I once heard that when you get a call with some dead air and no speaker on the other end of the line (meaning that it is a computer calling you to figure out when there is a good time for the actual telemarketer to call you another day or night), you should hit some combination of the # and * keys to "confuse" the computer into thinking there is something wrong with the line so it will tell the telemarketers not to try to call you. Is this some not-so-old wives tale or does it actually work?
I have tried it few times over the years but can't really be sure if it works (can't measure a negative).
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.
"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"