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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3850 on: April 28, 2017, 06:02:13 PM »
Yesterday I stopped at Aldi on my way home from work.  There was a manager's special on family-pack boneless chicken breasts: $5 off per package; regular price an already excellent $1.69/lb.  So I got 4.8 lbs of chicken for $3!

The MPP?  Between my work stuff and other needed groceries, I only had room in my bike bag to carry one package.
That's exactly the sort of problem I always have. My freezer is packed with managers specials on coffee and cheese. I have to remind myself if I go to the store: no matter how good the deal is, do NOT buy more cheese. Today I saw buffalo mozarella for $2/lb, and I made myself walk away, and I am still sad. And whole coffee beans were $1.89 for a 12 Oz bag. I did grab some of those - but I was on a bike.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3851 on: April 28, 2017, 07:26:56 PM »
My net worth is about to hit a major milestone, but next week I'm buying my dream/forever/post-FIRE house with cash, and I don't count my residence toward my net worth. It'll take me a while to build the 'stache back up... but it's all part of my path to FIRE.

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« Reply #3852 on: May 01, 2017, 10:52:55 PM »
Wrote a huge check for my son to attend trade school.  It was thousands less than they asked for.  You see most students apply for financial aid.   Some actually are lucky enough to get grants.  Those that don't get loans.  The way they structure their plan the loan is built in at 6% interest with monthly payments.  I asked what the cost is without a loan.  It took talking to several people to find out.  Finally was smugly told that the two year program had to be paid in full before enrollment could procede or agree to montly payments. So, I asked if they could take a personal check.  They said yes, it was nearly $30,000 and they asked when the funds could be drawn.  I replied immediately.  The accountants eyes widened.  I'm guessing it isn't often some pays cash for education.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3853 on: May 01, 2017, 11:24:31 PM »
Wrote a huge check for my son to attend trade school.  It was thousands less than they asked for.  You see most students apply for financial aid.   Some actually are lucky enough to get grants.  Those that don't get loans.  The way they structure their plan the loan is built in at 6% interest with monthly payments.  I asked what the cost is without a loan.  It took talking to several people to find out.  Finally was smugly told that the two year program had to be paid in full before enrollment could procede or agree to montly payments. So, I asked if they could take a personal check.  They said yes, it was nearly $30,000 and they asked when the funds could be drawn.  I replied immediately.  The accountants eyes widened.  I'm guessing it isn't often some pays cash for education.

$30k?  Crap!  what trade?   

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« Reply #3854 on: May 02, 2017, 06:00:30 AM »
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3855 on: May 02, 2017, 06:22:43 AM »
Wrote a huge check for my son to attend trade school.  It was thousands less than they asked for.  You see most students apply for financial aid.   Some actually are lucky enough to get grants.  Those that don't get loans.  The way they structure their plan the loan is built in at 6% interest with monthly payments.  I asked what the cost is without a loan.  It took talking to several people to find out.  Finally was smugly told that the two year program had to be paid in full before enrollment could procede or agree to montly payments. So, I asked if they could take a personal check.  They said yes, it was nearly $30,000 and they asked when the funds could be drawn.  I replied immediately.  The accountants eyes widened.  I'm guessing it isn't often some pays cash for education.

What if someone drops out after just a few months? Do they owe the full amount regardless? Would you be refunded the unused portion?
Most colleges you would pay for only the semester they were enrolled.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3856 on: May 02, 2017, 08:19:02 AM »
radram, trade school is generally 1. much shorter, often 6-10 weeks and 2. much more expensive than traditional education.

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« Reply #3857 on: May 03, 2017, 05:57:09 AM »
radram, trade school is generally 1. much shorter, often 6-10 weeks and 2. much more expensive than traditional education.

Thank you for the information, but....... $30,000 for 10 weeks? Are you effing kidding me? That would make it more expensive than any Ivy League education on a per day basis.

Tuition only at UW-Madison runs $44,000 for 4 years. Trade school does not sound like a better deal at those prices.


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« Reply #3858 on: May 03, 2017, 06:44:04 AM »
OP said it was a 2 year program.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3859 on: May 03, 2017, 11:29:38 AM »
Problem with my DH yesterday. When we came home from a camping trip with a pile of laundry on Monday evening, I told him to not put any washed laundry thoughtlessly in the tumble dry, because I could hang it out. The weather is beautifull, warm wind blowing for free.
I managed to wash two machines full and told him after dinner that I would do hang it up. It the mean time the new laundry is in the machine. My DH is in the bathroom when the machine is finished. He uses long time before the doir is unlocked. At that time the laundry is in the tumble dry and my DH walks out to hang the woolen shirts over chairs. I was pretty pissed off that he didn't understand that I wanted to hang it out. I took it out of the machine and hungbit up. The drawer was already filled with water.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3860 on: May 03, 2017, 12:20:36 PM »
I estimate I'm about 1 year from FIRE, and have thus been trying to not buy any new work clothes since they will be burned promptly at the end of my last day of work. I'm pretty sure the shoes will survive (not much wear as I sit on my ass all day), and I have a couple unused pairs of black socks remaining from the last package I bought which can replace the ones that seem to be wearing thin. But last night when I got home and changed, I found several holes forming in the sleeve of the polo shirt I'd been wearing. I'd just sew it back up, but the fabric has worn terribly thin. You guys, I don't think it's going to make it... I'm going to have to go down to the thrift store and shell out another $3-$5 :'(

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3861 on: May 03, 2017, 12:24:52 PM »
Problem with my DH yesterday. When we came home from a camping trip with a pile of laundry on Monday evening, I told him to not put any washed laundry thoughtlessly in the tumble dry, because I could hang it out. The weather is beautifull, warm wind blowing for free.
I managed to wash two machines full and told him after dinner that I would do hang it up. It the mean time the new laundry is in the machine. My DH is in the bathroom when the machine is finished. He uses long time before the doir is unlocked. At that time the laundry is in the tumble dry and my DH walks out to hang the woolen shirts over chairs. I was pretty pissed off that he didn't understand that I wanted to hang it out. I took it out of the machine and hungbit up. The drawer was already filled with water.

My MPP: In reading this, I couldn't understand why you were sharing your husband's bathroom habits until I realized that the washer/dryer was in the bathroom.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3862 on: May 03, 2017, 12:26:09 PM »
I estimate I'm about 1 year from FIRE, and have thus been trying to not buy any new work clothes since they will be burned promptly at the end of my last day of work. I'm pretty sure the shoes will survive (not much wear as I sit on my ass all day), and I have a couple unused pairs of black socks remaining from the last package I bought which can replace the ones that seem to be wearing thin. But last night when I got home and changed, I found several holes forming in the sleeve of the polo shirt I'd been wearing. I'd just sew it back up, but the fabric has worn terribly thin. You guys, I don't think it's going to make it... I'm going to have to go down to the thrift store and shell out another $3-$5 :'(
Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3863 on: May 03, 2017, 12:33:13 PM »
I estimate I'm about 1 year from FIRE, and have thus been trying to not buy any new work clothes since they will be burned promptly at the end of my last day of work. I'm pretty sure the shoes will survive (not much wear as I sit on my ass all day), and I have a couple unused pairs of black socks remaining from the last package I bought which can replace the ones that seem to be wearing thin. But last night when I got home and changed, I found several holes forming in the sleeve of the polo shirt I'd been wearing. I'd just sew it back up, but the fabric has worn terribly thin. You guys, I don't think it's going to make it... I'm going to have to go down to the thrift store and shell out another $3-$5 :'(
Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)
Or maybe your local Buy Nothing Group?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3864 on: May 03, 2017, 05:21:53 PM »
I estimate I'm about 1 year from FIRE, and have thus been trying to not buy any new work clothes since they will be burned promptly at the end of my last day of work. I'm pretty sure the shoes will survive (not much wear as I sit on my ass all day), and I have a couple unused pairs of black socks remaining from the last package I bought which can replace the ones that seem to be wearing thin. But last night when I got home and changed, I found several holes forming in the sleeve of the polo shirt I'd been wearing. I'd just sew it back up, but the fabric has worn terribly thin. You guys, I don't think it's going to make it... I'm going to have to go down to the thrift store and shell out another $3-$5 :'(
Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)
Or maybe your local Buy Nothing Group?
Hem them to short sleeves as a way to stick it to the Man?
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« Reply #3865 on: May 03, 2017, 06:42:03 PM »
Good news you guys! I dug through my closet when I got home today, and found a few old shirts I never wear that will probably be workplace acceptable once I wash them (they're a little dusty). Whew! Dodged a bullet there.

I am loving all of your creative suggestions though :)

Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)

Unfortunately the disintegrating section is along the seam on the underside of the sleeve, so that would be really awkward. But now I want an MMM patch anyway, I can sew it on the chest!! Where do I get one? I just have to remember to remove it before I burn the shirt :)

Or maybe your local Buy Nothing Group?

Sadly, my Buy Nothing Group seems to consist entirely of young mothers trading baby items, so is of zero use to me. I could try hitting up Freecycle (which seems to be more diverse) if my closet finds don't work out.

Hem them to short sleeves as a way to stick it to the Man?

I thought about that! But I have gross flabby old lady arms (and farmers tan to boot) so I'd be really self-conscious :(


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3866 on: May 04, 2017, 03:30:31 AM »
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Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)

Unfortunately the disintegrating section is along the seam on the underside of the sleeve, so that would be really awkward. But now I want an MMM patch anyway, I can sew it on the chest!! Where do I get one? I just have to remember to remove it before I burn the shirt :)

Just sew it in as big MMM. With gold thread of course.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3867 on: May 05, 2017, 10:37:50 AM »
I estimate I'm about 1 year from FIRE, and have thus been trying to not buy any new work clothes since they will be burned promptly at the end of my last day of work. I'm pretty sure the shoes will survive (not much wear as I sit on my ass all day), and I have a couple unused pairs of black socks remaining from the last package I bought which can replace the ones that seem to be wearing thin. But last night when I got home and changed, I found several holes forming in the sleeve of the polo shirt I'd been wearing. I'd just sew it back up, but the fabric has worn terribly thin. You guys, I don't think it's going to make it... I'm going to have to go down to the thrift store and shell out another $3-$5 :'(
Any chance you can cover it with MMM logo patch?    :-)
Or maybe your local Buy Nothing Group?

Convert it to sleeveless!  You may be FIRE'd early than you thought, as a bonus.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3868 on: May 25, 2017, 12:25:05 PM »
This is an old thread, but I have finally have one.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3869 on: May 25, 2017, 01:15:58 PM »
My MPP:
I recently discovered I can do a mega-backdoor roth thingy within my 401K at work.  Since I just started contributing after-tax this month, I wanted to bump up my contribution percentage to ~60% in order to hit the 54K limit for the year.  Only problem is my company limits the max contribution percentage to 40% in order to avoid the "Highly Compensated Employee" headache.

I can't even commiserate with anyone over it since everyone I know IRL just looks at me like I'm crazy for trying to contribute so much. *pout*
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3870 on: May 25, 2017, 01:26:23 PM »
My MPP:
I recently discovered I can do a mega-backdoor roth thingy within my 401K at work.  Since I just started contributing after-tax this month, I wanted to bump up my contribution percentage to ~60% in order to hit the 54K limit for the year.  Only problem is my company limits the max contribution percentage to 40% in order to avoid the "Highly Compensated Employee" headache.

I can't even commiserate with anyone over it since everyone I know IRL just looks at me like I'm crazy for trying to contribute so much. *pout*

I wish my company allowed up to 40%. Unfortunately, after tax contributions are limited to 10% for me. It's better than nothing though since many don't even have the option to at all.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3871 on: May 25, 2017, 02:07:45 PM »
My MPP:
I recently discovered I can do a mega-backdoor roth thingy within my 401K at work.  Since I just started contributing after-tax this month, I wanted to bump up my contribution percentage to ~60% in order to hit the 54K limit for the year.  Only problem is my company limits the max contribution percentage to 40% in order to avoid the "Highly Compensated Employee" headache.

I can't even commiserate with anyone over it since everyone I know IRL just looks at me like I'm crazy for trying to contribute so much. *pout*

You think that's bad? My employer limits the total of before- and after-tax contributions to $18,000.

I wish my company allowed up to 40%. Unfortunately, after tax contributions are limited to 10% for me. It's better than nothing though since many don't even have the option to at all.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3872 on: May 27, 2017, 01:06:34 AM »
At the end of my holiday around Southern Africa I was sitting in Johannesburg airport with USD$120 and a receipt for a R500 jacket in my wallet.

The receipt had VAT R61.28 stamped on it and I figured I'll get the refund on that and go buy myself a semi-decent dinner with the proceeds.

20 minutes waiting in line at the counter and I'm beginning to wonder whether this is worth it. Never mind, push on I'm hungry and need the cash.

Man hands me back a summary page with R51.28 written on it. Ok, they've taken a R10 fee, still got enough. After more photocopying of passports and what not he comes back around and hands me a cheque.

I asked him what am I supposed to do with that? He says "go downstairs to the currency exchange bureau. They'll cash it for you."

I went down to said bureau. Waited in line for another 20 minutes. Lovely young woman served me. I said.. ."look, I know it's not much, but I can I cash this?"

She's ok with it, takes the check and comes back with a summary sheet and cash R26.28.

I said what? She says "there's a fee".

Ahh... we all have to get paid somehow I guess. Fees clipped at every turn.

With my $2 equivalent of cash I start hunting around for a coffee shop. I then thought the ice cream parlour would be my saviour. The cheapest scoop was a small vanilla cone costing.... R30!

Gave up, came to my senses and remembered I had an Airline Lounge Pass! I had scored a platinum access pass through my credit card, and was carrying it around for the 3 weeks of camping.
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The bastards wouldn't let me in. Said because I only had an economy ticket I had to go to the general airport lounge for the plebs.

Better than nothing, hot food, nice toilet, free booze, wifi and snacks.

Boarded somewhat happy, and donated the R26.28 to charity.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3873 on: May 27, 2017, 04:05:47 AM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)



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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3874 on: May 27, 2017, 06:28:17 AM »
New MPP.   I have lost 15 lbs this year and my clothes are now ill fitting, but I am still 10 lbs from my goal weight, so I cannot get anything that fits yet.  So just as I am unfortunately back in the dating pool, I look a bit frumpy.  Maybe I just need to convince myself that chicks dig saggy buttt jeans.

 You have it backwards, you just need to convince the chicks they dig saggy buttt jeans.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3875 on: May 28, 2017, 01:07:14 AM »
New MPP.   I have lost 15 lbs this year and my clothes are now ill fitting, but I am still 10 lbs from my goal weight, so I cannot get anything that fits yet.  So just as I am unfortunately back in the dating pool, I look a bit frumpy.  Maybe I just need to convince myself that chicks dig saggy buttt jeans.

 You have it backwards, you just need to convince the chicks they dig saggy buttt jeans.
Buttt if they don't then just convince them that they will like the future lean, handsome, nice, rich guy you will be in short time and that they should get you while the price is still vastly undervaluated.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3876 on: May 28, 2017, 10:40:15 AM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

The fun part is that I now have a few male colleagues suggest spa treatment / massage / manicure day as a group bonding activity.   (cough sputter.  couldn't we rent kayaks instead?  Is this worse than the ubiquitous golf?)

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« Reply #3877 on: May 28, 2017, 04:54:56 PM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

The fun part is that I now have a few male colleagues suggest spa treatment / massage / manicure day as a group bonding activity.   (cough sputter.  couldn't we rent kayaks instead?  Is this worse than the ubiquitous golf?)

The "male" suggestion to balance out spa day at my last office was paintball.  People returned to work really sore and with giant bruises on their bodies.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3878 on: May 28, 2017, 08:15:27 PM »

The "male" suggestion to balance out spa day at my last office was paintball.  People returned to work really sore and with giant bruises on their bodies.

Well, they need to develop better technique ;)
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3879 on: May 28, 2017, 09:01:32 PM »
My husband and I own a small business in a professional field. We are friendly with some of the the owners of competitor companies. They all  drive Acuras, BMWs and Teslas. We drive cars that are over 10 years old and wear pretty much the same clothes to work everyday. Our employees seem a little suspicious of why we seem to be so poor. One even commented about the vacuum we brought in to clean the office the other day and how she doesn't know how to work it because it's so old. We talk to them about early retirement.. but they are just starting out their careers and not interested. They don't even participate in the SIMPLE-IRA plan with 3% match that we offer them :(

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« Reply #3880 on: May 29, 2017, 01:04:37 AM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3881 on: May 29, 2017, 02:45:20 AM »
What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

Spa is a place in Belgium where they have natural water wells that are supposed to be beneficial for your health and therefore there are bathing houses. In other places, like in Norway we now call luxury bathing places for a "spa resort".

In the Netherlands, if you order Spa in a bar, you get served water with bubbles.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3882 on: May 29, 2017, 02:48:20 AM »
My husband and I own a small business in a professional field. We are friendly with some of the the owners of competitor companies. They all  drive Acuras, BMWs and Teslas. We drive cars that are over 10 years old and wear pretty much the same clothes to work everyday. Our employees seem a little suspicious of why we seem to be so poor. One even commented about the vacuum we brought in to clean the office the other day and how she doesn't know how to work it because it's so old. We talk to them about early retirement.. but they are just starting out their careers and not interested. They don't even participate in the SIMPLE-IRA plan with 3% match that we offer them :(

We know why you're bringing gan old vacuum cleaner in but with no context if I was an employee I'd be wondering how much is left in the till for payroll if the bosses appeared/dressed poor, drove beater cars and used visibly old cleaning equipment.

It doesn't engender confidence from the average employee, notwithstanding you're a good mustachian.

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« Reply #3883 on: May 29, 2017, 07:10:34 AM »
My husband and I own a small business in a professional field. We are friendly with some of the the owners of competitor companies. They all  drive Acuras, BMWs and Teslas. We drive cars that are over 10 years old and wear pretty much the same clothes to work everyday. Our employees seem a little suspicious of why we seem to be so poor. One even commented about the vacuum we brought in to clean the office the other day and how she doesn't know how to work it because it's so old. We talk to them about early retirement.. but they are just starting out their careers and not interested. They don't even participate in the SIMPLE-IRA plan with 3% match that we offer them :(

We know why you're bringing gan old vacuum cleaner in but with no context if I was an employee I'd be wondering how much is left in the till for payroll if the bosses appeared/dressed poor, drove beater cars and used visibly old cleaning equipment.

It doesn't engender confidence from the average employee, notwithstanding you're a good mustachian.

I agree with marty998. As an employee I wouldn't want to use old beaten stuff, just because the boss wants to earn more retirement money. At a working place I would want to use a vaccuum cleaner that works well and intuitive. The same for a company car, that should be good enough to be working and reliable and be a bit presentable. If it is your private cars, then it shouldn't matter. But remember that your customers might also get the impression that business is not running well. Employees might get the same idea and be afraid of their job security and find somewhere else to work.
Wearing the same clothes to work is another issue. That is called a capsule wardrobe.

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« Reply #3884 on: May 29, 2017, 07:34:58 AM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

In the US, a spa is a place where you go to get massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, make-up services, and/or hair services.  A spa day would mean you are getting pampered with multiple of these services, and they often include a light mid-day meal.  A fancy place will usually have a sauna, steam room, or jetted tubs that you can just "hang out" in after/between services so that you spend your whole day in relaxation.

People often also call their hot tubs a "spa", but that is less common usage, IMO.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3885 on: May 29, 2017, 08:01:55 AM »
I think a couple people need to have their sarcasm meters checked!

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« Reply #3886 on: May 29, 2017, 10:31:33 AM »
I think a couple people need to have their sarcasm meters checked!

[Insert joke about whether it's cheaper to DIY your sarcasm meter check or whether you might as well get the filter changed at a garage while you're running errands in town.]

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« Reply #3887 on: May 29, 2017, 11:23:34 AM »
I think a couple people need to have their sarcasm meters checked!

[Insert joke about whether it's cheaper to DIY your sarcasm meter check or whether you might as well get the filter changed at a garage while you're running errands in town.]

Meh, the filter is almost never the issue. Usually it's just low on fluid, and that most certainly is a DIY item.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3888 on: May 29, 2017, 11:29:15 AM »
Yep, I always top off the blinker fluid at the same time too.  I mean they're right next to each other and seem to get low at the same rate.

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« Reply #3889 on: May 29, 2017, 12:46:01 PM »
I think a couple people need to have their sarcasm meters checked!

I am laughing my ass off!  This was quite entertaining :-)

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« Reply #3890 on: May 29, 2017, 02:06:03 PM »
I brought my kid to the pool party at an aquatic center.  The kid noticed that we didn't bring any swim goggles.  Yeah, working parent, less than 24-hour notice, we haven't been to a pool since, what, last August?  We brought a freakin' beach towel, have some appreciation.   Five minutes later the kid informs me that that the aquatic center sells goggles.  No, that won't do because we already have a pair at home, we just forgot to bring it.  By now a couple of other parents are looking at me funny.  Finally the kid spots his good friend and so it happens the friend's mom brought a spare pair.  I'm relieved and happily bask in the glares of disapproval.  The terrible parent who mistreats the child by refusing to buy a pair of overpriced goggles.  Oh, the nerve!

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« Reply #3891 on: May 29, 2017, 03:09:31 PM »
I brought my kid to the pool party at an aquatic center.  The kid noticed that we didn't bring any swim goggles. 

My local pool has a lost and found for goggles and I've had people just tell me to go there if I've misplaced mine.  But that depends on whether they really are pushing the goggle sales at the center.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3892 on: May 29, 2017, 03:55:42 PM »
I brought my kid to the pool party at an aquatic center.  The kid noticed that we didn't bring any swim goggles. 

My local pool has a lost and found for goggles and I've had people just tell me to go there if I've misplaced mine.  But that depends on whether they really are pushing the goggle sales at the center.

I wish the aquatic center my kid and I went to did.  It would be a great option for many a busy family.  But, alas, they were pushing the merchandise.  Sigh...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3893 on: May 29, 2017, 04:19:51 PM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

Oh, this is BRILLIANT! Please may I borrow it for next time? Because there WILL be a next time.



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« Reply #3894 on: May 30, 2017, 01:04:26 AM »
I brought my kid to the pool party at an aquatic center.  The kid noticed that we didn't bring any swim goggles.  Yeah, working parent, less than 24-hour notice, we haven't been to a pool since, what, last August?  We brought a freakin' beach towel, have some appreciation.   Five minutes later the kid informs me that that the aquatic center sells goggles.  No, that won't do because we already have a pair at home, we just forgot to bring it.  By now a couple of other parents are looking at me funny.  Finally the kid spots his good friend and so it happens the friend's mom brought a spare pair.  I'm relieved and happily bask in the glares of disapproval.  The terrible parent who mistreats the child by refusing to buy a pair of overpriced goggles.  Oh, the nerve!

I feel for you. It has indeed become the norm to just buy a second one. And I am pretty sure the swimming center has a pile of goggles and swimwear that people have forgotten. But if you ask to borrow one of these, they will probably deny it, because they sell a competing product.

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« Reply #3895 on: May 31, 2017, 04:31:54 PM »
Thoughtful colleague: "I've been sent a discount voucher for a spa day for up to four people. It's only £150 per person and it includes afternoon tea, two pampering treatments, and being able to spend the whole day there just relaxing. You and I could go, and pay for (two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) to come with us as a treat, and leave the boys to manage by themselves for the day."

Me: Splutter. Cough. Choke. "How about we just give (the two female employees who have gone beyond the call of duty) £150 each as a cash bonus that they can spend as they please or put towards their retirement fund?"

(Bless her, we've worked together for a very long time and my colleague still hasn't got her head round the fact that "being pampered" is my idea of torture, and keeps offering recommendations for beauticians and cosmetic ranges and spa retreats. I'm sure she's only trying to help.)

What is this word, spa? I feel like you're starting to a say a word and you're not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

Oh, this is BRILLIANT! Please may I borrow it for next time? Because there WILL be a next time.

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« Reply #3896 on: May 31, 2017, 08:43:31 PM »
...We brought a freakin' beach towel, have some appreciation.

This bit cracked me up.

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« Reply #3897 on: June 01, 2017, 08:13:04 AM »
My store marked down the organic milk - to 38 cents for a half gallon carton!

I bought 4, which I figured was the limit of what I could get home on my bike. Got home, and had to do the jigsaw puzzle of fitting them into the freezer. I managed to stack them up on their sides so they fit perfectly from the bottom to top of my above the fridge freezer in the basement.

I forgot that milk expands when it freezes. I couldn't force them out and had to confess my sins to the husband and beg for help. I hate that.

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« Reply #3898 on: June 02, 2017, 07:55:43 AM »
Here are mine for today:

- Constantly reminding my wife that we "could" pursue buying a bigger house, more things, etc.; but, do we really want to spend all of our time working (and stressed) so that we can come home and be too tired to enjoy said house?  We are going to FIRE and move in a month and she has a hard time wrapping her head around a simpler life even though we already live it for the most part.
- Just not giving a **** about what's going on here at work: re-org/people potentially losing their jobs in the coming months.  I feel for some of them; but guess what?  I'll be leaving in a month.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #3899 on: June 02, 2017, 08:31:45 AM »
I have been contributing After-tax money into my 401K and doing an in-plan Roth conversion the day after my paycheck (the day the contribution is processed) which happened to be yesterday.  Thanks to the nice gains and new all time high of the S&P 500 yesterday, I now have to pay taxes on ~$10.00 worth of gains before my contribution was converted.  Tiny little MPP.
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