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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4300 on: October 22, 2017, 10:09:02 AM »
Talking about money with my neighbors, they said that they love their financial advisor, as he returned 10-12k on 500k invested. I gently showed them the 4% rule, and that the advisor pretty much has been cutting their returns in half (MER 2%+.. yay canada)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4301 on: October 22, 2017, 06:54:46 PM »
I walked past a car show room yesterday and I have no desire for one as I know most people driving new cars have car payments


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« Reply #4302 on: October 23, 2017, 12:37:18 AM »
I always get angry when I find advertisement in the post, because A) I won't buy anythign of that anyway, so it is wasting my time, and B) all the trees! All the color! Poor little earth!!!

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« Reply #4303 on: October 23, 2017, 05:01:47 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 had mugs with Dora on it at my last internship. Everyone kept asking me why I didn't bring something nicer, but they never got stolen. Plus I got them for free in the first place as they were leftovers from the candystore where my mom worked.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4304 on: October 23, 2017, 08:38:43 AM »
Last week I sold my truck for $10k, and my car for $9k, then bought a used crossover that combines the features that I need from both.  I now have only one vehicle and pocketed some cash, but I still feel like I just spent $15k. 
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« Reply #4305 on: October 23, 2017, 10:02:21 AM »
I have no errands to run at lunch time because I don't have anything I need to buy, so I stay on my computer over lunch break, instead of actually leaving the office.

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« Reply #4306 on: October 23, 2017, 10:22:16 AM »
I have no errands to run at lunch time because I don't have anything I need to buy, so I stay on my computer over lunch break, instead of actually leaving the office.

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I'm stuck at work, behind a desk, while all my co-workers head to Wendy's, Subway, Chipotle, Carl's Jr, etc. I don't spend any money, but don't get much exercise either :(

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« Reply #4307 on: October 23, 2017, 10:22:46 AM »
I have no errands to run at lunch time because I don't have anything I need to buy, so I stay on my computer over lunch break, instead of actually leaving the office.
Hmmm, could you increase your fitness by taking a walk/run/quick workout? Could you provide comfort by using the time to compose a letter to someone who's lonely? Could you call a friend or relative just to chat? There probably are many things you could do that involve little or no money, brighten your outlook and make you more productive at work. For some reason, your reply just strikes me as sad.
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« Reply #4308 on: October 23, 2017, 10:35:13 AM »
Oops, sorry didn't mean it to be sad. You are totally correct, I could go for a walk (although I will admit an industrial park with no sidewalks takes some motivation...and I'm extra lazy today), it was more so that I saw all my coworkers leaving the office to BUY things (lunch/coffee/household items), that I have no need to buy! I used my lunch break to get caught up on forums and chat with some friends via google hangouts. It was lovely.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4309 on: October 23, 2017, 11:42:30 AM »
Last week I sold my truck for $10k, and my car for $9k, then bought a used crossover that combines the features that I need from both.  I now have only one vehicle and pocketed some cash, but I still feel like I just spent $15k.

Technically, you did. In accounting terms, that was 3 separate transactions. Sale of the truck, sale of the car, and purchase of the crossover. Congrats on the net cash out :)

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« Reply #4310 on: October 25, 2017, 10:56:49 AM »
My problem: I've become so accustomed to my house being 80į that the current temperature of 73į feels downright Baltic.

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« Reply #4311 on: October 26, 2017, 10:00:58 AM »
Captain's Log:

Thursday, 26th of October, 2017

Current Weather: Sunny and full of false hope.

Alert Status: Defcon Pumpkin Spice

The situation has turned dire. Temperatures have dropped below the 70 degree point and are declining rapidly. I fear the crew may stage a mutiny.

Actions:

The kettle has been switched to: ON

I've begun my research into all recipes requiring at least a 400 degree oven.

All fuzzy slippers have been properly Febreezed.

I have a snuggie in my Amazon shopping cart.

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  I can hear the faint song of the siren space-heater calling to me, promising warmth and comfort but I must resist...
                                                 
                              the sound grows louder with each passing moment...
                     
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« Reply #4312 on: October 26, 2017, 03:20:44 PM »
Current Weather: Sunny and full of false hope.

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« Reply #4313 on: October 26, 2017, 03:42:10 PM »
Been frugal with the town gas and electricity and had forgotten to adjust my hastily guessed direct debit amount with a new supplier in june.
I have just submitted utility readings and now i'm £500 in surplus. Oops ! 

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« Reply #4314 on: October 27, 2017, 01:17:58 AM »

I have a snuggie in my Amazon shopping cart.


There I learned about a new object today.

Personally I use a very thick old fashioned blanket when I am cold in the living room. That makes me warm in no-time.

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« Reply #4315 on: October 27, 2017, 08:28:59 AM »

I have a snuggie in my Amazon shopping cart.


There I learned about a new object today.

Personally I use a very thick old fashioned blanket when I am cold in the living room. That makes me warm in no-time.

My parents got each other Snuggies for Christmas several years ago. I've never seen them use them.

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« Reply #4316 on: October 27, 2017, 08:49:22 AM »
So I've truly never understood... why not just turn a robe around? Then tada, you have a blanket with sleeves. Am I missing something? I've had friends with snuggies (and they both also owned fluffy robes). I just don't get it.
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« Reply #4317 on: October 27, 2017, 09:45:42 AM »
I bought my little brother a snuggie one year as a joke (mostly out of curiosity on my part) and yeah, I don't get it. It was funny for about 5 minutes but that's probably because the commercials were so ridiculous. I tried it on and immediately had a claustrophobic attack so I won't really be buying one. ;)
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4318 on: October 27, 2017, 09:51:10 AM »
A bet a two-person snuggie would be a lot of fun. Might even forget about the claustrophobia.

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« Reply #4319 on: October 27, 2017, 10:06:04 AM »
A bet a two-person snuggie would be a lot of fun. Might even forget about the claustrophobia.

Can confirm the first part. I'm not claustrophobic though.

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« Reply #4320 on: October 27, 2017, 11:34:52 AM »
A bet a two-person snuggie would be a lot of fun. Might even forget about the claustrophobia.

Can confirm the first part. I'm not claustrophobic though.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4321 on: October 27, 2017, 11:53:45 AM »
I have home made quilts to keep me warm during winter. Gets you warm much quicker than heating up the room does. I also wear a knitted poncho around the house. I think my neighbours think I'm kinda weird. But at least debt collectors never show to my door. I had Ä250 in surplus at the electricity and gas supplier too.

Which gets me to my MPP. We are already so careful with our use of gas for heating, that it barely pays off to insulate our old house properly. We got a quote for about Ä900 to insulate under our floors and Ä800 to insulate our walls. As our total gas and electricity bill last year was a little under Ä800, it doesn't really pay off to insulate. We might lower our bill by Ä100/year if we're lucky.

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« Reply #4322 on: October 27, 2017, 03:52:02 PM »
So I've truly never understood... why not just turn a robe around? Then tada, you have a blanket with sleeves. Am I missing something? I've had friends with snuggies (and they both also owned fluffy robes). I just don't get it.

One of my friends swore by her snuggie for breastfeeding in winter. The baby wouldn't fit inside a backwards robe (she tried), whereas the snuggie was bigger.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4323 on: October 28, 2017, 07:05:38 AM »
My garage door opener was acting up yesterday so I started researching the issue.  Now I have a little better understanding how the darn thing works.  I wasted what felt like my whole day trying to figure it out...and I only diagnosed a part for repair.  When I called a local shop and they mentioned a $70 service call fee...I almost died.   I guess I'd rather waste time than money.  It's probably less stressful for the average customer...call company, have them fix it, pay whatever they demand.

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« Reply #4324 on: October 28, 2017, 08:37:29 AM »
My MPP: I travel a lot for work and always refill my "travel size" toothpaste (and other products) with the larger containers I have at home. Well my poor travel toothpaste has been squeeze perfectly flat and refilled so many times that it developed a hole :( I'm really not looking forward to buying another travel-sized toothpaste and using it just for the eventually-empty container.

Other MPP: I received a rather large raise at work a few weeks ago and immediately felt somewhat sick about the strings attached to the new amount of money. I should be excited about how much quicker this will get me to FI, but really I just feel gross knowing it means more working nights/weekends, stress, and pointless bureaucracy.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4325 on: October 28, 2017, 08:44:12 AM »
My garage door opener was acting up yesterday so I started researching the issue.  Now I have a little better understanding how the darn thing works.  I wasted what felt like my whole day trying to figure it out...and I only diagnosed a part for repair.  When I called a local shop and they mentioned a $70 service call fee...I almost died.   I guess I'd rather waste time than money.  It's probably less stressful for the average customer...call company, have them fix it, pay whatever they demand.

If the door opener was the last mechanical item in your life that is going to break, yes, just call a repair company.  However, for every mechanical thing you figure out, you are building a skill set of how things work and how to troubleshoot and fix them.  As time goes on, you rely on past experience to figure out the next item.  After a while, you don't even think about calling a repair company, you just fix whatever broke, even if you have never seen one before. 
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4326 on: October 28, 2017, 09:39:14 AM »
My MPP: I travel a lot for work and always refill my "travel size" toothpaste (and other products) with the larger containers I have at home. Well my poor travel toothpaste has been squeeze perfectly flat and refilled so many times that it developed a hole :( I'm really not looking forward to buying another travel-sized toothpaste and using it just for the eventually-empty container.

Other MPP: I received a rather large raise at work a few weeks ago and immediately felt somewhat sick about the strings attached to the new amount of money. I should be excited about how much quicker this will get me to FI, but really I just feel gross knowing it means more working nights/weekends, stress, and pointless bureaucracy.

How about buying a stainless steel lip balm tin? Durable, has other uses if you eventually no longer need it for toothpaste, can go through the dishwasher to get old gunky bits out, and ultimately recyclable. You could just smoosh your toothbrush across the top to 'load' it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4327 on: October 28, 2017, 09:50:26 AM »
I'm amazed that you could refill a toothpaste tube, especially a little travel-sized one. How on earth do you get toothpaste back into the tube?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4328 on: October 28, 2017, 11:25:38 AM »
I'm amazed that you could refill a toothpaste tube, especially a little travel-sized one. How on earth do you get toothpaste back into the tube?

Never done it myself, but I would guess you just take the caps off two toothpaste tubes, one full, one empty that you want full.  Put the two tips together and squeeze the full tube.  Toothpaste should transfer and fill the empty one.  If they stay aligned there is probably not much mess.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4329 on: October 28, 2017, 11:45:21 AM »
I'm amazed that you could refill a toothpaste tube, especially a little travel-sized one. How on earth do you get toothpaste back into the tube?

Never done it myself, but I would guess you just take the caps off two toothpaste tubes, one full, one empty that you want full.  Put the two tips together and squeeze the full tube.  Toothpaste should transfer and fill the empty one.  If they stay aligned there is probably not much mess.

Yep, that's how I do it. Learned it years ago in my pre-Mustachian days from a boyfriend I thought was insane at the time... and now I do it all the time. The idea of having a reusable case is a good one, though. I'd do that if I didn't get freebies of the travel size from my dentist.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4330 on: October 28, 2017, 11:51:43 AM »
I havenít tried toothpaste but I do refill my travel-sized mouthwash bottle.

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« Reply #4331 on: October 28, 2017, 12:54:10 PM »
I'm amazed that you could refill a toothpaste tube, especially a little travel-sized one. How on earth do you get toothpaste back into the tube?

Never done it myself, but I would guess you just take the caps off two toothpaste tubes, one full, one empty that you want full.  Put the two tips together and squeeze the full tube.  Toothpaste should transfer and fill the empty one.  If they stay aligned there is probably not much mess.

Yep, that's how I do it. Learned it years ago in my pre-Mustachian days from a boyfriend I thought was insane at the time... and now I do it all the time. The idea of having a reusable case is a good one, though. I'd do that if I didn't get freebies of the travel size from my dentist.

Exactly, it's a skill that I've built over years of practice! Hair gel is easier than toothpaste because the little plastic tubes for hairgel have enough "spring" to them that if you squeeze them down flat they'll suck in the gel from the other tube. I like the idea of a stainless steel container, will see if I can find an empty one somewhere!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4332 on: October 28, 2017, 06:09:19 PM »
My MPP today: attended a baby shower (not high on my list of fun, but whatever, itís not about me and Iím a good sport) and won a prize. Now I have One More Thing to deal with. Itís actually quite a cute Le Creuset stovetop kettle, but itís not needed. Oh well, I can sell it on kijiji and offset some of cost of the gift card I gave. Maybe this should be on the ďwhat small thing did you do today to save money?Ē thread instead...

Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

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« Reply #4333 on: October 28, 2017, 06:15:31 PM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things.

I had one yesterday too and in addition to the Stuff, I came home feeling deeply adequate because everything there was absolutely perfect, styled within an inch of its life and looked like something out of a magazine.

It just felt so inauthentic.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4334 on: October 28, 2017, 06:29:59 PM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things.

I had one yesterday too and in addition to the Stuff, I came home feeling deeply adequate because everything there was absolutely perfect, styled within an inch of its life and looked like something out of a magazine.

It just felt so inauthentic.

This one didnít give me that feeling, but I hear where youíre coming from.

I just looked up this kettle and it retails for $160! Reduced to $108 at the moment, but still... I feel a bit guilty coming out ahead on this (gave a $50 gift card). Although, if I think of all the baby shower gifts I DIDNíT get, maybe I shouldnít feel too bad. Also, I am pretty sure this was a regift of sorts (duplicate or unwanted from a recent wedding), so the hostess didnít necessarily shell out cash for it. I think I can live with myself;)
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« Reply #4335 on: October 28, 2017, 07:03:32 PM »
I'm amazed that you could refill a toothpaste tube, especially a little travel-sized one. How on earth do you get toothpaste back into the tube?

I guess I am on the right forum.... I have done this enough, too, that I sympathize with the MPP of paying $1 just for a new mini tube.

In a pinch, toothpaste in a twist of cling wrap will work for a day, but multi day trips are guaranteed to fail in a problematic way.

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« Reply #4336 on: October 28, 2017, 07:09:49 PM »
My MPP today: attended a baby shower (not high on my list of fun, but whatever, itís not about me and Iím a good sport) and won a prize. Now I have One More Thing to deal with. Itís actually quite a cute Le Creuset stovetop kettle, but itís not needed. Oh well, I can sell it on kijiji and offset some of cost of the gift card I gave. Maybe this should be on the ďwhat small thing did you do today to save money?Ē thread instead...

Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

(No, I donít have kids:)

psst.. after my first kid, I realized that the best possible baby shower gift is a starbucks/coffee gift card -- gets mom out of the house, good for long walks with stroller, other people to see at the location, free / gift coffee, and place to warm up after a cold walk / rainy walk.    And no stuff in the house, while acknowledging mom's hard role directly.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4337 on: October 28, 2017, 07:25:59 PM »
My MPP today: attended a baby shower (not high on my list of fun, but whatever, itís not about me and Iím a good sport) and won a prize. Now I have One More Thing to deal with. Itís actually quite a cute Le Creuset stovetop kettle, but itís not needed. Oh well, I can sell it on kijiji and offset some of cost of the gift card I gave. Maybe this should be on the ďwhat small thing did you do today to save money?Ē thread instead...

Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

(No, I donít have kids:)



psst.. after my first kid, I realized that the best possible baby shower gift is a starbucks/coffee gift card -- gets mom out of the house, good for long walks with stroller, other people to see at the location, free / gift coffee, and place to warm up after a cold walk / rainy walk.    And no stuff in the house, while acknowledging mom's hard role directly.

This is my go-to gift for most occasions now since I don't remember what non-mustachian people want as gifts...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4338 on: October 28, 2017, 07:30:09 PM »
My MPP today: attended a baby shower (not high on my list of fun, but whatever, itís not about me and Iím a good sport) and won a prize. Now I have One More Thing to deal with. Itís actually quite a cute Le Creuset stovetop kettle, but itís not needed. Oh well, I can sell it on kijiji and offset some of cost of the gift card I gave. Maybe this should be on the ďwhat small thing did you do today to save money?Ē thread instead...

Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

(No, I donít have kids:)

psst.. after my first kid, I realized that the best possible baby shower gift is a starbucks/coffee gift card -- gets mom out of the house, good for long walks with stroller, other people to see at the location, free / gift coffee, and place to warm up after a cold walk / rainy walk.    And no stuff in the house, while acknowledging mom's hard role directly.

Noted! Another thing would be to give a certificate to cook a couple of freezable recipes of momís choosing for when the baby comes. Maybe for a closer relative/friend. But Iím 100% behind not giving random stuff.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4339 on: October 28, 2017, 08:41:31 PM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

This is how I feel with all festivals of consumerism. Christmas gives me a headache (repeated attempts to minimise gift giving in my family have only got us so far and no further).

We acquired the vast majority of our baby stuff free through Buy Nothing and hand-me-downs, so I had a "not a real baby shower" baby shower where my sister made it clear when inviting people that I did not need, want or expect gifts. It was really nice to just hang out, eat good food and talk about the baby instead of participating in a 'stuff' orgy.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4340 on: October 29, 2017, 01:13:53 AM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

This is how I feel with all festivals of consumerism. Christmas gives me a headache (repeated attempts to minimise gift giving in my family have only got us so far and no further).

We acquired the vast majority of our baby stuff free through Buy Nothing and hand-me-downs, so I had a "not a real baby shower" baby shower where my sister made it clear when inviting people that I did not need, want or expect gifts. It was really nice to just hang out, eat good food and talk about the baby instead of participating in a 'stuff' orgy.

My wife simply didn't want all the attention which comes with any form of baby shower so she basically declined and left my sister flabbergasted. She also didn't want the gifts but that was beside the point right then.
With the second pregnancy we even told our friends we have everything we need and want so gifts (especially "useful" ones) were a big no-no.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4341 on: October 29, 2017, 04:59:04 AM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things.

I had one yesterday too and in addition to the Stuff, I came home feeling deeply adequate because everything there was absolutely perfect, styled within an inch of its life and looked like something out of a magazine.

It just felt so inauthentic.

This one didnít give me that feeling, but I hear where youíre coming from.

I just looked up this kettle and it retails for $160! Reduced to $108 at the moment, but still... I feel a bit guilty coming out ahead on this (gave a $50 gift card). Although, if I think of all the baby shower gifts I DIDNíT get, maybe I shouldnít feel too bad. Also, I am pretty sure this was a regift of sorts (duplicate or unwanted from a recent wedding), so the hostess didnít necessarily shell out cash for it. I think I can live with myself;)

I have that kettle (although the large size) and it's one of the very few things in my kitchen I've purchased brand new and it's definitely worth its money. It was a lot cheaper though, about Ä65 for the large size. It's an extremely durable brand and very easy to clean. I have some Creuset stuff that's decades old, I inherited it from my great aunt. It's so durable it still looks almost new.

But of course, if you don't need it, then you don't. I'm sure you'll be able to get a good price for it. It might be a bit weird to come out ahead but hey, you didn't take the kettle out of her cupboard or anything. She wanted to get rid of it so you actually did her a favour.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4342 on: October 29, 2017, 08:47:17 AM »
Holy moly, baby showers give me anxiety. SO MUCH STUFF! I feel physically uncomfortable looking at the piles and piles of Baby Things. This is why I give gift cards. I canít make myself buy something just for the sake of the recipient opening up one more cute thing. At least this way it can go towards a larger, necessary item like a car seat or something.

This is how I feel with all festivals of consumerism. Christmas gives me a headache (repeated attempts to minimise gift giving in my family have only got us so far and no further).

We acquired the vast majority of our baby stuff free through Buy Nothing and hand-me-downs, so I had a "not a real baby shower" baby shower where my sister made it clear when inviting people that I did not need, want or expect gifts. It was really nice to just hang out, eat good food and talk about the baby instead of participating in a 'stuff' orgy.

My wife simply didn't want all the attention which comes with any form of baby shower so she basically declined and left my sister flabbergasted. She also didn't want the gifts but that was beside the point right then.
With the second pregnancy we even told our friends we have everything we need and want so gifts (especially "useful" ones) were a big no-no.

I have a standard baby gift. Package of white onesies, not the small size. And if I like you (as opposed to socially expected), a box of Huggies size 2. Everyone can use onesies, white is versatile, and what if you have a 10 pound baby? They'll grow into the 6-9 month size. Huggies are generally accepted, and same issues with the size. Simple, useful, meets social expectations, and pretty cheap.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4343 on: October 29, 2017, 09:46:28 AM »
I'm so glad baby showers aren't a tradition in here. I have a small stash of simple crocheted baby blankets for babies that are born in our social circle. It only takes me two or three nights to finish one. For people I really like and know will appreciate it, I will quilt something special. On top of that I normally choose a gift card and/or a book. New parents will get a million soft toys and so many clothes the babies will often only wear stuff once or twice before they've grown out of it. With a gift card they can buy what they actually need (or regift, for all I care).

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4344 on: October 29, 2017, 10:21:18 AM »
So I've truly never understood... why not just turn a robe around? Then tada, you have a blanket with sleeves. Am I missing something? I've had friends with snuggies (and they both also owned fluffy robes). I just don't get it.
Lol, I do this in winter all the time. It would never even occur to me to want a snuggie. Where would I store it the rest of the year? Of course, I live in CA, so there's a lot less winter than some folks experience. Another advantage of not watching TV is I hardly know what one is.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4345 on: October 29, 2017, 11:12:35 AM »
Don't you people get free travel toothpaste from your dentist? There should be a new tiny tube coming your way every ~6 months!
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4346 on: October 29, 2017, 12:01:10 PM »
Don't you people get free travel toothpaste from your dentist? There should be a new tiny tube coming your way every ~6 months!

I travel ~1-2 full weeks a month for my job so that 1 freebie every 6 months isn't going to cut it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4347 on: October 29, 2017, 04:50:16 PM »
Don't you people get free travel toothpaste from your dentist? There should be a new tiny tube coming your way every ~6 months!

I travel ~1-2 full weeks a month for my job so that 1 freebie every 6 months isn't going to cut it.

Husband travels for work. He goes through the supply from our dentist pretty quickly, but we stockpile the tubes from airline toiletry bags. E.g. flying to the US and back means four business/first class toiletry kits. And he stays in places with very well stocked rooms (new lingerie and sex toys on the mini bar price list), so if there's free toothpaste he will pocket that too.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4348 on: October 29, 2017, 09:54:51 PM »
Don't you people get free travel toothpaste from your dentist? There should be a new tiny tube coming your way every ~6 months!

Yes! I actually love my dental hygienist. She always gives me tons of the travel-sized toothpastes at my appointments (and two toothbrushes, two floss boxes, and a couple travel-sized ACTs) because she knows I appreciate it and will use them. For awhile, they were even getting full-size tubes of my favorite paste, and she would set aside a box or two for me each visit. It can really pay off to be very friendly and thankful to a great hygienist! :-)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #4349 on: October 29, 2017, 10:48:49 PM »
Don't you people get free travel toothpaste from your dentist? There should be a new tiny tube coming your way every ~6 months!

I travel ~1-2 full weeks a month for my job so that 1 freebie every 6 months isn't going to cut it.

Husband travels for work. He goes through the supply from our dentist pretty quickly, but we stockpile the tubes from airline toiletry bags. E.g. flying to the US and back means four business/first class toiletry kits. And he stays in places with very well stocked rooms (new lingerie and sex toys on the mini bar price list), so if there's free toothpaste he will pocket that too.

New MPP: I've never, in all of my work travels in, stayed in a hotel with lingerie and sex toys on the mini bar menu...I don't know if that means the places I stay are not nice enough, or are too nice...