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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1550 on: February 04, 2015, 08:21:13 AM »
A friend-of-a-friend on Facebook came out from jury duty to find that one of her windshield wipers had broken. Being as how the weather this week has been slushy and snowy and terrible, this was an inconvenient time to be without a wiper.

So she drove to the dealership and traded in her car on a 2015 model.

That seems reasonable, right?

This needs one of those "that escalated quickly" memes.

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« Reply #1551 on: February 04, 2015, 09:08:06 AM »
Please tell me her car was a 1997 model, and she had just been waiting for an excuse?  Because OMG.

I shared this with my husband and he said "we basically did the same thing when I couldn't get your oil pan plug out."  And he's kind of right- rather than going and getting my oil changed, I got a new car.  But I also had been planning on replacing my car for 3-5 years and kept putting it off.  It only makes sense to trade it in before paying for one more thing... (I also traded it in with a near empty tank of gas, and timed it so I wouldn't have to fill it up.)
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1552 on: February 04, 2015, 09:34:22 AM »
It's probably 10 or more years ago now, but BIL and SIL traded in their gigantic Ford Extravaganza SUV when they needed to replace the tires.

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« Reply #1553 on: February 04, 2015, 10:01:29 AM »
I had a CW who traded in his car for a new car every year or even after only a few months.  He was a smoker, and we use to joke that he had to trade it in because the ash tray was full.

After reading some of these stories, I'm beginning to wonder is it was a joke or reality...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1554 on: February 04, 2015, 11:45:07 AM »
55" TV in the BEDROOM?  I'll admit we have one in our TV room, but that is insane as a bedroom TV.

Um, yeah. He's single, too, so it's not like he's having family movie nights in the king-sized bed or something.

I really don't want to know what he IS watching on that giant bedroom TV.

Oh, god, that...brings up some really unpleasant mental images, to understate it wildly.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1555 on: February 04, 2015, 11:46:01 AM »
This is about Black Friday, so it's kind of old, but I just remembered it today and can't not share.

Original post: 'Best Buy has the curved 4k UHD tv for $1200 on Black Friday...YES PLEASE!'
Later comment: '55" curved homie. That's where it's at!'
My comment: 'Jesus Christ, $1200 for a tv? Are you opening a small-town-style movie theater in your basement?'
His response: 'This one is for my bedroom. I have a bigger 3d tv in my living room!'

4k TVs are the new TV marketing propaganda, after 3D failed. MIGHT be worth considering in a few years, but mostly useless right now considering the lack of content.

I had to look up what a 4k TV was. Maybe I don't see the big deal? if I was setting up a theater in the basement like LucyBIT suggested, maybe (I guess I'd need a basement first, lol), but otherwise WHY?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1556 on: February 04, 2015, 12:13:19 PM »
This is about Black Friday, so it's kind of old, but I just remembered it today and can't not share.

Original post: 'Best Buy has the curved 4k UHD tv for $1200 on Black Friday...YES PLEASE!'
Later comment: '55" curved homie. That's where it's at!'
My comment: 'Jesus Christ, $1200 for a tv? Are you opening a small-town-style movie theater in your basement?'
His response: 'This one is for my bedroom. I have a bigger 3d tv in my living room!'

4k TVs are the new TV marketing propaganda, after 3D failed. MIGHT be worth considering in a few years, but mostly useless right now considering the lack of content.

I had to look up what a 4k TV was. Maybe I don't see the big deal? if I was setting up a theater in the basement like LucyBIT suggested, maybe (I guess I'd need a basement first, lol), but otherwise WHY?

It does look nice when you're sitting up close. Our TV is far away from our couch so it's not a big deal that it's only 720p.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1557 on: February 04, 2015, 02:28:56 PM »
This is about Black Friday, so it's kind of old, but I just remembered it today and can't not share.

Original post: 'Best Buy has the curved 4k UHD tv for $1200 on Black Friday...YES PLEASE!'
Later comment: '55" curved homie. That's where it's at!'
My comment: 'Jesus Christ, $1200 for a tv? Are you opening a small-town-style movie theater in your basement?'
His response: 'This one is for my bedroom. I have a bigger 3d tv in my living room!'

4k TVs are the new TV marketing propaganda, after 3D failed. MIGHT be worth considering in a few years, but mostly useless right now considering the lack of content.

I had to look up what a 4k TV was. Maybe I don't see the big deal? if I was setting up a theater in the basement like LucyBIT suggested, maybe (I guess I'd need a basement first, lol), but otherwise WHY?

Why? large monitor for working from home. Downsized; don't have a desk anymore. Working from home on the single 15" laptop screen is tedious (Software Engineer). Still, I haven't spent the money on a new tv yet. But if I did, that would be why.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1558 on: February 04, 2015, 03:19:09 PM »
This is about Black Friday, so it's kind of old, but I just remembered it today and can't not share.

Original post: 'Best Buy has the curved 4k UHD tv for $1200 on Black Friday...YES PLEASE!'
Later comment: '55" curved homie. That's where it's at!'
My comment: 'Jesus Christ, $1200 for a tv? Are you opening a small-town-style movie theater in your basement?'
His response: 'This one is for my bedroom. I have a bigger 3d tv in my living room!'

4k TVs are the new TV marketing propaganda, after 3D failed. MIGHT be worth considering in a few years, but mostly useless right now considering the lack of content.

I had to look up what a 4k TV was. Maybe I don't see the big deal? if I was setting up a theater in the basement like LucyBIT suggested, maybe (I guess I'd need a basement first, lol), but otherwise WHY?

Why? large monitor for working from home. Downsized; don't have a desk anymore. Working from home on the single 15" laptop screen is tedious (Software Engineer). Still, I haven't spent the money on a new tv yet. But if I did, that would be why.

More screen resolution real estate for a computer monitor would be my primary motivation as well. I don't see the need for more pixels in video.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1559 on: February 04, 2015, 08:42:17 PM »
I traded my money pit older BMW with a nearly empty gas tank. The "low fuel" light wasn't on when I dropped it off. When the dealer took photos for their website, the low fuel light had come on. Timed it perfect!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1560 on: February 05, 2015, 10:28:07 AM »
On our neighborhood Facebook group...
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HELP WANTED ----- Looking for a dog valet to transport two Welsh Terriers twice a week. Responsibilities would include dropping dogs off at daycare and picking up after their four hour play session. $75.00 per week. Please call me at (local "luxury dog groomer") at xxx.yyy.zzzz if interested.

The guy posting it is running a business and probably making money on the deal, so I don't fault him. But presumably his customer is not only paying for their dogs to go to daycare, and paying the "luxury dog groomer" (their term), and paying that groomer to arrange a dog taxi service.

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« Reply #1561 on: February 06, 2015, 12:28:36 AM »
I'd totally do that job during break time at work. Use a trailer on a bike to transport the dogs and you are now getting paid to exercise.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1562 on: February 06, 2015, 08:32:37 AM »
I'd totally do that job during break time at work. Use a trailer on a bike to transport the dogs and you are now getting paid to exercise.
even if you had to use your car, you'd still profit.
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« Reply #1563 on: February 06, 2015, 08:50:58 AM »
I'd totally do that job during break time at work. Use a trailer on a bike to transport the dogs and you are now getting paid to exercise.
even if you had to use your car, you'd still profit.

Depends how far, but wow. These people. Not only are they paying for their dogs to go to daycare, but they don't think that it's the stupidest thing in the history of the world. On top of that, they're paying for a taxi service for their DOGS. I'm nearing my limit of believably.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1564 on: February 06, 2015, 03:56:25 PM »
While not technically on Facebook, I heard this song on the radio - [Pitbull - Time of Our Lives]

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FUak2C_KEeU

So they know they can't pay the rent, so instead they go and spend the last of their money partying....

Sad part is I'm sure this will be a reflection of some people's thinking and spending

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« Reply #1565 on: February 06, 2015, 08:21:50 PM »
While not technically on Facebook, I heard this song on the radio - [Pitbull - Time of Our Lives]

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FUak2C_KEeU

So they know they can't pay the rent, so instead they go and spend the last of their money partying....

Sad part is I'm sure this will be a reflection of some people's thinking and spending

The shot verse is soooo close to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF1E5ZO8Lug
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1566 on: February 08, 2015, 10:57:18 AM »
Post: "Our internet and cable are out. We don't know how to cope with life now."
Comment: "Holy hell. I'd die. The kids go into freak out mode if ours has even a little drop. Even for a minute. "How can I watch Netflix in my room with no internet?" "

Personally, I would be deathly ashamed to post either that I have no life outside passive entertainment or that I am not teaching my kids resilience and self-entertainment skills...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1567 on: February 08, 2015, 11:02:31 AM »
Post: "Our internet and cable are out. We don't know how to cope with life now."
Comment: "Holy hell. I'd die. The kids go into freak out mode if ours has even a little drop. Even for a minute. "How can I watch Netflix in my room with no internet?" "

Personally, I would be deathly ashamed to post either that I have no life outside passive entertainment or that I am not teaching my kids resilience and self-entertainment skills...
How are they posting to facebook with no internet?  Oh right.  They still have it on their phone. 

I don't know why, but this comment makes me so grouchy!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1568 on: February 08, 2015, 11:16:57 AM »
Post: "Our internet and cable are out. We don't know how to cope with life now."
Comment: "Holy hell. I'd die. The kids go into freak out mode if ours has even a little drop. Even for a minute. "How can I watch Netflix in my room with no internet?" "

Personally, I would be deathly ashamed to post either that I have no life outside passive entertainment or that I am not teaching my kids resilience and self-entertainment skills...

How do you access the internet to post that you don't have internet access?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1569 on: February 08, 2015, 11:22:56 AM »
Yes, she was probably using a smartphone. You can't necessarily watch Netflix or play video games over a phone connection. God forbid you can't pay video games!!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1570 on: February 08, 2015, 12:13:00 PM »
How do you access the internet to post that you don't have internet access?

Long ago, I worked for a telecommunications company that really should have known better. Every time there was an issue with the email server in our facility, when it came back online we would always have two new messages in our inboxes -- one that said "there is a problem with the email server" and one that said "the problem has been resolved".

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1571 on: February 08, 2015, 12:14:33 PM »
Post: "Our internet and cable are out. We don't know how to cope with life now."
Comment: "Holy hell. I'd die. The kids go into freak out mode if ours has even a little drop. Even for a minute. "How can I watch Netflix in my room with no internet?" "

Personally, I would be deathly ashamed to post either that I have no life outside passive entertainment or that I am not teaching my kids resilience and self-entertainment skills...

I'd be irritated too, but only because I couldn't check this forum!
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...but not irritated enough to post it on Facebook!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1572 on: February 09, 2015, 10:48:39 AM »
Collected from a number of posts on a group I'm part of:

She's recently divorced and their "sweat equity" house was foreclosed on (how do you lose a house that was almost given to you?)
Just had a baby with her new boyfriend, bringing the total to six.
Boyfriend makes minimum wage.  Ex-husband makes a bit more than minimum.
She, boyfriend, ex and four of the kids are living in a one-bedroom house.  Two of the kids are living with friends.

With three adults in the house, I asked why she couldn't get a job while the men were at home to take care of the kids.  Her answer - "Because my kids need a mom!!!".

So three adults, two adult children and only two jobs among all of them.   

Personally I'd rather dig ditches with the baby strapped to my back to avoid living in that situation.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1573 on: February 09, 2015, 10:52:32 AM »
Collected from a number of posts on a group I'm part of:

She's recently divorced and their "sweat equity" house was foreclosed on (how do you lose a house that was almost given to you?)
Just had a baby with her new boyfriend, bringing the total to six.
Boyfriend makes minimum wage.  Ex-husband makes a bit more than minimum.
She, boyfriend, ex and four of the kids are living in a one-bedroom house.  Two of the kids are living with friends.

With three adults in the house, I asked why she couldn't get a job while the men were at home to take care of the kids.  Her answer - "Because my kids need a mom!!!".

So three adults, two adult children and only two jobs among all of them.   

Personally I'd rather dig ditches with the baby strapped to my back to avoid living in that situation.

My eyes kept getting wider and wider with each sentence!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1574 on: February 09, 2015, 12:44:59 PM »
Found a doozy in a mom's group I'm in:

Advice/Insight? We moved to CO last April and both of our car registration for VA was due in May, so we didn't renew. We planned on going to the DMV in CO and just registering here, but then life happened…my mom died, my grandma died, and things just happened financially where we put it off. So we are both still driving with expired VA tags in CO. We don't have our CO license yet either. Someone just told us that you can't register in CO with expired tags, that you have to update them in the previous state first…..how the heck do you do that? VA won't let us do it online. Anyone have any insight or had this happen before? Im kicking myself for putting it off. DH suggested we just trade in both cars and get new ones…maybe thats a better option?

You can't trade in a car with expired tags either. At least not to a proper dealership. You could do a private sale though, I bet.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1575 on: February 09, 2015, 12:56:59 PM »
Friend who is pregnant with her third child, first girl

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I just ordered the diaper bag- of course it needed to be personalized and all that jazz.. Etsy strikes again! Girls make you poor!

They filed bankruptcy last year so obviously it's not just girls that "make you poor"

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« Reply #1576 on: February 09, 2015, 01:32:14 PM »
Found a doozy in a mom's group I'm in:

Advice/Insight? We moved to CO last April and both of our car registration for VA was due in May, so we didn't renew. We planned on going to the DMV in CO and just registering here, but then life happened…my mom died, my grandma died, and things just happened financially where we put it off. So we are both still driving with expired VA tags in CO. We don't have our CO license yet either. Someone just told us that you can't register in CO with expired tags, that you have to update them in the previous state first…..how the heck do you do that? VA won't let us do it online. Anyone have any insight or had this happen before? Im kicking myself for putting it off. DH suggested we just trade in both cars and get new ones…maybe thats a better option?

You can't trade in a car with expired tags either. At least not to a proper dealership. You could do a private sale though, I bet.

I've driven onto a lot with no plates and traded a car in before. I dont know why they would care if the car is registered, so long as it is titled to you.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1577 on: February 09, 2015, 01:34:49 PM »
Friend who is pregnant with her third child, first girl

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I just ordered the diaper bag- of course it needed to be personalized and all that jazz.. Etsy strikes again! Girls make you poor!

They filed bankruptcy last year so obviously it's not just girls that "make you poor"

They didn't have any diaper bags from the previous 2 kids ?
and/or can't use a bag of any other kind?

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« Reply #1578 on: February 09, 2015, 02:45:36 PM »
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1579 on: February 09, 2015, 03:05:25 PM »
Found a doozy in a mom's group I'm in:

Advice/Insight? We moved to CO last April and both of our car registration for VA was due in May, so we didn't renew. We planned on going to the DMV in CO and just registering here, but then life happened…my mom died, my grandma died, and things just happened financially where we put it off. So we are both still driving with expired VA tags in CO. We don't have our CO license yet either. Someone just told us that you can't register in CO with expired tags, that you have to update them in the previous state first…..how the heck do you do that? VA won't let us do it online. Anyone have any insight or had this happen before? Im kicking myself for putting it off. DH suggested we just trade in both cars and get new ones…maybe thats a better option?

You can't trade in a car with expired tags either. At least not to a proper dealership. You could do a private sale though, I bet.

I've driven onto a lot with no plates and traded a car in before. I dont know why they would care if the car is registered, so long as it is titled to you.

I was speaking from a recent experience, but I guess trade in was the wrong choice of words as we were selling the car to the dealership and not purchasing another car. :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1580 on: February 10, 2015, 12:34:49 AM »
People at a math's teachers meeting were talking about the price of petrol and complaining about how expensive it is. Ummm, our town is 6km by 4km... Why the crap do they even drive to work??

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1581 on: February 10, 2015, 09:14:24 AM »
One person on my feed posted that she was going to play the mega whatever lottery and "had to win" so that she can move to a warmer climate. This wasn't tongue in cheek--she's not the type.

A few days later she's posting about how her guitar teacher just got a new guitar so now she's shopping for something similar. She already has several nice guitars.
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« Reply #1582 on: February 10, 2015, 09:28:02 AM »
One person on my feed posted that she was going to play the mega whatever lottery and "had to win" so that she can move to a warmer climate. This wasn't tongue in cheek--she's not the type.

A few days later she's posting about how her guitar teacher just got a new guitar so now she's shopping for something similar. She already has several nice guitars.
A lot of musician's collect instruments, but guitar players seem the worst about it, at least in my experience.

Step Dad's got >50 guitars at this point. He's retired now and probably plays 10-20 of them often. At least they somewhat keep their value.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1583 on: February 10, 2015, 10:13:28 AM »
One person on my feed posted that she was going to play the mega whatever lottery and "had to win" so that she can move to a warmer climate. This wasn't tongue in cheek--she's not the type.

A few days later she's posting about how her guitar teacher just got a new guitar so now she's shopping for something similar. She already has several nice guitars.
A lot of musician's collect instruments, but guitar players seem the worst about it, at least in my experience.

When I took up accordion, suddenly people started GIVING them to me.  Old accordions apparently lurk in many people's closets/attics.  I finally had to start saying "no thanks," and am now back down to "only" three (two of which I play and one of which is extremely sentimental). 

I realize there is an accordion joke here, but many jokes have a basis in truth... 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1584 on: February 10, 2015, 11:24:23 AM »
Collected from a number of posts on a group I'm part of:

She's recently divorced and their "sweat equity" house was foreclosed on (how do you lose a house that was almost given to you?)
Just had a baby with her new boyfriend, bringing the total to six.
Boyfriend makes minimum wage.  Ex-husband makes a bit more than minimum.
She, boyfriend, ex and four of the kids are living in a one-bedroom house.  Two of the kids are living with friends.

With three adults in the house, I asked why she couldn't get a job while the men were at home to take care of the kids.  Her answer - "Because my kids need a mom!!!".

So three adults, two adult children and only two jobs among all of them.   

Personally I'd rather dig ditches with the baby strapped to my back to avoid living in that situation.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1585 on: February 10, 2015, 02:58:00 PM »

 "STOP FUCKING BREEDING!!"?


Wait, is there another way to do it?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1586 on: February 10, 2015, 11:19:03 PM »
This is a good one I just saw:

Poster: Got hooked up with a Minnkota Reciprocating Saw (I think that's what its called, I call it a sawzall) but I don't have any blades!?!Anyone out there in the Seattle area have one I can get off them till I get paid Friday? Just need it for cutting 2x4's right now, so i'm not picky on blade specs really... Thanks in advance!

GIVE ME A BREAK. A wood blade is like $7!!!
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1587 on: February 11, 2015, 01:08:30 AM »
I really wonder about these people who need to wait for payday to buy something. Are they not able to float the charge on a credit card? Are all their credit cards maxed out?
Well yes, some people are bad with finances and max out their credit cards. There have been stories posted on this very thread with people in that situation.
Also, in 2014, 29% of Americans did not have any credit cards whatsoever http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/ownership-statistics-charts-1276.php

There's never been a point in my life where my ability to buy anything has been constrained by cash flow (other than big ticket items like a house). I saved $12,000 in my first 4 months of work at age 19, and it's only been upward from there. Cash flow has never been a problem. It wasn't hard to achieve, so it really baffles me how there are adults out there constrained by cash flow.
Man your elitism shows up again here (as it showed up in that other thread about emergency funds). Saving $12k in 4 months at age 19 is a gross annual pay of over $38,982 (where I've assumed zero income taxes - obviously not true but I'm just establishing a lower bound here, payroll taxes of 7.65%, and you saving literally every single cent of your net income). Why is it so hard for you to understand that some people don't make that much?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1588 on: February 11, 2015, 08:12:14 AM »
Collected from a number of posts on a group I'm part of:

She's recently divorced and their "sweat equity" house was foreclosed on (how do you lose a house that was almost given to you?)
Just had a baby with her new boyfriend, bringing the total to six.
Boyfriend makes minimum wage.  Ex-husband makes a bit more than minimum.
She, boyfriend, ex and four of the kids are living in a one-bedroom house.  Two of the kids are living with friends.

With three adults in the house, I asked why she couldn't get a job while the men were at home to take care of the kids.  Her answer - "Because my kids need a mom!!!".

So three adults, two adult children and only two jobs among all of them.   

Personally I'd rather dig ditches with the baby strapped to my back to avoid living in that situation.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1589 on: February 11, 2015, 08:29:13 AM »
I really wonder about these people who need to wait for payday to buy something. Are they not able to float the charge on a credit card? Are all their credit cards maxed out?
Well yes, some people are bad with finances and max out their credit cards. There have been stories posted on this very thread with people in that situation.
Also, in 2014, 29% of Americans did not have any credit cards whatsoever http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/ownership-statistics-charts-1276.php

There's never been a point in my life where my ability to buy anything has been constrained by cash flow (other than big ticket items like a house). I saved $12,000 in my first 4 months of work at age 19, and it's only been upward from there. Cash flow has never been a problem. It wasn't hard to achieve, so it really baffles me how there are adults out there constrained by cash flow.
Man your elitism shows up again here (as it showed up in that other thread about emergency funds). Saving $12k in 4 months at age 19 is a gross annual pay of over $38,982 (where I've assumed zero income taxes - obviously not true but I'm just establishing a lower bound here, payroll taxes of 7.65%, and you saving literally every single cent of your net income). Why is it so hard for you to understand that some people don't make that much?

someone had to say it. thanks johnny :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1590 on: February 11, 2015, 09:04:00 AM »
I don't know what the big deal is.  I got an NBA contract straight out of high school and made millions.  Why doesn't everyone just do what I did?  I can't even fathom how someone could have trouble making money.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1591 on: February 11, 2015, 09:47:33 AM »
Post: "Our internet and cable are out. We don't know how to cope with life now."
Comment: "Holy hell. I'd die. The kids go into freak out mode if ours has even a little drop. Even for a minute. "How can I watch Netflix in my room with no internet?" "

Personally, I would be deathly ashamed to post either that I have no life outside passive entertainment or that I am not teaching my kids resilience and self-entertainment skills...

Hey now, if my kids want to save up for something like that, all the power to them. I remember when I saved up for an N64 game. Ocarina of Time. Best feeling to save up for something I wanted. Now, if the kids just expect it, then tough.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1592 on: February 11, 2015, 10:25:16 AM »
I saved $12,000 in my first 4 months of work at age 19

Whoa - How did you earn so much money at age 19?


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1593 on: February 11, 2015, 10:33:53 AM »

When I took up accordion, suddenly people started GIVING them to me.  Old accordions apparently lurk in many people's closets/attics.  I finally had to start saying "no thanks," and am now back down to "only" three (two of which I play and one of which is extremely sentimental). 

I realize there is an accordion joke here, but many jokes have a basis in truth...

If you play the accordion, this is for you:

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/3231da28bb/weird-the-al-yankovic-story

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1594 on: February 11, 2015, 11:14:56 AM »
I really wonder about these people who need to wait for payday to buy something. Are they not able to float the charge on a credit card? Are all their credit cards maxed out?

There's never been a point in my life where my ability to buy anything has been constrained by cash flow (other than big ticket items like a house). I saved $12,000 in my first 4 months of work at age 19, and it's only been upward from there. Cash flow has never been a problem. It wasn't hard to achieve, so it really baffles me how there are adults out there constrained by cash flow.
When I was 19 I was working 2 jobs -
one 40 hours a week at $4 an hour
one 20 hours a week at $3.35 an hour

For approximately 17 weeks, that comes out to about $1139, assuming I didn't pay taxes, which I didn't.

I have family members who work full time and make about $10 an hour after 30 years of work.  That is $6800  in about 17 weeks of work.  These are fairly skilled people who live in a small town.

In fact, the median US HOUSEHOLD income is $50,502, which corresponds to $16,834 in 17 weeks/ 4 months.

Good lord you are living in a dream land of privilege.  At least admit it.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1595 on: February 11, 2015, 11:32:08 AM »
I saved $12,000 in my first 4 months of work at age 19

Whoa - How did you earn so much money at age 19?
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1596 on: February 11, 2015, 01:07:26 PM »
Wait, is there another way to do it?
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1597 on: February 11, 2015, 01:36:48 PM »
I don't know what the big deal is.  I got an NBA contract straight out of high school and made millions.  Why doesn't everyone just do what I did?  I can't even fathom how someone could have trouble making money.

Frugal, don't be so insensitive.  Not everyone has Asperger's like you.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1598 on: February 11, 2015, 09:00:22 PM »
I have family members who work full time and make about $10 an hour after 30 years of work. ... These are fairly skilled people who live in a small town.

That baffles me, why not move? I made more than that working at a retail office supply store right out of high school, 12 years ago. I could have made $10/hr driving around on garbage day and picking up scrap metal/stuff to re-sell as an easy side hustle. I know it's common, but it still blows me away every time.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #1599 on: February 12, 2015, 12:15:24 AM »
Haha yeah cathy comes off as an elitist(!)...buuut then again, so does pretty much everyone on this forum to an extent. Exhibit a) wall of shame and comedy b)we sit around this forum talking about investments, saving rates and frugality*-Im pretty sure much of the world's population would conclude we are overpriviliged jerks judging from our forum and first world problems lol
just saying...
*holy shit we have so much money/stuff that we actually have to plan not to over-consume.