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by atlanta_dad
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question - Raised Garden Bed next to the house
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Question - Raised Garden Bed next to the house

I have a 3.5 ft space on one side between my house and my neighbor's. Planning to install a 2' X 8' raised garden bed leaving 6-inch distance from the house's side, and planning to plant a few varieties of vegetables. This is in addition to a few plants we already have in the pots on our deck. 1. 6 ...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stressless brand office chair - discounts
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Stressless brand office chair - discounts

I heard the stressless office chairs are the very best for sitting 8-10 hrs a day for office work. But the price seems to be very steep at $2700 per chair, but it looks like they last 20-25 years. Also did you find any alternatives to this chair at $1000+ price range? Any suggestions on when is the ...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your alternatives to daily workout?
Replies: 7
Views: 690

What are your alternatives to daily workout?

Without at least 45 mins of morning workout (yoga + breathing) I do not feel good/confident on workdays (and weekends too). I think it's because I am used to this routine for the last so many years. It is boring to do the same things over and over even on the weekends too, so I was trying a few vari...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental PPO - Cost for Cap/Crown
Replies: 31
Views: 2794

Re: Dental PPO - Cost for Cap/Crown

Thanks you all so much!!
by atlanta_dad
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental PPO - Cost for Cap/Crown
Replies: 31
Views: 2794

Dental PPO - Cost for Cap/Crown

I have an appointment for crown in couple of weeks (I just had a root canal). I was given an estimate of around $580 out of pocket for Crown after the insurance coverage. This is the dental place I have been going for 10+ years. Do I need to shop around to see if other places charge less out of pock...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watching hollywood movies with kids 10 and 16
Replies: 33
Views: 2649

Watching hollywood movies with kids 10 and 16

Here is a question lingering for a long time. As someone who came into the US in mid my 20s, I missed many great Hollywood movies and always wanted to watch them with family(during Friday movie night). But most of the films have adult scenes that are not appropriate for kids, especially for the youn...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to find a nimh rechargeable replacement battery.
Replies: 13
Views: 769

Best place to find a nimh rechargeable replacement battery.

I need to replace Marantz receiver RC3001 remote rechargeable battery Ni-mh 4.8v 0.7Ah, it's total 4 batteries, 2 batteries stacked on 2 batteries vertically, packaged all together. I did a lot of search online but couldn't find the right match. Going to best buy now to check. Please suggest a good ...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to display date in iphone 11 photos
Replies: 2
Views: 304

How to display date in iphone 11 photos

I take a lot of family pictures with iphone, save them to Google photos and set the Google photos as Google Chromecast screen saver to display the photos on tv. Does any one one know a way to set the iPhone pictures with the date they were taken. TIA.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question

How far down the AHS claim path have you gotten? I know some folks have good experiences, but an overwhelming majority of the time, those home warranty companies are a dumpster fire and never pay you a dime, not matter what they tell you. Hope you have a good experience; just a warning that it can ...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question

Is the AHS replacement GE washer a brand new unit with warranty? If it is a factory-second, reconditioned or such, then it doesn't have the $810 value of a new one at Home Depot. If it is brand new, same as if purchased at HD or Lowes, then that is your best value. And if the mismatched color bothe...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Washer needs to be replaced - AHS warranty and color question

We have a five-year-old Samsung (blue color) washer & dryer set (washer-> https://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/WF330ANB.html), paid $725 each that time. Now the Washer is broken, American Home Shield insurance gives an option to either replace it with GE Model #GFW550SSNWW or reimburse $6...
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Room too cold in winter and too hot in summer
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Room too cold in winter and too hot in summer

Hi please help. One of the kids room in the second floor directly above the kitchen, with one large window, 1 hvac outflow vent and no return is very cold in winters and very hot in summers. Please suggest the best way to insulate. Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinancing advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Refinancing advice please

We last refinanced for about $340k in 2012 for 15 yrs @2.875 apr. We did a lot of over payments aiming to complete the loan before 2023 by the time our first kid goes to college. If we continue making the over payments we we will be able to complete the loan by 2023. Now the loan amount is at $83k....
by atlanta_dad
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinancing advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Refinancing advice please

We last refinanced for about $340k in 2012 for 15 yrs @2.875 apr. We did a lot of over payments aiming to complete the loan before 2023 by the time our first kid goes to college. If we continue making the over payments we we will be able to complete the loan by 2023. Now the loan amount is at $83k. ...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car motion sickness - remedies
Replies: 6
Views: 370

car motion sickness - remedies

Most of my family members have motion sickness driving in car, esp in stop and go traffic, mountains with lots of curves, up and downs. Is there a remedy that works well that you know. Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mother-in-law stimulus check not received
Replies: 11
Views: 970

Re: Mother-in-law stimulus check not received

No we did not claim her as dependent
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mother-in-law stimulus check not received
Replies: 11
Views: 970

Re: Mother-in-law stimulus check not received

egrets wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:02 am Were they filed by paper?
No, e-filing
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mother-in-law stimulus check not received
Replies: 11
Views: 970

Mother-in-law stimulus check not received

My mother-in-law got her green card in the first quarter of 2019, she has less than $5000 income for 2019, we filed her taxes about 5 week ago. When I checked the stimulus check status on IRS, this is what it says. Please advise how to follow it up. TIA. We are unable to provide the status of your p...
by atlanta_dad
Sun May 24, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: where to park $150k?
Replies: 6
Views: 1196

where to park $150k?

This is in my bank checking a/c after closing a CD.

I am saving this 1) may be for a bigger house in 2-3 years 2) may be for stock investment if there is a big market dip 3) may be for some other investment

What is a good place to park it meantime that can earn some interest?

Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Sat May 02, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: vanguard long term and short term bond funds suggestion
Replies: 10
Views: 691

vanguard long term and short term bond funds suggestion

I have cash that I want to put 50% into vanguard long term bond fund(non-retirement a/c) and 50% in vanguard short term bond fund(retirement a/c). The short term bond fund I would like to ultimately invest in stocks when the market goes down in the next 6 months. Hope this is good time to invest in ...
by atlanta_dad
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise booking for next year
Replies: 12
Views: 527

Cruise booking for next year

I was planning for a cruise for next summer. I thought this may be a good time to book as the cruise stocks are beaten down and may be they are offering good deals for future bookings. I assume by next summer the corona virus issue is settled down. Anyone booked? Any thoughts? TIA.
by atlanta_dad
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives

This sounds risky to me. Amtrak trains south of Washington DC share the tracks with freight trains, and their are often delays. You might be arriving just in time (or even a bit late) for your program. I would add an extra day for travel. If the trains all run on time, you can do sightseeing to fil...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives

EDITED TO ADD: You might also look at the website dayuse.com for options. Is there a reason you stay the night, only to check out at 6:30 am? You could perhaps get a day use room and leave at the end of your day, rather than sleeping overnight only to check out so early. Thanks for the response. I ...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 5587

Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

I am a NYTimes subscriber and I like the news paper a lot. Recently I have been using their company Wirecutter.com for checking reviews before buying stuff. Do you think wirecutter.com reviews are reliable?

Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives

It sounds like you are flying overnight to a European city, arriving at daybreak, and wanting to sleep immediately. After more than 30 trips to Europe in the last 12 years, I can assure you that there is no good solution to this problem. Once in a while you get lucky and can get a room by 10am, but...
by atlanta_dad
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives

Why do you need to book two nights? You are describing a 1 night stay. Even if they won't let you check in at 9am, you can drop your bags at the desk and check in officially when your room is ready. I am traveling in east coast over night in amtrak train that arrives at 8:30 am. I need to attend a ...
by atlanta_dad
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: morning to next morning - hotel alternatives
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

morning to next morning - hotel alternatives

I go to a city at around 9 am and then check out next day at 6:30 am. If I book a hotel i need to book for 2 nights in this case, are there any alternatives to hotel where I can pay just for one day (does air b&b or any brand of hotels treat this as one day booking)? Or does any hotel allow me t...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Federal job benefits
Replies: 36
Views: 2489

Federal job benefits

I would like to search for a federal IT job, what is a good website to start my search. Are the Federal jobs still considered good (pay, benefits, pension, over all)? Does it make sense to leave a contracting IT job to take a federal job esp when age is catching up? Is it true that particular gov ag...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PDF Split, Merge tool
Replies: 24
Views: 3501

Re: PDF Split, Merge tool

For splitting, I just use the "Print --> Save as PDF" option in the Chrome browser. Open a PDF by dragging it from Windows Explorer into the Chrome browser window. Hit the Print button, specify the pages you want split out and then select "Save as PDF". When you hit the "Sa...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discover Identity Theft Protection - $15/month
Replies: 13
Views: 1433

Discover Identity Theft Protection - $15/month

Do you think we need this? If so, are there better alternatives for cheaper price? With discovercard a/c I can already see the credit score etc It says, it detects all the following - credit alerts from 3 bureaus bank account alerts ssn identity alerts risky website alerts credit balance, limit, uti...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car down payment check
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: New car down payment check

Thanks for the responses.
Yes, I am stopping by today after the work and will arrange them with a new check. Thank you!!
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car down payment check
Replies: 8
Views: 693

New car down payment check

I recently bought a new car with down payment with a personal check and the rest with a check issued by a bank towards auto loan. Today I realized that there was not enough money in the checking account (for the check to be cleared) but there was money in the linked business account. And the check w...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 28819

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

Just a couple days ago I lost my car key, without having a spare one. What's worse, I know the key was picked up by some one living by, which means I couldn't leave car lock unchanged. This single one mistake cost me: 1. $300 - called Locksmith to open the door and make a programmed key, and 2. $50...
by atlanta_dad
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BlackFriday Shopping - what do you usually buy? (other than Christmas gifts)
Replies: 36
Views: 2959

BlackFriday Shopping - what do you usually buy? (other than Christmas gifts)

I was preparing a list of items to purchase for this blackfriday and wanted to see what others are planning to. What do you usually find cheaper and buy during this time? I heard people plan buying things that they need for the next whole year. Here is my list so far - - QLED/OLED TV - MacBook lapto...
by atlanta_dad
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: where to learn to sew?
Replies: 33
Views: 2508

where to learn to sew?

My daughter would like to learn sewing, what is a good place for a reasonable price? Thanks
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats wash/rinse before cooking
Replies: 26
Views: 10417

steel cut oats wash/rinse before cooking

I have got prairie mills 25lb steal cut oats bag from Sam's club recently. Should I wash/rinse them before cooking? Thanks.
by atlanta_dad
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crabgrass weed killer
Replies: 16
Views: 1614

Crabgrass weed killer

We have a lot of crabgrass weed on our lawn. I see a good number of crabgrass killer options on amazon, but none of them have the best ratings. If you have successfully used a weed killer to prevent crabgrass, please share what worked for you. Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: big plastic storage containers for pantry
Replies: 10
Views: 930

Re: big plastic storage containers for pantry

Thanks, looks pretty expensive,any local stores?
by atlanta_dad
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: big plastic storage containers for pantry
Replies: 10
Views: 930

big plastic storage containers for pantry

Trying to get plastic containers that can hold at least 10 lbs of oats, rice etc. At walmart I could find Mainstays plastic container that can hold only 4 lbs. Which store should i try? TIA.
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: engine check light on Toyota Sienna
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

engine check light on Toyota Sienna

My 2006 Toyota Sienna xle had a check engine light recently. My mechanic checked and recommended to change two of the front air flow ratio sensors and maf sensor for about $950 including parts(he said he uses toyota parrs) and labor. He is ok to do the labor for about $350-$400 if I get the parts. B...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture sliders
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Furniture sliders

We have hardwood floors entire house. We would like to install hardwood floor sliders(not just protectors) under most of the furniture to avoid scratches on the floor when we move the furniture during house cleaning etc. Hardwood protectors are already there but they are not thick enough and still c...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: no shop/brand name Giftcards
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: no shop/brand name Giftcards

mega317 wrote: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:53 pm I am not aware of any no-fee cards. For 10-15 bucks why not cash?
Some how I have a feeling that giving cash is informal, may be it's just me.
by atlanta_dad
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: no shop/brand name Giftcards
Replies: 5
Views: 603

no shop/brand name Giftcards

I would like to stock up some gift cards like discover, amex (that do not expire and no additional fees) for use by my kids for their friend's birthday gifts in the denominations of $10 or $15. So far I have been using Amazon gift cards and thought these no shop/brand name may be easier to use than ...
by atlanta_dad
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thermostat a/c setting
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

thermostat a/c setting

I have a question about using a/c. On a normal day in June/July when temp is in mid 80s, is it ok to switch off the thermostat and leave to work to save cooling bill? Or should i be setting it to about 82 cool and leave so that the a/c does not have to work hard when I come back from work? I was tol...
by atlanta_dad
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 130
Views: 10721

gray hair

What's Bogleheads perspective on gray hair? Do you care to hide it by coloring or don't bother? I am in the mid-40s, ignored it for the past 2,3 years for the additional work every month and also feared it might cause bald head. Now gray hair is spreading more rapidly, wife and kids are stressing to...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio high back chair cushions
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Patio high back chair cushions

Need to replace these and looking for 5 of these cushions at various stores like Amazon, Lowes, home depot etc, cannot find anywhere less than 35$ - 40$ each and think it's too expensive. Is this the usual price? I know I can find these cheaper end of the season in Sep /Oct, but need them right away...
by atlanta_dad
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good family portrait place
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Good family portrait place

Have been using JCPenny and target portrait service through Groupon. But felt the session is rushed through and the quality of the portrait is mediocre at the best. Would like to go to a better place next time wouldn't mind paying more, would like your suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
by atlanta_dad
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: reverse phone look up - free service
Replies: 4
Views: 695

reverse phone look up - free service

Are there any free websites to find person details using their phone number? If not, what is a best paid service that you know of.

TIA