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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2950 on: June 19, 2014, 11:54:32 AM »
Finally a heard at work.
Went to talk to my single CW about work, she was clutching some work lottery tickets and muttering:
I hope i win, as i only have $60 in my checking till the payday. Our payday is bi-weekly and is next week. This is IT professional, so very reasonable salary. she has to pay some gift to her new graduating nephew this week.
Not sure what she expected me to say.

I hope you win too?  Pretty much everyone who wants to win the lottery does, as long as they want it enough!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2951 on: June 19, 2014, 05:00:17 PM »
Finally a heard at work.
Went to talk to my single CW about work, she was clutching some work lottery tickets and muttering:
I hope i win, as i only have $60 in my checking till the payday. Our payday is bi-weekly and is next week. This is IT professional, so very reasonable salary. she has to pay some gift to her new graduating nephew this week.
Not sure what she expected me to say.

I hope you win too?  Pretty much everyone who wants to win the lottery does, as long as they want it enough!
Yes, the only reason those silly people don't win is that they just didn't want it enough!
Wait! She had $60 in the account and didn't convert that also in to lotto paper? She clearly did not want to win enough..
Apparently she also didn't know how to utilize credit to charge an expense without needing to carry the actual currency at the moment of purchase.... OR she knows it all too well.... and is maxed out for the month! T.T

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2952 on: June 19, 2014, 09:23:01 PM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2953 on: June 19, 2014, 09:29:40 PM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2954 on: June 19, 2014, 10:45:10 PM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2955 on: June 20, 2014, 04:58:30 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.

My wife does the same thing.  And even worse, she doesn't work.  She always uses tired and fast as an excuse.  With the 1 year old at home, she doesn't have time to make a real lunch.  The main reason she does it - she doesn't like left overs.  The real annoying thing. She is  complaining about her weight.  I keep telling her to track what she eats. She gets enough exercise running around with the kids that I don't think it is that.  I bet her salt intake is so high from those frozen things that it is slowing her metabolism down.  She eats relatively healthy outside of that (loves veggies, doesn't eat a lot of dessert type of foods, no soda).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2956 on: June 20, 2014, 05:57:31 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.

My wife does the same thing.  And even worse, she doesn't work.  She always uses tired and fast as an excuse.  With the 1 year old at home, she doesn't have time to make a real lunch.  The main reason she does it - she doesn't like left overs.  The real annoying thing. She is  complaining about her weight.  I keep telling her to track what she eats. She gets enough exercise running around with the kids that I don't think it is that.  I bet her salt intake is so high from those frozen things that it is slowing her metabolism down.  She eats relatively healthy outside of that (loves veggies, doesn't eat a lot of dessert type of foods, no soda).

I confess to eating Michelina's pretty often in my university days.  To be fair though, I bought a ton of them when they were being blown out for a buck each at the local supermarket . . . although it always takes two to make me feel full.  Still, 2$ a meal seemed like a decent value at the time. . .
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2957 on: June 20, 2014, 08:15:42 AM »
I confess to eating Michelina's pretty often in my university days. 

I spent freshman year subsisting on 25 cent frozen burritos and mountain dew.  That doesn't mean I still eat that way.

One of my coworkers eats those $1 frozen Safeway meals at lunch every day, along with a $2 can of energy drink.  Kid's priorities are seriously fucked, but I wasn't any better at his age so I try not to judge.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2958 on: June 20, 2014, 09:12:44 AM »
I confess to eating Michelina's pretty often in my university days. 

I spent freshman year subsisting on 25 cent frozen burritos and mountain dew.  That doesn't mean I still eat that way.

One of my coworkers eats those $1 frozen Safeway meals at lunch every day, along with a $2 can of energy drink.  Kid's priorities are seriously fucked, but I wasn't any better at his age so I try not to judge.

Lets give credit where it's due though, I bet some of your coworkers go to Applebee's for lunch everyday.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2959 on: June 20, 2014, 09:34:34 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.
Not defending michelina's but they're $1 or less each and sometimes include a meat-like substance and veggie particles. I can get pasta or sauce for that amount of money but not both. I keep them on hand for when I don't have leftovers for lunch...it's motivation to make sure I do have leftover :P

Yeah, I do have one frozen meal in my freezer--and it's Michelina's. It's by far the cheapest frozen meal. From what I can tell, it's due to the fact that you get less food in the box. I don't think it's appreciably more or less healthy than any other frozen meal.

I've had that Michelina's meal in my freezer for about 6 months now, so I've been doing pretty good not eating it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2960 on: June 20, 2014, 09:36:42 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

Are you sure?  Last I looked at the store, a box of zatarans fancy rice was like $1.19.  Sure you can get rice cheaper, but it's still pretty cheap and means you don't need to figure out the spices etc.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2961 on: June 20, 2014, 09:47:26 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

Are you sure?  Last I looked at the store, a box of zatarans fancy rice was like $1.19.  Sure you can get rice cheaper, but it's still pretty cheap and means you don't need to figure out the spices etc.

Not sure, but I think Hedge_87 was talking about the zataran's complete rice bowl meal thingees. They make enough for one (and perhaps there are others that make enough for a family). They're not just the rice with spices -- they're supposed to be your whole meal. Zataran's makes just the rice with spices, which I agree isn't necessarily an unmustachian item.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2962 on: June 20, 2014, 10:37:27 AM »
yes i was talking about about the complete meal thingy that is basically a frozen dinner.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2963 on: June 20, 2014, 11:18:25 AM »
If people used the convince foods for those days when they really need it, and it wasn't an everyday thing, they would be fine, and not blow the budget, but it's the over consumption of them that is ridiculous.

I hate those kid of frozen meals, I would much rather have fast food if I forgot my lunch, no better for me but it tastes better IMO ha ha.

My favorite lunches are leftovers from home cooked yummies. I mean, enchiladas are way better the next day, so is apple pie.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2964 on: June 20, 2014, 02:12:51 PM »
Not defending michelina's but they're $1 or less each and sometimes include a meat-like substance and veggie particles. I can get pasta or sauce for that amount of money but not both.

Seriously? Pasta here is 49 cent per pound, pureed tomatoes are 35 cents for 500 ml, spices are a few Euros a kilo, lots of veggies can be had for 1-2 Euro per kilo. Meat is 3-4 Euros a kilogram, fish 6 Euros... I either have to get very fancy or use fresh produce to pay more than one Euro per pound for a pasta meal.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2965 on: June 20, 2014, 02:23:33 PM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

Are you sure?  Last I looked at the store, a box of zatarans fancy rice was like $1.19.  Sure you can get rice cheaper, but it's still pretty cheap and means you don't need to figure out the spices etc.

Not sure, but I think Hedge_87 was talking about the zataran's complete rice bowl meal thingees. They make enough for one (and perhaps there are others that make enough for a family). They're not just the rice with spices -- they're supposed to be your whole meal. Zataran's makes just the rice with spices, which I agree isn't necessarily an unmustachian item.

Oh.  Well I'll take it as a positive I had never known about them.  :)  I can spend less than $8 at the cafe even (much less bringing food from home obviously)!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2966 on: June 20, 2014, 02:47:33 PM »
You missed the part I quoted

I did. My apologies and thanks for pointing this out.

Yeah, I can make a pasta meal for cheaper, but not buy a whole bag of pasta and a jar of sauce (which makes a few meals). I think I pay $1/pound of pasta and just over $1 for a jar of sauce when I buy it

$1 for two pounds of pasta is indeed stretching it. Pasta with tomato sauce would be 88 Euro cents which is over $1. To keep cost below a dollar I would need to replace pureed tomatoes with concentrated tomato paste, or use inexpensive vegetables, flour and water.... But that's a lot more food than a single frozen meal for the same price.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2967 on: June 20, 2014, 02:58:29 PM »
Where I live, Michelina's cost about $2 regular price. You can get a small thing of pasta for under a buck, and a can of sauce for 80 cents- $1. That would be enough to make quite a few "homemade Michelina's" (pasta with sauce).
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« Reply #2968 on: June 20, 2014, 03:08:10 PM »
The problem with those frozen meal things is that people don't consider the price per unit which is what you ought to know when purchasing.

For example, my local supermarket sells a dozen eggs for $3.09, and a pack of 18 eggs for $4.49.  On the face of it, I am spending less money by buying the dozen eggs.  However, when you look at the unit cost, each egg in a dozen pack costs 25.75 cents, and each egg in the 18 pack costs 24.94 cents.  A small difference yes, but carry that across your entire shopping each and every week, year in and year out.

Obviously there is a limit as to what is prudent.  You want to buy ketchup, not invest in it.  But, if you are looking at the purchase of dry or long lived goods, you will always be further ahead by purchasing at the lowest unit cost.  Replicating those frozen meals would cost you less than half, perhaps one quarter of the price, and your body would thank you endlessly for putting less sodium, sugar and highly questionable additives in it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2969 on: June 20, 2014, 03:09:27 PM »
....now I want to learn to make my own sauce....

I'm sure there is something in the Recipe SuperThread

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2970 on: June 20, 2014, 03:45:15 PM »
....now I want to learn to make my own sauce....

I'm sure there is something in the Recipe SuperThread
Probably but with as rarely as we have pasta now it's low on my list of priorities. Maybe once I get downsized/moved WAY THE HELL closer to work (really getting tired of my 35 mile each way commute)

I feel your pain on the long commute, so I'm pretty lazy in the kitchen.  I've used this slow cooker recipe (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-marinara/), which is ridiculously easy.  I divided it up into ziploc bags and froze it.  Now I have to toss it in the fridge in the AM to have very tasty pasta sauce (with a lot less sugar) for dinner. 

I also fall victim to buying "convenience meals," so I can't be too judgmental.  I have lazy evening food (frozen pizzas and velveeta shells & cheese) to fill the void when I want to go out or order in. 

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« Reply #2971 on: June 20, 2014, 04:17:53 PM »
@Christof, or anyone else:
Does anyone have any numbers on the relative cost of groceries/food in Europe vs Us?   When over there (Netherlands mostly) we go to the nearby nice grocery store and it seems they are very reasonable wrt prices for a nice shop in downtown.  Selection is a bit lower but there is also much less crap food, ie only five frozen pizza choices instead of a 65 foot of isle of pizza's.

We dont really do proper normal shopping so is hard to say but it seems like the reputation of Europe being so much more expensive than the states is not deserved at least in terms of food.  Ok I will admit to buying a 15$ light bulb that would have cost 3$ at home but my options were limited and being in the dark sucked.  Sorry for going off topic.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2972 on: June 20, 2014, 07:25:18 PM »
I was chatting with the janitor at school/work today, and she asked how I was dealing with the heat.   "Fine.", I say.  Then she asks if I've had the A/C on.  I tell her "Nope, it hasn't been hot enough yet.".  She then informs me of her $200 electric bill last month because it's been too dang hot here in Indiana.  O.o   It hasn't been above 83F in my house.  And there's still places where I can see sunlight through the walls.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2973 on: June 20, 2014, 08:52:01 PM »
My boss, after we walked into a cool Chik-Fil-A from his car (which the AC didn't have a chance to cool on the short ride over from the office): "this is how I want my entire life to be... air-conditioned."

(Spare the facepunches for me going out for lunch, please... I normally bring my lunch, didn't today only because I had a free birthday meal coupon for somewhere else, then decided to go with my coworkers because we had a contentious meeting and I figured some socializing would be helpful professionally.)

(It's also worth noting that Chik-Fil-A is an unusually cheap lunch for him... usually it's at a ~$10 sit-down restaurant.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2974 on: June 20, 2014, 09:08:45 PM »
People talking about stocks at work:

"I bought 5000 shares of (some penny stock)"
"I bought (whatever), I plan to sell it if it goes up 20%"
"AAPL is a great deal now since it split"

I tried to explain that selling when something goes up 20% is a good way to get killed by taxes, and that stock splits don't change the value at all, but people don't care.  Although at least AAPL is decently valued right now, if buying tech stocks is your thing, so I mostly let that one go.

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« Reply #2975 on: June 21, 2014, 12:54:01 AM »
@ Alanstache: I am Belgian, but I lived close to the Netherlands for most of my life. The Netherlands are a bit cheaper than Belgium for food. Although every since Albert Heijn has opened stores here, the prices are dropping. If you buy in season and basic stuff, it isn't too expensive. Part of this is because the lower tax on those items, part because convenience foo costs more. I have the idea that eating healthy, or at least somewhat healthy is also more important here. Plus if you watch the sales, you can get very low prices.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2976 on: June 21, 2014, 07:05:41 AM »
You can get a pretty high-performance Mustang for well under $10k, it just won't be new. If he's going to get an unmustachian car with respect to fuel economy (I was once a guy that age... testosterone makes you do crazy things), at least he can buy one that's cheap. Suggest that he buy a built-up Fox body GT, an early SN95 Cobra, or a pre-'05 GT.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2977 on: June 21, 2014, 07:43:48 AM »
Does anyone have any numbers on the relative cost of groceries/food in Europe vs Us? 

Basically you have Walmart & Cosco on the US, we got ALDI / LIDL & Metro in Europe.
All the crappy junk food is cheap as hell (with canned veggies :^p) I could feed a week of junk food at lidl for 3 for around 10 max.
I tried to bough some almond milk last day, it's around 5/l. The more you are concerned about health / where the food comes from, prices goes up. I wouldn't be surprised the same goes in the US.


About an overheard, not really a mustachian one but it'll fit.
I was working as the only IT guy in a small business, i had to form a new saleswoman to her computerstation, around 30 y old.
The day after she rushes in my cubcicle with a letter :
CW : "Hey i made a sale, i have to send them an email. Where do i put the zip-code on the letter ?"
I was speechless.
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« Reply #2978 on: June 21, 2014, 07:33:52 PM »
I've got a recurring one. My senior colleague asks twice a month- "Bro can I borrow 50$"? I always say yes and he has always paid me back the next payday.  The weird thing is - he makes 15,000$ a month and gets stuck the last week on 50$.  Now I hope it is because he invests it all or is paying off his rental house empire- but based on what we've talked about it seems he just cant make it last.

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« Reply #2979 on: June 21, 2014, 09:31:40 PM »
I've got a recurring one. My senior colleague asks twice a month- "Bro can I borrow 50$"? I always say yes and he has always paid me back the next payday.  The weird thing is - he makes 15,000$ a month and gets stuck the last week on 50$.  Now I hope it is because he invests it all or is paying off his rental house empire- but based on what we've talked about it seems he just cant make it last.
Are you paid montly or fortnightly?  If montly if I were him I would put the money directly into a higher interest savings account then pay myself x each week.  That way you only have a couple of days until the next pay day until you run out.  Which should normally be fine.  Fortnightly no idea :S

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2980 on: June 21, 2014, 10:30:07 PM »
I've got a recurring one. My senior colleague asks twice a month- "Bro can I borrow 50$"? I always say yes and he has always paid me back the next payday.  The weird thing is - he makes 15,000$ a month and gets stuck the last week on 50$.  Now I hope it is because he invests it all or is paying off his rental house empire- but based on what we've talked about it seems he just cant make it last.

My grad school professor used to borrow money from me.  I think it's because she'd run out of cash and her husband was the money manager but still... something is off with a university professor borrowing cash from a grad student living on a stipend...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2981 on: June 22, 2014, 08:54:22 AM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.

My wife does the same thing.  And even worse, she doesn't work.  She always uses tired and fast as an excuse.  With the 1 year old at home, she doesn't have time to make a real lunch.  The main reason she does it - she doesn't like left overs.  The real annoying thing. She is  complaining about her weight.  I keep telling her to track what she eats. She gets enough exercise running around with the kids that I don't think it is that.  I bet her salt intake is so high from those frozen things that it is slowing her metabolism down.  She eats relatively healthy outside of that (loves veggies, doesn't eat a lot of dessert type of foods, no soda).
I've got two kids.  And I tell ya, with the youngest one being under-2, it's exhausting.  It really is hard to cook.  Often I can only eat when he is napping.  Stress and sleep make it really hard.

Took me two years to lose the weight with #1.  I'm at 23.5 months and counting with #2.

Mostly, until age 18 months they cannot keep themselves occupied at all. And even after that, they are content to play independently for a few minutes UNTIL they see you in the kitchen trying to DO something.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2982 on: June 22, 2014, 03:07:27 PM »
Mostly, until age 18 months they cannot keep themselves occupied at all. And even after that, they are content to play independently for a few minutes UNTIL they see you in the kitchen trying to DO something.
Our daughter was content to play with the pots & pans on the floor while we started a crockpot or defrosted leftovers in the microwave.

As soon as she could stand on a counter stepstool we started her on mixing ingredients.  By the time she was six years old she could make her own meal, and by the time she was eight years old she could make the family dinner.  She was rarely interested in cooking dinner for us more than once or twice a month, but she really enjoyed taking charge of desserts and birthday cakes.  When she was home for college senior break with her friends, they cooked every dinner for us (from Pinterest recipes) and even ran the BBQ grill.

"Training" someone always takes longer than doing it yourself, but the time spent making a meal together during her small-kid years was less than the sum of the time spent trying to make a meal while she was tugging at our legs for attention. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2983 on: June 22, 2014, 03:30:39 PM »
I've got one! Two co-workers were discussing the latest frozen meal thing, some sort of Stouffers thing that you throw in a pan, pour a packet of sauce over, and call it a "skillet meal". Apparently they're $8 EACH, and make enough for one meal for one or two people. Obviously loaded with salt, etc. One was telling the other how awesome they are, how he bought a bunch for the freezer, and what a great money saver they are!

I asked, why not just make a skillet meal with chicken, vegetables, sauce, etc for a fraction of the price, in almost the same amount of time? "Well, it's convenient..." It makes no sense to me.

We have a guy who does the same.  His is a zatarans rice meal thing for about the same amount lol. Last time I checked rice was about as cheap of a food as you can get.

The Michelina's frozen meals are pretty popular at my workplace as well - from what I can see, it's about 3/4 cup cooked pasta in some sort of white sauce. That's it. For the same amount of money as a whole bag of pasta and jar of sauce.

My wife does the same thing.  And even worse, she doesn't work.  She always uses tired and fast as an excuse.  With the 1 year old at home, she doesn't have time to make a real lunch.  The main reason she does it - she doesn't like left overs.  The real annoying thing. She is  complaining about her weight.  I keep telling her to track what she eats. She gets enough exercise running around with the kids that I don't think it is that.  I bet her salt intake is so high from those frozen things that it is slowing her metabolism down.  She eats relatively healthy outside of that (loves veggies, doesn't eat a lot of dessert type of foods, no soda).
I've got two kids.  And I tell ya, with the youngest one being under-2, it's exhausting.  It really is hard to cook.  Often I can only eat when he is napping.  Stress and sleep make it really hard.

Took me two years to lose the weight with #1.  I'm at 23.5 months and counting with #2.

Mostly, until age 18 months they cannot keep themselves occupied at all. And even after that, they are content to play independently for a few minutes UNTIL they see you in the kitchen trying to DO something.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2984 on: June 22, 2014, 04:28:44 PM »
When my 3 kids were little I was a SAHM & would also watch my friends kids as needed. I cooked everyday. Either put them in the kitchen with some toys or use a playpen if necessary.  Also the long afternoon nap they should be taking is a good time to prep for the evening meal. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2985 on: June 22, 2014, 05:50:32 PM »
"Training" someone always takes longer than doing it yourself, but the time spent making a meal together during her small-kid years was less than the sum of the time spent trying to make a meal while she was tugging at our legs for attention.

Great training! That's what my mom did. We all learned how to cook and helped her out. Now that my parents are older, we cook for them sometimes. A lady that takes care of my mom during the week and is from the "old country" remarked to my mom that she raised us like they did in the "older times". That she doesn't see many kids like us.

I'm constantly amazed by how many people don't know and are somewhat scared of cooking. Even people that grew up in lower middle class homes where (usually) the mother was always cooking and they never ordered takeout.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2986 on: June 22, 2014, 08:23:59 PM »
"Training" someone always takes longer than doing it yourself, but the time spent making a meal together during her small-kid years was less than the sum of the time spent trying to make a meal while she was tugging at our legs for attention.

Great training! That's what my mom did. We all learned how to cook and helped her out. Now that my parents are older, we cook for them sometimes. A lady that takes care of my mom during the week and is from the "old country" remarked to my mom that she raised us like they did in the "older times". That she doesn't see many kids like us.

I'm constantly amazed by how many people don't know and are somewhat scared of cooking. Even people that grew up in lower middle class homes where (usually) the mother was always cooking and they never ordered takeout.

My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2987 on: June 22, 2014, 09:20:42 PM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2988 on: June 22, 2014, 10:20:57 PM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2989 on: June 22, 2014, 11:16:31 PM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2990 on: June 23, 2014, 07:21:58 AM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...







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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2991 on: June 23, 2014, 07:38:00 AM »
Well, if that big blue "x" on the recipe means what I think it means, this recipe was a real loser even in its time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2992 on: June 23, 2014, 07:53:17 AM »
lol @ ring around the tuna

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2993 on: June 23, 2014, 08:46:34 AM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...

I agree - I was talking to a friend the other day and mentioned that this seemed to be the case - my grandparents were excellent cooks, and my generation seems to be picking it up again through the modern foodie culture that's all the rage, but it somehow "skipped" the boomers. Interesting to know that that was right around the time when convenience foods exploded onto the scene.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2994 on: June 23, 2014, 09:01:12 AM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...

Ugh. Yes. I grew up on cream of crap soup casseroles and I know a lot of my friends did, too. We joke about it now because none of us will touch that stuff with our own cooking. My parents made other things that were pretty good (thank goodness) but they still rely a lot on those type of convenience foods.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2995 on: June 23, 2014, 09:08:42 AM »
A lady I work with was going on about how she tried this new service that's so great. They send you all of the ingredients all prepped and you just do the cooking.

All for only $12/plate! ($15 if you aren't a member)

https://www.plated.com/menu

In talking, she said she was complaining she just doesn't have time to go to the store, and she just really hates going. We have the same job. She's doing something wrong if she doesn't have time. We work from home and the workload is far from demanding.

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« Reply #2996 on: June 23, 2014, 09:34:09 AM »
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My parents are/were the worst cooks in the world. My mom can hardly boil water and my dad over cooks everything. I use to jump for joy when we would have take out, not because I enjoyed eating junk for dinner, but because the food my parents made was awful. I'm actually grateful my parents didn't teach me to cook. Instead, I've had to learn from friends, friend's parents, and thank god for the Internet.

I feel exactly the same! I figured out cooking on my own and through other people - and starting cooking all my food in about my mid teens. I remember a whole lot of nasty, boiled-to-death vegetables from my childhood.

I think there may have been an era back in the 50s/60s/70s where all the baby boomers learned to cook really terrible food using processed "ingredients" (e.g. Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup) and that miracle of modern technology, the microwave. We know better now, but "convenience" was all the rage back then...

I agree - I was talking to a friend the other day and mentioned that this seemed to be the case - my grandparents were excellent cooks, and my generation seems to be picking it up again through the modern foodie culture that's all the rage, but it somehow "skipped" the boomers. Interesting to know that that was right around the time when convenience foods exploded onto the scene.

I have the same experience. I ate a lot of fish sticks and Kraft mac and cheese growing up. It was more because of my mom than my dad. My dad grew up on a farm, so he loved fresh produce and quality meat. His mom is an awesome cook. But my mom did most of the cooking in our house, and her mom knew no dish that wasn't a cream-of-something-based casserole. When we all left for college, my dad started doing most of the cooking, and he really is an awesome cook. I wish I grew up eating the food he cooks now! But my wife and I saw the light when we were out on our own, and cook most all of our own meal at home, from whole foods.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2997 on: June 23, 2014, 10:02:35 AM »
Eh, I'm a boomer, and I cook, mostly from scratch.  My mom grew up in the 40's and HATES cooking. 

I learned pretty much on my own, in the era of microwaves (which really didn't come out until the 80's IIRC). 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2998 on: June 23, 2014, 10:10:47 AM »
As an immigrant to America my thoughts/opinions on this food stuff.... I truly believe the average white American family eats mostly crap. Going to my friends houses as a kid I was served crap from a box. As an adult, these people are still eating boxed crap their parents fed them. They are now feeding that boxed garbage to their kids and babies.

I pay attention to people's shopping carts at the grocery store --- they hang out in the middle aisles and barely venture into the outer ring of the store.... stacks of frozen foods... bags of chips, popcorn... pre-made this and that... 

As an adult, I'm even more confused when my adult friends/peers go out to dinner at places like Chili's, Longhorns, etc... fuck, that food is disgusting even when it's good...

Anyways --- nothing overhead at work today. :-p

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #2999 on: June 23, 2014, 10:31:12 AM »
Does frozen spinach count as 'convenience food'? Super convenient that a healthy side to any meal can basically be stored in the freezer forever. I think that's about as close as I come.
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