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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:36:46 AM »
Two day two park pass was about $130 per person. They can mail it to you or you can pick it up free. The Chabad house is a store front five min away from Universal.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:57:10 AM »
Chabad of South Orlando usually the best prices available. You can also try undercover tourist.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:24:29 AM »

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:56:15 AM »
Just spent 4 days 3 nights in Orlando. Got the 3 nights in the Rosen Shingle Resort (4 and half stars) for $150 via travelocity w a $50 statement credit from AMEX. Spent 2 days @ Universal Studios, got the 2 day 2 park pass from Chabad, couldn't find anything cheaper than that.

Was thinking about getting the Express pass from Universal but was too much $. ($80 per person per day!). Sounded enticing considering that the better rides all had 2 hr+ wait times regularly. Buyer beware!!! Not necessary to spend that money. We went around from ride to ride just walking up the exit ramp and right on to the ride, no lines at all, not event the express line. We had experienced a problem at one of the rides and the greeter told us to just walk up to the next ride and tell them that this greeter asked to accommodate us and should be no prob. From then on we went around to the greeter of each ride and smiled said hello and said that the greeter from some other ride asked to accommodate us. Better than express and no $.

To top it off I went to guest relations before we left and complained to them too that were spending so much time on lines and getting stuck on rides. Could we please get two free tix to come back. She gave us the tix np. Just asked for a statement to improve their service. She then gave us a card to bring to the ticket window next time we come for free tix. No expiration date, no questions. ;D

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Orlando Master Thread
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:44:14 AM »
When we were there a few weeks ago on the front of the truck there were small round tables with chairs & umbrellas. On the back side of the truck there's a long table with chairs. If it's busy I'm sure there wouldn't be enough chairs, there were maybe 15-20 total. We thought about eating in our air conditioned rented car.
+1 Tried it out last week, Took it to go, good price for good food. :)

Credit Cards / Re: Amex Platinum
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:24:50 PM »
Have a question and hope that someone can help me out. My wife was targeted by AMEX for 100k points offer to sign up. We did and were approved. A couple weeks later she got another offer from AMEX for the same card and same bonus, but new offer. This time I applied in my name w my SS. Got a response from AMEX to my email but addressed in my wife's name asking for me to call back to give them and give them my SS and Business phone number. I dunno what to say, my SS or my wife's? On the app I used my own. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

General Discussion / Re: foodstamps
« on: July 22, 2013, 06:07:47 PM »
Students still need to work but for less hrs per week than if not a student.

General Discussion / Re: foodstamps
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:00:48 AM »
Don't have personal experience but SNAP is a federal program and the benefit cards are provided by state agencies. you should be able to get them in Monsey as well.

just thinking out loud here  :D why would anyone open a short term cd w/ ally when the reg savings account offers a higher yield w/o a penalty.
W/o the bonus .25% for loyalty renewal, I understand how that would be beneficial. Start with a minimal amount and then add more later as has been repeated a few times here. But to stam lock the money for a few months and earn less than reg savings???

On The Road / Re: Road Trip: NYC-FL
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:53:53 AM »
Actually in middle of the same trip myself with my wife. Went to Watercountry USA in Williamsburg VA. They have a partnership w Busch Gardens. Dunno if its still available but i got tix for a 1 day pass to the park and it had an option for unlimited visits until Sept 2. plan on going again on the way back north for a couple days, so got 3 admissions to the park for $50 pp. Seemed like a gr8 deal to me.
Also a nice town in North Fla, Old St. Augustine. It's supposedly the oldest town in the continental US or something like that. There is a model of a wooden frigate from Spain that is on a tour around the world docked there as of two weeks ago. Looked pretty cool. Did a helicopter tour over the area for $100 pp, and really enjoyed it.
There was a place I saw on TA to see how to make glass things and you could make your own objects in Baltimore. Didn't have a chance to see it but looked really good and had gr8 reviews.

General Discussion / Re: foodstamps
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:22:53 AM »
Can kollel yungerleit qualify for foodstamps in N.Y. Or they need a registered job?
I applied for FS in Brooklyn in April 2013. Applied through access nyc ( IO am learning in Kollel, just said that I worked for a company and got a letter saying that I worked there w/ a salary less than my rent. Said that my wife was a full time student. Said that my assets were over 15k. The application went through w/o any problems BH. They called me for a phone interview, asked me how I cover rent since I reported that I was earning less than my rent cost, said I was using savings. I had to go down to the HR center (then in Coney Island right by all the projects  :o) and give them paperwork showing that I earned what I reported (just a letter on the company letterhead) what my assets were (bank statement two months old) and how much my rent was (letter from the building management). They approved me for over 350 a month.
A month or two later they wrote to me that my wife and I needed to work min 80 hrs a week or go to their class to learn how to apply for a job min 30 or 35 hrs a week. Didn't matter if the work for 80 hrs received a salary, just that we were working. My wife and I are both FT students and don't fall under those rules but when I went down to the center w/ proof, (letters from school) they didn't even bother to look @ them, said it was np and not to worry about it.

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