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by guitarguy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Re: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?

Be aware that I've been told that some plumbers will not install faucets from BigBox stores. I have not had that happen to me (I usually do my own installs.) There is a difference between a faucet sold in HD and the same model sold in a plumbing supply store. I recently bought a kitchen faucet (Del...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Re: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?

In my experience, big box stores have extremely high prices for faucets / shower heads. I've had good experience with http://www.faucetdirect.com/ and several smaller online resellers both in terms of selection and pricing. From a safety / convenience standpoint, consider purchasing a fixture with ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Re: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?

In my experience, big box stores have extremely high prices for faucets / shower heads. I've had good experience with http://www.faucetdirect.com/ and several smaller online resellers both in terms of selection and pricing. From a safety / convenience standpoint, consider purchasing a fixture with ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Age 25: Beginning PhD and wondering how to manage debt
Replies: 15
Views: 3357

Re: Age 25: Beginning PhD and wondering how to manage debt

2. Roth in your low tax bracket doesn't make sense. Why? OP: I'd do everything in my power to pay off that high interest debt before the 0% runs out, and the one without the 0% I'd do first. Calculate how much you need to pay per month to make sure it's all gone by the deadlines and do it. If that ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Boglehead bathroom remodel. What's with shower faucets?

We decided to do a "Boglehead" bathroom remodel on a budget to add some functionality and fix a couple problems. Refinishing the vanity, adding an exhaust fan (old house...doesn't have one currently), adding some fixtures, paint, and most importantly a new shower to replace some cracking/f...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's look at savings rates...
Replies: 10
Views: 1874

Re: Let's look at savings rates...

If you want to compare 401k to net income, or compare Roth to gross income, then you add/subtract the estimated amount of tax. I like that. For a simple % calculation...however I know it may not be worth much in terms of actual usefullness. Looking at it this way we're at 17% of gross. Not sure how...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Foreign Asset allocation
Replies: 21
Views: 2014

Re: Foreign Asset allocation

A great fund to use for international is the Vanguard Total International fund VGTSX. Low 0.22% ER and when you reach $10,000 you will be upgraded to the Admiral Shares VTIAX with a 0.18% ER. Also as other posters have written the Emerging market share of this fund is 24%. A great one stop shopping...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Nothing substantial to contribute to the discussion, but I wanted to remind Guitarguy that in the not too distant future, Mrs. Guitarguy is expected to be expecting and/or quitting her job, which means that 401k of hers rolls over to Vanguard and *poof* OP has more options to work with in keeping t...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's look at savings rates...
Replies: 10
Views: 1874

Re: Let's look at savings rates...

Rodc wrote:You have to first decide WHY you are making the calculation.


For curiousity purposes, and also to investigate/rationalize the "am I saving enough" question.

I see lots of discussions on here where people state they're saving X%. I was curious how others make their calculations.
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

As I've said, we could save more in retirement accounts, but it would be at the cost of foregoing the debt prepayment we're working on (as mentioned above). We're also saving like crazy to get "new" cars (just found a very nice used Civic and paid cash, will have one more car to go in 3-5...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Nothing substantial to contribute to the discussion, but I wanted to remind Guitarguy that in the not too distant future, Mrs. Guitarguy is expected to be expecting and/or quitting her job, which means that 401k of hers rolls over to Vanguard and *poof* OP has more options to work with in keeping t...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom Cabinets
Replies: 9
Views: 1683

Re: Custom Cabinets

Hello, We are in a middle of a major home addition in which we are getting a brand new kitchen. One of our major expenses are our kitchen cabinets. Our contractor had budgeted about $16K for the cabinets. He has a custom cabinet guy who seems to do pretty good work, but it's his pricing structure t...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Let's look at savings rates...
Replies: 10
Views: 1874

Let's look at savings rates...

...and how you calculate them! Gosh I'm a dork. I started this thread http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=66772 in Jan 2011, and it sparked some good discussion. But after doing a little read through...it seems like one question was never answered: How should one take into accou...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: what's a millionaire today ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3567

Re: what's a millionaire today ?

When you can take $1M and pile it up all over your bed and roll around in it...naked...then you are a millionaire. Just kidding. Really, in my view, when you add up all your accounts and the total is over $1M, then you're a millionaire. To me it means "I have a million bucks," not, "i...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Perhaps guitarguy comes back because some of these threads tend to bombard a new investor with a very large amount of minutae when the focus should be (1) savings rate, (2) proper AA based on ability and need for risk, (3) diversification, and (4) controlling cost. Everything else.... doesn't matte...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

What matters right now is for guitarguy to focus on increasing Income to increase savings rate; since this is MANY times more important than other minutiae. Yes, I know savings rate is important. But I don't forsee any large increase in income anytime soon, but actually a decrease when we start a f...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

This is a good example that better illustrates what I'm concerned with. Overall though, it seems like waiting a little longer might be beneficial so that my balances are high enough to make these adjustments when needed. Otherwise in the short term I'll just continue to overweight myself in Int, ri...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Yes, this is sort of my concern. As I keep adding to the Roth and the 2 two 401k accounts, the percentages for AA in each catagory will be further and further off each month, right?? This is the confusing part for me when distributing AA across multiple accounts. Is there a good place to read about...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

I'll take the easiest one: Debt. Why in the world are your prepaying a debt of 2.something % when your have a mortgage that is costing you more at 5.something%?? Even if you didn't have the mortgage why prepay your student loan debt when it is so low? The chance over NOT producing >3% return with a...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Can you guys please explain in a little more detail exactly what is recommended above?? I understand using just the 2 cheapest funds in the 401k, but then what do I put in the Roth? And when I contribute new money, won't it throw things out of whack because of contributing more to the 401k than the...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Can you guys please explain in a little more detail exactly what is recommended above?? Who is "you guys?" I suggested: 1. 15% Bonds in His 401K because that's what you want. Her 401K options are not good. 2. 39% S&P 500 in His/Her 401Ks. Best/cheaper available Funds. 3. 20% Small Cap...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Guitarguy, I'd probably stick to the two funds in the 401k (Dryden S&P 500 and Core Bond) to take advantage of the low expense ratios. And I think that you are doing the right thing 100% be eliminating the student loans on an accelerated schedule. No one has ever gotten in trouble from having t...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

Wow thanks for the replies! It seems this is going into method for picking the cheapest funds and putting different AA together across multiple accounts, something I knew I eventually had to worry about, but hadn't yet because of our rather low balances. Can you guys please explain in a little more ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Re: Portfolio Checkup

I'll take the easiest one: Debt. Why in the world are your prepaying a debt of 2.something % when your have a mortgage that is costing you more at 5.something%?? Even if you didn't have the mortgage why prepay your student loan debt when it is so low? The chance over NOT producing >3% return with a...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Checkup
Replies: 31
Views: 3338

Portfolio Checkup

Hi fellow Bogleheads! Just in for a portfolio/financial checkup to check and make sure we're doing the best we can do. If there are other things we should consider or something that should be changed...please let me know! Here is our picture: Emergency funds: 3 ~ 4 months Debt: Mortgage $101k (5.125...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!

Well, just got off the phone with the SOS, looks like we have to have a duplicate title made up because she went ahead and crossed everything out as far as the names go. Our correction of my wife's maiden/married last name is no big deal and would not have required a duplicate title for that alone....
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!

Well, just got off the phone with the SOS, looks like we have to have a duplicate title made up because she went ahead and crossed everything out as far as the names go. Our correction of my wife's maiden/married last name is no big deal and would not have required a duplicate title for that alone. ...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Used car sale...please help with paperwork issue!

We just sold our '99 Malibu to a young girl, who is now calling and talking about problems with the title, and not doing a good job explaining what the problem is. The only thing I know for sure is she wants us to meet to sign something... OK first off, we made one mistake on the title, my wife acci...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Employment woes and midlife crisis
Replies: 39
Views: 5205

Re: Employment woes and midlife crisis

I second some of the other advice given... If what you make from landscaping barely offsets the costs of daycare...be a stay at home Dad and look for ways to possibly learn a little extra on top of what your wife makes. Possibly a night job a couple days a week or something part time while your kids...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Patio
Replies: 18
Views: 2319

Re: Outdoor Patio

We have stamped concrete porch/sidewalk and a paver patio. The pavers are much nicer. Concrete cracks and it requires sealers, too, to maintain an even color. We waited too long to re-seal it and now it's discolored. Our paver patio hasn't required any maintenance at all. Some pavers also require/r...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On growing old
Replies: 71
Views: 10878

Re: On growing old

I'll be 78 this coming July and 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer I thought my life was over but thanks to a successful Radical Prostatectomy I am still here and kickin and enjoying life to the fullest. I was able to retire at age 58 and did so because I thought my life would b...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting Vs. Owning at 22
Replies: 83
Views: 6403

Re: Renting Vs. Owning at 22

This is silly. Internet forum bickering is so annoying...fortunately it's rare on Bogleheads! Everyone is giving their opinion on what they would do if they were the OP, and their reasons for it. On this forum, the general consensus is that real estate isn't to be thought of as an investment. Obviou...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Patio
Replies: 18
Views: 2319

Re: Outdoor Patio

We're currently debating on doing pavers vs. stamped concrete. If anyone would like to chime in there... Even DIY, pavers are NOT cheap. Having just priced out every aspect of doing pavers in our yard (480 sqft)....once you add up the cost of the pavers, plus all of your base material, bedding sand,...
by guitarguy
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Renting Vs. Owning at 22
Replies: 83
Views: 6403

Re: Renting Vs. Owning at 22

First of all...I'd probably rent if I were you. But....................I bought a house at 23 and don't regret it. I found a good deal in a down market in a wonderful neighborhood with great schools 4 months after getting my first job after college. My situation was a bit different than yours though...
by guitarguy
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else value "things" over "experiences"?
Replies: 48
Views: 4224

Re: Anyone else value "things" over "experiences"?

We try to focus on buying things that we will really get good use out of rather than buying impractical items. And many of the things we buy lead to better experiences and for the bigger items especially, better quality of life!! For example, we're in the process of putting up a privacy fence and pu...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Quickpay (or similar) for business use
Replies: 4
Views: 1853

Re: Chase Quickpay (or similar) for business use

I bank with Chase and have paid folks using Chase Online Bill Pay and Quickpay. You may encounter some pushback with Quickpay because the service requires that your payees also setup a Chase login to accept your payments. Some folks may not want to setup yet another login if they don't bank with Ch...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Quickpay (or similar) for business use
Replies: 4
Views: 1853

Chase Quickpay (or similar) for business use

I'm considering a change to Chase Quickpay for paying my fellow musicians their cut for our shows. It would be way more convenient than writing and handing out checks all the time, both for me and for them. From what I gather, all of our account information will remain private too for both them and ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MBA or MSE??
Replies: 21
Views: 3109

Re: MBA or MSE??

I have a BSME and after almost 5 years out of undergrad and in the working world, I'm headed back in the fall to get my MSME. I wanted to actually take the time to figure out which was best for me, and at this point I'm throwing my hat into the technical side of things (focusing in vibration and aco...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New here, introduction- Investing journey begins soon
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: New here, introduction- Investing journey begins soon

He did address that, he said based on my risk tolerance he recommends 85% stocks and 15% bonds. He said the 85/15 mix is not practical until the investment amount is substantially larger than the current value . 3. It is probably a mistake to open both an IRA and a taxable account at the same time....
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Penfed Cash Rewards Card
Replies: 31
Views: 4957

Re: Penfed Cash Rewards Card

if you converted to the 5% gas/3% supermarket/1% everything else card, your cash back now comes in the form of gift cards (and you got $250 for spending $1k within the first 3 mos, which made the conversion a no-brainer for most people). Glad I didn't make that switch. $250 would be nice, but losin...
by guitarguy
Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing an old car, financial considerations
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Replacing an old car, financial considerations

If you don't mind me asking, how did you find it? (Carsoup, Craigslist, parked in a neighborhood driveway, ect...) That's a pretty good deal (and would be exactly what my sister is in the market for) Sure. We actually found it on Craigslist. It was listed for a matter of hours before we closed the ...
by guitarguy
Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing an old car, financial considerations
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Replacing an old car, financial considerations

If you paid less than your goal of $7k I'll be very impressed at your deal-making ability No, I went up to $8750, took a short-term (3-4 month) loan from our savings to pay cash for the car. It was blue booked at over $9800, so I guess my deal making ability is still pretty solid... I'm not totally...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Re: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)

It seems that after some investigation, I'm not nor should I be concerned. I talked to a technician at my office and he said these techincal bulletins are mostly for dealership mechanics to diagnose problems, and that it doesn't mean that all cars it applies too will see problems. I also called a Ho...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)

Hey hey Civic people!!! We just decided to buy an 06 Civic yesterday. With the sale pending, I happened to come across a service bulletin from Honda that states the rear control arm geometry was a bad design and that it can cause rapid and uneven rear tire wear. Here's a link to the bulletin: m The ...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1755

Re: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!

We found an EXTREMELY well taken care of 2006 Civic EX sedan with a little over 117k miles on it for $8750, well below blue book value. A 6yr old civic with nearly 120k miles for $8750 is a steal nowadays? Apples to oranges comparison, but for what it is worth in '04 I bought a '97 Nissan pickup XE...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing an old car, financial considerations
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Replacing an old car, financial considerations

Well, no need to agonize on this anymore. After only a couple days of looking we jumped on a 2006 Civic EX sedan, extremely well taken care of and in excellent shape with every maintenance record (all dealership) down to oil changes and tire rotations, a clean carfax report (no accidents), and all f...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1755

Re: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!

Well...after only a couple days of searching we jumped on a deal We found an EXTREMELY well taken care of 2006 Civic EX sedan with a little over 117k miles on it for $8750, well below blue book value. All dealership maintenance records organized better than I've ever seen on any used car, all receip...
by guitarguy
Thu May 31, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacing an old car, financial considerations
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Replacing an old car, financial considerations

Long story short, we need to replace my wife's Malibu which is on its last leg. Since I'm also driving an old car that will need to be replaced before long (graciously hoping for 3 more years out of it or so), I need some advice on our best course of action. Since we both currently work but we're wo...
by guitarguy
Thu May 31, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1755

Re: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!

Glad to hear a smaller car like a Civic or something should do OK in the snow. The Malibu is definitely a size up and would more compare to the Accord or Camry more than the Civic though, which was my reason for concern. I think I'm going to re-post the finance question in the Personal Finance Forum...
by guitarguy
Thu May 31, 2012 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1755

Re: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!

Thanks for all the advice guys!! OK, I think the best plan for us is to buy a small sedan for her to commute in now, then when my car eventually dies out we can replace it with another larger car. At that point, we can make the switch and I can drive the smaller commuter car and she can have the lar...