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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20350 on: May 28, 2018, 11:23:02 AM »
A colleague of my husband's occasionally goes to a Washington Nationals game (pro baseball). Coworker noticed the same youngish guy sitting a few rows ahead of him each time. Got to chatting with him, turns out he's a season ticket holder and sees every game. Unlike many people in the DC area, he grew up here, and it's been his team since he was a kid.

He lives in Utah.

He flies in for every home stand.

At least he stays at his brother's place, not in a hotel. Even so, all told, he spends about $50k a year to see the Nats play. Significantly more than the median US income.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20351 on: May 29, 2018, 09:55:05 AM »
Somehow we ended up discussing a particular designer bag.

Me: But taking into account you salary, you'll have to work for 2 weeks to pay for just one bag!

two people said it was perfectly fine. One is renting a horrible place (28 yo); the other lives with his parents at 23.

the first girl also mentioned that her clothes budget per month is 5 times her food budget. And that she has 0 savings and usually lives paycheck to paycheck.

Needless to say, we are educated white-collar workers.

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« Reply #20352 on: May 29, 2018, 10:21:05 AM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20353 on: May 29, 2018, 10:25:29 AM »
Somehow we ended up discussing a particular designer bag.

Me: But taking into account you salary, you'll have to work for 2 weeks to pay for just one bag!

two people said it was perfectly fine. One is renting a horrible place (28 yo); the other lives with his parents at 23.

the first girl also mentioned that her clothes budget per month is 5 times her food budget. And that she has 0 savings and usually lives paycheck to paycheck.

Needless to say, we are educated white-collar workers.
wow...so assuming her food budget is $200, she thinks spending $1000 a month on clothes is 'okay'?

I've never understood designer purses.  I understand buying good quality leather over crap, but one desinger's bags look like bowling ball bags to me (big bulky leather things) and another one looks like diaper bags to me (quilted and flowery)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20354 on: May 29, 2018, 12:11:32 PM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

In my area, rent for a bare minimum 1 bedroom/studio is $700, and to move in first/last/1 mo security is the norm. So $2100, just to get the key to a place. What is more typical is a 1 bedroom at $850-1200, or $2550-$3600. Haven't even physically moved a single item into the new place, so there's still the trailer/truck, and movers if you spring for them.

Now, $3k on just furniture? Yea, little out there, especially if it was all at once for just a handful of items. $3k on your total home, over a period of careful purchasing and curating for your wants? I could see that being reasonable as well.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20355 on: May 30, 2018, 01:26:31 AM »
We moved last year and probably spent 3000 on paint and furnitureand curtains. We had basically nothing and had to furnish a whole house at once. The only things we bought new were appliances and a mattress. I made all the curtains myself. But it adds up!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20356 on: May 30, 2018, 05:44:03 AM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

In my area, rent for a bare minimum 1 bedroom/studio is $700, and to move in first/last/1 mo security is the norm. So $2100, just to get the key to a place. What is more typical is a 1 bedroom at $850-1200, or $2550-$3600. Haven't even physically moved a single item into the new place, so there's still the trailer/truck, and movers if you spring for them.

Now, $3k on just furniture? Yea, little out there, especially if it was all at once for just a handful of items. $3k on your total home, over a period of careful purchasing and curating for your wants? I could see that being reasonable as well.

I never tried to say that spending $3k on a move is always outrageous/extravagant. I never actually said that. All I meant was that if you have only 3500 of savings, in THAT situation, spending almost all of that on moving isn't a very wise thing to do. I might've framed it poorly by first mentioning the amount of $$ spent on the move and only then starting about the savings.

Now I didn't mention the COL; so to provide some more background:
- Her rent is 500-550 for a small studio apartment (carpeted, so no paint needed). Normal is to pay 1m deposit + 1st month. So that's 1100.
- Renting a van can be done for <100 (for me it was 70), let's add another 150 on gas (was 90 in my case).

So that's another 1750 left that's probably been spend on furniture.

The reason I compared it to my own numbers was because I'm in literally the same situation (same job, same salary, same age, same distance of move, SINK etc.) so to me it sounded high due to 1. I did it for less than half and 2. She almost used all of her savings for it which isn't something I'd risk if it wasn't absolutely necessary.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20357 on: May 30, 2018, 08:54:20 AM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

“I’m switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.”

Me: “oh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.”

“Well, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.”
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20358 on: May 30, 2018, 11:04:30 AM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

Im switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.

Me: oh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.

Well, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.
Gah... nothing quite like paying $4.99 for one serving some damn oats.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20359 on: May 31, 2018, 07:09:52 AM »
Not overheard but direct conversation.

Co-worker is finally moving into the house they bought due to transferring to the office.  (after 6 months of searching, renovating and living with family). They got their household goods last week.  Apparently a lot of furniture is being sent to the "barn" (garage) because they needed new things for the new house.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20360 on: May 31, 2018, 10:28:37 AM »
One day payroll delay today- expected to get paid tomorrow. Of course everyone is losing it in the office sending emails to HR about having "bills to pay" as if HR can do anything about the delay. I'm sitting here in disbelief that a one day delay would have such an impact on people's lives...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20361 on: May 31, 2018, 11:36:33 AM »
One day payroll delay today- expected to get paid tomorrow. Of course everyone is losing it in the office sending emails to HR about having "bills to pay" as if HR can do anything about the delay. I'm sitting here in disbelief that a one day delay would have such an impact on people's lives...

Yup, and now just imagine how they would react to being fired or laid off.

Or if they to pay off an urgent medical bill or house repair (like AC unit needing to get replaced, just happened to me). How many of them could casually write a check to get it replaced?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20362 on: May 31, 2018, 01:12:11 PM »
...or car maintenance?  How could they have possibly predicted they would need new tires after only driving 50k miles on old tires with 50k mi worth of tread left?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20363 on: May 31, 2018, 02:52:51 PM »
Or if gas prices go up a nickel they "can't afford to go on a summer vacation". They interview that guy on the news every time gas prices wobble at all.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20364 on: May 31, 2018, 05:15:21 PM »
A colleague of my husband's occasionally goes to a Washington Nationals game (pro baseball). Coworker noticed the same youngish guy sitting a few rows ahead of him each time. Got to chatting with him, turns out he's a season ticket holder and sees every game. Unlike many people in the DC area, he grew up here, and it's been his team since he was a kid.

He lives in Utah.

He flies in for every home stand.

At least he stays at his brother's place, not in a hotel. Even so, all told, he spends about $50k a year to see the Nats play. Significantly more than the median US income.

They've only been in DC since 2005!  Did he grow up partly in Montreal?  Or is he 22?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20365 on: May 31, 2018, 05:20:08 PM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20366 on: June 01, 2018, 08:03:11 AM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

Not work-related, but had friends say they set the a/c/ at 66 overnight in the summers.

We're more of a 75 in the summers / 65 in the winters (we'll actually go down to like 61-62 overnight in the winters).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20367 on: June 01, 2018, 02:41:50 PM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

Not work-related, but had friends say they set the a/c/ at 66 overnight in the summers.

We're more of a 75 in the summers / 65 in the winters (we'll actually go down to like 61-62 overnight in the winters).

The Boy has many fine frugal qualities but he was setting his heat at like 73 degrees and his AC at basically the same. He made a big joke about being cold when I, umm, shamed him on it and he reduced the heat to 70.

Our new apartment lacks central AC (wall units only, one per floor), which I imagine will be an adjustment for him!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20368 on: June 01, 2018, 03:05:53 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20369 on: June 01, 2018, 03:08:32 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

Painful to read.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20370 on: June 01, 2018, 03:39:53 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

This is a joke right?
Nuclear war? Gold?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20371 on: June 01, 2018, 04:07:07 PM »
This is a joke right?
Nuclear war? Gold?

I wish it was. I am not creative enough to make this shit up.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20372 on: June 01, 2018, 04:09:07 PM »
This is a joke right?
Nuclear war? Gold?

I wish it was. I am not creative enough to make this shit up.

And this guy's in his 50's?
Jeez...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20373 on: June 01, 2018, 06:06:40 PM »
My city has these household cleanup days twice a year where you can put just about anything at the curb, and it will be picked up by the city.  It is very common to see people stopping at each house's pile of junk to see if there is anything of value there or anything that can be used for parts, etc.

So I overheard a co worker of mone saying how his friend takes this junk day off work each year, because he loves to see what he can find for free.  But "it must be a waste of money because he drives his truck around all day with a trailer attached and that burns a crap ton of gas doing that".  The kicker is that the guy saying this drives a large truck, about 50KM round trip each day, but yet, doesn't seem to realize how much gas he is wasting every...single...day. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20374 on: June 02, 2018, 01:50:29 PM »
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CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.

Thank you that is exactly what I want to read here :)
Just wow...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20375 on: June 02, 2018, 06:08:20 PM »
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CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.

Thank you that is exactly what I want to read here :)
Just wow...

Did CW really say"something called gold CD's" or was that a confusion/paraphrase from Swish?

Perhaps .......
???https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_compact_disc
1st google hit for gold CD

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20376 on: June 04, 2018, 12:31:30 AM »
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CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.

Thank you that is exactly what I want to read here :)
Just wow...

Did CW really say"something called gold CD's" or was that a confusion/paraphrase from Swish?

Perhaps .......
???https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_compact_disc
1st google hit for gold CD
He probably meant CFDs, which is, if you think about it, extra stupid because it combines the low returns of gold investments with the crisis vulnerability of bank bonds.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20377 on: June 04, 2018, 08:24:06 AM »
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CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.

Thank you that is exactly what I want to read here :)
Just wow...

Did CW really say"something called gold CD's" or was that a confusion/paraphrase from Swish?

Perhaps .......
???https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_compact_disc
1st google hit for gold CD

Lawl he might have been further off buying compact discs. He is set up on QT so I assume he just bought a CFD like barbaz mentioned. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20378 on: June 04, 2018, 11:00:50 AM »
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CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.

Thank you that is exactly what I want to read here :)
Just wow...

Did CW really say"something called gold CD's" or was that a confusion/paraphrase from Swish?

Perhaps .......
???https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_compact_disc
1st google hit for gold CD
He probably meant CFDs, which is, if you think about it, extra stupid because it combines the low returns of gold investments with the crisis vulnerability of bank bonds.

At least it is traded in USD instead of something worthless like physical gold ;P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20379 on: June 04, 2018, 11:31:07 AM »
He probably meant CFDs, which is, if you think about it, extra stupid because it combines the low returns of gold investments with the crisis vulnerability of bank bonds.

At least it is traded in USD instead of something worthless like physical gold ;P

You can't eat gold. That's why I have all my investments in chicken bouillon.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20380 on: June 04, 2018, 12:26:37 PM »
He probably meant CFDs, which is, if you think about it, extra stupid because it combines the low returns of gold investments with the crisis vulnerability of bank bonds.

At least it is traded in USD instead of something worthless like physical gold ;P

You can't eat gold. That's why I have all my investments in chicken bouillon.

Chicken bullion? precious chicken.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20381 on: June 04, 2018, 02:14:07 PM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

Im switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.

Me: oh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.

Well, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.
That is so SF Bay. I have work acquaintances that spend $25 per day on coffee plus drinks and breakfast for the kids at Starbucks. $ adds up quickly.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20382 on: June 04, 2018, 05:27:23 PM »
One from last week:

I have a co-worker who is often scraping by, barely able to make ends meet, who makes the worst financial decisions. Past gems have included: courtside seats at an NBA game last year for her wife's birthday (to make memories...sadly her wife has alzheimers so it's horrible but she's probably not going to remember it), maintaining two vehicles, both with bad gas mileage (and possibly payments still?) even though her wife will never drive again, getting so hammered out at bars that she got into a fight or got assaulted or something but wasn't sure about the details because she blacked out, two expensive, high maintenance dogs with "doggy day care" on a regular basis (even though there is someone home during the day, she sends the dogs to "doggy day care" often because "they like it"), etc. The latest? $3000 on front row seats to see Pink in concert, plus t-shirt (because what's a t-shirt on top of $3000 I suppose). It's so painful to watch because prior to the diagnosis her wife was the "responsible" one and would at least keep their finances in marginal shape. Now it's a total shit-show, but she's not particularly open to advice.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20383 on: June 04, 2018, 09:58:03 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

OMG, this is for real???

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« Reply #20384 on: June 04, 2018, 10:43:38 PM »
He probably meant CFDs, which is, if you think about it, extra stupid because it combines the low returns of gold investments with the crisis vulnerability of bank bonds.

At least it is traded in USD instead of something worthless like physical gold ;P

You can't eat gold. That's why I have all my investments in chicken bouillon.

Chicken bullion? precious chicken.

I went panning in a river once, but didn't find any chicken nuggets.  Total waste of time.

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« Reply #20385 on: June 04, 2018, 10:56:04 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

Except for being in his 50s, this could be almost word-for-word describing conversations I've had with a friend who I got to open an investment account.  I'm not sure if he pulled out the money or not, but he sure wasn't happy with its performance this year. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20386 on: June 05, 2018, 02:11:10 AM »
One from last week:

I have a co-worker who is often scraping by, barely able to make ends meet, who makes the worst financial decisions. Past gems have included: courtside seats at an NBA game last year for her wife's birthday (to make memories...sadly her wife has alzheimers so it's horrible but she's probably not going to remember it), maintaining two vehicles, both with bad gas mileage (and possibly payments still?) even though her wife will never drive again, getting so hammered out at bars that she got into a fight or got assaulted or something but wasn't sure about the details because she blacked out, two expensive, high maintenance dogs with "doggy day care" on a regular basis (even though there is someone home during the day, she sends the dogs to "doggy day care" often because "they like it"), etc. The latest? $3000 on front row seats to see Pink in concert, plus t-shirt (because what's a t-shirt on top of $3000 I suppose). It's so painful to watch because prior to the diagnosis her wife was the "responsible" one and would at least keep their finances in marginal shape. Now it's a total shit-show, but she's not particularly open to advice.

Reminds me a bit of my FIL, while my MIL has dementia. FIL still owns 2 cars. The second one is parked at his son's house. Son doesn't have a driver's license, but his GF has. The idea is that they can use that car to drive and visit FIL with their child. To me it seems that FIL is just paying for the car, while the son and GF have good jobs.

FIL likes to take MIL driving in his car every day. He says she enjoyed it (in the beginning). Nowadays she usually falls asleep after a minute. At one time MIL opened the car door while driving 80 km/h. FIL stopped, door swayed forward and the hinge was broken. New door had to be put it.

I do get the point why someone would buy a concert ticket to a demented person. Even though the person won't remember the concert later, it will probably give a nice experience at that moment, if the artist is a familiar one from the past days.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20387 on: June 05, 2018, 04:24:52 AM »
Me: I have a bit of threshold cycling to work. I rather walk. How about you, you live close to work as well? Do you ever cycle?
Co-worker: I don't ever cycle. I don't even own a bicycle.

The co-worker is a very sporty person.

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« Reply #20388 on: June 05, 2018, 12:23:05 PM »
I do get the point why someone would buy a concert ticket to a demented person. Even though the person won't remember the concert later, it will probably give a nice experience at that moment, if the artist is a familiar one from the past days.

In theory I agree with you, but $3000 for front row seats when they don't have the money (seats were available MUCH, MUCH cheaper than that, but they always have to have "the best"), combined with the fact that her wife who has dementia is really uncomfortable in crowds and spent half the time cowering (co-worker said so) makes me sad.

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« Reply #20389 on: June 05, 2018, 12:53:19 PM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

Im switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.

Me: oh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.

Well, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.
That is so SF Bay. I have work acquaintances that spend $25 per day on coffee plus drinks and breakfast for the kids at Starbucks. $ adds up quickly.

Yeah, I shudder to imagine what my brother and his wife spend on their child. I remember reading about a bakery that has $4 slices of toast in the Bay area and mentioned it to his wife and she shrugged and said, "That's what things cost here."

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« Reply #20390 on: June 05, 2018, 04:19:51 PM »
As a Bay Area resident I disagree that toast just costs $4. Then again, I don’t really go out to eat toast. If I’m going out to eat I’m going to enjoy something that I can’t make myself at home. Sui Zhu Yu anyone?  Yum!
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« Reply #20391 on: June 05, 2018, 04:41:27 PM »
As a Bay Area resident I disagree that toast just costs $4. Then again, I dont really go out to eat toast. If Im going out to eat Im going to enjoy something that I cant make myself at home. Sui Zhu Yu anyone?  Yum!

Agreed, it CAN cost that much, doesn't mean it has to.  I think some people just like paying high prices for stuff because it makes them feel... better, rich, trendy?  I dunno.  A friend of mine not in SF said she was talking to a friend of hers about how beers at the bar here are $8 and 'omg I can't believe you pay $8 for a beer'.  I said, 'well I COULD spend $8 for a beer, if I wanted, but you don't have to, and I don't.  I can also tell you where to find $2 PBRs and $3 draft microbrews in SF, too.'

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20392 on: June 06, 2018, 01:33:16 AM »
A guy at work just said he has spend $2500 on alcohol in the last 3 weeks. There was no special occasion in this period, just going out with mates

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20393 on: June 06, 2018, 07:27:10 AM »
A guy at work just said he has spend $2500 on alcohol in the last 3 weeks. There was no special occasion in this period, just going out with mates

Vegas? Haha

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20394 on: June 06, 2018, 07:33:50 AM »
Preparing for a party for child that becomes of age ("konfirmasjon" in Norwegian):

Co-worker: "We are making so many cakes, we're going to have 1 cake per person."
Us: "Bring the remaining cakes to work the next day!"

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« Reply #20395 on: June 06, 2018, 02:08:25 PM »
Preparing for a party for child that becomes of age ("konfirmasjon" in Norwegian):

Co-worker: "We are making so many cakes, we're going to have 1 cake per person."
Us: "Bring the remaining cakes to work the next day!"

Love how close many Norwegian words are to English.  konfirmasjon = confirmation
Not every word of course but with a good ear it is possible to figure out most of when people say, either direction.

This applies to many Northern European/Scandinavian languages.  (Not counting Finnish!)

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« Reply #20396 on: June 06, 2018, 03:46:52 PM »
A guy at work just said he has spend $2500 on alcohol in the last 3 weeks. There was no special occasion in this period, just going out with mates

Vegas? Haha

no just in Perth, Australia.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20397 on: June 07, 2018, 09:14:28 PM »
Me: I have a bit of threshold cycling to work. I rather walk. How about you, you live close to work as well? Do you ever cycle?
Co-worker: I don't ever cycle. I don't even own a bicycle.

The co-worker is a very sporty person.

I know lots of sporty people (athletics, mostly) who do not own a bicycle and will not own a bicycle in case they get sucked into the time and money pit called triathlon.



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20398 on: June 07, 2018, 09:31:31 PM »
A customer at our retail clothing store was talking about buying several items and hesitated, telling her friend something to the effect of "not wanting to spend too much money and having debt to pay off".

My coworking cheerily says "We will spend our whole lives in debt, so I just buy whatever the f-- I want!"

Customers laugh and agree.  Make their purchases.


I wanted so, so desperately to contradict my coworker....but in the moment I didn't even know how to respond.......

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« Reply #20399 on: June 07, 2018, 11:02:50 PM »
My coworker wants to move back to her old (HCOL) city as she misses her friends. This will mean a 2h+ one way commute, high travel costs that will only partially reimbursed and a $300 increase in rent!

Now I'm all for being close to family/friends, but there's not many wins in this one to me. She's only been here for a short time, I've only started to feel like I have friends around now which is the 7 month mark. I feel like she isn't even willing to try to build up a life here.

(no kids or partner involved, parents don't need care yet)