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    DW spent the day garage-saleing with a friend of...

    DW spent the day garage-saleing with a friend of hers for grandbaby things we'll want to have around (high chair, etc.). Good stuff from a rich neighborhood, so I'm sure that beat buying...
  2. Thread: Annuities

    by SteveinMN
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    There is nothing wrong with an annuity so long as...

    There is nothing wrong with an annuity so long as you understand what you're paying for and it meets your other investment goals. We have a sizable annuity among our pensions and deferred-comp plans....
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    My experience is that a little planning...

    My experience is that a little planning forestalls the problem. Mow out from the starting point instead of back to it and the cord is a minimal problem. I also sometimes hold a loop of the cord in...
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    CathyA, I have given up completely on the major...

    CathyA, I have given up completely on the major brands of canned tuna. CotS, StarKist, all of them -- even their top line resembles cat food inside. I've been buying solid white canned tuna from...
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    Some of the best vacations I've ever been on were...

    Some of the best vacations I've ever been on were close by. It is possible to really get away even though you're not that far from home. It is, I think, one element of cabin culture here in Minnesota...
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    True, but the aftermarket has helped tremendously...

    True, but the aftermarket has helped tremendously there. My wheelchair-bound relative lives in a 1920s bungalow with a bathroom that's all of 5 feet by 8 feet. The doorway itself was widened a couple...
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    I think that's because B&D has decades of name...

    I think that's because B&D has decades of name recognition and a wide distribution and parts network. Some of the others don't come so close on any count.
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    Take some time to think about why you want to...

    Take some time to think about why you want to change this. Is it actually important to you that you make people feel good about themselves? Or is that something you think you "should" do? Is there...
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    I was reading an article yesterday about Demi...

    I was reading an article yesterday about Demi Moore selling her penthouse apartment in NYC. It's on the market for $75 million (!). And I must admit that I spent a moment or two wondering what it...
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    You can be sure that multiple someones,...

    You can be sure that multiple someones, somewhere, are decrying that another old apartment has been lost to current trends in design and material. :~)

    I am not one of them. When I most recently...
  11. I have a college education and used to work in a...

    I have a college education and used to work in a doctor's office and I can barely read an Explanation of Benefits. There's something wrong there.
  12. The sales associates don't know much about...

    The sales associates don't know much about prepaid because they're not paid to know more about prepaid. Literally. Their highest commisions/spiffs come from selling postpaid plans. Unless someone's...
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    I would urge you to do the math on this one. Here...

    I would urge you to do the math on this one. Here in the Twin Cities, Comcast offers a tier called "Limited Basic" that carries the local broadcast channels (and subchannels), open-access/public...
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    "Functionally obsolete" is just an entry in the...

    "Functionally obsolete" is just an entry in the real estate agent's lexicon, like "cozy" (small), "charming" (hasn't seen an update since the Truman Administration), "shopping nearby" (24-hour gas...
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    Great job, Paul!

    Great job, Paul!
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    Frugal birthday for DW. She's pretty well got...

    Frugal birthday for DW. She's pretty well got enough "stuff". So I scrubbed up the bathroom to a high shine, lit her favorite candles, and gave her a gift bag (recycled) containing a bag of her...
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    Microsoft Word AFAIK still is available as an...

    Microsoft Word AFAIK still is available as an independent application. However, the way Microsoft prices it, it usually is cheaper to buy it as part of a bundle. Buy Word, and, say, Powerpoint as...
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    I have had an electric Black & Decker (wonder if...

    I have had an electric Black & Decker (wonder if there's any other kind??) which I bought used and have used myself for the past 4 years or so. It's the corded model; the battery-powered ones either...
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    Welcome! (I am up the I 35 corridor from you....

    Welcome! (I am up the I 35 corridor from you. Seriously. The freeway runs maybe a tenth of a mile from here.)
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    You did good! Congratulations!

    You did good! Congratulations!
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    A smart landlord would not give any more of a...

    A smart landlord would not give any more of a reference than that. Time rented and payment history is verifiable and objective. "Don't like the way she took care of the yard" opens up the landlord to...
  22. Thread: How to Dress

    by SteveinMN
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    Hm. I wouldn't think a cameo would provide enough...

    Hm. I wouldn't think a cameo would provide enough modesty.

    Danged autocorrect... :)
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    Mayo is just oil and eggs and a bit of lemon...

    Mayo is just oil and eggs and a bit of lemon juice. Many cake recipes I see call for oil and eggs. There ya go.... :)

    For a couple of years we were part of a dinner circle with fellow church...
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    Good for you! Thanks for the update.

    Good for you! Thanks for the update.
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    Digital organizing was one of the few projects I...

    Digital organizing was one of the few projects I took on just after I left Corporate America because I finally had the time to juggle all of the predecessor steps and decisions that needed to be...
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