks sometimes create new account types in hopes the people are lazy and keep their money in the old account that earns less. While they can advertise the higher rates of the new account. CIT bank does this a lot …
Yes. Totally agree.
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 shaking up savings accounts
Replies: 37
Views: 13075

Re: Capital One 360 shaking up savings accounts

Thanks for mentioning this. Do you know how many performance savings account one can have? I have multiple accounts of their other (older) savings account so I can segregate my money into categories.
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?
Replies: 159
Views: 8425

Re: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?

Just brown bag next time and refuse to pay for anything I can’t imagine this ever being an issue for a Kennedy. Actually, I generally pick up the entire tab whenever I dine near my Kennedy compound in Nantucket, of course. The rest of the time, I just try to blend in with the common man and do what...
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?
Replies: 159
Views: 8425

Re: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?

I usually handle this by asking to bow out of the tip. I'll say something like "Do you guys mind getting the tip since I didn't have anything to drink today?". Then I'll tip 0 and tell people how much to add to their tips to cover me. For example, if I would have otherwise tipped $12 in this situat...
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?
Replies: 159
Views: 8425

How to handle "split-the-bill" group lunches?

I recently met a group of five women for lunch to celebrate a birthday for one of the ladies. Only the birthday girl is a good friend of mine. The others are more casual friends. When it was time to pay, one lady told the server to split the bill evenly between four of us, so we could treat the one ...
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA
Replies: 16
Views: 1218

Re: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA

I just finished moving a relative's belongings across country. We are selling all of the furniture. As far as the other items, we found UPS was by far the cheapest way to go. I had around 15 boxes totaling around 700 pounds or so. The total UPS charge was around $650, if I'm remembering correctly. ...
by Kennedy
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA
Replies: 16
Views: 1218

Re: Long Distance Mover from Rockville MD to Bellevue WA

I just finished moving a relative's belongings across country. We are selling all of the furniture. As far as the other items, we found UPS was by far the cheapest way to go. I had around 15 boxes totaling around 700 pounds or so. The total UPS charge was around $650, if I'm remembering correctly. T...
by Kennedy
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can an 18 x 18 tile be cut to a smaller size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1001

Re: Can an 18 x 18 tile be cut to a smaller size?

RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:58 am
Tile is cut all the time. Of course, there is a big difference between a beveled edge and a non-beveled edge.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cutting+porcelain+tile
Yes, I suppose the better question is will the non-beveled, newly cut edge stand out once it's installed.
by Kennedy
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can an 18 x 18 tile be cut to a smaller size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1001

Can an 18 x 18 tile be cut to a smaller size?

I have been unsuccessful in my search for a particular glazed porcelain 13 x 13 tile to install in my shower wall after a pipe repair. I need a handful of tiles to replace the ones that were removed, but the product has been discontinued. I found a store that has a couple boxes left of this particul...
by Kennedy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Tip At Counter Service Restaurants?
Replies: 145
Views: 9575

Re: Do You Tip At Counter Service Restaurants?

My neighbor's child made a ton of money when he was the designated "to-go" person at a restaurant, routinely $20-25/hour with tips. With regard to tipping in general, my son routinely made $25-$30/hour as a server (MCOL city) in a "family" establishment that served alcohol. According to him, he coul...
by Kennedy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Selling Rental Properties. What to do with proceeds? 3 different scenarios
Replies: 17
Views: 1731

Re: Selling Rental Properties. What to do with proceeds? 3 different scenarios

Archer4995 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:55 am
Thank you for the replies so far.

Anyone have any experience with the DST route?
Never heard of a DST. Tell us more, please.
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Costco HVAC services: Good deal/issues?
Replies: 20
Views: 2496

Re: 2019 Costco HVAC services: Good deal/issues?

I have never tried them for HVAC, but I have looked at their offers for rental cars, travel, and new cars. I was able to do better by not using Costco. Costco has their fingers in a lot of things, but I do not find them to be competitive in many areas. I would ask friends, family, co-workers, and n...
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to expect at a Jewish funeral?
Replies: 7
Views: 2209

What to expect at a Jewish funeral?

A Jewish person I am acquainted with is expected to live only a few more days. I would like to attend the funeral, but I do not know what to expect. As a non-Jewish woman, am I expected to cover my head with a scarf or hat? What about men attendees to the funeral, a head covering? Is a modest black ...
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whether to change phone number for elderly parents
Replies: 34
Views: 3282

Re: Whether to change phone number for elderly parents

I haven't read any of the responses, but I do have one suggestion. If you decide to change their phone number, request a number that's from out of the area. For example, if they live in Florida, request a South Dakota area code. Spammers like to spoof numbers from the same area code and prefix as th...
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High-dollar Plumbing Issue Decision
Replies: 21
Views: 3167

Re: High-dollar Plumbing Issue Decision

I'm assuming you've triple checked that quote five includes the same specs as the others?
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?

I've had this problem before and it's really difficult. I actually brought a broken tile to the local supply center (not a chain) and they allegedly recognized the pattern but told me it had been discontinued. I ended up buying the closest pattern I could find and replacing it with that. When I dec...
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?

livesoft wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:40 pm
The original owners of our house left spare tiles, flooring, and carpeting in the attic. Have you looked in your attic?
Yes. That is where I found spare tiles for all the other types of tiles in my house...just not the one I need, of course.
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What dish soap do you use?
Replies: 54
Views: 3287

Re: What dish soap do you use?

Dawn (big bottle from Costco)
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Attention retirement savers: college 529 plans aren't just for kids
Replies: 34
Views: 6178

Re: Attention retirement savers: college 529 plans aren't just for kids

Good to know! Also, many universities and colleges let people 65+ audit classes for free, or for a small fee. Some even have special tuition waivers for this age group, so you take the class for credit--no cost. Example is the University of Texas system. (scroll way down the page) https://catalog.u...
by Kennedy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Finding discontinued tile or stain existing tile?

I needed to remove a few tiles in a shower for a repair in the pipe behind the tiles. The removed tiles were broken into small pieces during the removal and are not usable. I do not have any extra tiles to install. I believe I have located the name of the tile, but it has been discontinued. (My hous...
by Kennedy
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: health insurance back dated?
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: health insurance back dated?

HR departments do this all the time when correcting errors made in signing people up for insurance. I wouldn't give it a second thought.
by Kennedy
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Kitchen Faucet
Replies: 10
Views: 1218

Re: Replacing Kitchen Faucet

Yes you can. I know what you mean. I have 2 holes drilled in your sink base and you are looking to install a different design. Your new faucet can have a base that covers the 2 hole situation you have going on. You just need to make sure you buy one that has that cover. I took a second look at my c...
by Kennedy
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Kitchen Faucet
Replies: 10
Views: 1218

Replacing Kitchen Faucet

I need to replace the kitchen faucet in my house. The current kitchen sink faucet comes in two parts- one part (fits in one hole on the countertop) is for the tall, arched spout. The other part (fits in the second countertop hole) is the on/off handle. Can I replace this two-parter with a faucet tha...
by Kennedy
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

OP here. Special thanks to the poster who suggested looking for a discount to use with UPS. I checked, and I did indeed have a discount with an association of which I am a member. It was a whopping 30% discount on three day ground shipments! I ended up shipping 17 boxes, half of which were large "mi...
by Kennedy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not gaining weight on vacation?
Replies: 115
Views: 6132

Re: Not gaining weight on vacation?

Wow - lots of judging and assumptions in this. Every body is different. We aren't that different. I just played NCAA div 1 football and have been around powerlifters and bodybuilders since I was 12. Just applying facts and science to the scenario. Base assumption is we are talking about homo sapien...
by Kennedy
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not gaining weight on vacation?
Replies: 115
Views: 6132

Re: Not gaining weight on vacation?

I take a vacation and gain 8 pounds...spend two months losing the weight...go on another vacation and regain the 8 pounds...repeat . It should never, in any universe take you 8 weeks to lose 8 pounds. [Comment removed - mod oldcomputerguy] Gaining I pounds eating a bunch of carbs is pretty easy. I ...
by Kennedy
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to repair drywall damaged by water leak
Replies: 17
Views: 1383

How to repair drywall damaged by water leak

I have a house that had a water leak from a fixture on the second story. The water damaged drywall on the wall and ceiling directly downstairs. I had two painters come out and give me a quote for the repair (seemed really high), and I agreed to hire one of them. However, he won't schedule a day, tel...
by Kennedy
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not gaining weight on vacation?
Replies: 115
Views: 6132

Not gaining weight on vacation?

I travel frequently and am very well aware of a pattern. I take a vacation and gain 8 pounds...spend two months losing the weight...go on another vacation and regain the 8 pounds...repeat. I have an upcoming ten day trip to Japan and want to avoid gaining weight this time. It seems my vulnerability ...
by Kennedy
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1162
Views: 130567

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Am getting my spouse’s cremated remains back today. After sending his body to the crematorium, I was solicited to donate it for research. I am extremely interested in the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and although he did not have Alzheimer’s, he did have a neurological disorder. So, I was ...
by Kennedy
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1162
Views: 130567

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

not all in one day, but a few key ones over past few months: 1. bought 3x jars of peanut butter at WF to get an amazon 'prime day' credit which I used to buy a replenishment item, saving $10 2. found a public link to discounted aquarium tickets and went off hours, saving $36 3. overheard wife say s...
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

quaternion wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:55 pm
Amtrak might be an economical option, depending on what you're moving:
Amazing suggestion! Thank you.
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

ohai wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:02 pm
What is all this stuff? Would it be easier to just trash lots of the stuff you don't really need or buy new stuff for $1600?
It's mostly art made by a family artist.
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

ABF Upack cube, cheaper than pods. What it costs will depend on the city pairs - if it's in demand it will be expensive, if not can be pretty cheap. You can save money by loading and unloading at the terminals,ie, not having the cube delivered to you. There are also coupon codes available online fo...
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

livesoft wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:56 pm
Sell on craigslist at one location. Buy on craigslist at the other location. It works pretty much like StarTrek transporter, but no energy is used.
I wish this was an option, but it is not.
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3407

Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

Any suggestions as to the most economical way to move a small load (maybe 12 boxes mostly small and medium size, no furniture) 1000 miles? Traditional moving companies are quoting me around $1600. I can't find a place that will rent me a larger van for a one way trip. Renting a 12 foot truck plus ga...
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lender Release fees of $75 for Mortgage Payoff, Advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 1716

Re: Lender Release fees of $75 for Mortgage Payoff, Advice?

Since they refused to remove the fee and would hold the lien hostage preventing the house sale if I didn't pay it, I'll pay it for now, but may contact some class action attorneys to see what they think regarding whether they are truly a 3rd party or not. At this point, I'm looking out for others. ...
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have a dishwasher they recommend?
Replies: 97
Views: 5817

Re: Does anyone have a dishwasher they recommend?

Bosch. Pay the additional $100 for the extra (top shelf) tray. You'll thank me.
by Kennedy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6358

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

As soon as he sounds approachable on the subject, I'm going to talk basic cooking strategy for him. My plan is to tell him to buy some kind of protein (pork chops, chicken, beef, etc.), season with the "quad" (kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder) and throw it in either the crock pot (w...
by Kennedy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visit Taipei, Taiwan or tour smaller towns in Japan?
Replies: 33
Views: 2742

Re: Visit Taipei, Taiwan or tour smaller towns in Japan?

OP back. We decided to do Tokyo (again, but there's always more to see...) as well as day trips from Tokyo, Okinawa for several days at a beach resort and then one night at an airport hotel in Hong Kong before our flight back to the United States.
by Kennedy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6358

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

OP here. Just spoke with my son who has been away at college for a couple weeks now. I asked him how things were going as far as cooking. His reply? "Ehh...not so good, Mom. I don't know how you do it." There are four "boys" living in the apartment. The plan had been for each of them to cook dinner ...
by Kennedy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ally Bank- selecting interest disbursement timing for CD
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Ally Bank- selecting interest disbursement timing for CD

I just noticed that my no penalty Ally Bank CDs have a place to select when I want the interest disbursed. It appears that "At Maturity" is the default, but the other options are "Monthly" or "Quarterly." If I go with the default (at maturity) is the interest not compounded? Why would anyone select ...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your plan for the last few years of a long life?
Replies: 230
Views: 16507

Re: What is your plan for the last few years of a long life?

Sell the house either: 1. to the kids and we will move into the basement or 2. we sell the house to private party and we move in with the kids (given their house is big enough) This is the way other countries do it and it works well, as long as we are healthy Do your kids know about your plans? Wha...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle
Replies: 51
Views: 3394

Re: Side Hustle

eye.surgeon wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:51 pm
Taking call for pay at several regional hospitals as a specialist physician pays me about $17k/week, and I do it about 7 weeks a year. It's very long hours and sleepless nights as I have to do it along with my regular work schedule but it's serious side hustle money.
You win!
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to clean baked on "carbon" from corners of old cookie sheets
Replies: 27
Views: 2263

How to clean baked on "carbon" from corners of old cookie sheets

I inherited several old aluminum cookie sheets that have that baked on gunk, for lack of a better word, in the inside corners. I think it's technically called "carbon," but I'm not really sure. I've tried scrubbing it off with a steel wool pad, barkeepers friend and baking soda, but there isn't much...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?
Replies: 694
Views: 72213

Re: Why are you NOT buying rental properties?

“ATTOM data also show that rents are even less impacted by a recession. During the housing bust in 2008, the average fair market rent for a three-bedroom property, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, rose at a steady clip even as home prices cratered.” https://www...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6358

College age male: How much money for food?

I am paying for my son's college expenses, including his apartment and food. I'm looking for input as to how much money to provide him each month for food. This money should allow moderately priced food for breakfast and dinner six days/week plus lunch two days/week (prepared in his apartment) in a ...
by Kennedy
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplifying iphone home screen for senior citizen
Replies: 12
Views: 822

Simplifying iphone home screen for senior citizen

I'm going to add a line to my Verizon plan for a senior citizen family member. It's a 6s iphone. I recall reading a previous post from someone about an app that can be used to "strip down" the home page to make it easier for a senior citizen to see and use. It basically removed any unwanted apps/ico...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying vacant land?
Replies: 10
Views: 1541

Re: What to look for when buying vacant land?

What is the property zoned for? What is your proposed use? What types of buildings, commercial properties, structures, are nearby or on the same street? j The property is currently "unzoned." I will be building two large structures for commercial purposes (not marijuana related) where customers wil...
by Kennedy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 529 withdrawl for college room and board
Replies: 1
Views: 366

529 withdrawl for college room and board

I want to make sure I understand the 529 rules correctly. I can only withdraw money from the 529 up to the amount the college lists on its Cost of Attendance for room and board? And that's true even if the beneficiary's apartment lease is a greater amount?