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Old 07-23-2015, 10:46 PM   #21
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Update - I asked insurance agent (independent) to shop around for auto:homeowners:umbrella policies and she just called me back with a quote that will save me more than 200 dollars per month all in.

I need to make double sure coverages are similar but she quoted in writing and so far it looks really competitive.

The auto insurance especially (with a couple teen drivers) is markedly less.

Stay tuned ....

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Old 07-26-2015, 10:04 PM   #22
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So we have shopped the auto and homeowners as well as umbrella policy and the total new quote comes in with a significant savings across every insurance type for like to like coverage.

In total we will save nearly $1.5k per year which drops the bill from 5.5k to approx 4 k per year.

It pays to shop insurance with an independent agent every few years. After I did this , I coincidentally saw Dave Ramsey suggesting the same as a #1 money saving tip.

Wow it sure saves me some dough !!

The biggest swing factors were for some 2 wheeled toys that I own. Much better rates. The teen driver was a little more expensive but what I save overall on auto, umbrella and homeowners makes it worthwhile to switch ...

The service level of my prior insurance really dropped the past couple years and this savings pushed me over the top. For years the people insurance could NOT be beat .... but not any more ...

Pegboard and shelving went up in the garage today too. A decent father-sons project.

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Old 07-28-2015, 06:15 PM   #23
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For TV - have not decided what specific model but am going to find a cheap 1080p in 48-50 inch class. Hoping to get for under 500 dollars as a back to school or thanksgiving cycle promo. Will check Amazon too.
Not sure if you've already purchased a TV but personally i would try to find a used 1080P Plasma from Panasonic. In my experience, plasma has far better picture quality than LED if you can control the ambient lighting (not as bright as LED).

Plasma is not being made anymore (so sad) but I think you can find one used for well under $500.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:29 PM   #24
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Decided we don't watch enough TV to really justify getting a big new one for the family room. The 32 inch LCD will work fine for now and will wait for the super bowl sale cycle to see about a bigger one.

I'll be starting some classes next month and will keep me entertained through those. So... a pause on the TV..

We're hopefully dialing in on a post fire "essentials" budget and to that will add some of the fun categories too. Still not sure what the budget will work out to be -- need a few months for life (and expenses) to stabilize in new location and can then determine the exact WR for essential (Spartan) and then for essential plus (Athens) budget.

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