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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14200 on: July 19, 2016, 11:54:11 AM »
And the new model Honda Fits also have the no-AC option: 3K cheaper than the AC option (16K vs 19K).
This must be a Canada thing because the base Fit in the US comes standard with AC. At least for 2016+

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14201 on: July 19, 2016, 12:54:19 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

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« Reply #14202 on: July 19, 2016, 12:56:51 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14203 on: July 19, 2016, 01:11:03 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

I was about to post the AC as a dehumidifier. Being in Chicago, it is almost a necessity. I remember a couple of times when I drove a car with broken AC in the summer that my choices were to not be able to see through the windshield, pull over every 2 minutes to wipe it off, or not drive. Even with the heat on it wouldn't dry it out. And no one wants to put the heat on when it is 98* anyways.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14204 on: July 19, 2016, 01:23:40 PM »
The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Yes, we love having A/C in the car in Texas summers. But I find the A/C handy during our brief winter too as the A/C's de-humidification effect stops condensation from building up on the inside of cold windows. Is that not a problem in Canada?

The heater dries the air, too.  A/C defrost (defog?) is nice when it's not cold enough to need to turn on the heat, but you still need to dry out the inside of the windshield.  That's not really an issue in Canada winter though, as you'll always be using the heater :-)

I was about to post the AC as a dehumidifier. Being in Chicago, it is almost a necessity. I remember a couple of times when I drove a car with broken AC in the summer that my choices were to not be able to see through the windshield, pull over every 2 minutes to wipe it off, or not drive. Even with the heat on it wouldn't dry it out. And no one wants to put the heat on when it is 98* anyways.
Most heaters don't actually remove moisture.  Heaters change the temperature of the air, which increases the maximum absolute humidity, which then lowers the relative humidity.  If it's already hot out, increasing the temp isn't going to change the maximum absolute humidity much, and therefore won't lower the relative humidity much.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14205 on: July 19, 2016, 02:09:44 PM »
Lady in my office:

1) Trying to tell an amusing anecdote: "My dog is so spoiled, but I'm okay with it. She rides right in the middle on the leather eats of my $100,000 Lexus SUV on the way to the cottage and my kids are stuck in the back! Funny right?"

Later...

2) "My cottage is too much work these days. I spend all my time trying to get people to rent it so I can cover the expenses for it and for the boat."

3) "On the way home, I rear-ended somebody in the car and it's going to cost something like $5000 dollars, because Lexus has special parts. Such an inconvenience"

She also commutes 90 minutes to work every day one-way...

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14206 on: July 19, 2016, 04:02:36 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

My 2007 hyundai accent has AC, but not power locks and windows. They're still out there!

My 2002 Silverado also has manual locks and windows.

Love those manual windows.  Great exercise! :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14207 on: July 19, 2016, 04:08:43 PM »
Maybe manual windows and manual locks will become part of the new (old) security system which includes manual transmissions. These cars/trucks will be so weird nobody can/will steal them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14208 on: July 19, 2016, 06:44:21 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats haha.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Like, at that price, open the windows.

The AC on my '06 is functionally broken. It is a white car but with a black interior. Yeah, for those thirty days, for half an hour each, it is pretty awful. But then I discovered that I can just keep my windows cracked open two centimetres when I'm not using it and a few more while driving.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14209 on: July 19, 2016, 10:13:36 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats haha.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

The no-AC is a bit of a drag in summer, but I discussed it with my husband last week (because we're looking at needing a second car in about 18 months, and will likely buy another fit, since it's perfect for our needs and we have no complaints and it's a good car for a good price): we're in Quebec. Assuming we keep a car 6 years (we're rural and drive a lot), that 3K extra is 500$/summer for AC on the car. Which, realistically, we'd actually use... 25 days? Maybe 30?

Like, at that price, open the windows.

The AC on my '06 is functionally broken. It is a white car but with a black interior. Yeah, for those thirty days, for half an hour each, it is pretty awful. But then I discovered that I can just keep my windows cracked open two centimetres when I'm not using it and a few more while driving.

It's really not that expensive to add AC to your car.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14210 on: July 19, 2016, 10:16:13 PM »

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

How dare you, how could she possibly be happy rear-ending someone with something less than a $100k Lexus?  :)

Oh and what the hell kind of Lexus costs $100k?  I mean, I know Lexus can be some damn expensive cars Toyotas, but i wow, $100k is a whole new level of stupid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14211 on: July 20, 2016, 02:18:58 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

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« Reply #14212 on: July 20, 2016, 03:49:12 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

That's really good to hear. I've had my iPhone 4 screen shatter twice. Both times it was so bad I could not use the phone and it was when I was so busy I was like "I have to have this fixed RIGHT NOW, I cannot even wait a day for parts to come, let alone spend time fixing it", so I dashed to a high street repair shop. (I need emails on my phone all the time for work, and I'm self-employed.) But I'd like it to break one day when I have time to try out fixing it myself.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14213 on: July 20, 2016, 05:17:49 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

I too have the same phone and it's about the same age. It was handed down to me by a friend who's contract had ended. She was paying $65 a month for it and is now paying a similar amount for her iPhone 6. Meanwhile I have a 30 day rolling contract that allows me 125 minutes, 100MB of data and 500 texts, and it costs $6.50 per month. In a year's time her new contract would have ended, so I will probably get her iPhone 6. I can then sell the iPhone 5 and that will pay my monthly bill for at least 6 months.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14214 on: July 20, 2016, 07:54:44 AM »


I too have the same phone and it's about the same age. It was handed down to me by a friend who's contract had ended. She was paying $65 a month for it and is now paying a similar amount for her iPhone 6. Meanwhile I have a 30 day rolling contract that allows me 125 minutes, 100MB of data and 500 texts, and it costs $6.50 per month. In a year's time her new contract would have ended, so I will probably get her iPhone 6. I can then sell the iPhone 5 and that will pay my monthly bill for at least 6 months.
It's good to have spendypants friends!  :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14215 on: July 20, 2016, 10:11:22 AM »
On topic, I work with someone who bought a $7,000 riding mower the other week. He lives on half an acre. When I asked him why he bought it, he said that he wanted one that would last. Riiiight...

Have never needed one, how much should one ordinarily spend?

I lived on 2.5 acres with my ex. We paid $500 for a used fairly high end John Deere.

Back in spendypants days we bought one new off the floor for $1500 +/-. It was an MTD though - even then I wasn't willing to pay a premium for green paint. And having worked in a machine shop making parts for JD, I never felt like there was anything special about them.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14216 on: July 20, 2016, 11:28:33 AM »

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

How dare you, how could she possibly be happy rear-ending someone with something less than a $100k Lexus?  :)

Oh and what the hell kind of Lexus costs $100k?  I mean, I know Lexus can be some damn expensive cars Toyotas, but i wow, $100k is a whole new level of stupid.

Lexus LS 600h L, 2016 model starts at USD 120,400.
http://www.lexus.com/models/LS-hybrid

But they last a long time.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14217 on: July 20, 2016, 11:51:40 AM »

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

How dare you, how could she possibly be happy rear-ending someone with something less than a $100k Lexus?  :)

Oh and what the hell kind of Lexus costs $100k?  I mean, I know Lexus can be some damn expensive cars Toyotas, but i wow, $100k is a whole new level of stupid.

Lexus LS 600h L, 2016 model starts at USD 120,400.
http://www.lexus.com/models/LS-hybrid

But they last a long time.

Depreciation is killer. $63k for this low mileage 2012 which according to the description had a new sticker price of $131k. That works out to $2.91/mile in deprecation alone!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14218 on: July 20, 2016, 12:54:57 PM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

I too have the same phone and it's about the same age. It was handed down to me by a friend who's contract had ended. She was paying $65 a month for it and is now paying a similar amount for her iPhone 6. Meanwhile I have a 30 day rolling contract that allows me 125 minutes, 100MB of data and 500 texts, and it costs $6.50 per month. In a year's time her new contract would have ended, so I will probably get her iPhone 6. I can then sell the iPhone 5 and that will pay my monthly bill for at least 6 months.
CodAlmighty, what carrier do you have your cell phone plan on?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14219 on: July 20, 2016, 01:14:27 PM »

I don't have the heart to tell her that she is very well off and she should sell everything and retire already!

How dare you, how could she possibly be happy rear-ending someone with something less than a $100k Lexus?  :)

Oh and what the hell kind of Lexus costs $100k?  I mean, I know Lexus can be some damn expensive cars Toyotas, but i wow, $100k is a whole new level of stupid.

Lexus LS 600h L, 2016 model starts at USD 120,400.
http://www.lexus.com/models/LS-hybrid

But they last a long time.

Depreciation is killer. $63k for this low mileage 2012 which according to the description had a new sticker price of $131k. That works out to $2.91/mile in deprecation alone!
The sweet spot is models that are 6 years old and the manuf warranties are expired. You can get 5-6 year old LS 460L for $mid-20s to $low-30s, mileage dependent. A 2011 model with 26500 miles is advertised for $35k. I'm not sold on the hybrid stuff.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14220 on: July 20, 2016, 03:13:54 PM »
That Lexus gets 23 MPG even with the hybrid equipment???

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« Reply #14221 on: July 20, 2016, 04:04:27 PM »
That Lexus gets 23 MPG even with the hybrid equipment???

Same as the non-hybrid (AWD models) on the highway. The only improvement is with city economy, which goes from 16 mpg to 19 mpg. I'm guessing it still has to use the V8 at highway speeds. Also, it weighs 5,115 pounds!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14222 on: July 20, 2016, 04:31:11 PM »
Today I asked my boss what he was doing on the weekend. So he tells me the following:

boss: I am going on a bar tour
me: okay
boss: Only instead of a bus driving us to the bars it will be a helicopter
me: holy sh#$balls

Total cost is $750AUD plus alcohol. novelty can be expensive. Also there is 1 extra spot and if he doesn't fill it he will have to pay for that seat as well.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14223 on: July 20, 2016, 06:44:53 PM »
The only improvement is with city economy, which goes from 16 mpg to 19 mpg.

Holy shit, hold the phone! Now get me Greenpeace on the line! I need to tell them how Lexus just saved the Goddamn Earth all by themselves!!! :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14224 on: July 20, 2016, 09:31:40 PM »
That Lexus gets 23 MPG even with the hybrid equipment???

Same as the non-hybrid (AWD models) on the highway. The only improvement is with city economy, which goes from 16 mpg to 19 mpg. I'm guessing it still has to use the V8 at highway speeds. Also, it weighs 5,115 pounds!

5115lbs!  Is it an armoured car or does it also do heavy excavation work?  (Yeah I know there are way heavier cars than even this, sadly). 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14225 on: July 20, 2016, 10:59:03 PM »
That Lexus gets 23 MPG even with the hybrid equipment???

Same as the non-hybrid (AWD models) on the highway. The only improvement is with city economy, which goes from 16 mpg to 19 mpg. I'm guessing it still has to use the V8 at highway speeds. Also, it weighs 5,115 pounds!

5115lbs!  Is it an armoured car or does it also do heavy excavation work?  (Yeah I know there are way heavier cars than even this, sadly).

It's all the safety features.... if you believe the other flame/thread on the topic. :D
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14226 on: July 21, 2016, 01:03:40 AM »
I get a remark about once a week about my phone (an iphone 5, barely 3 years old)

So far i've been able to replace the battery, screen and charger port. The charger port I was told by apple that it was impossible to replace. $10 from amazon later it's good as new. I didn't realize how easy the iphones were to fix and tear down.

That's really good to hear. I've had my iPhone 4 screen shatter twice. Both times it was so bad I could not use the phone and it was when I was so busy I was like "I have to have this fixed RIGHT NOW, I cannot even wait a day for parts to come, let alone spend time fixing it", so I dashed to a high street repair shop. (I need emails on my phone all the time for work, and I'm self-employed.) But I'd like it to break one day when I have time to try out fixing it myself.

If you're the kinda person who breaks screens frequently and can't wait 24hours (amazon has same day shipping on iphone 5 screens in my area) it may be prudent to just have one handy since they are only $22. About a quarter of the price of having it repaired. Watch some of the "jerryrigeverything" youtubes and you'll be able to fix them easily in no time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14227 on: July 21, 2016, 02:13:31 AM »
Hybrid supercars use electric motors for low-end performance, not for efficiency. This shouldn't be a surprise.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14228 on: July 21, 2016, 12:55:10 PM »
Speaking of iPhones, my 4S died recently and couldn't be fixed.   I qualified for a free upgrade to a 6, or - for a mere $50 - I could get a 6S.   I kept saying patiently "I want the free one, please."   The guy didn't give up until I said "Look - I loved my 4S.   The only reason why I'm here today for an upgrade is that it can't be fixed."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14229 on: July 21, 2016, 01:21:13 PM »
The only improvement is with city economy, which goes from 16 mpg to 19 mpg.

Holy shit, hold the phone! Now get me Greenpeace on the line! I need to tell them how Lexus just saved the Goddamn Earth all by themselves!!! :D

It's not often that something on the internet actually makes me laugh out loud...

Well played.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14230 on: July 21, 2016, 02:44:24 PM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14231 on: July 21, 2016, 02:44:36 PM »
CW, really nice lady, invited me and other colleagues to go to Starbucks (I generally drink Starbucks when join colleagues or friends). On our way we had a small talk and somehow ended up discussing Costco. I complained that every time my husband and I go there, we end up leaving a bunch of money there. Minimum $80. This happens because generally we eat quite pricy food because we love fruits, veggies, fish, cheese, and wine.

CW told that that was nothing because she and her husband leave there at least $800 each time they go..

I was so shocked that did not have time to ask how often they do this.

Holy-moly!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14232 on: July 21, 2016, 02:54:51 PM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.

TIL it is apparently weird to eat before attending a sports game.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14233 on: July 21, 2016, 03:02:14 PM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.

TIL it is apparently weird to eat before attending a sports game.

I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14234 on: July 21, 2016, 03:24:24 PM »
...CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear

I guard against this by giving people way too much information. Even though friends/relatives don't question my spending, I still feel the need to share with them my entire rationale. A friend noticed that I was wearing a new cardigan.

Me: "I sold five things on eBay offset the cost!"
Her: "... I was just going to say it was pretty!"

Me, defensive much. :/

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14235 on: July 21, 2016, 05:36:22 PM »
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?

No matter how many times I use that line I still get a little thrill of being a laconic badass. It has that real "Then we'll fight in the shade" ring to it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14236 on: July 21, 2016, 05:42:07 PM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.
I enjoyed this.

But I'm the weirdo who takes her kids to free concerts at the park instead of pay concerts.  Parks for free and walks a mile.  And eats before we go, and then packs water to drink.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14237 on: July 21, 2016, 06:34:10 PM »
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?

No matter how many times I use that line I still get a little thrill of being a laconic badass. It has that real "Then we'll fight in the shade" ring to it.

I get similar comments about rain every time I show up on a motorcycle.  Though I get to say "You may be right." and have Billy Joel playing in my head. :D
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14238 on: July 21, 2016, 07:32:42 PM »
From my colleague: "When are you gonna get a new car? It's so old! And, really, manual door locks??! You might as well be living in the 80s!"
Me: "You know what else my car has? No monthly payments, and low gas bills. I'll get rid of it when it falls apart on the highway."
*Silence*
Colleage: "HOW did you manage no car payments??!?! Did your parents buy you a car?"

Excuse me, I'm gonna go hit my head against the wall now.

For the record: I drive a  2011 Honda Fit that my husband and I bought new in 2011. It has no AC, manual locks, and is VERY reliable. We share the car, so we only HAVE one car to afford and maintain. And how we managed car payments: well, we bought a car after 5 years of working professional-level jobs in a city with excellent public transit, and we saved money instead of going out every night. That's how we afforded the car.

Parents, indeed *harumph* Honestly, I'm kind of insulted.

You bought a 2011 model that didn't have AC or auto locks...didn't know that was possible, my '99 toyota has both plus heated seats.  Don't tell me you have to manually roll down the windows too?

Yeah, my car, which is a '93 Accord also has Power Windows, Power Mirrors, auto locks, and AC (though the AC kind of sucks and I never turn it on cause it kills the mileage).

My colleagues also keep on asking me when I'm going to buy a new car. My standard response is I will buy one when my current car isn't doing its job anymore ... which is to get me from Point A to Point B.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14239 on: July 21, 2016, 11:16:23 PM »
A colleague is finishing up today after being made redundant.

He will be 76 in October and the company has been waiting for him to bow out gracefully, but he just couldn't afford to retire.

He's on his fifth wife. Wears $15 shirts but gets them dry-cleaned. Buys two or three coffees a day. His wife is in her late 60 and she 'retired' for about six months and is now back at work.

They moved last year to a five-bedroom house "so we have room for the grandchildren when they visit". A colleague told me they are renting, estimated their rent at $950-$1150/week.

I've rolled my eyes a lot at this guy's behaviour over the years but now it's just ... sad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14240 on: July 22, 2016, 12:24:21 AM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.
Me:Fuck you.
fixed it for you.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14241 on: July 22, 2016, 03:44:10 AM »
Speaking of iPhones, my 4S died recently and couldn't be fixed.   I qualified for a free upgrade to a 6, or - for a mere $50 - I could get a 6S.   I kept saying patiently "I want the free one, please."   The guy didn't give up until I said "Look - I loved my 4S.   The only reason why I'm here today for an upgrade is that it can't be fixed."

What appeared to be the problem? All the components can be bought on amazon so it's very likely it could be fixed after watching a few youtubes. My latest issue was with the charging port, but have also swapped batteries and screens fairly quickly.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14242 on: July 22, 2016, 06:55:32 AM »
A colleague is finishing up today after being made redundant.

He will be 76 in October and the company has been waiting for him to bow out gracefully, but he just couldn't afford to retire.

He's on his fifth wife. Wears $15 shirts but gets them dry-cleaned. Buys two or three coffees a day. His wife is in her late 60 and she 'retired' for about six months and is now back at work.

They moved last year to a five-bedroom house "so we have room for the grandchildren when they visit". A colleague told me they are renting, estimated their rent at $950-$1150/week.

I've rolled my eyes a lot at this guy's behaviour over the years but now it's just ... sad.

Oh wow... that is really sad... almost $60,000 a year in rent! How on earth is he going to afford that now?

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« Reply #14243 on: July 22, 2016, 08:58:05 AM »
A colleague is finishing up today after being made redundant.

He will be 76 in October and the company has been waiting for him to bow out gracefully, but he just couldn't afford to retire.

He's on his fifth wife. Wears $15 shirts but gets them dry-cleaned. Buys two or three coffees a day. His wife is in her late 60 and she 'retired' for about six months and is now back at work.

They moved last year to a five-bedroom house "so we have room for the grandchildren when they visit". A colleague told me they are renting, estimated their rent at $950-$1150/week.

I've rolled my eyes a lot at this guy's behaviour over the years but now it's just ... sad.

Oh wow... that is really sad... almost $60,000 a year in rent! How on earth is he going to afford that now?

Yeah that is incredibly sad. It's always unfortunate when you see someone that has been working their entire life and still doesn't have much savings. A good friend of mine's parents are amazing, but it's crazy that he's still working at 65 after 40+ years of working and they have a house that has about 7 years of payments left, and they are still eating out and buying plenty of toys. My friend told me that they recently bought a friend's pontoon even though they already had one that was only a little bit smaller.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14244 on: July 22, 2016, 09:34:04 AM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14245 on: July 22, 2016, 09:42:09 AM »
When new lunch places open up around my office (NYC) CWs have been coming back saying "yea it wasn't bad, and it was only about $10!"

I always want to reply, "yea, or only 3 grand a year!!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14246 on: July 22, 2016, 09:49:01 AM »
I had this conversation today... it's not mind blowing like somethings on this thread, but it amused me. Because CW seems very suspicious of our lifestyle and loves to challenge me when we are "spending money" as if to prove we aren't as frugal as we appear (I feel I should note, I never actually bring up money with this particular person, she just really seems very interested in how I choose to spend my money since the time she over heard me talking about savings and retirement with someone who was genuinely interested and of a similar mindset of me)

CW: What are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to a baseball game.
CW: Oh, [Triple A team one hour away]? That's fun. But I thought you didn't spend money on things like that!
Me: No, [college league team in town]. The games are a lot fun and tickets are really cheap, even if DH hadn't gotten tonight's tickets free through work.
CW: Well you still have to drive there and pay for gas!
Me: We'll ride our bikes. It's only about 5 miles.
CW: But it might rain.
Me: So we'll get wet?
CW: Well you still have to eat supper at the park!
Me: We'll just eat at home before we go.
CW: That's just weird.

Just replying to add, we did in fact get wet. Didn't change our enjoyment of the game (or the lovely ride home). Also ate at home, because, like others have mentioned, the food is better there. But I did get ice cream at the park. They just have really ice cream.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14247 on: July 22, 2016, 09:49:44 AM »
They just have really ice cream.
So cream. Very dairy. Wow.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14248 on: July 22, 2016, 10:11:27 AM »
I am not at all frugal about eating out (I know, it's on me), but I will eat a protein bar on the way rather than ice cold nachos or an old hot dog at a sports game. Even in box seats at major NYC  games, I still haven't seen too much approaching actual food at games.

My personal weakness is for the poutine at the local minor league baseball stadium. I get it every time.

If there were poutine I might also be weak. $10 popcorn, not so much.  Although I do buy $10 beers, haha.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14249 on: July 22, 2016, 11:20:30 AM »

If there were poutine I might also be weak. $10 popcorn, not so much.  Although I do buy $10 beers, haha.

Man, benefit of living in the middle of nowhere.
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