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« Reply #750 on: September 01, 2014, 05:14:18 PM »
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The whole idea is to have enough financial independence so that your employer can only bribe you with your cheerful consent instead of via fiscal coercion.
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It's only been recently that I've reached that point and the freedom to say "no" and not worry about my  job, or the income, is unbelievable and impossible to explain.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #751 on: September 02, 2014, 12:33:16 AM »

The whole idea is to have enough financial independence so that your employer can only bribe you with your cheerful consent instead of via fiscal coercion.

It's only been recently that I've reached that point and the freedom to say "no" and not worry about my  job, or the income, is unbelievable and impossible to explain.
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« Reply #752 on: September 02, 2014, 11:11:37 AM »
At that point, the Navy will offer her about $10K-$25K/year bonus for signing up to stay on active duty for another 3-5 years.  Which option do you think she'll feel free to choose?


Mine was $125K for another 3 years. I ran away and haven't looked back once. People still ask me what I was thinking, and whether I regret it, but I think they just don't understand that money isn't everything. Or maybe you just have to spend a little time in the nuclear navy to understand exactly what you would be giving up. YMMV

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« Reply #753 on: September 02, 2014, 03:06:53 PM »
At that point, the Navy will offer her about $10K-$25K/year bonus for signing up to stay on active duty for another 3-5 years.  Which option do you think she'll feel free to choose?


Mine was $125K for another 3 years. I ran away and haven't looked back once. People still ask me what I was thinking, and whether I regret it, but I think they just don't understand that money isn't everything. Or maybe you just have to spend a little time in the nuclear navy to understand exactly what you would be giving up. YMMV

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« Reply #754 on: September 02, 2014, 09:50:05 PM »
Not on Facebook, but Ebay... I sold a padded saddle carrier for the princely sum of $25 +$8 shipping.  Buyer messages me today and says "Oh, my daughter is so excited, but I didn't realize this ended on Monday.  Can I wait until Friday to pay you?"

Sure, fine, whatever.  But I want to ask...  if you don't have $33 to spare until you get paid on Friday, why the hell are you buying unnecessary stuff on Ebay?  I'd certainly think twice about being in the horse hobby at all with those kinds of cash flow problems.  Hoping she's just budgeted closely and doesn't want to move money back out of savings, but I bet I'm wrong...

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« Reply #755 on: September 02, 2014, 10:03:42 PM »
I put this comment below in every Ebay auction I list, and I mean it, no exceptions ever. If they can't pay, they have NO business bidding on my stuff. I've only had to follow through once so far, but it all went well. If I list a "Buy it Now", I set it so those have to be paid for immediately through PayPal, if not, it relists itself:

"Winning bidder MUST pay within 48 hours of auction end. If not, a non-paying bidder claim will be filed and item will be re-listed and sold to someone else."



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« Reply #756 on: September 02, 2014, 10:18:57 PM »
Yeah, I usually do that, but this isn't an item people have been falling over themselves to buy, and it's not much money, so I decided on leniency since she did at least let me know.

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« Reply #757 on: September 04, 2014, 02:58:51 PM »
One of my friends paid of his student loans, so I congratulated him. Later on, in the comments somebody said that he pulled that off a couple months ago, and to celebrate he decided to get back into debt to buy a car..."have to play the stupid line of credit game anyway"

Have to? /face palm.

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« Reply #758 on: September 04, 2014, 03:07:45 PM »
One of my friends paid of his student loans, so I congratulated him. Later on, in the comments somebody said that he pulled that off a couple months ago, and to celebrate he decided to get back into debt to buy a car..."have to play the stupid line of credit game anyway"

Have to? /face palm.

I have a friend that is driving a 20+year old sedan here in Minnesota while she is paying off student debts. She lives fairly frugually and will have her undergrad and grad paid off in about a year or so, and I can see her financing a car as soon as she does. She is investing in her company's 401(k) as the match is a plus, but she knows that the more time it accumulates the more earnings she'll have, so I'm not worried about her in the least.

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« Reply #759 on: September 04, 2014, 03:12:22 PM »
One of my friends paid of his student loans, so I congratulated him. Later on, in the comments somebody said that he pulled that off a couple months ago, and to celebrate he decided to get back into debt to buy a car..."have to play the stupid line of credit game anyway"

Have to? /face palm.

I have a friend that is driving a 20+year old sedan here in Minnesota while she is paying off student debts. She lives fairly frugually and will have her undergrad and grad paid off in about a year or so, and I can see her financing a car as soon as she does. She is investing in her company's 401(k) as the match is a plus, but she knows that the more time it accumulates the more earnings she'll have, so I'm not worried about her in the least.

Sure, we can devise situations where somebody can finance a car and still do great financially. I'm just saying that this person's attitude that he has to play the line of credit game is flawed. A car loan is not a requirement to be a part of society.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #760 on: September 04, 2014, 08:17:39 PM »
At that point, the Navy will offer her about $10K-$25K/year bonus for signing up to stay on active duty for another 3-5 years.  Which option do you think she'll feel free to choose?


Mine was $125K for another 3 years. I ran away and haven't looked back once. People still ask me what I was thinking, and whether I regret it, but I think they just don't understand that money isn't everything. Or maybe you just have to spend a little time in the nuclear navy to understand exactly what you would be giving up. YMMV

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #761 on: September 04, 2014, 09:27:27 PM »
A fat woman on FB with three OBESE children just posted this gem.

REALLY wanted to comment: Oh the horror if Americans could no longer afford fast food! What would they do? Buy their own produce? Prepare their own meals? Live healthier lifestyles and drive down medical costs for EVERYONE? Gawd - please don't raise the minimum wage - just THINK of the consequences!


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« Reply #762 on: September 04, 2014, 09:33:19 PM »
A fat woman on FB with three OBESE children just posted this gem.

REALLY wanted to comment: Oh the horror if Americans could no longer afford fast food! What would they do? Buy their own produce? Prepare their own meals? Live healthier lifestyles and drive down medical costs for EVERYONE? Gawd - please don't raise the minimum wage - just THINK of the consequences!
I want to see the price table.

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« Reply #763 on: September 04, 2014, 09:38:21 PM »
When you click on the article it says prices would increase by 38%...so your $5 meal would cost $1.90 more.

I feed my entire family of five a WHOLE meal on $5.00.

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« Reply #764 on: September 04, 2014, 09:39:56 PM »
When you click on the article it says prices would increase by 38%...so your $5 meal would cost $1.90 more.

I feed my entire family of five a WHOLE meal on $5.00.
I don't even know what's on the menu anymore! 

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« Reply #765 on: September 05, 2014, 03:59:29 AM »
When you click on the article it says prices would increase by 38%...so your $5 meal would cost $1.90 more.

I feed my entire family of five a WHOLE meal on $5.00.
Here's a price list from somewhere in Australia last year apparently: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hytam/8459808455/ .  I don't go into McDonalds often enough to know how much everything costs, prices vary from place to place as well (e.g. I think in some of the mining towns it is hideously expensive as the employees earn about 80k p.a., though this is offset by the fact that rents are hideously expensive there too!

Minimum wage here was about $AU16 p/h last year. 20% loading for casual in lieu of annual and sick leave.  I think a 15 year old's minimum wage is half of that, it scales up until you reach full minimum wage at 21.  Specifics are given in the comments section.

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« Reply #766 on: September 05, 2014, 01:32:00 PM »
A fat woman on FB with three OBESE children just posted this gem.

REALLY wanted to comment: Oh the horror if Americans could no longer afford fast food! What would they do? Buy their own produce? Prepare their own meals? Live healthier lifestyles and drive down medical costs for EVERYONE? Gawd - please don't raise the minimum wage - just THINK of the consequences!

My husband and I were talking about a set of acquaintances that spend $800-$900 a month JUST on fast food. They say they are just too busy to be bothered with cooking. They are both well into the morbidly obese category. She's probably pushing 300 easy and he is near 375-400.

Last night, I was feeling lazy about dinner after work. Instead of loading up a 1200 cal meal at Burger King, I fired up the broiler, got out some Torta rolls, and made toasted sandwiches. I used chicken breast lunchmeat and low fat Swiss cheese. Served it with some oven baked fries and water. The calorie count for the meal was around 530 (I measured it all out).  It took about 5 minutes to assemble the sandwiches and 1 minute to throw the fries in the oven. 15 minutes later, it was ready. My husband said it wasn't health food, but it was way better than anything they were buying regularly from McBurgerWendy's and barely took any time to throw together. They just want an excuse for being fat and eating garbage all the time.

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« Reply #767 on: September 05, 2014, 02:04:30 PM »
A fat woman on FB with three OBESE children just posted this gem.

REALLY wanted to comment: Oh the horror if Americans could no longer afford fast food! What would they do? Buy their own produce? Prepare their own meals? Live healthier lifestyles and drive down medical costs for EVERYONE? Gawd - please don't raise the minimum wage - just THINK of the consequences!

My husband and I were talking about a set of acquaintances that spend $800-$900 a month JUST on fast food. They say they are just too busy to be bothered with cooking. They are both well into the morbidly obese category. She's probably pushing 300 easy and he is near 375-400.

Last night, I was feeling lazy about dinner after work. Instead of loading up a 1200 cal meal at Burger King, I fired up the broiler, got out some Torta rolls, and made toasted sandwiches. I used chicken breast lunchmeat and low fat Swiss cheese. Served it with some oven baked fries and water. The calorie count for the meal was around 530 (I measured it all out).  It took about 5 minutes to assemble the sandwiches and 1 minute to throw the fries in the oven. 15 minutes later, it was ready. My husband said it wasn't health food, but it was way better than anything they were buying regularly from McBurgerWendy's and barely took any time to throw together. They just want an excuse for being fat and eating garbage all the time.

This post struck me as just today I was wondering to myself, what does it cost for the food to become obese and maintain that amount of fat?  I know there are a lot of variables (cheap if you're drinking corn oil and expensive if your eating sushi to put on that weight) but on average what is that price per pound? 
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« Reply #768 on: September 05, 2014, 02:06:46 PM »
Instead of loading up a 1200 cal meal at Burger King, I fired up the broiler, got out some Torta rolls, and made toasted sandwiches. I used chicken breast lunchmeat and low fat Swiss cheese. Served it with some oven baked fries and water. The calorie count for the meal was around 530 (I measured it all out).  It took about 5 minutes to assemble the sandwiches and 1 minute to throw the fries in the oven. 15 minutes later, it was ready. My husband said it wasn't health food, but it was way better than anything they were buying regularly from McBurgerWendy's and barely took any time to throw together. They just want an excuse for being fat and eating garbage all the time.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #769 on: September 05, 2014, 02:28:37 PM »
My husband and I were talking about a set of acquaintances that spend $800-$900 a month JUST on fast food. They say they are just too busy to be bothered with cooking. They are both well into the morbidly obese category. She's probably pushing 300 easy and he is near 375-400.

A McDouble costs me $1 and has 380 calories. 800 * 380 is 304,000 or 152,000 per person. That's just a bit over 5000 calories per day. No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.

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« Reply #770 on: September 05, 2014, 03:11:11 PM »
A McDouble costs me $1 and has 380 calories. 800 * 380 is 304,000 or 152,000 per person. That's just a bit over 5000 calories per day. No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.

I'm keeping 'hamplanets'. That's too good not to spread around, gravity and all.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #771 on: September 05, 2014, 04:01:31 PM »
A McDouble costs me $1 and has 380 calories. 800 * 380 is 304,000 or 152,000 per person. That's just a bit over 5000 calories per day. No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.

They've occasionally been so proud of whatever they ordered to post receipts. Believe me, it is not things from the dollar menu and all large sized, pls.

I always feel bad for the kids because they are so obese and middle aged. Their kids are very young and their parents just look so incredibly unhealthy.

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« Reply #772 on: September 05, 2014, 04:33:40 PM »
A McDouble costs me $1 and has 380 calories. 800 * 380 is 304,000 or 152,000 per person. That's just a bit over 5000 calories per day. No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.

They've occasionally been so proud of whatever they ordered to post receipts. Believe me, it is not things from the dollar menu and all large sized, pls.

I always feel bad for the kids because they are so obese and middle aged. Their kids are very young and their parents just look so incredibly unhealthy.

My husband works a very, very part-time weekend shift doing the roasting at a local coffee shop, which also sells flatbreads (small pizzas) and cookies and whatnot.  Well, apparently there's a family which comes in every Saturday.  Hugely, hugely overweight and it's easy to see why.  They buy the kids each their own flatbread (half of one makes a nice lunch portion for me, with a piece of fruit), a large hot chocolate, and a cookie (big) or piece of cake.  All said it's probably 1000 calories/kid, and the adults get a comparable amount of food.  They probably spend about $50 there every weekend to maintain their size. 
I really do think that it should be considered a form of child abuse to make your kid obese like that.  If you want to be a hamplanet (love that, btw) then go for it, but don't do that to your kids.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #773 on: September 05, 2014, 05:08:22 PM »
 No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.
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« Reply #774 on: September 05, 2014, 05:29:04 PM »
A FB friend (often unemployed) but one who constantly frequents the gym and shows us photos of his guns, posts this gem today:

'Rudely awakened from my nap on the couch during the storm today. So, now who do I call to remove a HUGE limb from the patio?'

There were some funny comments such as:

"Helloooo...haven't you been working out? Pick up the tree and put it by the side of the road, Girl!"

Oh and I just noticed his profile photo shows him shirtless -  kissing a bicep. Impressive.

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« Reply #775 on: September 05, 2014, 05:29:35 PM »
My husband and I were talking about a set of acquaintances that spend $800-$900 a month JUST on fast food. They say they are just too busy to be bothered with cooking. They are both well into the morbidly obese category. She's probably pushing 300 easy and he is near 375-400.

A McDouble costs me $1 and has 380 calories. 800 * 380 is 304,000 or 152,000 per person. That's just a bit over 5000 calories per day. No fucking shit they're hamplanets, I'd be surprised if they ever got out of the car to order and get their food - walking's gotta be pretty hard when you eat enough to feed a family of four.
Something's wrong with the math.  Seems closer to 415 than 5000 calories per day.


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« Reply #776 on: September 05, 2014, 06:48:48 PM »
A FB friend (often unemployed) but one who constantly frequents the gym and shows us photos of his guns, posts this gem today:

'Rudely awakened from my nap on the couch during the storm today. So, now who do I call to remove a HUGE limb from the patio?'

There were some funny comments such as:

"Helloooo...haven't you been working out? Pick up the tree and put it by the side of the road, Girl!"

Oh and I just noticed his profile photo shows him shirtless -  kissing a bicep. Impressive.
I've cut up and disposed of limbs in my yard bigger than that ... and I'm a bicep-less girl who doesn't go to the gym.  That's just laziness.

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« Reply #777 on: September 05, 2014, 06:56:44 PM »
Something's wrong with the math.  Seems closer to 415 than 5000 calories per day.

Hum. 380 * 800 is 304000, half is 152000, divided by 30 is 5000 or so. Backwards, 5k times 30 is 150k, double is 300k, divided by 800 is 375. Works out, I think, but then I've forgotten how to add, can only do complex analysis, so maybe not.

I didn't invent the term hamplanets, unfortunately. Fortunately, it gets way funnier.

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> be sitting in mcfuck's
> feel earth shake
> food slides to the right
> galaxy walks in
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« Reply #778 on: September 05, 2014, 08:27:37 PM »
And now you're not!

It's ok, there are good ones for skeleton manlets like myself too. (Like that one.)

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« Reply #779 on: September 05, 2014, 08:51:09 PM »
Something's wrong with the math.  Seems closer to 415 than 5000 calories per day.

You're thinking the original amount was per year, but that's how much it was said they spent/ate per month.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #780 on: September 05, 2014, 10:26:52 PM »
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This non-mustachian friend responded with how horrible it was to deprive kids of the Disney experience and that it should be a priority. 

WHAT?!?

Well I guess I can blame most, if not all of my problems on the fact that my parents couldn't afford to take me to Disneyland. Often I think about how my life would have been different, fuller, richer, funner if only they had thought about taking us to see the Disney castle instead of providing 3 square meals a day and shodding my little kid feet in warm boots to get me through the winter.
Disneyland blows my mind, and not in a wow, that is so cool kind of way. We have friends who have taken their 5 year old to Disneyland 8 times. Yes...8. They were going to take her this year at Christmas but she's just so over Disneyland and wanted more presents instead.  Every once in a while one of my kids will bring Disneyland up because someone they know is going, but if we're gonna shell out our hard earned money on a holiday, I'm going somewhere with awesome food, lazy beaches and warm weather, they are ok with the tradeoff.
Thats crazy. I also know of a family that is really struggleling but every year goes to Disney, their kid isnt even 5 yet so will likely not even remember much of it later. Tsk tsk tsk. (Lol)
On the other hand, i took my kid for his 9th bday for 3 full days and it was AMAZING. However, his bday is off season (but still nice enough weather imo) do super steep discounts for a VERY sprecial memory(we had it rough the prior 2 years )

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #781 on: September 06, 2014, 01:32:14 AM »
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This non-mustachian friend responded with how horrible it was to deprive kids of the Disney experience and that it should be a priority. 

WHAT?!?

Well I guess I can blame most, if not all of my problems on the fact that my parents couldn't afford to take me to Disneyland. Often I think about how my life would have been different, fuller, richer, funner if only they had thought about taking us to see the Disney castle instead of providing 3 square meals a day and shodding my little kid feet in warm boots to get me through the winter.
Disneyland blows my mind, and not in a wow, that is so cool kind of way. We have friends who have taken their 5 year old to Disneyland 8 times. Yes...8. They were going to take her this year at Christmas but she's just so over Disneyland and wanted more presents instead.  Every once in a while one of my kids will bring Disneyland up because someone they know is going, but if we're gonna shell out our hard earned money on a holiday, I'm going somewhere with awesome food, lazy beaches and warm weather, they are ok with the tradeoff.
Thats crazy. I also know of a family that is really struggleling but every year goes to Disney, their kid isnt even 5 yet so will likely not even remember much of it later. Tsk tsk tsk. (Lol)
On the other hand, i took my kid for his 9th bday for 3 full days and it was AMAZING. However, his bday is off season (but still nice enough weather imo) do super steep discounts for a VERY sprecial memory(we had it rough the prior 2 years )
I went to Disney land in LA when I was 11, the family and I preferred Knotsberry Farm (or however it is/was spelt).  I don't remember much, except that if I were to ever (extremely unlikely) to go Disney land or whatever other incarnation I will stay away from the "It's a small world" ride... That song is extremely annoying.  I also remember the long lines of fat people (We have lots of fat/obese people here including myself, but I think there is less of the extreme obesity, or it could just be that they all congregated around Disney land or it is a child perception).

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #782 on: September 06, 2014, 12:08:02 PM »
At that point, the Navy will offer her about $10K-$25K/year bonus for signing up to stay on active duty for another 3-5 years.  Which option do you think she'll feel free to choose?


Mine was $125K for another 3 years. I ran away and haven't looked back once. People still ask me what I was thinking, and whether I regret it, but I think they just don't understand that money isn't everything. Or maybe you just have to spend a little time in the nuclear navy to understand exactly what you would be giving up. YMMV

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #783 on: September 07, 2014, 11:51:50 AM »
There is a teachers strike going on in my province at the moment and it's turning pretty ugly.   One of the government tactics was to declare that it saves $40 per kid every day it's not paying the teachers  to teach  so while the strike is on we'll give parents of the kids that qualify (age dependent mostly) that $40  tax free.     that's $160 so far and it's already looking like next week will be a write off as well....   

On facebook there are a bunch of people complaining about the $40.   Apparently they owe back taxes so the government will keep the $40 and apply it to what they owe.   Also because it's being used to pay their back taxes they'll be taxed on it like it's income.     My thought was well that sucks to not get the money I guess but perhaps you should try paying your taxes on time...     

A bunch of them have decided however that because they're not going to get the money and it will count as income they won't apply for it at all.   None of these people seem to be in an income bracket where they're at risk of moving into a higher tax bracket.   The tax on the $40 will be deducted at the time that it's taken by the government and there debt will magically be reduced by about $30 per day until the kids go back to school.   This is a god send for some of them and they're refusing to take it because it's not cash being placed into their hand...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #784 on: September 07, 2014, 01:32:29 PM »
I have a distant cousin who started a Go Fund Me site to raise $500 for her college education.  On the site, she wrote that she is "a 24 year old who is fighting for a better life".  Of course, the site posted recurring invitations to donate.  The last time I checked, she had raised 0% of her goal.

A couple weeks ago, she posted pictures of her new (used) car.  A corvette!  I haven't seen anymore invitations from Go Fund Me since then.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #785 on: September 07, 2014, 03:22:48 PM »
I love this modern notion that money applied to debt isn't money.
Astoundingly, my ability to do basic math is not impeded by the presence of a dollar sign in front of the numbers.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #786 on: September 07, 2014, 04:10:18 PM »
And the comments are -

"Ha, $9000 in savings."
"Yah... no. With two degrees, the initial page already tells me I'm F@cked. So no. Fix your marketing scheme."
"HAHAHA nobody at age 26 today will ever be able to retire in america..."
"Who's 26 and has $9K in savings?! I would love to meet them."
"So by my age I'm supposed to have an *investment portfolio* and $9000 in the bank? Yeah, my mommy and daddy couldn't pay my way through college, so I have $80,000 in student loan debt instead."

Not all of them are bad...but c'mon!

24 year old recent grad here with a degree from an overpriced fancy shmancy school. Still have some of those loans left, but I also have $6.7k in my 401k (only been eligible for 1 year at my company) and just under $4k in the bank. I'd be willing to bet that by my 26th birthday, I'll have 9k in the bank, or, more likely, in a Roth IRA or some other investment. My SL will be paid off, and my 401k will be worth even more. Suck it, whiny Facebook people!

Haha, I'm sure you will! 25.5 year old here who started out with $40,000 in student loans making $38,000 a year at age 22 with $13,000 in the bank, now rid of student loans with $56,000 in investment accounts.

Hmmm.  At 26 I had just gotten  married.  I'd paid off my college loans, had about $7200 in IRAs and long term savings and probably as much in savings. Car paid off.  1/2 a master's degree done.  And this was 1996.

When I moved to CA and talked college loans with an older coworker, he said "you don't understand I have DEBT!"  I said "well, I joined the Navy, you could have done that."  "Oh no, I could NEVER have done that."  Well, okay then.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #787 on: September 07, 2014, 04:28:03 PM »
My FB feed is boring.  People mowing their own lawns, cooking their own meals, going to the zoo (annual membership), stripping and repainting old dressers to give them new life.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #788 on: September 07, 2014, 04:37:34 PM »
Anyway, I get a comment from someone I went to college with, asking "How the hell can you afford two vacations in such a short amount of time?!?!?!" I respond that vacation one was a weekend trip to a friend's lakehouse, and vacation two is a drive up to Niagara Falls for a long weekend. His response? "Oh haahahaha, I thought you meant you were taking a REAL vacation." Meaning like the elaborate cruse he just took, or a trip to Disney, etc. Is a long weekend away not considered a vacation?

You would have to pay me to go on a cruise or to disney world.  Your holidays sound far better.
I agree.  We've had a few vacations this year, all within driving distance (I will admit that our first trip to Disneyland was on that list).

But two of them were camping trips (one of them 20 miles up the road).  We are trying to figure out if we should go somewhere at Thanksgiving, so I'm looking at 1/2 week of "staycation" and 1/2 week of camping somewhere nearby.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #789 on: September 09, 2014, 07:48:54 PM »
Someone posted a picture of boxed water.  The comments range from "this is so much better than water in plastic water bottles" to "my kids love them."  No one mentioned that tap water is cheaper.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #790 on: September 09, 2014, 07:58:56 PM »
Boxed water? Is that like boxed wine?
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #791 on: September 09, 2014, 08:01:56 PM »
Boxed water? Is that like boxed wine?

http://www.boxedwaterisbetter.com/

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We started with the simple idea of creating a bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back.
We found that it shouldn’t be bottled at all but instead, boxed.
So we looked to the past for inspiration and decided to keep things simple, sustainable, and beautiful.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #792 on: September 09, 2014, 11:12:56 PM »
The ultimate in greenwashing.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #794 on: September 10, 2014, 11:37:49 AM »
Maybe you can help... A family in our town is looking for entertainment ideas on Facebook for her son's 5th birthday.  Since they've already had parties at all the local jumpy houses, play-places, etc. they have decided to rent a restored farm house (used for weddings, corporate events, etc.), have it catered and bring in entertainment (clowns, magician).  Any ideas?

Did I mention this is for a 5 year old?? 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #795 on: September 10, 2014, 04:14:19 PM »
Well, Frizhand, I think the obvious solution is to rent the farmhouse, bring in a petting zoo, and then keep the petting zoo, squat the barn and intensively farm the land until they make all their money back.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #796 on: September 10, 2014, 04:31:44 PM »
Maybe you can help... A family in our town is looking for entertainment ideas on Facebook for her son's 5th birthday.  Since they've already had parties at all the local jumpy houses, play-places, etc. they have decided to rent a restored farm house (used for weddings, corporate events, etc.), have it catered and bring in entertainment (clowns, magician).  Any ideas?

Did I mention this is for a 5 year old??

At 5, I think I would have been pretty happy with 2 cardboard boxes and some duct tape. And something terrible like hot dogs for food.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #797 on: September 11, 2014, 06:02:13 AM »
Maybe you can help... A family in our town is looking for entertainment ideas on Facebook for her son's 5th birthday.  Since they've already had parties at all the local jumpy houses, play-places, etc. they have decided to rent a restored farm house (used for weddings, corporate events, etc.), have it catered and bring in entertainment (clowns, magician).  Any ideas?

Did I mention this is for a 5 year old??

At 5, I think I would have been pretty happy with 2 cardboard boxes and some duct tape. And something terrible like hot dogs for food.

I think I was about that age when my parents gifted me a refrigerator box. AND IT WAS AWESOME. I loved that thing.

exactly.  My son (12) saw the post and said "I don't even remember what we did for my 5th birthday".  Even he understood how crazy this is.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #798 on: September 11, 2014, 10:12:35 AM »
Just saw this on my facebook.... it is a capital one ad...

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Then it say only takes a mintue to apply and intrest rate is at an alltime low on that card of only 29.9%

WOW

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #799 on: September 11, 2014, 11:21:25 AM »
Just saw this on my facebook.... it is a capital one ad...

Give yourself some credit – you deserve it. Build your credit with us

Then it say only takes a mintue to apply and intrest rate is at an alltime low on that card of only 29.9%

WOW

Wow, 29.9%!?!

I thought my discover card interest rate was high (17%), yikes.