Author Topic: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)  (Read 3102180 times)

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 9153
  • Registered member
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5550 on: September 23, 2018, 08:05:30 PM »
Having to go to the bank to cash my pay check so my boss gets off my back for not doing it sooner, ya know like right after I got the check a few weeks ago.

I take it they don't do direct deposit?

And the bank doesn't take e-deposit?

barbaz

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 201
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5551 on: September 25, 2018, 12:58:40 AM »
When she died in 2012, I found a large glass jar in her basement with dozens of boxes of matches in it. I took the jar home and in 2018 I'm still not even halfway through it.
I require approximately 6 matches per year: 3 for making chestnut animals, 2 for fixing drill holes, and one for lighting candles when I can’t find one of my dozens of lighters.

ixtap

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1973
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5552 on: September 25, 2018, 01:41:53 PM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.

ketchup

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4213
  • Age: 29
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5553 on: September 25, 2018, 01:59:43 PM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.
My favorite is when you buy something and then every ad is suddenly for it.  You just bought this thing, want ANOTHER!?

Because who can't use an extra toilet seat, car alternator, 10x10x6 dog kennel, or TV?

Zaga

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2384
  • Age: 40
  • Location: North of Pittsburgh, PA
    • A Wall of Hats
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5554 on: September 25, 2018, 07:11:03 PM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.
My favorite is when you buy something and then every ad is suddenly for it.  You just bought this thing, want ANOTHER!?

Because who can't use an extra toilet seat, car alternator, 10x10x6 dog kennel, or TV?
My favorite is right after buying a hot water tank we got a ton of adverts for hot water tanks...from the place we bought that one from.  Um, how about delay that 10 years and try then!

K-ice

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 955
  • Location: Canada
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5555 on: September 25, 2018, 09:42:57 PM »
When we bought our house, the previous owner left us a mostly-full box of trash bags. They're thin and tear easily, but I didn't want to waste them so decided to use them anyway. But we don't go through that many trash bags, so 14 months later we're still using those trash bags, and I'm still cursing them almost every time I take out the trash. I long for the day we finally run out and I can go buy the Costco trash bags I like lol.

I “inherited” a roll of restaurant grade Saran Wrap from a roommate. We joked that it lasted 2 MSc & 1 PhD.


Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5556 on: September 26, 2018, 12:41:23 AM »
When we bought our house, the previous owner left us a mostly-full box of trash bags. They're thin and tear easily, but I didn't want to waste them so decided to use them anyway. But we don't go through that many trash bags, so 14 months later we're still using those trash bags, and I'm still cursing them almost every time I take out the trash. I long for the day we finally run out and I can go buy the Costco trash bags I like lol.

I “inherited” a roll of restaurant grade Saran Wrap from a roommate. We joked that it lasted 2 MSc & 1 PhD.

Our community provides many, many roles of biodegradable bags for green waste. We have gotten way more than I'll ever need. So I use them for many purposes, like the bathroom trash can and when camping. But there was a time when the quality was very bad. Two out of three bags were torn apart, just trying to carefully tear it off the roll, while in the past you could just tear them of without paying attention. I hate these newer bags. Currently they have another brand that works fine again. But I still have several of these old roles that need to be used up.

Imma

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2320
  • Location: Europe
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5557 on: September 26, 2018, 10:49:00 PM »
We are on a short trip and have rented a self -catering apartment. It doesn't have a regular coffee machines but one of those pad machines. I never used one before and when I tried coffee got everywhere except for my cup - then my boyfriend laughed at me and somehow made me a perfect cup.

The coffee tastes ok, but is really expensive (€2,50 for 8 pads) and you can only make one cup at a time so I can't fill up my thermos.

Threshkin

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1088
  • Location: Colorado
    • My Journal
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5558 on: September 26, 2018, 11:40:59 PM »
Had my house painted.  It cost ~2 months of average expenses so it screwed up my pretty charts.

fuzzy math

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 983
  • Age: 38
  • Location: PNW ---> Midwest (for now)
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5559 on: September 29, 2018, 07:40:32 AM »
It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.

Lews Therin

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3232
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Gatineau
  • Used to be Canadian Ben
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5560 on: September 29, 2018, 07:42:36 AM »
It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.

Incognito browser.

Imma

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2320
  • Location: Europe
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5561 on: September 29, 2018, 10:12:03 AM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.

Roadrunner53

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2563
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5562 on: September 29, 2018, 11:00:09 AM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.

Put a couple of ice cubes in the thermos when you fill it to take some heat off the coffee.

Antonn Park

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 25
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
    • Blue Flower Editing
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5563 on: September 29, 2018, 01:38:30 PM »
Not being able to commiserate with others about how they don't have enough money, even though they have a six-figure salary. How does one not have any money saved if they earn 100,000 a year and are single with no health issues, debt, or kids?!

Zaga

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2384
  • Age: 40
  • Location: North of Pittsburgh, PA
    • A Wall of Hats
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5564 on: September 29, 2018, 01:39:25 PM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.
I have an excellent tea mug as well, I add cold water to me tea in the morning so that I can drink it before 11 am!

PhilB

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1274
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5565 on: September 30, 2018, 12:42:47 AM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.
I have an excellent tea mug as well, I add cold water to me tea in the morning so that I can drink it before 11 am!
It took me a while to realise I'd have less of a problem with this if I stopped blindly following the instructions and pre-warming the flask...Doh!

Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1603
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5566 on: September 30, 2018, 04:39:12 AM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.

Put a couple of ice cubes in the thermos when you fill it to take some heat off the coffee.

Or be even more mustachian and just wait 5-10 minutes before pouring the coffee in the thermos. Ice cubes cost energy too :D

BTDretire

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2918
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5567 on: September 30, 2018, 07:36:01 AM »
When we bought our house, the previous owner left us a mostly-full box of trash bags. They're thin and tear easily, but I didn't want to waste them so decided to use them anyway. But we don't go through that many trash bags, so 14 months later we're still using those trash bags, and I'm still cursing them almost every time I take out the trash. I long for the day we finally run out and I can go buy the Costco trash bags I like lol.

I “inherited” a roll of restaurant grade Saran Wrap from a roommate. We joked that it lasted 2 MSc & 1 PhD.

 One of our customers gave my wife a box of hairspray over 3 years ago, they are travel/sample bottles, 1.5 oz. When she started using them, there were about 250 bottles, she's now down to about 180. That calculates to storing that box another 8 years.

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 9153
  • Registered member
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5568 on: September 30, 2018, 12:22:35 PM »
I always take a thermos flask full of coffee with me when I'm travelling somewhere, but it's so good that by the time I want to drink the coffee is still boiling hot. Of course I can let it cool for a while, but having a cup of very hot coffee in your hands is not safe in a moving train or bus.
I have an excellent tea mug as well, I add cold water to me tea in the morning so that I can drink it before 11 am!
It took me a while to realise I'd have less of a problem with this if I stopped blindly following the instructions and pre-warming the flask...Doh!

If that’s not enough, try precooling the flask in the fridgeor freezer

halftimer

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 145
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5569 on: September 30, 2018, 06:01:50 PM »
I'm having the opposite problem. I visited a cash-based country so my spending is clearly marked as 4 ATM visits. However I didn't track spending AT ALL so now I have no clue how much of my holiday spending was food, accomodation, transport or activity related :(.

I just got back from a cash-based country after a few weeks and I'm tallying up my spending now from the notes I took each day. We came in slightly under budget with only about $400 left, since I knew how much we spent last time. My MPP: I have a compulsive need to do this each time this so my all-time trip excel sheet will be updated and I will have the final numbers of how much we spent per person per day. I need those stats - STAT.

Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1603
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5570 on: October 01, 2018, 02:46:36 AM »
I'm having the opposite problem. I visited a cash-based country so my spending is clearly marked as 4 ATM visits. However I didn't track spending AT ALL so now I have no clue how much of my holiday spending was food, accomodation, transport or activity related :(.

I just got back from a cash-based country after a few weeks and I'm tallying up my spending now from the notes I took each day. We came in slightly under budget with only about $400 left, since I knew how much we spent last time. My MPP: I have a compulsive need to do this each time this so my all-time trip excel sheet will be updated and I will have the final numbers of how much we spent per person per day. I need those stats - STAT.

I did do this on a previous longer trip. My mom was horrified - WHY would you keep track of cost of accommodation and 2 beers if everything's just a dollar anyways? But for me on that long trip it was great to see how it played out or how I sometimes spent more/less money than intended (Eeks, I spent 50% of my daily budget on beer last night vs. Wow I've been doing so much fun stuff these days and only spent $10/day on average?!) and to better prioritize spending. However on a 3 week trip it didn't seem to relevant - but now I'm just curious. I could probably calculate it back tho as I do have some ridiculous memory-skills for money spent.

marty998

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6834
  • Location: Sydney, Oz
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5571 on: October 01, 2018, 03:28:32 AM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.
My favorite is when you buy something and then every ad is suddenly for it.  You just bought this thing, want ANOTHER!?

Because who can't use an extra toilet seat, car alternator, 10x10x6 dog kennel, or TV?
My favorite is right after buying a hot water tank we got a ton of adverts for hot water tanks...from the place we bought that one from.  Um, how about delay that 10 years and try then!

Ahh yes.. Came back from holiday, posted up some pics on FB and suddenly was getting ads for.... flights, hotels and beachside destinations...

Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5572 on: October 01, 2018, 04:24:14 AM »
It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.

There is a financial magazine that I would like to read. They have a large base of old and new articles on their website, which requires payment. I consider paying for a month or so and try to read as much as I can. Maybe saving as offline site if it is interesting.

Lews Therin

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3232
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Gatineau
  • Used to be Canadian Ben
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5573 on: October 01, 2018, 09:48:43 AM »

It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.
[/quote]
Incognito browser stops that problem...

fuzzy math

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 983
  • Age: 38
  • Location: PNW ---> Midwest (for now)
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5574 on: October 01, 2018, 03:52:53 PM »

It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.

Incognito browser stops that problem...

Yeah I'm going to do that thanks to all who suggested.

My latest MPP:

Payday was last fri 9/28. Normally my retirement contributions hit my acct the same day. 2nd business day passed today 10/1 and they still haven't posted. This contribution will put me past the $250k mark and I NEED to graduate from the "race from 100-250k thread" very badly. Like today. Or last Friday.


La Bibliotecaria Feroz

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5038
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5575 on: October 01, 2018, 03:57:59 PM »

It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.
Incognito browser stops that problem...
[/quote]

I pay for my news now. Journalism costs more money than the advertising generates. $99/year for WaPo, because that's my favorite.

Loren Ver

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 634
  • Location: Midwest USA
  • I Retired. Yah!
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5576 on: October 02, 2018, 04:51:56 AM »
MPP - DH and I have ran our Q3 numbers.  We are now looking at moving our FIRE date by 5 months or so.  We are now working diligently to get all our ducks in a row to see if we can pull the trigger sooner.  So much dry erase board and excel work. 

This is so much better than the getting out of debt discussion my friends are having :), though I am sure most of the topic headings are similar.

LV

LennStar

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1754
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5577 on: October 02, 2018, 06:41:59 AM »
MPP - DH and I have ran our Q3 numbers.  We are now looking at moving our FIRE date by 5 months or so.  We are now working diligently to get all our ducks in a row to see if we can pull the trigger sooner.  So much dry erase board and excel work. 

This is so much better than the getting out of debt discussion my friends are having :), though I am sure most of the topic headings are similar.

LV
I would be careful with that, since stocks should be at or around their max now before the next chrash. But it is up to you how close to the border you want to cut the line ;) Congratz anyway to get that close.

May2030

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 59
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5578 on: October 02, 2018, 07:25:42 AM »
This month I have trying to be stoic and really cut my foot budget to the bone just to see if I could. No treats or rubbish sweet stuff and made meat go much further. Even tried fasting for a day just to see what it was like.  Not only have I not been hungry (other than the fast day) I have felt more energised and upbeat. Stoicism failure.

markbike528CBX

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1329
  • Location: the Everbrown part of the Evergreen State (WA)
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5579 on: October 02, 2018, 07:31:47 AM »
MPP - DH and I have ran our Q3 numbers.  We are now looking at moving our FIRE date by 5 months or so.  We are now working diligently to get all our ducks in a row to see if we can pull the trigger sooner.  So much dry erase board and excel work. 

This is so much better than the getting out of debt discussion my friends are having :), though I am sure most of the topic headings are similar.

LV
I would be careful with that, since stocks should be at or around their max now before the next chrash. But it is up to you how close to the border you want to cut the line ;) Congratz anyway to get that close.
Lennstar,   I would be careful with that, looks like you're saying The Top is in http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/top-is-in/   The thread started last year, and the major indices are up a lot since. 

Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5580 on: October 02, 2018, 07:45:44 AM »
MPP - DH and I have ran our Q3 numbers.  We are now looking at moving our FIRE date by 5 months or so.  We are now working diligently to get all our ducks in a row to see if we can pull the trigger sooner.  So much dry erase board and excel work. 

This is so much better than the getting out of debt discussion my friends are having :), though I am sure most of the topic headings are similar.

LV
I would be careful with that, since stocks should be at or around their max now before the next chrash. But it is up to you how close to the border you want to cut the line ;) Congratz anyway to get that close.
Lennstar,   I would be careful with that, looks like you're saying The Top is in http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/top-is-in/   The thread started last year, and the major indices are up a lot since.

That is why we should now be really close to the top. ;-)

Imma

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2320
  • Location: Europe
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5581 on: October 02, 2018, 07:51:57 AM »
I was in a very interesting pension course today (for payroll / legal people, not for participants).

One theme we talked about a lot is parttime retirement. From a financial point of view, it makes much more sense for people to not claim their pension when they want to retire parttime and just live off less, but, as the trainer said "for most people of course, unless you're really rich of received an inheritance, that's not going tot be possible".

The 600.000 participants in our pension fund earn an average EUR 45.500 / year and affordability of health care is not an issue. Most people interested in parttime retirement are 60+, with a paid off home and adult kids. I was absolutely shocked that everyone thought it was obvious this person could never live off 80% of their income.

ixtap

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1973
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5582 on: October 02, 2018, 10:48:28 AM »
I was in a very interesting pension course today (for payroll / legal people, not for participants).

One theme we talked about a lot is parttime retirement. From a financial point of view, it makes much more sense for people to not claim their pension when they want to retire parttime and just live off less, but, as the trainer said "for most people of course, unless you're really rich of received an inheritance, that's not going tot be possible".

The 600.000 participants in our pension fund earn an average EUR 45.500 / year and affordability of health care is not an issue. Most people interested in parttime retirement are 60+, with a paid off home and adult kids. I was absolutely shocked that everyone thought it was obvious this person could never live off 80% of their income.

Here, it is considered unAmerican not to spend all of your disposable income. Didn't realize we had exported that viewpoint.

On the other hand, I cannot figure out my husband's paychecks. He was only bringing home about $800, but it turns out that he was over contributing to after tax 401k, risking his deductible contributions and matching. At the same time we realized that, they announced they they were switching to unlimited vacation and going to pay out any outstanding vacation. So when he put in our vacation that we took between the announcement and the implementation, he requested vacation payout (for every day of vacation you actually take, you can get another paid out). I didn't even know that what something companies offered! Between our vacation spanning two pay periods, the upcoming payout of the remainder, expected raise and bonus, reaching HSA and 401k maxes, taxes for vesting RSUs... I don't think any two paychecks will be the same for the rest of the year.

So, when I log into our bank account, I notice a transfer to AmEx and my heart stops trying to remember what we could have possibly put on the credit card that would dwarf our normal spending: it is a transfer of our buffer to savings because our net income exceeds our monthly expenses. At least until January.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2018, 11:32:59 AM by ixtap »

Loren Ver

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 634
  • Location: Midwest USA
  • I Retired. Yah!
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5583 on: October 02, 2018, 02:49:44 PM »
MPP - DH and I have ran our Q3 numbers.  We are now looking at moving our FIRE date by 5 months or so.  We are now working diligently to get all our ducks in a row to see if we can pull the trigger sooner.  So much dry erase board and excel work. 

This is so much better than the getting out of debt discussion my friends are having :), though I am sure most of the topic headings are similar.

LV
I would be careful with that, since stocks should be at or around their max now before the next chrash. But it is up to you how close to the border you want to cut the line ;) Congratz anyway to get that close.
Lennstar,   I would be careful with that, looks like you're saying The Top is in http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/top-is-in/   The thread started last year, and the major indices are up a lot since.

That is why we should now be really close to the top. ;-)

Everyday we are closer to the top :). 
And closer to the crash.
And closer to the recovery.
And closer to my death....

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 9153
  • Registered member
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5584 on: October 02, 2018, 10:37:09 PM »

It's the end of the month and I have used up my free articles at the NYTimes, WaPo, New Yorker, and every other reputable news site that restricts it's articles. There's been a lot going on this week and I only have access to free garbage news til 10/1.


I pay for my news now. Journalism costs more money than the advertising generates. $99/year for WaPo, because that's my favorite.

I hate paying for anything I can get free, but I'm starting to consider paying for quality journalism purely as a political play.  What really gets me is paying for something and still seeing ads.  Does WaPo show ads to paying subscribers?

Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5585 on: October 03, 2018, 02:04:46 AM »
I have a problem being totally honest with a dear colleague.

After another co-worker had been talking about his pension, she asked me about my early retire plans. I had mentioned to her that I am working towards that because she is such a frugal person. She wanted to know when it was going to happen. My plan is somewhere in 2019, but it is depending on a big thing (selling the house for a good price), so nothing is certain. I don't want to announce a date in public and then not being able to do it. Therefore I said: before I am 50, I am now 45. That is a date I can certainly retire, as far as any future can be certain.

She was really amazed by it being so soon, especially since I now started working 80%. She even started calculating whether I would still be at work to see the new future data system go live in 2023. It felt bad not being able to share my more detailed plans with her, like I can do here on the board.

I did however tell her about the clown house and having to downsize for FIRE. She didn't really understand it until I mentioned the price we had paid for our house, which is more than twice the price of her house. I said we were depending on the house market not crashing.

Now I hope that when we put the house for sale next spring, that she doesn't understand immediately that it means FIRE until we really sell it.

Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1603
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5586 on: October 03, 2018, 02:35:23 AM »
Linda, can't you just describe the selling of the house in the current market as a windfall to her once it happens? E.g. your plans were to retire before 50 without taking into account any gains on the house, but now you sold it for a good price as the housing market didn't crash and you can suddenly retire already?

Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5587 on: October 03, 2018, 02:55:48 AM »
Linda, can't you just describe the selling of the house in the current market as a windfall to her once it happens? E.g. your plans were to retire before 50 without taking into account any gains on the house, but now you sold it for a good price as the housing market didn't crash and you can suddenly retire already?

Yes, that might be a good idea.

solon

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 1819
  • Location: CO
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5588 on: October 04, 2018, 04:03:24 PM »
I started a new thread about this, but then somebody reminded me this is an MPP.

When I started my new job in January of this year, I signed up for the HSA immediately, and maxed it out ($3,450.00) as quickly as possible. But today, they let me go.

Since I wasn't there an entire year, am I allowed to max it out? Or is my maximum contribution amount somehow prorated?

Zaga

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2384
  • Age: 40
  • Location: North of Pittsburgh, PA
    • A Wall of Hats
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5589 on: October 04, 2018, 04:32:23 PM »
I started a new thread about this, but then somebody reminded me this is an MPP.

When I started my new job in January of this year, I signed up for the HSA immediately, and maxed it out ($3,450.00) as quickly as possible. But today, they let me go.

Since I wasn't there an entire year, am I allowed to max it out? Or is my maximum contribution amount somehow prorated?
If you keep qualifying insurance for the full calendar year then you can max it out.  If you switch to a non-qualifying plan then you have to pro-rate by number of months covered.

solon

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1798
  • Age: 1819
  • Location: CO
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5590 on: October 04, 2018, 04:42:07 PM »
I started a new thread about this, but then somebody reminded me this is an MPP.

When I started my new job in January of this year, I signed up for the HSA immediately, and maxed it out ($3,450.00) as quickly as possible. But today, they let me go.

Since I wasn't there an entire year, am I allowed to max it out? Or is my maximum contribution amount somehow prorated?
If you keep qualifying insurance for the full calendar year then you can max it out.  If you switch to a non-qualifying plan then you have to pro-rate by number of months covered.

Yeah, that's really a bummer. One of the problems with starting a new job is you may not have access to the retirement plan right away (and I didn't) so I was excited about sheltering a little income with the HSA. Now I'm going to have to take some out.

Paul der Krake

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4845
  • Age: 12
  • Location: UTC-10:00
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5591 on: October 04, 2018, 06:26:50 PM »
If you stay on the plan through Cobra, this won't be an issue. If not, you should talk to your HSA custodian to remove the excess contributions, otherwise penalties will apply.

Freedomin5

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2723
  • Location: China
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5592 on: October 06, 2018, 05:18:13 AM »
My MPP of the day:

Because of frugality, FU money, (and general inherent laziness), I was able to work out a three-day workweek with my company last year.

Well, this week, I’ve had to add an extra day at work because there are so many projects going on, and I CAN’T HANDLE A FOUR DAY WORK WEEK! IT’S TOO MUCH WORK! I’m exhausted.

There. Rant over. Carry on.

Edited to add: I totally get paid for working the extra day, so it’s not like the company is taking advantage of me. I’m just not used to working so many days in a row.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2018, 05:20:10 AM by Freedomin5 »

Imma

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2320
  • Location: Europe
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5593 on: October 06, 2018, 07:39:47 AM »
I have a new job and my coworkers were talking about money problems over lunch. I want to go to lunch with them because want to get to know them, but I have a hard time relating to their problems. And as the most junior employee and a parttime worker, I'm sure I make a lot less than they do...

DirtDiva

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 237
  • Location: Rocky Mountains
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5594 on: October 07, 2018, 06:28:11 AM »
When we bought our house, the previous owner left us a mostly-full box of trash bags. They're thin and tear easily, but I didn't want to waste them so decided to use them anyway. But we don't go through that many trash bags, so 14 months later we're still using those trash bags, and I'm still cursing them almost every time I take out the trash. I long for the day we finally run out and I can go buy the Costco trash bags I like lol.

Hah! Had the same MPP with 30 rolls of toilet paper left behind by the prior owner.  Single-ply, so fragile and thin we needed twice or three times as much to do the job.   I was SO happy when the final roll was gone!

We actually wrapped up a roll and put it under the Festivus Pole for BIL as a gift after he "complimented" us on our "nice TP".

RetiredAt63

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 12709
  • Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5595 on: October 07, 2018, 12:44:25 PM »
Hah! Had the same MPP with 30 rolls of toilet paper left behind by the prior owner.  Single-ply, so fragile and thin we needed twice or three times as much to do the job.   I was SO happy when the final roll was gone!

We actually wrapped up a roll and put it under the Festivus Pole for BIL as a gift after he "complimented" us on our "nice TP".

But this is so good for your septic tank.  3-ply is a killer, according to the guy who pumps my septic tank.

/s

Fomerly known as something

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 891
  • Location: Midwest
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5596 on: October 07, 2018, 02:04:57 PM »
I just got a new rewards CC for Starwood (Marriott) Hotels with a 75,000 bonus with $3000 spend in 3 months.  My problem I had also just gone to the grocery store the day before as I wasn's sure when the card would arrive.  MPP, having to wait a week to need something (I used the last of the pasta) so I could start my spending.

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 9153
  • Registered member
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5597 on: October 08, 2018, 12:33:18 AM »
Got some led string lights for Halloween.  Considered putting them on a timer, but I only have a motorized timer that will probably use more power than it saves - string lights will use 5 cents of electricity if left on all month.  Now I gotta decide if it’s worth the lentil calories to manually unplug

Trifele

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2722
  • Age: 53
  • Location: North Carolina
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5598 on: October 08, 2018, 05:55:09 AM »
This weekend I went to a work conference at a fancy hotel multiple time zones away.  Because of the time shift and the long travel day, I was in bed super early local time.   I had just fallen asleep when I heard the door furtively opening and someone coming into the room -- startled the shit out of me.  I bolted out of bed and came face to face with a flustered hotel maid who had come to do the turndown service.  English wasn't her first language, and I was half delirious, but when she showed me the chocolates I finally understood.  I felt bad for having startled her, and like a total doofus.

MPP because I have stayed at a hotel that does turndown service maybe once in my life before -- ages ago.  I forgot this was even still a thing.  My usual work conferences don't happen at hotels that fancy.  In my non-work life we always camp, or stay at cheapo hotels/AirBnBs. 

Linea_Norway

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6617
  • Location: Norway
Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5599 on: October 08, 2018, 06:23:22 AM »
This weekend I went to a work conference at a fancy hotel multiple time zones away.  Because of the time shift and the long travel day, I was in bed super early local time.   I had just fallen asleep when I heard the door furtively opening and someone coming into the room -- startled the shit out of me.  I bolted out of bed and came face to face with a flustered hotel maid who had come to do the turndown service.  English wasn't her first language, and I was half delirious, but when she showed me the chocolates I finally understood.  I felt bad for having startled her, and like a total doofus.

MPP because I have stayed at a hotel that does turndown service maybe once in my life before -- ages ago.  I forgot this was even still a thing.  My usual work conferences don't happen at hotels that fancy.  In my non-work life we always camp, or stay at cheapo hotels/AirBnBs.

That would have scared the s**t out of me too.
I think I have only twice stayed at a hotel with a turndown service. I find it very disturbing that someone knocks on my door, while I am dressed in a morning coat after just having taken a shower and expect to be in my private bubble the rest of the time. The first time (our wedding night), the hotel gave us a warning that they would knock on the door soon.