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    [–] A Frugal's Guide to Excellent Coffee johnconnors88 2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Frugal

    You need a water softener (less minerals), for espresso. Regular tap water (more minerals) for Auto Drip coffee is fine. Distilled water has no place when it comes to brewing ANY kind of coffee. Except bad coffee. Lol.

    [–] Netflix to raise prices by 13% to 18%, its biggest increase ever johnconnors88 0 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in netflix

    Most people will on average are only willing to pay for 2 VOD streaming services. Pay TV content creators Like broadcast TV, and cable TV have been taking their content away from Netflix and over to their own pay TV streaming service. NetFlix needs to create NEW ORIGINAL content on their own because of this. PLEASE Netflix take my money so I can get away from ALL these other AD serving, money hungry services. I am tired of scripted reality TV, and reboots of old 70's and 80's TV shows. Politically correctness, climate change BS.

    [–] Which Costco membership is best? johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    That is redeemable for cash. You can spend that rebate check wherever you so choose.

    [–] Which Costco membership is best? johnconnors88 2 points ago in Frugal

    Like the Amazon Prime membership, is also a circle of BS also.

    [–] Which Costco membership is best? johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    We have the Costco Citi Visa you get 2% back all things bought at Costco. When you pair it with the executive membership you get another 2%, 4% total when combined together. Costco secret weapon is the pharmacy, and you do not need a membership to get your prescriptions there. We save a ton of money at Costco. Costco doubles the manufacturers' warranty on electronics for FREE. Either you get Costco, or you don't..We get it. Costco has the best no questions asked return policy in retail. IMHO. Car batteries $50 less than local auto part retailers. Free Tire rotations for the life of the tire. My wife got a screw in the sidewall of a brand tire we purchased at Costco 60 days ago, $3.00 prorated FULL new tire replacement. This is how you create customers for life!!!

    [–] Which Costco membership is best? johnconnors88 4 points ago in Frugal

    Costco pharmacy is available to the public without a membership. One can save on their membership and their meds. It's a WIN-WIN.

    [–] Which Costco membership is best? johnconnors88 5 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in Frugal

    My best advice to you is get the executive membership. If the 2% rebate doesn't pay you back the full $120 cost, you can a) downgrade to gold and Costco will pay you back the extra $60 you paid for executive, or B) If you feel your Costco membership was not worth it to you Costco will refund 100% of your membership fee at anytime. Which membership is right for you? I believe that is a personal decision.

    [–] TiVo coming to Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV johnconnors88 2 points ago in Tivo

    Agreed. I stayed away from that model because it was cable TV only. I glad to have my Premiere XL 748000, because it was one of the last of the TiVo models to do both OTA and Cable card simultaneously.

    [–] To add to the Costco Rewards Card, getting an Executive Costco Membership is also absolutely worth it! johnconnors88 10 points ago in Frugal

    We have the Costco Citi Visa you get 2% back all things bought at Costco. When you pair it with the executive membership you get another 2%, 4% total when combined together. Costco secret weapon is the pharmacy, and you do not need a membership to get your prescriptions there. We save a ton of money at Costco. Costco doubles the manufacturers' warranty on electronics for FREE. Either you get Costco, or you don't..We get it. Costco has the best no questions asked return policy in retail. IMHO. Car batteries $50 less than local auto part retailers. Free Tire rotations for the life of the tire. My wife got a screw in the sidewall of a brand tire we purchased at Costco 60 days ago, $3.00 prorated FULL new tire replacement. This is how you create customers for life!!!

    [–] $116 for basic cable and 60Mbps down internet. Is this average? johnconnors88 1 points ago in chartercable

    The Charter rep told me they're a BUNDLING company now. You will get better rates when you bundle. Digital phone = VOIP. You can outsource that for $10-$12 a month. Their modem rental is so called Free. They lock down their WiFi access thru their routers and charge you for it. There you have it the modem rental fee by another name. Glad to see at least you're not paying for that charge.

    [–] For those with unlimited phone data plans... johnconnors88 1 points ago in siriusxm

    Most people are unaware SirusXM has signal repeaters in major cities on building tops and some signal towers to better enhance coverage. Just FYI.

    [–] TiVo coming to Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV johnconnors88 1 points ago in Tivo

    Both...Watching previously recorded DVR recordings and watching Live TV. Minis need to tie up a tuner to give you any Premiere functionality on a 2nd TV.

    [–] TiVo coming to Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV johnconnors88 1 points ago in Tivo

    The app is in beta testing right now. We don't know if TiVo will implement software to work on the new TiVo Bolt only, or with legacy boxes like the Roamio/Premiere. Either way I have TiVo capabilities on both of my TVs, so the app could be practical for me if it doesn't tie up a tuner, like the way the new TaBlo network DVR works.

    [–] TiVo coming to Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV johnconnors88 2 points ago in Tivo

    Yes it does work with TiVo minis. But since the TiVo Premiere has only two tuners it is highly impractical to use with, because each added mini will tie up a tuner. I was able to overcome this with 1 HDMI out going to TV#1, and a 100ft. Composite cable going to TV#2 in another room, and a RF remote extender for TV#2. We can watch DVR recordings on either TV without having to tie up both tuners. All my TVs in my home have separate OTA antenna feeds to each TV so there isn't any issue with live TV.

    [–] TiVo coming to Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV johnconnors88 3 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in Tivo

    I have a TiVo Premiere also. I will not be investing in another TiVo for OTA broadcasts until they release a box with a built-in ASTC 3.0 tuner. They can implement all the TiVo apps on Roku, not going to upgrade, at least not for this. Hey TiVo... Make this Roku app applicable for ALL TiVo legacy owners.

    [–] Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford has passed away johnconnors88 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in Birmingham

    ALL I WANT TO KNOW, WHERE'S ALL OF THE MONEY BURIED???

    [–] Is Hulu for $5.99/month (with ads) worth it when you already have Netflix? (never had nor want cable) johnconnors88 2 points ago in Frugal

    You better like ads when it comes to HULU. They are currently working on a feature that will serve you up an advertisement when you pause the video you are watching. Never let an ad opportunity go to waste!

    [–] Credit card on file. johnconnors88 1 points ago in siriusxm

    Let me start by saying, Do Not Give Sirius XM your credit card for Automatic payments!! What I do is buy a $30 Sirius XM prepaid gift card from Best Buy. This handcuffs them when I negotiate. I tell them I have a $30 gift card in my hand, now make it work. I get 5 months for $25 plus $5 music royalty fee BS. I told them to cancel auto renew and bill me in the mail in case I forget to cancel and renegotiate in time. They can bill me all they want, I will call them and say I'm NOT paying this, come correct, or I am gone. I have a Sirius XM ready radio in my vehicle, but I chose not to go that route, because you can only listen in that vehicle only, or add a second sub. I was able to get a portable radio and 2 vehicle docking stations for free so I could take the one radio between both of my vehicles. Now the reason why I refused to buy a radio, was because you get 3 months free with each radio. If you pay $75 for the new radio, you essentially just paid Sirius XM $25/month for 3 months of service, if you cancel and never use their service again. I never pay for their streaming channels, I just create a throw away email account and sign up for a 30 day trial whenever I want it. I pay $8/month for my 500 mbps of data on my cell phone plan, so streaming music to my car radio is out. You are only in each vehicle for 20-30 minutes at a time (on average), so if you truly want to enjoy your subscription more, the more portable the radio option, the better, was the most frugal way for me. I broke down and bought a $30 home kit so I can listen outside my vehicles. Feel free to pick and choose what might work best for you. Good Luck JC. Sirius XM music royalty fees will be going up as of Jan.15st,2018 to 21.4%!

    [–] SiriusXM Stratus 7 Satellite Radio with Vehicle Kit | 3 MONTHS ALL ACCESS FREE WITH SUBSCRIPTION is on sale for $29.99/-63% johnconnors88 1 points ago in siriusxm

    Got my Stratus 7 for FREE. I don't signup to any of their free radio offers that require a credit card to have on file, and a $50 early cancellation fee in the fine print of the Offer. No THANK YOU!

    [–] For those with unlimited phone data plans... johnconnors88 1 points ago in siriusxm

    There are streaming exclusive channels only, and crossover channels that appear on Vehicle radio subs, and streaming subs, so choose carefully. Satellite radio does this on purpose to get some customers to subscribe to both. Where the OP misses on his/her math is... Doesn't an "UNLIMITED" data plan cost $$$, and shouldn't those funds be added (at least partially) to the cost of his 6 month sub?? Just a question...

    [–] If you are ever locked out of your car check your insurance. johnconnors88 2 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago) in Frugal

    I wish more people had a Clue (no phun intended) about the advice you just gave. These services are teaser services to tempt people to jack up their C.L.U.E. report. Nothing is FREE...Nothing! These companies are creating psychological spending profiles based on how small of a claim a consumer will make regardless if there is a deductible involved or not. I mentioned this to my insurance agent over the phone, she got quiet for a moment. Remember what people don't say is just as important as what they do say.

    [–] B’ham PD releases celebratory gunfire Shot Spotter data johnconnors88 1 points ago * (lasted edited 15 days ago) in Birmingham

    More wasted tech dollars wasted by BHAM PD! If you read the report the gunfire report has doubled. Time to put on a metal roof people.

    [–] Where can I get cheap work out stuff johnconnors88 2 points ago in Frugal

    Use body weight excercises. Most can be modified to different degrees of difficulty. Free and frugal.

    [–] So has anyone been so frugal they always buy used TV's? johnconnors88 1 points ago in Frugal

    It's being penny wise, dollar foolish. If the $60 is all you have, fine. But, if you watch a lot of TV, you'd be better off investing the extra $250 for new. Time is the most precious commodity we have. If you like spending time tracking down bargains, or fixing older tv's, I have better ways to spend my time in my life. Time is money.