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by shariq1989
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best money you have spent on professional development?
Replies: 16
Views: 1802

Re: What is the best money you have spent on professional development?

I took a chance and went back to school to get my masters degree in my late 30s. It opened some doors. In the abstract, it’s provided upwards of 1500% return over the past 7 years. I had no way of knowing this when I started the program. I am about to complete my masters. Can you share more about h...
by shariq1989
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best money you have spent on professional development?
Replies: 16
Views: 1802

What is the best money you have spent on professional development?

As an engineering (software) professional in my early 30's, what is the best bang for my buck money I can spend to improve myself? Work more efficiently? I came across this discussion on the Hacker News forum and wanted to get the Boglehead take on this. I don't want this to be limited to software o...
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You
Replies: 368
Views: 61094

Re: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You

I for for quality for things I use every day Running Shoes (I buy high-end Asics for the fit) Pretty much any cycling gear Knives (leatherman multi-tools and kitchen knives) tires (always buy the best michelins Costco has available) Vacuum cleaner (Dyson) iPhone 5 Weber Grill (I use it nearly daily...
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 342
Views: 24368

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

Cold brew in a toddy
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life
Replies: 216
Views: 19520

Re: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life

I spend 90% of my waking time in front of a screen but any time outside with my kids or inside building legos is bliss!
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?
Replies: 117
Views: 9634

Re: Anybody here go all-Linux for personal computing?

Moved to pop os from windows recently. Can't imagine going back!
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 374
Views: 47594

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

Sports guy - Fifa 21, Madden 21
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 328
Views: 28869

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

100%. And we cook great meals at home so leftovers are generally delicious.
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 1014
Views: 182669

Re: Re:

:sharebeer My personal top secret two beers: * Yuengling - light, tasty, often the cheapest beer in the store. Not a lot to it, but an unoffensive refreshing summer brew. Go figure. * Killian's Red - Often belittled just for being a Coors product, actually has good flavor, and again -- readily avai...
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 258
Views: 22814

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

shaving my head completely every couple weeks
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1503
Views: 178849

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Deciding to be intentional about looking for stuff on Craigslist or offer up before looking on Amazon has saved us money
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 265
Views: 24338

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

TheTimeLord wrote: Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:05 am The VOO shares I purchased on Christmas Eve of 2018.
True boglehead
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1775
Views: 150805

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I thought absentee and mail in are the same thing. Are they not?
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Car Maintenance Do You Do?
Replies: 165
Views: 9208

Re: What Car Maintenance Do You Do?

replacing cabin filters
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Products that last forever
Replies: 239
Views: 16659

Re: Products that last forever

Saddleback Leather goods, cast iron pans
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?
Replies: 267
Views: 20232

Re: Is Costco worth the $120 membership?

totally. we live by the produce and meat aisles. Monthly sales are huge.
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Books that changed your life]
Replies: 577
Views: 63229

Re: Books that changed your life

Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Hobby" Money: Planes, cars, boats etc...
Replies: 114
Views: 8138

Re: "Hobby" Money: Planes, cars, boats etc...

any favorite bike brands here for someone who doesn't bike at all but would like to start on something cheaper and reliable
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 497
Views: 88378

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

placeholder wrote: Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:24 am I get lots of my e-books from the public library.
using libby?
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 164
Views: 27423

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

I love the chocolate bars
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18092

Re: Gardening 2020

Moving from CO to NC, it might sound like an excuse but I'm excited to be able to grow stuff for once!
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy coffee beans?
Replies: 179
Views: 15716

Re: Where do you buy coffee beans?

Costco
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 7141

Re: New smoker recommendation?

I have heard great things about the kamado joe and big green egg
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36275

Re: So what are you cooking

Mushroom tofu stir fry
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which diet soda pop do you enjoy?
Replies: 234
Views: 14165

Re: Which diet soda pop do you enjoy?

I wish pakola was available in diet :(
by shariq1989
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 334
Views: 71222

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Orient watches
by shariq1989
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 94
Views: 6557

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

I have been hearing great things about Pop OS. My co-workers who use it say that it *just works seemlessly*, which is really my main requirement for an operating system.

https://pop.system76.com/
by shariq1989
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whats best website for homeowners insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: Whats best website for homeowners insurance

Lemonade (www.lemonade.com) seems to be popular and growing fast. Part of this is due to their ability to quote insurance and, process & pay out claims fast.
by shariq1989
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 374
Views: 47594

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

FIFA 20, Madden 20, Battlefield V
by shariq1989
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1566
Views: 93603

Re: What are you listening to now

Clark Howard's podcast
by shariq1989
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College for average kids
Replies: 126
Views: 15282

Re: College for average kids

I was a 2.5-3.0 student through grade school. A stint as a sailor and 6 years after high school, I graduated from a small state school with a 3.4 GPA in Computer Science. Currently, I am half way through a Master's degree from an Ivy League program with a 3.8 GPA and employed in software developmen...
by shariq1989
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car/car value ever!
Replies: 59
Views: 5582

Re: Best car/car value ever!

I have had to get thousands of dollars worth of work done on my Ford sedan at 100k. Brake pads, front rotors, tires, shocks, struts. Just manufacturer recommended work.

Is this not the case for Toyotas and Honda's?
by shariq1989
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deal finding websites
Replies: 10
Views: 1225

Re: Deal finding websites

Slickdeals, Camelcamelcamel (for Amazon)
by shariq1989
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: If I save $65,000 a year for the next 25 years
Replies: 34
Views: 4510

Re: If I save $65,000 a year for the next 25 years

Need more details.. expenses, debt, networth, etc...
by shariq1989
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 19072

Re: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3

This has been a fun thread to read (and I feel really bad for StopToThink). For me, the answer has got to be my first undergraduate degree. I started school in 2001, studying Computer Science. Got partway through my sophomore year and hit a wall - I could not handle the material. Took some time off...
by shariq1989
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?
Replies: 39
Views: 2475

Re: Anyone familiar with driving from Disneyland area to Tucson, Az?

I live in LA. Unless you are adamant about LA, I'd spend the time in San Diego...much more pleasant. The beaches in San Diego and Orange County are much nicer too. I'd suggest San Clemente as the northernmost target. San Diego has the zoo, and a wild animal park that's incredible: See https://www.s...
by shariq1989
Mon May 13, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does vision insurance cover online eyeglass purchase?
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Does vision insurance cover online eyeglass purchase?

I have insurance with Davis vision through my megacorp. They will cover $100 on any eyeglasses pair, online or not. I have been reimbursed successfully when buying from EyeBuyDirect and Warby Parker
by shariq1989
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Transferring land from parent to child
Replies: 14
Views: 1441

Re: Transferring land from parent to child

One day, unexpectedly, a deed showed up in the mail. My 75 year-old father-in-law gave us some land. We don't really want it, but it's been in the family since the 1800's, and now we're paying $1,000 a year in taxes on it. If we sell, we have to pay capital gains on it, because our tax basis is zer...
by shariq1989
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College for average kids
Replies: 126
Views: 15282

Re: College for average kids

I was a 2.5-3.0 student through grade school. A stint as a sailor and 6 years after high school, I graduated from a small state school with a 3.4 GPA in Computer Science. Currently, I am half way through a Master's degree from an Ivy League program with a 3.8 GPA and employed in software development...
by shariq1989
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???
Replies: 39
Views: 5102

Re: Fantastic Resort Recommendations???

We find the AAA Five Diamond Resort list to be very reliable. Both the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and the Hyatt Ziva in Cancun have been amazing.

Here is a link: https://publicaffairsresources.aaa.biz/ ... Hotels.pdf
by shariq1989
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What are these secret vanguard index trust?
Replies: 11
Views: 2532

Re: What are these secret vanguard index trust?

I have the same kind of trusts in my 401k. From my research, the difference between these and the index fund trackers was minimal. I set and forgot it years ago. I use the 500 Index Trust and Bond Market Trust.