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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3500 on: August 01, 2014, 08:39:07 AM »
stop referring people to your link.. ass hole...

correct funny ... not rude... sorry if it was misconstrued  ...


You called someone an asshole then went, lol just joking.

Nice... I haven't seen that defense since middle school. Don't wimp out, it's the internet; we expect some cussing.

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« Reply #3501 on: August 01, 2014, 08:42:30 AM »
correct funny ... not rude... sorry if it was misconstrued  ...

I definitely got "rude" out of that, mostly due to the use of the word "asshole." thanks for clarifying :)

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« Reply #3502 on: August 01, 2014, 09:04:14 AM »
Unless you're in a high interest rate debt emergency, it seems like making sure a delay in your pay doesn't cause problems would be very useful.

I remember having a debate with my parents about this (well, almost the same - it was about people living paycheque to paycheque rather than those who optimise their finances so aggressively.).

- My Dad was making the point that pay-cheques must be paid on time, because "most of the country are only a few days from ruin" - and he's right.  Many households in the UK have very little savings and a delay of a week for example on a pay-cheque could spell disaster.
- My argument was that these people are "adults".  If they have stretched so far when buying their house, cars, and other commitments, that they have been unable to save anything at all - then they have overburdened themselves or have spent money which should have been saved unwisely.  To me, there seem few excuses why many families should be in this situation of having no emergency fund - sure, there's the odd one who is dealing with an serious emergency - but this cannot be happening to the number (millions of households) we see without sufficient savings.  I can only conclude that the majority of these are not "operating their finances in an adult way", and so while a late pay-cheque from a company is poor and possibly a red flag, the issues caused to the employee largely through their own poor financial management are of no interest to the company.
- My Dad didn't agree and said I was "harsh".  :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3503 on: August 01, 2014, 09:42:00 AM »
I'd start immediately looking for another job if my employer suddenly missed the pay period by a couple of days without a very good explanation - this is a huge red flag. I've been through enough downturns and seen enough hollowed out companies chain their doors closed unannounced on a random tuesday morning.  Regularly missing their agreed upon pay date? Nope - floating a loan to my employer is not in my best interest. Nothing to do with my available funds, it's just the sign of a company that hasn't got their shit together.

I don't understand folks that 'need' a paycheck a day earlier than end of month, though. C'mon, budget already.

For some reason, I got deja vu -- of getting deja vu -- while reading this. I feel like I remember feeling like I've remembered reading it before.

I haven't written it before, but I've thought about writing it before. Maybe it's deja vu of my not writing it? ;D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3504 on: August 01, 2014, 05:47:12 PM »
CW got a second, PT job on the sales floor at Kohls.    I suspect that she got it to cover payments on her new Beemer, but that is besides the point.  Anyway, she crowed at worked that she got the job for the DIScounts, as in "I saved $900 with my employee DIScount."

I desperately wanted to ask her WTF Kohl sold that was possibly worth 15%= $900, but I didn't because I am housebroken.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3505 on: August 01, 2014, 06:24:22 PM »
My company had a picnic today. I sat next to my boss, who was telling stories about the previous dot com boom.

Apparently, one guy who struck it rich at a major networking company decided to buy a house. His stock had done extremely well, and he now had 3 million dollars to his name. This guy was an engineering manager, a position that would probably net around $170k today.

He saw a house that he liked listed for $1.5MM. Since the market was "going up", he bid $1MM over, for a purchase price of $2.5MM. Since the stock was also "going up", he decided to get a mortgage instead of selling the stock and paying for the house outright.

Then, the markets - both real estate and stock - plunged. The stock dropped like a rock (more than 11 years later, it hasn't recovered) though real estate has come back. At the same time as the stock market fell, companies started having quarterly layoffs. I don't know whether he survived, but he certainly went broke and lost the house.

Lesson: diversification

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3506 on: August 01, 2014, 07:59:21 PM »
Finally got one. I do payroll for a company. They're new to me, and they get paid on the last working day of the month. So one of the ladies in the office comes in with her timesheets and asks when the pay will go in (I think, the same day it always does. But I'm new to them, so maybe it's not always been thus) I tell her, and she pulls a face. "Some months are longer than others eh?" I say. She nods. Fast forward 4 hours, the director comes in and asks me to pay everyone the day before the end of the month. Because "people have got direct debits coming out on the last day"

I'm thinking, why ask me to move the date of the payroll? Why not ask them to move their darned DDs? And also, try keeping a buffer in case you don't get paid. It helps, trust me. I do not understand that logic. But he's the boss, so a day earlier it is. *sigh*

If I pay them one day late the pricks want a late fee. So do I. So, pay me on time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3507 on: August 01, 2014, 09:44:58 PM »
Wife's coworker executed and sold his options when the stock went up $10. Everyone thought he was crazy for deciding to pay down his 8.5% loan rather than continuing to hope that a single stock(!) would grow faster than his fixed-rate debt.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3508 on: August 01, 2014, 10:01:06 PM »
correct funny ... not rude... sorry if it was misconstrued  ...

I definitely got "rude" out of that, mostly due to the use of the word "asshole." thanks for clarifying :)

oh the peddling his link so he can get a free service that can be done with knowledge of excel to rope someone else into a monthly payment no matter how small was meant as a dickish statement ... the rest was meant in humor...

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« Reply #3509 on: August 01, 2014, 10:17:31 PM »
Ok this is from my friend's workplace:

She does the accounting there. The big boss came and asked her to make him a new monthly salary cheque, cause he found an old one that he never deposited and it was like two years old.

0.o

And he makes a shit ton of money. So much, apparently, that you don't notice if you don't get paid one month! Wtf.

She told him that because he was one of the signers/owners, he could write himself a cheque. Lol.

(Apologies if I got the lingo wrong, I'm now accountant... But you get the gist!)

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« Reply #3510 on: August 02, 2014, 03:41:55 AM »
Ok this is from my friend's workplace:

She does the accounting there. The big boss came and asked her to make him a new monthly salary cheque, cause he found an old one that he never deposited and it was like two years old.

0.o

And he makes a shit ton of money. So much, apparently, that you don't notice if you don't get paid one month! Wtf.

She told him that because he was one of the signers/owners, he could write himself a cheque. Lol.

(Apologies if I got the lingo wrong, I'm now accountant... But you get the gist!)

That's more like mustachian than antimustachian, don't you think?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3511 on: August 02, 2014, 04:35:12 AM »
Ok this is from my friend's workplace:

She does the accounting there. The big boss came and asked her to make him a new monthly salary cheque, cause he found an old one that he never deposited and it was like two years old.

0.o

And he makes a shit ton of money. So much, apparently, that you don't notice if you don't get paid one month! Wtf.

She told him that because he was one of the signers/owners, he could write himself a cheque. Lol.

(Apologies if I got the lingo wrong, I'm now accountant... But you get the gist!)

Shit ton is accounting lingo?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3512 on: August 02, 2014, 05:08:41 AM »
you don't notice if you don't get paid one month!

That should be in the "Mustachian People Problems" thread!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3513 on: August 02, 2014, 05:43:33 AM »
you don't notice if you don't get paid one month!

That should be in the "Mustachian People Problems" thread!

Not sure this is or is not Mustachian, all it really is is having a few months income/expenses in cash so that no bills bounce and not tracking your finances very closely.  You could be making 200k and spending 180k but so long as you had an emergency fund to absorb the missing check not really notice.  Also if it is normal for large sums to go in and out of your checking (reimbursable work expenses, oddly timed dividends, large personal expenses, rental income?) or monthly pay normally varying significantly (commission?) a pay check could get lost in the noise. 

EDIT: On the other hand maybe he is Mustachian and saves 70% of his pay but thought he transferred & invested the pay but really never deposited it.

To easy for this to go either way, I am sure plenty here have brain farted on something financial over the years; not to long ago I double paid a large cc balance.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2014, 08:53:29 AM by AlanStache »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3514 on: August 02, 2014, 06:35:42 AM »
All that is true, but at the very least he is not living pay check to pay check on a large salary. Plenty of people who manage that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3515 on: August 02, 2014, 07:55:26 AM »
Wow, bad typo. I am *not an accountant

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3516 on: August 02, 2014, 07:57:41 AM »
I see your points. But doesn't mustachian = efficiency? And the lost interest on the money... Isn't that wasteful, in a way?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3517 on: August 02, 2014, 02:25:04 PM »
correct funny ... not rude... sorry if it was misconstrued  ...

I definitely got "rude" out of that, mostly due to the use of the word "asshole." thanks for clarifying :)

oh the peddling his link so he can get a free service that can be done with knowledge of excel to rope someone else into a monthly payment no matter how small was meant as a dickish statement ... the rest was meant in humor...

I dont think you really know what YNAB is.  There is no monthly fee.  Just clarification for anyone reading.  And my excel sheet sure as heck cant sync with my and my wifes phone.  (Possible, but overly complicated)  I paid $15 ONE time for the software.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3518 on: August 02, 2014, 02:36:08 PM »
3- Exotic (1983 DMC-12): Car I'd wanted all my life and is fun through and through, gets driven sparingly but a lot more than people expect.


If you ever want to sell it... :)

Heh. When I take it to car shows (rarer these days since I've got lots else on my plate and free Saturdays are a sparse) it's pretty much a given that someone will, whether jokingly or seriously, ask what I'd want for it. My stock answer is about $100k- which to my great amusement is often met by a response of, "Wow, that little?" The amusing thing is that I arrived at that $100k number by taking what it's likely worth (or would cost to replace)- about $25k- and mutliplying it by 4 so I'd have enough to buy another one in at least as good of shape, outfit it to my tastes, and still have a good bit of money left over. :P
Deloreans aren't as rare or as expensive as people think... guy down the street has one, I've seen them on Ebay for $15K-$20K. I'd buy a basketcase one and do an engine swap to make it fast, too. All the style and speed of a $200K supercar, for a fraction of the cost.

I'd be inclined to put the most fuel efficient small engine into the chassis so you have a cool looking car that is cheaper to drive around.  But I'm weird.  As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3519 on: August 02, 2014, 03:28:43 PM »
I'd be inclined to put the most fuel efficient small engine into the chassis so you have a cool looking car that is cheaper to drive around.  But I'm weird.  As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.

As opposed to taking a Viper engine and putting it into the Tempo creating the incomparable Temper.  =p  You're reverse sleeper idea is kind of funny to me though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3520 on: August 02, 2014, 05:29:10 PM »
3- Exotic (1983 DMC-12): Car I'd wanted all my life and is fun through and through, gets driven sparingly but a lot more than people expect.


If you ever want to sell it... :)

Heh. When I take it to car shows (rarer these days since I've got lots else on my plate and free Saturdays are a sparse) it's pretty much a given that someone will, whether jokingly or seriously, ask what I'd want for it. My stock answer is about $100k- which to my great amusement is often met by a response of, "Wow, that little?" The amusing thing is that I arrived at that $100k number by taking what it's likely worth (or would cost to replace)- about $25k- and mutliplying it by 4 so I'd have enough to buy another one in at least as good of shape, outfit it to my tastes, and still have a good bit of money left over. :P
Deloreans aren't as rare or as expensive as people think... guy down the street has one, I've seen them on Ebay for $15K-$20K. I'd buy a basketcase one and do an engine swap to make it fast, too. All the style and speed of a $200K supercar, for a fraction of the cost.

I'd be inclined to put the most fuel efficient small engine into the chassis so you have a cool looking car that is cheaper to drive around.  But I'm weird.  As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.

I love cars, and I know if there was one area where I could blow my mustachian street cred it would be on cars.  When some people say, "I don't even know how I'd spend a million dollars."  I just think, "I know how I would, it would all be on cars."

Anyway,  if you ever did this, I know at least one thing would happen, you would make a lifetime friend in whichever sixteen year old you found with a Tempo and traded engines from your Viper.  Of course they haven't made the Tempo in like 20 years, so your Tempo engine is probably going to get harder and harder to find.  You'd be tooting around in your 40mpg Viper, and he'd be winning pink slips at every stoplight in Canada with his V10 Tempo.

Just the though is making me chuckle.  They did make a Tempo with a 4 speed manual trans at one point, wonder if that little gearbox could handle 500+hp.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3521 on: August 02, 2014, 09:55:36 PM »
As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.
My daughter used to fantasize about buying a late-model Mustang and converting it to an EV.  She got this idea from the Ford dealership next to the Goodwill, where she shopped at least once a month.  The Goodwill, not the Ford dealer.

But then the Tesla came out, and she now has a new goal in life...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3522 on: August 02, 2014, 11:40:05 PM »
As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.
My daughter used to fantasize about buying a late-model Mustang and converting it to an EV.  She got this idea from the Ford dealership next to the Goodwill, where she shopped at least once a month.  The Goodwill, not the Ford dealer.

But then the Tesla came out, and she now has a new goal in life...

Ive always been a fan of these guys: http://www.plasmaboyracing.com

I love watching guys in old muscle cars and decked out european sports cars get abused by a 1972 Datsun.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3523 on: August 03, 2014, 01:29:14 AM »
As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.
My daughter used to fantasize about buying a late-model Mustang and converting it to an EV.  She got this idea from the Ford dealership next to the Goodwill, where she shopped at least once a month.  The Goodwill, not the Ford dealer.

But then the Tesla came out, and she now has a new goal in life...

Ive always been a fan of these guys: http://www.plasmaboyracing.com

I love watching guys in old muscle cars and decked out european sports cars get abused by a 1972 Datsun.

That would be me. Except my Datsun was built in 1965, and is painted granny-spec pink. All the more satisfying to blow off the bogans in their V8s at the lights. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3524 on: August 04, 2014, 08:23:47 AM »
wonder if that little gearbox could handle 500+hp.

No. No, it can't.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3525 on: August 04, 2014, 08:41:49 AM »
sorry for continuing to go off-topic, but my car-related dream is to get a truck that looks like kinda like this:



(point being I want it to be from the 70s or 80s and have stripes) and convert it to run on biodiesel. and then I want one of those rear window decals with wolves howling at the moon on it. the only downside I can see is that I kinda want a backseat for my dogs. also I know less than nothing about cars, so this dream may not even be feasible...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3526 on: August 04, 2014, 10:04:31 AM »
sorry for continuing to go off-topic, but my car-related dream is to get a truck that looks like kinda like this:



(point being I want it to be from the 70s or 80s and have stripes) and convert it to run on biodiesel. and then I want one of those rear window decals with wolves howling at the moon on it. the only downside I can see is that I kinda want a backseat for my dogs. also I know less than nothing about cars, so this dream may not even be feasible...

I used to own that model truck.  White with grey and black stripes.  It was a blast to drive and fairly economical.  I sold it after we learned we were going to have a baby.  No room for two passengers and a car seat.

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« Reply #3527 on: August 04, 2014, 11:23:19 AM »
At dinner last night with my coworkers the conversation started with how much cable companies suck and turned to investing somehow.  The captain next to me turned and said "401k? I've heard of that, but I don't really know what it is."  I gave him the basic definition and asked if he knew what the TSP was. "Oh yeah, I know about that.  My wife takes care of the investing stuff."  He said he put a couple hundred a month into it, but knew nothing beyond that.  He didn't know what the limit was or how the thing worked.  I felt bad for the guy.  He's army and his wife is air force. Both are captains and together probably make over $120,000 a year.  I don't see them as big spenders, but it was painful to hear how ignorant of finances and investing he was.  I want to believe she knows what she's doing, but if he's not even close to maxing his TSP I can't imagine she's doing everything right.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3528 on: August 04, 2014, 12:43:18 PM »
I'd be inclined to put the most fuel efficient small engine into the chassis so you have a cool looking car that is cheaper to drive around.  But I'm weird.  As I kid I used to fantasize about buying a Dodge Viper body and transplanting a Ford Tempo engine into it to make it really fuel efficient.  My friends did not understand the Vipo.
At the last DCS I was at I ended up parked next to a guy with a VTEC-swapped DeLorean. Was a VERY well-engineered swap and was both more efficient AND more powerful than the stock PRV powerplant- and was a smaller engine to boot.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3529 on: August 04, 2014, 12:44:42 PM »
Talked to a friend of mine who is a computer tech contractor.

He works for a company that does installs for Best Buy/Geek Squad. They just told him he's no longer allowed to do TV installs with a minivan... he has to have a cargo van or box truck.

He just installed three 60" TV's and sound systems, at the same time, with the minivan. Any clues why Best Buy is requiring this now, all of a sudden? Pretty sure it's not because of cargo space.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3530 on: August 04, 2014, 01:13:36 PM »
maybe the mini van doesn't look as professional/commercial or have the ability to strap things down as well?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3531 on: August 04, 2014, 07:46:28 PM »
I felt bad for the guy.  He's army and his wife is air force. Both are captains and together probably make over $120,000 a year.  I don't see them as big spenders, but it was painful to hear how ignorant of finances and investing he was.  I want to believe she knows what she's doing, but if he's not even close to maxing his TSP I can't imagine she's doing everything right.
Tell 'em I'd be happy to help.  I'm pretty sure the book is in a library near them, too.

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« Reply #3532 on: August 04, 2014, 08:59:42 PM »
Overheard at work today from a man who makes approximately $40k/year: "My rule is a new cell phone every six months.  They really need to make them less expensive though, $700 every six months is pretty rough."


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3533 on: August 04, 2014, 09:24:22 PM »
At dinner last night with my coworkers the conversation started with how much cable companies suck and turned to investing somehow.  The captain next to me turned and said "401k? I've heard of that, but I don't really know what it is."  I gave him the basic definition and asked if he knew what the TSP was. "Oh yeah, I know about that.  My wife takes care of the investing stuff."  He said he put a couple hundred a month into it, but knew nothing beyond that.  He didn't know what the limit was or how the thing worked.  I felt bad for the guy.  He's army and his wife is air force. Both are captains and together probably make over $120,000 a year.  I don't see them as big spenders, but it was painful to hear how ignorant of finances and investing he was.  I want to believe she knows what she's doing, but if he's not even close to maxing his TSP I can't imagine she's doing everything right.
I am not sure you should feel too bad for them-One officer retirement is enough to cover our post expenses ( with a mortgage). It is really easy to stupid your way through with dual military income especially if you aren't a big spender. So far 22 yrs (Single income)has paid for left over student loans, three houses, 3 fully paid college educations and retirement funds at "average" rate ( via arebelspy's formula). Though I agree everyone should be aware of their options.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3534 on: August 05, 2014, 12:09:41 AM »
At dinner last night with my coworkers the conversation started with how much cable companies suck and turned to investing somehow.  The captain next to me turned and said "401k? I've heard of that, but I don't really know what it is."  I gave him the basic definition and asked if he knew what the TSP was. "Oh yeah, I know about that.  My wife takes care of the investing stuff."  He said he put a couple hundred a month into it, but knew nothing beyond that.  He didn't know what the limit was or how the thing worked.  I felt bad for the guy.  He's army and his wife is air force. Both are captains and together probably make over $120,000 a year.  I don't see them as big spenders, but it was painful to hear how ignorant of finances and investing he was.  I want to believe she knows what she's doing, but if he's not even close to maxing his TSP I can't imagine she's doing everything right.

With JBLM BAH they make way more than that as CPTs - 3yr 1LT is right over 75k/yr alone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3535 on: August 05, 2014, 12:11:18 AM »
At dinner last night with my coworkers the conversation started with how much cable companies suck and turned to investing somehow.  The captain next to me turned and said "401k? I've heard of that, but I don't really know what it is."  I gave him the basic definition and asked if he knew what the TSP was. "Oh yeah, I know about that.  My wife takes care of the investing stuff."  He said he put a couple hundred a month into it, but knew nothing beyond that.  He didn't know what the limit was or how the thing worked.  I felt bad for the guy.  He's army and his wife is air force. Both are captains and together probably make over $120,000 a year.  I don't see them as big spenders, but it was painful to hear how ignorant of finances and investing he was.  I want to believe she knows what she's doing, but if he's not even close to maxing his TSP I can't imagine she's doing everything right.
I am not sure you should feel too bad for them-One officer retirement is enough to cover our post expenses ( with a mortgage). It is really easy to stupid your way through with dual military income especially if you aren't a big spender. So far 22 yrs (Single income)has paid for left over student loans, three houses, 3 fully paid college educations and retirement funds at "average" rate ( via arebelspy's formula). Though I agree everyone should be aware of their options.

It's a little easier to sympathize with people you like.  During my career I always assumed retired officers and NCOs took jobs to fill their bank accounts and/or their egos.  I never dreamed for so many it was to just to keep their heads above water until I left.  I spent my last weeks in trying to educate people on saving and investing.  Of course the Senior NCOs and prior enlisted are generally better prepared.  To them and their spouses a "budget" isn't a small bird.  It's also worrying because debt from poor money management is a proven way for enemies to recruit servicemembers as spies. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3536 on: August 05, 2014, 02:41:57 AM »
We don't see each other that often since we're on opposite sides of the FOB, but the next time I get a few minutes to hang out with him I'll probe a little deeper.  Nords, I'll definitely mention your book in the conversation.  I've said it here before, but I've seen both extremes of frugality in my coworkers at all ranks.  The senior NCO and warrant officer in my shop are using this deployment to aggressively get out of debt before they retire when they get home.  One of my fellow majors would feel right at home on this forum.  He'll find out by next week if he's being forced out, but if he has to go then he can comfortably go a few months before worrying about employment.  Another major here rents four properties across the country, but another young captain has very expensive hobbies and collectibles.  I work with a lot of young captains who are still feeling their way through investment options, home ownership, and only a couple have put serious thought into long term plans.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3537 on: August 05, 2014, 05:42:15 AM »
Due to some circumstances at work, some colleagues and I were talking about the possibility of basically being laid off a month temporarily - I made some comment, "month off without pay? sign me up!" and my coworkers looked at me like I was crazy.

I'd take a month or two every year off without pay if I could, I already am buying as much vacation as I can - might as well take an unpaid month off :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3538 on: August 05, 2014, 08:52:59 AM »
Fortunately my co workers are either reasonably prudent or prudently quiet about their finances so I've no recent stories.  However, here are two from years ago, one anti mustachian and one very much not so.

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SPC R was a 20 something company clerk in the same assignment and a pretty smart guy.  In conversation he broadly hinted he had tens of thousands invested in various stocks and diverted large chunks of his pay into them.  One day at work I found him practically doing somersaults with joy.   Some company had gone public and he was diverting a large chunk of his assets to buy into it.  I was in no position to invest and thought he was a bit crazy.  I told him as much since the company's business model was so unconventional.  But SPC R assured me this "Google" company would do very well.

Good for him!! That'd be one of those super lucky single swoop down and catch FIRE without doing anything type situations.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3539 on: August 05, 2014, 12:24:15 PM »
I can 100% relate.  Pretty much the exact same thing happened to me at my old corporate job, a few times actually.  Lucky for me I have more friendly surroundings these days.  Just goes to show that some people don't like fun.  And I feel sorry for them.  And I also can't wait to retire... though I have a much longer way to go.

Hang in there buddy.

Yesterday was a bad day at work for me... got in trouble for hanging out with a coworker during break. And having fun.

Turns out, there's a guy in my cubicle who's fond of working through breaks and lunch. And he's not very friendly, either. So he gets irritated and is disturbed easily. Seeing the trend here? Oh yeah, and he's 15 years younger than me.

So, just because you don't have enemies, it doesn't mean everyone is your friend, either. I got thrown under the bus, even though I always get my work done on time, and done well. I don't work overtime and I don't work through breaks, and I don't take myself too seriously. Apparently that doesn't sit well with some people.

God, I can't wait till I can retire.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3540 on: August 05, 2014, 01:33:10 PM »
With JBLM BAH they make way more than that as CPTs - 3yr 1LT is right over 75k/yr alone.

LOL, SRSLY? WTF RU SAYIN?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3541 on: August 05, 2014, 01:59:23 PM »
With JBLM BAH they make way more than that as CPTs - 3yr 1LT is right over 75k/yr alone.

LOL, SRSLY? WTF?

Babel fish in my ear says:  the basic allowance for housing (extra pay for rent) at the environs of his military base (adjusted by locale) makes the total pay of a First Lieutenant with 3 years over $75k. Therefore those Captains (next rank up) who were not savvy about investing make even more than $75k.

My captain friend and his wife have around 6 years time in service which gives them a base pay of $5400/month.

Basic Allowance for Housing: untaxable stipend given to military personnel living off-base.  It is based on locality and adjusted for rank and single/married.  Since my coworkers are a dual-military couple only one of them gets it.  For the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area they're getting $1863/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3542 on: August 05, 2014, 03:38:23 PM »
$_$

That almost makes me regret submitting my UQR 9 months before promotion to CPT.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3543 on: August 05, 2014, 04:45:19 PM »
Overheard at work today from a man who makes approximately $40k/year: "My rule is a new cell phone every six months.  They really need to make them less expensive though, $700 every six months is pretty rough."

what. the. fuck.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3544 on: August 05, 2014, 04:57:44 PM »
I went with my housemate recently to check out his phone plan at the store, to see when it finished. The salesman said he had three months left, but he could waive that to grab a new contract and "save" the three months or so, plus get a new phone! My housemate (who has benefited from a bit of second-hand mustachianism) immediately said "no" and calculated how much he'll be saving per-month when it's paid off, in the store!

This will be the first time he's ever kept using a phone he's paid off - until now it's been a new one every two years, with the old ones sitting in a cupboard or drawer gathering dust, just because that's what he's always done. Six months, though, that's pretty unbelievable!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3545 on: August 06, 2014, 07:47:03 AM »
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Due to some circumstances at work, some colleagues and I were talking about the possibility of basically being laid off a month temporarily - I made some comment, "month off without pay? sign me up!" and my coworkers looked at me like I was crazy.

I'd take a month or two every year off without pay if I could, I already am buying as much vacation as I can - might as well take an unpaid month off :)

A similar thing happened to me when my company threatened that we would be laid of each winter for 2-3 months unless we moved onto a lower paid staff contract. I called their bluff and said i would love to work 9-10 months a year at the current rate and take time of in the quite months. They ended up bumping the staff contract up by 10% so i accepted (left 3 months later for unrelated reasons).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3546 on: August 06, 2014, 11:20:54 AM »
Overheard at work today from a man who makes approximately $40k/year: "My rule is a new cell phone every six months.  They really need to make them less expensive though, $700 every six months is pretty rough."

what. the. fuck.

100% agree. What the actual fuck. I'm making just around the same as him and I couldn't fathom getting a new phone that often. I have a two year old iPhone 4 (bought new as a gift from my parents). I bought myself a heavy duty case and a screen protector right away, and it's still in good condition (two little scratches on the screen, that's it!). That puppy is sticking with me until it completely craps out and is irreparable. I honestly can't tell you what the newest version iPhone is out now, or when another new one will be out. All I know is that when this one does die (hopefully not for another 2-3 years), I'll be looking for a used/refurbished model of some phone that was released two years or so prior.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3547 on: August 06, 2014, 02:20:12 PM »
Heard this today and immediately thought of this thread.

Co-worker: "Our patio contractor didn't show up on time this morning, so who knows when our patio will be finished? We bought a brand new patio set and have nowhere to put it! The contractor can show up whenever they want and charge whatever they want because it's not like we'd ever do the work ourselves (scoffs)."

Me: "Uh, umm, oh ok, sorry about that"

New patio set? Paying contractor any amount of $$ to do the work for you (on a non-crucial, purely for fun renovation)? Tried to walk away as fast as possible before my eyes rolled uncontrollably...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3548 on: August 06, 2014, 02:29:03 PM »
LOL... my inlaws just paid a vast amount to have a patio installed... when i mentiontioned that I would have done it for a place to stay for a few nights, they said that on my days off i need to rest.  I have an office job, I rest at work...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3549 on: August 06, 2014, 02:29:50 PM »
LOL... my inlaws just paid a vast amount to have a patio installed... when i mentiontioned that I would have done it for a place to stay for a few nights, they said that on my days off i need to rest.  I have an office job, I rest at work...
Exactly!!!