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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4200 on: September 07, 2017, 04:49:06 AM »
My s/o's company provided their employees with porcelain to go coffee mugs (with a resuable silicone lid) with the company logo on them.

He chose the pink one because no one else wanted to be seen with a pink mug and now he's never in doubt which coffee is his.

I have a couple of male friends who only buy pink cigarette lighters for that reason. No-one will nick them.

When my dad was in the Air Force his scissors kept disappearing.  So he took my Hello Kitty scissors in.  Never had another issue.

I work in a male dominated field.  All my things I want not to get "lost" has Hello kitty duct tape on it.

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« Reply #4201 on: September 07, 2017, 07:53:04 AM »
My s/o's company provided their employees with porcelain to go coffee mugs (with a resuable silicone lid) with the company logo on them.

He chose the pink one because no one else wanted to be seen with a pink mug and now he's never in doubt which coffee is his.

I have a couple of male friends who only buy pink cigarette lighters for that reason. No-one will nick them.

When my dad was in the Air Force his scissors kept disappearing.  So he took my Hello Kitty scissors in.  Never had another issue.

I work in a male dominated field.  All my things I want not to get "lost" has Hello kitty duct tape on it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4202 on: September 07, 2017, 08:58:03 AM »
A few months back I got a notice from one of my credit card companies notifying me that they would not be sending me a new card and would be closing out my account when the current card expires due to lack of use.  Last week, I got a notice for a different credit card that they will close that account if I don't use it by October 6th.  So now I have to find a way to use the card before I go on vacation in two weeks.  (I only take 1 card when I go on vacation.)

Honestly I don't really care, but I am worried that losing both cards will negatively impact my credit score.  :( 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4203 on: September 07, 2017, 10:22:39 AM »
A few months back I got a notice from one of my credit card companies notifying me that they would not be sending me a new card and would be closing out my account when the current card expires due to lack of use.  Last week, I got a notice for a different credit card that they will close that account if I don't use it by October 6th.  So now I have to find a way to use the card before I go on vacation in two weeks.  (I only take 1 card when I go on vacation.)

Honestly I don't really care, but I am worried that losing both cards will negatively impact my credit score.  :(

Buy groceries?  Or just a pack of gum?
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4204 on: September 07, 2017, 10:25:13 AM »
A few months back I got a notice from one of my credit card companies notifying me that they would not be sending me a new card and would be closing out my account when the current card expires due to lack of use.  Last week, I got a notice for a different credit card that they will close that account if I don't use it by October 6th.  So now I have to find a way to use the card before I go on vacation in two weeks.  (I only take 1 card when I go on vacation.)

Honestly I don't really care, but I am worried that losing both cards will negatively impact my credit score.  :(

Buy groceries?  Or just a pack of gum?

My dog has an appointment at the vet next week, so I will probably use it there.  I just have to make sure I remember to use that card.  :)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4205 on: September 07, 2017, 11:12:11 AM »
A few months back I got a notice from one of my credit card companies notifying me that they would not be sending me a new card and would be closing out my account when the current card expires due to lack of use.  Last week, I got a notice for a different credit card that they will close that account if I don't use it by October 6th.  So now I have to find a way to use the card before I go on vacation in two weeks.  (I only take 1 card when I go on vacation.)

Honestly I don't really care, but I am worried that losing both cards will negatively impact my credit score.  :(

The card will stay on your record for like 10 years, so it shouldn't have a large impact if you have other credit.  That said, just paypal me some monies

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4206 on: September 07, 2017, 11:32:59 AM »
My s/o's company provided their employees with porcelain to go coffee mugs (with a resuable silicone lid) with the company logo on them.

He chose the pink one because no one else wanted to be seen with a pink mug and now he's never in doubt which coffee is his.

I have a couple of male friends who only buy pink cigarette lighters for that reason. No-one will nick them.

When my dad was in the Air Force his scissors kept disappearing.  So he took my Hello Kitty scissors in.  Never had another issue.

I work in a male dominated field.  All my things I want not to get "lost" has Hello kitty duct tape on it.

I attended college back in the early 1990s in an area that had rainy weather on a regular basis, so as a student walking around campus you pretty much always wanted to have an umbrella in your backpack. Most people had the cheap black umbrellas that they sell at the drugstore and campus bookstore, and there was a constant problem with people snitching each other's umbrellas that had been left to dry. I picked out a deep pink umbrella, figuring that 50% of my classmates would refuse to be seen with it, and it would be easy to pick out among the other 50%. Still had it four years later when I graduated!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4207 on: September 12, 2017, 03:41:52 PM »
My s/o's company provided their employees with porcelain to go coffee mugs (with a resuable silicone lid) with the company logo on them.

He chose the pink one because no one else wanted to be seen with a pink mug and now he's never in doubt which coffee is his.

The power of Pink and Hello Kitty.  Truly amazing!

I have a couple of male friends who only buy pink cigarette lighters for that reason. No-one will nick them.

When my dad was in the Air Force his scissors kept disappearing.  So he took my Hello Kitty scissors in.  Never had another issue.

I work in a male dominated field.  All my things I want not to get "lost" has Hello kitty duct tape on it.

I attended college back in the early 1990s in an area that had rainy weather on a regular basis, so as a student walking around campus you pretty much always wanted to have an umbrella in your backpack. Most people had the cheap black umbrellas that they sell at the drugstore and campus bookstore, and there was a constant problem with people snitching each other's umbrellas that had been left to dry. I picked out a deep pink umbrella, figuring that 50% of my classmates would refuse to be seen with it, and it would be easy to pick out among the other 50%. Still had it four years later when I graduated!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4208 on: September 14, 2017, 09:26:11 AM »
September is a three-paycheck month at my work. My 401k withholding strategy is to put those third paychecks almost solely towards the 401k and then split up whatever remains among the other 24 "normal" paychecks.

So, at the beginning of the year, I figured out that I'd need to put in X% for the two third-paychecks and Y% for the regular paychecks, and that'd get me to $18,003. (My work auto-adjusts if you hit $18,000, so the last paycheck in December would be slightly less than Y%.)

Somewhere along the line, something got screwed up. When I was checking on the YTD contributions to make the September changeover, I figured out that if I stuck with X and Y, I'd only contribute $17,997.78 for the full year. Like heck I'm going to leave $2.12 in tax free savings on the table, so I had to recalculate EVERYTHING.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4209 on: September 14, 2017, 05:45:12 PM »
Somewhere along the line, something got screwed up. When I was checking on the YTD contributions to make the September changeover, I figured out that if I stuck with X and Y, I'd only contribute $17,997.78 for the full year. Like heck I'm going to leave $2.12 in tax free savings on the table, so I had to recalculate EVERYTHING.

I had a similar situation at my work one year. My contributions on my last paycheck would only bring me to something like ~$17,970. I decided not to bother changing it since we can only choose whole percentages so it's kind of clunky. However, my employer was nice and automatically increased my contribution for the final paycheck of the year to bring me to $18k exactly. I knew they would keep me from going over, but it was a nice surprise to find my contributions rounded up to the limit.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4210 on: September 14, 2017, 05:56:05 PM »
A couple of years ago I ended up with $6499.99 in HSA contributions. Still not sure how that happened.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4211 on: September 15, 2017, 12:09:46 AM »
My office is currently 900m from home. In the national election last Monday it was decided that my region will be merged with two others, and the office will probably be moved in two years, adding at least an hour on the train to my daily commute. I really can't be bothered to spend so my time without getting paid for it, so I'm considering other options. The employer knows this, and is considering counting time on public transport as work time, letting us work up to 80% of the time from home, and establishing remote offices. It pays being more than one mustachian in the office (and having strong unions).
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4212 on: September 15, 2017, 01:15:26 AM »
My office is currently 9 meters* from my bedroom. Hopefully things work out stuck that the same can be true for you.

*I haven't measured. I suspect that's exaggerating the walking distance. The through walls distance is more like 1.5-2m.

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« Reply #4213 on: September 15, 2017, 10:21:43 AM »
My office is currently 9 meters* from my bedroom. Hopefully things work out stuck that the same can be true for you.

*I haven't measured. I suspect that's exaggerating the walking distance. The through walls distance is more like 1.5-2m.
You have to consider the detour to the kitchen to grab a drink. The miles add up over the years.

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« Reply #4214 on: September 15, 2017, 10:22:15 AM »
My office is currently 9 meters* from my bedroom. Hopefully things work out stuck that the same can be true for you.

*I haven't measured. I suspect that's exaggerating the walking distance. The through walls distance is more like 1.5-2m.
You have to consider the detour to the kitchen to grab a drink. The miles add up over the years.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4215 on: September 16, 2017, 06:10:10 AM »
It pays being more than one mustachian in the office (and having strong unions).
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4216 on: September 16, 2017, 06:32:02 AM »
It pays being more than one mustachian in the office (and having strong unions).
Yeah Unions, the Communistic Hitlers, forcing companies to do things The Market would never allow! They will crush the whole economy and then the land!
Don't forget that these are the unions for public employees, which I have seen several times on these forums should be banned, because the public sector is a friendly being that is always looking out for the wellbeing of all and we should be grateful we are allowed to work there at all.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4217 on: September 16, 2017, 09:59:12 AM »
A few months back I got a notice from one of my credit card companies notifying me that they would not be sending me a new card and would be closing out my account when the current card expires due to lack of use.  Last week, I got a notice for a different credit card that they will close that account if I don't use it by October 6th.  So now I have to find a way to use the card before I go on vacation in two weeks.  (I only take 1 card when I go on vacation.)

Honestly I don't really care, but I am worried that losing both cards will negatively impact my credit score.  :(

Having multiple credit cards is helpful for your credit score. Multiple NEW cards are a temporary dip, but it's a pretty weak effect. I've opened a dozen new cards this year and still have an 830 FICO (not Vantage Score, actual FICO) - as of the last Discover update.

I put as much spending as I can on credit cards for the cash back - or even better, a signup bonus. Utilities, groceries, gas, travel for work, etc. Anything that doesn't have a fee to use a credit card - and occasionally something that does have a fee (like property taxes) if I need to finish off a juicy signup bonus.

For example: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP.) 50,000 point signup bonus if you spend $4,000 within 3 months. That can be cashed out for $500. No annual fee for the first year, and Chase makes it fairly easy to change to a no-fee card after the year ends (before you have to pay the fee.)

Let's use the real-life example that got me into doing credit card signup bonuses:

I have $4,000 in property taxes coming up - and the County charges 2.19% to use a credit card. Normally a Mustachian would say "No WAY! I'll cut a check instead of paying a fee!"

But that leaves a lot of free money on the table.

Here's how the math works out:

-$88 in fees
+$40 from 1% cash back on the card
+ $500 from the signup bonus

Result: $452 in profit for something that MIGHT take an hour total of my time. If you are just getting started, maybe 2 hours. That includes filling out the online application, setting up a Chase login and password, setting up autopay for the bill, cashing out the points and (after a year) changing to a no-fee card.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4218 on: September 21, 2017, 10:50:40 PM »
I have spent the last couple of months reading this entire thread and now I'm done. HOW WILL I GO ON????

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4219 on: September 22, 2017, 12:26:04 AM »
Coworker says "Man, I really need to invest more."
I respond, genuinely agreeing, "Yes, me too."
Coworker says he's considering increasing his contributions to get the company match on his 401k. Asks me how much more I need to invest to get the full match.
I say, "Oh, I was just thinking it would be nice to max out the account." Leaving out that I was thinking it would be nice to max out a Mega Backdoor Roth, since the 401k, 403b, 457 and backdoor Roth IRAs already get fully funded each year...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4220 on: September 22, 2017, 12:27:23 AM »
I have spent the last couple of months reading this entire thread and now I'm done. HOW WILL I GO ON????
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« Reply #4221 on: September 22, 2017, 01:19:42 AM »
I have spent the last couple of months reading this entire thread and now I'm done. HOW WILL I GO ON????
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« Reply #4222 on: September 22, 2017, 10:40:08 AM »
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4223 on: September 27, 2017, 08:38:30 AM »
My MPP: Thought I was only at page 75 of this thread based on my book mark, must have continued reading because was actually on the last page. Had to scroll through 10 pages to get to where I was, just to read the last few comments and then post. The struggle is real.

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« Reply #4224 on: September 27, 2017, 08:53:42 AM »
My MPP: I'm accidentally playing hard negotiator with my work, without meaning to.

Situation is this. I enjoy working part time. It gives me plenty of time to be refreshed for my job. And I imagine this is part of why I am very good at my job (nurse). But my company desperately wants me to work more. This is the second year in a row where they've offered me a *massive* raise in order to work more. (They also offered me a different promotion/raise into management, but I turned that down). This means in 2 years with the company, I'm making 1.7x what I started out making as my hourly rate.

Husband pointed out that I'm basically a hard negotiator, because I'm always willing to walk away, and they want results way more than I do. So that's my MPP. People want to pay me so much, I'd be insane not to work a bit more!
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4225 on: September 27, 2017, 09:04:57 AM »
My MPP: I'm accidentally playing hard negotiator with my work, without meaning to.

Situation is this. I enjoy working part time. It gives me plenty of time to be refreshed for my job. And I imagine this is part of why I am very good at my job (nurse). But my company desperately wants me to work more. This is the second year in a row where they've offered me a *massive* raise in order to work more. (They also offered me a different promotion/raise into management, but I turned that down). This means in 2 years with the company, I'm making 1.7x what I started out making as my hourly rate.

Husband pointed out that I'm basically a hard negotiator, because I'm always willing to walk away, and they want results way more than I do. So that's my MPP. People want to pay me so much, I'd be insane not to work a bit more!

A great problem to have!😀

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4226 on: September 27, 2017, 11:32:44 AM »
My MPP: I'm accidentally playing hard negotiator with my work, without meaning to.

Situation is this. I enjoy working part time. It gives me plenty of time to be refreshed for my job. And I imagine this is part of why I am very good at my job (nurse). But my company desperately wants me to work more. This is the second year in a row where they've offered me a *massive* raise in order to work more. (They also offered me a different promotion/raise into management, but I turned that down). This means in 2 years with the company, I'm making 1.7x what I started out making as my hourly rate.

Husband pointed out that I'm basically a hard negotiator, because I'm always willing to walk away, and they want results way more than I do. So that's my MPP. People want to pay me so much, I'd be insane not to work a bit more!

Same for me! I enjoy working parttime, because it feels like semi-retirement. My boss needs me to pick up some extra shifts now and then and I'm not extremely happy with that, so he gave me quite a big raise and offers me extra incentives. I'd be a fool to not work those extra shifts ( and it would cause the company a lot of trouble if I didn't) but I'm not extremely happy with it. My boss knows I'd rather walk away than work fulltime and that's a good position to be in.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4227 on: September 27, 2017, 12:11:40 PM »
I've had so much overtime this year that I've had to reduce my 401k contribution percentage twice to ensure I get the maximum matching from my company (they match on a per-paycheck basis and don't do a "true up" at the end of the year, so if I max out my contributions in October I miss out on all the matching money for the rest of the year). I think I'll likely have to reduce it further still though...
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4228 on: September 28, 2017, 04:33:30 AM »
I've had so much overtime this year that I've had to reduce my 401k contribution percentage twice to ensure I get the maximum matching from my company (they match on a per-paycheck basis and don't do a "true up" at the end of the year, so if I max out my contributions in October I miss out on all the matching money for the rest of the year). I think I'll likely have to reduce it further still though...

I still have 22 overtime hours this year that I usually would have taken off. But know being a Mustachian and wanting to maximize my income, I consider having it paid out instead. I still have enough normal flexible hours to take off a couple of hours here or there.

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« Reply #4229 on: September 28, 2017, 01:03:23 PM »
Trying to give someone directions when you both have a radically different idea of what a reasonable walking distance.

Me: Oh yeah, I know that road. You just turn left here and it's about a twenty minute walk in a straight line then you'll see your road on the right after the park.
Her: Oh dear, perhaps I should take a taxi.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4230 on: September 28, 2017, 02:18:38 PM »
I have spent the last couple of months reading this entire thread and now I'm done. HOW WILL I GO ON????
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4231 on: September 28, 2017, 02:22:20 PM »
I have spent the last couple of months reading this entire thread and now I'm done. HOW WILL I GO ON????
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« Reply #4232 on: September 28, 2017, 03:50:30 PM »
MPP Problem - When groupon has $5 for $10 at Coffee Chain - and I can't take advantage of the deal because I make better tasting coffee at home for *much* less.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4233 on: September 30, 2017, 06:22:56 AM »
I'm annoyed with this one.  DH was laid off this week, but he's about $4000 from maxing out his 401-K for the year!  We are leaving $1K in taxes (25% tax bracket) on the table.

Of course we could have had no way of knowing this was coming, but I'm still annoyed that we didn't weight his contributions towards the start of the year.  If we had done that we would have been closer to the max.

I expect that he'll be employed again quickly, but I doubt he'll get such a great 401-K as he had at that job ever again :-(

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« Reply #4234 on: September 30, 2017, 03:01:11 PM »
I'm annoyed with this one.  DH was laid off this week, but he's about $4000 from maxing out his 401-K for the year!  We are leaving $1K in taxes (25% tax bracket) on the table.

If he has any severance payment coming, see if they can adjust your 401(k) contribution accordingly. Just a thought in case you haven't tried it yet!

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« Reply #4235 on: September 30, 2017, 03:44:01 PM »
When I first got to Korea all my fellow soldiers kept asking me why I didn't have a phone, like I was having money problems. When I said I couldn't afford a phone or some other things, they offered to help me get a second job or to send me to financial management classes. Mostly I don't have money on hand to spend because I put almost everything I make into savings or debt repayment. It's difficult to make them understand this. Eventually I bought a prepaid for 20 bucks. I can refill the card for ten bucks, which will last me for much more than a month. But, I recently found that incoming calls and texts still happen regardless if I've paid for minutes. They're not charged to your account in Korea, so I've decided not to pay for minutes. I can get along just fine by going to another room in the barracks and actually talking to someone. So now people get upset that I can't call or text, and it doesn't seem to matter that they can call me if they need me.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4236 on: September 30, 2017, 03:48:44 PM »
When I first got to Korea all my fellow soldiers kept asking me why I didn't have a phone, like I was having money problems. When I said I couldn't afford a phone or some other things, they offered to help me get a second job or to send me to financial management classes. Mostly I don't have money on hand to spend because I put almost everything I make into savings or debt repayment. It's difficult to make them understand this. Eventually I bought a prepaid for 20 bucks. I can refill the card for ten bucks, which will last me for much more than a month. But, I recently found that incoming calls and texts still happen regardless if I've paid for minutes. They're not charged to your account in Korea, so I've decided not to pay for minutes. I can get along just fine by going to another room in the barracks and actually talking to someone. So now people get upset that I can't call or text, and it doesn't seem to matter that they can call me if they need me.

I've got a flip-phone my wife insisted I buy in 2010 when I was going to be doing a lot of travelling. I prepay yearly(way cheaper), but as of this summer, it no longer works in Western Canada - they updated the cell network. In Eastern Canada the same thing will be done by April 2018 at which point my much-loved phone will no longer work. I could buy a new flip-phone for $40 (roughly) that works on the new system, or a smart phone for about $90. What to do.....!?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4237 on: September 30, 2017, 06:17:08 PM »
When I first got to Korea all my fellow soldiers kept asking me why I didn't have a phone, like I was having money problems. When I said I couldn't afford a phone or some other things, they offered to help me get a second job or to send me to financial management classes. Mostly I don't have money on hand to spend because I put almost everything I make into savings or debt repayment. It's difficult to make them understand this. Eventually I bought a prepaid for 20 bucks. I can refill the card for ten bucks, which will last me for much more than a month. But, I recently found that incoming calls and texts still happen regardless if I've paid for minutes. They're not charged to your account in Korea, so I've decided not to pay for minutes. I can get along just fine by going to another room in the barracks and actually talking to someone. So now people get upset that I can't call or text, and it doesn't seem to matter that they can call me if they need me.

I've got a flip-phone my wife insisted I buy in 2010 when I was going to be doing a lot of travelling. I prepay yearly(way cheaper), but as of this summer, it no longer works in Western Canada - they updated the cell network. In Eastern Canada the same thing will be done by April 2018 at which point my much-loved phone will no longer work. I could buy a new flip-phone for $40 (roughly) that works on the new system, or a smart phone for about $90. What to do.....!?
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4238 on: September 30, 2017, 06:45:08 PM »
My MPP: I'm accidentally playing hard negotiator with my work, without meaning to.

Situation is this. I enjoy working part time. It gives me plenty of time to be refreshed for my job. And I imagine this is part of why I am very good at my job (nurse). But my company desperately wants me to work more. This is the second year in a row where they've offered me a *massive* raise in order to work more. (They also offered me a different promotion/raise into management, but I turned that down). This means in 2 years with the company, I'm making 1.7x what I started out making as my hourly rate.

Husband pointed out that I'm basically a hard negotiator, because I'm always willing to walk away, and they want results way more than I do. So that's my MPP. People want to pay me so much, I'd be insane not to work a bit more!

Same for me! I enjoy working parttime, because it feels like semi-retirement. My boss needs me to pick up some extra shifts now and then and I'm not extremely happy with that, so he gave me quite a big raise and offers me extra incentives. I'd be a fool to not work those extra shifts ( and it would cause the company a lot of trouble if I didn't) but I'm not extremely happy with it. My boss knows I'd rather walk away than work fulltime and that's a good position to be in.

I can completely relate to this! My ideal schedule is half time (hence the name) but I keep being offered extra perks, increases, and other incentives to do more.  To fill in for a co-worker on extended medical leave last year I agreed to temporarily work full time.  This summer I told my boss, 'Well it's time for my annual contract review soon.  I have filled in 'temporarily' for a year now and it's past time that you made other arrangements to fill the need."  I then negotiated for slowly reducing my work schedule in over the coming months, starting with 4 hours less per week for now.  The upper management panicked and kept offering more for me to continue, and can't seem to understand that I value my TIME.  In the end, my new contract is for less hours and more money and a promise that I can continue to lower my schedule.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4239 on: September 30, 2017, 09:53:51 PM »
I do not have enough repurposed glass jars for both my homemade yogurt and my homemade vegetable broth.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4240 on: October 01, 2017, 06:35:29 AM »
I do not have enough repurposed glass jars for both my homemade yogurt and my homemade vegetable broth.

This is my problem too!  There's so much great produce at great prices this time of year, and I'm running out of canning jars :(  I'm going to have to buy more in order to take advantage of the lovely bag of plums my SO brought home yesterday.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4241 on: October 01, 2017, 07:49:46 AM »
I do not have enough repurposed glass jars for both my homemade yogurt and my homemade vegetable broth.

This is my problem too!  There's so much great produce at great prices this time of year, and I'm running out of canning jars :(  I'm going to have to buy more in order to take advantage of the lovely bag of plums my SO brought home yesterday.

I haven't canned anything this year but I remember from other years. In good years, you don't buy a lot of things in glass jars in the store, you give away jams or applesauce, you drop one or two, and by next canning season you have so much left to can and no remaining jars... I used to ask relatives to collect used glass jars for me.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4242 on: October 01, 2017, 07:53:04 AM »
I do not have enough repurposed glass jars for both my homemade yogurt and my homemade vegetable broth.

This is my problem too!  There's so much great produce at great prices this time of year, and I'm running out of canning jars :(  I'm going to have to buy more in order to take advantage of the lovely bag of plums my SO brought home yesterday.

I see canning stuff at thrift stores frequently. Maybe check those out? Also, you might get lucky with garage sales/estate sales.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4243 on: October 01, 2017, 08:33:20 AM »
I'm annoyed with this one.  DH was laid off this week, but he's about $4000 from maxing out his 401-K for the year!  We are leaving $1K in taxes (25% tax bracket) on the table.

If he has any severance payment coming, see if they can adjust your 401(k) contribution accordingly. Just a thought in case you haven't tried it yet!
Sadly, no.  His so-called severance payment is 2 week's pay.  Plus, when I got a severance no 401-K came out of it at all, I think that 401-K is actually only allowed to come out of some types of income, and severance isn't one of them.  At least that's what I was told* when I received a severance.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4244 on: October 01, 2017, 02:34:11 PM »
I do not have enough repurposed glass jars for both my homemade yogurt and my homemade vegetable broth.

This is my problem too!  There's so much great produce at great prices this time of year, and I'm running out of canning jars :(  I'm going to have to buy more in order to take advantage of the lovely bag of plums my SO brought home yesterday.

I see canning stuff at thrift stores frequently. Maybe check those out? Also, you might get lucky with garage sales/estate sales.
I think the glass of most newly purchased jars is too thin. I hate losing contents to broken glass. I also like the consistency of canning jar lids. I try to use canning jars exclusively*. My conundrum is that I prefer older canning jars because they're even thicker than new canning jars, but I prefer the widemouth style that's more popular now. At a garage sale yesterday, I found old, widemouth jars in two sizes!!! It was all I could do to only buy one (dozen jar) box of each. She wanted $5 per box. I was so happy I didn't even haggle with her, so yeah, I may have overpaid, lol!

*A few months ago, a Girl Scout leader was looking for 80 glass jars, in various sizes, for a terrarium project. I was able to clean out my whole trove of non-standard jars without guilt.

True confession: writing about this made me wish I'd bought more. Fortunately the garage sale was just around the corner. Just bought another dozen. Anyone know where to score deals on 1-PC. widemouth canning jar lids?
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4245 on: October 01, 2017, 04:01:11 PM »
  So Dicey.
I find that I just use the two piece lids, because you can move the rings off the sealed jars and use them for tomorrow's batch of canning.   .. you only need to invest in more lids, not rings all the time.   

That's a pretty good deal, about 40 cents a jar.  Here the thrift has canning jars for 50 to 70 cents each, depending on size.. at least I can pick and choose the prettiest ones for gifting as I find them. 

I do reuse smaller glass jars, such as from mustard or relish, to re-can pickles / relish.  Perhaps smaller size is a bit stronger?  As long as the top dents in, they seem to work well.  They do NOT work for freezing, however, especially larger jars.  Many breakages later, I have learned my lesson... freeze stock in ziploc bags instead.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4246 on: October 01, 2017, 07:51:51 PM »
  So Dicey.
I find that I just use the two piece lids, because you can move the rings off the sealed jars and use them for tomorrow's batch of canning.   .. you only need to invest in more lids, not rings all the time.   

That's a pretty good deal, about 40 cents a jar.  Here the thrift has canning jars for 50 to 70 cents each, depending on size.. at least I can pick and choose the prettiest ones for gifting as I find them. 

I do reuse smaller glass jars, such as from mustard or relish, to re-can pickles / relish.  Perhaps smaller size is a bit stronger?  As long as the top dents in, they seem to work well.  They do NOT work for freezing, however, especially larger jars.  Many breakages later, I have learned my lesson... freeze stock in ziploc bags instead.

Also... you're not actually supposed to store canning jars with rings on.  If, for some reason the jar comes unsealed, the ring can hold the lid on, making it difficult to tell if something went off.

Most of my jars have come from thrift stores.  They always seem to have them. :)
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4247 on: October 01, 2017, 10:47:10 PM »
I recently changed up my diet to eliminate cereal in the morning and add in proteins and vegetables. 

My MPP:  Now that I'm using fewer bowls in my routine, I run out of plates faster and end up running the dishwasher more often.  I'm about to run an NPV calculation on whether it's cheaper to buy more plates, or use the dishwasher more often.  I'm guessing it will be cheaper to buy a few more plates.


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4248 on: October 01, 2017, 11:50:45 PM »
Thanks GL and 10$. I should have specified that I use the jars mostly for freezing and for bulk food storage. I have loads of the 2-part lids in regular and widemouth sizes. I just find myself gravitating toward the one piece lids lately. So far, buying new lids might cost more than I paid for the damn jars. I'll keep looking. I searched Amazon, so you know they'll be bugging me for the next few days.

Oh, and I do know it's  best to remove the rings after the seal has set. I put up jam every few years, but still have plenty on hand, so no actual canning has happened since um...let's see, Caramel Sauce for presents last Christmas. Yum.
I leave the rings on when I give gifts, because people who don't can think something's wrong if here's no ring.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4249 on: October 02, 2017, 04:50:05 AM »
Dicey, my solution to your problem has been plastic peanut butter hats. I go through a ton of PB  in my house, so we get the 54(?)oz jars, and I save the jars for storing dry food or freezing stock. Works great!