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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #800 on: September 06, 2016, 10:22:40 AM »
Yesterday, in the lunch room: I don't understand how people live without a nice big pile of money available to cover things like car repairs and vet bills - it must be so stressful!

Amen to that!  I am not brave enough to be in debt.  Way to scary!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #801 on: September 07, 2016, 01:09:29 PM »
Huh? How can diabetes make you need a riding mower?


Reminds me of the eternal question "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

They both have quills. Thought it was obvious.

True, but only obvious if you think hard enough to what writing was like back in those days. The thought of a quill and ink doesn't come to my mind when I think of that era.

Or it could just as easily be: they both have bills.

I had thought that the answer was that Poe wrote on both.

I've heard 'Because they both produce flat notes'

and also 'Because neither of them is an umbrella'

Both can be incinerated...

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #802 on: September 07, 2016, 03:29:50 PM »



Reminds me of the eternal question "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"


I had thought that the answer was that Poe wrote on both.

 Very nice, dream

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #803 on: September 12, 2016, 06:25:35 PM »



Reminds me of the eternal question "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"


I had thought that the answer was that Poe wrote on both.

 Very nice, dream
I agree. The winning quip.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #804 on: September 12, 2016, 10:48:43 PM »
Somehow stumbled onto the subject of retirement savings at a recent work event.  One of my co-workers shared that he maxes out his 401k each year and that his family continues to live on the level of income he had several years and two promotions in the past.  Winning!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #805 on: September 14, 2016, 06:30:51 AM »
Somehow stumbled onto the subject of retirement savings at a recent work event.  One of my co-workers shared that he maxes out his 401k each year and that his family continues to live on the level of income he had several years and two promotions in the past.  Winning!

Nice!


How many coworkers scoffed at this idea?

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #806 on: September 14, 2016, 09:02:59 PM »
A third person was there. She didn't scoff. I kinda gathered she maxed out, too, but I can't be sure.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #807 on: September 27, 2016, 11:30:14 AM »
Coworker mentioned MMM as a financial blogger they read over lunch.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #808 on: September 28, 2016, 08:08:08 PM »
My manager, who I already knew makes careful spending decisions and saves, mentioned that she subscribes to a daily email service about the market so that she can see how her blue chip stocks are travelling.

I suspect she is FI and just doesn't know it.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #809 on: October 06, 2016, 10:23:24 AM »
Another one from public transit. Bright-eyed Northwestern freshman proudly declares to her mentor that she has finally realized that getting coffee at Starbucks is too expensive when she could be paying much less at home with K-cups. Eh, baby steps, I'll take it. She's learning much earlier than many (and some never do).
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #810 on: October 07, 2016, 11:20:08 AM »
NU grad here...I left far too much money in the coffee shops around Evanston, not realizing at the time what those dollars could have become through compounding. At least I kept funding my Roth.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #811 on: October 07, 2016, 11:54:08 AM »
Last time I was in Evanston I dropped 2 grand.

Wait, that might have been the 2nd to last time. Last time might have only been $8. Same store though.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #812 on: October 07, 2016, 02:46:23 PM »
Another one from public transit. Bright-eyed Northwestern freshman proudly declares to her mentor that she has finally realized that getting coffee at Starbucks is too expensive when she could be paying much less at home with K-cups. Eh, baby steps, I'll take it. She's learning much earlier than many (and some never do).
Ok, that is funny because my 58 year old mother learned that.  Then bought a machine for work as well as home.  Then bought one for me when she came to visit when my daughter was born because she was too addicted to having them.....So might be baby steps in the wrong direction.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #813 on: October 07, 2016, 05:19:11 PM »
Somehow stumbled onto the subject of retirement savings at a recent work event.  One of my co-workers shared that he maxes out his 401k each year and that his family continues to live on the level of income he had several years and two promotions in the past.  Winning!
One of my coworkers kept complaining how every stock he picked was a sure fire loser, to the point that his previous boss made money betting against his picks.

So I shamed him occasionally on lunch walks for a couple months whenever he complained about the market.  About a month ago he asked for which total market funds I put my money into in Fidelity and Vanguard.  Since then he has come around to the total market approach rather than following the awful advice he kept believing from CNBC talking heads.  He is also digging into the details of how much SSA he and his wife will get, how her pension works, the 4% rules, and re-evaluating whether the ~2.5% return he is getting on his rental properties wouldn't be better off in VTSAX.

I am pretty sure that if he wasn't such a softy about helping his kids out with cars, phones, Apple anything, college, and free rent he would be FIRE now and does not quite realize it.  At the least I am pretty sure they would be more than OK just on his wife's salary since she really likes her job and does not want to retire for 10 more years regardless if they were FI.  I am settling for the fact that he wants to beat my 8 year goal.

Just this week he jumped all over our boss on a lunch walk for not knowing at all what his retirement picture looked like.  It was a sight to behold.  Our boss was so intrigued and hungry for a road map to approach the subject that he decided not to take the short cut back to the office and finished the long loop with us.  My coworker had done so much research after I got him fired up that I even learned a couple things over the 2 miles while he did the financial drill sergeant routine.  It was quite the sight to behold.  There is hope!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #814 on: October 08, 2016, 05:44:00 AM »
Since then he has come around to the total market approach rather than following the awful advice he kept believing from CNBC talking heads. 
Uh.... you dont mean like on TV?
Like those "Here is an awfully overpriced stock, look at that SPIKE in the graph, I let you suckers buy it so it spikes even higher and then I sell with $$$ profit and can laugh about you as you see your "investment" drop through the cellar" TV shows??

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #815 on: October 14, 2016, 08:45:59 AM »
Finally I can post to this thread!

A co-worker (mid-30s) was asking our manager about taking the retirement course as she's heard it should be taken within 10 years of retiring.  I had to pipe in ...

me: You, um, are retiring within 10 years?
cw: I'm thinking about taking a deferred annuity (DB pension, so this is a thing) and live off RRSPs until I start receiving it.
me: That's awesome! Hey did you know that if you retire before 50 you can take a lump sum payout of your pension an invest it yourself?
cw: That's interesting. Hmmm.  Well I want to retire when I'm 43 or 44.  My husband and I have been paying off our house, not buying expensive cars, and trying to save as much as possible so we can do this.  Maybe I'll pick up a part time job later on or something.  I don't want to work here for much longer.
me: Have you heard of MMM? Canadian Couch Potato?
cw: Nope.
me: link link link
< ... awesome saving / low spending / money is time conversation follows ... >


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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #816 on: October 14, 2016, 09:25:20 AM »
powersuitrecall, that's awesome!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #817 on: October 19, 2016, 12:15:00 PM »
So a while ago, I had shared the MMM post arguing against Lauren Martin's consumerist post about spending away your 20s (link: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2015/09/29/if-youre-not-getting-rich-in-your-20s-youre-doing-it-wrong/) with a young co-worker who'd just recently bought a condo. I just ran into her, and she said she's gone full-mustache. Read all the posts, and now she and her boyfriend bike to work. She was radiant!

I am ashamedly still driving my eight-year-old Toyota Camry 700 miles/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #818 on: October 22, 2016, 08:53:47 AM »
So a while ago, I had shared the MMM post arguing against Lauren Martin's consumerist post about spending away your 20s (link: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2015/09/29/if-youre-not-getting-rich-in-your-20s-youre-doing-it-wrong/) with a young co-worker who'd just recently bought a condo. I just ran into her, and she said she's gone full-mustache. Read all the posts, and now she and her boyfriend bike to work. She was radiant!

I am ashamedly still driving my eight-year-old Toyota Camry 700 miles/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #819 on: October 22, 2016, 11:33:38 AM »
Checked in with a young man who I had introduced to MMM and JL Collins a month back.

They have cut their expenses way back and are working towards being FI in about 10 years.   

A good day at work!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #820 on: October 23, 2016, 05:55:59 AM »
Hold strong, believers, for the pityful heathens are more and more converted to the one and only true God named FI!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #821 on: October 25, 2016, 09:34:49 AM »
What are we supposed to do if we're yoked to unbelievers?

My wife made a lot of progress, went to a charity auction last night and used the cash I gave her, didn't buy anything that required writing a check, but still...

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #822 on: November 02, 2016, 11:06:40 PM »
I just realized that some of the hand-me-downs that I just received from my coworkers have been through seven babies--my director's 2 kids, a coworker's only child, and 2 of my boss' before coming to me for my two kids. Now that they've grown out of them, the clothes that survived are getting bagged and going to yet another one of my coworkers. Not 'overheard' so much, but still a pretty mustachian chain of hand-me-downs and a great way to keep the children from breaking the bank.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #823 on: November 03, 2016, 05:40:06 AM »
I just realized that some of the hand-me-downs that I just received from my coworkers have been through seven babies--my director's 2 kids, a coworker's only child, and 2 of my boss' before coming to me for my two kids. Now that they've grown out of them, the clothes that survived are getting bagged and going to yet another one of my coworkers. Not 'overheard' so much, but still a pretty mustachian chain of hand-me-downs and a great way to keep the children from breaking the bank.

The great thing about hand-me-downs that have lasted a couple of kids is that you know they are good quality - you can feel good about handing them off to the next family.

Another Anti-Antimustachian occurrence at work - a co-worker renewed his mortgage at a lower rate and then set up to auto-pay his line of credit with the saved amount.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #824 on: November 04, 2016, 07:29:20 AM »
I'm amazed at how many details my co-workers share regarding their mortgages. I think I know the rate each of them is paying.

But good Lord, I would never want to know their salaries!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #825 on: November 04, 2016, 11:42:48 AM »
I'm amazed at how many details my co-workers share regarding their mortgages. I think I know the rate each of them is paying.

But good Lord, I would never want to know their salaries!

I work in the gov't so not only are our salaries known to each other, they are published online.  The only wildcard is how much overtime someone manages to rack up over the year.  When T4 time comes we all break them out and compare.  It's pretty fun :)  It's VERY different from my former private sector job, where it was against company policy to disclose your salary to co-workers.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #826 on: November 04, 2016, 01:26:19 PM »
One of my employees was telling me yesterday how pleased he was with the promotion he got this year, and how he convinced his wife to shovel it all into his 401(k), getting it up to a 20% contribution. He shared with me because we have chatted finances before and he knows I am all about saving and inverseront. Yay!
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #827 on: November 04, 2016, 01:42:10 PM »
We moved into new office space today, so for the last couple of weeks everyone has been eating all of the soup and other lunch rations we had in our cubes. Free lunches and that much less stuff to move.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #828 on: November 07, 2016, 07:47:39 AM »
My wife told me that she may go through another lay-off cycle at work. She's already survived two, but people all around her were consuming conspicuously before the previous round. Good luck, guys!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #829 on: November 07, 2016, 09:05:05 AM »
Co-worker and I recently talked about how debt is bad, eating out is expensive and unhealthy, and that we should save our money and live within our means. Nothing groundbreaking (or even mustachian, he's got a few decades on me and isn't looking to retire anytime soon), but it's still nice to talk to someone who doesn't live to consume.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #830 on: November 07, 2016, 12:22:47 PM »
Just overheard two young employees under 30 years old talking about 401K plan contributions.

- Do you max out your 401K plan?
- I try too. You?
- Well we safe a lot including to 401K, we wanna buy a house.

I did not catch how 401K plan contributions can help with buying a house other than taking a loan from it but still a nice talk of younger people at the beginning of their career.

Well done!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #831 on: November 07, 2016, 01:43:47 PM »
I did not catch how 401K plan contributions can help with buying a house other than taking a loan from it but still a nice talk of younger people at the beginning of their career.
Seems to me that he's saying he saves a lot in different accounts, but he doesn't max out his 401K because he's also saving up to buy a house.  Still, good for him!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #832 on: November 10, 2016, 09:05:10 AM »
One of my younger co-workers mentioned wanting to find a financial planner.  I referred her to the fee-only guy who first showed me the MMM website.

Old reply can you still refer this person?

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #833 on: November 10, 2016, 11:16:23 AM »
I can't remember how the conversation started (maybe post-election stocks?), but one of my captains remarked that he is way behind on investing and knowing what he's doing (and probably needs a budget overhaul).  I mentioned how I learned to do it all myself and my FIRE plans and he asked if I could teach him.  I love teaching regardless of the subject, and I get really excited when I can help someone with personal finance.  I'm going to send him my copy of "Random Walk" and "Simple Path" and start off with looking at his budget and some investment basics.  I don't think I'm going to convert him into a full Mustachian, but he definitely wants to be in a better place for retirement since at this point he definitely sees himself working into his 60s.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #834 on: November 10, 2016, 03:08:07 PM »
I have a new job with a smallish staff (about 30, compared to something over 300 in my previous department). On election day (Wednesday for us here), we watched results coming in. I went to the computer to transfer some of my spare money into my trading account to try and capitalise on the sudden drop in price of EFTs. The trading bank's website wasn't working, and when we started talking I found out FOUR of my new colleagues were having the same problem!

In my previous job I doubt anyone I worked with even knew what a trading account was.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #835 on: November 10, 2016, 06:03:31 PM »
US Federal Government employee. We were discussing the new administration and whether there would be job cuts t our department. "I'm not worried" said my coworker. "My TSP will be over a million in a year or two." I pointed out to him that he could retire right now and he said "yea, I've been thinking about it". He's just shy of 50 I think.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #836 on: November 11, 2016, 01:28:14 PM »
I have a new job with a smallish staff (about 30, compared to something over 300 in my previous department). On election day (Wednesday for us here), we watched results coming in. I went to the computer to transfer some of my spare money into my trading account to try and capitalise on the sudden drop in price of EFTs. The trading bank's website wasn't working, and when we started talking I found out FOUR of my new colleagues were having the same problem!

In my previous job I doubt anyone I worked with even knew what a trading account was.

One of my coworkers had a nice windfall Tuesday night dabbling in Dow futures (I think?)

I'm glad he was doing something productive. I was watching election returns and drinking heavily.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #837 on: November 11, 2016, 08:52:10 PM »
Spendy Co-worker asked me how much I put in the company sponsored Simple IRA plan. I didn't want to tell her how much exactly because I couldn't guess why she was asking, so I said "a lot, why do you ask?" She said she wanted to stop just putting in the 3% to get a match and wanted to do more, so we chatted about a few things. She had just turned 40 and I think the number hit her hard... That was about a month or two ago. Today, my boss yelled across the office (he isn't very tactful) to make sure he was putting the change in correctly when he called in our pay. Turns out she decided to turn off her $230 cable bill and add all of it to her 3%.  Baby steps! If you knew her, you'd be proud!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #838 on: November 12, 2016, 01:47:04 PM »
Spendy Co-worker asked me how much I put in the company sponsored Simple IRA plan. I didn't want to tell her how much exactly because I couldn't guess why she was asking, so I said "a lot, why do you ask?" She said she wanted to stop just putting in the 3% to get a match and wanted to do more, so we chatted about a few things. She had just turned 40 and I think the number hit her hard... That was about a month or two ago. Today, my boss yelled across the office (he isn't very tactful) to make sure he was putting the change in correctly when he called in our pay. Turns out she decided to turn off her $230 cable bill and add all of it to her 3%.  Baby steps! If you knew her, you'd be proud!

That doesn't sound like baby step.  Saves her $2,760/yr and reduces her total stach needed by $69,000.  With the extra tax savings she'll gain she is probably saving over $3k/yr in reality. That's one giant leap for mustachianism!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #839 on: January 15, 2017, 12:06:52 AM »
One of my younger co-workers was discussing his recent wedding. Both he and his wife are fans of ice cream cakes, and since they're both quite frugal they decided to order their wedding cake from Baskin-Robbins.

Unlike many retailers that jack up prices for all things wedding-related, it turns out that Baskin-Robbins doesn't. A wedding cake (made of ice cream) costs just the same as any of their other ice cream cakes.
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #840 on: January 17, 2017, 10:19:12 AM »
One of my younger co-workers was discussing his recent wedding. Both he and his wife are fans of ice cream cakes, and since they're both quite frugal they decided to order their wedding cake from Baskin-Robbins.

Unlike many retailers that jack up prices for all things wedding-related, it turns out that Baskin-Robbins doesn't. A wedding cake (made of ice cream) costs just the same as any of their other ice cream cakes.

That's very good to know! I LOVE DQ's cakes.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #841 on: January 17, 2017, 11:13:35 AM »
I walked over to ask a question to a co-worker.
Him: What should I increase it to?
Me: Huh?
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

I give him props for turning his finances around lately. He lived an hour plus away, and commuted with his wife to work. They put their house on rent recently and rented a significantly smaller apartment closer to work.  Also they got rid of the nanny and put the kids back into the excellent workplace daycare center.
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #842 on: January 17, 2017, 11:18:13 AM »
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

Unless he makes a ton of money, that's pretty amazing to go from 10% to a max without having to really think about it.  We save more than enough to max, but I still had to think about the implications of what that does to our various accounts to actually put that much money away into a retirement account.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #843 on: January 17, 2017, 03:22:30 PM »
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

Unless he makes a ton of money, that's pretty amazing to go from 10% to a max without having to really think about it. 

I did this shortly after finding this site.  I was putting in 6%, because that was the max company max.  I was then putting another 5% elsewhere, and thinking that I was killing it because I had achieved and 11% retirement saving rate.  Once I found MMM, I immediately maxed. 
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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #844 on: January 17, 2017, 04:18:42 PM »
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

Unless he makes a ton of money, that's pretty amazing to go from 10% to a max without having to really think about it. 

I did this shortly after finding this site.  I was putting in 6%, because that was the max company max.  I was then putting another 5% elsewhere, and thinking that I was killing it because I had achieved and 11% retirement saving rate.  Once I found MMM, I immediately maxed.

Good point!

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #845 on: January 17, 2017, 05:04:04 PM »
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

Unless he makes a ton of money, that's pretty amazing to go from 10% to a max without having to really think about it. 

I did this shortly after finding this site.  I was putting in 6%, because that was the max company max.  I was then putting another 5% elsewhere, and thinking that I was killing it because I had achieved and 11% retirement saving rate.  Once I found MMM, I immediately maxed.

I switched to maxing after finding this site too; fairly quickly- but not immediately upon seeing the suggestion. I spent a little while thinking "huh, wonder why I haven't done that before" and the implications of it. Read if there were other strategies that might be better; benefit to tax deferred etc.

This sounds like the guy just changed the entry the second someone suggested it. No reading up on the implications, no thinking about how it affects the accounts, etc.  Just "oh, 18k it is".

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #846 on: January 17, 2017, 05:56:33 PM »
Girl (15) that helps out a few afternoons a week, bought herself new boots and when asked by a school friend how much they cost, she replied in hours worked.





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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #847 on: January 17, 2017, 06:13:42 PM »
Girl (15) that helps out a few afternoons a week, bought herself new boots and when asked by a school friend how much they cost, she replied in hours worked.

That's awesome! I remember in college I started to think of money in terms of pizza slices. "Hey, MgoSam it's only $4." "Hell no, that's 4 pizza slices!"

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #848 on: January 18, 2017, 06:15:40 AM »
Him: I'm at 10%, what do you do?
Me: (I saw he was on his 401(K) Vanguard page.) I max it.
Him: OK. Me too. (proceeds to change his.)

Unless he makes a ton of money, that's pretty amazing to go from 10% to a max without having to really think about it. 

I did this shortly after finding this site.  I was putting in 6%, because that was the max company max.  I was then putting another 5% elsewhere, and thinking that I was killing it because I had achieved and 11% retirement saving rate.  Once I found MMM, I immediately maxed.

I switched to maxing after finding this site too; fairly quickly- but not immediately upon seeing the suggestion. I spent a little while thinking "huh, wonder why I haven't done that before" and the implications of it. Read if there were other strategies that might be better; benefit to tax deferred etc.

This sounds like the guy just changed the entry the second someone suggested it. No reading up on the implications, no thinking about how it affects the accounts, etc.  Just "oh, 18k it is".
We're paid quite well. Starting salary in my team is $85k. I know he makes at least 95. His wife also has a stable well-paid civilian job. He's loud at times, and I've heard him say he has too much disposable income and he wants to reduce it. He was getting crazy suggestions like H&B, buy a boat or some big toy for big boys, or a fast car.

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Re: Overheard at Work: The Anti-Antimustachian Edition
« Reply #849 on: January 18, 2017, 07:27:34 AM »
Girl (15) that helps out a few afternoons a week, bought herself new boots and when asked by a school friend how much they cost, she replied in hours worked.
That's awesome! I remember in college I started to think of money in terms of pizza slices. "Hey, MgoSam it's only $4." "Hell no, that's 4 pizza slices!"

I did the same as this girl when I was in my first job. My hourly rate after taxed worked out to 5, so I'd withdraw my cash in 5 notes and think really hard about handing them over. My money mistakes started when I started to earn more than 5/hour and lost that thinking. I also gave into a bit of peer pressure when people thought I was being stupid for equating a 5 note with an hour waiting tables when I was no longer working waiting tables. If I could go back in time, for five seconds to deliver one kick to the groin, it would be then.