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« Reply #4100 on: August 14, 2017, 10:17:14 AM »
I finally did the research into opening an HSA account and have the money ready to go, and my home computer decided it needs a new operating system install.  My IT SO says I shouldn't use it for anything sensitive/money related until he can reinstall and fix the security problems, and I don't want to do it on my work computer for the same reason, so now I have to wait who knows how long until we can get a new boot drive.  While that money just sits in a savings account, doing nothing :(

Install Slax (or similar) onto a USB/CD and boot to that. Instant (temporary) secure operating system.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll see what my SO thinks.  Honestly, I'm a technical noob, I have no idea how to select a different boot drive, so I'd need him to set it up anyway.  I'll definitely mention it to him as a potentially quicker option, though, so thanks!

Also, fixing the primary computer used for financial stuff should be a priority. If your SO doesn't want you to use it until he fixes it, then he needs to fix it ASAP.

I mean, it's not just him not wanting me to use it.  I don't want to be putting my SSN and other details in on an unsecured device either.  But I definitely agree that sooner is better :)  I checked in with him, and he said he's going to make a temporary bootable drive with Puppy Linux, which he thinks will be easier for me to use than Slax.  It's all nonsense words to me, though, I just want my data to be safe so I'll defer to the experts.

Puppy Linux sounds like a good choice. Wikipedia says it focuses on ease of use. I haven't used Slax myself in years and I just noticed that it hasn't had a new release in over four years...

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« Reply #4101 on: August 14, 2017, 10:21:07 AM »
Reading about Americans and cashback credit cards all the time and knowing they don't exist in my country ...

If it makes you feel better, the cash back credit cards don't really make up for my $7000+/yr health insurance. ;-)

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« Reply #4102 on: August 14, 2017, 02:29:52 PM »
Reading about Americans and cashback credit cards all the time and knowing they don't exist in my country ...

If it makes you feel better, the cash back credit cards don't really make up for my $7000+/yr health insurance. ;-)

Haha I was going to say the same thing once I got to my computer and could type but you beat me. Much rather have stable affordable health care than cash back on my purchases. I have a great employer sponsored plan... As long as I am wage slave that is.

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« Reply #4103 on: August 14, 2017, 06:24:12 PM »
Your IT SO doesn't have an extra computer of five laying around?

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« Reply #4104 on: August 14, 2017, 07:58:52 PM »
Reading about Americans and cashback credit cards all the time and knowing they don't exist in my country ...

If it makes you feel better, the cash back credit cards don't really make up for my $7000+/yr health insurance. ;-)

I pay that much into my employer sponsored plan.

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« Reply #4105 on: August 15, 2017, 05:36:42 AM »
Your IT SO doesn't have an extra computer of five laying around?

Funnily enough, he's in the middle of rebuilding his own primary machine, with a new case and some upgrades, and he's cannibalizing his old desktop for it.  So between us we have 3 non- or semi-functional computers in the house.  The good news is he brought back the linux boot drive yesterday, and it seemed to be going well when he tested it.  Hopefully I'll be able to use it today.

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« Reply #4106 on: August 15, 2017, 08:42:55 AM »
I finally did the research into opening an HSA account and have the money ready to go, and my home computer decided it needs a new operating system install.  My IT SO says I shouldn't use it for anything sensitive/money related until he can reinstall and fix the security problems, and I don't want to do it on my work computer for the same reason, so now I have to wait who knows how long until we can get a new boot drive.  While that money just sits in a savings account, doing nothing :(

NOOOOO!!!  Don't do it!!!!!!!!
If your money goes into the HSA directly from your savings account, you will lose out on one of the benefits of an HSA - skipping payroll taxes on the amount that goes in.  When you tell your employer that a portion of your paycheck needs to go to the HSA as an HSA contribution and your employer codes it correctly, then that portion of your paycheck is not subjected to income tax and payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare).  If you instead take money from your savings account and move it to the HSA, then your income taxes are adjusted on your tax return, but you LOSE the savings for payroll taxes.

Instead of moving money from savings to the HSA, get a payroll deduction form from your HSA provider and run the deductions through payroll.  Put huge amounts into the HSA for your next few pay periods while spending down that savings account, then stop the payroll deduction once the HSA is maxed or you have put whatever amount in that you planned.

If you have already made the transfer by the time you get this, you may be able to contact the HSA provider to reverse it (possibly for a fee) and then go through the contribution-via-payroll process.

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« Reply #4107 on: August 22, 2017, 07:43:10 AM »
In some refresh or another, YNAB lost the ability to tell whether I am shopping at Trader Joe's grocery store or its wine store. And I like to track those separately. Sigh.

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« Reply #4108 on: August 22, 2017, 08:22:55 AM »
In some refresh or another, YNAB lost the ability to tell whether I am shopping at Trader Joe's grocery store or its wine store. And I like to track those separately. Sigh.

For a while, Mint was having trouble figuring out if I were paying a medical co-pay (Harvard Vanguard), buying a ticket to a jazz concert (Village Vanguard) or making investments (just plain Vanguard).

It does get tiresome.

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« Reply #4109 on: August 22, 2017, 09:25:39 AM »
I am slightly scatty about invoicing people promptly because I don’t absolutely need the money literally right now or else I will starve to death/be evicted. I just realised while invoicing for the second payment that I never actually invoiced for the first payment on a long-term project at the time. Oopsie…

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« Reply #4110 on: August 22, 2017, 05:56:37 PM »
Today I was setting up my electricity for the new place I'm moving into in 4 days on Friday.  Setting up the account was easy as I already had a relationship with the company having previously had them as a natural gas supplier.  My MPP, having to sit through the hard sell for the $30 a month insurance on 9 major appliances (not including the HVAC) and explaining no I don't want it and no it is not because I have a better deal somewhere.  It's because I freaking self insure on that.  (Especially at $360 a year).  Followed by explaining that no I don't need you to arrange for cable/internet for me, it's just not something I need to have immediately.  I didn't say thanks can I hang up now because I want power I don't want anything else you are selling, but it was close.   

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« Reply #4111 on: August 24, 2017, 07:11:21 AM »
I want to try out my new Instant Pot but I have a bunch of stuff in my freezer already,

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« Reply #4112 on: August 24, 2017, 02:39:04 PM »
I am slightly scatty about invoicing people promptly because I don’t absolutely need the money literally right now or else I will starve to death/be evicted. I just realised while invoicing for the second payment that I never actually invoiced for the first payment on a long-term project at the time. Oopsie…

You realize that you're giving some poor accountant nightmares, right? There are those of us who freak out about that sort of thing.

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« Reply #4113 on: August 24, 2017, 07:18:04 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

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« Reply #4114 on: August 24, 2017, 07:53:45 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Stock up on nonperishables that you will use.

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« Reply #4115 on: August 24, 2017, 08:00:07 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Stock up on nonperishables that you will use.

Yeah okay I never get these ones. Even when I lived in 500sq ft with then-fiance+dog. You can still get like, a bunch of bottles of ketchup or frozen veggies or something, lol. You'll eat stuff eventually, just... buy more than you need, knowing you'll use it?

(This, from the woman with 4 bottles of mustard in her pantry, haha).

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« Reply #4116 on: August 24, 2017, 08:38:56 PM »
So this is going to be my first blog post ever... I just listened to the Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed Mr. MM... And Mr. MM talked at length about the benefits of walking and biking most of the time. I currently live 1.5 hours away from my job. I live in an area in CA where the cost of living is lower, and work in an area where the pay and benefits are much better than the jobs where I live. I'm just wondering what I should do here... Should I find a job closer to home with a gigantic pay cut? I just don't like that idea because I will be saving less money towards Financial Independence, and it will take much longer to get there. Hoping I can get some good feedback on here. I don't really want to move closer to work because the cost of living in that area is waaaay too high.

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« Reply #4117 on: August 24, 2017, 09:12:18 PM »
So this is going to be my first blog post ever... I just listened to the Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed Mr. MM... And Mr. MM talked at length about the benefits of walking and biking most of the time. I currently live 1.5 hours away from my job. I live in an area in CA where the cost of living is lower, and work in an area where the pay and benefits are much better than the jobs where I live. I'm just wondering what I should do here... Should I find a job closer to home with a gigantic pay cut? I just don't like that idea because I will be saving less money towards Financial Independence, and it will take much longer to get there. Hoping I can get some good feedback on here. I don't really want to move closer to work because the cost of living in that area is waaaay too high.

You'd probably do better posting a new topic, but I would guess that most answers would tell you to look at getting a cheap place (shared apartment?) really close to your current job; consider that you are extending your working week an extra 15 hours a week (commute time) for no pay, extra stress, and huge miles on your vehicle.  How much are the current transportation costs compared to change in COL, and how are you valuing the loss of time + stress that comes with your commute?

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« Reply #4118 on: August 24, 2017, 09:13:54 PM »
So this is going to be my first blog post ever... I just listened to the Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed Mr. MM... And Mr. MM talked at length about the benefits of walking and biking most of the time. I currently live 1.5 hours away from my job. I live in an area in CA where the cost of living is lower, and work in an area where the pay and benefits are much better than the jobs where I live. I'm just wondering what I should do here... Should I find a job closer to home with a gigantic pay cut? I just don't like that idea because I will be saving less money towards Financial Independence, and it will take much longer to get there. Hoping I can get some good feedback on here. I don't really want to move closer to work because the cost of living in that area is waaaay too high.

I highly recommend going and doing up a case study (link here: http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/how-to-write-a-'case-study'-topic/), or post a specific question on a new topic under "ask a mustachian".

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« Reply #4119 on: August 24, 2017, 09:19:59 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Stock up on nonperishables that you will use.

Yeah okay I never get these ones. Even when I lived in 500sq ft with then-fiance+dog. You can still get like, a bunch of bottles of ketchup or frozen veggies or something, lol. You'll eat stuff eventually, just... buy more than you need, knowing you'll use it?

(This, from the woman with 4 bottles of mustard in her pantry, haha).
I agree, you would think it was easy.  But I just came from visiting my mother and within a mile is a food outlet store where I stocked up on those types of things really cheap (ketchup for $.50, extra large rolls of toilet paper for $.40, jars of mayonnaise for $.25, bottles of salad dressing for $.20, protein bars for $.05 each, and so on) that I need to use up in the coming months.  Its crazy but now I don't need much at Aldis and I never thought I would say that. I have stocks of soap & shampoo to last me years.  I dunno... I gotta think on this over the weekend.

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« Reply #4120 on: August 24, 2017, 09:32:01 PM »
Hoping I can get some good feedback on here. I don't really want to move closer to work because the cost of living in that area is waaaay too high.

I only had a car for the last three months of living 4+ years in the SF Bay Area.  I also lived with roommates and accepted housing options that were far from my ideal, but I was OK with it because I knew this was only temporary and that I was on the fast track to escape the madness.  How much do you value the three hours that you spend commuting everyday?  Is living closer to the office still more expensive when you factor your personal time in?  What if you factor in the two years of extra life expectancy that biking daily will give you?

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« Reply #4121 on: August 24, 2017, 09:54:49 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Stock up on nonperishables that you will use.

Yeah okay I never get these ones. Even when I lived in 500sq ft with then-fiance+dog. You can still get like, a bunch of bottles of ketchup or frozen veggies or something, lol. You'll eat stuff eventually, just... buy more than you need, knowing you'll use it?

(This, from the woman with 4 bottles of mustard in her pantry, haha).
I agree, you would think it was easy.  But I just came from visiting my mother and within a mile is a food outlet store where I stocked up on those types of things really cheap (ketchup for $.50, extra large rolls of toilet paper for $.40, jars of mayonnaise for $.25, bottles of salad dressing for $.20, protein bars for $.05 each, and so on) that I need to use up in the coming months.  Its crazy but now I don't need much at Aldis and I never thought I would say that. I have stocks of soap & shampoo to last me years.  I dunno... I gotta think on this over the weekend.

Okay, on the heels of another massive stock up is understandable =) That would be harder.

Do you have a freezer? Stock up on butter or something? I feel like it's a good cost/density/utility combination. You'll definitely need to plan out your next trips! =P

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« Reply #4122 on: August 25, 2017, 06:00:17 AM »
Laundry stuff? Foil, wrap, sandwich bags?

Just make sure you don't buy stuff you wouldn't otherwise just to hit the minimum. That isn't saving any money.

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« Reply #4123 on: August 25, 2017, 06:01:53 AM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Mail the coupons to me ;)

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« Reply #4124 on: August 25, 2017, 06:10:53 AM »
Do your Aldi's not sell wine? I basically only buy wine when I need to hit a coupon threshold (and because it is amazing).

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« Reply #4125 on: August 25, 2017, 08:56:43 AM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?

Stock up on nonperishables that you will use.

Yeah okay I never get these ones. Even when I lived in 500sq ft with then-fiance+dog. You can still get like, a bunch of bottles of ketchup or frozen veggies or something, lol. You'll eat stuff eventually, just... buy more than you need, knowing you'll use it?

(This, from the woman with 4 bottles of mustard in her pantry, haha).
I agree, you would think it was easy.  But I just came from visiting my mother and within a mile is a food outlet store where I stocked up on those types of things really cheap (ketchup for $.50, extra large rolls of toilet paper for $.40, jars of mayonnaise for $.25, bottles of salad dressing for $.20, protein bars for $.05 each, and so on) that I need to use up in the coming months.  Its crazy but now I don't need much at Aldis and I never thought I would say that. I have stocks of soap & shampoo to last me years.  I dunno... I gotta think on this over the weekend.

Toilet paper, paper towels (I go through a ton b/c of working on the house, normally very little), hygiene products. However, if you already have a stash, then pass the coupons to someone else.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4126 on: August 25, 2017, 09:12:46 AM »
Pick up a couple staples and donate them to the local food pantry or women's shelter.

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« Reply #4127 on: August 25, 2017, 09:33:14 AM »
+1

Feminine hygiene products and bath stuff for a domestic violence shelter, they always need it.

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« Reply #4128 on: August 25, 2017, 08:21:32 PM »
I was googling info on something and ended up at an article on PBS.org. The site pops up a window asking what my local station is.

I haven't had a TV since before I moved to this city/state, so I really have no idea... :-/

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« Reply #4129 on: August 25, 2017, 08:43:01 PM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

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« Reply #4130 on: August 26, 2017, 06:07:57 AM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

Been their! Do you also have 15 boxes of plastic silverware but not a single fork anywhere? seems like I forget to pack a fork about once a month or so and I spend half my lunch break digging for what feels like the LAST fork.

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« Reply #4131 on: August 26, 2017, 09:22:57 AM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

Been their! Do you also have 15 boxes of plastic silverware but not a single fork anywhere? seems like I forget to pack a fork about once a month or so and I spend half my lunch break digging for what feels like the LAST fork.

Oh darn.  Maybe you could pick up basic cutlery and a can opener at a thrift store to keep at your desk.  I've always kept condiments at work.

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« Reply #4132 on: August 26, 2017, 11:57:03 AM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

Been their! Do you also have 15 boxes of plastic silverware but not a single fork anywhere? seems like I forget to pack a fork about once a month or so and I spend half my lunch break digging for what feels like the LAST fork.

Oh darn.  Maybe you could pick up basic cutlery and a can opener at a thrift store to keep at your desk.  I've always kept condiments at work.

I would but I am weird about washing my dishes in the bathroom sink at work. That's all we got. I did get a can opener just for work though that lives in the front pocket of my lunch cooler

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« Reply #4133 on: August 26, 2017, 12:10:21 PM »
Had a MPP today.  On my travels last week I picked up 4 coupons for Aldis.  For this week and the next 3 I can get $5 off a $30 purchase.  My average bill for myself is around $30.  Today I went in as it was the next to last day for the first week's coupon although I didn't need much.  I got everything I felt I could use, and only had $18.  Sheesh.  Went around a second time and said ok, I can buy a few more just because.  Only $25.  OK... stop and think... ummm, lets get a large bag of trail mix for the Labor day weekend so I am ready now.  Whew, finally had $30.

My bigger concern is... 3 more weeks of this???  I don't buy meat usually, and the rest is so cheap... what am I going to buy?
Chocolade and Ice? Of course that would be a huge stash lol. I go there once or twice a month for basically just chocolade, ice and chips and one type of cheese, which probably gives the cashier a wrong picture. But I get all other stuff 50m at Kaufland mostly (Germany).

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4134 on: August 26, 2017, 02:53:48 PM »
My preferred online supermarket does not stock bin liners small enough for our bin.

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« Reply #4135 on: August 26, 2017, 04:49:27 PM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

Been their! Do you also have 15 boxes of plastic silverware but not a single fork anywhere? seems like I forget to pack a fork about once a month or so and I spend half my lunch break digging for what feels like the LAST fork.

Oh darn.  Maybe you could pick up basic cutlery and a can opener at a thrift store to keep at your desk.  I've always kept condiments at work.

I would but I am weird about washing my dishes in the bathroom sink at work. That's all we got. I did get a can opener just for work though that lives in the front pocket of my lunch cooler

We DID have the no fork problem till I picked up a half dozen of each.  They go missing slowly but I'd rather have some utensils there than none. Although someone else brought in a giant pack of plastic forks so I guess we have the opposite issue.

At another workplace it was a "wash dishes in the bathroom sink" situation. Kinda icky. I also remember that typically people who worked there and lived nearby would mostly purchase lunch... except me (who was paid to travel in from out of town and stay for a few days, and would buy groceries and prep them in my hotel room).... and the doctor who owned the practice that  would bring in Tupperwares of soup.

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« Reply #4136 on: August 27, 2017, 08:37:08 AM »
Regarding utensils... why not just take your own from home each day and wash them with your containers when you get home, thereby avoiding the waste of plastic and the gross work sink? That's what I've been doing. I leave the utensil in the container so it doesn't get goo all over the inside of my bag. (Or if it falls out, I just wipe down the inside of the bag.) On the occasional day when I forget to pack a fork or whatever, either there's a plastic one available or I am quickly reminded of why it's important never to forget!

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« Reply #4137 on: August 28, 2017, 11:26:43 AM »
Regarding utensils... why not just take your own from home each day and wash them with your containers when you get home, thereby avoiding the waste of plastic and the gross work sink? That's what I've been doing. I leave the utensil in the container so it doesn't get goo all over the inside of my bag. (Or if it falls out, I just wipe down the inside of the bag.) On the occasional day when I forget to pack a fork or whatever, either there's a plastic one available or I am quickly reminded of why it's important never to forget!

This is what I do 95% of time but I am a forgetful and imperfect human.  It's kind of funny though that they always buy the fork, knife, spoon combo kit so we have boxes full of spoons and knifes but not a single fork.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4138 on: August 29, 2017, 08:48:06 AM »
I had a very nice thermos which kept my lunch (as in soup or leftovers) hot from 7 until 12:30 but I lost it somehow. Now I'm stuck eating either dehydrated bread with peanut butter or overpriced items from our cafeteria. Unfortunatly, the lunch tasts better then the not so fresh bread in our current 30C weather :(

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4139 on: August 29, 2017, 08:51:26 AM »
I had a very nice thermos which kept my lunch (as in soup or leftovers) hot from 7 until 12:30 but I lost it somehow. Now I'm stuck eating either dehydrated bread with peanut butter or overpriced items from our cafeteria. Unfortunatly, the lunch tasts better then the not so fresh bread in our current 30C weather :(

Buy a new thermos! There are usually nice ones at Goodwill, but even if you pay full retail, it will pay for itself in less than a week.

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« Reply #4140 on: August 29, 2017, 08:50:54 AM »
I had a very nice thermos which kept my lunch (as in soup or leftovers) hot from 7 until 12:30 but I lost it somehow. Now I'm stuck eating either dehydrated bread with peanut butter or overpriced items from our cafeteria. Unfortunatly, the lunch tasts better then the not so fresh bread in our current 30C weather :(

Buy a new thermos! There are usually nice ones at Goodwill, but even if you pay full retail, it will pay for itself in less than a week.

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« Reply #4141 on: August 30, 2017, 12:38:25 PM »
My ongoing MPP:  Too much stuff!  We have three households worth of stuff packed into our house, mine, DW's, and my mom's.  All of us were or are frugal so we dislike discarding things.  We also wind up collecting things from friends and neighbors.  Even though we don't buy much after a combined >100 person/years the stuff adds up.

We are trying to lighten up but our frugality makes it hard.  All of that stuff might be useful someday after all.  We rarely need to buy thins because whatever we need is usually available in the basement or garage.  If we sell things we will not get anything close to the replacement value so if we need it later, we will have to spend much more to replace it.  Dilemma!!!!

(All joking aside, we are slowly lightening up but is does take time and effort.)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4142 on: August 30, 2017, 03:25:04 PM »
My ongoing MPP:  Too much stuff!  We have three households worth of stuff packed into our house, mine, DW's, and my mom's.  All of us were or are frugal so we dislike discarding things.  We also wind up collecting things from friends and neighbors.  Even though we don't buy much after a combined >100 person/years the stuff adds up.

We are trying to lighten up but our frugality makes it hard.  All of that stuff might be useful someday after all.  We rarely need to buy thins because whatever we need is usually available in the basement or garage.  If we sell things we will not get anything close to the replacement value so if we need it later, we will have to spend much more to replace it.  Dilemma!!!!

(All joking aside, we are slowly lightening up but is does take time and effort.)

Have you thought about joining a local Buy Nothing group? I'm on one, and sometimes people post asking for something that I have tucked away "just in case" but never actually use. I give it to them, knowing that if I ever do need it, I can post myself and someone will probably help me out.

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« Reply #4143 on: August 30, 2017, 03:27:05 PM »
I was recently over paid.  I was expecting a raise but I kind of thought it was too good to be true.

I asked a colleague if they noticed something fishy on their latest pay-stub and they said no. 

A recent promotion, coupled with tax deductions usually being less in the second half of the year, and I figured it was maybe OK.

When it happened for 2 months I figured great, I like this.   

So June and July were about 150% what they should have been.  Last week I got a letter saying they would need to correct, so basically I will get two 50% pay cheques to compensate, and I had the choice of deductions is August/Sept or Sept/October.

I opted for the Sept/October because I might as well let the extra cash sit against my LoC as long as possible.

HR called in a panic after hours last night saying they applied it to August/Sept in error, will I be OK?

Yes I'll be fine...  I kinda wish I was more mad about the error and forced them to recover it slowly because I had obviously spent every extra penny already. 


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4144 on: August 30, 2017, 04:06:20 PM »
Brought a can of soup to work as a backup lunch option.

But the kitchen at my work doesn't have a regular can opener. 500,000 sugar packets and a pound of pepper and 38 mugs. But no can opener.

.... so I used the kind of juice can opener that you use to pierce a tomato juice can and just sawtooth-hacked it open.

This made me laugh!  I have been there  (I think I used scissors?).  And I bought a can opener AND a bowl that the soup would fit into the following week..   Those quick pop top soup cans cost 40 cents more each around here...

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« Reply #4145 on: August 30, 2017, 04:30:55 PM »

Yes I'll be fine...  I kinda wish I was more mad about the error and forced them to recover it slowly because I had obviously spent every extra penny already.

Ha ha.  This reminded me of a recent conversation.  I said to DH "You got paid yesterday, right?" and he said "I guess so."  I laughed out loud.  He didn't know for sure - he doesn't check.

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« Reply #4146 on: August 31, 2017, 07:05:35 AM »
Skype sent me a note saying that I won't be able to log in unless I upgrade my version.

I can't upgrade my version on my laptop because it was too old to upgrade the Windows OS. So software & websites are gradually not being supported.  I also can't upgrade Chrome, so LinkedIn won't let me on, etc.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4147 on: August 31, 2017, 01:37:55 PM »
Skype sent me a note saying that I won't be able to log in unless I upgrade my version.

I can't upgrade my version on my laptop because it was too old to upgrade the Windows OS. So software & websites are gradually not being supported.  I also can't upgrade Chrome, so LinkedIn won't let me on, etc.

Install Ubuntu...

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« Reply #4148 on: August 31, 2017, 04:00:11 PM »
Skype sent me a note saying that I won't be able to log in unless I upgrade my version.
I can't upgrade my version on my laptop because it was too old to upgrade the Windows OS. So software & websites are gradually not being supported.  I also can't upgrade Chrome, so LinkedIn won't let me on, etc.
Install Ubuntu...

This is an exceptionally good suggestion.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4149 on: August 31, 2017, 04:17:04 PM »
There's a great deal on ground beef at my local shop but my freezer is already full of food.  :(