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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15450 on: October 24, 2016, 08:20:16 AM »
BINGO!

I've heard people say well, you make $$ per hour at work, of course you can afford to pay someone $ per hour to do your task.

No, I'm at home, in the evening or on the weekend.
I have time to do it. I have the skills to do it. I might hire someone but its not b/c I don't have the time.

Usually I hire it out if I don't have the skills and then I watch so next time I can do it for myself. ;)

Yep. When I complain about boring errands, my husband always reminds me, "unless you get a second job, your free time is worth nothing".

Also, I remember complaining to my dad about the hourly rate at my first job (3.83 an hour). He said, "Do you think you're worth more?", and I said, "Yeah, I'm worth like 5 an hour!".

And he just said, "Nope. Sorry. You're worth what you can get someone to pay you. Not a penny more". Good lesson.

I remind our teenager that he is poor and just about unemployed (part time work) so the notions of custom cars and motorcycles will have to wait until he has more money in a few year. He might have enough money to buy something shiny but he still can't afford it b/c it decimates his savings. ;)

We mapped out the major life events over his next ten years the other night in the car. School (uni or trades) or military, first apartment, maybe marriage, maybe children of his own, adventures/travel, etc. I think I smelled smoke wafting out of his ears after that conversation. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15451 on: October 24, 2016, 08:23:18 AM »
BINGO!

I've heard people say well, you make $$ per hour at work, of course you can afford to pay someone $ per hour to do your task.

No, I'm at home, in the evening or on the weekend.
I have time to do it. I have the skills to do it. I might hire someone but its not b/c I don't have the time.

Usually I hire it out if I don't have the skills and then I watch so next time I can do it for myself. ;)

Yep. When I complain about boring errands, my husband always reminds me, "unless you get a second job, your free time is worth nothing".

Also, I remember complaining to my dad about the hourly rate at my first job (3.83 an hour). He said, "Do you think you're worth more?", and I said, "Yeah, I'm worth like 5 an hour!".

And he just said, "Nope. Sorry. You're worth what you can get someone to pay you. Not a penny more". Good lesson.

I remind our teenager that he is poor and just about unemployed (part time work) so the notions of custom cars and motorcycles will have to wait until he has more money in a few year. He might have enough money to buy something shiny but he still can't afford it b/c it decimates his savings. ;)

We mapped out the major life events over his next ten years the other night in the car. School (uni or trades) or military, first apartment, maybe marriage, maybe children of his own, adventures/travel, etc. I think I smelled smoke wafting out of his ears after that conversation. ;)

Excellent parenting job. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15452 on: October 24, 2016, 08:24:14 AM »
BINGO!

I've heard people say well, you make $$ per hour at work, of course you can afford to pay someone $ per hour to do your task.

No, I'm at home, in the evening or on the weekend.
I have time to do it. I have the skills to do it. I might hire someone but its not b/c I don't have the time.

Usually I hire it out if I don't have the skills and then I watch so next time I can do it for myself. ;)

Yep. When I complain about boring errands, my husband always reminds me, "unless you get a second job, your free time is worth nothing".

Also, I remember complaining to my dad about the hourly rate at my first job (3.83 an hour). He said, "Do you think you're worth more?", and I said, "Yeah, I'm worth like 5 an hour!".

And he just said, "Nope. Sorry. You're worth what you can get someone to pay you. Not a penny more". Good lesson.
Unless you have kids, or don't have enough time to sleep.  Then you can argue that it's worth it!
Time is always worth something.  You always have an opportunity cost, what else you could be doing with that time.

True. I installed a new faucet and disposal yesterday (Sunday afternoon). I'd work for a while and then pop my head up and look at the beautiful day outside through the kitchen window, then I'd go back to work. Saved ~$200+ yesterday not calling a plumber.

Yep - I blew my opportunity to wash the car and rake leaves.... ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15453 on: October 24, 2016, 08:26:54 AM »
BINGO!

I've heard people say well, you make $$ per hour at work, of course you can afford to pay someone $ per hour to do your task.

No, I'm at home, in the evening or on the weekend.
I have time to do it. I have the skills to do it. I might hire someone but its not b/c I don't have the time.

Usually I hire it out if I don't have the skills and then I watch so next time I can do it for myself. ;)

Yep. When I complain about boring errands, my husband always reminds me, "unless you get a second job, your free time is worth nothing".

Also, I remember complaining to my dad about the hourly rate at my first job (3.83 an hour). He said, "Do you think you're worth more?", and I said, "Yeah, I'm worth like 5 an hour!".

And he just said, "Nope. Sorry. You're worth what you can get someone to pay you. Not a penny more". Good lesson.

The cash that you'd be using to pay someone to do the work has probably had tax paid on it too. So if your highest marginal rate of tax is 20%, then the 10 you've paid someone to a job needs you to earn 12.50. If you're a 40% tax payer, you'd need to earn 16.66 to generate the money to pay someone 10.
The trick to avoiding that: Pay them with the first dollar you earn, not the last.

My coffee hasn't kicked in yet and I'm pretty dimwitted right now.

Can you explain what you mean here?

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« Reply #15454 on: October 24, 2016, 08:29:11 AM »
Alright, I will update this with a picture shortly, but today I saw something truly amazing.

An individual pulled up to work in a brand new Chevy Silverado with KC Light attachments, 6" lift, front end police bumper add-on, and about 10 other "Upgrades" that I could spot from the exterior. The car must have cost him at least $50k although he wouldn't tell me what he actually paid. Pretty bad already, but here are some more details to make you cringe:

-The base is only 3 miles from end to end
-DFAC/Gym/Work all within 100 meters of the barracks, it literally takes longer to drive to these locations than it does to walk
-Only allowed to leave base every few weeks
-Only here for 1 year
-Can't ship the vehicle home
-Plans to sell it "At a profit" when he leaves
-No gas station available on base

Korea?

GITMO?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15455 on: October 24, 2016, 08:33:02 AM »
Alright, I will update this with a picture shortly, but today I saw something truly amazing.

An individual pulled up to work in a brand new Chevy Silverado with KC Light attachments, 6" lift, front end police bumper add-on, and about 10 other "Upgrades" that I could spot from the exterior. The car must have cost him at least $50k although he wouldn't tell me what he actually paid. Pretty bad already, but here are some more details to make you cringe:

-The base is only 3 miles from end to end
-DFAC/Gym/Work all within 100 meters of the barracks, it literally takes longer to drive to these locations than it does to walk
-Only allowed to leave base every few weeks
-Only here for 1 year
-Can't ship the vehicle home
-Plans to sell it "At a profit" when he leaves
-No gas station available on base

Korea?

GITMO?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15456 on: October 24, 2016, 12:38:23 PM »
The cash that you'd be using to pay someone to do the work has probably had tax paid on it too. So if your highest marginal rate of tax is 20%, then the 10 you've paid someone to a job needs you to earn 12.50. If you're a 40% tax payer, you'd need to earn 16.66 to generate the money to pay someone 10.
The trick to avoiding that: Pay them with the first dollar you earn, not the last.

My coffee hasn't kicked in yet and I'm pretty dimwitted right now.

Can you explain what you mean here?

It's just a joke.  cerat0n1a is saying that you are effectively paying someone else after tax at your highest marginal tax rate, so the last dollars you earn.  ARS is jokingly saying to just pay instead with the first dollars you earn, those taxed at the lowest rate or not taxed, as if it made any difference with something fungible such as money.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15457 on: October 24, 2016, 12:58:15 PM »

The trick to avoiding that: Pay them with the first dollar you earn, not the last.

My coffee hasn't kicked in yet and I'm pretty dimwitted right now.

Can you explain what you mean here?

Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15458 on: October 24, 2016, 01:39:45 PM »

The trick to avoiding that: Pay them with the first dollar you earn, not the last.

My coffee hasn't kicked in yet and I'm pretty dimwitted right now.

Can you explain what you mean here?

Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.

Unless it's tax deductible, then using the last dollar is better than the first..?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15459 on: October 24, 2016, 01:40:42 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....
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« Reply #15460 on: October 24, 2016, 01:54:07 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....
Actually, that first dollar only has a marginal rate of 0% if you have non-refundable credits that take your total tax to $0.  If you've got refundable credits greater than your total tax (i.e. if you have lots of kids), the marginal rate for that first dollar is still 10%.  Source: me doing my taxes earlier this year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15461 on: October 24, 2016, 02:08:50 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....
Actually, that first dollar only has a marginal rate of 0% if you have non-refundable credits that take your total tax to $0.  If you've got refundable credits greater than your total tax (i.e. if you have lots of kids), the marginal rate for that first dollar is still 10%.  Source: me doing my taxes earlier this year.

Marginal rate for first dollar should never be over 0% since everyone gets a standard deduction.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15462 on: October 24, 2016, 02:19:08 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....
Actually, that first dollar only has a marginal rate of 0% if you have non-refundable credits that take your total tax to $0.  If you've got refundable credits greater than your total tax (i.e. if you have lots of kids), the marginal rate for that first dollar is still 10%.  Source: me doing my taxes earlier this year.
Your first dollar of taxable income isn't the same as your first dollar of income. Source: standard deduction, personal exemption, and so on.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15463 on: October 24, 2016, 02:44:42 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....
Actually, that first dollar only has a marginal rate of 0% if you have non-refundable credits that take your total tax to $0.  If you've got refundable credits greater than your total tax (i.e. if you have lots of kids), the marginal rate for that first dollar is still 10%.  Source: me doing my taxes earlier this year.
Your first dollar of taxable income isn't the same as your first dollar of income. Source: standard deduction, personal exemption, and so on.
We're both correct, just talking about two different scenarios.  You're correct if deductions and exemptions reduce taxable income to $0.  I'm correct if the "This is your tax" line is >$0 but non-refundable credits reduce the tax to $0

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15464 on: October 24, 2016, 02:48:47 PM »
I'm pretty sure that what I'm saying is accurate for either scenario, but I may be missing something.
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« Reply #15465 on: October 24, 2016, 03:32:53 PM »
I'm pretty sure that what I'm saying is accurate for either scenario, but I may be missing something.
You know what?  You're right--I was thinking about things backwards.  Sorry!

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« Reply #15466 on: October 24, 2016, 03:35:08 PM »
I'm pretty sure that what I'm saying is accurate for either scenario, but I may be missing something.
You know what?  You're right--I was thinking about things backwards.  Sorry!
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« Reply #15467 on: October 24, 2016, 06:50:18 PM »
Only on the MMM forums would that stupid joke I made generate a dozen posts of discussion.  I heart you guys.  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15468 on: October 24, 2016, 07:52:59 PM »
Because of marginal tax rates the first dollar is only taxed at ~10%, while the last dollar may have been taxed at ~33%. Thus, using the first $10 would only really cost $11 while if you used the last $10 it costs you more like $15.
The first dollar is at a zero rate, or possibly even a negative marginal rate, with little things like EITC and saver's credits....

depends on FICA too ;)

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« Reply #15469 on: October 25, 2016, 04:44:08 AM »
Only on the MMM forums would that stupid joke I made generate a dozen posts of discussion.  I heart you guys.  :)

I was admiring the fact that the OP had framed the problem in , I'd responded with UK tax rate examples and we'd then segued into the intricacies of the US tax code ;-) Maybe if I'd pointed out that the tradesperson might have to charge 20% VAT on the work too, depending on the size of their business, we could have digressed onto the intricacies of sales tax?

Back on topic, company I work for was acquired a couple of months back. All employees had share options, so everyone has an unexpected lump of cash. Company paid for a lot of (good quality) financial advice re pensions, tax, ISAs and other investments and (lots of mathematically minded engineers here) most people have been pretty sensible.

Lady I work with calculated that laser surgery on her eyes would pay back vs the cost of contact lenses pretty quickly and has had the operation, which seems OK. However, she's also bought a new BMW on finance (6% interest rate) in spite of having the cash, because "the dealer threw in 12 months free insurance if you took their finance package."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15470 on: October 25, 2016, 05:36:11 AM »
However, she's also bought a new BMW on finance (6% interest rate) in spite of having the cash, because "the dealer threw in 12 months free insurance if you took their finance package."
I gues she doesn't know how cheap insurance is. I was surprised too when my dealer said it costs him about 50 per year. Ok, was a cheap car, but still.

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« Reply #15471 on: October 25, 2016, 05:46:49 AM »
Only on the MMM forums would that stupid joke I made generate a dozen posts of discussion.  I heart you guys.  :)

I was admiring the fact that the OP had framed the problem in , I'd responded with UK tax rate examples and we'd then segued into the intricacies of the US tax code ;-) Maybe if I'd pointed out that the tradesperson might have to charge 20% VAT on the work too, depending on the size of their business, we could have digressed onto the intricacies of sales tax?

Back on topic, company I work for was acquired a couple of months back. All employees had share options, so everyone has an unexpected lump of cash. Company paid for a lot of (good quality) financial advice re pensions, tax, ISAs and other investments and (lots of mathematically minded engineers here) most people have been pretty sensible.

Lady I work with calculated that laser surgery on her eyes would pay back vs the cost of contact lenses pretty quickly and has had the operation, which seems OK. However, she's also bought a new BMW on finance (6% interest rate) in spite of having the cash, because "the dealer threw in 12 months free insurance if you took their finance package."

She bought the BMW because the dealer threw in the insurance, she bought it on financing terms because of the insurance, or she bought the BMW AND financed it because of the free insurance?

If it is 6% and no interest in the first X-months (and she can pay it off before then), that's not a horrible deal. Except for the BMW.

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« Reply #15472 on: October 25, 2016, 05:58:36 AM »
she bought it on financing terms because of the insurance.
If it is 6% and no interest in the first X-months (and she can pay it off before then), that's not a horrible deal.

I don't think there's any interest free period and she can't pay off early. I reckon the 6% interest will cost her over 4000 over the term of the loan. The insurance is probably approaching 1000 - it's only for the first year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15473 on: October 25, 2016, 07:46:56 AM »
she bought it on financing terms because of the insurance.
If it is 6% and no interest in the first X-months (and she can pay it off before then), that's not a horrible deal.

I don't think there's any interest free period and she can't pay off early. I reckon the 6% interest will cost her over 4000 over the term of the loan. The insurance is probably approaching 1000 - it's only for the first year.

Globally, there's still a lot of variation in terms of what the laws allow lenders to do. Not accepting early loan payoffs, or charging a fee for them, is not legal everywhere. It pays to know the laws of the country, province, and state you're living in.
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« Reply #15474 on: October 25, 2016, 08:17:44 AM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15475 on: October 25, 2016, 09:50:16 AM »
Not my workplace.

Wife tells me last night that her boss, the CFO (in his upper 50s/low60s, makes $200k + bonus) said that he needs to work another 20 years to pay off his house. He thinks he'll be working past retirement age. Meanwhile he has no qualms on throwing a wedding at Disney for one of his kids, annual Disney passes (staying at resort hotels). From what I've heard, he's an enabler for his kids. His wife is always getting some form of plastic surgery.

My comment: So we're closer to retirement than him, huh? (Hooray, Team Jinga Nation!) In other news, sunny with blue skies in Tampa Bay.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15476 on: October 25, 2016, 10:35:40 AM »
Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

Sounds crazy, but with me and my husband both being lifelong Cubs fans, I don't find this shocking at all. In fact, we considered buying tickets for a game as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but honestly, if the Cubs lost that game, my soul would be crushed. Not worth the risk. (On the other hand, if the Cubs won the game, I would consider that money well spent. Crazy, I know.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15477 on: October 25, 2016, 10:40:01 AM »
Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

Sounds crazy, but with me and my husband both being lifelong Cubs fans, I don't find this shocking at all. In fact, we considered buying tickets for a game as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but honestly, if the Cubs lost that game, my soul would be crushed. Not worth the risk. (On the other hand, if the Cubs won the game, I would consider that money well spent. Crazy, I know.)

Sure, but I imagine you are not planning on working until you drop dead and have enough money to pay your bills and save for retirement, no?

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« Reply #15478 on: October 25, 2016, 10:41:44 AM »
Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

Sounds crazy, but with me and my husband both being lifelong Cubs fans, I don't find this shocking at all. In fact, we considered buying tickets for a game as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but honestly, if the Cubs lost that game, my soul would be crushed. Not worth the risk. (On the other hand, if the Cubs won the game, I would consider that money well spent. Crazy, I know.)

Sure, but I imagine you are not planning on working until you drop dead and have enough money to pay your bills and save for retirement, no?

You imagine correctly. We are FI with plans to RE in a few years. So yeah, it would set us back a week or two. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15479 on: October 25, 2016, 10:51:26 AM »
Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

Sounds crazy, but with me and my husband both being lifelong Cubs fans, I don't find this shocking at all. In fact, we considered buying tickets for a game as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but honestly, if the Cubs lost that game, my soul would be crushed. Not worth the risk. (On the other hand, if the Cubs won the game, I would consider that money well spent. Crazy, I know.)

Sure, but I imagine you are not planning on working until you drop dead and have enough money to pay your bills and save for retirement, no?

You imagine correctly. We are FI with plans to RE in a few years. So yeah, it would set us back a week or two. ;)

My wife, generally pretty frugal, is working on convincing me to go to a game (by myself). I'm looking hard for a ticket on craigslist. I'm considering driving to Cleveland and back tomorrow and seeing one there.

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« Reply #15480 on: October 25, 2016, 11:02:42 AM »
My wife, generally pretty frugal, is working on convincing me to go to a game (by myself). I'm looking hard for a ticket on craigslist. I'm considering driving to Cleveland and back tomorrow and seeing one there.

Something doesn't seem very safe about buying a ticket like this (at current prices) on Craigslist. Is there something I don't know about safely buying tickets on Craigslist, or are you just hoping for the best? For some reason, StubHub seems safe to me, but Craigslist doesn't.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15481 on: October 25, 2016, 11:10:34 AM »
My wife, generally pretty frugal, is working on convincing me to go to a game (by myself). I'm looking hard for a ticket on craigslist. I'm considering driving to Cleveland and back tomorrow and seeing one there.

Something doesn't seem very safe about buying a ticket like this (at current prices) on Craigslist. Is there something I don't know about safely buying tickets on Craigslist, or are you just hoping for the best? For some reason, StubHub seems safe to me, but Craigslist doesn't.

There are ways to protect yourself.
1: Transfer on ticketmaster, where a new barcode is generated and the old one null and void (and they won't have access to it)
2: In person transaction, at a police station, where I can obtain the persons information including drivers license, license plate number, and do a thorough search on them (facebook, linkedin, google)
3: Cash transaction at the ballpark, where I am in front of them in line, hand the cashiers check/cash to them immediately prior to entering the stadium (I enter before them).

You're right though, it does require due diligence. I've already backed out of one deal prior to this (different game; it was only $50 for that one). The one time I did a cash for physical ticket transaction prior to the game was from a fireman, and the transaction was conducted in his Chief's office.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15482 on: October 25, 2016, 11:26:19 AM »
My wife, generally pretty frugal, is working on convincing me to go to a game (by myself). I'm looking hard for a ticket on craigslist. I'm considering driving to Cleveland and back tomorrow and seeing one there.

Something doesn't seem very safe about buying a ticket like this (at current prices) on Craigslist. Is there something I don't know about safely buying tickets on Craigslist, or are you just hoping for the best? For some reason, StubHub seems safe to me, but Craigslist doesn't.

I bought tickets to the world series last year because I'm a Mets fan. They lost and I was sad, but having the opportunity to go before moving away from the NYC area was well worth it. I used StubHub.

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« Reply #15483 on: October 25, 2016, 11:33:28 AM »
There are ways to protect yourself.
1: Transfer on ticketmaster, where a new barcode is generated and the old one null and void (and they won't have access to it)
2: In person transaction, at a police station, where I can obtain the persons information including drivers license, license plate number, and do a thorough search on them (facebook, linkedin, google)
3: Cash transaction at the ballpark, where I am in front of them in line, hand the cashiers check/cash to them immediately prior to entering the stadium (I enter before them).

You're right though, it does require due diligence. I've already backed out of one deal prior to this (different game; it was only $50 for that one). The one time I did a cash for physical ticket transaction prior to the game was from a fireman, and the transaction was conducted in his Chief's office.

Good suggestions. I especially like the Ticketmaster transfer. Was not aware of that option.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15484 on: October 25, 2016, 12:02:05 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15485 on: October 25, 2016, 12:19:52 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

Is that for the whole trip everything included or just the tickets?  I'm paying a lot less than that to go to Europe for a month...

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« Reply #15486 on: October 25, 2016, 12:41:43 PM »
Overheard at work and pissing me off: "Oh, this team of people is refusing to do *thing that has been determined they will be doing as part of their daily duties* because they feel like the decision to do it has been imposed on them."

Like... Yes? Yes, in fact, that's the trade you make by having a job. You accept that someone else can tell you want the job entails, and in return you get X amount of money. If you are unhappy with that, you have options: you can look for another job, you can quit and live on savings, you can protest (if you're part of a union, I guess - and, frankly, this is not a big thing, so good luck protesting).

But saying "I want to get paid while not accomplishing tasks that have been determined I should do because I didn't decide to do it" is just... lady. you are missing the point so hard. If you want to stay home and have money, work to be FI. Until then, you are selling your time, and you do your job. WTF.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15487 on: October 25, 2016, 12:44:19 PM »
Overheard at work and pissing me off: "Oh, this team of people is refusing to do *thing that has been determined they will be doing as part of their daily duties* because they feel like the decision to do it has been imposed on them."

Like... Yes? Yes, in fact, that's the trade you make by having a job. You accept that someone else can tell you want the job entails, and in return you get X amount of money. If you are unhappy with that, you have options: you can look for another job, you can quit and live on savings, you can protest (if you're part of a union, I guess - and, frankly, this is not a big thing, so good luck protesting).

But saying "I want to get paid while not accomplishing tasks that have been determined I should do because I didn't decide to do it" is just... lady. you are missing the point so hard. If you want to stay home and have money, work to be FI. Until then, you are selling your time, and you do your job. WTF.

That's a slippery slope though, and there are probably times when a protest is warranted (not making a judgment here).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15488 on: October 25, 2016, 12:47:36 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

WS tickets aren't typical FYI.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15489 on: October 25, 2016, 12:47:49 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

Meh, not quite comparable as this is the soccer equivalent of the world cup (which is WAAAYYYYYY more than 100 bucks).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15490 on: October 25, 2016, 12:48:45 PM »
Overheard at work and pissing me off: "Oh, this team of people is refusing to do *thing that has been determined they will be doing as part of their daily duties* because they feel like the decision to do it has been imposed on them."

Like... Yes? Yes, in fact, that's the trade you make by having a job. You accept that someone else can tell you want the job entails, and in return you get X amount of money. If you are unhappy with that, you have options: you can look for another job, you can quit and live on savings, you can protest (if you're part of a union, I guess - and, frankly, this is not a big thing, so good luck protesting).

But saying "I want to get paid while not accomplishing tasks that have been determined I should do because I didn't decide to do it" is just... lady. you are missing the point so hard. If you want to stay home and have money, work to be FI. Until then, you are selling your time, and you do your job. WTF.

That's a slippery slope though, and there are probably times when a protest is warranted (not making a judgment here).

Signed,
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This is more along the lines of saying "we want the highly-paid upper management to stop doing X repetitve and administrative task, and so middle management will do it", and middle management is whining about decisions about their workload being made from above.

But yes, I get your point. I also wouldn't be doing the damned fedex, wtf.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15491 on: October 25, 2016, 12:59:21 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

WS tickets aren't typical FYI.

Yeah--I went to 3 Cubs games this year, at Wrigley. One was free (Face $15). One I paid about $70 for two tickets, and the third was $30.

This is the two longest title droughts playing each other in the World Series. It would be similar to West Brom playing Sunderland for the Premier League championship, or England playing Uruguay in the World Cup Finals.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15492 on: October 25, 2016, 01:47:34 PM »
Overheard at work and pissing me off: "Oh, this team of people is refusing to do *thing that has been determined they will be doing as part of their daily duties* because they feel like the decision to do it has been imposed on them."

Like... Yes? Yes, in fact, that's the trade you make by having a job. You accept that someone else can tell you want the job entails, and in return you get X amount of money. If you are unhappy with that, you have options: you can look for another job, you can quit and live on savings, you can protest (if you're part of a union, I guess - and, frankly, this is not a big thing, so good luck protesting).

But saying "I want to get paid while not accomplishing tasks that have been determined I should do because I didn't decide to do it" is just... lady. you are missing the point so hard. If you want to stay home and have money, work to be FI. Until then, you are selling your time, and you do your job. WTF.

That's a slippery slope though, and there are probably times when a protest is warranted (not making a judgment here).

Signed,
A senior female engineer who finally said "fuck you, do your own damn Fed ex".

This is more along the lines of saying "we want the highly-paid upper management to stop doing X repetitve and administrative task, and so middle management will do it", and middle management is whining about decisions about their workload being made from above.

But yes, I get your point. I also wouldn't be doing the damned fedex, wtf.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15493 on: October 25, 2016, 01:53:03 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

Meh, not quite comparable as this is the soccer equivalent of the world cup (which is WAAAYYYYYY more than 100 bucks).

lol, should of known that would open a can of worms. A domestic league championship the same as the world cup? Eh ok. Being generous and comparing it to UEFA Champions league, tickets start at ~$200 and top out at $500.

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« Reply #15494 on: October 25, 2016, 01:56:15 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

Meh, not quite comparable as this is the soccer equivalent of the world cup (which is WAAAYYYYYY more than 100 bucks).

lol, should of known that would open a can of worms. A domestic league championship the same as the world cup? Eh ok. Being generous and comparing it to UEFA Champions league, tickets start at ~$200 and top out at $500.

LOL! In general ticket prices are bonkers. I personally think $50 for a ticket is way too much for me to spend on entertainment. The last football game I went to was a treat given by a friend, but I was dismayed to see the tickets cost $62 each, plus additional for off-site parking (you park in a non-busy part of the city and there are buses to take you to the game). As a result I don't go to sporting events anymore.

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« Reply #15495 on: October 25, 2016, 01:59:52 PM »
Chatting sports over instant msg to a coworker of mine in the US.  Nice but generally complains about money problems, underwater mortgage, car payments, kids expenses, nothing saved for retirement, working til 75, etc etc. 

Told me he's going to all the World Series games all for a fantastic deal of $2500 (3 games).

me ---> <shock of silence>

It's kind of nice being a soccer fan, MLS tickets are rarely more than $50 bucks. Even in Europe most of the tickets are less than $100. It's kind of an American thing to pay ridiculous amount of money to watch a game live.

Meh, not quite comparable as this is the soccer equivalent of the world cup (which is WAAAYYYYYY more than 100 bucks).

lol, should of known that would open a can of worms. A domestic league championship the same as the world cup? Eh ok. Being generous and comparing it to UEFA Champions league, tickets start at ~$200 and top out at $500.

I cannot get in to Wrigley for less than $1,700 using a secure website. That gets me a limited view and no seat.

World Series for the Cubs. Completely different ballgame here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15496 on: October 25, 2016, 03:23:57 PM »
Overheard today:
Colleague: " you can't possibly have your retirement Set up financially by the age of 50."
Me: "um well you actually can. I will have it organized and set up by 35."
Followed by silence, followed by the explanation that they pay a ridiculously high rent and plan to go on a Safari in South africa soon.

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« Reply #15497 on: October 25, 2016, 03:40:28 PM »
Overheard today:
Colleague: " you can't possibly have your retirement Set up financially by the age of 50."
Me: "um well you actually can. I will have it organized and set up by 35."
Followed by silence, followed by the explanation that they pay a ridiculously high rent and plan to go on a Safari in South africa soon.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #15498 on: October 25, 2016, 10:51:01 PM »
I was at a meeting of several businesses in our community who are working with a local public educational institution for a technical training program for the businesses' employees.  Some of the businesses have been contributing cash to the educational institution to support the program's fixed costs.  These payments are quarterly and not huge, but over $1,000 and big enough to be noticed.  In my view, this is good because within my organization we have a conversation about why it's a good business decision to participate, and through this we get alignment and agreement about the program.

A new company is participating, and they have asked to pay monthly instead of quarterly to keep the expense down and under the radar.  In other words, the management at the local branch wants to participate and sees the value of the program in increasing their profitability, but they need to keep it under the radar so corporate doesn't notice.  They will be allowed to pay quarterly, of course, but isn't there something wrong with a business if their people have to cheat the system to make good business decisions for the company?

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« Reply #15499 on: October 26, 2016, 06:33:18 AM »
Meeting with me, my boss, and his peer (we're all roughly about the same age (50s) - my boss makes way more money than me and has for a long time).  We were discussing something that the peer wanted from us, and my boss says, "yeah, well I'd like to be a millionaire some day, too"  -- implying that neither the peer's request or being a millionaire is going to happen.  And I'm thinking, "huh, I'm already a millionaire!  ...and what a limiting mindset to have".  He's actually not that flashy, but spends a shit-ton on his 3 kids.  It just struck me as kind of funny.