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Comment Re:Truck Stops, Gas Stations, etc (Score 1) 879 879

Because it may take a few days before the company reports to the credit card and a few more days before it shows up in your statement. With a receipt, I have it in my wallet, and I update my budget tracking when I get home. I can also look at them at any time to figure out how much I have really spent.

Comment Re:Personal finance knowledge (Score 1) 583 583

Suggestions for types of investment and retirement accounts, and how much you should put away?

Anything that gives you a tax break basicly. This becomes "free money" in a sense. I think the big three would be 401, IRA, and a HSA account (if offered). To start with, always take the match the company provides. Once you figure out your day to day expenses (some reasonable play is fine, just don't count on fancy cars and steak diners every night), start to put some away for rainy day funds (balance interest rates with term lengths and flexibility). Once you meet your comfort level there then max out the 401, IRA, HSA, etc contribution. Retirement accounts can grow for you some via interest and market swings, but they grow faster when you contribute to them.

Don't forget to keep adding to your rainy day fund though, that new car may have a higher payment or replacement cost and quickly move a 12 month buffer to a 8 month buffer. However, if you start finding a 16 month buffer then you may have a nice new shinny in the near future and make you happy

Comment Re:lots of history (Score 1) 167 167

Don't waste air fare on just it though. Make it a part of a larger trip. Visit the VLA near there as well. The main and only draw to the site is that it was the first atomic bomb test. After about a hour drive into it you spend about an hour tops looking at a pile of rubble, some left over glass, and some photos. There is a separate tour of the small farm house where it was assembled. It is a great place to go and reflect at, but it really is just a one time trip with a lot of day left to burn.

Comment Re:"He thought the end of the world had come." (Score 1) 167 167

I'll admit, I have stood in awe while looking at the bomb casings at the Air Force Museum, but I did move on after making the "this here is the end of the world" statement. I've also wanted to get my photo while sitting on it as well. The world is full of horrible people like me.

Comment Re: It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089 1089

That doesn't help when the typical work day is 11 hours long (1hr commute + 8 working + 1 lunch + 1hr home). It should really be a holiday since there is voting every year.

The polling locations have to make sense as well. My location is 2 miles from where I live in the opposite direction of my work, and the only way it is accessible is via auto. There is no sidewalks or shoulders to walk on to the place. It is also on a 5 lane state route, with a steep climb so biking it is a problem as well. There isn't even a bike rack to lock up at. I notice this because I'm a bike commuter as well.

In order for it to work for me, I have to be there the moment they open. Last time my wife was able to stay home with the kids and I traded her. She has a new job now that requires her leaving at 5:30. There is no daycare open that early (and mine is on the way to work).

Comment Re: It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089 1089

That doesn't help when the typical work day is 11 hours long (1hr commute + 8 working + 1 lunch + 1hr home). It should really be a holiday since there is voting every year. The polling locations have to make sense as well. My location is 2 miles from where I live in the opposite direction of my work, and the only way it is accessible is via auto. There is no sidewalks or shoulders to walk on to the place. It is also on a 5 lane state route, with a steep climb so biking it is a problem as well. There isn't even a bike rack to lock up at. I notice this because I'm a bike commuter as well. In order for it to work for me, I have to be there the moment they open. Last time my wife was able to stay home with the kids and I traded her. She has a new job now that requires her leaving at 5:30. There is no daycare open that early (and mine is on the way to work).

Comment Re:freedom (Score 1) 1089 1089

But they don't get mainstream exposure, or on ballots in all states. During the last round of debates, Gary Johnson (L) wasn't invited, and Jill Stine (G) was arrested for showing up. Gary did do a live stream during it. There was a real debate that had these 2 with 3 others put on by another group (and moderated by Larry King) and they invited Obama and Romney but neither accepted.

As for the ballots, I believe that we should have a standardized ballot system in this country that has sections for federal, state, and local runners. In the federal section anybody that filed the form with $department would be listed in it across the country. The states control their portion of it , as well with local. Counting is still done at the local level.

Comment Re:Conform or be expelled (Score 1) 320 320

Many towns don't allow trailers to be parked out on the street. It seems to be able to park on the street it needs to be able to move under its own power. They was probably in violation of town code then. Now if the trailer was parked in the driveway then it would be a HOA issue most likely.

Comment Re:Buy Pre-terminated cables (Score 1) 279 279

This is what I did in my house. I have a drop ceiling basement so it made it easier. The female-female keystone modules may be the priciest part of it at $10 apiece. (I was buying 50 foot runs of cable from newegg for 10 dollars each). Been going on 5 years with now issues at all.

Comment Re:FP? (Score 1) 942 942

"Oh, you mean the speedometers that have both measurements on them already? All US cars do. Why the ignorance?"

We wish that was true. Even cars made today have the MPH on them with maybe hash marks for KPH. My wife's 2009 Malibu doesn't even label the KPH scale at all.

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