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by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 12, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance - cost to see doctor
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Re: Insurance - cost to see doctor

Basically you can only sit silently and let them do your vitals, blood work, etc., if you only want the "preventative care" charge. You can even be hit with a charge with that. Doc sends the labs to an out of network lab. Here's your bill for $1000 for using an out of network lab. (have h...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 12, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donating Car (Tax Deduction)
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Donating Car (Tax Deduction)

Can donations be deducted with the high $24k standard deduction? I don't actually know, but assume no unless you're already above that $24k somehow. If you sell your car to car max or carvana or vroom, they pay you....say $3500. You have $3500 that you can now donate to the charity of your choice or...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 11, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Loan Refinance - What can I do to get a better offer?
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: Car Loan Refinance - What can I do to get a better offer?

1.49% at DCU up to 65 months for purchase or re-fi.
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 11, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving with 2 cats
Replies: 45
Views: 2331

Re: Moving with 2 cats

We moved 2 cats 720 miles from Mass to southwest Virginia. I built a barrier in the back of my hatchback and put in a litter box, food, water and blankets. Being cats, they slept almost the entire trip. Upon arrival to our house in Virginia, they loved exploring the new house. On the way home, we ma...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 11, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I See no Path Forward Financially
Replies: 91
Views: 9389

Re: I See no Path Forward Financially

Is there not Cricket wireless in NYC? $35 a month all in. If you go over the data, it simply throttles till the month changes. 10 GB per month and it uses the AT&T network. I've had it for years, coming from AT&T. No difference in anything making the change besides a family plan for 4 of us ...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 11, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Selling RSU
Replies: 64
Views: 2766

Re: Selling RSU

Stop speculating just to try to reduce taxes. I have RSUs coming up next week. HUGE gains as I work for one of the semiconductor companies who is being begged by every company out there for product, pushing profits and margins and the stock price way up. The shares become available Monday. Guess whe...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 11, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents windfall/annuities
Replies: 10
Views: 1281

Re: Parents windfall/annuities

I would first pose the "Why?" question. Why do they have or want these annuities. Answers I would expect: They can provide income for..... Ok, great. But do they need income 20 years down the road or could they use the money now? They provide tax free money to heirs? Well, do they really? ...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 10, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: ESS (Employee Stock Plan) - can I hedge during the holding period?
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: ESS (Employee Stock Plan) - can I hedge during the holding period?

Personally, I would not participate. I once owned ESPP stock that in 7 months went from my buy price of $48 to $12 when I sold.
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 10, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What do people actually mean when they say "buy land" to build wealth?
Replies: 41
Views: 4348

Re: What do people actually mean when they say "buy land" to build wealth?

Whoever it is who you hear saying this, ask them. My belief is that this as a general statement is poor advice. I own a bit over 13 wooded acres with a house on it. I harvest firewood from it and with the house far from the road and neighbors, we enjoy our privacy and the ability to watch animals. A...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 10, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for parents- help!
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Advice for parents- help!

I would suggest they do the math. Yes, health care costs in the US are much higher than most civilized countries. Especially taking care of their parent, money isn't going to be enough, even with selling both houses if they stay in the US. If the home country has free health care and they can collec...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 10, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping in-laws with Senior Care Home Facilities
Replies: 16
Views: 1222

Re: Helping in-laws with Senior Care Home Facilities

I'm doing a lot of the legwork for my mom (85) right now. Websites give you a first order approximation of what a facility offers. Some random things I've found for my area outside of Boston. I'll note that my mom is looking for independent living now with housekeeping and meals taken care of. Every...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 10, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Expense Ratios and Ratings / Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Expense Ratios and Ratings / Recommendations

You get to decide for yourself. I do exactly this: Look at the ER for the class of fund I'm looking to buy. The very lowest.....that's what I buy. The end.
by Jack FFR1846
Sun May 09, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA Advantage
Replies: 86
Views: 6042

Re: HOA Advantage

A gate and call box deters very little. ^this Every delivery person knows the gate code. I know the gate code to the one gated community in my town. My son used to deliver newspapers and I'd help on Sundays when the volume was significantly more than any other day. So I needed the code to get in. I...
by Jack FFR1846
Sat May 08, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Schwab advisor cold calls
Replies: 34
Views: 3166

Re: Schwab advisor cold calls

If you have an iPhone...

Hit recent calls. Info for that number. I think you have to hit info again. Scroll down. Block this caller. Done.
by Jack FFR1846
Sat May 08, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you still read the print newspaper?
Replies: 84
Views: 3146

Re: Do you still read the print newspaper?

I'm quite surprised the OP at 45 even knows what a newspaper is. I'm 20 years older and haven't read a newspaper since before Reagan was president.
by Jack FFR1846
Sat May 08, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ultra Low Mileage Car Lease
Replies: 18
Views: 1849

Re: Ultra Low Mileage Car Lease

Since your lease is coming to an end, buy out the leased car.
by Jack FFR1846
Fri May 07, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Leaf Blower
Replies: 58
Views: 2757

Re: Recommendation for Leaf Blower

I have an Echo PB-2620 blower 2 cycle engine, it is a great blower, and I like the Echo brand. It has plenty of power for my needs, and I'm not completely sold on battery powered tools for yard work. I paid $200 for it. I have one of these as well and have been quite happy with it. I bought it at t...
by Jack FFR1846
Fri May 07, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keeping track of my “other” through credit inquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Keeping track of my “other” through credit inquiries

Don't assume that having the wrong SS# means someone else's debt can't be put on your report. The first time I needed credit when taking out a first mortgage was the first time I ever checked my credit reports. Several of my dad's mortgages for rental properties, and an AMEX card were noted as mine....
by Jack FFR1846
Fri May 07, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large House / Confused On Remodel
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Re: Large House / Confused On Remodel

You think that putting $1M into a $2.3M will yield a value more than $3.3M? I doubt that. So if you have resale in mind, do nothing. Why? Because the next CEO to come into the neighborhood to buy may simply bulldoze your house to build what he wants. I've seen this a number of times around me. So sp...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu May 06, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best options for squashing scammer phone calls?
Replies: 64
Views: 5172

Re: Best options for squashing scammer phone calls?

Turn your phone ringer off. Hook up an old fashioned answering machine. Turn down answering machine volume to zero. Let the machine take all calls. Check the answering machine for any calls when you feel like it. Running to the phone is very 1950's. There's no reason to interrupt what you're doing t...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu May 06, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice needed on teenager's job hunt
Replies: 30
Views: 2080

Re: Advice needed on teenager's job hunt

Try grocery stores. Our local chain employs people with challenges as baggers all the time.
by Jack FFR1846
Thu May 06, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cancel Whole Life Policy?
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: Cancel Whole Life Policy?

Buy term policies for 1/10 the cost.

Dump these garbage policies. Not through the thief who sold them to you. Get surrender forms directly from the insurance company, fill them out, mail them to the insurance company.

Take the loss.

Move on.
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 05, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Coinbase ID verification
Replies: 27
Views: 2200

Re: Coinbase ID verification

This isn't new. DW had to go to a Schwab office with passport to verify her identity about 5 years ago when opening an account. We could have sent documents but it was just easier to drop in.
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 05, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus or Tesla?
Replies: 193
Views: 13035

Re: Lexus or Tesla?

What's the OP doing? From his first post, saying his wife preferred the Lexus, I can guess what he's buying. Do the math. For you it may work. Perhaps you live in a place where a Tesla can use special roads that gas cars can't. Those are important considerations. Is a Tesla overall cheaper for you t...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 05, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Local alarm system options??? Nest, SimpliSafe, Ring or Others?
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Local alarm system options??? Nest, SimpliSafe, Ring or Others?

SimpliSave has easy, wireless components that you can decide what you want to add. So a central unit monitors everything and sends alerts and images (if you have a camera unit) to your phone. You can add whatever you want, whenever you want. So I'd think you'd add door sensors and maybe a couple cam...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 05, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New car purchase with credit card(s)
Replies: 19
Views: 1549

Re: New car purchase with credit card(s)

AMEX has had a promotion for quite a while. You work with their cooperating dealer and pay the entire amount using your AMEX card. I'm sure that the price will be enough to pay the fee, I'm sure and probably a good amount over that.
by Jack FFR1846
Wed May 05, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: So what kind of raise did you guys get for 2021?
Replies: 247
Views: 20242

Re: So what kind of raise did you guys get for 2021?

With Covid last year in ANTICIPATION of huge drops in business, we were all given a "voluntary" 10% pay cut. There was no way not to volunteer. We've had that recently brought back up and we were given a small number of hundreds of dollars in RSUs vesting long after I plan to retire. With ...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 04, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Bids
Replies: 53
Views: 4179

Re: Toilet Bids

I DIY replaced one that original to our 1984 house in an extra bathroom. It was leaky and I didn't feel like diagnosing, so splurged on the $39.99 new toilet at Lowes, then while installing, realized that the clown who originally installed the old toilet used lag bolts through the toilet holes direc...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 04, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Schwab Brokerage vs Ally
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Schwab Brokerage vs Ally

DCU Any overdrafts I or anyone in my family has ever experienced, we call or go in or online chat and they remove the overdraft charge. I always have the money back in the account before I contact them. If you're seeing overdrafts because you both use the same checking account, don't do that. You ha...
by Jack FFR1846
Tue May 04, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are my expenses too high?
Replies: 130
Views: 11802

Re: Are my expenses too high?

Kids cost money. People seem to not get that through their thick heads then seem surprised when kids cost money.

It's just piddly money now with day care. As they get older, real expenses start. Get used to it.
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 03, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Insurance for Home Depot Truck Rental
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: Insurance for Home Depot Truck Rental

You want to go a level further with questions. "What are the conditions where my auto insurance covers this Home Depot truck?". I've asked and the answer was: "Your own vehicle must be somewhere where you cannot use it while you have the truck". Ah, so I can't have my wife drive ...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 03, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to contain Property Tax with extensive remodeling
Replies: 37
Views: 4017

Re: How to contain Property Tax with extensive remodeling

Sounds like this is related to the California screwy property tax system that doesn't allow increases in existing homes but new buyers/builders get hosed and pay huge taxes. I would not be surprised, since California has never seen a tax it doesn't like, that they consider anything a permit touched ...
by Jack FFR1846
Mon May 03, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your high school graduate going to be doing?
Replies: 69
Views: 5657

Re: What is your high school graduate going to be doing?

I have worked with many physics majors. Back in the mid 80's my first supervisor/engineer had a BS in Physics from Harvard and then an MBA from somewhere. He continued working as an engineer and was very thorough but didn't know the meaning of the word "deadline". I've also worked with man...
by Jack FFR1846
Sat May 01, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying land in subdivision, but build house from scratch
Replies: 27
Views: 2380

Re: Buying land in subdivision, but build house from scratch

$200k for an undeveloped 5 acre lot where the seller has done nothing besides drawn up development plans and created an HOA? Who is going to build the roads? To me, the price is outrageous, but maybe that's because I live in the low cost Boston suburbs (sacrasm). Every area is different, but where I...
by Jack FFR1846
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updated Honda Civic model (11th Generation)
Replies: 44
Views: 4377

Re: Updated Honda Civic model (11th Generation)

No manuals on the 11th gen - boo! Only the Si and R variants that are expected to come out later this year will have manuals. Apparently there will be a sport version with paddle shifters, but what a paddle shifts on a CVT transmission is unclear to me. A few years back some Subarus had this too. C...
by Jack FFR1846
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Handle Old Flexible Premium Multifunded Life (ULII) Insurance
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: How to Handle Old Flexible Premium Multifunded Life (ULII) Insurance

This has the underlying characteristic of any Universal Life policy, which is that the insurance is re-priced every year. It goes up. From the in force illustration, you can see that although she doesn't have to pay a premium into this, it is taking the premium from the cash value. It is NOT paid in...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updated Honda Civic model (11th Generation)
Replies: 44
Views: 4377

Re: Updated Honda Civic model (11th Generation)

Under forty grand for the type R with more power in a hatch that doesn't look like it fell out of a Hot Wheels package. Win. The rear looks very Audi A4-ish from 10 years ago. I've only had one pure civic....a 75 Civic CVCC. Had a few CRXs (including a prepared racecar) but CRX owners are insulted i...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me buy my son a 5K new used car....
Replies: 55
Views: 3554

Re: Help me buy my son a 5K new used car....

My son has no job - doesn't listen to my ideas in regards to getting a job (changing lifestyle) - thinks he can do his own thing - so at this point - I just want to say - here's a car - we are done at this point - you do things your way. I think I'd be saying "your bicycle looks fine. I'll buy...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Parent's Retirement Plan - Need Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 3193

Re: Parent's Retirement Plan - Need Advice

Sorry to harp on this, but perhaps they should write down everything they're spending money on. I'm older than both your parents and plan to retire at the end of the year. I've budgeted my retirement spending based on INCREASED spending over what we currently spend. In Boston, this totals about $67,...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Parent's Retirement Plan - Need Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 3193

Re: Parent's Retirement Plan - Need Advice

A variable annuity is going to be wrought with fees and charges. It also ties up your parents' money for at least 7 years. How does that help them? A better plan, since your mom is not behaviorally good with managing money is to buy a SPIA (single premium immediate annuity). This, in essence takes t...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking Guidance for Tenant's claim for Damages
Replies: 78
Views: 6501

Re: Seeking Guidance for Tenant's claim for Damages

There's no harm in contacting your mother's insurance company. They are the ones who will tell you if they will or will not get involved. You can seek your own representation also. As mentioned, gather all of your evidence. Permits, occupancy certificate, etc. Proof of insurance on a rental unit. Pr...
by Jack FFR1846
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me buy my son a 5K new used car....
Replies: 55
Views: 3554

Re: Help me buy my son a 5K new used car....

Cars that can be a bargain: First generation Ford Fusion and Ford Focus Manual. The Fusion is just simply a boring, dated looking car compared with the new generation. The 2.3L four cylinder is the reliable Mazda engine to get and expect many hundreds of thousands of miles out of it. Compare it to a...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Promotion opportunity - use it or lose it?
Replies: 41
Views: 4085

Re: Promotion opportunity - use it or loose it?

Nope.

Why would you leave a job you like for a job you will hate? I don't see why this is even a question.
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: credit card disputed charges
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: credit card disputed charges

If the cable company continues to bill you following a successful resolution in your favor, simply dispute it again and every time they bill you. The last time I did this where I spoke with the cc company, they said that my simple act of disputing the charge cost the seller $35. When it resolves in ...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Exit Interview
Replies: 83
Views: 7838

Re: Job Exit Interview

As an employee, there was one time where my manager picked up on a bit of “anonymous” feedback I gave about being unhappy with my compensation. He gently asked me about it in a 1:1, then to his credit he actually fixed it. I have mixed feelings about him unblinding me, but that’s the Catch-22 of an...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a piano for my 10-year old
Replies: 67
Views: 4321

Re: Help me choose a piano for my 10-year old

A big advantage of an electronic keyboard parallels the advantage of a solid body electric guitar with an audio interface. One can practice with very little disruptive noise to others. Same with electronic drums. In our house, one son is extremely sensitive to noise and someone banging away on an ac...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Magic Cards: How to sell with taxes in mind?
Replies: 49
Views: 4778

Re: Magic Cards: How to sell with taxes in mind?

This is interesting. I've been cleaning up the house and we have tons of magic cards all over. Both my kids were into them and I remember going to Target with my older son and buying these huge bricks of cards for over $100. We do have an active store nearby. I don't do eBay. Craigslist doesn't make...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Under $10k electric car for HS student?
Replies: 40
Views: 3192

Re: Under $10k electric car for HS student?

My youngest daughter will soon be turning 16 and I'm thinking of getting an electric car for her to use for school commuting and your basic HS running around town stuff...music lessons, jobs, friends, etc. There are few destinations in her daily life that are further than 5 miles from our house. Th...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I was investing in Roth IRA but now recently was made aware of girlfriend's ~$50k debt. Help?
Replies: 59
Views: 3917

Re: I was investing in Roth IRA but now recently was made aware of girlfriend's ~$50k debt. Help?

What built up that $10k in credit card debt? Was there a family emergency where she used credit to help short term? Or is it a case where she only ever plans to pay the minimum every month and is more than happy with paying 18% interest on the concert tickets and desert at the fun restaurant? You're...
by Jack FFR1846
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: trapped in EJ by whole life insurance policy
Replies: 42
Views: 4145

Re: trapped in EJ by whole life insurance policy

EJ will likely tell you that you'll have to pay all these taxes when you surrender the policy, which you won't. I surrendered a 27 year old UL policy with a $100k death benefit and $393 annual cost. The gain I had to pay taxes on, because after all, this was such a good investment? $20. Not 20k....$...