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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6650 on: February 04, 2015, 07:52:01 PM »

Perhaps the millenials will "look" financially more like the generation who lived through the great depression, rather than generation x or the baby boomers.


Not from what I've seen!  They're at the bar buying craft brews and expensive, fancy cocktails while taking selfies on their iPhones.  The recession in Canada (which nobody seems to remember) between 89-93 was devastating.  You'd never see us GenX punk rockers and grungers with craft brews.  We were all wearing clothes from the second-hand shop and you'd only see us out on $1 draft night.  :(

Hey I am a gen x and I love my craft beer... that I brew myself, for less the .50 cents a L... Nevermind...

Weird, if someone asked me, I would say GenX looks like the Great Gen (post depression) and the Millenials are the Boomers 2.0
Just my toughts...Nevermind...

Yeah...fellow Gen-X'er here. I graduated college right during that recession you mention.

I've come to realize we are the forgotten generation, kind of like the middle child between the Boomers and Millenials. No one likes to talk about us. But we had the best music, that's for sure!

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/the-forgotten-generation/?_r=1
Thanks for the link Daisy.
It's true that I don't hear as much about the X-ers.  Which is odd, because I am one and find it interesting.

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« Reply #6651 on: February 04, 2015, 07:55:10 PM »
Generalisations lead nowhere for sure. Every generation include frugal and spendy peolple. Many Millenials saw the big life older people live and then do the same because they think it is normal, other wake up and  choose the other path

Generalizations/ stereotypes are important.
It means the average person in that group...or at least how others perceive that group.

If you are in 'that' group, but it doesn't apply to you, then you are considered an exception.

For the people who seem rich,, chances are they are spending most of their money.
For the others, that drive the older, basic vehicle...generally we have more assets, because f our spending habits.

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« Reply #6652 on: February 04, 2015, 08:57:50 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties. 

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« Reply #6653 on: February 04, 2015, 09:04:05 PM »
Disagree. Generation X got more than enough attention 10-15 years ago.

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« Reply #6654 on: February 04, 2015, 09:07:27 PM »

Perhaps the millenials will "look" financially more like the generation who lived through the great depression, rather than generation x or the baby boomers.


Not from what I've seen!  They're at the bar buying craft brews and expensive, fancy cocktails while taking selfies on their iPhones.  The recession in Canada (which nobody seems to remember) between 89-93 was devastating.  You'd never see us GenX punk rockers and grungers with craft brews.  We were all wearing clothes from the second-hand shop and you'd only see us out on $1 draft night.  :(

Hey I am a gen x and I love my craft beer... that I brew myself, for less the .50 cents a L... Nevermind...

Weird, if someone asked me, I would say GenX looks like the Great Gen (post depression) and the Millenials are the Boomers 2.0
Just my toughts...Nevermind...

Yeah...fellow Gen-X'er here. I graduated college right during that recession you mention.

I've come to realize we are the forgotten generation, kind of like the middle child between the Boomers and Millenials. No one likes to talk about us. But we had the best music, that's for sure!

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/the-forgotten-generation/?_r=1
Thanks for the link Daisy.
It's true that I don't hear as much about the X-ers.  Which is odd, because I am one and find it interesting.

The Gen Xers (me) are indeed a lost generation, because we are outnumbered by our parents and our children. The social, cultural and economic effects are greater on either side. We lost the numbers game.

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« Reply #6655 on: February 04, 2015, 09:15:19 PM »
Disagree. Generation X got more than enough attention 10-15 years ago.

OK, I am going to sound like a middle child again, but...

Boomers ALWAYS got attention.

Millenials didn't even exist 10-15 years ago, well maybe some of them, but once they were born and in big numbers they overshadowed the Gen-X'ers. They seem to get all of the attention these days, and forget about the Gen-X'ers own recessions and stuff.

No one worries about the Gen-X'ers any more...(pouting for attention).

Not that it matters on this forum, as all of us frugal types can get past most anything society or the economy throws our way - be it boomer, gen-X'er, or millenial.

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« Reply #6656 on: February 04, 2015, 09:16:43 PM »
Can we not generalize an entire group of millions of people from highly ranging backgrounds, please? I really don't see any value in it. Peoples' lives are much more complex than what you can fit in a two-line comment on an Internet forum.

You sound like my mom...

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« Reply #6657 on: February 05, 2015, 05:04:15 AM »
I was born as a result of the 2nd baby boom (boomers having kids all at once). Makes me a millennial I suppose. Definitely the largest graduating class in our high school by far (300+ vs the more normal 275... Class of 89/90 people). My parents are a boomer and a genXer. I was raised by the silent generation. Fuck these labels man!

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« Reply #6658 on: February 05, 2015, 07:27:05 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!

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« Reply #6659 on: February 05, 2015, 09:07:41 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!
Your sample size is way too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. There are millions of people in this country, and you've sample maybe a couple hundred at best.

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« Reply #6660 on: February 05, 2015, 09:29:06 AM »
No one where I work ever gets together except for the every-two-monthly mandatory fun event that costs $20. I've never heard of anyone hiring a housekeeper. Maybe now your coworkers are a lot better off as you have progressed in your career over the past 20 years.

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« Reply #6661 on: February 05, 2015, 09:33:05 AM »
I got my federal tax liability to $0 this year while making $60k.  I told many of my coworkers about the tax savers credit as I thought several of them could qualify if they would just open an IRA and put some money into it, and none of them were even aware of it.  It seems stupid to me not to put $2k into it if you can reduce your taxes by $1,000.  It's an instant 50% return on their investment, plus that investment gets to then grow in an IRA.  It's win-win-win for those that qualify.



Wait a minute... Does a 401k count for this? Also, I assume that your standard TurboTax or TaxAct would have this built in, so when answering the questions, it would do it for you?

No your 401k deductions don't qualify for the tax savers credit (but your 401k contributions reduce your AGI which may lower your income level enough to qualify for the credit, or a better portion of the credit).  I believe it has to be an IRA.   Yes turbo tax will automatically add it and calculate it for you when you put in the appropriate information when it prompts you during the questionnaire.
Actually, 401K does count.  Pretty amazing deal if you can get that AGI low enough.

http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Plan-Participant,-Employee/Retirement-Topics-Retirement-Savings-Contributions-Credit-%28Saver%E2%80%99s-Credit%29

I stand corrected.  I think that is a major flaw in the turbo tax software then, because it didn't add the credit for me until I put in my IRA contributions.   

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6662 on: February 05, 2015, 09:39:18 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!
Your sample size is way too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. There are millions of people in this country, and you've sample maybe a couple hundred at best.

It's a small sample indeed, but even if I extend to family, friends and other people I meet on a regular basis, I would say I'm about the only one who still wash his own toilet.

My oldest son said our 2 cars were bought for cash and friends said "Your parents are some fucking millionaires or what?".

Does your "sample" different?
« Last Edit: February 05, 2015, 09:59:50 AM by Le Barbu »

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« Reply #6663 on: February 05, 2015, 09:43:15 AM »
This is interesting talk to me. As someone who was born in the mid-80s, I feel like there's a huge difference between pre-internet kids and post-internet kids. Then again, there are crazies on facebook who I have unfriended because I don't need to see another selfie or hear another tirade about how the world is against them. I think there are tons of people like this in every generation, but there's never been a generation that had the capability to yell it from the rooftops efficiently as the current younger kids.

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« Reply #6664 on: February 05, 2015, 10:20:32 AM »
This is interesting talk to me. As someone who was born in the mid-80s, I feel like there's a huge difference between pre-internet kids and post-internet kids. Then again, there are crazies on facebook who I have unfriended because I don't need to see another selfie or hear another tirade about how the world is against them. I think there are tons of people like this in every generation, but there's never been a generation that had the capability to yell it from the rooftops efficiently as the current younger kids.

I agree with this.  I was born in 91, and though I grew up with a computer in my bedroom, I played math games and Oregon Trail on it.  Didn't have Facebook until freshman or sophomore year of high school, didn't have a smartphone until I was 19.  I already feel like I'm out of touch with 'kids these days,' lol.  My little sister was born in 95 and things are so different for her.

I also think that being old enough to be aware of finances during the 2008 recession is a huge factor that divides Millennials.  I turned 18 in 2009 and I remember older friends basically pioneering the 'boomerang kid' thing, or going on to get Master's and PhD's because there just wasn't anything out there for new grads.  Everyone in my freshman class was so thankful we still had 4 years of college and praying that things would get better by the time we graduated.  I don't think Millennials who are more than a couple years younger or older than I am had that sobering experience, which I think shapes a lot of my world view and financial habits.   The ones that are older are probably more likely to have realized it and have it affect their behavior, but the younger kids have no idea.

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« Reply #6665 on: February 05, 2015, 10:25:04 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!
If you want an answer, look at the owed money of private and country (to other countries). I dont know excact numbers, but I would not be surprised if it has doubled in this time.
The US is living on borrowed material things, and I think it will crash before 2030 (and I mean BIG WAMM, at least as big as the 2008, with the additional problem that the way the last was "solved" is now added to the effect)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6666 on: February 05, 2015, 10:43:52 AM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties.

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

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« Reply #6667 on: February 05, 2015, 11:02:53 AM »
When I was a kid (in the 90's and early 2000's, so not that long ago) restaurants were more of a special treat than a weekly occurrence, and trips to Europe or tropical resorts were for the affluent or maybe as a graduation present.  Now I see people (with kids, and from the same socioeconomic background that I'm from) on annual vacations and going out to eat multiple times a week.  Not to mention a greater number of vehicles per adult and more tech gadgets.  Of course this isn't a representative sample, but it's interesting to note.


I do think, however, it's fair to say that the millenial generation financially differs from at least the Boomers (not sure about Gen X) in that they have different responsibilities.  Real estate was much more affordable based on average income (at least in Canada,) post-secondary education was more affordable and less necessary, and childrearing was more centric.  People in their 20's were more likely to buy a house (which then provided solid investment-level gains) and start a career and/or family in their 20's.  You kinda had to.  Now that there's much less pressure from society to get married and have babies, coupled with the high real estate prices and what I'd call societal pressure to enjoy life*, leaves lots of millenials less concerned with saving and investing and more concerned with shorter-term fun.

*In my social group from uni, saying you don't absolutely love international travel is what I believe to be the 1950's equivalent of a woman saying she has little interest in having babies.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6668 on: February 05, 2015, 11:24:19 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!

This is not the first time I posted this graph, but damn I feel like I have to again in order to set the record straight.  Spending is not any more out of control now than it's been in the last 25 years.   Savings rate is actually higher (still too low obviously) than at most points in the past 25 years.  Pew research also supports this. 

This is the MMM forum, we're supposed to be better than relying on anecdotes. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-the-coming-of-age-ritual-of-spend-now-save-later/2014/11/13/5fd9314e-6b73-11e4-a31c-77759fc1eacc_story.html

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6669 on: February 05, 2015, 11:39:48 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!
Your sample size is way too small to draw any meaningful conclusions. There are millions of people in this country, and you've sample maybe a couple hundred at best.

It's a small sample indeed, but even if I extend to family, friends and other people I meet on a regular basis, I would say I'm about the only one who still wash his own toilet.

My oldest son said our 2 cars were bought for cash and friends said "Your parents are some fucking millionaires or what?".

Does your "sample" different?
My sample is actually different - many of the people I know are not spendy (though they aren't saving much either).

But guess what. THAT'S COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT IN THE BIG PICTURE. I cannot draw any meaningful conclusions about millions of people from my sample, the same way that you can't draw any meaningful conclusions about millions of people from your sample.

I find it incredibly frustrating and ridiculous when people give anecdotes and then try to imply that this must generalize to the general population. This is simply not true.

And as Luck12 pointed out, the general trend is that spending rates are about the same.

This is not the first time I posted this graph, but damn I feel like I have to again in order to set the record straight.  Spending is not any more out of control now than it's been in the last 25 years.   Savings rate is actually higher (still too low obviously) than at most points in the past 25 years.  Pew research also supports this. 

This is the MMM forum, we're supposed to be better than relying on anecdotes. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-the-coming-of-age-ritual-of-spend-now-save-later/2014/11/13/5fd9314e-6b73-11e4-a31c-77759fc1eacc_story.html
Emphasis mine.
Please guys, don't try to draw any meaningful conclusions about large groups of people from anecdotes. Anecdotes are fun to share and have a good laugh (this is, after all, the antimuschian wall of shame and comedy), but useless for any statistics.

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« Reply #6670 on: February 05, 2015, 11:45:22 AM »
Related to the Millenial description: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3474#comic

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“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

I have a question: What do you define as "Gen X", "Gen Y" and "Millennial"? I was born in the mid-80's and graduated college in 2007. I've considered myself "Gen Y" and "Millennial" since I've seen both defined as births 1980-2000. But others apparently graduated at the same time as me and are claiming to be "Gen X".

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« Reply #6671 on: February 05, 2015, 11:50:06 AM »
Ok, leave alone labels for a moment (generational and mustachian ones)

How come I work in the same kind of business and same industry for 20 years now and see huge differences trough CW "overheard" talks?

Back in 1995, CW between 25 and 45 go out to the local pub once or twice a month (usualy on payday) for a "get together" and spend 10$ each on average. Some of CW hired housekeeper for few months and give up after 6-12 month considering it's like throwing away 1K$/year. Few of them ever headed south for holliday vacations.

Now (2015), CW go out for Sushi-like lunch (25$) 3x/week, hiring housekeeper is normal (80$/week or 4k$/year) and trips to Mexico and Europe are so common that they sound like they're getting borred. Btw, most everyone of that group drive a financed brand new car and owe 200k$ on a 225k$ house.

Salary just kept up with inflation rate so no clue here. What happen then?

Ok, back to the labels, does people were more Mustachians back in 1995 or it's the Millenial effect?

In any way, there is a clash over 20 years!!!

This is not the first time I posted this graph, but damn I feel like I have to again in order to set the record straight.  Spending is not any more out of control now than it's been in the last 25 years.   Savings rate is actually higher (still too low obviously) than at most points in the past 25 years.  Pew research also supports this. 

This is the MMM forum, we're supposed to be better than relying on anecdotes. 


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-the-coming-of-age-ritual-of-spend-now-save-later/2014/11/13/5fd9314e-6b73-11e4-a31c-77759fc1eacc_story.html

I usualy agree and use that statement, maybe I just live in a bubble. I will try to find an anecdotical individual who is still able to vaccum his place and scrub his own kitchen/bathroom and come back to you! Maybe I got to wait for a couple weeks because most everyone is in some kind of tropical resort these days :-)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6672 on: February 05, 2015, 12:02:43 PM »
Related to the Millenial description: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3474#comic

and

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

I have a question: What do you define as "Gen X", "Gen Y" and "Millennial"? I was born in the mid-80's and graduated college in 2007. I've considered myself "Gen Y" and "Millennial" since I've seen both defined as births 1980-2000. But others apparently graduated at the same time as me and are claiming to be "Gen X".

A good way to know if someone is GenX is if they were told to be "to young to know" (from Boomers) when they were 27 and "to old to understand" (from Millenials) when they turned 34...

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« Reply #6673 on: February 05, 2015, 01:18:12 PM »
This is interesting talk to me. As someone who was born in the mid-80s, I feel like there's a huge difference between pre-internet kids and post-internet kids. Then again, there are crazies on facebook who I have unfriended because I don't need to see another selfie or hear another tirade about how the world is against them. I think there are tons of people like this in every generation, but there's never been a generation that had the capability to yell it from the rooftops efficiently as the current younger kids.

I agree with this.  I was born in 91, and though I grew up with a computer in my bedroom, I played math games and Oregon Trail on it.  Didn't have Facebook until freshman or sophomore year of high school, didn't have a smartphone until I was 19.  I already feel like I'm out of touch with 'kids these days,' lol.  My little sister was born in 95 and things are so different for her.

I also think that being old enough to be aware of finances during the 2008 recession is a huge factor that divides Millennials.  I turned 18 in 2009 and I remember older friends basically pioneering the 'boomerang kid' thing, or going on to get Master's and PhD's because there just wasn't anything out there for new grads.  Everyone in my freshman class was so thankful we still had 4 years of college and praying that things would get better by the time we graduated.  I don't think Millennials who are more than a couple years younger or older than I am had that sobering experience, which I think shapes a lot of my world view and financial habits.   The ones that are older are probably more likely to have realized it and have it affect their behavior, but the younger kids have no idea.

I was born in '89. I remember sitting in my freshman economics class when SHTF. Probably a good class to be in when that happened. Anyway, It took until your class graduated from college to get a full time position (2013). I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess. Of the internet, it was in my home as long as I've been alive (10+ years earlier than most). Still, the internet didn't become a thing until YouTube happened (2004?). By this point you and I were early teens. Very different!

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« Reply #6674 on: February 05, 2015, 02:34:48 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties.

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

thanks for sending me down a mini-Wikipedia rabbit hole. I realized I didn't know where exactly the antimeridian is and I probably should. so I googled it, came upon the Wikipedia article for the prime meridian, and saw that it was established as Greenwich by Sir George Airy. Sir George Airy, of Airy isostasy fame! who knew! then I clicked through to his article... dude did so much cool shit! #themoreyouknow

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« Reply #6675 on: February 05, 2015, 02:38:54 PM »
UGH!  So, I have a coworker that just put in her notice at work.  The new place offered her a pretty good package, 15k a year more (so around 130k), a 25% annual bonus if goals are met, a 5% 401k match etc (she doesn't save in our existing 401k just an FYI).  We are talking yesterday and she was saying how the bump would be nice since her and her husband can now start building a savings account (which they are pulling in 240k a year combined now and apparently have no savings).  Sitting here just now she calls her husband and says she's "found her dream home" and it's ONLY 895k so our mortgage would only go up "a little bit" and they HAVE to go look and put in an offer this weekend. 

Her current house is a 2 bed in the District that she bought for 450 during the recession on a 30 year FHA w/3% down...the new house is a 3 bed, 3 bath, it's them and a dog and no plan for having kids.  That new mortgage is going to be going up more then "a little bit" even taking into account the 20% increase in sale price they can realistically see..  I also broke the news to her that if she is changing jobs (no savings remember) then she will have a hard time getting a mortgage since she can't provide a consistent work history.

Eh, the key is working in the same industry.  She can probably find a lender even if she just switched jobs (though having savings helps).

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« Reply #6676 on: February 05, 2015, 05:16:04 PM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived. 
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« Reply #6677 on: February 05, 2015, 05:39:51 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties.

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

thanks for sending me down a mini-Wikipedia rabbit hole. I realized I didn't know where exactly the antimeridian is and I probably should. so I googled it, came upon the Wikipedia article for the prime meridian, and saw that it was established as Greenwich by Sir George Airy. Sir George Airy, of Airy isostasy fame! who knew! then I clicked through to his article... dude did so much cool shit! #themoreyouknow

Is drawing a relatively accurate map of the prime and antimeridian really that hard? I'm not a geographer and I tried it from memory and then checked on a map. I only messed up a bit of France, I had Ghana on the wrong side and I didn't know that part of Siberia made it across to the "Western" side, though I probably should have since I was pretty darn close with the Aleutian Islands and I knew that they overlapped but didn't draw it that way for some reason. I got Hawaii, the Marquesas, New Zealand and Ascension Island all correct.

How accurate do I have to be to get an honorary "you should be a geographer" badge?

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« Reply #6678 on: February 05, 2015, 05:54:34 PM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

Wow, arebelspy, you are impressively wise and measured for such a young'un.


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« Reply #6679 on: February 05, 2015, 06:03:22 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties.

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

thanks for sending me down a mini-Wikipedia rabbit hole. I realized I didn't know where exactly the antimeridian is and I probably should. so I googled it, came upon the Wikipedia article for the prime meridian, and saw that it was established as Greenwich by Sir George Airy. Sir George Airy, of Airy isostasy fame! who knew! then I clicked through to his article... dude did so much cool shit! #themoreyouknow

Is drawing a relatively accurate map of the prime and antimeridian really that hard? I'm not a geographer and I tried it from memory and then checked on a map. I only messed up a bit of France, I had Ghana on the wrong side and I didn't know that part of Siberia made it across to the "Western" side, though I probably should have since I was pretty darn close with the Aleutian Islands and I knew that they overlapped but didn't draw it that way for some reason. I got Hawaii, the Marquesas, New Zealand and Ascension Island all correct.

How accurate do I have to be to get an honorary "you should be a geographer" badge?

I was thinking the same thing.  It's really not that tricky, but then again sometimes I have some pretty damn useless info stored in my brain that nobody else cares about, so I don't know if it's normal to know that kind of info or not.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6680 on: February 05, 2015, 06:08:35 PM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

Wow, arebelspy, you are impressively wise and measured for such a young'un.


He's not a young'un; he's a baby. But we like him.:-)

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« Reply #6681 on: February 05, 2015, 06:14:34 PM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

Wow, arebelspy, you are impressively wise and measured for such a young'un.

Nah, I'm just good at faking it.  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6682 on: February 05, 2015, 07:19:56 PM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

Aw, man... Here I thought I liked you, and then you had to go and ruin it by telling me you were born THE YEAR I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL.

Harrumph...

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« Reply #6683 on: February 05, 2015, 07:24:36 PM »

Nah, I'm just good at faking it.  :)

That's what she said!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

G-dog wins the maturity award today!  Well played. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6684 on: February 05, 2015, 08:05:56 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

Fair enough.  But I can assure you from context and non-verbal cues it was solely due to not having a clue about the topic at all.

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« Reply #6685 on: February 05, 2015, 08:16:42 PM »
Not really financial related, but still...

An IT colleague asked me, after overhearing something on the news in the background at work, "Where, exactly, is the Western Hemisphere?"


On the positive side, a couple of people at work are interested in learning more about rental properties.

Seems like a fair question to me.  Could you really draw a map accurately depicting the prime meridian and antimeridian?  If you can, maybe you should be a geographer

thanks for sending me down a mini-Wikipedia rabbit hole. I realized I didn't know where exactly the antimeridian is and I probably should. so I googled it, came upon the Wikipedia article for the prime meridian, and saw that it was established as Greenwich by Sir George Airy. Sir George Airy, of Airy isostasy fame! who knew! then I clicked through to his article... dude did so much cool shit! #themoreyouknow

Is drawing a relatively accurate map of the prime and antimeridian really that hard? I'm not a geographer and I tried it from memory and then checked on a map. I only messed up a bit of France, I had Ghana on the wrong side and I didn't know that part of Siberia made it across to the "Western" side, though I probably should have since I was pretty darn close with the Aleutian Islands and I knew that they overlapped but didn't draw it that way for some reason. I got Hawaii, the Marquesas, New Zealand and Ascension Island all correct.

How accurate do I have to be to get an honorary "you should be a geographer" badge?

I was thinking the same thing.  It's really not that tricky, but then again sometimes I have some pretty damn useless info stored in my brain that nobody else cares about, so I don't know if it's normal to know that kind of info or not.

Yeah, you are both cartographic freaks and I hereby award you the badge of "you should be a geographer."  The award is, however, not honorary, as the distinction carries no honor

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6686 on: February 06, 2015, 02:27:25 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French

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« Reply #6687 on: February 06, 2015, 02:48:42 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French


Trivia question(s) for the meridian buffs:

If you stand on the North Pole (or the South pole), what time is it?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6688 on: February 06, 2015, 02:55:14 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French


Trivia question(s) for the meridian buffs:

If you stand on the North Pole (or the South pole), what time is it?
whatever your wristclock says it is ^^

Since the pole is effectively a point and your feet are not, you have to measure how many toes are standing on each time zone. The time zone with the most toes wins.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6689 on: February 06, 2015, 05:13:00 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French


Trivia question(s) for the meridian buffs:

If you stand on the North Pole (or the South pole), what time is it?
whatever your wristclock says it is ^^

Since the pole is effectively a point and your feet are not, you have to measure how many toes are standing on each time zone. The time zone with the most toes wins.

Nah man, it's the date converted into time (with midnight being December 21 and Noon being June 21). The fact that the earth rotates about itself has no meaning at the point of rotation. The rotation about the sun is the only thing that changes.

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« Reply #6690 on: February 06, 2015, 05:30:58 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French

Is it thrue that English peoples started driving on the left side of the road to get rid of the Frenchies on their way?

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« Reply #6691 on: February 06, 2015, 05:33:48 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French

Is it thrue that English peoples started driving on the left side of the road to get rid of the Frenchies on their way?

Supposedly the Left-sided thing was a Roman one. Frenchies (Napoleon) changed it when his soldiers had to march over long distances and were more apt to get into fights with people on their sward side than the other (or something like that). Since Britain is an island, they didn't adapt because they didn't have to. The US was left riding to start and converted to right riding (and later driving) at some point int he 1800s.

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« Reply #6692 on: February 06, 2015, 05:37:27 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French

Is it thrue that English peoples started driving on the left side of the road to get rid of the Frenchies on their way?

Supposedly the Left-sided thing was a Roman one. Frenchies (Napoleon) changed it when his soldiers had to march over long distances and were more apt to get into fights with people on their sward side than the other (or something like that). Since Britain is an island, they didn't adapt because they didn't have to. The US was left riding to start and converted to right riding (and later driving) at some point int he 1800s.

So, Frenchies can adapt! Good to know...

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« Reply #6693 on: February 06, 2015, 06:07:51 AM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

i was 86 my wife 87 and we did just fine. both had great engineering jobs right out of school. 


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« Reply #6695 on: February 06, 2015, 07:52:40 AM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

Oh, hey! That's me! I ended up with a PhD because of it... haha

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« Reply #6696 on: February 06, 2015, 08:11:04 AM »
I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

I was born in 85, my wife in 86and graduated into the recession.  We survived.

Aw, man... Here I thought I liked you, and then you had to go and ruin it by telling me you were born THE YEAR I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL.

Harrumph...

LOL.  One of my coworkers turned 30 last year and was moaning about how "old" she was getting. 

"Do you know what I was doing in 1984?" I asked her.

"No, what?"

"Graduating from high school."

Immediate end to the "I'm old" moans.  :D

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« Reply #6697 on: February 06, 2015, 08:26:56 AM »
If you are ever in London the Greenwich observatory is worth a visit.  You can stand with one leg in the Western Hemisphere and one in the East!

For a long time, French maps used Paris as 0 degrees, because, well, they were French


Trivia question(s) for the meridian buffs:

If you stand on the North Pole (or the South pole), what time is it?

"There is no permanent human presence at the North Pole and no particular time zone has been assigned. Polar expeditions may use any time zone that is convenient, such as Greenwich Mean Time, or the time zone of the country from which they departed."

"There is no a priori reason for placing the South Pole in any particular time zone, but as a matter of practical convenience the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station keeps New Zealand Time. This is because the US flies its resupply missions ("Operation Deep Freeze") out of McMurdo Station which is supplied from Christchurch, New Zealand."

awesome! I actually was gonna guess something like that. thanks for the info.

I am glad I wasn't born in 1986 and graduating into that mess.

Oh, hey! That's me! I ended up with a PhD because of it... haha

yeah, I was born in '88 but graduated college in 2009. I can tell ya I was glad that I had already been planning on going to grad school regardless of the economy :)

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« Reply #6698 on: February 06, 2015, 08:55:02 AM »
I got a job making $50k right out of college (in 2010) at a place that I'd had several internships at, but I showed up and there was nothing at all to do. I openly studied for the GRE at my desk and left when I got into grad school.

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« Reply #6699 on: February 06, 2015, 09:14:21 AM »
I got a job making $50k right out of college (in 2010) at a place that I'd had several internships at, but I showed up and there was nothing at all to do. I openly studied for the GRE at my desk and left when I got into grad school.
Out of curiosity, did you actually have stuff to do when you interned there? I'm guessing yes because it seems unlikely that you'd choose to work full time there otherwise...?